Each month we post an annotated bibliography of books that were rated ‘Outstanding’ at our previous month’s meeting and nominated for our year-end Distinguished List. Members can see full reviews of these books and many more in the June edition of BayViews. Not a member? Join, come to our (currently virtual) monthly meetings, and hear about these Outstanding books “in person”!
How to Apologize written by LaRochelle, David and illustrated by Wohnoutka, Mike; Candlewick, 2021.
Colorful cartoon animals model amusing gaffs and subsequent insincere and sincere apologies. Readers will laugh as they are gently led to an understanding of the right way to behave. A much-needed primer on how to apologize, perfect for classrooms and all those emerging from their Covid bunker. (Grades PreK-2.)
Blackout written by Clayton, Dhonielle, etc.; Quill Tree/HarperCollins, 2021.
In this collection of six stories we meet thirteen Black teens in the midst of different romantic dilemmas, complicated by a blackout. Penned by an all-star group of young adult writers, these engaging romances are inclusive across gender and sexuality making them relatable to a variety of teens. (9-12.)