Bright artists have been busy! From celebrations of suffrage to action-packed graphic novels and bit of everything in-between, we’re hitting the pool with a sunny collection of #BrightReads. Check out our list below for a look at what’s hitting the shelves this August.
Illustration by McKenzie West.
The amazing true story of the Endicott Pear tree, and how it grew up with our nation.
The Very Oldest Pear Tree, illustrated by Yas Imamura.
August 1 with Albert Whitman
From A to Z, celebrate the people and ideas of the United States suffrage movement with this delightful alphabet primer.
V Is for Votes!, illustrated by Jane Pica.
August 4 with PI Kids
A diverse cast of characters—Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), Miles Morales (Spider-Man), and Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl)—team up in their first-ever middle-grade series told through comics, in-world artifacts, and more!
Avengers Assembly: Orientation, illustrated by James Lancett.
August 4 with Scholastic
Treetopolis is putting on a play! Eva and her friends can't wait to try out for parts, learn their lines, and build the sets. But when it's time for her moment in the spotlight, will Eva find her courage and a way to shine?
Eva in the Spotlight, by Rebecca Elliott.
August 4 with Scholastic
Following the book Chris Grabenstein called “the most hysterically hilarious book I’ve read in years,” the saga about the evil werepenguins of Brugaria continues!
The Revenge of the Werepenguin, illustrated by Scott Brown.
August 4 with Viking Books for Young Readers
This special edition contains beautiful black-and-white illustrations and commentary from author Shannon Messenger!
Keeper of the Lost Cities Illustrated & Annotated Edition, illustrated by Felia Hanakata.
August 4 with Simon Kids
For every child who has been weighed down by sadness or anxiety, this story teaches kids how to acknowledge unwanted thoughts, show them compassion, then actively replace them with positive thoughts instead.
Catching Thoughts, illustrated by Summer Macon.
August 11 with Beaming Books
Told in speech bubbles with bright, lively art showing a diverse group of kids, this is a riotous rhyming read-aloud with an empathetic take on facing a common fear.
Raj’s Rule (For the Bathroom at School), illustrated by Hatem Aly.
August 15 with Owl Kids
On the hundredth anniversary of the historic win for women's rights, it's time to celebrate the names and stories of the women whose stories have yet to be told.
Finish the Fight, illustrated by Steffi Walthall.
August 18 with Versify
A sweet and poignant picture book that celebrates the arrival of new babies!
Wonderful You, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki.
August 18 with Philomel Books
Cora is struggling with her Whatif questions ahead of a big piano recital in this timely picture book about overcoming anxiety.
The Whatifs, illustrated by Zoe Persico.
August 25 with Little Bee Books