Ask-a-Librarian: 30 Great “New” Books

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Ask-a-Librarian: 30 Great “New” Books

Ask-a-Librarian is an occasional feature in which we answer a reader’s email query.

circusHere at Redeemed Reader, we love children’s books from all eras and all genres. We cherish the books we grew up reading–many of them the tried and true children’s classics–and we cherish many recent reads as well. Our hope and pray is to shine a gospel light on children’s literature regardless of its publication date.

My post a couple of months ago on the risks of submerging yourself in old books struck a nerve. If you missed the original, I offered some reasons against reading only old books, specifically in terms of assigned school reading. Rather, I encouraged readers to balance their reading diets and read both old and new.

Many of our Redeemed Reader staff are also on the World magazine children’s books of the year committees. Our 2016 lists are out; they include the 2016 Children’s Book of the Year, the 2016 Nonfiction Book of the Year, and the 2016 Picture Book of the Year (plus runners up in each category)! They are great sources of some of the best new books.

Additionally, here are some of the newer titles that we’ve given starred reviews to over the years on Redeemed Reader: 15 picture books and 15 longer works. (Our “starred reviews” category which includes more titles than I’ve listed here.)

Picture Books–alpha by titlewater is water

Chapter Books and Middle Grades–alpha by titlemikis

What are some of YOUR favorite recent/newer titles for kids? 

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  1. Pamela says:

    “Seeking Jesus, Finding Allah” should be “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,” a distinction worth noting, I think. =)

  2. Ginny Hardin says:

    Is the name of the book by Nabeel Qureshi listed incorrectly in the list?

  3. Betsy says:

    YES!! WE have the best, most faithful readers! THANK YOU, ladies, for pointing out that title correction.

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