CBW All Store Read & Book Club

Children’s Book World is excited to announce our Spring titles for our CBW All Store Read & Book Club!

Quarterly, we will select two titles celebrating a particular genre or theme that we would love for you to read. One middle grade novel (ages 8 and up) and one young adult novel (ages 12 and up). We will follow up with a Book Club meeting at the store to discuss the book and its meaning. All readers of appropriate age and their parents are encouraged to participate.

Our Spring 2019 middle grade selection will be The First Rule Of Punk by Celia Pérez and our Spring 2019 YA selection will be When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds. These are two award-winning titles that celebrate the power of family and friendship to help our protagonists navigate their world, rise to challenges, celebrate the wins, and survive the losses. You will love the community of characters created by two of our favorite authors.

The First Rule of Punk (Ages 8 and up)
A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book
CBW Book Club Meeting: May 18, 2:30 p.m.

A wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching. We will have a group activity learning how to make a zine from scratch, exploring the music of some of the bands mentioned in the book, and discuss our feelings about this funny story of friendship.

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school–you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself. The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She’ll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!

When I Was The Greatest (Ages 12 and up)
2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Book
CBW Book Club Meeting: June 15, 2:30 p.m.

This gritty, triumphant YA novel captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. We will be exploring the world of Ali, Noodles, and Needles, including a quick intro to the art of knitting for boys and girls. This funny and exciting book will raise lots of questions that we can explore together.

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head–even if you’re totally clean. “A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.” His best friend Noodles though, now there’s a dude looking for trouble–and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it. Yeah, it’s cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should’ve been–where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.