Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
Leaving Lymon (The Finding Langston Trilogy #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823444427
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Published: Holiday House - January 7th, 2020

Lymon’s life in 1940s Mississippi isn’t perfect, but he’s home. Raised by his warm grandparents while his father is incarcerated and his mother is up North, Lymon spends his free time learning the guitar from his music-loving grandfather. His world changes, however, when Grandpops dies. Sent to Chicago to live with his mother and her new family, Lymon is thrust into a new, often violent life he was not prepared for. Will his love of music be enough to sustain him? Leaving Lymon (Holiday House, $17.99) is a companion to the award-winning Finding Langston, where Lesa Cline-Ransome introduces readers to another side of a complicated character—one whose anger is not dismissed or discounted as he is forced to confront grief and systemic racism. Cline-Ransome’s exquisite sensory detail and richly drawn characters will draw readers in and leave them breathlessly awaiting this trilogy’s final book. Ages 9-12. Elli Bloomberg

Blast from the Past
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781572842243
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Published: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017

In memorable rhythm and poetry, Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut (Agate Publishing, $18.95) lifts up a young generation. While simple in setting, a basic barbershop becomes a stage, spotlighting the Black community and praises different appearances and accomplishments. The descriptions, written by Derrick Barnes, wake up your imagination to let you see strangers in the same positive light he does. The fine paintings by Gordon C. James give an air of renaissance royalty and confidence on every page. This is a book you’ll want to remind you that you, too, wear a crown of hair on your head. Ages 3-8, Hannah Manwiller

YA Pick
You Next: Reflections in Black Barbershops Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641602853
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - September 1st, 2020

Highlighting his talents for conveying the intimacy of public Spaces, Antonio Johnson’s collection of photos takes us into the Black barbershops of 11 cities (including DC) in You Next: Reflections in Black Barbershops (Lawrence Hill, $26.99). Combined with essays, stories, and interviews, these images capture the unique culture of an institution long revered for its role as not just a community center, but an essential sanctuary. Ages 13+. Laurie Greer