Pride is here! While we won't be able to gather at Pride in the Park this June, we're still committed to celebrating Pride month with you in a variety of ways. First, we encourage you to check out our diverse collection of books that celebrate LGBTQ+ lives. This collection lets some of our readers see themselves represented, and empowers allies to educate themselves to be supportive, recognizing all the progress that has been made and all the work there is still to do. Also, there are a ton of activities going on virtually, and don't forget to check out our fun playlist celebrating Pride.
Now, let's see what items our librarians have been enjoying these past few weeks… and read with Pride!
In Casey McQuiston's Red, White, & Royal Blue Alex can't stand Henry, the Prince of Wales. He's just so perfect. Frustratingly so. Alex, America's First Son, just isn't into Henry's charming demeanor. Really. Then, thanks to a political disaster, Alex and Henry have to pretend to be best friends. A publicity plan is developed and all they have to do is follow it. There's just one catch—they aren't supposed to fall in love. Alex and Henry will have to decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. Or if they'll change history together.
The story takes you to a slightly different world, one with a Texan woman as U.S. president and a British royal family trying to stay relevant. You'll recognize echoes of our times in the storylines and it's easy to envision inhabiting this reality. The young lovers’ struggle to come to terms with how things are versus how they wish them to be is very relatable. McQuiston weaves together a fun, compelling story with a great cast of characters, all trying to untangle themselves from the mess they're making of their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version!
The movie Hope Springs is a romantic comedy about an English painter who is dumped by his childhood love and fiancée after being told that she has found someone else she wants to marry. Distraught, he flees to America in an effort to soothe his crushed heart, only to find himself falling for another woman. His stay in the sleepy New England town of Hope goes well until his former fiancée jets across the pond to see him, crying that she made a mistake! Hope Springs starring the wonderful Colin Firth and Minnie Driver, is a great rom-com to enjoy this summer!
When the pandemic dumped me in one of my biggest reading slumps ever, I knew I needed to turn to my gal Agatha Christie to restart my reading engines. Unfortunately, weathering the pandemic at home with small children does not leave much time for reading, but thankfully the Library had a solution for that: dozens of Agatha Christie books are available on Hoopla as e-Audiobooks! With an audiobook, I can take care of household duties while I listen—and I’m satisfied to report that an Agatha Christie mystery makes every chore less onerous. If you’re in a similar boat, I highly recommend listening to Christie’s The Man in the Brown Suit. This standalone mystery features a Russian spy, a cache of stolen South African diamonds, and, of course, several mysterious deaths! Enjoy!
Note to Shelf, Teen
We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian features the Wildcats, a girls field hockey team who are legendary at their high school. However, after a devastating end to their last season, the new team is desperate to be the ultimate comeback story and regain not just the respect of their coach but also their self-respect. On the last night of tryouts, the girls who make the squad are invited to a traditional bonding night, but with their coach pulling the strings, the night starts to unravel. Can the girls get back on track and pull their team together? Or will the cracks from last season break them apart for good? This book is fast paced and filled with intensity, both on the field and off. Perfect for sports fans, and fans of epic girl-power stories.
Note to Shelf, Junior
After an older woman - respectfully referred to as “Omu,” the Igbo word for “queen” - makes a delicious pot of stew for dinner, people from across the neighborhood come to ask for some. But when the stew is all gone, what will Omu herself have for dinner?
Debut author/illustrator Oge Mora’s talent garnered a fair amount of attention on the awards circuit with the release of Thank You, Omu! The book has been praised for its gorgeous cut-paper illustrations and heartwarming message of sharing and community. I particularly love the variety of descriptive words Mora uses when referring to the stew; little ones will come away with an extensive vocabulary for dinner time conversation.
Looking for even more picture book recommendations? Check out this booklist of bedtime reads the whole family will enjoy!