Save some room in your beach bag for a handful of amazing spring and summer books from our advertising partners. There's something here for every kind of reader, from searing nonfiction to amazing middle grade and YA adventures.
In Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America, Nefertiti Austin takes a long, hard look at the complex truths surrounding black motherhood in America. It's an unflinching examination and a call to action. "Women of any race," writes Austin, shouldn't have to be superstars for our status as mothers to be respected."
While the grown-ups dive into Austin, teens can contemplate many of the same issues in I'm Not Dying with You Tonight, an innovative novel about two girls—one black, one white—trapped amid a riot in a fictional Atlanta neighborhood. Coauthors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal each write from one girl's point of view.
The Star Shepherd, a middle grade novel coauthored by artist and animator Dan Haring and writer MarcyKate Connolly, is an entrancing tale. It follows Kyro, an 11-year-old boy who must watch over and care for the stars, which are falling due to the evil work of dark creatures. The book's gorgeous mythology draws on bedtime stories, fireside tales, and Haring's wild imagination.
A debut YA novel from Jeremy Scott, cocreator of the YouTube sensation CinemaSins, The Ables is the story of a group of superhero teens who have disabilities. Through teamwork—and by finding ways that their disabilities enhance their abilities—they save their superhero high school, and maybe the world.
Finally, for the kids, we've got an interview with BigFoot, the star of a series of informative, educational, and hilarious books about traveling around the world and even through time. It's a literary feast. Happy reading!