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Here at Worlds Awaiting we love to promote every aspect of a child's literacy, to read, write, see, speak, think, and listen. That said, books will always hold a special place in our hearts. Sometimes though it can be tough to get started or find the right one. When that happens we turn to the experts for their advice. Every new book is a new world awaiting and the following is where we've gathered recommendations on some of the most exciting, intriguing, educational, or fun worlds that you or the special children in your life could dive into today.


Picture Books

Egg by Kevin Henkes

Reviewed by Gene Nelson, Director of the Provo, Utah Library

The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan

Reviewed by Gene Nelson, Director of the Provo, Utah Library

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick

Reviewed by Shauna Mundinger, Children’s Associate Librarian at the Orem, Utah Public Library

Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle

Reviewed by Lauren Tolman, Children's Librarian Springville, Utah Library

Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating and Illustrations by David DeGrand

Reviewed by Lauren Tolman, Children's Librarian Springville, Utah Library

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

Reviewed by Margaret Neville, Children's Book Buyer at the King's English Bookshop

Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea

Reviewed by Joella Peterson, Children's Services Manager at the Provo City Library

The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh

Reviewed by Joella Peterson, Children's Services Manager at the Provo City Library

I am a Unicorn by Michaela Schuett

Reviewed by Mark Pulham, Children's Assistant Librarian at the Orem, Utah Public Library

Who Wants to Be a Princess?: What It Was Really Like to Be a Medieval Princess by Bridget Heos and Illustrated by Migy

Reviewed by Mark Pulham, Children's Assistant Librarian at the Orem, Utah Public Library

Hooray for Birds! by Lucy Cousins

Reviewed by Carla Morris, Children’s Storyteller at the Orem, Utah Public Library

Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Reviewed by Rita Christensen, Children’s Librarian at the Orem, Utah Public Library

Mango and Bambang by Polly Faber and Illustrated by Clara Vulliamy

Narwhal and Jelly by Ben Clanton

Reviewed by Shauna Mundinger, Children’s Associate Librarian at the Orem, Utah Public Library


Middle-Grade Books

Fish Girl by David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli

Reviewed by Gene Nelson, Director of the Provo, Utah Library

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Reviewed by Gene Nelson, Director of the Provo, Utah Library

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Reviewed by Gene Nelson, Director of the Provo, Utah Library

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Reviewed by Rita Christensen, Children's Librarian of the Orem, Utah Public Library

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

Reviewed by Greg Fahey, Librarian Springville, Utah Library

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Reviewed by Ann-Marie Marchant, Teen Librarian and Teen Programs Director of the Provo, Utah Library

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Reviewed by Lauren Tolman, Children's Librarian Springville, Utah Library

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Reviewed by Margaret Neville, Children's Book Buyer at the King's English Bookshop

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Reviewed by Joella Peterson, Children's Services Manager at the Provo City Library

Mayday by Karen Harrington

Reviewed by Trent Nelson, Grade School Teacher in the Alpine School District

Free Verse by Sarah Dooley

Reviewed by Trent Nelson, Grade School Teacher in the Alpine School District

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

Anita Krohn, Associate Librarian at the Orem, Utah Public Library

Anita gives this review in English and Spanish!


Young Adult

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Reviewed by Gene Nelson, Director of the Provo, Utah Library

Bluescreen by Dan Wells

Reviewed by Mindy Hale, Reference Librarian of the Orem, Utah Public Library

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Reviewed by Ann-Marie Marchant, Teen Librarian and Teen Programs Director of the Provo, Utah Library

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Reviewed by Ann-Marie Marchant, Teen Librarian and Teen Programs Director of the Provo, Utah Library

Vanished: True Tales of Mysterious Disappearances by Elizabeth MacLeod

Reviewed by Ann-Marie Marchant, Teen Librarian and Teen Programs Director of the Provo, Utah Library

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Reviewed by Kim Christensen, Teen Librarian Springville, Utah Library

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and The Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Reviewed by Kim Christensen, Teen Librarian Springville, Utah Library

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Reviewed by Kim Christensen, Teen Librarian Springville, Utah Library

Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

Reviewed by Margaret Neville, Children's Book Buyer at the King's English Bookshop

The Reader by Traci Chee

Reviewed by Mindy Hale, Teen Librarian at the Orem, Utah Public Library


Forgotten Children's Classics

Fresh thoughts and reviews of some classics of children's literature including mentions of authors such as Bernard Waber, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, and Bill Peet.

Reviewed by Mark H. Pulham Librarian in the Children's Department Orem, Utah Library


Additional Links

Recently we opened our studio to students at Rachel Wadham's children's literacy class for them to review some of their favorite children's books. For that page please click here.

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