Best YA and children’s books this month

From The Washington Post: http://wapo.st/29gRQMY
  1. "Frank and Lucky Get Schooled," by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow, Ages 4-8)
    A dog lies amid crumbs and chaos thinking, “Cake? What cake?” “Sometimes in History there are different versions of what really happened, depending on who is telling the story,” Perkins tells the reader, who may be able to guess what happened to the cake. At this point we have already met Lucky, an exuberant young black dog, and his young human companion, Frank. A gentle, funny, engaging book.
  2. "Being Jazz: My Life As a (Transgender) Teen," by Jazz Jennings (Crown, Ages 12 and up)
    Jennings begins by relating her earliest memories of being “a girl trapped inside a boy’s body,” when she could barely form sentences. Jennings writes with warm appreciation of her mother’s quick recognition of Jennings’s situation and of her family’s firm belief that her diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” was not shameful.
  3. "As Brave as You," by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum, Ages 10 and up)
    Eleven-year-old Genie Harris turns his inquisitive mind to night stars, dog poop and family secrets in this generous, compelling novel. Genie’s first visit to his grandparents in rural Virginia is riddled with questions: How can blind Grandpop get around so well? Why does he carry a gun? What’s in his locked “nunya bidness” room? As the summer unwinds, Genie discovers answers that only lead to more questions.