Need Something to Read? Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Has Some Ideas!

By Charlotte Mecklenburg Library February 14, 2021

Macaroni Kid February 2021 recommendations  

  What’s one of the best things you can do while in quarantine? Keep reading!  The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library provides four titles for different age groups in your home below.  

Don’t forget to visit to learn about the virtual programs and digital resources you can access safely from the comfort of home. Happy reading!



Eyes that Kiss the Corners by Joanna Ho

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.

Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages.

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Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

 Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle-grade fantasy, the first in a trilogy filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series and Nevermoor.

Amari Peters has never stopped believing her missing brother, Quinton, is alive. Not even when the police told her otherwise, or when she got in trouble for standing up to bullies who said he was gone for good.


Lore by Alexandra Bracken

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love, and redemption. Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.


Parent Up: Inspire Your Child to Be Their Best Self by Linda Kelly Rippon

Raise your kids through positive parenting, understanding, and leadership...and be the ultimate influencer in their lives. How do you raise a champion? After her son Adam Rippon, medaled in the 2018 Olympic Games, single mom Kelly Rippon found herself being asked this question all the time. Kelly had six children―what did she do to inspire them to their achievements and how did she raise confident, self-driven, emotionally intelligent children? Broken down into ten chapters that each present a key influence, Kelly shares her philosophy as well as relatable anecdotes from her own life to offer not only accessible parenting advice but to invite parents into their own journey of self-discovery.  To her, becoming the ultimate influencer for your kids is the highest self-development experience a person can have.