Books to pick up in April as spring signals better times ahead

by Jenna Chapman

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and we might be turning a corner with the pandemic coming to an end soon. I am hopeful for this time of renewal, fresh air, and fresh starts. If your interest in reading is starting to bloom, here are some books that I think reflect the essence of the new season.

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
What better time than April to pick up a book that takes place in a flower shop? This young adult novel stars CJ, a 17-year-old who is struggling to live up to her mom’s intense ambition. She’s content arranging bouquets in her family flower shop. But then her mom makes a decision that divides CJ’s family and her community, and she must find her voice.

Ida B. the Queen by Michelle Duster
This biography is written by Ida B. Wells’ great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster. It’s an accessible nonfiction book about the incredible story of a woman who helped change the course of American history. It includes stories of her childhood, her famous act of defiance on a ladies’ train car, and her time as a journalist and activist. It’s always a good idea to brush up on America’s influential figures.

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
Not only does this book have gorgeous floral cover, but it is full of characters that reflect all types of people. The main character doesn’t really look like anyone she goes to school with; she’s a fat brown girl in a Connecticut suburb. This is an important and engaging story for high schoolers or adults alike. It’s a reminder for all of us to love and respect our bodies.

Life Changing Art of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō
Spring cleaning, anyone? You might be getting that urge to purge things from your closet or storage room after being cooped up this winter. This is basically a handbook to make your home a little less cluttered and maybe even help you feel a little more at peace. (There is a Netflix show, too!)

Little Dandelion Seeds the World by Julia Richardson
I’m a little biased to suggest this one, because I know the author personally, but this children’s book is an adorable story for the young ones in your life. Just in time for spring, this story teaches readers how dandelion seeds can travel and even grow on all seven continents. Pretty scenes and a chirpy rhythm make this a fun reading experience for all.

Jenna Chapman

Jenna Chapman is a Stockbridge High School graduate who loves curling up with a book or listening to an audiobook on evening walks around her neighborhood in Chicago. You can find more reading suggestions on the book blog she and her partner have on

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