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New Children’s Book Releases for November 16, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another batch of new releases!

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renee Watson, and Nikkolas Smith

In this picture book, written in verse, a young girl is assigned a family tree project. When she can only trace her family back three generations, she and the rest of her family gather to hear about their history, how their ancestors were taken captive and sold into slavery and how those born on the water survived.

The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear and Gracey Zhang

In this joyous picture book celebrating Japanese culture, a girl and her large and varied family spend the day at the big bath house, taking part in all the usual rituals before sinking into the bath.

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The Art of Running Away by Sabrina Kleckner

Aspiring artist Maisie has always imagined growing up to take over her family’s art shop. But when the shop falls on hard times, Maisie’s dreams seem to only become more impossible. Determined to help, Maisie departs to London to find her estranged older brother— who cut off ties with their family years ago— thinking he may be the key to saving their shop. Instead, she uncovers painful truths about her family and has to decide if she’s able to forgive.

Killers of the Flower Moon (Young Reader’s Edition) by David Grann

This young reader’s adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon translates the story for the younger set, retelling the heartrending story of a series of murders in the Osage Nation during the 1920s. As the death toll rises, the FBI gets involved (including a Native American undercover operative) to unveil a shocking conspiracy, fueled by racism and greed, to steal from the wealthy Osage people.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for November 9, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another week of new releases!

The Candy Dish by Kobi Yamada and Adelina Lirius

This is a new picture book from one of my favorite children’s authors. This one is about a little girl who is gifted a candy dish. Each day the candy dish opens and supplies her with one piece of delicious candy, but despite her attempts, she can’t force the dish to reopen and give her more. The next morning the dish opens and again gives her one piece of candy and doesn’t reopen for the day. This is a sweet story about savoring each day.

The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars by Rachel Montez Minor and Annie Yon

This warm and lyrical picture book is inspiring and uplifting, celebrating diverse families and the bonds of people all over the world.

Stuck by Jennifer Swender

This sweet middle grade follows fourth grader Austin, the perpetual new kid. Despite his best efforts, his size (he also skipped a grade) makes it hard for him to disappear. At his new school, he quickly falls in with an outgoing friend and becomes intrigued by the Safety Squad. But Austin also has trouble reading, and his many workarounds won’t help him apply to the Safety Squad. As Austin begins to find his voice, he realizes he may not be as alone as he thought.

Out of My Heart by Sharon Draper

Sharon Draper returns to the heroine of Out of My Mind in this new middle grade novel. Melody’s back, this time heading off to an accessible summer camp for kids with disabilities. Though nervous, Melody’s new adventure catapults her into new life experiences, making new friends, and developing her first crush.

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New Children’s Book Releases for November 2, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another batch of new releases!

Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beatty and David Roberts

One of my favorite picture book series has a new installment. The Questioneers are perfect readalouds (I cannot recommend Ada Twist, Scientist more), and this one introduces us to Aaron, who wants badly to be a storyteller but his dyslexia makes it hard to read. This is written in dyslexia-friendly font and follows Aaron as he discovers a different way to tell his stories.

Manu by Kelly Fernandez

In this fun and refreshing graphic novel that combines religion with brujeria, Manu and her best friend Josefina live at a magical school with the religious sisters who take care of them. Despite Manu’s magical talent, her troublemaking ways mean she’s often in trouble. After a prank goes wrong, and Josefina wishes Manu’s magic away, Manu’s powers disappear.

Black Ballerinas by Misty Copeland and Salena Barnes

In this slim, biographical book, ballerina Misty Copeland presents a roundup of Black ballerinas. This is an inspiring look at a group of women who made strides in a field dominated by white dancers (and Copeland also points out that, even now, lighter skinned Black ballerinas outnumber their darker-skinned counterparts for similar reasons).

The Swag is in the Socks by Kelly J. Baptist

In this fun middle grade read, Xavier Moon’s angling for an invitation to the Scepter Club, the club for boys that his father and grandfather belonged to. But with his braces and his stutter, it’s been difficult for Xavier to find his confidence. Enter his great uncle, who gifts him with quirky socks that begin to get Xavier some positive attention and help Xavier begin to seek out something of his very own that sets him apart.

Also, don’t forget to check out our new podcast Adaptation Nation, all about TV and film adaptations of your favorite books! Available on all your favorite podcatchers.

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New Children’s Book Releases for October 26, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another batch of new releases!

What Will My Story Be? by Nidhi Chanani

In this colorful and whimsical picture book, a little girl sits and listens to incredible stories from her aunties and begins to wonder what her own story may look like and discovers the endless possibilities.

Room For Everyone by Naaz Khan and Mercè López

In this fun, joyful picture book set in Zanzibar, Musa and Dada are headed to the beach. But the daladala, also known as a bus, continues to make stops leading them to wonder just how many people this bus can hold. As it turns out, there is always room for everyone if you make the room.

Neverforgotten by Alejandra Algorta, Ivan Rickenmann, and Aida Salazar

In this emotional novel, ten year old Fabio loves to ride his bike. He does so constantly, delivering bread to his neighbors and escaping into a land of his own, away from adults. Until Fabio forgets how to ride.

Miosotis Flores Never Forgets by Hilda Eunice Burgos

In this heartfelt middle grade novel, Miosotis is determined to improve her average grades if it will get her a forever dog like her Papi promises. But as she begins to focus on their deal, Miosotis begins to wonder about her family, including hurtful comments from her abuela, and her older sister’s relationship with her fiancé which may not be as romantic, or as safe, as everyone believes.

Haven’s Secret by Jessica and Melissa Benoist and Mariko Tamaki

This middle grade adventure is cowritten with Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist and her sister, Jessica Benoist and is about twin sisters who can’t connect with each other. When they’re whisked away to Haven and learn of their legacy, the two are drawn even further apart as one of them easily finds her footing in their new home and the other only wants to go back. But if the girls can’t come together, they risk losing everything they love.

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New Children’s Books for October 19, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another week of new children’s books.

Invasion of the Unicorns by David Biedryzcki

In this funny picture book, unicorn Bubble 07 heads to Earth to decide if his team of unicorns should move forward with their plan to invade Earth. Posing as a stuffed animal, he infiltrates the home of Earthling Daughter and has to put up with all manner of annoyances. He eventually has to decide if he can keep to his mission or if he’ll be overcome by Earthling Daughter’s kindness and love.

Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

In this twisty thriller, Katrina and her family have been in the Witness Protection Program for as long as she can remember, which is only as far back as ten. Katrina’s adopted multiple names and multiple backstories to preserve their secret, until their location is revealed and her parents go missing.

This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them and Us by Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby

This is the first LGBTQ anthology for middle grade readers and features stories from Justina Ireland, Mark Oshiro, Claribel Ortega, and more.

Keeping It Real by Paula Chase

In this middle grade novel, Mari’s excited to spend the summer at her family’s Style High for teenagers who love fashion. But when she gets there, Mari realizes that she doesn’t fit in with everyone else, like her best friend Justice who didn’t want any special treatment in getting in. But Mari did get special treatment, and as the summer goes on, she begins to realize some difficult truths about herself and her family.

African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History by Tracey Baptiste and Hillary D. Wilson

This book dives into the history of pre-colonial Africa. It explores the history of the continent through ten not often discussed figures who will prove fascinating and admirable to young readers.

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New Children’s Book Releases for October 12, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another batch of new children’s books! Don’t forget we’re celebrating our tenth anniversary here at Book Riot and you have this month only to treat yourself to some limited edition merch!

Violets Are Blue by Barbara Dee

Twelve year old Wren is is a makeup artist struggling with her best friend and her parent’s divorce. A move to a new town seems like the perfect chance for starting over, especially as the makeup artist on a new production. But Wren worries about her mom, who’s sleeping a lot and snapping at her, and soon Wren learns there’s something going on that can’t be concealed with makeup.

Imaginary by Lee Bacon and Katy Wu

Though eleven year old Zach knows he’s too old now for his imaginary friend, Shovel, their friendship is only growing stronger. And now that he’s in middle school Zach needs Shovel more than ever. But Shovel, the narrator of the story, wonders if he’s really helping Zach cope or if he’s pushing real life friends away.

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

In this imaginative sci-fi novel, Petra’s longed to be a storyteller like her grandmother. But now the world is ending. Earth’s been destroyed by a comet, and Petra and her family have been chosen to move to a new planet. But when Petra awakens on the ship, she realizes she’s the only one who remembers Earth. A dangerous group aboard the ship is purging people’s memories, and Petra’s the only one with the stories of their past.

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu

In the land of Illyria, where boys have the chance to become powerful sorcerers to fend off the Dread, girls like Marya are little more than an afterthought. But after Marya makes a mistake, she’s funneled off to Dragomir Academy, full of other girls like her. As they train to work in service of one of the sorcerers, Marya and the others learn secrets about Illyria’s magic that threaten to upend life as they know it in Illyria.

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New Children’s Books for October 5, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another batch of new children’s books. If you didn’t know, Book Riot‘s officially been around for 10 years and to celebrate we’ve launched some new merch that’ll be available for this month only.

The Queen on Our Corner by Lucy Christopher and Nia Tudor

In this picture book, a young girl is the only one who pays any attention to the homeless woman who lives on the corner except for those who want her to leave. But the little girl imagines her as a queen who protects their street. When the queen raises the alarm when a fire threatens to destroy a building, the girl reminds everyone that she deserves thanks…and a home.

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt by Varian Johnson

In this middle grade novel, ten year old Anthony is finally old enough to compete in the Spades tournament the men in his family have dominated at for years. When he loses his partner, Anthony thinks his chances of proving himself to his dad have gone up in smoke. A new potential partner arrives in Shirley, but Anthony’s dad probably won’t like him playing with a girl. Anthony keeps their partnership a secret, not realizing that his dad has his own secrets that could tear the Joplin family apart.

The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud

In this rollicking middle grade adventure, bank robber Scarlett encounters Albert, the sole survivor of a horrible incident. Together the two are thrust into an adventure, avoiding determined pursuers who chase them across the fractured Britain setting.

Tristan Strong Keeps Punching by Kwame Mbalia

The Tristan Strong trilogy concludes with Tristan’s final confrontation with King Cotton. Traveling up the Mississippi toward his hometown of Chicago, Tristan will need all of his friends and all of his strength to take on the haints trying to stop their progress and finally stop King Cotton for good.

Stealing Home by J. Torres and David Namisato

In this historical graphic novel, Sandy Saito and his family adore the Vancouver Asahi team, the pride of their Japanese-Canadian community. When Sandy and his family are forced into an internment camp, joined by some of the Asahi players themselves, Sandy finds a way to cope through baseball.

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New Children’s Book Releases for September 28, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another week of new kids’s books!

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd and Christian Robinson

This biographical picture book retells the story of musical legend Nina Simone, born Eunice Kathleen Waymond. It traces her musical childhood and her rise to performing as Nina Simone and how she used her incredible voice to speak out during the Civil Rights Movement.

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi and Loveis Wise

This lyrical picture book uses the principles of Kwanzaa to retell the history of African descendants in America. It begins in Africa, where people were taken from their homes and forced onto ships that crossed the sea, and ends in the modern world where they combine old traditions with new to thrive in a new place.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic edited by Lilly Workneh

The popular Rebel Girls franchise expands yet again in this collection of biographies that feature the work of female and nonbinary writers and artists to retell the stories of Black women like Kamala Harris, Naomi Osaka, Toni Morrison and Meghan Markle.

Other Boys by Damian Alexander

In this touching graphic novel/memoir, Damian is new in school and determined to avoid the bullying that he endured at his last school. But it’s like his new classmate can tell something’s different about him. He plays with Barbies and is being raised by his grandparents after his mom’s murder, and as Damian begins to develop a crush on another boy, seventh grade only gets harder.

The Hungry Ghosts by Miguel Flores

With witches banned for years, Milly just ignores the tingle of magic she feels in her palms sometimes, focusing instead on the many responsibilities she has at the orphanage where she lives. But when Milly’s friend Cilla is thought to have magic and is kidnapped by an exiled witch, Milly has to embrace her magic and bring her back.

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New Children’s Books for September 21, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another week of new children’s books.

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman and Loren Long

This inspiring and lyrical picture book is the much-hyped, highly-anticipated work of inaugural poet Amanda Gorman. This is a magical call to action that reminds kids that they have the power to make change in the world.

Looking for a Jumbie by Tracey Baptiste and Amber Ren

In this spooky picture book, Naya sets off to find a Jumbie. Though her mom says they only exist in stories, Naya’s sure they’re real and is determined to see one for herself.

The Samosa Rebellion by Shanthi Sekaran

When his grandma moves from India to the island of Mariposa with his family, Muki is miserable. He has to share his room with her, tolerate her snoring and her early morning yoga. But when Mariposa’s president begins dividing the citizens into Butterflies, who have lived there for several generations, and Moths, who have recently emigrated, Muki’s grandmother is captured and taken to a camp for Moths. And Muki begins plotting her escape.

Amira and Hanza: The War to Save the Worlds by Samira Ahmed

When Amira and her brother Hamza stumble upon the Box of the Moon, they accidentally set off a chain reaction that risks destroying the world. Visited by two jinn, Amira and Hamza learn of their role in an ancient prophecy and travel to the world of Qaf to stop a great evil that threatens to set loose terrifying creatures onto earth.

The Insiders by Mark Oshiro

When Hector has to move to a new town, he quickly becomes unhappy at his new school where he’s targeted by both a school security officer and a relentless bully. But one day Hector discovers a room behind the door of a janitor’s closet, open whenever he needs it, that leads to new friends from other parts of the country.

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New Children’s Books for September 14, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another batch of new children’s book releases!

Niki Nakayama: A Chef’s Tale in 13 Bites by Debbie Michiko Florence, Jamie Michalak and Yuko Jones

In this picture book biography of Japanese-American chef Niki Nakayama, her story is told using the structure of a traditional kaiseki meal.

Beautifully Me by Nabela Noor Nabi H. Ali

In this vibrant picture book, Zubi is looking forward to her first day in school until she sees her mom looking at herself in the mirror and worrying about being “too big”. Then Zubi also begins to wonder if there’s something wrong with her body too.

Bad Sister by Charise Mericle Harper

In this graphic novel, Charise’s usual good behavior begins to go downhill when her baby brother Daniel is born. In fact, despite being so good at other things, Charise is a bad sister. On purpose. And when she goes too far, she has to figure out if she can redeem herself or if she can even be forgiven for it.

A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks

When money troubles force Joy and her family to move to a tiny apartment, she finds refuge in a secret spot known as the Hideout. And she begins exchanging mystery letters with another kid in the building. But when her partner stops writing back, Joy’s determined to figure out who they are and what’s happened to them.

Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Addy’s parents were killed in a fire, and she was left to be raised by her grandmother. When she’s sent to a summer wilderness camp, Addy learns numerous survival skills, and then there’s a massive forest fire.

Until next week!