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New Children’s Book Releases for August 24, 2021

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

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld

In this enchanting picture book, a king and queen unable to have children are gifted a son and daughter in the form of a wooden robot and a log princess. But the log princess turns back into a log each night, and when she’s accidentally taken away, the robot takes off to find her. Along the way, both robot and princess must rescue one another.

War by José Jorge Letria, André Letria and Elisa Amado

While this is far from lighthearted fare, this is a powerful and moving picture book about the anguish of war. For anyone looking for a way to start a conversation about it, especially considering the current crisis in Afghanistan, this may be a good starting point.

Where Three Oceans Meet by Rajani Larocca and Archana Sreenivasan

In this sweet picture book, a mother, daughter, and grandmother take a trip to the end of the earth, the southern tip of India, where three oceans meet. Along the way they reconnect with old friends, revisit memories, and experience new sights.

Bad Panda by Swapna Haddow and Sheena Dempsey

In this funny book, Lin is a cuddly, cute panda whose adorableness makes her a star at the zoo. But all she really wants is to return to the panda sanctuary where her brother is. Lin reasons that if being a good panda landed her in the zoo, being a bad one would ensure her return to her brother so she sets off a plan to be a bad panda but finds her cuteness may be insurmountable.

Elvis and the World As It Stands by Lisa Frenkel Riddiough and Olivia Chin Mueller

Elvis is a Calico kitten recently adopted by Georgina. Elvis misses his sister, Etta, left behind, and Georgina is still struggling after her parents have split. As Elvis looks for a way to reunite with Etta, he begins to admire Georgina and her intricate Lego builds, and they both begin to consider they may be able to build a world that they love even if its not what they’d have first chosen for themselves.

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New Children’s Books For August 17, 2021

Hey readers!

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

Poultrygeist by Eric Geron and Pete Oswald

In this funny, spooky picture book, a chicken crosses the road and wakes up as a ghost on the other side. Surrounded by new ghost animal friends, the poultrygeist learns how to be scary.

Big Apple Diaries by Alyssa Bermudez

This graphic memoir follows author Alyssa Bermudez through her own seventh grade diary entries. As Alyssa copes with the usual middle school concerns, from friends to her divorced parents to being mistreated by kids at school, the novel accelerates toward 9/11, where Alyssa’s dad works in the World Trade Center.

The Smashed Man of Dread End by J.W Ocker

In this creepy novel, Noelle learns her family’s new home houses the terrifying Smashed Man. Alongside her new friends, Noelle must figure out a way to defeat the Smashed Man for good.

Tia Lugo Speaks No Evil by Danette Vigilante

In this middle grade thriller, Tia witnesses a murder outside her window, and the killer sees her. Though she’s determined to stay quiet and her friends and grandmother comfort her, the killer’s threats mean Tia can’t ignore it.

Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Veronica Chambers

This book serves as an educational introduction to the Black Lives Matter movement. It retells how the organization’s founders came together as well as the stories of victims of police brutality such as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and George Floyd, discussing systemic racism and the civil rights movement.

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New Children’s Book Releases for August 10, 2021

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

I Can Help by Reem Faruqi and Mikela Prevost

This sweet picture book follows Zahra, a helpful girl who begins to feel self-conscious about her generosity when her classmates tease her about it.

Brayden Speaks Up by Brayden Harrington and Betty C. Tang

This picture book bursts with positivity and can-do optimism. It centers around Brayden Harrington, the young boy who came to realize his stutter is one of his greatest attributes, leading to speaking at the Democratic National Convention and at President Biden’s inauguration.

Catastrophe: A Story of Patterns by Ann Marie Stephens and Jenn Harney

This picture book is a bright and energetic introduction to patterns. Nine kittens go on a boating adventure and stumble into a variety of surprises.

Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

There’s something so satisfying about summer being when all the new kids’ horror and other spooky season works start hitting the shelves. This one is the third installment of Katherine Arden’s series that began with Small Spaces that finds Brian and his friends stranded on a haunted island.

The Renegade Reporters by Elissa Brent Weissman

This savvy mystery follows three friends, the Renegade Reporters, as they stumble upon a mystery about their school newsroom’s partnership with a media company infringing on student privacy.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for August 3, 2021

Hey readers!

I’m back with another week of new releases!

I Am the Subway by Kim Hyo-eun and Deborah Smith

This is a translation of a bestselling Korean picture book, set on the bustling Seoul subway, about the magic of shared experiences and humanity’s variances.

A Song of Frutas by Margarita Engle and Sara Palacios

In this charming picture book, a little girl visits her grandfather in Cuba. A singing street vendor, she helps him sell his fruit, and even when they’re apart they sing to each other across the distance.

Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence

Newly heartbroken Jenna, already nursing the wounds of her parents’ divorce, decides relationships are too risky to pursue. While competing with her ex-boyfriend at newspaper club, and her best friend busy with her own boyfriend, Jenna falls in with new kid Rin and begins to realize that being alone is actually very lonely.

Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch by Julia Abe

The second book in the adorable Eva Evergreen series is out, featuring another tale of now Novice Witch Eva. With her new title in hand, Eva must turn her sights to exposing the truth about the violent storm threatening the land.

Hide and Don’t Seek by Anica Mrose Rissi

For those horror lovers is this story collection that features a bunch of spine-tingling stories that include scary summer camps, creepy dolls, extended games of hide and seek, and more.

Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood by Kwame Mbalia

This versatile collection of stories is edited by Kwame Mbalia (author of the Tristan Strong series) and features stories, comics, and poems from other Black male and nonbinary authors that range from school stories to universe-saving tales.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for July 27, 2021

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

I Can Make a Train Noise by Michael Emberley and Marie Louise Fitzpatrick

At a coffee shop, a little girl imagines being aboard a train by making train noises, transforming the shop into a great train ride.

(Backlist Bump) The Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse by Chantel Acevedo

For the mythology lovers out there, this fantasy is out now in paperback. After Callie accidentally turns her best friend into a pop star, she learns she’s one of the muses from Greek mythology. As the newest muse of poetry she is tasked with protecting humanity. For her first assignment, Callie must not only inspire her classmate, Maya, but also save her from Sirens determined to destroy her destiny.

Lucy in the Sky by Kiara Brinkman and Sean Chiki

When Lucy discovers her parents’ old records, she’s catapulted into a summer of Beatlemania. Inspired, she starts a band with her friends, Vanessa and Rupa. They still need a drummer, and Georgianna could be perfect for it, but she doesn’t exactly click with Vanessa and Rupa. Check out this graphic novel to learn how Lucy’s efforts to form an all-girl rock band go.

Super Sidekicks: Ocean’s Revenge by Gavin Aung Than

In this second installment in the Super Sidekicks series, the sidekicks are settling in nicely to their new headquarters. But, the Mother of the Seas, sick of the oceans being treated so horribly by humans, is out for revenge.

(Backlist Bump) Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julia Abe

Now out in paperback is this fun fantasy about Eva, a young witch determined to gain the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen. Unfortunately for Eva, her magic amounts to little more than a pinch. The coastal town she arrives in expects a full-fledged witch, not a mildly magical girl, but Eva opens up a shop to prove her worthiness. When a storm threatens the town, Eva has to rally all the magic and smarts she can to save the town she loves.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for July 20, 2021

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

The Mysterious Sea Bunny by Peter Raymundo

This fun (and informative!) picture book follows a group of children on the hunt for a sea bunny, a one-inch long sea slug that crawls along the ocean floor.

Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima

It’s July so you know what that means? New Halloween books! I am a forever fan of Jessie Sima (if you haven’t already read Harriet Gets Carried Away, please do) and this marks their first Halloween book about a house only growing more and more anxious about its creepy appearance and the effect it has on any prospective inhabitants.

My Body Is A Rainbow by Malika Chopra and Izzy Burton

This picture book explores feelings through color, offering meditative exercises to help children work through big feelings.

Kalamata’s Kitchen by Sarah Thomas and Jo Kosmides Edwards

As she prepares to start at a new school, Kalamata and her alligator Al Dente, turn to their magical kitchen for comfort, traveling to a far off land for ingredients.

Jillian vs Parasite Planet by Nicole Kornher-Stace and Scott Brown

Jillian’s always wanted to join her parents on a space mission, and she finally gets her chance with Take Your Child to Work Day. When they crash land on an alien planet, Jillian has to protect herself and her parents until they can make it back home.

Until next week! -Chelsea

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New Children’s Releases for July 13, 2021

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

El Cucuy Is Scared Too by Donna Barba Higuera and Juliana Perdomo

Ramón and his family have recently moved, and with them has come Ramón’s boogeyman, El Cucuy. But with all the anxieties that come with a new place, new school, and new people Ramón can’t find it in himself to be scared of El Cucuy. But Ramón finds he and El Cucuy actually share a lot of the same fears.

Listen by Gabi Snyder and Stephanie Graegin

This cute picture book encourages a sensory experience as a girl goes about her day, trying to hear each sound in her busy world.

Vivi Loves Science by Kimberly Derting, Shelli R. Johannes and Joelle Murray

If you’re a fan of the series that started with CeCe Loves Science, you’ll also love this one which is, just in-time for summer, beach themed. On a school trip to the beach, Vivi and her friend/lab partner learn about aquatic creatures, tide pools, and more.

The Verdigris Pawn by Alysa Wishingrad

This charming middle-grade fantasy takes place in the Land, where the heir to the throne learns the Land he calls home isn’t what it seems sets off, alongside two other children, to make things right.

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New Children’s Book Releases for July 6, 2021

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

Lala’s Words by Gracey Zhang

During a still, black-and-white summer, the only burst of color is Lala, whose effusive energy exhausts and perplexes her mom. When Lala’s not able to go out and tend to her garden on the hottest day of the summer, she instead talks to the plants in whispers.

Sing With Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla by Diana Lopez and Theresa Martinez

This fun and engaging biography of Tejano singer Selena is a nice addition for fans or kids being introduced to her for the first time.

How to Make A Friend by Stephen W. Martin Olivia Aserr

In this fun picture book, illustrated to look a bit like a ’70s cartoon, a child learns how to build robots and how to make friends and how to handle the ups and downs that come with them.

Time Villains by Victor Piñeiro

In this fun middle grade, Javier goes big with his school project that asks what guests, living or dead, he would have over for dinner. When Javi uses his family’s magical dinner table to summon the guests from the past, things go sideways as Blackbeard escapes and sets off to reunite with his crew an take over the world, using Javi’s dining table. With the help of his braniac friend Wiki and his sister, Brady, Javi sets out to stop Blackbeard, while unraveling the secrets of his mysterious school, Finestre.

Forever This Summer by Leslie C. Youngblood

Georgiana is spending the summer in Louisiana visiting relatives, like Aunt Vie, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. With her overprotective mother trying to keep Georgie close to home, Georgie organizes a talent contest to raise money for an Alzheimer’s foundation with her friends.

Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne

In this fun and adventurous middle grade, Josephine’s incredibly close to her dad and hates seeing him date. Though Josephine’s been able to scare off most of the women he likes, she can’t seem to do the same with Mariss, who may be more than she seems.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for June 29, 2021

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

Make It Fashion by Ava and Alexis McClure and Courtney Dawson

In this fun picture book from YouTubers Ava and Alexis, identical twins realize their differences in taste don’t have to drive them apart. As they prepare for a big fashion show, Ava and Alexis first think they have to agree on every little thing only to run into trouble when they realize one of them may like things fancy and glamorous while the other is more into cool vintage finds.

Dr. Fauci: How a Boy From Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor by Kate Messner and Alexandra Bye

Picture book bios are coming together so fast these days! This one takes on public figurehead Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose long medical career (researching diseases like HIV and most recently, COVID-19) has led to the rise in his public profile. This one goes back in time to Dr. Fauci’s upbringing in Brooklyn, where his inquisitive nature led him to settle on the medical field as a career choice.

Geraldine Pu and Her Lunch Box Too by Maggie P. Chang

Though Geraldine loves her lunch box (affectionately named Bianding) and the surprise Taiwanese lunches her grandma packs, her classmates don’t love them so much. When Geraldine is teased about her food, she throws out Biandang and immediately regrets it and must decide how to stand up for herself.

Long Distance by Whitney Gardner

In this fun and surprising graphic novel, Vega’s sent to a wilderness camp to make new friends. But alongside the other campers, Vega realizes this camp is far from ordinary, and they work together to figure out what’s really going on.

Generation Misfits by Akemi Dawn Bowman

In this middle grade novel, Millie jumps from homeschool to an arts academy where she bonds with some of her classmates over their shared love of a Japanese pop group called Generation Love. The girls come together and decide to perform in a school show together, but complications at home and at school threaten to tear them apart.

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New Children’s Book Releases for June 22, 2021

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

How to Wear A Sari by Darshana Khiani, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

In this cute and funny picture book, a little girl decides she’s ready to be grown up and wear a sari. As she dons the perfect outfit, she prepares to present herself and her new look to her family, but things don’t quite go as planned.

Paige Proves It: The Mystery Monster by Amy Marie Stadelman

When Paige moves to a new town, she takes her fact collecting notebook with her. When she learns about a neighborhood monster from her neighbor, Penn, she becomes determined to prove him wrong. Until some new findings change her conclusion.

Monster Friends by Kaeti Vandorn

Though Reggie wants to spend the summer stewing over an adventure gone awry, his perky neighbor Emily won’t leave him to spend it alone. Though their personalities are different, Reggie and Emily make a perfect pair.

Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year by Nina Hamza

When Ahmed and his family move from Hawaii to Minnesota, Ahmed must contend with a new bully, a tough language arts class, and his dad’s advancing illness.

Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani

In this graphic novel (from the author who wrote the also very good Pashmina) Shahi goes looking for her missing father and stumbles upon a magical jukebox. Transporting listeners back in time, the jukebox carried Shahi’s dad to legendary concerts, and now Shahi and her cousin Naz have to wind their way through musical history to find him and bring him back.

Until next week!