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New Children’s Book Releases for February 16, 2021

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

Tale of the Mandarin Duck by Bette Midler, photographed by Michiko Kakutani and illustrated by Joanna Avillez

Do you remember that duck that had New York City in a tizzy back in 2018? Well, if you forgot there’s a book about it now, written by Bette Midler. This is a modern fable about recognizing the remarkable things right in front of them.

Shy Willow by Cat Min

This whimsical picture book follows a shy cat whose favorite place to be is inside a mail box where she’s nice and safe. But when a letter is delivered, addressed to the moon and asking it to shine brightly the next day, Willow ventures out beyond her mail box to deliver it.

I See, You See by Richard Jackson and illustrated by Patrice Burton

This sweet picture book follows sibilings Maisie and Jonah, along with their dog Tinker, on a walk through their neighborhood that intertwines reality and imagination.

My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huynh Kim Lien

This beautiful picture book follows An, a young Vietnamese boy on a journey across the Mekong Delta. With a backpack and a single oar, An sets out for his first day of school.

The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan

This novel-in-verse follows Stevie, an 11-year-old who has found that knowing as many facts as possible helps her anxiety feel more in control. But for all the things Stevie understands, what she’s struggling to make sense of are new feelings for her friend Chloe.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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Children’s New Releases for February 9, 2021

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

We Wait for the Sun by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie Mccabe; illustrated by Raissa Figueroa

Dovey Mae and her grandmother traverse the woods in the early hours of the morning to find the sweetest blackberries. This picture book takes a beautiful snapshot of a Roundtree’s life with her grandmother and how they managed to find moments of happiness even in the Jim Crow south.

Anonymouse by Vikki Vansickle, illustrated by Anna Pirolli

This fun picture book takes an animal spin on artist Banksy. A mysterious mouse dots a city with art, inspiring the other animals to create art of their own.

Dreyer’s English (Adapted for Young Readers) by Benjamin Dreyer

Adapted for kids from the original, this is a smart, witty guide to writing and all that goes along with it: grammar, punctuation, spelling, all presented in a way as entertaining as it is instructive.

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith

For kids looking for more anthologies is this one of stories and poems celebrating the voices of Indigenous writers from the U.S and Canada. The stories balance personal struggles with joy and humor and feature stories from varied nations.

Simon and Chester: Super Detectives by Cale Atkinson

In this fun graphic novel, ghost Simon and human child Chester decide to become detectives. Though they have trouble finding clients, they do discover a dog in their house and get to work unraveling the mystery of where it came from.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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Children’s New Releases for February 2, 2021

Hey readers!

I’m back with another batch of children’s new releases.

Blankie by Ben Clanton

If you’re a fan of Narwhal & Jelly, this new board book might be perfect for you. In this new book, friends Narwhal and Jelly think up all the fun they can have with Narwhal’s favorite blankie.

Mel Fell by Corey B. Tabor

This cute picture book follows a young bird as she takes her first flight, under the watch of other cute creatures. This is adorably illustrated and includes some fun knowledge of kingfishers, the type of bird Mel is.

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carol Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper

This historical picture book recalls the story of the massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma where white supremacists descended on a town of African-Americans, murdering residents and destroying the neighborhood. As we approach 100 years since the massacre, this is a good way to begin conversations about it with kids.

The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold

When Gabrielle emigrates from Haiti to the United States by herself, she feels like her whole family’s future rests on her shoulders. And it’s much worse when she arrives and is bullied for being different. But then Gabrielle meets Lady Lydia, a witch who offers to make it so Gabrielle fits in perfectly in America. But once it’s done, Gabrielle realizes how much she’s given up in her quest to fit in and must find a way to reverse the spell.

Red, White and Whole by Rajani Larocca

This novel-in-verse is an emotional exploration of the immigrant experience. Reha feels out of place in her school where she stands out because she’s Indian. And she’s frustrated at home, where her parents insist on raising her with Indian values and traditions. Reha’s struggle to figure out how to be American and Indian is made even more complicated when her mother is diagnosed with cancer.

Until next week!


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New Children’s Book Releases for January 26, 2021

Hey readers!

I’m back with another batch of new releases!

Don’t Hug Doug (He Doesn’t Like It) by Carrie Finson and Daniel Wiseman

In this cute picture book about consent, Doug likes many things but not hugs. This is a nice twist on the golden rule of treating everyone as they’d like to be treated, instead asking that everyone simply ask everyone how they’d like to be treated and following accordingly.

What’s the Matter, Marlo? by Andrew Arnold

This sweet picture book about friendship and empathy follows two friends, Coco and Marlo. The two spend most of their time together, alongside Marlo’s dog. But one day Marlo doesn’t want to play and appears to be especially unhappy, but won’t tell Coco what’s wrong.

Avocado Asks by Momoko Abe

This witty picture book features an adorable avocado having an identity crisis. Is an avocado a fruit or a vegetable or something else altogether? To find the answer, Avocado heads to the grocery store to see where they fit in best.

Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic by Wauter Mannaert

This fun graphic novel follows Yasmina, a vegetarian chef working to take care of her family. When a big potato company starts producing an addictive potato that makes the people who eat them aggressively into potatoes, it’s up to Yasmina to save the day.

The In-Between by Rebecca K.S Ansari

In this creepy supernatural mystery, siblings Cooper and Jess tackle a mystery involving an old English railroad and their neighbor Elena. Meanwhile, Cooper must make sense of his own feelings after their parents’ divorce and his father leaves the family to start a new one.

While I Was Away by Waka T. Brown

This memoir from author Waka T. Brown revisits her childhood. When she was twelve years old, her parents, worried she was losing touch with her Japanese heritage, sent her to Japan to live with the grandmother she doesn’t know very well. This is an emotional and inspiring journey of a girl learning more about herself and her culture.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for January 19

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

Seaside Stroll by Charles Trevino and Maribel Lechuga

This charming story takes readers on a wintry walk along the sea. Written only in s-words, this follows a girl and her parent on a cute walk where they encounter numerous wonders.

Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris and Marissa Valdez

This inspiring picture book follows a young girl who seeks women on television being deemed “too ambitious”. She’s then catapulted on a journey through history to inspire girls to reclaim language that’s designed to keep them down.

The Comeback by E.L Shen

This exciting figure skating novel follows Maxine, a 12-year-old who aspires to compete in the Olympics one day. Before she can get there, she has to make it through sixth grade (where Maxine’s best friend is getting further away from her and closer to a boy who bullies Maxine) and the Regionals competition. And to make matters even worse, there’s a new skater in town, and they’re really good.

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B Alston

This highly-anticipated middle grade series starter follows Amari, a 13-year-old girl who learns she’s a magician. Searching for her missing brother Quinton, Amari is introduced to a secret, supernatural world, the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, and a magical training camp.

Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles

When a real estate developer makes an offer on Wes Henderson’s neighborhood, the whole community (including his friends) begin fighting over it. With the possibility of having to move looming overhead, Wes looks for a way to save his community.

Together We March by Leah Henderson and Tyler Feder

This inspiring nonfiction book goes into detail about protests of the past, many of them with children and youth movements at the forefront. There are well-known protests, such as the 2017 Women’s March, alongside lesser known movements throughout history.

Until next week! -Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for January 12

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

Champ and Major: First Dogs by Joy McCullough and Sheyda Abvabi Best

For first dog fans comes this sweet picture book about President-elect Joe Biden’s two dogs, who can’t wait to be in the White House with their dad. Champ is excited to be going back to the White House and eager to show Major, the first rescue dog to ever be in the White House, around.

Watch Me: A Story of Immigration and Inspiration by Doyin Richards and Joe Cepeda

This beautiful picture book tells the story of author Doyin Richards’s father and his journey from his homeland of Sierra Leone to the United States.

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D. Williams and Jacqueline Alcántara

This colorful picture book is an inspirational biography about Zora Neale Hurston, who found stories wherever she went. Encouraged to “jump to the sun”, with no fear of the landing, Zora jumped wherever she could, finding and telling stories that changed the world.

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

This is the newest title from the Rick Riordan Presents line, based on ancient Mesopotamian myth. Sik, who longs for a simple life, has his upended when he learns he’s immortal. To find the Flower of Immortality and keep the city from being wiped out by disease, Sik teams up with mythic hero Gilgamesh and the adopted daughter of the goddess of love and war.

Gone to the Woods: Surviving A Lost Childhood by Gary Paulsen

This memoir for middle grade readers by author Gary Paulsen, author of Hatchet, chronicles Paulsen’s own upbringing. This is Paulsen’s original survival story, one of being neglected as a child up to his enlisting in the army as a teenager.

Halfway to Harmony by Barbara O’Connor

This heartfelt middle grade book is a story of growing up and loss. Since his older brother never came home from the army, Walter’s been lost without him. But when he meets Posey, a new girl next door, Walter is catapulted into an adventurous summer of taking chances and figuring out who he is without the brother he looked up to.

Who Is Kamala Harris? by Kristen Anderson

Vice president-elect Kamala Harris joins the Who Is? ranks with this new title telling her inspirational story. If you’re not already familiar with this series (which also includes companion series called Where is? and What Was?) these make for accessible, fun-to-read biographies about a variety of people from soon-to-be vice presidents to authors, movie stars, and notable historical figures.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for January 5, 2021

Happy new year, readers! I’m excited to be back to sharing some great new children’s books with you

Baby Young, Gifted, and Black: With a Mirror! by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins

This board book (with a mirror!) is an aged-down version of Young, Gifted, and Black, introducing babies to inspirational Black heroes and offering confidence-building affirmations.

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

This lyrical picture book is a sweet tale of a little girl who realizes her eyes look different from other kids’ and learns to love the eyes she shares with other women in her family.

C Is For Country by Lil Nas X and Theodore Taylor III

If you’re a fan of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”, you’ll want to bring this ABC picture book to little ones. Lil Nas X is joined by his pony, Panini, on a journey through the alphabet and wide, open pastures.

Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland and Peteur Antonsson

In this latest entry in the High Republic series, new Jedi Knight Vernestra is tasked with supervising a 12-year-old aspiring inventor, Avon on a journey to dedicate a new space station. When the cruiser they’re on is attacked, Vernestra and Avon escape to a nearby moon, where danger awaits.

Root Magic by Eden Royce

This historical fiction novel is set in 1963 in South Carolina where Jezebel is trying to make sense of her changing life. Her grandmother has recently died, the police are harassing the family, and Jezebel and her twin brother Jay are about to start a new school, as school integration begins in the state. And their uncle announces it’s time he begin training them in rootwork, African-American folk magic that’s been in their family for generations.

Shaking Up the House by Yamile Saied Méndez 

This hilarious book follows sisters Ingrid and Winnie and their friends Skylar and Zora. First daughters Ingrid and Winnie have lived at the White House for the past eight years, but Skylar and Zora are the new first daughters and about to move in. In keeping with tradition, Ingrid and Winnie plan to prank Skylar and Zora, kicking off a prank war that threatens to spiral out of control.

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

Poet Nikki Grimes pairs new work with that of accomplished women of the Harlem Renaissance, whose work was forgotten with time. This also features bold new artwork from Black illustrators.

Happy reading! See you next week!


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New Children’s Book Releases for December 22, 2020

Hey readers! I’m back for the last children’s new releases newsletter of 2020. I’ll be back in January with more, but until then, enjoy this week’s picks, and I wish you happy holidays.

Curls by Ruth Forman and Geneva Bowers

This is a fun and simple board book about four friends celebrating their very different hair styles.

Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller (Backlist Bump)

In this fun picture book Aria is tired of everyone always trying to touch her hair. It doesn’t matter where she goes, whether it be to space, or under the sea, someone always wants to touch it, and Aria’s had enough.

Together by Charles Fuge

In this sweet book perfect for bedtime, a polar bear parent and their cub spend some quality time together.

Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne (Backlist Bump)

Now in paperback is this wintry entry in the Magic Treehouse series where Jack and Annie are swept back in time to a Roman camp where they learn what it takes to be a good Roman soldier.

Table at Trouble 5: I Can’t Feel My Feet by Tom Watson and Marta Kissi

This illustrated early chapter book is a fun take on the cold walk to school. With temperatures dropping, Rosie, Molly and Simon have to figure out some way to make the trek without freezing their feet off.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (Backlist Bump)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Princess Diaries, a rerelease of the first three books in the series. A little warmhearted nostalgia might be nice now, or to introduce this new generation to Mia Thermopolis when she discovers she’s princess of Genovia.

See you in 2021!


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New Children’s Book Releases for December 15, 2020

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

Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang

This followup to the picture book Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao has Amy assigned to make a dragon in her craft class. But despite Amy’s best efforts, none of her dragons feel right until she rallies her family to make the perfect dragon that is uniquely Amy’s.

I Love Being Me by Mechal Renee Roe

This empowering beginning reader is a companion to picture books Cool Cuts and Happy Hair. This is a colorful and exciting rhyming book about young girls’ joy in being themselves and doing things they enjoy.

Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington and Shane W. Evans

This fun introduction to Kwanzaa follows Li’l Rabbit as he looks for the perfect gift to help his sick grandma celebrate the holiday when their annual feast is canceled. Though Li’l struggles at first to find the perfect something for Granna Rabbit, once he gets the help of his family and friends, he finds something just right.

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Young Reader’s Edition) by Kamala Harris (Backlist Bump)

Now in paperback is this middle grade version of the memoir from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, tracing her influences and inspirations in her career as a public servant.

Mighty Justice: The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree (Young Reader’s Edition) by Dovey Johson Roundtree, Katie Mccabe and Jabari Asim

This young reader’s adaptation of Dovey Johnson Roundtree’s memoir tells the story of the activist. She was one of the first Black women to join the U.S Army then an attorney in segregated court rooms (winning an important case that helped end Jim Crow laws in the South) and eventually a minister in a church that had never before ordained women.

Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) by Sharon Robinson (Backlist Bump)

Now out in paperback is this middle grade memoir from Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball star Jackie Robinson, about the year of 1963. At thirteen, Sharon gets a front row seat to the Civil Rights Movement and works to find her own place and voice in the fight.

Until next week!

Chelsea (@ChelseaBigBang on Twitter)

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New Children’s Book Releases for December 8

Hey readers! We’re back with another week of children’s new releases!

Little Blue Truck’s Valentine by Alice Schertle

I know, I know, Valentine’s Day is forever away (or is it?), but it’s new Little Blue Truck! He’s back with rhymes and valentines for all his farm animal friends.

Sincerely, Emerson: A Girl, Her Letter, and the Helpers All Around Us by Emerson Weber and Jaclyn Sinquett

Early in the pandemic, a story went viral about a little girl named Emerson who wrote a thank you note to her mail carrier, Doug. This kicked off a national showing of appreciation for essential workers like Doug, and follows through in this cute picture book that draws attention to the essential workers we see each day.

The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez and Lauren Semmer

This alphabet book is…exactly what it says it is: Black history as told through the alphabet. This tells readers about key moments, places, and people, alongside colorful illustrations and charming writing.

A Year of Everyday Wonders by Cheryl B. Klein and Qin Leng

This sweet picture book illustrates all the ordinary firsts we encounter. First beach trips, first snowfalls, first missed bus, and the like, celebrating all the mundane firsts that give life its texture.

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and David Litchfield

This heartfelt picture book follows a girl and her fox companion on a courageous journey through difficult times to find the rainbow on the other side.

Exploring the White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home by Kate Anderson Bower

For any young readers looking to get a behind-the-scenes look at the White House, this book from historian Kate Anderson Bower goes into all the details. From the Secret Service to food service to all the staff who work there.

The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggit-Phillips and Isabelle Follath

This funny, macabre middle grade follows Ebenezer Tweezer, a man who is made immortal by his devotion to feeding the beast in his attic. When the beast requests a child for its next meal, Ebenezer finds the worst child he can, a horrible girl named Bethany. But when Ebenezer and Bethany become friends, he wishes she didn’t have to be eaten after all.

Until next week!

Chelsea (@ChelseaBigBang)