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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

May 2017

Hardcover

Penguins of America Written by James Patterson and Jack Patterson with contributions by Florence Yue and illustrations by Jim Madsen - Animals , Children's 4-8, Fiction, Humor

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316346993 | Published May 1, 2017

Penguins --- our lovable, cute, flightless friends who are constantly dressed for a formal occasion ---have always fascinated humans. As we shuffle through life one day at a time, it's easy to take things far too seriously, but when we see penguins taking a walk in our shoes it's impossible not to recognize how silly we can actually be. Featuring humorous illustrations with captions that show penguins in the day-to-day situations that we've all experienced --- from a relaxing day at the beach to a stressful morning commute.

5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior Written by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel with illustrations by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9781101935866 | Published May 2, 2017

The Five Worlds are on the brink of extinction unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit. When war erupts, three unlikely heroes will discover there’s more to themselves than meets the eye...The clumsiest student at the Sand Dancer Academy, Oona Lee is a fighter with a destiny bigger than she could ever imagine. A boy from the poorest slums, An Tzu has a surprising gift and a knack for getting out of sticky situations. 
 
  
An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems - Animals , Children's 4-8, Fiction, Friendship

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484799673 | Published May 2, 2017

Mo Willems, a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, celebrates ten years of Elephant & Piggie in this special bind-up collection: TODAY I WILL FLY!; WATCH ME THROW A BALL; CAN I PLAY TOO?; the award-winning LET'S GO FOR A DRIVE!; and I REALLY LIKE SLOP!

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk - Children's, Children's 10+, Youth Fiction

Dutton Books for Young Readers | 9781101994856 | Published May 2, 2017

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. 

Bigfoot (Behind the Legend) Written by Erin Peabody with illustrations by Victor Rivas - Animals , Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Science

little bee books | 9781499804256 | Published May 2, 2017

Behind the Legend looks at creatures and monsters throughout history and analyzes them through a scientific, mythbusting lens, debating whether or not the sightings and evidence provided are adequate proof of their existence. In Bigfoot, readers learn about all the sightings and proof of it, from the famous photograph and video to footprints and other evidence. It also discusses additional history about the monster, such as how Bigfoot became a major figure in popular culture, and how other versions of the creature (such as the Yeti) have been seen around the world. 

Bubble by Stewart Foster - Children's, Children's 7-10, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481487429 | Published May 2, 2017

11-year-old Joe has never had a life outside of the hospital, with its beeping machines and view of London’s rooftops. His condition means he’s not allowed outside, not even for a moment, and his few visitors risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his bubble. Then a new nurse offers Joe the possibility of going outside. But Joe doesn’t know if the nurse is serious --- or whether he could survive the adventure.

Bug Girl Written by Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens with illustrations by Anoosha Seyd - Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Superhero

Imprint | 9781250106612 | Published May 2, 2017

Amanda Price adores all things bug-related --- from spiders to mantises --- like, seriously loves them. Unfortunately most of her fellow sixth-graders do not share her invertebrate obsession. They’re grossed out by it. Especially Amanda’s ex-best friend, Emily, who thinks Amanda is creepy weird. But when mysterious invaders menace the town of Oyster Cove and take both Amanda and Emily’s mothers captive, Amanda unexpectedly develops amazing insectile powers! Newly equipped with antennae and a glistening exoskeleton she uncovers a secret that changes everything.
Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel Written by Adam Rubin with illustrations by Daniel Salmieri - Animals , Children's 3-5, Fantasy, Fiction

Dial Books | 9780525428886 | Published May 2, 2017

News alert! It has just been discovered that there are NO MORE TACOS left anywhere in the world. This is a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. If only there was a way for the dragons to travel back in time, to before tacos went extinct. Then they could grab lots of tacos and bring them back! It’s the perfect plan, as long as there’s no spicy salsa. You remember what happened last time...
Dream (Wish) by Matthew Cordell - Animals , Children's 2-4, Family, Family Life, Fiction

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484773406 | Published May 2, 2017

With new life comes infinite possibility, and as a gorilla family delights in their young child, they dream of everything their baby will encounter and who he will become.

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Good for Nothing Button by Mo Willems and Charise Mericle Harper - Animals , Children's 4-8, Fiction

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484726464 | Published May 2, 2017

Yellow Bird has a button. It does...nothing! It is a good for nothing button. Red Bird and Blue Bird are excited to try the button. But when they press it, they discover that the button makes them happy. Happy is something! A flabbergasted Yellow Bird insists the button does nothing. But it sure does seem to be making him mad. Mad is something! The hilarious debate that follows takes readers on an emotional roller coaster that pokes at the power of imaginative play.
Enzo and the Fourth of July Races Written by Garth Stein with illustrations by R. W. Alley - Animals , Children's 4-8, Fiction, Holiday

HarperCollins | 9780062380593 | Published May 2, 2017

For Enzo, the Fourth of July means three things: fireworks, family, and car races! This year Zoë is finally old enough to compete in the Kids’ Kart Challenge. But when one of the boys at the track says that girls aren’t fast drivers, Zoë gets nervous and backs out of the race. Enzo knows it’s up to him to help his family regain the confidence to compete on the big day.

From Percy Jackson: Camp Half-Blood Confidential (An Official Rick Riordan Companion Book): Your Real Guide to the Demigod Training Camp (Trials of Apollo) by Rick Riordan - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Short Stories

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484785553 | Published May 2, 2017

In response to an awful camp orientation video created by the god Apollo, Percy Jackson and other residents of Camp Half-Blood answer such questions as "What is this place?" and "Do I get to keep the T-shirt?" Newbies can check out the section on the Divine Cabins, read up on Magical Landmarks, and consult the chapter of Training Arenas. But CAMP HALF-BLOOD CONFIDENTIAL explores much more than just the buildings and grounds. It includes info that can only be learned from those who live there. 

Georgia Rules by Nanci Turner Steveson - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062374578 | Published May 2, 2017

Magnolia Grace never wanted to leave Georgia. She never wanted to move with her mama to the farm her daddy owned before he died. But now here she is, in a tiny Vermont town where everybody sings the praises of the father Maggie never knew. Then Maggie meets the Parker family --- two moms, six kids, plus a pony. The Parkers are loud and wild, ask lots of questions, and don't follow any of the rules Maggie grew up with in Georgia. Suddenly Maggie has questions too --- questions about her father, and why Mama kept him away for so long.
Gnome-a-geddon Written by K. A. Holt with illustrations by Colin Jack. - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Margaret K. McElderry Books | 9781481478458 | Published May 2, 2017

 Buck is a super fan of the book series, The Triumphant Gnome Syndicate. But when the book’s author disappears in a cloud of smoke at the release party for book three and Buck’s little sister disappears into a bottomless dumpster, Buck realizes that the world of gnomes and trolls might really exist. The real Custard needs Buck’s help to find the Troll Vanquishing Mace. And Buck needs to find his sister. So Buck and his best friend Lizzie set off on an adventure that would make any fan’s head spin.

How to Be a Supervillain Written by Michael Fry with a foreword by James Patterson - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero

jimmy patterson | 9780316318693 | Published May 2, 2017

Victor Spoil comes from a long line of famous supervillains and he's fully expected to join their ranks one day. But to his family's utter disappointment, Victor doesn't have a single bad-guy bone in his body. He won't run with scissors, he always finishes his peas, and he can't stand to be messy. Hopeless! As a last-ditch effort before they give up and let him be a --- gasp! --- civilian, Victor's exasperated parents send him to apprentice under a disgraced supervillain called The Smear.
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! by Elise Parsley - Children's 4-7, Fiction, Performing Arts

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316376617 | Published May 2, 2017

If you see a poster that says "You Can Do Anything at the Library!", it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn't see any problem with setting up her own big top. She's got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won't fit between the bookshelves? Elise Parsley's boldly expressive illustrations perfectly complement this mostly-librarian-approved guide on how to be everything BUT quiet in the library!

Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492646723 | Published May 2, 2017

Joyce is desperate to get out of the room she shares with her older sister. All she wants is some peace and quiet, not the kind that fills the space left by her missing brother and tastes like butterscotch gone sour, the kind where you can breathe deep and see the stars. So she moves to the roof. Up there it's nothing but blue sky. Blue sky and....another roof dweller? Joyce soon discovers she's not the only one who's been driven to rooftop living. With the help of a pair of binoculars, a sketch pad, and a pen, Joyce makes an unexpected friend and sets in motion a summer she'll never forget.

Lemons by Melissa Savage - Children's, Children's 8-12, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

Crown Books for Young Readers | 9781524700126 | Published May 2, 2017

Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can’t possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California --- the Bigfoot Capital of the World --- where she’s forced to live with a grandfather she’s never met after her mother passes away. Then she meets eleven-year-old Tobin Sky, the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc., who is the sole Bigfoot investigator for their small town. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, they set out on an epic adventure to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film. 

Marty Pants #1: Do Not Open! by Mark Parisi - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Graphic Novel

HarperCollins | 9780062427762 | Published May 2, 2017

Marty Pants is different from your typical middle schooler. He has the soul of an artist, and as an artist, he notices things --- the kinds of things other kids don’t seem to see. So when Marty discovers a plot on his teacher’s computer to take over the world, Marty knows this is a danger he can’t just ignore. But no one, not his best friends Parker and Roongrat or his mother, father, sister, arch-enemy, Simon, or Chief of Police Pickels, believes him. So, it’s up to Marty to save the world --- his way.
Orphan Train Girl by Christina Baker Kline - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Social Issues

HarperCollins | 9780062445940 | Published May 2, 2017

Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her attitude that’s the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she’s had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly’s forced to help an elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. Just another adult to treat her like a troublemaker.
But from the very moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian, a well-off ninety-one-year-old, isn’t like any of the adults she’s encountered before.
Peterrific (Pinkalicious) by Victoria Kann - Children's 4-8, Fiction, Humor

HarperCollins | 9780062563569 | Published May 2, 2017

 
Peter loves to build with blocks. One day, he decides to build a tower that will reach the moon, and he wants to do it all by himself. Will the moon be made of cheese? Can he catch a shooting star? As Peter climbs higher and higher into space, he discovers he doesn’t have a way down! He’ll have to figure out what to do next --- all by himself.
Planet Jupiter by Jane Kurtz - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction

Greenwillow Books | 9780060564865 | Published May 2, 2017

Jupiter and her family have spent their lives on the road, moving from town to town in a trusty old van and earning their living by playing music for tourists. But when their van breaks down, Jupiter’s mother rents an actual house in Portland for the summer so Jupiter’s annoying cousin Edom, recently adopted from Ethiopia, can stay with them. Luckily, Edom doesn’t want to be in Portland any more than Jupiter wants her there, and the two hatch a Grand Plan to send Edom back to her mother.

Posted by John David Anderson - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship

Walden Pond Press | 9780062338204 | Published May 2, 2017

When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes --- though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well. In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School. It’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. 
Quest for the Golden Arrow (Time Stoppers) by Carrie Jones - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Magic

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781619638631 | Published May 2, 2017

Annie is no longer a Nobody --- she's a Time Stopper, one of the last humans who can control time. Now, she's found a home in the enchanted town of Aurora alongside all sorts of mystical creatures alongside, and made three best friends in Eva the dwarf, Bloom the last elf, and Jamie, who might be a troll. Then Annie discovers that the wicked Raiff has kidnapped her beloved new guardian. To save her, Annie must win the trust of a riddle-loving dragon and search for a magical bow and arrow. But as Annie and her friends embark on this mission, she learns some shocking secrets about her past.
Space Runners #1: The Moon Platoon by Jeramey Kraatz - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062445971 | Published May 2, 2017

In the year 2085, Benny Love is pretty used to surviving on what he and his family can scavenge on Earth. But when he wins a scholarship for a life-changing trip to visit the Lunar Taj, the first-ever resort on the Moon, Benny thinks he finally has a chance to give his family a better life. Benny can’t wait to fly his very own Space Runner, practice reverse bungee jumping, and explore craters on the dark side of the Moon. But he gets more than he expected when he and the other kids discover the Moon has secrets no one else knows about.