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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 2016


A Day with Parkinson's by A. Hultquist and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff - Children's 4-8, Children's, Health

Albert Whitman & Company | 9780807555811 | Published May 1, 2016

Ever since Grandpa got Parkinson's, Noah has noticed he hasn't been the same. He doesn't have as much energy as he used to, and sometimes when he's excited or happy, he can't smile. Noah worries that Parkinson's is his fault, but Grandpa assures him it's not --- and it won't stop him from having fun at the beach!

Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer - Animals , Children's 4-8, Family Life, Friendship, Picture

Albert Whitman & Company | 9780807530757 | Published May 1, 2016

Penguin is having a grumpy day. No matter what he does, he just can't shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over. The simple text and lively illustrations are the perfect cure for even the grumpiest of days.

The Lost Cipher by Michael Oechsle - Children's 9-12, Adventure, Friendship

Albert Whitman & Company | 9780807580639 | Published May 1, 2016

Lucas's father has recently died in Afghanistan, and to help him cope, his grandmother sends him to Camp Kawani, a camp for kids who have lost a parent. While there, he hears about the local legend of Thomas Jefferson Beale. Beale supposedly hid a hoard of gold in the mountains 200 years before. The location is encrypted in a set of codes no one has ever been able to decipher. Lucas and his newfound friends decide to track down the treasure.

With Dad, It's Like That Written by Nadine Brun-Cosme with illustrations by Magali Le Huche - Children's 4-8, Children's, Picture

Albert Whitman & Company | 9780807587317 | Published May 1, 2016

When Mom's at the movies, Dad is in charge for the night. And from lumpy potatoes to bathwater that's a little too cold, nothing is quite right. "That's not how Mom does it," Clara tells Dad. But she soon learns that Dad's ways of doing things aren't so bad --- in fact, she even gets two bedtime stories! Being with Dad has its benefits; as her dad explains, "With me, it's like that!"

An After Bedtime Story Written by Shoham Smith and Illustrated by Einat Tsarfati. - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Abrams Books for Young Readers | 9781419718731 | Published May 3, 2016

Little Nina will not go to bed. Not when the adults are having so much fun in the other room without her! Before her exasperated parents can catch up, Nina escapes her bedroom and races through the house, sampling cakes and just generally stirring up trouble. With Nina on the loose, a cordial family party becomes a wild good time, as her aunts and uncles join in the riotous fun. Finally it’s time for the guests to leave, and it is bedtime at last --- not just for Nina, but for the entire exhausted family.

Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay Written by Susan Hood with illustrations by Sally Wern Comport - Children's 4-8, Fiction, Music

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481430951 | Published May 3, 2016

Ada Ríos grew up in Cateura, a small town in Paraguay built on a landfill. She dreamed of playing the violin, but with little money for anything but the bare essentials, it was never an option...until a music teacher named Favio Chávez arrived. He wanted to give the children of Cateura something special, so he made them instruments out of materials found in the trash. It was a crazy idea, but one that would leave Ada --- and her town --- forever changed. Now, the Recycled Orchestra plays venues around the world, spreading their message of hope and innovation.

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds - Children's 10+, Children's, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | 9781481415903 | Published May 3, 2016

Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn to spend the summer with their grandparents --- in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder --- is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?

Beachy and Me by Bob Staake - Children's 3-7, Children's, Fiction, Poetry

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780385373142 | Published May 3, 2016

Pixie Picklespeare lives on a tiny island where there’s no one to play with...until a friendly whale washes ashore. With Pixie’s help (sort of), Beachy is soon back in the water, where the two play marvelous games. However, Beachy knows he must migrate to be with other whales. As he disappears into the deep, Pixie feels that she’s lost her dear friend forever. But when he returns months later, Pixie learns that at special times of the year, she and Beachy will be together again!

Bob and Flo Play Hide-and-Seek by Rebecca Ashdown - Children's 4-7, Friendship, Picture

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544596313 | Published May 3, 2016

Penguins Bob and Flo love to play hide-and-seek with their new friend Sam at preschool. But Bob isn’t very good at hiding! Every time, Flo and Sam find him right away. After several funny failed attempts, Bob finally gets the hang of the game --- and then enjoys the cake his friends baked in the preschool kitchen corner as his reward.

Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue written by Lauren Oliver with illustrations by H. C. Chester - Children's 8 - 12, Family Life, Friendship, Mystery

HarperCollins | 9780062270849 | Published May 3, 2016

Four extraordinary children must avenge their friend’s death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past . . . before their past unravels them.

Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle - Children's 2-4, Picture

Chronicle Books | 9781452138169 | Published May 3, 2016

The darling, dancing Flora is back, and this time she's found two new friends: a pair of peacocks! But amidst the fanning feathers and mirrored movements, Flora realizes that the push and pull between three friends can be a delicate dance. Will this trio find a way to get back in step? In the third book featuring Flora and her feathered friends, Molly Idle's gorgeous art combines with clever flaps to reveal that no matter the challenges, true friends will always find a way to dance, leap and soar --- together.

FLYING FROGS AND WALKING FISH: Leaping Lemurs, Tumbling Toads, Jet-Propelled Jellyfish, and More Surprising Ways That Animals Move by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page - Animals , Children's 4-7, Children's, Fiction, Picture

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544630901 | Published May 3, 2016

A red-lipped batfish waddles across the sea floor on its fins, searching for small sea creatures to eat. These creatures come equipped with legs, wings, or tentacles and they often move from place to place in surprising ways. In the latest eye-catching escape into the kingdom of Animalia, Caldecott Honor-winning team Jenkins and Page show how animals roll, fly, walk, leap, climb, swim and even flip! This fascinating and fun illustrated nonfiction melds science, art, biology and the environment together in a detailed and well-researched book about how animals move in our world today.

Gator Dad by Brian Lies - Children's 4-7, Children's, Family, Fiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544534339 | Published May 3, 2016

From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day. Presented by New York Times bestselling author Brian Lies (BATS AT THE BEACH), this heartwarming story demonstrates a series of very special ways children can connect with their fathers and should appeal to parents and little readers everywhere.

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! by Elise Parsley - Children's 4-7, Humor, Performing Arts, Picture

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316376594 | Published May 3, 2016

If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee, or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination, and one very heavy upright piano that, she insists, she needs to take with her.

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas - Children's 10 - 12, Culture, Historical Fiction

Clarion Books | 9780544612310 | Published May 3, 2016

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name --- Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart - Children's 10+, Young Adult 10+

Delacorte Books for Young Readers | 9780553536744 | Published May 3, 2016

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade. Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change. 

Moone Boy: The Fish Detective by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy - Children's 9-12, Fiction, Friendship, Mystery

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250059475 | Published May 3, 2016

Trying to earn money for a Game Boy, Martin Moone tries to find work as a stable boy, cowboy and homeboy before becoming Boyle’s main butcher boy. But Francie Feeley’s Fabulous Fishatorium across the road is luring all their customers away. Convinced something fishy is afoot, Martin and Sean decide to go on an undercover mission to discover the secrets of the mysterious fish factory. But can Agent M double-O N E get to the bottom of Feeley’s slippery schemes without ending up sleeping with the fishes himself?

Mother-Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick - Children's 10 - 14, Family, Fiction, Friendship

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781442471832 | Published May 3, 2016

After so many summers together, Emma, Jess, Megan, Becca and Cassidy are reunited for one final hurrah before they go their separate ways. The plan is to spend their summer as counselors at Camp Lovejoy in a scenic, remote corner of New Hampshire, but things get off to a rocky start when their young charges are stricken with a severe case of homesickness. Hopefully, a little bit of bibliotherapy will do the trick, as the girls bring their longstanding book club to camp.

My Old Pal, Oscar written by Amy Hest with illustrations by Amy Bates - Animals , Children's 5-8, Family Life, Picture

Abrams Books for Young Readers | 9781419719011 | Published May 3, 2016

After a young boy’s beloved pet passes away, he encounters an adorable stray dog on the beach. The boy tries to walk away and ignore the cuddly creature, but the puppy continues to follow him, undeterred. Though the boy is still dealing with the pain of his loss and feels afraid to care about a new pet again, as the two walk the sand together, the boy slowly opens himself up to the joy of having a new dog in his life and making peace with the past.

No Better Friend: Young Readers Edition: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II by Robert Weintraub - Children's, History, Military

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316344678 | Published May 3, 2016

NO BETTER FRIEND tells the true story of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain's Royal Air Force, and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met as prisoners of war during World War II. Judy, who became the war's only official canine POW, was a fiercely loyal dog who sensed danger-warning her fellow prisoners of imminent attacks and, later, protecting them from brutal beatings. Frank and Judy's friendship, an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances, is one of the great recently uncovered stories of World War II.

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree Written by Daniel Bernstrom with illustrations by Brendan Wenzel - Children's 4-8, Children's, Picture

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062354853 | Published May 3, 2016

With its striking cast of forest creatures, ONE DAY IN THE EUCALYPTUS, EUCALYPTUS TREE is Daniel Bernstrom’s amusing and original tale of a plucky little boy who is gobbled up by a giant snake. Consuming his victims at an alarming rate, this snake doesn’t realize that his captives are planning their escape. In the spirit of THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY by Simms Taback, the reader sees a cutaway of the snake’s belly and can maybe even guess how the tale ends! 
One Little Two Little Three Little Children Written by Kelly DiPucchio with illustrations by Mary Lundquist - Children's 4-8, Coming of Age, Children's, Fiction, Picture

Balzer + Bray | 9780062348661 | Published May 3, 2016

From bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio, with illustrations by Mary Lundquist, comes a charming new picture book in the vein of Liz Garton Scanlon’s ALL THE WORLD and Susan Meyers’s EVERYWHERE BABIES. ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE THREE LITTLE CHILDREN --- an exuberant reinvention of the classic children’s rhyme --- is pure read-aloud, sing-along joy and an irresistible celebration of all kinds of children and families.

Pretty Minnie in Hollywood by Danielle Steel and Kristi Valiant - Animals , Art, Fiction, Pets, Photography

Doubleday Books for Young Readers | 9780553537550 | Published May 3, 2016

Lights, camera, adorable! Pretty Minnie is back, and it’s her big break when she visits the glitz and glamour of Hollywood! Whether sightseeing with her best friend, taking a dip in the fancy hotel pool, or having a costume fitting at the movie studio, Minnie’s star quality shines as she becomes everyone’s favorite motion-picture pup.

Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars by Gregory Zuckerman and Elijah Zuckerman - Children's 8 - 12, Biography, Sports

Philomel Books | 9780399173820 | Published May 3, 2016

Athlete after athlete in this book found discipline, hope and inspiration on the playing field, rising above their circumstances. Filled with first-hand accounts from stars who exemplify the idea of enduring at all costs, RISING ABOVE will serve as a must-read source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages.
Samanthasaurus Rex Written by B. B. Mandell, Illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman - Children's 4-8, Children's, Fiction, Friendship

Balzer + Bray | 9780062348739 | Published May 3, 2016

Samanthasaurus Rex is not your typical T. rex. She’d rather paint animals than chase them. She prefers sorting bones to gnawing on them. Bite and fight? Nope. Sam uses her words. Naturally, her parents and brother worry --- will she ever be a strong, fearsome leader like a true T. rex? But when disaster strikes, it is Samanthasaurus Rex who saves the day --- in her own unique way.