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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.

February 2016

642 Things to Draw: Young Artist's Edition by 826 Valencia - Children's 8 - 12, Art, Children's, Crafts & Hobbies

Chronicle Books | 9781452150666 | Published February 16, 2016

This collection of hilarious, wacky and imaginative drawing prompts provides endless quirky inspiration for young artists of all experience levels. Whether pondering how to sketch a zombie unicorn or filling the page with a magical (and delicious) field of cupcakes, budding artists will relish the chance to jump-start their artistic engines as they draw, sketch, imagine and create!


Ava XOX by Carol Weston - Children's 9-12

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492620778 | Published February 1, 2016

Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars by Cory Putman Oakes - Children's 8 - 12

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492605409 | Published February 1, 2016

Here is Big Bunny by Steve Henry - Animals , Children's 4-8, Holiday

Holiday House | 9780823434589 | Published February 1, 2016

In this urban adventure filled with more than one hundred fifty colorful animal characters, readers may notice something funny about the bright, energetic scenes. As critters roam through the city, each spread has a clue: a huge hand, a gigantic foot, a big tail, an enormous ear...What do these clues add up to? Big Bunny the oversized balloon, that sails down the street with a smile on his big face! Spot him in the background at the museum, the library, even the toy store.

Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez - Children's 3 - 6, Family Life

Holiday House | 9780823435654 | Published February 1, 2016

Oh no! A boy's beloved stuffed toy, Bongo, is missing. No one can help him. When he asks his abuela where Bongo is, she answers, "Yo no sé. I don't know." Mom and Dad haven't seen Bongo either. Gato just says "Meow," and runs away. When Bongo finally turns up behind Dad's drum, the problem of Bongo's whereabouts is resolved...but it doesn't answer how Bongo got there! The boy decides to set a trap to catch the Bongo thief.

Place Value Written by David A. Adler with illustrations by Edward Miller - Children's 5-9, Science, Teaching

Holiday House | 9780823435500 | Published February 1, 2016

You had better not monkey around when it comes to place value. The monkeys in this book can tell you why! As they bake the biggest banana cupcake ever, they need to get the amounts in the recipe correct. There's a big difference between 216 eggs and 621 eggs. Place value is the key to keeping the numbers straight.
The Drum of Destiny by Chris Stevenson - Children's 9-12, Adventure, Family Life, Historical Fiction

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623706357 | Published February 1, 2016

The year is 1775 and 12-year-old Gabriel Cooper is an orphaned patriot stuck living in a house of loyalists. But when the boy discovers a discarded drum in the East River, he sees it as a call to leave his home in New York and join in the fight for freedom in Boston.

Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig written by Deborah Hopkinson with illustrations by Charlotte Voake - Animals , Children's 4-8, Biography

Schwartz & Wade | 9780385373258 | Published February 2, 2016

Master of the historical fiction picture book, Hopkinson takes readers back to Victorian England and the home of budding young artist and animal lover Beatrix Potter. When Beatrix brings home her neighbor’s pet guinea pig so that she can practice painting it, well . . . it dies! Now what?

Builder Mouse by Sofia Eldarova - Animals , Children's 4-7, Art, Friendship

Clarion Books | 9780544357662 | Published February 2, 2016

Two mouse friends have two distinctly different uses for leftovers. Edgar loves to build with them.
 Toby loves to eat them. This makes life challenging. So Edgar sets out to find someone who will appreciate his creations as art, and not as lunch.

Pax by Sara Pennybacker - Animals , Children's 8 - 12, Nature, Science

Balzer + Bray | 9780062377012 | Published February 2, 2016

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, 300 miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be --- with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. 

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Etsby Dagg - Children's 10+, Family Life, Historical Fiction

Nancy Paulsen Books | 9780399172038 | Published February 2, 2016

It’s 1934, and times are tough for their family. To make a fresh start, Terpsichore’s father signs up for President Roosevelt’s Palmer Colony project, uprooting them from Wisconsin to become pioneers in Alaska. Their new home is a bit of a shock --- it’s a town still under construction in the middle of the wilderness, where the residents live in tents and share a community outhouse. Tackling its many unique challenges with her can-do attitude, Terpsichore starts making things happen to make Alaska seem more like home. Soon, she and her family are able to start settling in and enjoying their new surroundings --- everyone except her mother, that is. So, in order to stay, Terpsichore hatches a plan to convince her that it’s a wonderful --- and civilized --- place to live

The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn written by Sam Gayton with illustrations by Poly Bernatene - Children's 8 - 12, Adventure, Family Life, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Margaret K. McElderry Books | 9781481447690 | Published February 2, 2016

Lettie Peppercorn cannot go outside. Ma told her so right before Ma disappeared forever. So Lettie’s house is on stilts, and she is stuck with only the wind and a pigeon for a friend. One night a strange merchant appears. He claims to be an alchemist and he is here to sell Lettie his newest invention --- an invention called “snow.” But snow is not the only secret he holds. The alchemist knows where Lettie’s Ma is. And Lettie will do anything to get Ma back --- even if it means risking her own life.

The Battle of the Vegetables written by Matthieu Sylvander with illustrations by Perceval Barrier - Children's 6-9, Comic Books, Graphic Novel

Clarion Books | 9780544359420 | Published February 2, 2016

Leeks who believe a cow is one of Santa’s reindeer, carrots who accept an invitation to a party given by rabbits, and a leek and carrot couple whose romance precipitates total vegetable warfare are the hapless protagonists in these satiric, snarky stories. Brief text and wildly funny drawings expertly convey the quirky, madcap humor of author and artist.

The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs written by Cylin Busby with illustrations by Gerald Kelley - Animals , Children's 8 - 12, Historical Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780553511239 | Published February 2, 2016

Captain Natick does not want to take a kitten on board his ship when it sets sail in 1847, but his daughter convinces him that the scrawny yellow cat will bring good luck. Onto the ship the kitten goes, and so begins the adventurous, cliff-hanging, lucky life of Jacob Tibbs. Along the way, Jacob will encounter loss and despair, brave thunderous storms at sea, face down a mutiny, survive on a desert island, and above all, navigate the tricky waters of shipboard life and loyalties.

A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting Written by Michelle Robinson with illustrations by David Roberts - Animals , Children's 3 - 6, Nature

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781681190266 | Published February 9, 2016

In this perfect read-aloud, sure to delight kids and parents alike, a young aspiring bear spotter ventures into bear country...But coming face-to-face with the furry creatures themselves, whether black or brown, can be dangerous, and our protagonist --- accompanied by a trusty teddy bear --- might need to use some unconventional means to stay out of trouble and avoid being (gulp!) eaten.

A Big Surprise for Little Card Written by Charise Mericle Harper with illustrations by Anna Raff - Children's 4-8, Family Life, Holiday

Candlewick | 9780763674854 | Published February 9, 2016

In the world of cards, each one has a special job to do. Big Card keeps important papers in order. Tiny Card can be exchanged for a prize in an arcade. Round Card hangs out in a glamorous boutique. But is any card as lucky as Little Card? He’s going to school to become a birthday card --- in other words, to sing, play games, eat cake and be happy all day long. But wait! On the day he’s supposed to take his talents into the world, Long Card tells him there’s been a mix-up and they need to trade jobs. How can Little Card bring his exuberance into a library, a quiet place of books and rules and hushing? Offbeat and utterly endearing, this tale of a little guy who gives it all he’s got is complete with a sweet twist and a surprise ending.

Amazing Animal Journeys written by Chris Packham with illustrations by Jason Cockcroft - Animals , Children's

Sterling Children's Books | 9781454919056 | Published February 9, 2016

Whether they fly, swim, or walk, every year billions of animals travel from one part of our planet to another. Meet these masters of migration, and follow their incredible journeys in this beautiful, fact-filled nonfiction picture book by BBC wildlife expert Chris Packham. From whales and wildebeest to butterflies and bats, you can discover each of their stories, pore over the map to see their migration routes, and uncover extra information in the “Find Out More” section.

Bad Luck by Pseudonymous Bosch - Children's 8 - 12, Fantasy, Friendship , Mystery, Science Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316320429 | Published February 9, 2016

At Earth Ranch, things can get a little magical (some might say strange). Intrepid readers will discover a runaway boy, fishy cruise ship, strange cave paintings, dragon-like footprints and other mysteries that Clay and his friends need to solve. Danger, adventure, mischief, mystery, llamas and a delightfully irreverent and hilarious narrator make bestselling author Pseudonymous Bosch's anticipated new novel irresistible

Bloom Written by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by David Small - Children's 4-8, Fairy Tale, Nature

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | 9781442406209 | Published February 9, 2016

Bloom and her mud fairy magic might be able to turn weeds into flowers and spin sand into glass, but the people of the kingdom ceaselessly complain about the trails of dirt and puddles of mud that seem to follow her every step, and finally they cast her out. But when the glass castle begins to crack, the King and Queen in a panic search for the long-banished fairy, but they can’t find Bloom anywhere. Desperate to save their home, they send their meekest, most ordinary subject, a girl named Genevieve, to coax any worthy fairy to come and save the kingdom. Genevieve finds Bloom exactly where the king and queen failed to see her, and Bloom knows exactly how to save the kingdom. But it will take the two girls working together, along with a mighty dollop of self-confidence --- and some very messy hands --- to accomplish the extraordinary.
Ghosts Don't Wear Glasses: Fish Finelli, Book 3 Written by E.S. Farber with illustrations by Jason Beene - Children's 8 - 12, Humor, Mystery

Chronicle Books | 9781452138152 | Published February 9, 2016

Whooping Hollow bully, Bryce Billings, dares Fish Finelli and his friends to enter the one-legged whaler's long-abandoned haunted house on the night of a full moon. As they prepare for entry, they discover that if an heir to the house doesn't come forward by the end of the week, Bryce's dad will tear it down to build a resort. Determined not to let this historic (if ghost-infested!) house be destroyed, Fish and his friends decode a secret message, explore a hidden tunnel and tail a newcomer to town to determine if there really is an heir. 

How to Put Your Parents to Bed Written by Mylisa Larsen with illustrations by Babette Cole - Children's 4-8, Family Life, Humor

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062320643 | Published February 9, 2016

No one likes going to bed. And you're not even tired. You want to stay up and have all sorts of fun adventures! But take a look at your parents. They're really tired. They're exhausted. But they just won't go to bed! Help them put down the cell phones, turn off the TV, stop cleaning the dishes and go to bed! You might be small, but you can handle this task. Follow the instructions in this book and you'll have them snoring in no time.
It's Not Easy Being Number Three by Drew Dernavich - Children's 3-7, Humor, Teaching

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9781627792080 | Published February 9, 2016

The Number Three is having an identity crisis --- there are so many other things he could do with his life; why stop at being just a number? He tries being a ship's anchor, a spatula, even a shiny bronze sculpture, and he won't listen when the other numbers beg him to come back to the lineup. But after awhile, Number Three starts to realize that what he enjoys most is the job no one else can do: being the Number Three.
Little Butterfly by Laura Logan - Children's 4-8, Friendship , Nature

Balzer + Bray | 9780062281265 | Published February 9, 2016

This is a story of a young girl, a simple act of kindness and a magical, once-in-a-lifetime journey. Laura Logan’s sweet and surprising illustrations tell an extraordinary tale of compassion rewarded and the wonder of nature. Includes an author’s note about the butterfly’s metamorphosis and migratory behavior.
Little Cat's Luck written by Marion Dane Bauer with illustrations by Jennifer A. Bell - Animals , Children's 8 - 12, Friendship

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481424882 | Published February 9, 2016

When an indoor calico cat named Patches spots a golden autumn leaf fluttering past her window, she can’t help but venture outside to chase it. But soon, Patches feels something tugging at her, telling her to find a special place --- one she won’t know until she sees it. Why must she go on this search? She doesn’t know yet. Along the way, Patches finds herself in dire circumstances, but with the help of the other neighborhood animals, she faces off against the scariest dog in town and continues on her journey to her special place.

Louise Trapeze Did NOT Lose the Juggling Chickens by Micol Ostow and Brigette Barrager - Children's 6 - 9, Art, Children's, Performing Arts

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780553497434 | Published February 9, 2016

 Louise is seven years old now, which means she is super mature and ready for big responsibilities! Her BFF Stella gets to watch Clementine the Elephant, and even Ferret-Breath Fernando is trusted with errands for the ringmaster. But Louise has nada, nothing important at all to do --- until she gets her chance. She is asked to watch the three juggling chickens. Louise knows she will make a superb babysitter. Too bad Oona, Loona, and Maude have other ideas.