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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.

January 2017


I'll Hug You More by Laura Duksta - Children's 4-8, Family

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492626183 | Published January 1, 2017

Hugs can say a lot of things like "hello," "thank you," and "I'm sorry." But underneath it all, every hug says "I love you."

A Crack in the Sea by H. M. Bouwman - Children's 10+, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399545191 | Published January 3, 2017

No one comes to the Second World on purpose. The doorway between worlds opens only when least expected. The Raft King is desperate to change that by finding the doorway that will finally take him and the people of Raftworld back home. To do it, he needs Pip, a young boy with an incredible gift --- he can speak to fish; and the Raft King is not above kidnapping to get what he wants. Pip’s sister Kinchen, though, is determined to rescue her brother and foil the Raft King’s plans.

A Greyhound, a Groundhog Written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Chris Appelhans. - Animals , Children's 3-7

Schwartz & Wade | 9780553498059 | Published January 3, 2017

When a greyhound meets a groundhog, wordplay and crazy antics ensue. The two animals, much like kids, work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another. (Around, round hound. Around, groundhog!) The pace picks up (Around and around and astound and astound!), until they ultimately wear themselves out.

Adrift: An Odd Couple of Polar Bears by Jessica Olien - Animals , Children's 4-8, Friendship, Humor

Balzer + Bray | 9780062451774 | Published January 3, 2017

Karl and Hazel are polar bears. They are not friends.
Of all the polar bears, Karl is stuck with one who doesn’t like to talk.
Of all the polar bears, Hazel is stuck with the one who talks too much.
And now they’re drifting out to sea together...

And I Have You: A Book of Mothers and Babies by Maggie Smith - Children's 3-7, Family

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780553510195 | Published January 3, 2017

This book celebrates the love between mothers and babies throughout the animal kingdom. Ducklings, piglets, foals, and fawns frolic through the pages. As our human baby grows from newborn to toddler, Mom offers the constant, comforting refrain: Wherever you go, whatever you see, I'll always have you and you'll always have me.

Bad Kitty Takes the Test by Nick Bruel - Animals , Children's 7-10, Fiction, Humor

Roaring Brook Press | 9781626725898 | Published January 3, 2017

Based on her previous bad behavior, the Society of Cat Aptitude has determined that Kitty is not only a bad kitty but a bad cat. In order to redeem her feline status, Kitty must take an aptitude test to determine if she deserves to be a cat. If she fails, she will no longer be able to be a cat. With the help of Chatty Kitty, who is the instructor at Cat School, and Uncle Murray, who thinks he's just there to renew his driver's license, Kitty learns all about being a cat and a little about herself.

Batgirl at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls) by Lisa Yee - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Comic Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction, Superhero

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9781101940655 | Published January 3, 2017

Barbara Gordon has always been an off-the-charts, just-forget-about-the-test super-genius and tech whiz and then she gets the offer of a lifetime when Supergirl recognizes that Barbara’s talents make her an ideal candidate for Super Hero High. Donning the cape and cowl, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl, ready to train at the most elite school on the planet, next to some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. She’s always had the heart of a hero...but now she’ll have to prove that she can be one. Good thing she loves a challenge!

Delivery by Aaron Meshon - Children's 4-8, Family Life

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481441759 | Published January 3, 2017

A grandmother goes to great lengths to send her grandson a care package in this heartwarming and playful picture book.

Egg by Kevin Henkes - Animals , Children's 4-8, Science

Greenwillow Books | 9780062408723 | Published January 3, 2017

This masterful and stylistically original picture book introduces young children to four eggs. One is blue, one is pink, one is yellow, and one is green. Three of the eggs hatch, revealing three baby birds who fly away. But the green egg does not hatch. Why not? When the three birds return to investigate, they’re in for a big surprise! What will happen next? With a compelling mix of comic-like panels, wordless pages and spreads, and a short text featuring word repetition, surprise, and suspense.

Flying Lessons & Other Stories Edited by Ellen Oh - African American Interest, Anthology, Children's 8-12, Fiction

Crown Books for Young Readers | 9781101934593 | Published January 3, 2017

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology --- written by the best children’s authors --- celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us. In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. 

Good Night! Good Night! Written and Illustrated by Carin Berger. - Animals , Children's 4-8

Greenwillow Books | 9780062408846 | Published January 3, 2017

It’s time for bed! Mama Bunny’s three little ones do not want to go to bed, but after good-night hugs, good-night kisses, good-night tickles, and a lot of jumping around, they finally do! A lively call-and-response text makes this book an especially good fit for storytime and bedtime.

Hug It Out! by Louis Thomas - Children's 3-6, Family, Humor

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | 9780374303143 | Published January 3, 2017

Mom has had enough of Woody and Annie's incessant fighting. When her pleas for sharing and apologizing are ignored, she demands they "hug it out." At first, the warring siblings are confused. Hugging? But after a long afternoon of forced embraces, the brother and sister decide to call a truce to avoid yet another icky hug. However it doesn't take long for them to miss that newfound closeness. And soon they're looking for something to fight about so they can hug it out once more!

Martin's Dream Day by Kitty Kelley and Stanley Tretick - Biography, Children's 5-9

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481467667 | Published January 3, 2017

Bestselling author and journalist Kitty Kelley combines her elegant storytelling with Stanley Tretick’s iconic photographs to transport readers to the 1963 March on Washington, bringing that historic day vividly to life for a new generation.

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson - Children's 8-12, Historical Fiction

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544785106 | Published January 3, 2017

It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man’s cotton plantation. Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till’s murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change...and that she should be part of the movement. 

Mingo the Flamingo by Pete Oswald and Justin K. Thompson - Animals , Children's 4-8

HarperCollins | 9780062391988 | Published January 3, 2017

From author-illustrator team Pete Oswald and Justin K. Thompson comes a hilarious picture book about a flamingo named Mingo who is ready to fly but gets lost from the rest of the flock during a terrible storm. To make matters worse, when he crashes, he completely forgets who he is and where he belongs. With the help and training from some new friends, he must find the strength to make it back home and reunite with his family.

Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born by Gene Barretta and Frank Morrison - Children's 4-8, Nonfiction, Sports

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062430168 | Published January 3, 2017

In this picture book biography of Muhammad Ali, author Gene Barretta and illustrator Frank Morrison tell the unforgettable childhood story of this legendary boxing champion and how one pivotal moment set him on his path to become the Greatest of All Time.

No More Bows by Samantha Cotterill - Animals , Children's 4-8, Humor

HarperCollins | 9780062408709 | Published January 3, 2017

Milly loves her dog Hugo. And she LOVES dressing up Hugo in bows. Hugo loves Milly, but Hugo does NOT like wearing bows. Not frilly ones or sparkly ones or bows with jewels. Finally, Hugo can’t take it anymore and he runs away! But life is lonely without Milly. He starts to think that maybe bows aren’t so dreadful after all --- and maybe life is better with a friend by your side.

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes - African American Interest, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, Free Verse, Poetry

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781619635548 | Published January 3, 2017

In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance ---including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era --- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking.This special book also includes original artwork in full-color from some of today's most exciting African American illustrators.

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden - Children's 6-9, History, Nonfiction

Abrams Books for Young Readers | 9781419714559 | Published January 3, 2017

PATHFINDERS is a collective biography of sixteen diverse American men and women of African descent who made their mark on American history in the 18th to 20th centuries. People who dared to dream, take risks, and create goals not only for themselves, but for others and the betterment of their society, too.

Pen Pals by Alexandra Pichard - Animals , Children's 4-7, Friendship

Aladdin | 9781481472470 | Published January 3, 2017

For an entire school year, Oscar the ant and Bill the octopus send letters to each other as part of a school project. Oscar loves table tennis, and Bill loves modelling clay. Oscar does judo, while Bill has a garden. Despite their differences, the two new friends find shared interests…all leading up to one final surprise!

Psst! I Love You by Marjorie Blain Parker and Sydney Hanson - Animals , Children's 3-5

Sterling Children's Books | 9781454917212 | Published January 3, 2017

Barn cats PURRR up in the hayloft.
Between the rafters, pigeons COO.
Do you want to hear their secret?
PSST! Guess what? It’s I LOVE YOU!

Queen Dog by Bridget Heos and Alejandro O'Keeffe - Animals , Children's 3-6, Family, Humor

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484728529 | Published January 3, 2017

Queen Dog has ruled her castle with grace and majesty since she was a pup. Her people adore her. They provide her with delicious meals and shower her with attention. Lately, though, they have been a bit distracted and service has started to slip. Queen Dog tries her best to make do --- but then a stranger moves into the castle! Who is this tiny newcomer commanding all the attention? A servant, or a pretender to the throne?

Revenge of the Green Banana by Jim Murphy - Children's 10-12, Friendship, Historical Fiction

Clarion Books | 9780544786776 | Published January 3, 2017

Jimmy Murphy’s sixth grade teacher, Sister Angelica Rose, is out to get him. She humiliates him in class and punishes him when he hasn’t done anything wrong. She even forces him to perform onstage with second-graders, wearing a giant green banana costume. A classic underachiever with a talent for trouble, Jimmy wants revenge, and with his friends he plans a prank that will embarrass Sister Angelica in front of the whole school. What could possibly go wrong?

Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Scholastic Press | 9781338053845 | Published January 3, 2017

Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys --- an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves. Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he's willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming. 
Siren Sisters by Dana Langer - Children's 9-13, Family, Fantasy, Fiction

Aladdin | 9781481466868 | Published January 3, 2017

 Lolly Salt has three beautiful sisters. When they're not in school or running their small town's diner, they're secretly luring ships to their doom from the cliffs of Starbridge Cove, Maine. With alluring voices that twelve-year-old Lolly has yet to grow into (not that she wants to anyway) the Salt sisters do the work mandated by the Sea Witch, a glamorously frightening figure determined to keep the girls under her control. With their mother dead after a mysterious car accident, and their father drowning in grief, the sisters carry on with their lives and duties until a local sea captain gets suspicious about the shipwrecks.