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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 2017


Bicycles (Made by Hand) by Patricia Lakin - Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction

Aladdin | 9781481478960 | Published February 7, 2017

Aaron Dykstra of Six-Eleven Bicycles in Roanoke, Virginia, got his first job at a small local bike shop when he was fifteen and he spent the majority of his teen years riding and racing bikes. After a stint in the air force, Aaron realized his true passion was on land: making these beautiful machines. This book gives kids a detailed peek into Aaron’s process making steel bike frames with his own hands. Charts, infographics, and bold photographs make this a perfect book for anyone who’s curious about how a bicycle is made.

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe - Fairy Tale

Philomel Books | 9780399176517 | Published February 7, 2017

Times have been tough for Ash lately, and all he wants is for everything to go back to the way it used to be. Back before drought ruined the land and disease killed off the livestock. Before Ash’s father went off to war and returned carrying psychological scars. As Ash trains for his town’s annual Stag Chase --- a race rooted in violent, ancient lore --- he’s certain that if he can win and make his father proud, life will return to normal. When a run in the mountains brings Ash face-to-face with Bone Jack --- a figure that guards the boundary between the living world and the dead --- everything changes once more. 

Dragon Captives (The Unwanteds Quests) by Lisa McMann - Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Family, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction

Aladdin | 9781481456814 | Published February 7, 2017

Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They’re naturally more gifted than even their brother, Alex, the head mage of Artimé, could hope to be. But when they accidentally use their magic in the jungle of Artimé to strike down a beloved creature, Alex is furious, and threatens to lock them away until they can learn to control their power. The threat is soon forgotten, though, when Hux, the ice blue dragon, comes to Artimé bearing the horrible news that his siblings have been enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land.

Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep Written by Eleanor Farjeon with illustrations by Charlotte Voake - Children's 7-10, Classics, Fairy Tale, Fiction

Candlewick | 9780763690557 | Published February 7, 2017

Little Elsie Piddock is a born skipper. When she is scarcely five, she can outskip anyone in her village. By the time she’s six, her name and fame have spread to all the villages in the county. And by the time she’s seven, the fairies have heard of her. When Master Skipper Andy-Spandy summons the sleeping little girl to Mount Caburn for a contest, the tireless Elsie outskips even the fairies and is rewarded with a gift of rare and lasting value. Can she use it later to save the fabled skipping grounds of Caburn? Or will a greedy lord build a factory where children have played for centuries?

Harry Miller's Run Written by David Almond with illustrations by Salvatore Rubbino - Children's 7-9, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Candlewick | 9780763689759 | Published February 7, 2017

Liam just wants to go out running with his mates --- the Junior Great North Run is not far away and there’s training to be done. But Mam needs him today, to help old Harry clear out his house. And Harry knows a thing or two about running. When he was a lad, he says, he ran from Newcastle to South Shields. "But Harry," says Mam, "it’s thirteen miles!" Harry grins. "Different days," he says. Here is the story of that day:  the day when Harry and his pals ran and ran and ran through the blazing sunlight all the way to the sea.

Blueberry Pancakes Forever: Finding Serendipity Book Three (Tuesday McGillycuddy Adventures) by Angelica Banks - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9781627791564 | Published February 7, 2017

After an unthinkable loss, time seems to freeze for Tuesday and her mother, the famous author Serendipity Smith. In the land of story, Vivienne Small's world is frozen too --- a perpetual winter has fallen. When a terrible villain takes Vivienne hostage, it's up to Tuesday to save her friend --- and herself. On her quest, she'll discover what lies at the bottom of her heart, and at the heart of her writing. Beautifully told with warmth and joy, this great adventure is a celebration of life --- and love.
Chee-Kee: A Panda in Bearland by Sujean Rim - Children's 4-7, Family

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316407441 | Published February 7, 2017

The Loo family has traveled very far to start a new life. For little Chee-Kee Loo, everything is strange --- he looks and feels so different. But when some bears find themselves in a jam, Chee-Kee might be just the right panda to save the day.

Dormouse Dreams by Karma Wilson and Renata Liwska - Animals , Children's 2-4

Disney-Hyperion | 9781423178743 | Published February 7, 2017

As Dormouse dreams --- and snores --- his way from winter to spring, he imagines going on fantastical adventures with his best dormouse friend. Whimsical illustrations feature other animals entertaining themselves with dart games, cross-country skiing, flying airplanes, and more while Dormouse hibernates

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night Written by Kallie George and illustrated by Oriol Vidal. - Animals , Children's 4-8, Family

HarperCollins | 9780062353177 | Published February 7, 2017

Feather, Flap, and Spike are spending their first night in their very own nest. They tell stories and snuggle up to get a good night’s sleep, until...GRRORE! What’s that scary-sounding noise?

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

HarperCollins | 9780062470737 | Published February 7, 2017

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits, or best of all, when the fair comes to town.

Jasper and the Riddle of Riley's Mine by Caroline Starr Rose - Adventure

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399168116 | Published February 7, 2017

Desperate to get away from their drunkard of a father, eleven-year-old Jasper and his older brother Melvin often talk of running away, of heading north to Alaska to chase riches beyond their wildest dreams. The Klondike Gold Rush is calling, and Melvin has finally decided the time to go is now --- even if that means leaving Jasper behind. But Jasper has other plans, and follows his brother aboard a steamer as a stowaway.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

HarperCollins | 9780062470720 | Published February 7, 2017

Told from four-year-old Laura's point-of-view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard for the family, since they must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her family celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep.

Little House on The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

HarperCollins | 9780062470744 | Published February 7, 2017

The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house.

Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet by Jonah Winter - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, Sports

Schwartz & Wade | 9781101933527 | Published February 7, 2017

An extraordinary picture-book biography that traces Mickey Mantle’s unparalleled baseball career. He could run from home plate to first base in 2.9 seconds. He could hit a ball 540 feet --- the longest home run in major league history. He was the greatest switch hitter ever to play the game. And he did it all despite broken bones, pulled muscles, strains, and sprains, from his shoulders to his feet. How did a poor country boy from Commerce, Oklahoma, become one of the greatest and most beloved baseball players of all time? This is the story.

Robins!: How They Grow Up by Eileen Christelow - Animals , Children's Nonfiction, Science

Clarion Books | 9780544442894 | Published February 7, 2017

Robins are the most familiar and beloved of all birds, found throughout North America and celebrated as one of the first signs of spring. But there's a lot about them that most people don’t know! In this visually stunning picture book that features comic-book panels combined with painterly illustrations, Eileen Christelow tells the story of two young robins’ first year, and reveals plenty of little-known facts that are sure to captivate young naturalists. 

Samson: The Piranha Who Went to Dinner by Tadgh Bentley - Animals , Children's 4-8, Humor

Balzer + Bray | 9780062335371 | Published February 7, 2017

Samson liked to try new things Most of all, Samson dreamed of eating fine foods at fancy restaurants. So when not one but THREE new restaurants come to his corner of the sea, Samson can’t wait to try them all. There’s only one problem: With their big teeth and scary smiles, piranhas aren’t really welcome anywhere, let alone in fancy restaurants. Can Samson make his dream come true --- and still be himself?

Simon Thorn and the Viper's Pit by Aimée Carter - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781619637153 | Published February 7, 2017

Simon Thorn only recently discovered that he's an Animalgam --- one of a secret race who can shift into animals. Now, for the first time in his life Simon has real friends to train and study with at the secret Animalgam Academy. The only missing part is his mother, held captive by his evil grandfather, Orion, who's bent on taking over the animal world. To rescue his mom, Simon must head cross-country with his friends, battling rogue Animalgams and their own doubts and torn loyalties along the way. But if Simon's going to succeed, he will need to keep Orion from gathering together the fragments of a terrible weapon, or the lives of everyone Simon loves will be at risk.

Skateboards (Made by Hand) by Patricia Lakin - Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction

Aladdin | 9781481448338 | Published February 7, 2017

Jake Eshelman of Side Project Skateboards in Houston, Texas, grew up with a love of skateboarding. After meeting his future wife in college, Jake decided to turn his passion into a career: making one-of-a-kind skateboards from beautiful pieces of found wood. This book gives readers an inside glimpse into Jake’s creative process, from wheel to finished wheel! Charts, infographics, and bold photographs make this a picture book for anyone who is curious about how a skateboard is made.

Spurt by Chris Miles - Children's 8-12, Coming of Age, Fiction, Humor

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481479721 | Published February 7, 2017

Jack Sprigley isn’t just a late-bloomer. He’s a no-bloomer. He’s in the ninth grade and puberty is still a total no-show. Worse yet, he hasn’t heard from his friends all winter vacation. He assumes they’ve finally dumped him and his child-like body --- except then he finds out that it’s much worse than that. His friends are now so far ahead of him that they’ve started dating and getting girlfriends. Jack is out of luck. But then he comes up with a plan to catch up and win his friends back. And his plan is perfect: he just has to fake puberty.

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers Written by John Dougherty with illustrations by Sam Ricks. - Fantasy

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9781101996621 | Published February 7, 2017

Great Kerfuffle is really great. This particular kerfuffle started the day Stinkbomb's twenty dollar bill went missing. Stinkbomb and his little sister Ketchup-Face know exactly who took it: the badgers. They bring news of the badgers' treachery to King Toothbrush Weasel (don't get us started on the story behind his name…), who sends them on a quest to rid the land of badgers. 

The Alarming Career of Sir Richard Blackstone by Lisa Doan - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Humor

Sky Pony Press | 9781510711228 | Published February 7, 2017

Twelve-year-old Henry Hewitt has been living by his wits on the streets of London, dodging his parents, who are determined to sell him as an apprentice. Searching for a way out of the city, Henry lands a position in Hampshire as an assistant to Sir Richard Blackstone, an aristocratic scientist who performs unorthodox experiments in his country manor. But everything changes when one of Sir Richard’s experiments accidentally transforms a normal-sized tarantula into a colossal beast that escapes and roams the neighborhood.

The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron - Fantasy

Philomel Books | 9780399546983 | Published February 7, 2017

Tess and her brother, Max, are sent for the summer to their aunt’s sleepy village in the English countryside, where excitement is as rare as a good wifi signal. So when Tess stumbles upon an old brass key that unlocks an ornately carved gate, attached to a strangely invisible wall, she jumps at the chance for adventure. And the world beyond the gate doesn’t disappoint. She finds rose gardens, a maze made of hedges and a boy named William who is just as lonely as she is. But at William’s castle, strange things begin to happen. In a magical, fantasy world that blurs the line between reality and imagination, readers are left to wonder exactly what they’d wish for if wishes could come true. 

The Heart of Everything That Is: Young Readers Edition Adapted by Kate Waters and written by Bob Drury and Tom Calvin - Biography, Children's 10+, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction

Margaret K. McElderry Books | 9781481464604 | Published February 7, 2017

This young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller of the same name tells the long forgotten story of the powerful Oglala Lakota chief, Red Cloud. At the height of Red Cloud’s power the Sioux claimed control of vast parts of the west. But as the United States rapidly expanded, the country brutally forced the Indians off their lands. Fighting for the survival of the Sioux way of life, Red Cloud successfully secured the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters, including Crazy Horse, and is the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war.

The House of Months and Years by Emma Trevayne - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fantasy, Magic

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481462556 | Published February 7, 2017

When her distant aunt and uncle die, Amelia Howling is forced to move into their home when they leave her parents in charge of their children. Her parents assure her that it will be like having a grand adventure with three new siblings, but Amelia is not convinced. Luckily, the house is large, filled with nooks and crannies perfect for hiding from her cousins. But even with all the nooks and crannies, the rumbling and crumbling rooms are more sinister than they seem. The house was built years ago by a creature named Horatio, and he’s been waiting for the perfect human inhabitant: Amelia.

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio and Charlotte Riley-Webb - African American Interest, Children's Nonfiction, Music

Millbrook Press | 9781467751230 | Published February 1, 2017

The audience was completely silent the first time Billie Holiday performed a song called "Strange Fruit." In the 1930s, Billie was known as a performer of jazz and blues music, but this song wasn't either of those things. It was a song about injustice, and it would change her life forever. Discover how two outsiders --- Billie Holiday, a young black woman raised in poverty, and Abel Meeropol, the son of Jewish immigrants --- combined their talents to create a song that challenged racism and paved the way for the Civil Rights movement.