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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.

October 2015


Amazing Places by Lee Bennett Hopkins - Children's 7 - 10, Picture

Lee & Low Books | 9781600606533 | Published October 1, 2015

The poems as a whole take readers on an exciting multiethnic travelogue around the United States and encourage a positive appreciation of our country’s historical, environmental, and cultural heritage.

Game Changer: John Mclendon and the Secret Game by John Coy - Children's, Sports

Carolrhoda Books | 9781467726047 | Published October 1, 2015

Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team from the North Carolina College of Negroes. At a time of widespread segregation and rampant racism, this illegal gathering changed the sport of basketball forever.

My Hometown by Russell Griesmer and Priscilla Wong - Children's 6 - 9, Fantasy, Fiction

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623701741 | Published October 1, 2015

Every town has a story. Experience small-town life and American history with this nearly wordless picture book. A magical newspaper takes a young boy on a journey through the history of a beloved hometown, from the 1860s to present day.

Scrap City by D. S. Thornton and Charlie Bowater - Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623702977 | Published October 1, 2015

Would you believe that under the ground, right beneath your city, was another city? Would you believe it was populated with Scrappers, people built of metal and glass and stone? Jerome has no choice but to believe it after he meets Arkie. Arkie is a Scrapper, and he and Jerome quickly become friends―maybe even brothers. So when Arkie's city is in danger, Jerome knows he must help. But helping Arkie means hurting Jerome's dad, the only real family Jerome still has . . .

A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel - Children's 8 - 12, Mental Health

Sky Pony Press | 9781634501576 | Published October 6, 2015

This is a stirring small-town story that explores many different issues --- albinism, blindness, depression, dyslexia, growing old, and more --- with a light touch and lots of heart. Beth Vrabel’s characters are complicated and messy, but they come together in a story about the strength of community and friendship.

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou - Children's 8 - 12, Friendship

HarperCollins | 9780062371218 | Published October 6, 2015

Bestseller and author of the popular middle grade series Confectionately Yours Lisa Papademetriou is back with a magical, page-turning adventure for readers of all ages --- a touching tale about destiny and the invisible threads that link us all, ultimately, to one another.

Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box by David McPhail - Children's 4-6, Children's 5-8, Children's, Fiction, Picture

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9780805091700 | Published October 6, 2015

All her life, Beatrix Potter loved to paint. From a young age, she painted the bunnies, mice, and other pets who populated her family home. These characters later populated her stories, which are beloved the whole world over.

Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler - Children's 4-6, Children's 5-8, Fiction, Picture

Balzer + Bray | 9780062364272 | Published October 6, 2015

A stunning picture book about the power of imagination, BEYOND THE POND is perfect for fans of EXTRA YARN and JOURNEY, from debut author-illustrator Joseph Kuefler.

Book: My Autobiography by John Agard - Children's 10+, Literary

Candlewick | 9780763672362 | Published October 6, 2015

Books are one of humankind’s greatest forms of expression, and now Book, in a witty, idiosyncratic voice, tells us the inside story. A wonderfully eccentric character with strong opinions and a poetic turn of phrase, Book tells of a journey from papyrus scrolls to medieval manuscripts to printed paper and beyond—pondering, along the way, many bookish things, including the evolution of the alphabet, the library (known to Egyptians as "the healing place of the soul"), and even book burning. With bold, black-and-white illustrations by Neil Packer, BOOK is a captivating work of nonfiction by one of England's leading poets.

Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World by Gordon Grice - Children's Nonfiction, Photography, Science

Workman Publishing Company | 9780761169277 | Published October 6, 2015

Exactly the book for every young explorer who loves finding stuff in nature and bringing it home. CABINET OF CURIOSITIES is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the wonders of natural history and the joys of being an amateur scientist and collector.

Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah - Children's 9-12, Family

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492622505 | Published October 6, 2015

As a half-Japanese, half-Italian girl with a ridiculous name, Amber's not feeling molto bene (very good) about making friends at her new school. But the hardest thing about being Amber is that a part of her is missing. Her dad. He left when she was little and he isn't coming back. Not for her first day of middle school and not for her little sister's birthday. So Amber will have to dream up a way for the Miyamoto sisters to make it on their own...
Freedom's Price (Hidden Histories) by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols - Children's 9-12, Friendship

Calkins Creek | 9781620916247 | Published October 6, 2015

Eliza Scott isn’t quite a slave, but she’s not free either. She’s not a prisoner, but her family lives in a jail. Eliza, who attends a secret floating school on the Mississippi River because it’s illegal for her to read, says she understands how dangerous her situation is --- but her parents know she’s not afraid enough. When a devastating cholera epidemic strikes the city, Eliza discovers she will have to be clever and resourceful to escape a slave catcher and the worst fire in St. Louis’ history. Will Eliza be willing to pay the price of freedom? FREEDOM'S PRICE is the second book in the Hidden Histories series, which examines little known moments in American history. Based on actual events and people, the book is extensively researched and includes an author’s note and bibliography.

Happy! by Pharrell Williams - Children's 3 - 6, Children's, Fiction, Picture

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399176432 | Published October 6, 2015

“Happy” has had the world dancing ever since it first hit the airwaves, and now the irresistibly cheerful tune will come to life on the page with Pharrell Williams’s very first picture book! A keepsake and true classic in the making. This is a picture book full of memorable, precious childhood moments that will move readers in the same way they were moved by the song.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay - Adventure, Fantasy, Friendship

Arthur A. Levine Books | 9780545790352 | Published October 6, 2015

For the first time, J. K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan.

Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding by Linda Liukas - Children's 5-8, Technology

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250065001 | Published October 6, 2015

Meet Ruby --- a small girl with a huge imagination. In Ruby's world anything is possible if you put your mind to it. When her dad asks her to find five hidden gems Ruby is determined to solve the puzzle with the help of her new friends, including the Wise Snow Leopard, the Friendly Foxes and the Messy Robots.

Holey Moley by Lois Ehlert - Children's, Humor, Science

Beach Lane Books | 9781442493018 | Published October 6, 2015

Some might think that Mole is a garden pest, but the truth is, he is a pest-preventer! Mole keeps worms and caterpillars and other crawly bugs from munching up all the growing veggie plants. And so at harvest time, there is a bounty of yummy goodies for the gardeners to enjoy --- and Mole is chubby from all the eating he has done and ready to get cozy in his burrow for winter.

House Arrest by K. A. Holt - Fiction, Free Verse

Chronicle Books | 9781452134772 | Published October 6, 2015

Timothy is on probation. It's a strange word --- something that happens to other kids, to delinquents, not to kids like him. And yet, he is under house arrest for the next year. He must check in weekly with a probation officer and a therapist, and keep a journal for an entire year. And mostly, he has to stay out of trouble. But when he must take drastic measures to help his struggling family, staying out of trouble proves more difficult than Timothy ever thought it would be.

Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks - Education, Graphic Novel, Science

First Second | 9781626722774 | Published October 6, 2015

Maris Wicks is a biology nerd, and by the time you've read this book, you will be too! Harnessing her passion for science (and her background as a science educator for elementary and middle-school students), she has created a comics-format introduction to the human body that will make an expert of any reader ---- young or old!

I Don't Know How the Story Ends by J.B. Cheaney - Family Life, Fiction

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492609445 | Published October 6, 2015

Isobel Ransom is anxious. Her father is away treating wounded soldiers in France, leaving Izzy to be the responsible one at home. But it's hard to be responsible when your little sister is chasing a fasttalking, movie-obsessed boy all over Hollywood! Ranger is directing his very own moving picture...and wants Izzy and Sylvie to be his stars. Izzy is sure Mother wouldn't approve, but scouting locations, scrounging film and "borrowing" a camera turn out to be the perfect distractions from Izzy's worries. There's just one problem: their movie has no ending. And it has to be perfect --- the kind of ending where the hero saves the day and returns home to his family. Safe and sound. It just has to.

I'm Cool! Written by Kate McMullan with illustrations by Jim McMullan - Children's 4-6, Children's 5-8, Fiction, Picture

Balzer + Bray | 9780062306296 | Published October 6, 2015

For fans of all things snow and ice comes the latest addition to this hilarious read-aloud series from the popular creators of I STINK! and I'M DIRTY!: the ice-cold Zamboni machine! Perfect for any young hockey player.

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed Written by Leslea Newman with illustrations by Amy June Bates - Children's 5-8, Children's Nonfiction, Picture

Candlewick | 9780763665555 | Published October 6, 2015

Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn’t mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he’d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! "Come on, little Ketzel," Moshe said, "I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together." And they did --- in a most surprising way.

Lenny & Lucy Written by Philip C. Stead with illustrations by Erin E. Stead - Children's 3 - 6, Children's, Fiction, Picture

Roaring Brook Press | 9781596439320 | Published October 6, 2015

Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. When they arrive at their new home, Peter wants to turn back. Fortunately, he has Harold for company, but Harold is just a dog and can't help Peter. But he also has Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, to protect him and Harold. Lenny is a good guard but Peter worries that Lenny will get lonely out by the woods all by himself, so he makes Lucy, who is a good friend. Together, Lenny, Lucy, Peter, and Harold discover that this new place isn't so scary after all.

Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato - Children's 4-6, Children's 5-8, Fiction, Picture

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9780805098266 | Published October 6, 2015

As he explores each busy street, Little Elliot sees families in all shapes and sizes. In a city of millions, Little Elliot feels very much alone --- until he finds he has a family of his own!

Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley - Children's 4-6, Children's 5-8, Fiction, Picture

Balzer + Bray | 9780062335364 | Published October 6, 2015

From debut author-illustrator Tadgh Bentley, LITTLE PENGUIN GETS THE HICCUPS is a sweetly hilarious tale of icebergs, chili, and playful surprises that puts its reader at the very center of the story! Perfect for fans of DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, NOT A BOX and THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan - Adventure, Children's, Fantasy

Disney-Hyperion | 9781423160915 | Published October 6, 2015

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows --- a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.