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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 2016


Not This Turkey! Written by Jessica Steinberg and illustrated by Amanda Pike - Children's 4-7, Picture

Albert Whitman & Company | 9780807579084 | Published October 1, 2016

Although Mel and his family have lived in America for several years, they have never celebrated Thanksgiving, just the Jewish holidays. But this year, after Papa wins a live turkey at work and brings it home on the subway, Mama invites all their relatives to their Brooklyn tenement for dinner. There’s just one thing --- Mel has a soft spot for the turkey!

A Number Slumber by Suzanne Bloom - Children's 2-4, Picture

Boyds Mills Press | 9781629795577 | Published October 4, 2016

In this book, beloved author-illustrator Suzanne Bloom asks readers how they prepare for bed --- from putting on jammies to asking for one more hug --- then counts down to bedtime from ten terribly tired tigers to one really weary wombat. Each animal demonstrates a different bedtime ritual --- skunks somersault into bunks and elephants curl up with their trunks --- adding original and inventive rhymes and a clever counting-backward structure to the bedtime book genre. The lyrical, rhyming text combines with dreamy, colorful artwork to provide a perfect way for children to wind down from an active day in a book sure to become a new bedtime classic.

Aim by Joyce Moyer Hostetter - Children's 9-12, Coming of Age, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

Calkins Creek | 9781629796734 | Published October 4, 2016

As World War II threatens the United States in 1941, 14 year-old Junior Bledsoe fights his own battles at home. Junior struggles with school and with anger --- at his father, his insufferable granddaddy, his neighbors and himself --- as he desperately tries to understand himself and find his own aim in life. But he finds relief in escaping to the quiet of the nearby woods and tinkering with cars, something he learned from his Pop and a fatherly neighbor provides much-needed guidance.

Also An Octopus Written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and illustrated by Benji Davies - Children's 3-7, Picture

Candlewick | 9780763670849 | Published October 4, 2016

It begins with an octopus who plays the ukulele. Since this is a story, the octopus has to wantsomething --- maybe to travel to faraway galaxies in a totally awesome purple spaceship. Then the octopus sets out to build a spaceship out of soda cans, glue, umbrellas, glitter, and waffles. OK, maybe the octopus needs some help, like from an adorable bunny friend, and maybe that bunny turns out to be...a rocket scientist? (Probably not.) But could something even more amazing come to pass? 

Annabelle at the South Pole by R. W. Alley - Children's 4-7, Picture

Clarion Books | 9780547907048 | Published October 4, 2016

Annabelle is trapped inside on a cold, wintry afternoon with her brothers and sister. When they won’t stop pestering her, she sets off into the snowy backyard in search of adventure, and soon finds herself at the South Pole in the company of an abominable (but adorable) snowman.

Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution Written by Gretchen Woelfle with illustrations by R. Gregory Christie - Children's 9-12, African American Interest, Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction

Calkins Creek | 9781629793061 | Published October 4, 2016

Even as American Patriots fought for independence from British rule during the Revolutionary War, oppressive conditions remained in place for the thousands of enslaved and free African Americans living in this country. But African Americans took up their own fight for freedom by joining the British and American armies; preaching, speaking out and writing about the evils of slavery; and establishing settlements in Nova Scotia and Africa. The thirteen stories featured in this collection spotlight charismatic individuals who answered the cry for freedom.

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp - Children's 4-8, Picture

Peachtree Publishers | 9781561459100 | Published October 1, 2016

Madeline Finn DOES NOT like to read.
Not books.
Not magazines.
Not even the menu on the ice cream truck.
But Madeline Finn DOES want a gold star from her teacher.
Stars are for good readers.
Stars are for understanding words.
And saying them out loud.
Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn't so bad. When Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn't mind. Madeline Finn can pet her until she figures the word out.
As it turns out, it's fun to read when you're not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it s okay to go slow. And to keep trying. Just like the sticker says.

The Secret of Goldenrod by Jane O'Reilly - Magic, Children's 8 - 12, Fiction, Mystery

21st Century Press | 9781512401356 | Published October 1, 2016

When Trina and her father move into Goldenrod, an abandoned Victorian mansion, Trina hopes she will finally have a place to call home and a chance to make friends at her new school. But school doesn t go as planned, and Goldenrod might be haunted.
Then Trina discovers Augustine, a tiny and very unusual porcelain doll that belonged to the little girl who lived at Goldenrod a century ago. 

The Thief's Apprentice (Master Diplexito and Mr. Scant) by Bryan Methods - Magic, Children's 9-12, Adventure, Fiction, Mystery

Carolrhoda Books | 9781512405798 | Published October 1, 2016

Oliver, the meek son of a wealthy British industrialist, discovers the identity of a notorious thief, a man who has been skillfully evading Scotland Yard and snatching priceless artifacts for sport: Mr. Scant, his family butler. After first fearing for his life, Oliver discovers Mr. Scant's secret within a secret: the butler's crimes are actually a series of strikes against an underground group of business tycoons trying to master black magic.

A Guide to the Other Side by Robert Imfeld - Magic, Children's 8 - 12, Children's, Family, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural, Supernatural Fiction

Aladdin | 9781481466363 | Published October 4, 2016

There are a few things you should know about Baylor Bosco: He’s 13-years-old, he has a twin sister and he really does NOT like ghosts…which is problematic because he’s a medium and sees ghosts everywhere. Oh, and his twin sister, Kristina? She’s a ghost too. They’ve been working as a pair for years, expertly relaying messages from ghosts to their still-living loved ones. Baylor’s even managed to come up with an introductory phrase --- one that he has to use far too often. 
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson - Children's 8 - 12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Human Rights, Prejudice , Racism, Youth Fiction

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | 9781416961468 | Published October 4, 2016

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge --- but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state --- where bounty hunters are thick as flies. Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but Isabel and Curzon won’t stop until they reach Ruth, and then freedom.
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson - Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | 9781416961468 | Published October 4, 2016

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge --- but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state --- where bounty hunters are thick as flies.

Before Morning Written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes - Children's 4-7, Picture

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780547979175 | Published October 4, 2016

There are planes to fly and buses to catch, but a child uses the power of words, in the form of an invocation, to persuade fate to bring her family a snow day --- a day slow and unhurried enough to spend at home together.  

Bitty Bot Written by Tim McCanna with illustrations by Tad Carpenter. - Children's 4-8, Fiction, Science Fiction

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 9781481449298 | Published October 4, 2016

A little robot would rather go on an intergalactic adventure than go to sleep in this rhyming romp that breaks all the bedtime rules. Charming text in rhyming verse tells the story of energetic Bitty Bot, who, instead of going to bed decides to build a rocket and go on a space adventure!

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda - Children's 2-4, Picture

Chronicle Books | 9781452141978 | Published October 4, 2016

Time to tackle the bunny slope! Shake to help Bunny make it snow, tilt to help Bunny ski down the slope, and turn to help Bunny escape a cliff in his path. Is there any obstacle Bunny can't conquer? 

Charles Darwin's Around-the-World Adventure by Jennifer Thermes - Animals , Children's Nonfiction, History, Science

Abrams Books for Young Readers | 9781419721205 | Published October 4, 2016

In 1831, Charles Darwin embarked on his first voyage. Though he was a scientist by profession, he was an explorer at heart. While journeying around South America for the first time aboard a 90-foot-long ship named the Beagle, Charles collected insets, dug up bones, galloped with gauchos, encountered volcanoes and earthquakes, and even ate armadillo for breakfast! The discoveries he made during this adventure would later inspire ideas that changed how we see the world. Complete with mesmerizing map work that charts Darwin's thrilling five-year voyage, as well as "Fun Facts" and more, CHARLES DARWIN'S AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE captures the beauty and mystery of nature with wide-eyed wonder.

Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat Written by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Eric Comstock - Children's 4-8, Picture

HarperCollins | 9780062370563 | Published October 4, 2016

Charlie Piechart’s second math mystery takes place at school --- when a purple, sparkly cone-shapedprincess hat goes missing! Margot needs her hat in time for the school play (today!), so Charlie and his dog companion, Watson, are on the case --- finding evidence of sparkles and purple paint and keeping on the lookout for geometric clues that might lead to the missing hat.

Dreidels On The Brain by Joe ben Izzy - Children's 10+, Fiction, Holiday, Judiasm

Dial Books | 9780803740976 | Published October 4, 2016

Joel’s betting everything on these eight nights, to see whether it’s worth believing in God or miracles or anything at all.  Armed with his favorite jokes, some choice Yiddish words and a suitcase full of magic tricks, he’s scrambling to come to terms with the world he lives in --- from hospitals to Houdini to the Holocaust --- before the last of the candles burns out. And little does he know that what’s actually about to happen to him and his family this Hanukkah will be worse than he’d feared... And better than he could have imagined.

Fizzopolis #2: Floozombies! Written by Patrick Carman and illustrated by Brian Sheesley - Children's 8 - 12, Adventure, Fiction, Humor

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062393920 | Published October 4, 2016

What do you get when you mix burptastic Fuzzwonker Fizz with crummy Flooze candy in the Fizzomatic machine? Floozombies, of course! Harold Fuzzwonker, his best good buddy, Floyd, and the Fizzies have a real problem on their hands, in the shape of slimy, gloppy monsters. Not only must Harold protect Floyd and the secret recipe for Fuzzwonker Fizz from the sneaky Snood family, he also has to stop the Floozombies before they take over the town, all while guarding the biggest secret of all: Fizzopolis!

Foxheart Written by Claire Legrand with illustrations by Jaime Zollars - Animals , Children's 8 - 12, Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Greenwillow Books | 9780062427731 | Published October 4, 2016

Orphan. Thief. Witch. 12 year-old Quicksilver lives as a thief in the sleepy town of Willow-on-the-River. Her only companions are her faithful dog and partner in crime, Fox --- and Sly Boots, the shy boy who lets her live in his attic when it’s too cold to sleep on the rooftops. It’s a lonesome life, but Quicksilver is used to being alone. When you are alone, no one can hurt you. No one can abandon you. Then one day Quicksilver discovers that she can perform magic. Real magic. The kind that isn’t supposed to exist anymore. Magic is forbidden, but Quicksilver nevertheless wants to learn more. 

Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley and Jillian Tamaki - Children's 8 - 12, Children's, Family Life, Fiction, Humor

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | 9780374302610 | Published October 4, 2016

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she'll be leaving behind. There's just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.
Hamstersaurus Written by Tom O'Donnell with illustrations by Tim Miller - Animals , Children's 8 - 12, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062377548 | Published October 4, 2016

BEWARE: Rampaging Mutant Dino-Hamster! When a mysterious growling hamster appears at the back of his class, Sam knows just what to call him: Hamstersaurus Rex. Sam tries to protect Hammie from an overzealous Hamster Monitor, and from the meanest bully in the history of Horace Hotwater Middle School. The bully isn’t afraid of some weird little class pet. But maybe he should be. Hamstersaurus Rex is no ordinary hamster.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) Written by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay - Children's 6-10, Magic, Adventure, Fiction, Friendship

Arthur A. Levine Books | 9780545791328 | Published October 4, 2016

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone --- or something --- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone.

Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski - Children's 4-7, Picture

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544648111 | Published October 4, 2016

Leo isn’t just a stuffed toy, he is Henry’s best friend and brother. He is as real as a tree, a cloud, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the wind. But when the two are accidentally separated, no one in Henry’s family believes Leo is real enough to find his way home.   

Dino-Racing by Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott - Children's 5-9, Picture

Carolrhoda Books | 9781512403145 | Published October 1, 2016

In this installment of dino competition, meat eaters face off against plant eaters in three high-speed auto events: drag racing, off-road racing, and stock-car racing. Lisa Wheeler's rhymes explore thoughtful questions such as: Which dinosaurs would make the best chasers for support in a desert off-road race? Does T-Rex's king status transfer to the track? And can Diplosaurus actually fit inside a stock car? Barry Gott's illustrations bring all the hilarious action to life.