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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.

July 2016

Hardcover

And Then... by Gabriel Alborozo - Children's 3 - 6, Children's, Fiction

Child's Play International | 9781846436963 | Published July 1, 2016

It's hard being an older sister when everybody is admiring your newly born younger brother --- particularly on your birthday. Especially when that younger brother is noisy, smelly and slimy --- just like a tiny squid! How can our hero grab everyone's attention, and grow to love her brother in the process?

It's the First Day of Preschool, Chloe Zoe! by Jane Smith - Children's, Fiction

Albert Whitman & Company | 9780807524565 | Published July 1, 2016

Chloe Zoe is starting preschool today, but she's a little nervous. What if she doesn't like it? Mommy tells her that she will get to sing songs, read stories and paint pictures. But Chloe Zoe isn't so sure. She'd rather stay at home and play with her little sister. Will Chloe Zoe discover how fun preschool is before the day is over?

It's the First Day of Kindergarten, Chloe Zoe! by Jane Smith - Children's, Fiction

Albert Whitman & Company | 9780807524589 | Published July 1, 2016

Chloe Zoe is starting kindergarten! Full days of school for a full week. Chloe Zoe has a new backpack and matching lunch box and is so excited to see her best friends Mary Margaret and George. On the first day of school, Chloe Zoe discovers Mary Margaret is in a different kindergarten class. Will kindergarten be any fun without her best friend?

Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 Written by Julie Gassman with illustrations by Steve Moors - Children's 9-12, Children's Nonfiction

Capstone Press | 9781515702757 | Published July 1, 2016

September 11, 2001 was a black day in U.S. history. Amid the chaos, sea captains and crews raced by boat to the tragic Manhattan scene. Nearly 500,000 people on Manhattan Island were rescued that day in what would later be called the largest sea evacuation in history. In this rarely told story of heroism, we come to understand that in our darkest hours, people shine brightly as a beacon of hope.

When Penny Met POTUS written by Rachel Ruiz, illustrated by Melissa Manwill - Children's, Family, Fiction

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623707583 | Published July 1, 2016

From debut author Rachel Ruiz, WHEN PENNY MET POTUS is a unique and clever picture book about a young girl whose mother works for the president of the United States. Penny has heard the term POTUS over and over but doesn't know what it means --- and her imagination runs wild! When she spends a day at the office with her mother, she asks a few questions, looks around and tries to discover just who --- or --- what POTUS is.

A Tiger Tail (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School) by Mike Boldt - Children's 4-8, Fiction, Picture

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481448857 | Published July 5, 2016

Anya wakes up to discover that she has grown a tiger tail. Yes, a striped tiger tail. It also happens to be the first day of school. What will the other kids think? Are girls with tiger tails even allowed to go to school?! Anya is about to find out.

A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young - Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Picture

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | 9780374301859 | Published July 5, 2016

When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her 25 cents and waits four to six long weeks for him to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she'll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, he's not what she expected. Lucy isn't pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realizes that even though he wasn't exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs.
Alice & Lucy Will Work for Bunk Beds by Jaime Temairik - Children's, Fiction, Picture

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484708163 | Published July 5, 2016

Sisters Alice and Lucy love sharing everything. Well, almost everything. Lucy is tired of sharing a bed with Alice. The sisters need bunk beds as soon as possible! They have no money, so they get jobs at a bakery. But Alice likes to do things carefully, and Lucy likes to do things FUN! Will they be able to work together long enough to earn their new bunks?
Amazing Animal Journeys Written by Chris Packham with illustrations by Jason Cockcroft - Animals , Children's Nonfiction, Picture

Sterling Children's Books | 9781454919056 | Published July 5, 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.
Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis - Children's 4-7, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Picture

Roaring Brook Press | 9781626721364 | Published July 5, 2016

Yelfred and Omek have been best frints since they were little blobbies. They play and snack, and sometimes they even fight, all in a language similar to but slightly different from, English. When Omek decides to borrow Yelfred's new spaceship without asking (and then crashes it), it sparks the biggest fight yet. Can these two best frints make up and move on?

Daisy-Head Mayzie by Dr. Seuss - Children's 5-9, Fiction, Friendship, Poetry

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780553539004 | Published July 5, 2016

With all-new illustrations and a revised plot based on Dr. Seuss’s original screenplay and signature-style sketches, the timeless tale of Mayzie McGrew --- a girl who suddenly sprouts a daisy from her head --- is sweeter, funnier, and . . . well . . . more Seussian than ever! The darling blossom that springs from Mayzie’s head sets off a series of madcap reactions that will leave young readers (and their lucky parents) giggling with glee.

Dara Palmer's Major Drama by Emma Shevah - Children's 8 - 12, Family Life, Performing Arts

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492631385 | Published July 5, 2016

Dara Palmer longs for stardom --- but when she isn't cast in her middle school's production of The Sound of Music, she get suspicious. It can't be because she's not the best. She was born to be a famous movie star. It must because she's adopted from Cambodia and doesn't look like a typical fraulein. (That's German for girl.) So irrepressible Dara comes up with a genius plan to shake up the school: write a play about her own life. Then she'll have to be the star.

Gabe and Goon by Iza Trapani - Children's 4-6, Children's, Fiction, Humor

Charlesbridge | 9781580896405 | Published July 5, 2016

Gabe longs to encounter a real, live monster. And tonight’s his lucky night because hiding in Gabe's closet is real-live monster and easily spooked, Goon, wishes to keep away from the outside world --- especially those scary little beings called children. When the two meet, Goon can't scare Gabe no matter how hard he tries. But an unsuccessful monster makes for a great friend when the boy is actually scared.

How to Catch the Tooth Fairy Written by Adam Wallace with illustrations by Andy Elkerton - Children's, Fiction, Picture

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492637332 | Published July 5, 2016

Losing a tooth is an exciting and notable event in the life of a child --- what will the tooth fairy bring? How to catch the Tooth Fairy? It's not an easy task. You can try to catch her,

Lion Lessons by Jon Agee - Children's 4-8, Fiction, Humor, Picture

Dial Books | 9780803739086 | Published July 5, 2016

There are seven steps to becoming a proper lion, including Looking Fierce, Roaring, Prowling Around and Pouncing. Our young hero, a rather meek and scrawny human boy, does his best to learn the necessary skills during his training with a master instructor (who just happens to be a real lion). After a grueling set of lessons, the boy discovers that that the final step --- Looking Out for Your Friends --- is the most important of all. That’s how any kid can earn his lion diploma (not to mention the affection of every cat in town).

Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme by Monica Brown - Children's 6-9, Family, Fiction, Friendship

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316258449 | Published July 5, 2016

When new classmate Bella, a ballet dancer, walks into Lola's class at Northland Elementary, all Lola can see is pink everywhere --- pink ribbons, a pink sweatshirt and pink tennis shoes. Pink is Lola's least favorite color. Plus, Ballet isn't nearly as hard as soccer, is it? Lola and Bella can't seem to stop squabbling. But when a mishap during class lands them in Principal Blot's office, Lola's mom comes up with a scheme --- a ballet scheme --- that just might make these classroom rivals realize that ballerinas and soccer players have more in common than they ever thought possible.

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth written by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raúl the Third - Children's 9-12, Children's, Culture, Fairy Tale, Fiction

Chronicle Books | 9781452123431 | Published July 5, 2016

Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria and El Chavo Octopus are living their dream at last. They're the proud owners of their very own garage. But when their beloved cat Genie goes missing, they need to do everything they can to find him. Little do they know the trail will lead them to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner!

Make Way for Readers by Judy Sierra and G. Brian Karas - Children's 4-8, Fiction, Picture

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 9781481418515 | Published July 5, 2016

In Miss Bingo’s classroom there’s always time to tell a story! Here are Jiro and Annabelle, Rufus and Rory. They’re here to have fun with amazing Miss Bingo, the storytime rhymer, the singing flamingo. She tells them of kittens and mittens and mice, Miss Muffet, her tuffet and sugar and spice.

Ming Goes to School Written by Deirdre Sullivan with illustrations by Maja Lofdahl - Children's 3 - 6, Fiction, Picture

Sky Pony Press | 9781510700505 | Published July 5, 2016

Ming goes to school, where she learns to say hello and good-bye. She meets new friends and introduces them to old friends (including her favorite teddy). She builds sandcastles and makes snow angels; she traces, glitters and glues. She is so fearless that when held at sword point, she even walks the plank! And when she’s playing in the mud, she reaches out and touches the worms with her bare hands. But despite those brave deeds, she isn’t quite ready for the big red slide --- not yet.

My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley - Children's 3-5, Fiction, Picture

Flying Eye Books | 9781909263949 | Published July 5, 2016

Keith Negley's playful and emotional art tells this story of a new father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. He looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world.

My Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski's Class Written by Jeanne Birdsall with illustrations by Harry Bliss - Children's 3-7, Fiction, Picture

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780385755702 | Published July 5, 2016

Things to know about sheep: Sheep live outside. Sheep have wool. Sheep will not learn to ride a skateboard. Sheep will not climb a tree. Sheep will come into the house...but this will get you into trouble. Seventeen sheep plus one Gus means that life is never dull on the farm! A hilarious picture book from New York Times bestselling author of The Penderwicks Jeanne Birdsall and New York Times bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss about one child's outrageous school essay on his "pet" sheep.

My Near-Death Adventures: I Almost Died. Again. by Alison DeCamp - Children's 8 - 12, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Humor

Crown Books for Young Readers | 9780385390484 | Published July 5, 2016

It is 1895 Michigan. But now, instead of helping out rough-and-tumble lumberjacks, Stanley Slater (aka Stan the Man) must go to school. And on top of that, he has to look after Cuddy, a younger boy, before and after school. When his ne’er-do-well father shows up in town, Stan finally has a chance to meet the man he’s dreamed about for so long.

Ooko by Esme Shapiro - Children's 3-7, Fiction, Friendship, Picture

Tundra Books | 9781101918449 | Published July 5, 2016

Ooko has everything a fox could want: a stick, a leaf and a rock. Well, almost everything...Ooko wants someone to play with too! The foxes in town always seem to be playing with their two-legged friends, the Debbies. Maybe if he tries to look like the other foxes, one of the Debbies will play with him too. But when Ooko finally finds his very own Debbie, things don't turn out quite as he had expected!

Soar by Tracy Edward Wymer - Children's 8 - 12, Fiction

Aladdin | 9781481447119 | Published July 5, 2016

Eddie learned everything there is to know about birding from his dad, including the legend of the Golden Eagle. But when Eddie was in 6th grade, Dad "flew away" for good. Now Eddie is starting 7th grade and trying to impress Gabriella, the new girl. The annual 7th grade Science Symposium (which Dad famously won) is looming, and Eddie is determined to claim the blue ribbon for himself. With Mr. Dover, the science teacher, seemingly against him, and with Mouton, the class bully, making his life miserable on all fronts, Eddie is determined to overcome everything and live up to Dad's memory.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith - Children's 3-5, Fiction, Picture

Scholastic Press | 9780545914383 | Published July 26, 2016

Little Red is on her way to visit Auntie Rosie with a basket of goodies and some spot medicine. Along the way she meets the Very Hungry Lion. The Lion is eager to gobble up Little Red. The Lion's plan doesn't work out the way he wanted.