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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.

April 2016


Deep-Water Drama (Mermaid Kingdom) by Janet Gurtler and Katie Wood - Children's 7 - 10, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623706326 | Published April 1, 2016

Like most 12-year-old girls, Shyanna, Rachel and Cora deal with the daily dramas of growing up. But unlike most 12-year-old girls, they deal with it underwater as mermaids. Living in Mermaid Kingdom doesn't make life any easier for these young girls, and friendships continue to be tested with secrets, worries, and other challenges.

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin - Animals , Children's 5-9, Fairy Tale, Friendship

Peachtree Publishers, Ltd. | 9781561459179 | Published April 1, 2016

On her way to Grandma's house, Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf. Now, that might scare some little girls --- but not this little girl! She knows just what the wolf is up to, and she s not going to let him get away with it.

The Executioner's Daughter by Jane Hardstaff - Children's 8 - 12, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Carolrhoda Books | 9781606845622 | Published April 1, 2016

All her life, Moss has lived in the Tower of London with her father, who serves as the executioner for King Henry VIII. Prisoners condemned to death must face Pa and his axe and Moss catches their severed heads. Her father insists he has no choice: if he leaves the Tower, he will be killed. But Moss can't bear to be the executioner's daughter any longer. When she finally finds a way out of the Tower, she discovers the river holds more dangers than she imagined including the Riverwitch's curse.

The Island of Beyond by Elizabeth Atkinson - Children's 10+, Children's, Friendship

Carolrhoda Books | 9781467781169 | Published April 1, 2016

Eleven-year-old Martin can hardly imagine a worse summer. Martin's dad wants him to like "normal" boy things --- playing sports and exploring the outdoors --- so he sends Martin to his great-aunt Lenore, who lives on a tiny island called Beyond. Nothing about Beyond is what Martin expects, certainly not the strange, local boy who unexpectedly befriends Martin. Solo can canoe and climb trees and survive on his own in the wilderness, and Martin's drawn to him in a way he doesn't quite understand. But he's not sure he can trust Solo. In fact, can he trust anything about this strange island, where everyone seems to be keeping secrets?

The Last Great Adventure of the PB & J Society by Janet Sumner Johnson - Children's 9-12, Children's, Family Life, Friendship

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623706364 | Published April 1, 2016

When her best friend's house is threatened with foreclosure, young Annie Jenkins is full of ideas to save the home: selling her appendix on eBay, winning the lottery, facing down the bankers . . . anything to keep Jason from moving. But Jason's out-of-work dad blows up at the smallest things, and hes not very happy with Annies interventions, which always seem to get them into more trouble. But when Annie tracks a lost treasure to Jason's backyard, she's sure the booty will be enough to save Jasons family.

A Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket by Deborah Hopkinson - Children's 8 - 12, Children's, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780385754996 | Published April 5, 2016

Eleven-year-old Rocco is an Italian immigrant who finds himself alone in New York City after he's sold to a padrone by his poverty-stricken parents. While working as a street musician, he meets the boys of the infamous Bandits' Roost, who teach him the art of pickpocketing. Rocco embraces his new life of crime --- he's good at it, and it's more lucrative than banging a triangle on the street corner. But when he meets Meddlin' Mary, a strong-hearted Irish girl who's determined to help the horses of New York City, things begin to change. Rocco begins to reexamine his life --- and take his future into his own hands.

Alfie's Lost Sharkie by Anna Walker - Animals , Children's 4-7, Family Life, Humor

Clarion Books | 9780544586567 | Published April 5, 2016

It’s time for bed, and Alfie can’t find his most important toy. Where could it be? There are plenty of places to look . . . and that makes focusing on getting ready to sleep very difficult. This delightful story celebrates the chaos of a typical evening routine with a preschooler --- equal parts exasperating and endearing.

America's Tea Parties: Not One but Four! Boston, Charleston, New York, Philadelphia by Marissa Moss - Children's 8 - 12, Biography, Education, History

Abrams | 9781419718748 | Published April 5, 2016

. Moss explores four different cities (Boston, Charleston, New York, and Philadelphia), describing how anger over the taxes on tea helped fuel the American Revolution. The author explains why the tax was initially put into place and then moves through the events surrounding the selling of tea. Primary documents that include letters, advertisements, maps and newspaper articles are interwoven.

Bartholomew Quill Written by Thor Hanson and illustrated by Dana Arnim. - Children's 4-8, Children's, Fiction, Nature

Little Bigfoot | 9781632170460 | Published April 5, 2016

Thor Hanson’s first children’s book is the story of Bartholomew Quill, a crow who’s trying to figure out what he is. Rather than just a creation myth, it’s a legend about biodiversity and the clever and loveable crow. Tour the animal kingdom from a crow’s point of view in this whimsical mix of science and poetry. The rhyming story and beautiful illustrations of Pacific Northwest wildlife make this a fun read-aloud for the whole family.

Booked by Kwame Alexander - Children's 10 - 12, Culture, Family Life, Poetry

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544570986 | Published April 5, 2016

In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love and friendship, take center stage as 12-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. 

D Is for Dress Up: The ABC's of What We Wear by Maria Carluccio - Children's 3-5, Children's, Fiction, Reference

Chronicle Books | 9781452140254 | Published April 5, 2016

Maria Carluccio's playful fashion alphabet celebrates the fun of getting dressed—and getting dressed up!

Deadly Flowers: A Ninja’s Tale by Sarah L. Thomson - Children's 10+, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction

Boyds Mills Press | 9781629792149 | Published April 5, 2016

Kata, a ninja, embarks on her first solo mission, for which she must enter a warlord’s castle and make sure that a certain sleeping occupant never awakens. But then Kata discovers that her target is just a young boy (and that her new accomplice is that boy’s slightly older sister), and suddenly her mission is much more complicated than she bargained for. Faced with taking someone’s life or confronting the dire consequences of failure in her mission, Kata must make a hard choice, one that leads her into a more dangerous battle than she ever expected

Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes by Rick Riordan - Children's 8 - 12, Adventure, Fairy Tale, Short Stories

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484732786 | Published April 5, 2016

Magic, monsters and mayhem abound when Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane for the first time. Weird creatures are appearing in unexpected places, and the demigods and magicians have to team up to take them down. As they battle with Celestial Bronze and glowing hieroglyphs, the four heroes find that they have a lot in common --- and more power than they ever thought possible. But will their combined forces be enough to foil an ancient enemy who is mixing Greek and Egyptian incantations for an evil purpose?

Eddie Red Undercover: Doom at Grant's Tomb by Marcia Wells - Adventure, Children's, Fiction

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544582606 | Published April 5, 2016

Eddie Red, the NYPD’s youngest crime-solving hero, smells trouble. Could he be the target of the elusive art thief Lars Heinrich, whose last robbery he ruined? If so, why won’t the police let Eddie help on the case? What are they hiding from him? In the thrilling third installment of the Eddie Red Undercover series, Eddie will need some luck of the Irish as he races against the clock (and bombs and runaway subway cars) to stop what could be one of the greatest heists in history.

Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles written by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson with illustrations by Meilo So - Animals , Children's 5-9, Education, Environment, Nature, Reference, Science

Chronicle Books | 9781452112411 | Published April 5, 2016

Acclaimed activist Philippe Cousteau and renowned author Deborah Hopkinson team up to offer a story of the powerful difference young people can make in the world. Meet Viv, who has a new home and a new school by the sea, and follow her as she finds her way in a new place and helps bring together a whole community to save the sea turtles of the South Carolina coast.

Horrible Bear! written by Ame Dyckman with illustrations by Zachariah OHora - Animals , Children's 3 - 6, Friendship, Humor

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316282833 | Published April 5, 2016

Bear didn't mean to break a little girl's kite, but she's upset anyway --- upset enough to shout "HORRIBLE BEAR!" Bear is indignant. He doesn't think he's horrible! Then Bear gets a truly Horrible Bear idea. What will he do next? As Bear prepares to live up to his formerly undeserved reputation, the girl makes a mistake of her own, and realizes that maybe --- just maybe --- Bear isn't as horrible as she had thought.

Hurry Up, Alfie! by Anna Walker - Animals , Children's 4-7, Crafts & Hobbies, Fiction

Clarion Books | 9780544586543 | Published April 5, 2016

It’s time to get dressed and go the park, but Alfie is still in his pajamas. Putting on clothes seems like the least appealing thing to do for this energetic and curious little alligator, especially when there are so many amusing distractions.

Just Like Me by Nancy Cavanaugh - Children's 8 - 12, Children's, Fiction, Friendship

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492604273 | Published April 5, 2016

Who eats Cheetos with chopsticks?! Avery and Becca, my "Chinese Sisters," that's who. We're not really sisters-we were just adopted from the same orphanage. And we're nothing alike. They like egg rolls, and I like pizza. They're wave around Chinese fans, and I pretend like I don't know them. Which is not easy since we're all going to summer camp to "bond." We have to journal about our time at camp so the adoption agency can do some kind of "where are they now" newsletter. I'll tell you where I am: At Camp Little Big Lake in a cabin with five other girls who aren't getting along, competing for a camp trophy and losing (badly).

Life Without Nico written by Andrea Maturana with illustrations by Francisco Javier Olea - Children's, Friendship, Picture

Kids Can Press | 9781771386111 | Published April 5, 2016

Maia and Nico are best friends. They never get tired of playing together. Unexpectedly, though, Nico and his family have to move far away for a while. Maia is devastated. Now time passes slowly, and the emptiness is with Maia everywhere she goes. She makes her way through the dark days, bored and alone. But, slowly, things begin to change, and Maria meets an unexpected companion and makes a new friend. She even discovers a new passion. Her life has become so happy and full, in fact, that she worries there will no longer be enough room for Nico.

Our Love Grows by Anna Pignataro - Animals , Children's 4-8, Family Life, Picture

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492634188 | Published April 5, 2016

Pip is an adorable, roly-poly little panda who sees the world changing and growing. But Pip is feeling a bit left behind. Luckily Mama is there to show playful and curious Pip that, like the trees in the forest and the stars in the sky, he's growing and changing too. And no matter how much Pip grows, the one thing that will never change is how much Mama loves him!

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard: A Peter Nimble Adventure by Jonathan Auxier - Children's 8 - 12, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction

Amulet Books | 9781419717475 | Published April 5, 2016

It’s been two years since Peter Nimble and Sir Tode rescued the kingdom of HazelPort. In that time, they have traveled far and wide in search of adventure. Now they have been summoned by Professor Cake for a new mission: To find a 12-year-old bookmender named Sophie Quire. Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father’s bookshop, where she repairs old books and dreams of escaping the confines of her dull life. But when a strange boy and his talking cat/horse companion show up with a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read.

The 52-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250026934 | Published April 5, 2016

Andy and Terry live in a 52-Story treehouse. (It used to be a 39-story treehouse, but they keep expanding.) It has a chainsaw-juggling level, a make-your-own-pizza parlor, a rocket-powered carrot-launcher, a life-size snakes and ladders game, a remembering booth, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency, with all the latest high-tech detective technology, including the Disguise-o-Matic 5000!

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield - Animals , Children's 4-7, Friendship, Performing Arts, Picture

Clarion Books | 9780544674547 | Published April 5, 2016

One day, a bear cub finds something strange and wonderful in the forest. When he touches the keys, they make a horrible noise. Yet he is drawn back again and again. Eventually, he learns to play beautiful sounds, delighting his woodland friends. Then the bear is invited to share his sounds with new friends in the city. He longs to explore the world beyond his home, and to play bigger and better than before. But he knows that if he leaves, the other bears will be very sad . . .     

The Deadly 7 by Garth Jennings - Children's 8 - 12, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | 9781250052759 | Published April 5, 2016

When 11-year-old Nelson's beloved older sister goes missing, he is devastated. She's his only friend and means the world to him. Then his parents join the search and leave Nelson in the care of his crazy uncle Pogo, a plumber who is working at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. There in a dusty crypt Nelson stumbles across an ancient machine that accidentally extracts the so-called seven deadly sins from his soul. The machine turns them into ugly, cantankerous, and embarrassing creatures who follow him everywhere. But there is more to these monsters than meets the eye.

The Grumpy Pets by Kristine A. Lombardi - Animals , Children's 5-8, Family Life, Friendship

Abrams | 9781419718885 | Published April 5, 2016

Billy’s not like the other kids. He’s a bit moody, a bit cranky, a bit . . . grumpy. In hopes of cheering him up, his mom takes him and his sister to the animal rescue one Saturday morning. All the animals are cute and playful, but they’re a little too happy for Billy’s taste. When Billy wanders into another section of the store, however, he stumbles across a different group of animals awaiting adoption. These pets are grouchy and scruffy. In fact, they seem downright grumpy --- just like Billy! He catches the eye of a particularly grumpy pup --- could this be the friend Billy has been looking for?