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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.

January 2015

Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm Written by Karen Deans with illustrations by Joe Cepeda. - African American Interest, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, History, Inspirational, Nonfiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

Holiday House | 9780823419708 | Published January 6, 2015

In 1909 Dr. Laurence Clifton Jones opened a special home for African American orphans in Mississippi called Piney Woods Country Life School. No one there worked harder than the young musicians who played in the Sweethearts, the school's all-girl swing band. When the sweethearts left Piney Woods, they moved to Washington, D.C., to try to make it to the big-time in an era when integrated musical groups were practically unheard of. It wasn't always easy, and it wasn't always safe, but the talented Sweethearts of Rhythm ultimately became an international sensation.


Ah! Written by Géraldine Collet with illustrations by Estelle Billon Spagnol. - Children's, Fiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

Holiday House | 9780823431991 | Published January 1, 2015

"Ah!" A rabbit, delighting in the beautiful day, sets out for a walk. But "ah" takes on an entirely different connotation as the rabbit finds himself in a dark tunnel full of mysterious inhabitants. Back in the sunshine, he discovers a little spider has hitched a ride on his shoulder, which he acknowledges with a squeamish "Ahh...AHHHH!"

Astrid the Fly by Maria Jönsson - Children's, Fiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

Holiday House | 9780823432004 | Published January 1, 2015

Astrid the fly loves exploring. With her big eyes, two wings, and four legs, she can fly super-fast. She likes to zoom around looking for sweet treats and her favorite Danish salami. But Astrid's family isn't keen on her risky behavior. They try to scare her with stories of flyswatters and vacuums, and warnings of an uncle who went missing. Astrid doesn't listen, until one day she encounters real danger: the refrigerator.

Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser - Children's, Fiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

NorthSouth | 9780735841567 | Published January 1, 2015

When Mr. Squirrel awakens to find that the moon has landed on his tree, he frantically tries to get rid of it before someone suspects him of stealing it and puts him in jail. But when he rolls the moon off of his tree, it's gets stuck on Mrs. Hedgehog's bristles and when the billy-goat arrives and butts it with his horns...Will the moon ever be the same again?

A Wonderful Year by Nick Bruel - Children (Ages 0-6), Children's, Fiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

Roaring Brook Press | 9781596436114 | Published January 6, 2015

A really cold winter. A demented fairy. A hippo named Louise. A talkative tree. Find out what other wonderful things a year can bring in these four interrelated stories --- one for each season --- by Nick Bruel, creator of the bestselling Bad Kitty books.

Alistair Grim's Odditorium by Gregory Funaro - Children (Ages 9-12), Fantasy

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484700068 | Published January 6, 2015

Grubb, age 12 (or thereabouts), has never known anything beyond his miserable existence as a chimney sweep, paid only in insults and abuse by his cruel master. All of that changes the day he stows away in the coach belonging to a mysterious guest at the inn that he is tasked with cleaning. Grubb emerges from Alistair Grim's trunk and into the wondrous world of the Odditorium. Fueled by a glowing blue energy that Grubb can only begin to understand, the Odditorium is home to countless enchanted objects and an eccentric crew that embraces Grubb as one of their own. There's no time for Grubb to settle into his new role as apprentice to the strange, secretive Mr. Grim. When the Odditorium comes under attack, Grubb is whisked off on a perilous adventure. Only he can prevent the Odditorium's magic from falling into evil hands-and his new family from suffering a terrible fate. 
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts written by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Michele Wood - Biography, Children (Ages 8-10), Historical

Orchard Books | 9780439793384 | Published January 6, 2015

What if Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sat down over tea to reminisce about their extraordinary lives? What would they recall of their triumphs and struggles as they fought to achieve civil rights for African Americans and equal rights for women? And what other historical figures played parts in their stories? These questions led Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes to create CHASING FREEDOM, an engaging work of historical fiction about two of the nineteenth century's most powerful, and inspiring, American women.

Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews Written by Kathleen Benson with illustrations by Benny Andrews. - Art, Art History, Arts, Biography, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Picture, Youth Interest

Clarion Books | 9780544104877 | Published January 6, 2015

Benny Andrews loved to draw. He drew everything, and he dreamed of a better life --- something beyond the segregation, the backbreaking labor, and the limited opportunities of his world. Benny’s dreams took him far from the rural Georgia of his childhood. He became one of the most important African American painters of the twentieth century, and he opened doors for other artists of color. His story will inspire budding young artists to work hard and follow their dreams.
Earmuffs for Everyone!: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs by Meghan McCarthy - American, Biography, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 9781481406376 | Published January 6, 2015

When your ears are cold, you can wear earmuffs, but that wasn’t true for Chester Greenwood back in 1873. Earmuffs didn’t exist yet! But during yet another long and cold Maine winter, Chester decided to do something about his freezing ears, and he designed the first pair of ear protectors (a.k.a. earmuffs) out of wire, beaver fur, and cloth. But that was just the beginning of Chester’s career as a successful businessman and prolific inventor. In this fun and fact-filled picture book you can find out all about his other clever creations.

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Written by Laurie Ann Thompson with illustrations by Sean Qualls. - African American Interest, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, History, Inspirational, Nonfiction, Picture, Youth Interest

Schwartz & Wade | 9780449817445 | Published January 6, 2015

Born in Ghana with one deformed leg, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was dismissed by most --- but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, played soccer, left home at age 13 to provide for his family, and became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing 400 miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.