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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.

August 2016

Plants Can't Sit Still written by Rebecca E. Hirsch with illustrations by Mia Posada - Children's 5-8, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, Education, Environment

Millbrook Press | 9781467780315 | Published August 1, 2016

Do plants really move? Absolutely! You might be surprised by all ways plants can move. Plants might not pick up their roots and walk away, but they definitely don't sit still! Discover the many ways plants (and their seeds) move. Whether it's a sunflower, a Venus flytrap, or an exotic plant like an exploding cucumber, this fascinating picture book shows just how excitingly active plants really are.

Squirrel in the House Written by Vivian Vande Velde with illustrations by Steve Bjorkman - Children's 7-9, Fiction, Humor

Holiday House | 9780823436330 | Published August 30, 2016

Squirrel, the chief mischief maker, is ready to party. He enters Cuddles-the-dog's house through a special entrance for squirrels on the roof, aka the chimney. Holiday festivities are soon in shambles, and Cuddles, the presumed culprit, is banished to the basement. Meanwhile, the littlest human runs away into a snowstorm unnoticed by everyone except Squirrel. Long-suffering Cuddles must team up with the willfully obtuse Squirrel to rescue the child in this comical story told from a squirrel-centric point of view.


Bedtime for Batman Written by Michael Dahl with illustrations by Ethen Beavers - Children's 4-7, Fiction, Picture

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623707323 | Published August 1, 2016

When a dark night comes to the big city, one little super hero prepares for a great adventure...bedtime! He dons his pajama uniform, speeds upstairs, cleans up the nightly grime and keeps watch from his towering bunk bed.

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library Written by Julie Gassman with illustrations by Andy Elkerton - Children's 3-7, Fiction, Picture, Poetry

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623706517 | Published August 1, 2016

Have you ever thought about bringing your dragon to the library? Don't do it! You might have the best intentions, but that dragon will cause nothing but trouble. Using rhyming text and a diverse cast of characters, this charming picture book will provide some important and some not so important library etiquette in a very entertaining way.

Lost in Ghostville by John Bladek - Children's 9-12, Adventure, Children's

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623707767 | Published August 1, 2016

Someone has kidnapped all the ghosts in town, including his Grandma! Suddenly, Trey’s goofy plan to get on TV and meet his hero --- famous ghost-hunter Rex Rangler --- turns into a race to save his beloved Grandma’s spirit. Written by debut middle-grade author John Bladek, LOST IN GHOSTVILLE is a funny, fast-paced novel filled with humor, adventure and, of course, spirit!

Mr Moon Wakes Up by Jemima Sharpe - Children's 3 - 6, Fiction, Picture

Childs Play Intl Ltd | 9781846436949 | Published August 1, 2016

Mr Moon always sleeps. He naps during hide-and-seek, passes out on puzzles and dozes during adventure stories. But what would happen if Mr Moon ever woke up? Would he lead us to hidden, dream-like worlds, filled with fantastic friends and exciting games? And if he did, would we remember in the morning?
Seven and a Half Tons of Steel written by Janet Nolan with illustrations by Thomas Gonzalez - Children's 6-10, Children's

Peachtree Publishers | 9781561459124 | Published August 1, 2016

Following the events of 9/11, a beam from the World Trade Center was given to the United States Navy. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Chippers and grinders, painted and polishers worked on the beam for months until it became a navy ship’s bow --- the USS New York.

The Dragon Waking by Grayson Towler - Children's 8 - 12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Albert Whitman & Company | 9780807517048 | Published August 1, 2016

Thirteen-year-old Rose Gallagher's best friend is a dragon. The more Rose learns about her friend Jade and the world of dragons, the more dangerous her life becomes. Helped only by her fantasy-obsessed friend and a local occult enthusiast, Rose soon finds herself risking her life to help Jade recover a mysterious fragment of a meteorite called the Harbinger, which has the power to awaken countless dragons from their 65-million-year slumber. Can they find the Harbinger before Jade's enemies?

3 of a Kind by Rohan Gavin - Children's 10 - 12, Children's, Humor, Mystery

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781619638303 | Published August 2, 2016

Despite trying to leave his detective ways behind and wanting to lead a normal life, when his father's loyal housekeeper, Bogna, goes missing, Darkus must return to the family fold to solve the mystery. Alongside his father, Alan, and his stepsister Tilly, Darkus follows the trail to America and the bright lights of Las Vegas where they must once again face the deadly criminal organization the Combination --- and this time, all bets are off. With danger at every turn, Knightley and Son will need an ace or two up their sleeves in order to win this game.

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee - Magic, Children's 8 - 12, Friendship, Historical Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780553512854 | Published August 2, 2016

Annabel Grey is primed for a proper life as a young lady in Victorian England. But when her mother suddenly disappears, she’s put in the care of two eccentric aunts who thrust her into a decidedly un-ladylike life. Before Annabel can assess the most ladylike way to respond to her current predicament, she is swept up in an urgent quest. Annabel is pitted against another young witch, Kitty, to rescue the sacred Moreover Wand from the dangerous underworld beneath London. It doesn’t take long for Annabel to see that the most dangerous part of her journey is her decision to trust this wild, magical girl.

Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson - Children's 6-9, Children's Nonfiction, Fiction, Picture

Abrams Books for Young Readers | 9781419718724 | Published August 2, 2016

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of a poet and a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting her father’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles Written by Mara Rockliff with illustrations by Hadley Hooper - Children's 5-8, Children's, Historical Fiction, Picture

Candlewick | 9780763678937 | Published August 2, 2016

In April 1916, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke set out from New York City in a little yellow car. They took with them a teeny typewriter, a tiny sewing machine, a wee black kitten and a message for Americans all across the country: Votes for Women! The women’s suffrage movement was in full swing, and Nell and Alice would not let anything keep them from spreading the word. Braving blizzards, deserts and naysayers --- not to mention a whole lot of tires stuck in the mud --- the two courageous friends made their way through the cities and towns of America to further their cause.

Because of an Acorn Written by Lola Shaefer and Adam Schaefer with illustrations by Frann Preston-Gannon - Children's 3 - 6, Environment, Fiction

Chronicle Books | 9781452112428 | Published August 2, 2016

Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.
Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard - Children's 7 - 10, Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

First Second | 9781626721067 | Published August 2, 2016

Bera doesn't ask for much in life. She's a solitary, humble troll, tending her island pumpkin patch in cheerful isolation. She isn't looking for any trouble. But when trouble comes to find her, it comes in spades. A human baby has arrived in the realm of the trolls and nobody knows where it came from, but Bera seems to be the only person who doesn't want it dead. There's nothing to it but to return the adorable little thing to its parents. Like it or not, Bera's gone and found herself a quest.

Bridge to the Wild: Behind the Scenes at the Zoo Written by Caitlin O'Connell with photographs by Timothy Rodwell - Children's 10 - 12, Children's Nonfiction, Photography

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544277397 | Published August 2, 2016

Over five days we meet a menagerie of magnificent animals --- pandas, elephants, gorillas, meerkats, flamingos and more --- alongside the longtime animal lover, scientist and researcher Caitlin O’Connell. With inside access to the guidance and knowledge of their beloved zoo caretakers and with stunning photographs, we are able to see the day-to-day marvels --- and sometimes misfortunes --- behind the animals’ enclosures that often go unseen by the everyday zoo visitor.
Brunhilda's Backwards Day by Shawna J. C. Tenney - Children's 3 - 6, Magic, Humor

Sky Pony Press | 9781634506915 | Published August 2, 2016

Brunhilda the witch loves making trouble. Each morning, she wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, puts on her ugliest dress, eats spider mush for breakfast and brushes her teeth with candy. As soon as she leaves the house, she begins to spread her misery. But one night, Brunhilda’s cat makes trouble instead. The next morning, Brunhilda is on the right side of the bed. The day has gone completely backwards. What will happen when Brunhilda casts her favorite misery-inducing spells?

Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird Written by Pamela S. Turner with photographs by Andy Comins - Animals , Children's 10 - 12, Children's Nonfiction, Science

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544416192 | Published August 2, 2016

One of the biggest differences between humans and animals is the ability to understand the idea of “If I do X, Y might happen.” New Caledonian crows seem to possess the intelligence to understand this “causal” concept. Why do crows have this ability? What does the crow know and what does it tell us about brain size, the evolution of intelligence and just who is the smartest creature on the planet?

Dollars & Sense: A Kid's Guide to Using --- Not Losing --- Money by Elaine Scott and David Clark - Children's 9-12, Children's, Children's Nonfiction

Charlesbridge | 9781580893961 | Published August 2, 2016

Many things come with instructions, but unfortunately money isn’t one of them. DOLLARS & SENSE is a basic operating instruction manual for money that will teach readers about the history of money, the way our American economy works, and how to make important decisions about personal finance.

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders - Children's 10+, Family Life, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Delacorte Books for Young Readers | 9780553497939 | Published August 2, 2016

The sand fairy, also known as the Psammead, is merely a creature from stories Lamb and Edith have heard their older brothers and sisters tell...until he suddenly reappears. Lamb and Edith are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war but before their adventure ends, all will be changed, and the Lamb and Edith will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint --- that of factory workers, soldiers and sailors and nurses. But most of all, the war’s impact will be felt by those left behind, at the very heart of their family.

Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young - Children's 8 - 12, Fiction, Friendship

Chronicle Books | 9781452138909 | Published August 2, 2016

Christine Gouda, who's in her last year at elementary school, faces change at every turn, starting with her own nickname --- Tink --- which just doesn't fit anymore. Readers will relate to this strong female protagonist whose voice rings with profound authenticity and absolute novelty, and her year's cringingly painful trials in normalcy --- uncomfortable Halloween costumes, premature sleepover parties, crushed crushes, and changing friendships. Throughout all this, Tink learns, what you call yourself, and how you do it, has a lot to do with who you are.

Judy Moody and the Bucket List Written by Megan McDonald with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 6-9, Children's, Humor

Candlewick | 9780763679958 | Published August 2, 2016

Judy is visiting Grandma Lou one day when she accidentally finds an uber-mysterious list of activities --- a Bucket List! Judy then decides that she’ll make her own bucket list of all the things she wants to do, and soon Judy is off running and trying to cross off all her items. But what happens if Grandma Lou achieves everything on her list? Does that mean she’ll be ready to...kick the bucket?

Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger by Anita Silvey - Children's 10 - 12, Biography, Children's Nonfiction

Clarion Books | 9780547330129 | Published August 2, 2016

Pete Seeger, the iconic folk musician and multiple Grammy winner, discovered early in life that what he wanted to do was make music. His amazing career as singer, songwriter and banjo player spanned seven decades, and included both low points (being charged with contempt of Congress) and highlights (receiving the Kennedy Center Honor from President Clinton). An activist and protester, Seeger crusaded for the rights of labor, the rights of people of color and the First Amendment right to let his voice be heard, and launched the successful campaign to clean up the Hudson River.
Lucy by Randy Cecil - Children's, Family Life, Fiction, Picture

Candlewick | 9780763668082 | Published August 2, 2016

Lucy is a small dog without a home. She had one once, but she remembers it only in her dreams. Eleanor is a little girl who looks forward to feeding the stray dog that appears faithfully beneath her window each day. Eleanor’s father is a juggler with stage fright. The overlapping stories of three delightful characters, offering a slightly different perspective each time, come together in a truly original, beautifully illustrated book for dog (and underdog) lovers of all ages.

Patrick Griffin's Last Breakfast on Earth by Ned Rust - Children's 8 - 12, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction

Roaring Brook Press | 9781626723429 | Published August 2, 2016

When Patrick Griffin passes out after a chemistry experiment gone bad, he wakes up in a strange parallel world, where everyone has huge eyes and tiny ears, and is addicted to smartphones called "binkies." Patrick thinks it's all a weird dream, but he's about to wake up to an adventure beyond his wildest imagination. Meanwhile, a huge rabbit-like creature named Mr. BunBun is roaming through Patrick's hometown, leaving a trail of chaos behind it. Its mission? To save Earth from imminent doom.

Pirate's Perfect Pet Written by Beth Ferry with illustrations by Matt Myers - Children's 4-8, Adventure, Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Picture

Candlewick | 9780763672881 | Published August 2, 2016

Big, brave Captain Crave can check off most items on the handy Be Your Best Buccaneer checklist. He has a pirate ship, an eye patch, courage and daring and more. Only one thing is missing: Captain Crave doesn’t have a pet. Arrr! Shuck me an oyster and set sail for land! The captain and his crew race and chase critters of every size and shape, from the beach to a farm to the zoo to a pet shop, causing a commotion wherever they go. But just when all seems lost, the search party stumbles on the most perfectly perfect pet for Captain Crave. Has he finally met his match? Aye-aye!