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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 2018


Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship Written by Charles Waters and Irene Latham with illustrations by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Poetry

Carolrhoda Books | 9781512404425 | Published January 1, 2018

Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies and family dinners. Accompanied by artwork from acclaimed illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, this remarkable collaboration invites readers of all ages to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences.

A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson - African American Interest, Children's, Children's 10-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues, Youth Fiction

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544800656 | Published January 2, 2018

After the murder of Emmett Till, 13-year-old Rose is struggling with her decision to stay in Mississippi. Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peace, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope. But when Rose helps Aunt Ruthie start a business, she begins to see how she can make a difference in her community.

Bad Kitty Camp Daze by Nick Bruel - Children's, Children's 7-10, Fiction, Humor, Youth Fiction

Roaring Brook Press | 9781626728851 | Published January 2, 2018

When Puppy and Baby get a little rambunctious during Kitty's naptime, Kitty gets bonked on the head and starts to believe she’s...a dog. This new dynamic freaks out Puppy, so he’s sent away to Uncle Murray’s Camp for Stressed-Out Dogs to relax with other canine campers. But guess who sneaks along? Still believing she’s a dog, Kitty fits right in. That is until she and Uncle Murray encounter a bear, and then the feline claws come out.

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | 9780374306106 | Published January 2, 2018

In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s house doesn’t quite feel like home. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.

Black Panther The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Comic Books, Fiction, Superhero , Youth Fiction

Marvel Press | 9781484787649 | Published January 2, 2018

Life is comfortable for 12-year-old T'Challa in his home of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation. When he's not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father, the reigning Black Panther, he's off breaking rules with his best friend, M'Baku. But then his father announces that he's sending T'Challa and M'Baku to South Side Middle School in the heart of Chicago. Despite being given a high-tech suit and a Vibranium ring in case of an emergency, T'Challa realizes he might not be equipped to handle life in America, especially when it comes to hiding his identity as the prince of a powerful nation, and avoiding Gemini, a classmate who is rumored to be involved in dark magic.

Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin by James L. Swanson - African American Interest, Biography, History, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Scholastic Press | 9780545723336 | Published January 2, 2018

In his meteoric, 13-year rise to fame, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a mass movement for Civil Rights with his relentless peaceful, non-violent protests, public demonstrations and eloquent speeches. But as violent threats cast a dark shadow over Dr. King's life, Swanson hones in on James Earl Ray, a bizarre, racist prison escapee who tragically ends King's life. 

Escape From Aleppo by N. H. Senzai - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Human Rights

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 9781481472173 | Published January 2, 2018

It is December 17, 2010: Nadia’s twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and, one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia’s home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee to safety. Inspired by current events, this novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl’s journey to safety.

Flower Moon by Gina Linko - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy

Sky Pony Press | 9781510722743 | Published January 2, 2018

Tally Jo and Tempest Trimble are mirror twins, so alike they were almost born the same person. Inseparable, but more than that. That is, until this summer. The twins are traveling with Pa Charlie’s carnival just like always, but there’s a new distance between them. Something real, growing with the phases of the moon, pushing them apart. Sparking, sputtering, wild. With the full moon approaching, Tally knows it’s up to her to find out what’s going on --- and to beat it. If she can’t, she might just lose her sister. Forever.

Funny Kid for President by Matt Stanton - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062572912 | Published January 2, 2018

When Max gets blamed for pooping in the storeroom (which he did NOT do), tensions hit an all-time high between him and his terrifying teacher, Mr. Armstrong. But then the school principal suggests Max run for class president. Max isn’t the only kid on the ballot, his archenemy, Abby, is also up for election, and she’s out to defeat him at all costs. To win, Max is going to need the 24/7 help of his best friend and he’s going to have to run the campaign of a lifetime.

Hamstersaurus Rex Gets Crushed Written by Tom O'Donnell with illustrations by Tim Miller - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062377586 | Published January 2, 2018

Mysterious hauntings are causing major trouble at Horace Hotwater Middle School. Sam Gibbs and his super-strong tiny buddy, Hammie Rex, keep encountering creepy abnormal objects, including a floating sports jersey and a runaway go-kart. While Sam doesn't believe in ghosts, he has to admit the hauntings are getting weirder…and more dangerous. Could bizarre mutant animals be the cause? At Horace Hotwater, they often are!

Harley Quinn at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls) Written by Lisa Yee and Illustrated by Random House - Children's, Children's 8-12, Science Fiction, Superhero

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9781524769239 | Published January 2, 2018

Funny girl Harley Quinn loves fighting crime with her classmates like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, but she always does it her with own madcap style --- and a big mallet! It's no surprise that Harley can't resist getting involved in a dance competition and organizing an outrageous battle of the bands. But when a high-tech carnival comes to town, Harley knows that things aren't what they seem and that only she can get to the bottom of the mystery --- and deliver a great punch line while doing it!

Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard - Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062652911 | Published January 2, 2018

For as long as Robinson can remember, it’s just been her and Grandpa. But Grandpa’s memory has been getting bad. On top of that, she can’t resist using her fists when bullies like Alex make fun of her for not having a mom. Now she’s stuck in group guidance, and to make things worse, Alex is there too. Robbie can't open up some therapy group, especially not with Alex in the room. Besides, if she told anyone how forgetful Grandpa’s been getting, they’d take her away from him. He’s the only family she has --- and it’s up to her to keep them together, no matter what.

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble Written by Anna Meriano with illustrations by Mirelle Ortega - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Youth Fiction

Walden Pond Press | 9780062498465 | Published January 2, 2018

Leonora’s family owns the best bakery in Rose Hill, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion, including Dia de los Muertos. Leo hopes that she can help out this year, but she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school, she discovers that her mother, aunt and four sisters are brujas who pour a little bit of magic into everything they bake. Leo knows that she has magic as well and is more determined than ever to join the business. And when her best friend needs help, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It’s just one little spell, after all…what could possibly go wrong?

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals and Frank Morrison - African American Interest, Autobiography, Children's 10+, Coming of Age, History, Human Rights, Racism

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9781328882127 | Published January 2, 2018

Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn’t she drink from a "whites only" fountain? Why couldn’t she feel safe beyond home --- or even within the walls of church?  Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Beals had the heart of a fighter --- and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.

Martin Rising: Requiem For a King Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrated by Brian Pinkney - Children's, Children's 9-12, History, Nonfiction

Scholastic Press | 9780545702539 | Published January 2, 2018

In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King's life --- and of his assassination --- through metaphor, spirituality and multilayers of meaning. Andrea's stunning poetic requiem, illustrated with Brian's lyrical and colorful artwork, brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King, the Gandhi-like, peace-loving activist whose dream of equality -- and whose courage to make it happen --- changed the course of American history. And even in his death, he continues to transform and inspire all of us who share his dream.

Paddington On Top by Michael Bond - Children's, Children's 8-12, Classics, Fiction, Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062312341 | Published January 2, 2018

What other bear but Paddington could find himself sent home on his first day of school? Or questioned as a prime witness in court? Or taking a crash course in water-skiing? Trust Paddington to follow his nose for adventure, with a suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches in tow!

Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly - Children's, Children's 8-12

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492649953 | Published January 2, 2018

Emmeline's gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she's grown to be content, hidden away in her mansion with Dar, her own shadow, as her only company. With the noble's guards on her trail, Emmeline's only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline's not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it's hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.

Snow Lane by Josie Angelini - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250150929 | Published January 2, 2018

Fifth grader Annie is just like every other girl in her small suburban town. Except she’s starting to realize that she isn’t. Annie is the youngest of nine children. Instead of being condemned to the bottom of the pecking order, she wants to carve out place for herself in the world. But it’s hard to find your destiny when the only thing you’re good at is being cheerful. Annie is learning that it’s difficult to be Annie, period, and not just because her clothes are worn-out hand-me-downs, and she suffers from a crippling case of dyslexia, but also because there are secrets in her life no one in her family is willing to face.
Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth - African American Interest, Biography, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues

Greenwillow Books | 9780062673602 | Published January 2, 2018

On her way to church one day in July 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was refused a seat on a streetcar. When she took her seat anyway, she was bodily removed by the conductor and a nearby police officer and returned home bruised and injured. With the support of her family, the African American abolitionist community of New York, and Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Jennings took her case to court. Represented by a young lawyer named Chester A. Arthur (a future president of the United States) she was victorious, marking a major victory in the fight to desegregate New York City’s public transportation.

Supergifted by Gordon Korman - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Youth Fiction

Balzer + Bray | 9780062563842 | Published January 2, 2018

Donovan Curtis has never been what anyone would call “gifted.” But his friend Noah is actually supergifted, with one of the highest IQs around. After years at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, all Noah dreams of is the opportunity to fail. But when he visits Donovan’s school, he finds himself on the wrong side of cheerleading captain Megan and alpha jock “Hashtag." When a freak incident suddenly makes Donovan a hero, he can’t tell anyone about it since Hashtag is involved. So Noah steps in and becomes “Superkid.” Now he’s gone from nerd to titan at school. And it may have gone more than a little bit to his head.

TBH, This Is So Awkward by Lisa Greenwald - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Youth Fiction

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062689900 | Published January 2, 2018

To be honest, middle school is rough! Cecily, Gabby and Prianka have been BFFAE since pre-K, so it’s totally natural when they don’t include the new girl, Victoria, in their plans and group texts. Between organizing the Valentine’s Day dance, prepping for their first boy-girl party and trying to keep their moms from reading their texts, the friends only have time for each other. But when Victoria is sent a hurtful text, the entire sixth grade gets called out for bullying, cell phones are confiscated and the trio known as CPG4Eva is forced to figure out just how strong their friendships are IRL.

The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey - Adventure, Children's, Children's 10-12, Fiction, Superhero , Youth Fiction

Sky Pony Press | 9781510721890 | Published January 2, 2018

Meet 12-year-old Liam McKenzie, who patrols his suburban neighborhood as the Masked Avenger --- a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Along with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tire pressure on their cars. But when he attempts to rescue a damsel in distress from sadness, instead, he finds a powerful, unlikely friendship.

The It Girl In Rome by Katy Birchall - Children's, Children's 9-13, Fiction

Aladdin | 9781481463683 | Published January 2, 2018

Anna Huntley, her friends, and her ACTUAL boyfriend (definitely requires shouting) Connor are going on a class trip to Rome! This is the ideal opportunity for Anna not only to escape the craziness of her dad’s wedding to his world-famous actress fiancée, but also to have a real romantic date with Connor. Nothing could spoil this perfect, pasta-filled chance at love --- could it?

The Lost Rainforest: Mez's Magic by Eliot Schrefer and Emilia Dziubak - Adventure, Animals , Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Youth Fiction

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062491077 | Published January 2, 2018

Caldera has forever been divided into animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like Mez and her sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse. Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. She must rush to discover more about her power after a stranger arrives at her family’s den, warning them about a reawakened evil. Saving Caldera means Mez must leave her sister behind and unite an unlikely group of animals to unravel an ancient mystery and protect their rainforest home.

Warrior Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Youth Fiction

Roaring Brook Press | 9781626723375 | Published January 2, 2018

For years, Supreme Creator Nerezza has used fear and violence to rule her empire, seeking to eradicate anyone with a Genius. Then, 12-year-old Giacomo emerged and joined a generation of artists paired with Geniuses. Together, they began a rebellion. Now, Giacomo has something Nerezza wants --- the Compass, one of three powerful objects known as the Sacred Tools. Possessing all three would allow Nerezza to spread her tyranny worldwide. With the help of his Genius and friends, Giacomo struggles to keep the Sacred Tools from falling into the wrong hands and find a way to protect the Rachanan people --- before Nerezza finds him.