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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.

December 2018


Zach King: Mirror Magic by Zach King - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Magic

HarperCollins | 9780062677242 | Published December 31, 2018

When Zach magically “passes through” a magical mirror, he lands in a world that is the exact opposite of everything he’s ever known. Now he’s at Horace Greeley MAGIC School, where everyone here has magic except him. Even worse, his alter-ego, Jack, has passed in to Zach’s world and is getting into all sorts of trouble. Zach can always count on his friends --- even this mixed-up magical world’s versions of them! If he can just convince the guys about the truth of his world-jumping misadventure, Zach knows they’ll figure out how to put everyone back where they belong --- before it’s too late.


Alligators All Around: An Alphabet by Maurice Sendak - Animals , Children's 4-8, Classics, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062854360 | Published December 4, 2018

From alligators all around to zippity zound, from entertaining elephants to throwing tantrums, the antics of these alligators have made reciting the alphabet fun for over 50 years! Now in a larger trim size, ALLIGATORS ALL AROUND will continue to make children giggle while learning their ABCs. This beloved classic from Maurice Sendak has helped introduce the alphabet to generations of children. This edition is perfect for lap sharing and as a baby shower gift.

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer - Children's, Fiction

Disney-Hyperion | 9781368036962 | Published December 4, 2018

Someone else has unlocked the secrets of the fairy world…and she is only twelve years old. Now, in a race against time, a newly-reformed Artemis Fowl will have to dip into his bag of dirty tricks if he is to save his fairy friends from his latest nemesis, not to mention a power hungry demon warlord who is poised to invade our dimension with his savage army. 

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer - Children's, Fiction

Disney-Hyperion | 9781368037006 | Published December 4, 2018

When Artemis Fowl’s mother contracts a life-threatening illness, his world is turned upside down and the only hope for a cure lies in the brain fluid of the silky sifaka lemur. Unfortunately, the animal is extinct due to a heartless bargain Artemis himself made as a younger boy.

Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak - Children's 4-8, Classics, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062854407 | Published December 4, 2018

For over 50 years, children have discovered that, whether it’s June or December, every month is perfect for CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE! Now in a larger trim size, CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE is a book that children and their grown-ups will want to return to month after month. This beloved classic from Maurice Sendak has helped introduce the months and seasons to generations of children. This edition is perfect for lap sharing and as a baby shower gift.

I Spy the Illuminati Eye: What's the Big Secret? by Sheila Keenan - Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction

Penguin Workshop | 9781524787936 | Published December 4, 2018

This irreverent, illustrated guide takes a look with an all-seeing, skeptical eye at the history and mystery of the cultural phenomenon that's got middle-school kids flashing finger triangles and scrutinizing dollar bills for signs of the Illuminati. It's the first pop culture companion to the shadowy group behind everything from the French Revolution to Jay-Z's fabulous rise. How did an eighteenth-century philosophical society infiltrate governments, banks, the media, the military, Hollywood and hip-hop?...Or did they? 

One Was Johnny: A Counting Book by Maurice Sendak - Children's 4-8, Classics, Fiction, Humor

HarperCollins | 9780062854414 | Published December 4, 2018

From one to 10 and back again, children have been counting along with ONE WAS JOHNNY for over 50 years! Now in a larger trim size, this charming book about a boy and his many visitors is one that children and their grown-ups will want to count along with again and again. This beloved classic from Maurice Sendak has helped introduce counting to generations of children. This edition is perfect for lap sharing and as a baby shower gift.

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue by Maurice Sendak - Children's 4-8, Classics, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062854421 | Published December 4, 2018

For over 50 years, children have cared about Pierre, the little boy who doesn’t care about anything --- until he meets a lion! Now in a larger trim size, Pierre will continue to make children giggle while also being reminded in the funniest of ways that “I don't care!” can become a problem. This beloved classic from Maurice Sendak has helped generations of children put aside "I don't care!" as an answer. This edition is perfect for lap sharing and as a baby shower gift.

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

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492667988 | Published December 4, 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.

Spirit Riding Free: Lucky's Guide to Horses & Friendship by Stacia Deutsch - Animals , Fiction, Friendship, Youth Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316418645 | Published December 4, 2018

Hi, friend!
I'm Lucky Prescott, and I'm here to tell you everything there is to know about the things I love most: my town of Miradero, all kinds of horses (especially Spirit), and riding around the frontier with my very best friends! With the help of my PALs, Pru and Abigail, and a few other folks around town, I've put together pages of fun quizzes, yummy recipes, and super-fun games for just for you!
See you soon!
The Everything Kids' Scratch Coding Book: Learn to Code and Create Your Own Cool Games! by Jason Rukman - Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, How-to, Nonfiction, Technology

Everything | 9781507207970 | Published December 4, 2018

Understanding computer science is becoming a necessity in the modern age. The ability to code and understand computers has become one of the most valuable skills any child can have on the road to a successful life. More and more schools are recognizing this importance and have started to implement computer science and coding as core elements in their curriculums. THE EVERYTHING KIDS' SCRATCH CODING BOOK helps children get a head start on this new essential skill, with Scratch coding --- a language designed by MIT specifically to help a younger audience learn to code. 

Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon Flake - Fiction, Short Stories

Jump at the Sun | 9781368019446 | Published December 4, 2018

Guys and girls get together, get played, and get real. WHO AM I WITHOUT HIM? is a Booklist Top Ten Romance Novel for Teens and is “breaking new and necessary ground”* in 12 short stories about guys and girls falling in and out of love and relationships, testing out ways to communicate with one another, respect each other --- and respect themselves. This is a complex, often humorous and always on-point exploration of today's teens determined to find love and self-worth...any way they know how.

You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys by Sharon Flake - African American Interest, Anthology, Children's 10-14, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult 10+

Jump at the Sun | 9781368019453 | Published December 4, 2018

In 9 stories and 15 poems, Sharon G. Flake provides insight into the minds of adolescent African American males. There's Tow-Kaye, getting married at age 16 to love of his life, who's pregnant. James writes in his diary about his twin brother's terrible secret, which threatens to pull James down, too. In a letter to his uncle, La'Ron confesses that he's infected with HIV. Eric takes us on a tour of North Philly on the Fourth of July. Characters come to life in this collection of urban male voices. Flake's talent for telling it like it is will leave readers thinking differently, feeling deeply and definitely wanting more.

Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans by Russell Ginns and Barbara Fisinger - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Yearling | 9781524720032 | Published December 11, 2018

Samantha Spinner’s uncle Paul disappeared, and only left her a rusty red umbrella with a tag hanging off its worn handle that says “Watch out for the RAIN.” After all the strawberry waffles, stories and puzzles they’ve shared, how could he just leave without saying goodbye? The answer is simple. Sam knows in her heart that Uncle Paul is in danger. And if he taught her anything, it’s that not everything is exactly what it seems. The RAIN is coming and Samantha Spinner is about to find herself mixed up in some super-important, super-dangerous, super-secret plans.

Five Elements #3: The Crimson Serpent by Dan Jolley - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

HarperCollins | 9780062411716 | Published December 11, 2018

Five elements. One terrifying new world. One final stand. Gabe and his friends thought they had finally discovered a way to destroy the shadow dimension of Arcadia forever. But they were tricked --- and instead of saving San Francisco, they’ve merged it and Arcadia into one nightmarish reality. To undo their mistake, they’ll have to risk the ultimate sacrifice in a high-stakes battle that will unite all five elements…one last time.
Heidi Heckelbeck Lights! Camera! Awesome! written by Wanda Coven with illustrations by Priscilla Burris - Children's 5-9, Comedy, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Magic, Performing Arts

Little Simon | 9781534426474 | Published December 11, 2018

Brewster Elementary School is going to have its very own weekly news program, and there will be a talent contest to find the perfect student host. Melanie Maplethorpe thinks she is destined to be the star of the show, but not if Heidi can help it. With a little magic from her Book of Spells, Heidi instantly becomes famous at her school, but is 15 minutes of fame enough to make her the right person for the job?

I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story (I Funny, Book 3) written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein with illustrations by Laura Park - Children's 8-12, Comedy, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

jimmy patterson | 978-0316515092 | Published December 11, 2018

Jamie Grimm is back and better than ever. After scoring big on national TV in the semifinals contest, everyone back home is jumping on the Jamie Grimm bandwagon and all the attention might be going to his head. Not only are his friendships starting to suffer, but the pressure of coming up with his best material ever for the ultimate standup act to snag the final win in Hollywood is pushing Jamie to the brink. Suddenly, life isn't looking very funny anymore. Can Jamie take the grand prize without pushing away his fans, friends and family?

Sprinkles Before Sweethearts (Sprinkle Sundays, Book 5) by Coco Simon - Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship

Simon Spotlight | 9781534436473 | Published December 11, 2018

It feels like everyone around Tamiko is crazy in love, and it’s driving her crazy! Thankfully, Allie and Sierra would rather brainstorm new ice cream flavors than squeal over a crush. But there’s a small voice inside Tamiko that keeps wondering: is there something wrong with her if she’s more interested in sprinkles than sweethearts?

Survival Tails: Endurance in Antarctica (Survival Tails, Book 2) by Katrina Charman - Adventure, Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316477901 | Published December 11, 2018

Sled dog Samson wants nothing more than to be part of Ernest Shackleton's historic voyage to Antarctica. His fellow sled dog, Bummer, just wants to get through the voyage in one piece. When their ship, the Endurance, becomes trapped in sea ice, their journey becomes not about personal glory, but about survival. Samson, Bummer and the other dogs will have to put aside their differences and band together to rescue their humans...and themselves.

The Forgotten Shrine (Bounders, Book 3) by Monica Tesler - Adventure, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Science Fiction

Aladdin | 9781481446006 | Published December 11, 2018

Jasper can’t wait for his sister, Addy, to finally join him at the EarthBound Academy. But as soon as they arrive at the space station, Jasper and Addy are separated when Jasper’s pod is sent on a secret mission to the underwater planet of Earth Force’s shady new allies, the Alkalinians. At first, Jasper and his friends are excited by the incredible virtual reality technology that the Alks use, but the kids soon realize that this technology might be masking a sinister agenda. Jasper and his friends are certain that the Alks are laying a trap for Earth Force. 
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 | 9780062491138 | Published December 11, 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.

The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate (The Bizarre Baron Inventions) by Eric Bower - Adventure, Children's 9-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Amberjack Publishing | 9781944995263 | Published December 11, 2018

Waldo Baron awakes one morning to find his inventor parents have turned their house into a flying machine, and they intend to enter into a race across the country in the hopes of winning the $500 prize. His parents’ plans go astray when they are kidnapped by Rose Blackwood, the sister of notorious villain Benedict Blackwood, who intends to use the prize money to free her brother from prison. But Rose is not what she seems to be, and Waldo finds himself becoming friends with their kindly kidnapper as they race across the country in the magnificent flying Baron estate!

The Splendid Baron Submarine (The Bizarre Baron Inventions) by Eric Bower and Agnieszka Grochalska - Children's 9-12, Family, Fiction, Science, Science Fiction

Amberjack Publishing | 9781948705158 | Published December 11, 2018

Waldo “W.B.” Baron is back with another amazing adventure in another incredible invention! Pirate treasure? A clandestine meeting? A terribly rude monkey with personal boundary and hygiene issues? Two of those things sound like a dream come true to W.B, whose clever inventor parents are hired --- by the Vice President! --- to go on a super secret and intensely important treasure hunt to repay a national debt. If only it weren’t for that lousy, rude monkey, it would be the beginning of a perfect adventure. But at least it isn’t squirrels…
The Terrible Two Go Wild Written by Mac Barnett and Jory John with illustrations by Kevin Cornell - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Youth Fiction

Amulet Paperbacks | 9781419732058 | Published December 11, 2018

School’s out, and Miles and Niles are running wild in the woods outside town: climbing trees, exploring caves and, yes, pranking. But these leafy, lazy days of mischief darken when bully Josh Barkin and his cadets from a nearby kids’ boot camp discover the merrymakers --- and vow to destroy them. Are our heroes’ sharp minds any match for these hooligans’ hard fists?

The Uncanny Express (The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters Book 2) by Kara LaReau and Jen Hill - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Amulet Paperbacks | 9781419732041 | Published December 11, 2018

Jaundice and Kale are settling back into a quiet life in Dullsville, just the way they like it...until Aunt Shallot shows up. She tells her nieces she is Magique, Queen of Magic, and she’s on her way to a big show and in need of two willing assistants. As Magique and the Bland sisters board the Uncanny Express, they meet a cast of mystifying characters. And when Magique goes missing, it’s up to Jaundice and Kale to solve the mystery --- with the help of detective Hugo Fromage.