Several great new books are being released this week and next. This year, I have been getting some review copies and ARCs or I've heard about books long in advance of when they are being released. To keep track of when must-have books are available for purchase, I started a calendar of book release dates. I must say, it is the best idea I've had in years! September/October are great months of the year for book releases. An expensive time of year for readers, but well worth it! Below are a few of the books I am excited about that are available in the next few week or two. Some of the books I had the opportunity to read in advance--others are those I just can't wait to see! A great time for book shopping!
Babymouse. I am a huge Babymouse fan and so are many of my students. No matter how many copies I have in the library, it never seems like quite enough. I have so many readers who cannot get enough of this great character. So many who are anticipating this new book. BABYMOUSE #15: A VERY BABYMOUSE CHRISTMAS is due out Tuesday. Can't wait!
On the same day, SQUISH #2 will also be released. If you have not met Squish--another character by Jennifer and Matthew Holm, you'll want to do that as soon as possible. A great new series by this great team.
HAPPY PIG DAY! I mean, who can ever have enough books about Elephant and Piggie? I am sure this new one by Mo Willems will be a huge hit with everyone. Can't wait to read it!
I was able to read several middle grade novels earlier than their release date. Many of my very favorites are coming out this week and next. I can't wait to share them with students.
Jessica Day George is one of my favorite fairy tale authors and I read PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL this summer. and I was excited to get an advanced copy of TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE. The main character, Celie, is great independent girl. And the castle is great fun--every Tuesday, it seems to change just a bit. It grows rooms, changes hallways, etc. I love the whole concept of this castle. And the story inside the castle is one that kept me hooked. A great story!
BREADCRUMBS by Anne Ursu is an amazing re-envisioning of the traditional story, The Snow Queen. Whether you know this story or not, Breadcrumbs will be a great read. It is a great fairy tale. I loved this story--the characters, the story, everything about it. We featured an excerpt from this book a few weeks ago on our blog. A great review from Jen Robinson is up today on her blog.
BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX by Laurel Snyder is one I had the opportunity to read early. It is one of my 2011 favorites. In this story, there is a magical breadbox. But the breadbox is not the whole story. This is a great middle grade novel about loss and change and one that really understands the age group it was written for. A great deal of depth and so much to talk about around this book. The following book trailer was done by a student--it is brilliant! (And Next Best Book reviewed this one today!)
I was able to hear Lauren Oliver at Cover to Cover after reading DELIRIUM. I loved the book and was thrilled to hear that she was writing a middle grade novel. I was able to borrow an ARC of LIESL AND PO and loved it. Below is a trailer of the book as well as a conversation with Lauren Oliver about the book.
And a new picture book I am excited about is I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen. I don't know much about it but keep hearing good things. Looking forward to seeing it!