For the past four years, my library system (Cuyahoga County Public Library in suburban Cleveland, Ohio) has hosted a Youth Book Buzz, a day when several publishers and Baker & Taylor come to preview upcoming summer and fall books. This year, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, DC Comics, and Inkyard Press, along with the aforementioned Baker & Taylor, sent a representative to booktalk titles along with ARCs (advance reader copies) for attendees to snatch up at the end of the presentations. In addition, ARCs the library system received over the past year were also available to take. (Many thanks to CCPL’s Collection Development department!)
I came home with one bag full of middle grade novels, and one bag of teen books. Picture books were available, but I focused on grabbing longer texts. Here are some of the children’s books I’m excited to see coming out in August and the fall!
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf; Pub Date: 8/6/19
Nine-year-old Ahmet sits in the back of the class and doesn’t speak. His classmates wonder why and learn that he’s a Syrian refugee whose family is missing…and his classmates want to change that.
My Life as an Ice Scream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi; Pub Date: 8/27/19
Zoboi’s middle-grade debut features 12-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet, a science-fiction-obsessed granddaughter of one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA, who leaves her sheltered life in rural Alabama to visit her father in Harlem in 1984.
Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson; Pub Date: 9/3/19
For her 12th birthday, Amara wants to visit her father’s side of the family in Harlem, but New York City is not what she thought it would be, and the tension between her father and her grandfather is thick.
Stargazing by Jen Wang; Pub Date: 9/10/19
In this graphic novel, Christine and Moon are Chinese-American neighbors who become fast friends despite their personality differences. Then Moon tells Christine her biggest secret: she has visions of celestial beings speaking to her from the stars. The reason behind these visions changes both their lives forever.
Across the Bay by Carlos Aponte; Pub Date: 9/17/19
Carlitos discovers the true meaning of home in this colorful picture book that takes readers to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Explorers by Matthew Cordell; Pub Date: 9/24/19
The Caldecott Medalist’s new picture book describes an exciting visit to a museum.
The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao; Pub Date: 10/15/19
Shunned by the Jade Society after her father’s disappearance, 12-year-old Faryn dreams of honoring her family and the gods by becoming a warrior. But when she stumbles upon a battle and helps defeat a demon, Faryn realizes she might be the famed Heaven Breaker of prophecy.
I’m stopping with lucky number 7 because I could go on and on…and I didn’t even touch the teen selections. I think we are all in for some good reading later this year.
Have you received any ARCs recently? About which titles are you excited?
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