25 New August Children’s Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 25 books for children releasing in August that have garnered starred reviews. Enjoy!

All He Knew by Helen Frost

All Together Now by Hope Larson

All’s Happy That Ends Happy by Rose Lagercrantz, illustrated by Eva Eriksson

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

Chance: Escape from the Holocaust by Uri Shulevitz

A Dog-Friendly Town by Josephine Cameron

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe

Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Finish the Fight: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Veronica Chambers

Guardians of Liberty: Freedom of the Press and the Nature of News by Linda Barrett Osborne

How to Be a Girl in the World by Caela Carter

Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor

Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist

Kodi by Jared Cullum

Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar

Mister Invincible: Local Hero by Pascal Jousselin

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

Pleased to Meet Me by S. G. Wilson

Summer We Found the Baby by Amy Hest

The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner, illustrated by Iz Ptica

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge

The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth edited by Wade Hudson

Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall

The Diverse Book Awards 2020 Longlist


This new UK award was created by The Author School. It is awarded to UK based authors only  and focuses on books published in 2019 that feature “Black, Asian, Latin American and and/or inclusive main characters.” Below are the longlists for the juvenile categories. The shortlists will be announced in September with the winners announced in October.


Son of the Circus - A Victorian Story

Son of the Circus by E. L. Norry

My Hair by Hannah Lee, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan

The Mysterious Melody by SP K-Mushambi, illustrated by Kudzai Gumbo

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik

The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf (coming to the U.S. in January 2021)

Tin Boy

Tin Boy by Steve Cole, illustrated by Oriol Vidal

Toad Attack!

Toad Attack by Patrice Lawrence, illustrated by Becka Moor



All The Things We Never Said

All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman

Becoming Dinah

Becoming Dinah by Kit De Waal

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla


Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung

The Deathless Girls

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Oh My Gods

Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard

The Tunnels Below by Nadine Wild-Palmer (coming to the U.S. in February 2021)