22 September YA Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 22 of the YA books releasing in September that have received starred reviews and praise. You will find a combination of well-known voices and new ones to discover as well as some amazing nonfiction among the novels. Enjoy!

Cover for All These Bodies

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake

Cover for Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands edited by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith

Cover for Beasts of Prey

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray

Cover for Before We Disappear

Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchison

Cover for Defy the Night

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Cover for For All Time

For All Time by Shanna Miles

Cover for Hello (from Here)

Hello (From Here) by Chandler Baker and Wesley King

Cover for Kneel

Kneel by Candace Buford

Cover for Not Here to Be Liked

Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach

Cover for Once Upon a Broken Heart

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Cover for The Other Merlin (Emry Merlin #1)

The Other Merlin by Robyn Schneider

Cover for Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon

Cover for So Many Beginnings

So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow

Cover for Tell It True

Tell It True by Tim Lockette

Cover for Time Will Tell

Time Will Tell by Barry Lyga

Cover for We Are Not Broken

We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson

Cover for When Can We Go Back to America?

When Can We Go Back to America? Voices of Japanese American Incarceration during WWII by Susan H. Kamei

Cover for When We Make It

When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez

Cover for Where I Belong

Where I Belong by Marcia Argueta Mickelson

Cover for White Smoke

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Cover for Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

Cover for You'd Be Home Now

You’d Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Sept 3


15 must-read September children’s book releases – Book Riot

Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels – The Guardian

“Family bloggers” upset about LGBTQ+ library books get the Facebook equivalent of ratio’d – The Mary Sue

Why one of Sweden’s most famous children’s book series is still so relevant – The Local


8 creative ways to use your library card (in addition to checking out books) – Parade

2021 Library Design Showcase – American Libraries

The best libraries in London – Conde Nast Traveller

It’s crunch time for library supporters after $3.5 trillion budget bill passes House – Publishers Weekly

We can’t build back better without libraries – Roll Call

Wisconsin teen library staffer says congressional candidate threatened her over Pride Month display – MetroWeekly


22 Canadian YA books to watch for in fall 2021 – CBC

Fall 2021 YA preview: 11 of the most interesting new books – Forbes