14 New Teen Books Coming Out in October

Here are 14 teen books coming out in October that are getting a lot of positive attention and reviews:

Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth

Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

Breathless by Jennifer Niven

Come On In: 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home by Adi Alsaid

Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Eventide by Sarah Goodman

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

Hush by Dylan Farrow

Junk Boy by Tony Abbott

My Heart Underwater by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo

The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm

The Truth Project by Dante Medema

16 New Children’s Books Coming in October

Here are 16 new children’s books being released in October that have garnered lots of attention so far:

All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat

Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

The Boys in the Back Row by Mike Jung

Cat Ninja by Matthew Cody, illustrated by Yehudi Mercado

Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted

Cinders and Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann

Flooded by Ann E. Burg

How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte, illustrated by Ann Xu

Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

Twins by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel by Sheela Chari

The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Willa the Wisp by Jonathan Auxier, illustrated by Olga Demidova

14 New Picture Books Coming in October

Here are 14 of the picture books being released this month to lots of praise!

Addy’s Cup of Sugar by Jon J. Muth

Attack of the Underwear Dragon by Scott Rothman, illustrated by Pete Oswald

Blue Table by Chris Raschka

The Boy and the Gorilla by Jackie Azua Kramer, illustrated by Cindy Derby

Eric by Shaun Tan

Lubaya’s Quiet Roar by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Philemona Williamson

The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang

My Rainbow by Trinity and DeShanna Neal, illustrated by Art Twink

Northbound by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein, illustrated by James E. Ransome

On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex

Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Shawn Harris

A Story for Small Bear by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by Richard Jones

Turtle Walk by Matt Phelan

We Will Live in This Forest Again by Gianna Marino

Fall 2020 Kids’ Next List

The Fall 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List has been announced. These are titles recommended by independent booksellers from across the country. Here are their selections the top ten books for youth this fall. The link will take you to the full list.

The Blue House by Phoebe Wahl

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Lightfall: The Girl and the Galdurian by Tim Probert

Lobizona by Romina Garber

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Short & Sweet by John Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse

A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton

17 Great New September Teen Books

Here are 17 books for teens that are being released this month! They have all gotten starred reviews and plenty of buzz. Enjoy!

Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe by Carole Boston Weatherford

Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew

The Bridge by Bill Konisgberg

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

The Crossroads at Midnight by Abby Howard

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Last Halloween: Children by Abby Howard

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

The Way Back by Gavriel Savit

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

12 New September Children’s Books

Here are 12 upcoming children’s books being released this month. They have all gotten starred reviews and plenty of buzz. Enjoy!

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling

Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai

The Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar

Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron

Pea, Bee, & Jay: Stuck Together by Brian “Smitty” Smith

The Radium Girls: The Scary but True Story of the Poison that Made People Glow in the Dark by Kate Moore

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Spindlefish and Stars by Christiane M. Andrews

Three Keys by Kelly Yang

Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner


12 New September Picture Books

Here are 12 great picture books getting lots of buzz. They are all coming out in September! Enjoy!

The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez

Grow: Secrets of Our DNA by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

Lights on Wonder Rock by David Litchfield

Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki

RoboBaby by David Wiesner

The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

The International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around the World by Jessica Dee Humphreys and Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin

The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story by Thao Lam

Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin


Fall 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List

The American Booksellers Association has a preview of the titles that will appear on the Fall 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List. They select a top ten as well as an additional 40 books to highlight in the coming season. The picks are based on recommendations from independent bookstores across the country. Here are the books on the List:


The Blue House by Phoebe Wahl

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian by Tim Probert

Lobizona by Romina Garber

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Short & Sweet by Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse

A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton


AGES 4-8

Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds by Elise Gravel

Attack of the Underwear Dragon by Scott Rothman, Pete Oswald

Buttercup the Bigfoot by Douglas Rees, Isabel Munoz

Donut Feed the Squirrels by Mika Song

Escape Goat by Ann Patchett, Robin Preiss Glasser

Every Little Letter by Deborah Underwood, Joy Huang Ruiz

Fern and Otto: A Story About Two Best Friends by Stephanie Graegin

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James

I Promise by LeBron James, Nina Mata

Margaret’s Unicorn by Briony May Smith

The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom by Colleen AF Venable, Lian Cho

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story by Tina Cho, Jess X. Snow

Pea, Bee, & Jay: Stuck Together by Brian “Smitty” Smith

Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen

Thesaurus Has a Secret by Anya Glazer


AGES 9-12

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

A Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted

Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo

Cinders & Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte, Ann Xu

One Time by Sharon Creech

The Places We Sleep by Caroline DuBois

Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

Three Keys: A Front Desk Novel by Kelly Yang

A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry, Lindsay Moore



Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Fable by Adrienne Young

Hush by Dylan Farrow

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

The Truth Project by Dante Medema






19 New August YA Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 19 titles for teens that are being released in August and received starred reviews. Enjoy!

All Eyes on Her by L. E. Flynn

Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy edited by Kelly Jensen

Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black

A Cloud of Outrageous Blue by Vesper Stamper

The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Jo Rioux

Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

Displacement by Kiku Hughes

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Facing the Sun by Janice Lynn Mather

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

I Am Here Now by Barbara Bottner

Invisible Differences by Julie Dachez

It Came from the Sky by Chelsea Sedoti

Lobizona by Romina Garber

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles