18 New September Picture Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are eighteen picture books coming out in September that have garnered starred reviews and praise. September is such a busy publishing month that it was hard to narrow down the titles to include. There are so many more to be celebrated!

Cover for Ada and the Galaxies

Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv, illustrated by Susanna Chapman

Cover for Bear Wants to Sing

Bear Wants to Sing by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dena Seiferling

Cover for Change Sings

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long

Cover for Chez Bob

Chez Bob by Bob Shea

Cover for Circle Under Berry

Circle Under Berry by Carter Higgins

Cover for Dad Bakes

Dad Bakes by Katie Yamasaki

Cover for A House

House by Kevin Henkes

Cover for King of Ragtime

King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin by Stephen Costanza

Cover for Little Witch Hazel

Little Witch Hazel by Phoebe Wahl

Cover for My Two Border Towns

My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, illustrated by Erika Meza

Cover for Nina

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci Todd, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Cover for Norman Didn't Do It!

Norman Didn’t Do It! Yes, He Did by Ryan Higgins

Cover for The People Remember

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise

Cover for Ten Spooky Pumpkins

Ten Spooky Pumpkins by Gris Grimly

Cover for Time for Bed, Old House

Time for Bed, Old House by Janet Costa Bates, illustrated by A.G. Ford

Cover for Time is a Flower

Time Is a Flower by Julie Morstad

Cover for A True Wonder

True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything by Kirsten W. Larson, illustrated by Katy Wu

Cover for When We Say Black Lives Matter

When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clark

September/October Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

The American Booksellers Association has released a preview of titles included on their September/October Indie Next List. The list is based on recommendations from independent bookstores around the U.S. Here are the books that made this season’s list:

#1 PICK

Cover for The Beatryce Prophecy

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

PICTURE BOOKS

Cover for Bear Is a Bear

Bear Is a Bear by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Dan Santat

Cover for Bright Star

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales

Cover for Einstein

Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time by Torben Kuhlmann

Cover for It Fell from the Sky

It Fell from the Sky by the Fan Brothers

Cover for It's Ok, Slow Lizard

It’s OK, Slow Lizard by Yeorim Yoon, illustrated by Jian Kim, translated by Chi-Young Kim

Cover for Little Witch Hazel

Little Witch Hazel by Phoebe Wahl

Cover for My Two Border Towns

My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, illustrated by Erika Meza

Cover for Negative Cat

Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall

Cover for Norman Didn't Do It!

Norman Didn’t Do It!: (Yes, He Did) by Ryan Higgins

Cover for The People Remember

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise

MIDDLE GRADE

Cover for Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs

Cover for Beasts and Beauty

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Julia Iredale

Cover for Dead Wednesday

Dead Wednesday by Jerry Spinelli

Cover for Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger 2)

Egg Marks the Spot by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Cover for Garlic and the Vampire

Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen

Cover for Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick

Cover for Paradise on Fire

Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Cover for Pony

Pony by R.J. Palacio

Cover for A Soft Place to Land

A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks

Cover for Treasure in the Lake

Treasure in the Lake by Jason Pamment

YOUNG ADULT

Cover for All These Bodies

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake

Cover for Beasts of Prey

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray

Cover for Call Me Athena

Call Me Athena by Colby Cedar Smith

Cover for Defy the Night

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Cover for How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Cover for Like Other Girls

Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin

Cover for Once Upon a Broken Heart

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Cover for When We Make It

When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez

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 by Saraciea J. Fennell

13 New August Books for Teens to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 13 YA books coming out this month that have gotten starred reviews and praise.

Cover for Bad Witch Burning

Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis

Cover for Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas

Cover for Call and Response

Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Veronica Chambers

Cover for Cheer Up

Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier, illustrated by Val Wise

Cover for The Dead and the Dark

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Cover for How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Cover for In the Wild Light

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

Cover for A Lesson in Vengeance

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

Cover for Like Other Girls

Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin

Cover for Me (Moth)

Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

Cover for Rainbow in the Dark

Rainbow in the Dark by Sean McGinty

Cover for Run

Run: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury and Nate Powell

Cover for Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things

Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston

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

Here are 12 children’s books coming out in August that have gotten starred reviews and praise. Lots of familiar names and some new ones too.

Cover for Bad Sister

Bad Sister by Charise Mericle Harper, illustrated by Rory Lucey

Cover for Being Clem

Being Clem by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Cover for Black Boy Joy

Black Boy Joy edited by Kwame Mbalia

Cover for Dead Wednesday

Dead Wednesday by Jerry Spinelli

Cover for Elvis and the World As It Stands

Elvis and the World as It Stands by Lisa Frenkel Riddiough, illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller

Cover for Erik vs. Everything

Erik vs. Everything by Christina Uss

Cover for Fast Pitch

Fast Pitch by Nic Stone

Cover for Indiana Bones

Indiana Bones by Harry Heape, illustrated by Rebecca Bagley

Cover for Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai

Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence

Cover for The Lost Things Club

The Lost Things Club by J. S. Puller

Cover for One Kid's Trash

One Kid’s Trash by Jamie Sumner

Cover for Why Longfellow Lied

Why Longfellow Lied: The Truth about Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride by Jeff Lantos

11 New Picture Books Coming in August to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 11 upcoming picture books this month that have gotten starred reviews. There are some lovely treats from established authors, ones newly published in the U.S., and hopefully some nice surprises too.

Cover for Anteaters, Bats & Boas

Anteaters, Bats, and Boas: The Amazon Rainforest from the Forest Floor to the Treetops by Roxie Munro

Cover for Be Strong (Be Kind #2)

Be Strong by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Jen Hill

Cover for Child of the Flower-Song People

Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua by Gloria Amescua, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Cover for The Fastest Girl on Earth!

The Fastest Girl on Earth!: Meet Kitty O’Neil, Daredevil Driver! by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Cover for The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld

Cover for Moon Pops

Moon Pops by Heena Baek

Cover for Negative Cat

Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall

Cover for New in Town

New in Town by Kevin Cornell

Cover for Poultrygeist

Poultrygeist by Eric Geron, illustrated by Pete Oswald

Cover for A Song of Frutas

A Song of Frutas by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sara Palacios

Cover for Survivor Tree

Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen, illustrated by Aaron Becker

July/August 2021 Kids Indie Next List

IndieBound has announced the books on their July/August Indie Next List. These are books selected and recommended by independent books stores across the United States. Here are the titles:

PICTURE BOOKS

Cover for Ten Spooky Pumpkins

10 Spooky Pumpkins by Gris Grimly

Cover for Amara and the Bats

Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds

Cover for Cat Problems (Animal Problems)

Cat Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith

Cover for Hardly Haunted

Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima

Cover for King of Ragtime

King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin by Stephen Constanza

Cover for Lala's Words

Lala’s Words by Gracey Zhang

Cover for Monster Friends

Monster Friends by Kaeti Vandorn

Cover for Never, Not Ever!

Never, Not Ever! by Beatrice Alemagna

Cover for Small Knight and the Anxiety Monster

Small Knight and the Anxiety Monster by Manka Kasha

Cover for Unbound

Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott with Brie Spangler, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

MIDDLE GRADE

Cover for Chunky

Chunky by Yehudi Mercado

Cover for A Discovery of Dragons

Discovery of Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Cover for The Ghoul Next Door

The Ghoul Next Door by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Cat Farris

Cover for Ham Helsing #1

Ham Helsing: Vampire Hunter by Rich Moyer

Cover for Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom

Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom by Sangu Mandanna

Cover for The Last Super Chef

The Last Super Chef by Chris Negron

Cover for The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow

The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow by Emma Steinkellner

Cover for ParaNorthern

Paranorthern and the Chaos Bunny A-Hop-Calypse by Stephanie Cooke, illustrated by Mari Costa

Cover for Temple Alley Summer

Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba, illustrated by Miho Satake, translated by Avery Fischer

Cover for Weird Kid

Weird Kid by Greg Van Eekhout

YOUNG ADULT

Cover for Blackout

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

Cover for The Box in the Woods

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Cover for Don't Hate the Player

Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd

Cover for Me (Moth)

Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

Cover for The Passing Playbook

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Cover for Rise to the Sun

Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

Cover for The River Has Teeth

The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

Cover for The Sea Is Salt and So Am I

The Sea Is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt

Cover for Six Crimson Cranes

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Cover for We Can't Keep Meeting Like This

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

7 July YA Novels to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are a collection of diverse realistic and fantasy novels to fill up your summer reading. All are being released in July! Enjoy!

In the Same Boat by Holly Green

Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

Walls by L.M. Elliott

When We Were Strangers by Alex Richards

12 July Children’s Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are a star-filled and dynamic mix of graphic novels, true stories, nonfiction and novels for middle grades coming out in July. Enjoy!

The Accursed Vampire by Madeline McGrane

Bad Sister by Charise Mericle Harper, illustrated by Rory Lucey

Forever This Summer by Leslie C. Youngblood

Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne

Lilla the Accidental Witch by Eleanor Crewes

Linked by Gordon Korman

Looking Up: An Illustrated Guide to Telescopes by Jacob Kramer, illustrated by Stephanie Scholz

Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba, illustrated by Miho Satake

Ten Thousand Tries by Amy Makechnie

Weird Kid by Greg van Eekhout

When Grandfather Flew by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Chris Sheban

World in Between by Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro

13 July Picture Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 13 picture books coming out in July that have gotten starred reviews and attention. Enjoy!

Bird Boy by Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani

Blueberry Cake by Sarah Dillard

The Caiman by Maria Eugenia Manrique, illustrated by Ramon Paris

Cat Wants Cuddles by P. Crumble, illustrated by Lucinda Gifford

Except Antarctica by Todd Sturgell

I Can Make a Train Noise by Michael Emberley and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

I Love Insects by Lizzy Rockwell

Lala’s Words by Gracey Zhang

A Life Electric: The Story of Nikola Tesla by Azadeh Westergaard, illustrated by Julia Sarda

Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent by Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Kara Kramer

The Perfect Plan by Leah Gilbert

Sing with Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla Cover

Sing with Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla by Diana Lopez, illustrated by Teresa Martinez

Terrific! by Sophie Gilmore