Best New Books for Kids and Teens | November 2016

INTRO

As children's book releases go, things seem to be winding a bit down for the fall, BUT there are still some great books coming out this month!  

If you have a teenaged kiddo or if you read young adult fiction yourself, you are in luck!  There are a ton of AWESOME new teen books out this November. laugh

 Seeing stars?  Professional book reviewers only award a star to exceptional books.  More than one star means experts from multiple organizations felt the book was outstanding. 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

This month, Karen Katz, lift-a-flap children's book author extraordinaire, has released Vroom, Vroom Trucks! This newest in her popular line-up of board books for little ones is sure to be a hit.

Also, I Am A Baby shows life through the lens of different kiddos, taking care to be inclusive of a diverse range of ethnicities.  This is a book that will hold special appeal for babies and toddlers, who often enjoy looking at the faces of others their age.

 

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Vroom, Vroom, Trucks! (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books)
by Karen Katz
published November 15, 2016

Vroom vroom! Here come the construction trucks in this new lift-the-flap book from Karen Katz featuring the cutest trucks you’ve ever seen.

Rumble! Rumble! 
Here come the big trucks!

Look for bulldozers, dump trucks, and more in this adventurous lift-the-flap book from Karen Katz sure to appeal to any preschooler...READ MORE

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I Am a Baby
by Kathryn Madeline Allen
illustrated by Rebecca Gizicki
published November 1, 2016

"I am a baby, this is my crib, this is my high chair, this is my bib." Photos of happy babies and words that encourage make this an irresistible read-aloud for every child and family. From the author of the critically acclaimed A Kiss Means I Love You and Show...READ MORE

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How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo Se Dice?
by Angela Dominguez
published November 8, 2016

Hello! ¡Hola! Some people speak Spanish. Some people speak English. Although we may not speak the same language, some things, like friendship, are universal!

Follow two young giraffes as they meet, celebrate, and become friends. This bilingual tale will have readers eager to meet new friends and amigos....READ MORE

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Canticos: Elefantitos / Canticos: Little Elephants
by Susie Jaramillo
published November 29, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Little Elephants is based on a traditional Mexican counting song and is one of the oldest (and best!) methods of putting a child to sleep — the verses, which describe how a number of elephants come to be balancing on a spider web, can be repeatedly endlessly by changing only the...READ MORE

PICTURE BOOKS

Without a doubt, The Bossier Baby is first of my list of picture book to-reads.  This book has been praised by reviewers for its humor and warmth; a winning combination.

I'm also excited to read Hap-Pea All Year!, the newest in the New York Times bestselling Peas series.  This book features two-page spreads celebrating each month of the year, highlighting holidays and festivities.  

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The Bossier Baby
by Marla Frazee
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Horn Book Star Image Publishers Weekly

Two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Marla Frazee’s Boss Baby is back—but this time there’s a new baby sister CEO in town!

Change is in the air—the Boss Baby’s staff has stopped taking his direction! It seems that there is a new CEO in town; from the moment she comes home, Boss...READ MORE

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One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You off to Sleep
by Kenn Nesbitt
illustrated by Christoph Niemann
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

Just one more before bedtime? Please??

 

It's time for tuck-in, and your little one wants just one more moment with you--so fill it with something that will feed the imagination, fuel a love of reading, and send them off to sleep in a snap. Reach for a one-minute poem!...READ MORE

It is Not Time for Sleeping
It Is Not Time for Sleeping
by Lisa Graff
illustrated by Lauren Castillo
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

As the day comes to an end, bedtime draws near. But the little boy in this book is quite sure it is NOT time for sleeping. As each piece of his evening routine is completed—helping with the dishes, playing with the dog, getting into pajamas, brushing teeth with Dad, being...READ MORE

Hap-Pea All Year
Hap-Pea All Year
by Keith Baker
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: November 1, 2016

Keith Baker’s New York Times bestselling peas are back for more fun—this time exploring the months of the year!

Hap-pea January!
Let’s get going,

grab your mittens—hooray, it’s snowing!

The peas have rolled through the letters, numbers, and colors. Now, they’re back with all of their signature jaunty and joyful perfect-for-preschoolers...READ MORE

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5 Little Ducks
by Denise Fleming
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: November 8, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Make way for another perfect preschool picture book by Caldecott Honor recipient Denise Fleming!

Featuring a flock of oh-so-adorable fuzzy ducklings, this delightfully fresh take on the classic Five Little Ducks nursery rhyme emphasizes numbers and the days of the week—and these lucky ducklings are doted on by a loving...READ MORE

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The Bear Who Wasn't There
by LeUyen Pham
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: November 15, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Star Image Publishers Weekly

This book is about Bear... so what happens when he doesn't show up on his page? Who will find him? Will it be Giraffe, who himself seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or Cow, or perhaps even the author herself?

One thing's for sure--it...READ MORE

BEGINNING READERS

The Princess in Black is back this month with a new adventure!  This time she's headed off on a much-needed vacation, but her vacation is cut short by the invasion of a sea monster.

Also, Bramble and Maggie: Snow Day looks to be a great story of friendship punctuated by urgent matters that sweep in with a snow storm.  This series will surely appeal to animal lovers, particularly kids who would like to have a horse of their own.

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The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 2
by Shannon Hale,
by Dean Hale
illustrated by LeUyen Pham
published November 8, 2016

Even monster-battling princesses get tired sometimes! But a peaceful time away is hard to find as the humorous New York Times best-selling series continues.

After battling monsters all night, a sleepy Princess in Black decides that she needs a vacation. After all, the Goat Avenger, a new hero who looks oddly familiar,...READ MORE

Bramble and Maggie: Snow Day
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 2
by Jessie Haas
illustrated by Alison Friend
published November 8, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Booklist

Bramble the horse and her devoted girl, Maggie, face a major snowstorm in their fourth adventure.

The sky is white, the air is cold, and snowflakes are falling, tickling Bramble’s back. By bedtime, Maggie and her family are ready for the storm: they’ve shopped for supplies, covered Bramble’s hay with...READ MORE

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Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Monica Brown
published November 1, 2016

When new classmate Bella, a ballet dancer, walks into Lola's class at Northland Elementary, all Lola can see is pink everywhere--pink ribbons, a pink sweatshirt, and pink tennis shoes. Yuck! Pink is Lola's least favorite color. Plus, Ballet isn't nearly as hard as soccer, is it?

 

Lola and Bella can't seem to...READ MORE

GRADES 4 TO 6

I'm excited to get my hands on a copy of Animals By the Numbers by Steve Jenkins.  This is a non-fiction picture book offering a visual representation of animal facts.  This would be a fun one to read with your fourth to sixth grader, as interesting facts are relayed with colorful artwork alongside diagrams and charts.  

Threads is an appealing book based on a true story about child labor.  In the story, a Chinese girl finishes the purse she's sewing by slipping a note inside.  The note is a cry for help.  A girl in the U.S. later discovers the note and pleads with her parents to travel to China to free the enslaved girl.

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Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics
by Steve Jenkins
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Horn Book Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

How many species are there across the globe?   

How much do all of the insects in the world collectively weigh?  How far can animals travel?    

     Steve Jenkins answers these questions and many more with numbers, images, innovation, and authoritative science in his latest work of illustrated nonfictionJenkins layers his signature...READ MORE

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The Bone Sparrow
by Zana Fraillon
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Publishers Weekly

"Indispensable."-Booklist (starred review)

LONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE 2016

Subhi is a refugee. He was born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of a distant homeland, and the center is the only world he knows. But every night, the faraway...READ MORE

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A Boy Called Christmas
by Matt Haig
illustrated by Chris Mould
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper.
 
Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip...READ MORE

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Threads
by Ami Polonsky
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: November 1, 2016

To Whom It May Concern: Please, we need help!

The day twelve-year-old Clara finds a desperate note in a purse in Bellman's department store, she is still reeling from the death of her adopted sister, Lola.

 

By that day, thirteen-year-old Yuming has lost hope that the note she stashed...READ MORE

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Race the Night
by Kirsten Hubbard
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: November 8, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

"[A] moving tale of resilience, hope, and the meaning of family." -School Library Journal(starred review)READ MORE

TWEENS

The eleventh book in the wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is out this month!  Be sure to reserve this one early from your library because all the kids are going to want to read it. laugh

I'm also excited about The Friendship Experiment, which features some of the familiar issues that tweens experience trying to find their place in middle school.  In this book, however, the main character is a future scientist, which places a unique twist on the events of the story and might appeal to tweens who identify with the personality and quirks of the protagonist.

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Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11)
by Jeff Kinney
published November 1, 2016

The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his “creative side.”
 
As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the...READ MORE

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Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights
by Mary Cronk Farrell
published November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist

Fannie Sellins (1872–1919) lived during the Gilded Age of American Industrialization, when the Carnegies and Morgans wore jewels while their laborers wore rags. Fannie dreamed that America could achieve its ideals of equality and justice for all, and she sacrificed her life to help that dream come true. Fannie became...READ MORE

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Saving Hamlet
by Molly Booth
published November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Emma Allen couldn't be more excited to start her sophomore year. Not only is she the assistant stage manager for the drama club's production of Hamlet, but her crush Brandon is directing, and she's rocking a new haircut that's sure to get his attention. But soon after school starts, everything goes haywire....READ MORE

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The Friendship Experiment
by Erin Teagan
published November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Future scientist Madeline Little is dreading the start of middle school. Nothing has been right since her grandfather died and her best friend changed schools. Maddie would rather help her father in his research lab or write Standard Operating Procedures in her lab notebook than hang out with a bunch...READ MORE

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Nothing But Trouble
by Jacqueline Davies
published November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal

From the acclaimed author of The Lemonade War comes a new book starring two smart girls determined to liven up their town—one epic prank at a time.

Odawahaka has always been too small for Maggie’s big scientific ideas. Between her stuck-in-a-rut mom, her grumpy grandpop, and the lifetime supply of sludgy soda...READ MORE

TEENS

First on my to-read list is My Sister Rosa, which looks absolutely disturbing in the best possible way.  The book is about Che, who loves his 10-year-old sister Rosa, despite her being a psychopath.  Rosa is pretty and charming and so smart that she is able to keep her behavior from being noticed, even from her parents. After the family moves to New York City, Rosa's actions begin to escalate and Che must try to protect all of New York City from his sister.

Also, highly anticipated, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, author of New York Times best selling Everything, Everything comes out this month.  I have no doubt that this highly praised realistic fiction book will also be a best seller.

Neal Schusterman's Scythe looks amazing.  It has received outstanding reviews from professional reviewers and initial readers.  It's set in a world where death is almost non-existent, but professional reapers are employed in order to control the population.  In addition to the rivalries amongst competitors for the Scythe vocation, the story asks big questions about the society itself.  In this near-utopian society, lack of poverty, disease, and hunger have dulled human emotion, sparking questions about what it means to be a member of the human race.

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Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse
by Catherine Reef
published November 8, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Booklist Star ImageKirkus Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Star Image Publishers Weekly

Most people know Florence Nightingale was a compassionate and legendary nurse, but they don’t know her full story. This riveting biography explores the exceptional life of a woman who defied the stifling conventions of Victorian society to pursue what was considered an undesirable vocation. She is best known for her...READ MORE

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My Sister Rosa
by Justine Larbalestier
published November 15, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister?

Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one...READ MORE

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The Sun Is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon
published November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Star Image Horn Book

Be the first to read the dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Everything, Everything



Natasha:
 I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl...READ MORE

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The Nerdy and the Dirty
by B. T. Gottfred
published November 15, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star ImageKirkus Star ImageBooklist Star Image Publishers Weekly

His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different--but that's what he likes about himself.

Pen Lupo is sick and tired of...READ MORE

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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe Book 1)
by Neal Shusterman
published November 22, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Booklist  

Two teens are forced to murder—maybe each other—in the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.



In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional...READ MORE

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Heartless
by Marissa Meyer
published November 8, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland―the infamous Queen of Hearts―she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls...READ MORE

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The Amateurs (The Amateurs Book 1)
by Sara Shepard
published November 1, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Publishers Weekly

As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she's hooked. Helena's high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It's the reason she's a member of the site in the first place.

 ...READ MORE

The Diabolic
The Diabolic
by S. J. Kincaid
published November 1, 2016

Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve...READ MORE

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The Romantics
by Leah Konen
published November 1, 2016

Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate...READ MORE

Comments

Thank you again for doing this each month. There were a few that had slipped by me this month, and I so appreciate the effort you make to compile these lists. I've learned to wait to place my first order of the month until your email arrives.

Wow. That is such a kind comment! I'm honored. Thank you so much for visiting us, for making us a part of your selection process, and for your amazing support! I'm so grateful!! :D

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