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New and Upcoming Children’s Books: September 2017

These great books include picture books, fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction titles that are forthcoming or new to the library.

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I'm Awake! by Maxwell Eaton

Both children and adults will relate to this send-up of early risers and the parents who—yawn!—love them. Kids love to get up early—really early, before the sun is up early, before the newspaper is delivered early. Parents don’t love getting up quite so early. But that doesn’t stop this energetic, young hamster from trying to wake up Dad at the crack of dawn. Maybe Dad can figure out a way to get his child to sleep in?

Grade: Preschool, Picture book

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Splotch by Gianna Marino

Splotch was meant to be in his bowl when his boy got home from school--but he isn't there! There's only one conclusion: he must have run away. But when he mysteriously returns, all is well again. Except...Splotch's distinctive spot has moved and the only explanation is that he has been CHANGED BY ALIENS! When the spot moves yet again, it's clear something fishy is going on. This hilarious story poses the question that, when it comes to this family, who is protecting whom?

Grades: Kindergarten-2, Picture book

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Blue Ethel by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Ethel the cat is good at being herself and going about her usual routine, until one day she turns blue and must learn to adapt to this change.

Grades: Preschool-2, Picture book

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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk.

Grades: 4-8, Fiction

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The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

Magnus and his friends set sail for the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat, Loki's demonic ship full of zombies.

Grades: 4-6, Fiction

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Thornhill by Pam Smy

In parallel plotlines set in different times, Ella investigates the mystery of the abandoned orphanage across from her house, where she sees a ghost in the window.

Grades: 5-9, Fiction

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli

A children's book that reinvents fairy tales, inspiring girls with the stories of 100 great women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

Grades: 7 and up, Nonfiction

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Swing it, Sunny! by Jennifer Holm

The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling Sunny Side Up ? full of just as much heart and just as many laughs! Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of . . . middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time. Luckily Sunny's got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side . . . because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down. Instead, she's going to remain Sunny-side up!

Grades: 5-8, Graphic Novel

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Bet You Didn't Know!: Fascinating, Far-out, Fun-tastic Facts by National Geographic Society

Did you know that the first stop signs were black and white? Or that a litter of kittens is called a kindle? There's a lot to know and we bet you'll have fun learning these fun, far-out facts in the next super series from National Geographic Kids! Based on a favorite department in Nat Geo Kids magazine, this book is chock-full of fascinating facts, silly stats, and catchy little knowledge nuggets in all kinds of cool categories, from astronomy and dinosaurs to revolutions and breakfast. Special features include Extreme Weirdness, Strange Places, Wacky World, and more.

Grades: 3 and up, Nonfiction

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King Louie's Shoes by David Steinberg

Get to know the hilarious true story of King Louis XIV of France and his famous high-heeled shoes! King Louie was a very BIG king in all ways but one: He was five-feet-four-inches short. So Louie and his royal cobbler cooked up the perfect high-heeled solution to help Louie appear taller. But after an embarrassing tumble (on the dance floor, no less!) Louie learned that his subjects were loyal no matter how big--or how shrimpy--their beloved Louie might have been. Readers young and old will relate to this silly and sweet story of King Louie XIV--a man who had it all, but still felt small.

Grades: Kindergarten-2, Nonfiction

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Our Story Begins by Elissa B. Weissman

From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today's foremost children's authors and illustrators--revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today.

Grades: 4-7, Nonfiction

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If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams

Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, many shark species are in danger of extinction, and that can cause big problems in the oceans and even on land.What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely? Artist Lily Williams explores how the disappearance would affect other animals across the whole planet in this clever book about the importance of keeping sharks, and our oceans, healthy.

Grades: Kindergarten-3, Nonfiction