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Another Tuesday has come around. Meaning it's the day to see all the best new books that are being published this week! I can't share a list of every new book because there are hundreds, but I've narrowed it down to a few favorites in children's, middle grade, young adult, adult fiction, and nonfiction.
Join me for a look at some of the best books that are coming out this week. I think my favorite book on the list is The Bear and the Nightingale - an old Russian folklore retold. My kids saw the Engineering book and asked if I would buy it for them, it's great to have kids interested in all sorts of topics!
Weekly Favorite Newly Published Books
The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduck - Timothy Basil Ering
Enchanting read-aloud text is combined with beautiful artwork in this story about a farmer, a gentle old lady, a dancing dog, and one tiny and brave duckling that will warm your heart. Captain Alfred is sailing home with a new batch of duck eggs for his farm when his small boat is caught in a storm. Everything is tossed in the sea, including a beautiful duck egg nestled into a fiddle case. The little duckling stumbles out of his shell and find the fiddle. When the little duckling embraces the fiddle with his whole heart, the result is magical.
Dream Big - Kat Kronenberg
Caterpillar, Tadpole, and Flamingo gaze up at the night sky and make a wish for their wildest dreams. Baboon hears and insists that these dreams can't come true. When Baboon sees Caterpillar turn into a beautiful butterfly, Tadpole become a frog, and Flamingo transform into a pink bird, Baboon realizes that a transformative power exists between the stars and these and the animals once they truly believe in themselves and their dreams. Baboon tries out this secret and his magical, wished-upon star whooshes from the heavens to ignite the courage in his chest too and what happens next is fantastic!
I Am Jim Henson - Brad Meltzer
A friendly, fun look at the life of Jim Henson, creator of the beloved Muppets and Sesame Street characters. Through his Muppets, Jim showed that there is nothing more beautiful than imagination, especially when it is accompanied by laughter and kindness. This series takes a look at ordinary people who express traits that children can look up to and aspire to have in their own lives.
Rabbit Magic - Meg McLaren
When a magic trick goes awry, magician M Lapin becomes a sad rabbit and his rabbit assistant Houdini becomes the star of the show. After some spectacular tricks, Houdini realizes that someone else deserves some time in the spotlight and restores M Lapin to his former self. Generosity, teamwork, and magic take center stage of this picture book.
Zoo Day - Anne and Lizzy Rockwell
Come along with young boy and his family as they visit the zoo for the first time. Celebrate a day that will never be forgotten with simple lyrical text and bright illustrations that jump off the page.
Middle Grade Books
Humor, hijinks, and a swashbuckling good time is had in this new middle grade read. The Bland sisters avoid excitement at any cost. That changes when they are kidnapped by a band of female pirates. They are swept into adventures on the high seas and just might find the answers to where their missing parents have been all these year.
The Matchstick Castle - Keir Graff
Brian would rather spend summer anywhere besides his aunt and uncles house in Boring, Illinois. When he and his cousin Nora have a fight, they get lost in the woods and discover a huge wooden house in the woods with balconies, turrets, and widows stuck on at random. To the eccentric family that lives inside, it's not just a home it's a castle. Suddenly summer gets more exciting when Brian and Nora tangle with giant wasps, wild boars, and a crazy bureaucrat set to bring the castle down with a wrecking ball.
Ever After High: The Secret Diary of Raven Queen - Heather Alexander
Get to know Raven Queen better as you read the secret diary entries of her life. Read her relate her adventures with best friends Madeline Hatter and Cerise Hood and wonder about the fairy weird feelings she's been having lately. Is her mom, the Evil Queen, up to her old tricks again?
Engineering: The Riveting World of Building and Machines - Simon Basher
Learn how a 3-D printer works, what keeps a skyscraper from falling over, and where a smart phone stores information. Highly scientific and difficult principals are discussed in a tangible and understandable way. Chatty text and stylish illustrations give voice to each topic - a truly brilliant way to communicate science.
A List of Cages - Robin Roe
Young Adult Books
Adam Blake thinks his senior year is perfect when he lands an elective as the school psychologists aide. He imagines sitting around and texting friends for an hour, what could be better? He is asked to track down the troubled freshman who keeps avoiding the psychologist and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian, the foster brother he hasn't seen in 5 years. Adam gets to know what is going on in Julians life and wants to help him, but it may cost both of them their lives.
RoseBlood - AG Howard
Rune moves to a boarding school outside of Paris, only to discover that in this opera house turned conservatory, phantoms really do exsist. Rune has a voice that has been compared to an angel, but has a mysterious affliction that leaves her sick and drained after every performance. Rune begins a friendship with Thorn and find that her symptoms are cured. Thorn must make a decision, lead Rune to her destruction or save her and face the wrath of the phantom.
You Don't Know My Name - Kristen Orlando
Reagan is used to changing identities overnight, lying to friends, and pushing away anyone that gets too close. She is expected to follow in her parents footsteps, to join the ranks of the top-secret agency the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.
The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
A new retelling of an old Russian tale. Vasilisa has grown up on the edge of the Russian wilderness - a place where winter lasts most of the year and time is spent by the fireside listening to fairy tales about winter demons and paying respect to household and woodland spirits. When Vasilisa's father brings home a new wife from the city, she makes them stop honoring the household spirits that protect them from harm. Misfortune stalks the village and Vasilisa must call upon the dangerous gifts she has concealed so she can protect her family.
Gold Rush - Jennifer Comeaux
Liza's entire life has been about skating and winning Olympic gold one day. She has stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path. Then she meets Braden, the nice and perfect boy. Liza gets a taste of normal teenage life and longs to have the boy and the gold...is that even possible? Liza begins to question her future but can she stay focused on the present and her ultimate dream.
Adult Fiction Books
In the Light of the Garden - Heather BurchCharity's only sense of home comes from memories of summers spent with her grandparents. When she inherits their island estate, she is full of longing and regret, until she meets neighbor Dalton who carries his own heartache. Other lonely souls are drawn to this home and Charity begins to reconsider what makes up a family.
The Sleepwalker - Chris Bohjalian
When Annalee goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in bizarre and devastating ways. A search party is gathered in the woods and when they find a scrap of fabric from Annalee's nightgown, it seems certain that Annalee is dead. The detective continues to come by and call about the disappearance. Daughter Lianne is left with so many questions, why is Gavin the detective so interested in this case, why did her mother only sleepwalk when her father was out of town, and where is the body of her mother?
Exposed in Darkness - Heather Sunseri
Days before the Kentucky Derby, an act of bioterrorism kills the lieutenant governor and ex-FBI agent Brooke receives a video of the murder from an anonymous source. Domestic terrorists are after her ex-brother in law, the governor of Kentucky, and Brook is drawn back into the intrigue to save her widow's brother.
The Big Book of Tea Cozies
75 patterns for tea cozies, from tasteful to totally frivolous. There is something to suit every personality - from minimalist to exuberant. Clear instructions will help you knit a perfect project, whether you are experienced or a beginner.
Super Clean Super Foods - Caroline Bretherton
Shows you how to power your plate, enrich your diet, and boost your health with the healthiest foods. Included are 350 ways to incorporate nutrient rich foods into your diet.
The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters - Emily Esfahani Smith
To explore how we craft a life of meaning, Emily has drawn on research from an array of sources to bring this idea together. Smith shows how cultivating connections to others, identifying and working toward a purpose, telling stories about our place in the world, and seeking mysteries can imbue our life with meaning.
The Big Break: The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told - Stephen Dando-Collins
A detailed look at attempted escapes of American, British, and Canadian prisoners of war in the Shubin Camp in Germany. After many failed attempts, 250 officers succeeded to escape and meet up with the Russian army, almost as bad as the Nazi's. When these officers returned home, they were ordered to not talk about their experiences.
Mission to Pluto - Mary Kay Carson
The newest book in the Scientists in the Field Series for kids shows the building of New Horizons spacecraft, scientists flying it across the solar system, and new discoveries made three billion miles away from Earth. Includes photos from the journey and quotes from scientists.
I hope you found a few books that you are excited to read! If you are looking for additional titles of new books in the creative arts, you can check out my other blog Home Crafts by Ali for suggestions each week.