New Release Round Up: October 26, 2021

Publishing dates seems to be constantly moving with the supply chain issues these day, but I’ve got you covered with this weeks new releases!

As always, these titles will have inclusive characters (think racial and cultural diversity, LGBTQ+ representation, diverse family structures, disability representation, and more), and fall into a range of genres in both fiction and nonfiction categories.

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Board Books

VÁMONOS: Santo Domingo by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, Illustrated by Ana Godinez

Introduce little ones to the lovely city of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, in both English and Spanish!

Introduce your little readers to Santo Domingo, the stunning capital of the Dominican Republic. Children will start their journey on the Teleférico; afterward, they will learn to tell time using the Reloj del Sol at the plazoleta, study the lush gardens of the Santo Domingo Greenbelt, dance to the beat at the Merengue Festival, and taste the delicious platters of cangrejo guisado and sancocho.

Parents will want to get their hands on these travel books to engage their little ones in the beauty of exploring new cultures and countries without ever necessarily leaving the comfort of their homes and just using their imagination!”

VÁMONOS: Tegucigalpa by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, Illustrated by Ana Godinez

Introduce little ones to the lovely city of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, in both English and Spanish!

Introduce your little readers to Tegucigalpa, the ever-growing capital of Honduras. Your little ones will discover the hidden gems – secret parks, hilly terrains, and stone steps – and feel like they’re on top of the world at El Picacho. They will bear witness to the natural phenomenon of the lluvia de peces, visit the national park of La Tigra, and dig into the country’s beloved platter of anafre!

Parents will want to get their hands on these travel books to engage their little ones in the beauty of exploring new cultures and countries without ever necessarily leaving the comfort of their homes and just using their imagination!”

Picture Books

Little Seeds of Promise by Sana Rafi, Illustrated by Renia Metallinou

“When Maya moves to a different country, she feels lonely and lost. Everything―and everyone―seems so unfamiliar here, and she wonders if she will ever find a way to fit in. Longing for her home, she holds tightly to the special seeds her grandmother gave her, afraid to plant them. Can she take the risk that they―and she―might grow and bloom in this new place?”

A Bear To Share by Jessica Alba, Kelly Sawyer Patricof, and Norah Weinstein, Illustrated Alicia Más

Business leader, actor, and Baby2Baby ambassador Jessica Alba and Baby2Baby co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein deliver the important message of giving back from an early age through this tender and delightful story.

Tiana loves her teddy bear, Bach. She doesn’t mind that he’s a little worn and somewhat torn. So when her mother suggests she make room for a new bear, Tiana can’t believe her ears!

Will Tiana have to lose the one bear she really loves? Or will she find room in her heart for two?

Find out in this endearing tale—brought to life by Alicia Más’s imaginative illustrations—about a young girl who learns the importance of letting go and giving back.

A girl with a big heart who loves her teddy bear, her family, and her best friend, Tiana will appeal to any child trying to understand what it means to give back to others.”

Violet Velvet Mitten With Everything by Deborah Blumenthal, Illustrated by Rachel Katstaller

This wonderful true story of iconic fashion editor Diana Vreeland teaches young readers that individuality is to be celebrated, and that even extraordinary dreams can come true.

Violet Velvet Mittens with Everything captures the dramatic, spectacular world of fashion icon Diana Vreeland, whose legacy at Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art continues to influence the fashion world today. As a little girl in Paris, Vreeland loved to read and dance, and most of all dress up. Her love of originality persisted through her career in fashion, where her work was colorful, zany, and never, ever boring. Violet Velvet Mittens with Everything captures Vreeland’s larger-than-life personality with an infectiously extravagant tone and style, showing young readers that above dazzling and daring, being yourself makes the most lasting impact of all.”

Circle Round by Anne Sibley O’Brien, Illustrated by Hanna Cha

A circle of children ask others to join in their play and soon find out that inclusion is irresistible!

From the author of I’m New Here and Someone New comes an inspiring new story of inclusion. One child in a park waves over a second child. Two children then wave over a third. Counting from one to ten, a growing circle of children see new faces outside the group and invite them over. Children of different abilities, ages, genders, and races demonstrate how easy it can be to expand your group, extend yourself, and welcome new friends.”

The Real Santa by Nancy Redd, Illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow

Join one Black family on their journey to discover what the real Santa looks like in this joyous tale celebrating identity, family and holiday cheer, from the New York Times bestselling author of Bedtime Bonnet.

It’s not Christmas without Santa! But what does Santa truly look like? Does he match the figurines on the mantel, or the faces on our favorite
holiday sweaters? Does he look like you or like me?

Find out in this joyous and cozy celebration of family, representation, and holiday spirit! Destined to be a new classic, and perfect for any child looking to see some of themself in Santa Claus.

Chapter Books

I Want to Be an Engineer by Laura Driscoll, Illustrated by Cataline Echeverri

For the child who says, “I want to be an engineer when I grow up!” And for any child who wants a gentle behind-the-scenes look at being an engineer.

I never knew that there were so many different ways to be an engineer. When my big brother goes to school for engineering, I learn that there are engineers who build buildings and design big rockets. Did you know that there are other kinds of engineers too? There are environmental engineers, plumbing engineers, robotic engineers—and many more! Maybe I’ll be an engineer, too?

With this story blending narrative with nonfiction elements, readers meet the wide variety of engineers who do so much to support our communities.

Middle Grade

Neverforgotten by Alejandra Algorta, Illustrated by Iván Rickenmann, Translated by Aida Salazar

“Fabio flies through the streets of Bogotá on his bicycle, the children of his neighborhood trailing behind him. It is there that life feels right—where the world of adults, and their lies, fades away. But then one day, he simply forgets. Forgets how to ride his bicycle. And Fabio will never be the same again.

From Colombia comes a special debut talent, Alejandra Algorta, and a first novel of discovery and heartbreak. Algorta’s distinct and poetic prose has been translated by award-winning author Aida Salazar, and presented in English and Spanish.”

I’m a Global Citizen: We Are All Equal by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

“How can you be a good global citizen? By understanding the world we live in and how we can effect change. This book explore inequality around the world, from how resources are unfairly shared to why race and gender matter and more. It looks at ways we can challenge inequality and features case studies such as the votes for women campaign and the work of Malala Yousafzai.

The I’m a Global Citizen series explores the concept of ‘Global Citizenship’: recognising that the world we live in is unfair and unequal, but promoting individual and collective action to challenge and change this. Each book has information, fun activities, challenges, case studies and ideas for group and individual action presented with fun illustrations. The books promote the idea that we have power as individuals: each of us can change things, and each of us has choices about how we behave. They encourage children aged 8+ to counter ignorance and intolerance.”

That’s all I have for today. I hope you all enjoyed reading about these new releases, and hopefully you found one or two to add to your young reader’s shelves!

Did I miss any releases you’re excited for? Be sure to share in the comments below!

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