September Kids’ Picks

It’s hard to believe we’re already more than halfway through September. School is back in session, our school-year programming schedule is in full swing, and the weather is getting cooler (at least I thought it was until this weekend).

Autumn is a great season for books, including books for children of all ages. Today I’m featuring 10 exciting books for children from birth through grade 5 that have been released earlier this month or will be out by the end of the month. These books include fiction and nonfiction, as well as picture books, early readers and chapter books.¬†Click the links in the titles to put that book on hold using your library card.

insignificantInsignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
New friends and a mystery help Aden, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.

muddyMuddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael James Mahin & Evan Turk
Celebrate the indomitable spirit of Muddy Waters, a blues musician whose fierce and electric sound laid the groundwork for what would become rock and roll.

samSam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems
When two fearful children are terrified of each other, their respective monsters try to help.

fly guyFly Guy’s Big Family by Tedd Arnold
Fly Guy misses his family, so Buzz invites them to a surprise party and his mother, father, and thousands of brothers and cousins show up–Fly Guy is delighted but Buzz’s parents are not pleased.

frankFrank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi
Frank loves making beautiful webs, scaring humans, running, and scurrying but after waking up one morning missing a leg, he wonders if he still is a spider.

The Antlered ShipThe Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, Eric Fan & Terry Fan
An inquisitive fox named Marco and a bored flock of pigeons join the crew of deer Captain Sylvia, setting sail in her antlered ship in search of a wonderful island and finding friendship on the way.

the stars beneathThe Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore (out 9/19)
Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting, Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center.

how to beHow to be an Elephant by Katherine Roy (out 9/19)
This nonfiction picture book follows an elephant’s growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth.

wishtreeWishtree by Katherine Applegate (out 9/26)
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.

babysitters clubBaby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #5: Dawn and the Impossible Three by Ann M. Martin & Gale Galligan (out 9/26)
Dawn Schafer is the newest member of The Baby-sitters Club. While she’s still adjusting to life in Stoneybrook after moving from sunny California, she’s eager to accept her first big job. But taking care of the three Barrett kids would be too much for any baby-sitter. The house is always a mess, the kids are out of control, and Mrs. Barrett never does any of the things she promises. On top of all that, Dawn wants to fit in with the other members of the BSC, but she can’t figure out how to get along with Kristy. Was joining The Baby-sitters Club a mistake?