Can you believe it’s almost fall? In some ways, it feels as if time doesn’t really exist in 2020. Wasn’t June just yesterday? But where we live the air is already starting to grow cooler. Before you know it, the leaves will start to change into beautiful shades of gold and brown and spooky Halloween decorations will overtake every neighborhood and store. Fall is my personal favorite season, for many reasons. The delicious fall foods, the beginnings of sweater weather, watching scary movies… But one of the main reasons is all of the great fall book releases!
This fall there are lots of really exciting new book releases for you and your children to discover! Divided between picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels, check out some of the most exciting new and upcoming book releases of fall 2020!
Lilly & Friends: A Picture Book Treasury by Kevin Henkes, is a collection of all nine of his bestselling mouse picture books that have been delighting young readers for decades. Including Chrysanthemum, the story of a girl with an unfortunately long name; Owen, a young mouse who cannot give up his beloved yellow blanket even when his nosy next-door neighbor criticizes him; and of course Lilly, who loves going to school, but cannot wait until sharing time to show off her new most prized possession and gets herself in trouble. (Released September 22, 2020)
One Girl by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk, is a beautiful picture book about the global movement to inspire and empower young girls to get an education, and how books are powerful enough to change the world. (Released October 6th, 2020)
Becoming a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Rebecca Green, is the picture book companion to her bestselling book How to Be a Good Creature, sharing with children some of the wonderful life lessons that we can learn from various animals. (Released October 6th, 2020)
The Song for Everyone by Lucy Morris is a gorgeous picture book celebrating a love for music, and how it can bring people of different backgrounds together in surprising, wonderful ways. (Released October 6th, 2020)
The Puppet’s Payback and Other Chilling Tales by Mary Downing Hahn is a collection of ghastly tales written especially for younger readers first dabbling in the horror genre, and each starring a child protagonist. From vampires to creepy sentient puppets, each story goes from ordinary to supernatural and is certain to spook even the bravest of children! (Released September 1st, 2020)
Spindlefish and Stars by Christiane M. Andrews is a Greek mythology-inspired story about a young girl named Clothilde who, used to living in the shadows, finds herself suddenly on a perilous journey across the sea in search of her thieving father. But when she finds herself stranded on a strange island with strange inhabitants, she must decide whether she should stay with them, continue her search, or forge her own path entirely. (Released September 22nd, 2020)
Cleo Porter and the Body Electric by Jake Burt is an exciting middle-grade dystopian novel about a young girl who must escape her sealed, safe apartment and into the dangerous, unknown outside world in order to deliver a package containing medicine to a dying stranger. (Released October 6th, 2020)
Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry is a middle-grade fantasy about a young girl named Maeve attending a boarding school for “upright young ladies”, who absolutely despises the rigid rules she is supposed to follow there. But her dull life becomes a lot more exciting when she accidentally discovers a sardine tin that contains a powerful djinni. (Released October 13th, 2020)
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas is about a boy named Yadriel who strives to prove himself to his brujo family by performing a ritual to summon the spirit of his deceased cousin in order to reveal the truth about his death. But the ritual doesn’t go as planned, as he accidentally summons the ghost of the recently dead Julian Diaz, formerly the high school bad boy, who is determined not to go down peacefully. (Released September 1st, 2020)
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McClemore is about a young Latinx girl named Lita who dreams of entering and winning the Miss Meteor beauty pageant. But a girl that looks like her has never won the contest in all its history. That won’t stop her from entering anyway, imagining a future in which girls like her are more than enough and can do anything they set their minds to. (Released September 22nd, 2020)
Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston is the story of Cerys, a girl cursed with dark magic by the dangerous forest that killed her family when she was a child. She is on the run, her only companions being a fox and a bear, and the only one who can help her is the Lady of the Wilds, who might only be a myth. And dark secrets about her past are soon to be revealed by the forest itself… (Released October 20th, 2020)
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong is a historical fantasy retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in 1920s Shanghai. Juliette Cai, a former flapper, has recently assumed the role of heir of the Scarlet Gang. For generations, their only rival has been the White Flowers. But the heir of the White Flowers is Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love. But in the foreground, there have been whispers about an evil presence driving the people of Shanghai to madness, and Juliette and Roma might be forced to team up once again in order to protect everything they hold dear. (Released November 17, 2020)
There are always so many exciting book releases every year! These are only a small sprinkling of books that have been released or are soon-to-be-released this fall. What are some of you and your children’s most anticipated releases?
Don’t forget to support authors, especially debut authors, by purchasing their books or by requesting them at your local library! And to support your local independent bookstores during the pandemic, please consider checking out Bookshop.org or ordering directly through them via Indiebound!
Sarah Cook has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She loves to read, daydream, and fangirl over her favorite anime and manga. As a K – 12 homeschool survivor and graduate, she is currently a creative writing major in college. She hopes to someday travel the world, write bestselling novels, and own 152 cats. You can follow her on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.
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