New Releases


If you've read my blog for awhile now, you probably know how much I LOVE lists! When I saw how many exciting new books were being released in May 2016 (OMG, so many!), I thought I would do a feature where I spotlighted my favorites each week. This has been so popular with my teacher and librarian readers that I've kept it as a regular weekly feature every Tuesday.

To save space and keep this site loading quickly, I will delete all New Releases posts after 10 weeks.

New Release Spotlight--October 8, 2018
We started back to school yesterday after our relaxing week off for fall break. The hubs, the boys, the pup, and I spent the week at home in Shanghai, which is honestly the best, most relaxing vacation I can think of. We've been very busy this week in our library finalizing details for upcoming visits from authors Ying Compestine and Nick Arnold. They come only about three weeks apart at the end of October and in November, so it will be a bit of a whirlwind for us over the next month or so. We also have Storybook Character Day coming up soon, so I'll be dusting off my good ol' Babymouse costume. It's cute and easy and I already have all the materials, so that's a big fat win in my busy book right now!

Lots of new releases again this week, but most of them are YA. There just aren't very many new middle grade titles this week, which is a bit disappointing. Maybe next week?

New Release Spotlight--October 2, 2018
I thought October might bring me a break in the huge new release lists, but as you can see from the length of this post, I was very wrong. I've spotlighted 22 titles, with another 24 sequels and other new releases. The book I most want to read on this list is Everlasting Nora, mainly because of its setting. It's about a young girl who lives with her mother in Manila North Cemetery, which doubles as a shanty town for Manila's homeless. Sounds really interesting!

New Release Spotlight--September 25, 2018
Is it fall yet? Next week is our fall break, but it's still pretty warm here in Shanghai. We've has cooled off a little in the past few days, but we are still in the low 80s and as always, quite humid! Eventually, it will get cold here--close to freezing even--but it may be November before it gets cold enough to wear a jacket. I remember riding the metro last November wearing a skirt and t-shirt and still being hot.

This last week of September keeps with this month's theme of tons of new releases. My TBR has grown quite tall in the past few weeks, and I will be bringing some of the new books home to read over our break. Don't miss two new graphic novels this week, a Frankenstein retelling from Kiersten White, and--ooh yeah--some otherworldly short stories with art from Shaun Tan!

New Release Spotlight--September 18, 2018
September's month of book awesomeness continues this week with 22 can't-miss new releases. As a lifelong horror reader, I cannot wait to get my hands on The Good Demon!

As with the past two weeks, I have only spotlighted the books I think are the most excellent and that I would personally add to our school's library. Other new releases are also listed below the featured titles, along with this week's sequels. Don't forget the books highlighted in purple are my picks for the best-of-the-best. There are so many purple titles this week--I LOVE SEPTEMBER!As with the past two weeks, I have only spotlighted the books I think are the most excellent and that I would personally add to our school's library.

New Release Spotlight--September 11, 2018
We've finally had a break in the Shanghai heat and suffocating humidity! I just love September in Shanghai--blue skies, white puffy clouds...It's gorgeous! We start our third week of school this week, and I've wrapped up library orientation week. This week, I will booktalk this year's Battle of the Books titles. I have a group of 10th grade girls who are really excited to hear about our new high school version of Battle of the Books this year!

As I mentioned last week, September is typically a big month for new book releases for young readers. I've highlighted my favorite picks in purple, but for my library, I am most excited to purchase Dream Country, Impostors, We Are Not Yet Equal, Rule (for my Kendare Blake fans), Game Changer, and No Fixed Address. Also, don't miss Imagine!, which along with last week's Dreamers, is one of my picks for for the 2019 Caldecott Award (I'm not alone--SLJ also lists it as a favorite).

New Release Spotlight--September 4, 2018
I've been writing New Release Spotlights for about 2 1/2 years now, and in my experience, September, January, and May are huge months for new releases. In previewing this week's releases, I can tell you that this first week of September is keeping with that trend. So...for this month, I will highlight only the best of the best releases each week. For the releases I do not spotlight, I have added an extra section (similar to the sequels section) that will at least let you know what other new titles are available.

New Release Spotlight--August 28, 2018
Wow, Jacqueline Woodson has been busy--she is releasing two books today, and both received multiple starred reviews! This week's list is the best one I've seen in awhile and includes lots of interesting titles that I plan to order for my school.

Speaking of school, yesterday was our students' first day! I have always loved the first day of school, even when I was a surly, disillusioned high schooler myself. My own boys have started sixth and eighth grades this year, and we are really excited to finally start homeschooling, something we've wanted to do for years. We've gotten a lot of questions about the hows and whys of our decision to homeschool, and I'm planning to write about our homeschooling adventures here. Stay tuned if you are curious about how we're managing that. In the mean time, enjoy all the fabulous titles on this week's list!

New Release Spotlight--August 21, 2018
Back to school for me! It's actually nice being back to my routine and to see all my teacher-friends and meet new ones. I'll get to see my students (and how much they grew over the summer) at Meet-the Teacher Day on Friday. I always love the excitement of the first day of school--it's too bad we can't keep it going for the entire year!

This week's NRS is relatively short, and to be honest, I'm not over the moon for any one title. I reviewed one title, Losing the Field a few days ago, and it wasn't a title I'd buy or promote in my library. The two titles that stick out most to me this week are The State of Grace and Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish.

New Release Spotlight--August 14, 2018
Welcome back to Shanghai! I am so glad to be back and to enjoy this last week off before teachers (including me) start back to school on Monday.

It's a big list this week, with almost no sequels but loads of YAs, middle grades, and picture books. From Langston Hughes to Bonnie and Clyde to a Swedish shipwreck, there is something for everyone this week. Standouts include The Looking Glass, So Done, Finding Langston, and The Rough Patch. Hope this week is going great for you all, especially those of you who have already started back to school!

New Release Spotlight--August 7, 2018
This time next week, I'll be back in Shanghai! I can't wait to snuggle with our 9-month old puppy Cisco, who has been at puppy training for the past few weeks. He's a bundle of energy and thirty pounds of wiggles, licks, and tail-smacks!

This week's NRS is a meaty one and a nice change from the past few weeks. There is one title on this list that has a whopping FIVE starred reviews! Reminder: My picks for the week are shaded in purple.

Shanghai and Cisco, I'll see you soon!


  1. Just wondering if you are still posting reviews. I haven't seen any in a few weeks and I miss them. Thanks

    1. Hi, Wendy,
      I haven't posted any new release lists since April 11. I've just needed a long-overdue break from blogging! I have been doing some new release posts and commentary each week on my FaceBook page if you want to follow there. I do not know when or if I will pick the New Release lists up again. It may be something where I can just spotlight my top 5 or 10 titles each week. Hope that helps!

  2. Thanks for letting me know. Of course, I understand, but I really find them so helpful. I will check your facebook page. Is it under Mrs. ReaderPants too?

  3. Hi, I was just wondering how you got a job in China? Did you actively seek it out? Thanks, Jacqui

    1. Hi, Jacqui,
      We (hubs is also a teacher) were interested in international teaching and used a headhunter company called Search Associates. We were open-minded about which country we went to; it literally could have been anywhere. If you are thinking about taking the plunge, I'd start with Search Associates and also TIE online. TIE is much cheaper (something like $40/year). Search is $225 for 3 years or until you accept a position. It went very quickly for us--we applied in mid-October and accepted a position just before Thanksgiving. Best decision we ever made!



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