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I have a new hobby. You might even call it a sport. It takes great skill, determination, and endurance…I stalk Amazon for upcoming new book releases. Oh, it’s a thing. So, instead of just stalking alone and creating beautifully long wishlists, I have decided to share with you guys! Every month I am going to share my most anticipated new releases for the following month! There are so many amazing titles coming up for the fall…like really, really good. It wouldn’t be fair to keep all of the goodness to myself…so let’s see what is heading our way for August!
August New Releases
August is just the tip of the iceberg for new releases. September and October might even be more delicious. So, this list will be comprised mostly of picture books and several non-fiction resources that we desperately want to add to our collection. I will hopefully have a post put together soon with some Middle-Grade books we are anxiously awaiting!
Manhattan: Mapping The Story Of An Island
This looks like a gorgeous book. The combination of history and picture books is irresistible to me! I can’t get enough. There is something about the way history is presented in a picture book that just makes it so captivating and accessible. Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island is full of history, timelines, and stories of what made it the place it is today! Definitely adding this to our collection! Manhattan is due to arrive on August 6th.
You Are My Friend: The Story Of Mister Rogers And His Neighborhood
I grew up watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood on our local PBS station. He was the sweetest man who always shared such a wonderful message. You are my Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and his Neighborhood is the story of Fred Rogers long before the world knew him as Mr.Rogers. He struggled to make friends as a child and was often sick, but he pushed past everything to share a message of kindness and compassion. As a picture book biography addict, I have to say I am so excited to see this book! I think it will be another great one! You Are My Friend releases on August 6th.
Mary Blair’s Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One Of The Disney Legends
Disney lovers, you’d better hold on to your Dole Whips because this one is going to be fantastic. Mary Blair’s Unique Flair is a biographical picture book all about the life of Mary Blair who is extremely well known for her work as an artist, animator, and designer for Disney! Mary worked on such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella…and if you have ever ridden It’s a Small World…that is the work of Mary! To say I am excited about this book would be an understatement. Biographical picture books are my VERY favorite books…and when you add in some Disney…yep…excited! You can find Mary Blair’s Unique Flair on August 13th…or pre-order like I did!
Miep And The Most Famous Diary: The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank’s Diary
Another amazing biographical picture book coming your way. This is the story of Miep Gies. While we have all heard the story of Anne Frank, not many have heard of Miep Gies…I know I hadn’t. Miep is the woman who sheltered Anne and her family for many years…and is one of the only reasons why we have heard Anne’s story. I am so excited to read this book. Books like this are why biographical picture books are so amazing…they introduce you to so many amazing people. I already know I will love this one! This lovely book arrives on August 15th.
A Taste Of The World: What People Eat And How They Celebrate Around The Globe
Well, this book just ties in perfectly to our around the world unit that begins in the fall. We are planning to travel the globe and learn all about other countries…including food and celebrations! This is going to be such an incredible addition! My kids love learning about other countries and cultures and especially love cooking and eating new foods! I have seen snippets of the inside of this book and it is absolutely gorgeous! I have pre-ordered this as well! (Man I hope my husband doesn’t read my blog…) A Taste of the World arrives in the US on August 15th.
Dancing Hands: How Theresa Carreno Played The Piano For President Lincoln
I hope you aren’t tired of picture book biography recommendations because here comes another one. They have introduced me to SO many amazing people I have never heard of. Dancing Hands: How Theresa Carreno Played The Piano For President Lincoln is the story of Theresa Carreno who was a child prodigy piano player. She lived and breathed piano and often wrote her own songs. Theresa and her family had to leave their native Venezuela because of the revolution and ended up coming to the United States. They arrived at a place that was so strange and unfamiliar and where no one spoke Spanish. They also arrived in the middle of the Civil War. Theresa never stopped playing though and was eventually asked by President Lincoln himself to come and play at the White House! I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. It sounds like an incredible story and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! Dancing Hands arrives on August 27th.
There are so many more books arriving in August, but for now, I just wanted to share my tip-top favorites! What are your most anticipated reads for August?