We are now 25% of the way through 2012. What books have you read so far? What books are you excited about reading when they come out later this year?
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Below are some sources for finding out about new and upcoming releases.
A few online sources to find out about new and upcoming releases:
* Kidsreads.com has a New Releases list and a Coming Soon list that goes a couple of months forward. They focus on middle grade fiction, easy readers, and picture books.
* Teenreads.com has a good Coming Soon list focused on YA titles.
* YALit.com is a simple website that provides a list of upcoming Young Adult book releases. It lists exclusively YA books, but within that limit it is quite exhaustive, and it is updated frequently. It simply lists all of the books and their expected release dates.
* Goodreads, a social network centered on books and reading, is a good place to find out about lots of new and not-yet-released books – you can always find some crowd-sourced lists that give good ideas. Their lists are fluid and you can contribute to them yourself. Here are some examples:
There are also some groups on goodreads that you can browse or join with discussions about new books and their own group shelves, such as the Mock Newbery and Mock Printz groups.
* School Library Journal has a number of great blogs that frequently give info on new stuff coming down the pipe in different categories, these include:
- Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog – This blog centers around trying to predict the Newbery medal each year, and so the writers like to list a lot of newly-published possibilities in middle grade fiction.
- Someday My Printz Will Come – Same as Heavy Medal but for the Printz Award and focusing on YA titles.
- Good Comics for Kids
- A Fuse #8 Production – just an all around good blog on all things involving children’s literature
* Horn Book also has a new similar blog called Calling Caldecott to predict the Caldecott that of course focuses on picture books
* Looking at the popular pre-orders at Amazon and Barnes and Noble is an easy way to see the biggest, most popular titles that are on the horizon.
Professional journals such as Booklist, Horn Book and School Library Journal are of course great places to find out about new books as well, if you can afford them. We also have copies of these in the office if you would like to browse or borrow them. There are also hundreds of book review blogs you can tap into on the Internet. Do you have any other great resources to find out about new books? Please share in the comments!