July 20, 2015

New youngCanLit Releases for Fall 2015

I always get excited about the new books set for release in the fall. Whether it's the elixir to counteract the beginning of the school year or the anticipation of hoards of books that will be available for reading on cool or even cold days, the announcements of the upcoming releases for fall get me very excited.  And there's so much to which we can look forward in the way of picture books, fiction, young adult and non-fiction youngCanLit.  There's sequels and continued series, and new books from favourite authors and illustrators, and curious new titles from unknown contributors to youngCanLit.  On the whole, I think we've got a great fall of new books set for release.  Enjoy the anticipation, and then enjoy the books.  I know I will!
Please note that I have done my best to include as many titles by Canadian authors and illustrators as possible, having perused various catalogues and conducted many advanced searches.  My apologies to those I have missed and those whose release dates have been inadvertently logged incorrectly. Please feel free to leave a comment so that I might correct my omissions and errors.  Thank you.

Picture Books
All Year Round by Emilie Leduc, translated by Shelley Tanaka (Groundwood)
Alpha by Isabelle Arsenault (Candlewick)
The Bambino and Me by Zachary Hyman, illus. by Zachary Pullen (Tundra)
Buddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Carey Sookocheff (Groundwood)
Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt (Tundra)
Down Here by Valerie Sherrard, illus. by Isabelle Malenfant (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Feel the Wind by Rhea Dufresne, illus. by Guillaume Perreault (Annick)
The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Marion Arbona (Tundra)
Grant and Tilley Go Walking by Monica Kulling, illus. by Sydney Smith (Groundwood)≫>artist Grant Wood
Hear the Sea by Rhea Dufresne, illus. by Mylene Henry (Annick)
InvisiBill by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Dušan Petričić (Tundra)
Kyle Goes Alone by Jan Thornhill, illus. by Ashley Barron (Owlkids)
Look at the Sky by Rhea Dufresne, illus. by Jacinthe Chevalier (Annick)
Making the Moose Out of Life by Nicholas Oldland (Kids Can Press)
Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press)
Mud Puppy by Robert Munsch, illus. by Dušan Petričić (Annick)
The Night Children by Sarah Tsiang, illus. by Delphone Bodet (Annick)
So Many Babies by Lorna Crozier, illus. by Laura Watson (Orca)
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel (Groundwood)
The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Katty Maurey (Kids Can Press)
Stanley at School by Linda Bailey, illus. by Bill Slavin (Kids Can Press)>>>sixth and newest title about Stanley as in Stanley's Party, Stanley at Sea and Stanley's Little Sister among others
The Yoga Game in the Garden by Kathy Belliveau, illus. by Denise Holmes (Simply Read)

After Dark by James Leck (Kids Can Press)
Dark Terror by John Wilson (Doubleday)
Dead Man’s Boot by Eric Murphy (Dancing Cat Books)
The Dragonfly Effect by Gordon Korman (Scholastic)>>The Hypnotists, Book 3

Young Adult
Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth (Orca Book Publishers)
Asp of Ascension by B. R. Myers (Fierce Ink Press)>>A Nefertari Hughes Mystery, Book 1
Nowhere Wild by Joe Beernink (HarperCollins)
Red by Alyxandra Harvey (Createspace)
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly (Kathy Dawson Books)

10 Ships that Rocked the World by Gillian Richardson and Kim Rosen (Annick)
DNA Detective by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Lil Crump (Annick)
Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World by Kathy Lowinger (Annick)

Picture Books
Apples and Butterflies by Shauntay Grant, illus. by Tamara Thiebaux-Heikalo (Nimbus)
Awesome is Everywhere by Neil Pasricha (Puffin)
Brady Brady Superstar Hockey Collection by Mary Shaw, illus. by Chuck Temple (Scholastic Canada)
Dojo Daytrip by Chris Tougas (Owlkids)>>>sequel to Dojo Daycare
Explosion Newsie by Jacquelie Halsey, illus. by Loretta Migani (Lorimer)
Fifteen Dollars and Thirty-Five Cents: A story about choices by Kathryn Cole, illus. by Qin Leng (Second Story Press)>>>new title in I'm a Great Little Kid series
Gabby: Wonder Girl by Joyce Grant, illus. by Jan Dolby (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) >> sequel to Gabby and Gabby Drama Queen
Gerbil, Uncurled by Alison Hughes, illus. by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
I Love you, One to Ten by Caroline Adderson, illus. by Christina Leist (Groundwood)
The Little Knight Who Battled Monsters by Gilles Tibo, illus. by Geneviève Després (Scholastic Canada)
Loula and Mister the Monster by Anne Villeneuve (Kids Can Press)>>>another Loula book after Blue-Spruce nominee Loula is Leaving for Africa, and Loula and the Sister Recipe
Missing Nimama by Melanie Florence, illus. by Francois Thisdale (Clockwise Press)
Once Upon a Line by Wallace Edwards (Pajama Press)
P’ésk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony by Scot Ritchie (Groundwood)
Ready, Set, Go! by Robert Munsch, illus. by Michael Marchenko (Scholastic Canada)
Sing a Song of Bedtime by Barbara Reid (Scholastic Canada)
Snap! by Hazel Hutchins, illus. by Dušan Petričić (Annick)
Some Things I’ve Lost by Cybèle Young (Groundwood)
Starring Shapes! by Tania Howells (Kids Can Press)
West Coast Wild by Deborah Hodge, illus. by Karen Reczuch (Groundwood)

Alex vs. the Four-headed Gargantuan by Laura Peetoom (Lorimer)
The Beautiful Game by David Skuy (Lorimer)
Blood Oath by Don Cummer (Scholastic Canada)>>>sequel to Brothers at War
Brothers in Arms: The Siege of Louisbourg, Sébastien deL'Espérance, New France, 1758 by Don Aker (Scholastic Canada)>>>I Am Canada book
The Dirty Trick by L. M. Falcone, illus. by Kim Smith (Kids Can Press)>>>The Ghost and Max Monroe, Case #3
Hannah and the Wild Woods by Carol Anne Shaw (Ronsdale) >>> sequel to Hannah and the Spindle Whorl, and Hannah and Salish Sea
Head Hunter by Eric Howling (Lorimer)
Hope’s Journey by Jean Rae Baxter (Ronsdale)
Jasper John Dooley: Lost and Found by Caroline Adderson, illus. by Mike Shiell (Kids Can Press)
Kah-Lan, the Adventurous Sea Otter by Karen Autio, illus. by Sheena Lott (Sono Nis Press)
Loyalist to a Fault by Evan Munday (ECW Press)>>Dead Kid Detective Agency #3
MiNrs by Kevin Sylvester (Simon & Schuster Canada)
Myles and the Monster Outside: Weird Stories Gone Wrong by Philippa Dowding (Dundurn)
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, illus. by Jon Klassen (HarperCollins)
A Pocket Full of Murder by R. J. Anderson (Simon & Schuster Canada)>>>Book 1 of Uncommon Magic
Ripple Effect by Sylvia Taekema (Orca)
Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius by Stacey Matson (Scholastic Canada)
Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey (Tundra)

Seven Secrets (Orca Book Publishers)
A Big Dose of Lucky by Marthe Jocelyn 
Innocent by Eric Walters 
My Life Before Me by Norah McClintock 
Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten 
Small Bones by Vicki Grant 
Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer 
The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong 

Speechless by Jennifer Mook-Sang (Scholastic Canada)
The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson (Orca)
Survival: Avalanche! by Frieda Wishinsky (Scholastic Canada)
A Time for Giving: Ten Tales of Christmas by Jean Little et al.,  (Scholastic Canada)>>>Dear Canada book
Touch of Gold by Vivien Gorham (Nimbus)
Ugly Kicks by Kelsey Blair (Lorimer)

Young Adult
Above by Jason Chabot (HarperCollins Canada)>> sequel to Below of Broken Sky Chronicles
Aptitude by Natalie Corbett Sampson (Fierce Ink Press)
Cave Beneath the Sea by Edward Willett (Coteau) >> The Shards of Excalibur, Book 4
Crack Coach by Steven Sandor (Lorimer)
Creep Con by Kim Firmston (Lorimer)
Delicate by C. K. Kelly Martin (Dancing Cat Books)
Diego’s Crossing by Robert Hough (Annick)
Girl on the Run by B. R. Myers (Nimbus)
Gone Wild by Jodi Lundgren (Lorimer)
In The Swish by Dawn Green (Red Deer Press)
Julian by William Bell (Doubleday)
Keepers of The Vault: Fire and Glass by Marty Chan (Clockwise Press)
Leading Lines by Chantel Guertin (ECW Press)>>A Pippa Greene Novel
One Night by Melanie Florence (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sidestreets
Regenesis by Eric Walters (Doubleday)>>sequel to End of Days
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Simon & Schuster Canada)
Shimmy by Kari Jones (Orca)>> Orca Limelights
Transferral by Kate Blair (Dancing Cat Books)

The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics by Edward Keenan, illus. by Julie McLaughlin (Owlkids)
Branded a Baby Killer: The Story of Tammy Marquardt by Jasmine D”Costa (Lorimer)>> Real Justice series
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys, illus. by Claudia Dávila (Kids Can Press)
Maple Leafs A-Z by Mike Leonetti, illus. by Greg Banning (Scholastic Canada)
Oak Island and the Search for Buried Treasure by Joann Hamilton-Barry (Nimbus)
Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential School by Melanie Florence (Lorimer)
Speak a Word for Freedom: Women Speak Against Slavery by Janet Willen and Marjorie Gann (Tundra)
Stay Strong: A Musician’s Journey from Congo by Natalie Hyde (Clockwise Press)
Strange Light Afar: Tales of the Supernatural from Old Japan by Rui Umezawa (Groundwood)>> 8 Japanese folktales
The Way to School by Rosemary McCarney (Second Story Press)>>>proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Plan International's Because I Am A Girl Fund
What’s the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox (Orca)>>Footprints

Picture Books
1, 2, 3 Cheers for the Toronto Maple Leafs! by Matt Napier, illus. by Melanie Rose (Tundra)>>>An Official Toronto Maple Leafs Book of Numbers
The (Almost) Everything Book by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books)
Ben Says Goodbye by Sarah Ellis, illus. by Kim LaFave (Pajama Press)
A Boy Asked the Wind by Barbara Nickel, illus. by Gillian Newland (Red Deer Press)
Crocs at Work by Robert Heidbreder, illus. by Rae Maté (Tradewind)>>>sequel to Crocodiles Play and Crocodiles Say…
Fatima and the Clementine Thieves by Mireille Messier, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard (Red Deer Press)
Five Busy Beavers by Stella Partheniou Grasso, illus. by Christine Battuz (Scholastic Canada)
The Golden Touch by Glen Huser, illus. by Philippe Béha, music by Giannis Georgantelis (Tradewind)>> myth of King Midas
Hockey Hero by Zachary Hyman, illus. by Zachary Pullen (Tundra)
Mayann’s Train Ride by The Honourable Mayann Francis, illus. by Tamara Thiebaux-Heikalo (Nimbus)
Mouse Pet by Philip Roy, illus. by Andrea Torrey Balsara (Ronsdale)
Our First Caribou Hunt by Jennifer Noah, illus. by Chris Giroux (Inhabit Media)
The Thundermaker by Alan Syliboy (Nimbus)
Timo’s Garden by Victoria Allenby, illus. by Dean Griffiths (Pajama Press)
Today is the Day by Eric Walters, illus. by Eugenie Fernandes (Tundra)
When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey, illus. by Geneviève Godbout (Tundra)
If I Were a Zombie by Kate Inglis, illus. by Eric Orchard (Nimbus)
Where are You, Little Red Ball? by Patricia Coté, illus. by Yayo (Tradewind)

44 Hours or Strike! by Anne Dublin (Second Story Press)
Bagels on Board by Joan Betty Stuchner, illus. by Dave Whamond (Orca)
Beyond the Laughing Sky by illus. by Julie Morstad (Puffin)
Gobbled by Ghorks by Robert Paul Weston (Razorbill)>> sequel to The Creature Department
Hockey Luck by Irene Punt, illus. by Gary O'Brien (Scholastic Canada)
Last Shot by David Skuy (Scholastic Canada)>> sequel to Rocket Blues
Operation Josh Taylor: Hannah Smart by Melody Fitzpatrick (Dundurn)
Sammy and the Headless Horseman by Rona Arato (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Sight Unseen by David Carroll (Scholastic Canada)
Through Flood and Fire by Anne Patton (Coteau) >> A Second Barr Colony Adventure, sequel to Full Steam to Canada
Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle (Scholastic)
West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher by Liam O'Donnell and Aurélie Grand (Owlkids)

Young Adult
250 Hours by Colleen Nelson (Coteau)
Algonquin Spring by Rick Revell (Dundurn)>>>new An Algonquin Quest Novel
Bad Business by Diane Dakers (Orca Currents)
Betting Game by Heather M. O’Connor (Orca)>>Orca Sports
Burned by Natasha Deen (Orca) >> Retribution series
The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick)
Exposed by Judith Graves (Orca) >Retribution series
A Flame in the Maze by Caitlin Sweet (ChiZine)>>> sequel to A Door in the Mountain
Foolproof by Diane Tullson (Orca)>>Orca Soundings
Frame and The Maguire by Joanna M. Weston (Tradewind)
Heartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff (Tundra)
How to Outfox Your Friends When You Don't Have a Clue by Jess Keating (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)>>>Book 3 in My Life is a Zoo series
An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet (Scholastic Canada)
The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong (Doubleday)
Queen of the Godforsaken by Mix Hart (Thistledown)
Raising the Stakes by Trudee Romanek (Orca)>>Orca Limelights
Saving Stevie by Eva Richardson (Red Deer Press)
Set Your Free by Jeff Rosee (Orca)
Size of a Fist by Tara Gereaux (Thistledown)
A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston (Disney-Hyperion)
Unleashed by Sigmund Brouwer (Orca)>>Retribution book
Young Man With Camera by Emil Sher, photographs by David Wyman (Scholastic)

Hidden Gold: A True Story of the Holocaust by Ella Burakowski (Second Story Press)
Koala Hospital by Suzi Eszterhas (Owlkids)>>first in new series nonfiction Wildlife Rescue series highlighting rescue centers for endangered species
The Quiz Book About Me... and You! by Helaine Becker (Scholastic Canada)
Where Do Babies Come from? Our First Talk about Birth by Dr. Jillian Roberts, illus. by Cindy Revell (Orca)>> first in new series called Just Enough
Would You Survive? by Helaine Becker (Scholastic Canada)

Picture Books
A Walk on the Shoreline by Rebecca Hainnu, illus. by Qin Leng (Inhabit Media)
Way Back Then by Neil Christopher, illus. by Germaine Arnaktauyok (Inhabit Media)
Wild Eggs: A tale of arctic egg hunting by Suzie Napayok, illus. by Jonathan Wright (Inhabit Media)
A Year of Borrowed Men by Michelle Barker, illus. by Renné Benoit (Pajama Press)

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels (Tundra)
Beatrice More Moves On by Alison Hughes, illus. by Helen Flook (Orca Echoes)
A Bone to Pick by Gina McMurchy-Barber (Dundurn)>>>new A Peggy Henderson Adventure
Call of the Sea by Amanda Labonté (Fierce Ink Press)
Cold as Ice by Sarah Mlynowski (Scholastic Canada)>>>Whatever After series #6
The Enchanted Egg by Kallie George (HarperCollins Canada)>>>Book 2 in the Magical Animals Adoption Agency 
Survival: Shipwreck! by Frieda Wishinsky (Scholastic Canada)

Young Adult
At Ease by Jeff Ross (Orca>> Orca Limelights
Calvin by Martine Leavitt (Groundwood)
Li Jun and the Iron Road by Anne Tait, illus. by Paulette Bourgeois (Dundurn)
Light of Day by Allison van Diepen (HarperTeen)
A Sky Unbroken by Megan Crewe (Razorbill)>>Book 3 in Earth & Sky trilogy
Sleight of Hand by Natasha Deen (Orca)
Three Good Things by Lois Peterson (Orca)>>Orca Currents

Elephant Journey: The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity by Rob Laidlaw, Brian Deines (Pajama Press)

Picture Books
Kiss, Kiss by Jennifer Couëlle, illus. by Jacques Laplante (Pajama Press)

Cherry Blossom Baseball by Jennifer Maruno (Dundurn)>>> new A Cherry Blossom Book

Young Adult
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill)>>Falling Kingdoms Book 4

Picture Books
Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon by Karen Autio, illus. by Loraine Kemp (Sono Nis Press)
If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Van Sickle, illus. by Cale Atkingson (Tundra)

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim: The Undead by Shane Peacock (Tundra)
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (Roaring Brook Press)
Outlaws 2.0 by Gordon Korman (HarperTeen) >>> sequel to Masterminds
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier (Razorbill)>> a sequel to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
Unleashed by Gordon Korman (Scholastic)>>>Swindle #7

Young Adult
No Matter How Improbable by Angela Misri (Fierce Ink Press)>>>new A Portia Adams Adventure

Dark Matters: Nature’s Reaction to Light Pollution by Joan Marie Galat (Red Deer Press)
Eat This! A Kids’ Guide to Fast Food Advertising by Andrea Curtis (Red Deer Press)


  1. Hello!

    I have a YA book coming out October 6, from Disney*Hyperion. It is called A THOUSAND NIGHTS.

    E.K. Johnston

    1. My apologies for this omission. Author. R. J. Anderson brought it to my attention and I added it promptly. Good luck with your newest!

    2. Thanks so much for this list, Helen!
      The cover is almost finalized for my illustrated chapter book called KAH-LAN, THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER coming out this fall. I can't wait to share it with young readers!

  2. What a fantastic amount of reading and work have gone into this list. Thank you so much for sharing it and making reference and reading lists for other (perhaps less-aware or less-organized!? :-)) enthusiasts like me.

  3. Sadly still making corrections and additions. Apologies to Second Story Press. Missed them completely! Mea culpa.