YABC’s Buzzworthy Books of FALL 2022 & Mega Book Giveaway (Kids)! ~US ONLY

What Buzzworthy Books is everyone talking about this Fall?

Check out our favorites listed below! Plus enter to win the giveaway where you could win them all!





From Simon & Schuster:


Title: Happiness is a Dancing Dog

Author: Charles M. Schulz

Publisher: Simon Spotlight

Release Date: August 30, 2022

Snoopy and the Peanuts gang have been beloved by generations of fans for more than seventy years. Now everyone can experience the joy and laughter with Peanuts books and The Snoopy Show and Snoopy in Space on Apple TV+!

Who can resist Snoopy when he’s dancing? This adorable 8×8 paperback storybook based on an episode of The Snoopy Show includes paper dolls of Snoopy, Woodstock, Franklin, and Charlie Brown!

It’s “Show and Smile” day at school, and Charlie Brown is stumped trying to come up with things that make him smile. He loves baseball, but always loses. He loves flying his kite, but it always gets tangled in a tree. Kicking a football makes him smile, but Lucy always pulls the ball away at the last minute.

What can he talk about? The answer is right in front of him, dancing away. It’s Snoopy! This book comes with perf-out paper dolls of a dancing Snoopy, Woodstock, Franklin, and Charlie Brown, along with stands for young readers to display these characters wherever they like.

© 2022 Peanuts Worldwide LLC




Title: Dressing Up The Stars

Author: Jeanne Walker Harvey

Publisher: Beach Lane Books

Release Date: September 20, 2022

Discover the true story of how a shy miner’s daughter became one of the most legendary costume designers in Hollywood in this inspiring nonfiction picture book biography.

As a child in the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada, Edith Head had few friends and spent most of her time dressing up her toys and pets and even wild animals using fabric scraps. She always knew she wanted to move somewhere full of people and excitement. She set her sights on Hollywood and talked her way into a job sketching costumes for a movie studio.

Did she know how to draw or sew costumes? No. But that didn’t stop her!

Edith taught herself and tirelessly worked her way up until she was dressing some of the biggest stars of the day, from Audrey Hepburn to Grace Kelly to Ginger Rogers. She became the first woman to head a major Hollywood movie studio costume department and went on to win eight Academy Awards for best costume design—and she defined the style of an era.





From BlueSlip Media:




Author: Georgeanne Irvine

Publisher: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Press

Release Date: October 11, 2022

When Don the tapir was born at the San Diego Zoo, the wildlife care team was ecstatic. He was the first endangered Baird’s tapir born at the Zoo in more than 30 years. But Don’s mother wouldn’t care for her newborn calf. So wildlife care specialists stepped in to ensure the survival of this precious baby tapir.

Don was bottle-fed and cared for around the clock. When he was old enough, caregivers taught him how to swim, a skill that he would have learned from his mother. Don loved splashing in the water as well as getting rubdowns and back scratches. Soon, his team of human friends grew to love Don and his spunky attitude.

When it was time for Don to meet the other animals that shared his home, though, some of them weren’t very friendly: they spit on him, made loud noises, and kicked at him. He just made new friends, including his best buddy, a capybara named Bristle.

This is the true story of Don the spunky tapir, who not only survived a rocky beginning to life but also learned to thrive. Don showed that with a confident, spirited attitude, anything is possible, including bringing hope to the future of endangered Baird’s tapirs.



Author: Carrie Hasler

Publisher: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Press

Release Date: October 11, 2022

Rising through the lush canopy of trees, the Treehouse Inn is a place where rainforest animals of the Amazon seek shelter and take it easy. Its very fine innkeeper, Santiago the sloth, always takes good care of each of his guests. From howler monkeys to butterfly chrysalises, Santiago seems to find the perfect spot for every animal among the branches and leaves. He fluffs their pillows at night, has teatime in the afternoon, and reads bedtime stories. But, with so many trees in the rainforest being cut down, more and more animals seek shelter at the Treehouse Inn. Santiago soon finds his inn is overcrowded, and all the animals begin to squabble. Can he find room for everyone? Or will he have to turn guests away?



Author: Melissa Stewart

Publisher: Random House Studio

Release Date: October 11, 2022

In this nature-themed picture book, nonfiction expert Melissa Stewart and illustrator Amy Hevron offer an inviting peek into tree holes and the amazing animals that inhabit them.

Imagine this: one day you’re walking through the woods and spot a tree hole large enough to slip inside. So you do. And you wonder, what kind of creature lived here?

In this science and nature-themed picture book, nonfiction expert Melissa Stewart and illustrator Amy Hevron offer up an inviting peek into the secret world of tree hole dwellers.

From black bears to tree frogs and bobcats, it’s surprising just who you’ll find! A main text gives general information about tree holes (“a treehole can be a daytime den”) and a secondary text provides more detail. This inviting look at trees, tree holes, and fascinating animals is sure to be a classroom and kid favorite.


Title: So Many Kisses!

Author: Alexandra Garibal

Publisher: Twirl Books

Release Date: September 27, 2022

It’s a love fest! Nose-to-nose kisses, tickle kisses, and many more fill the pages of this adorable and light-hearted look at different types of kisses. From a peck on the nose from a crocodile and tickly kisses from an octopus, to a pinch kiss from a crab, and hundreds of sweet little kisses from baby chicks, So Many Kisses explores all the fun and funny ways that kisses can be shared.
• Popular animals theme
• Bright, engaging illustrations
• Durable board book format

So Many Kisses is an irresistible board book that kids will want to read again and again!
• Fun family read-aloud books
• Books for children aged 0-3
• Books for preschool and kindergarten children
• Perfect Valentine’s Day gift

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Author: Maud Poulain

Publisher: Twirl Books

Release Date: September 27, 2022

Lions, dolphins, owls and many other wonderful animals fill the eye-opening pages of this Pop-Up GuideTM.
Featuring creatures from the savanna, ocean, mountains, and many other habitats, the multilayered 3-D scenes provide a unique look at the animals of the world.
• 10 big multilayered pop-ups!
• Built-in elastic bands that allow readers to prop open and display their favorite scene
• Sturdy construction that’s perfect for at-home or on-the-go

Fans of the Pop-Up GuideTM: Animals will also enjoy the other books in the series, Space, Vehicles, and Natural Wonders.
• Pop-up books for kids
• Educational books for children aged 3 to 5
• Books for preschool and kindergarten children



Author: Arnaud Roi

Publisher: Twirl Books

Release Date: October 11, 2022

Engaging and fact-filled, Pop-Up Topics: Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures provides an exciting 3-D eye-view of the prehistoric world of animals. Tyrannosaurus, Argentinosaurus, Triceratops, and Quetzalcoatlus are some of the animals that leap off the pages of this pop-up book.
• 10 big pop-ups!
• Stats and brief, descriptive text for quick and easy learning
• Sturdy construction that’s perfect for at-home or on-the-go

Pop-Up Topics Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures is an informative guide to children’s favorite ancient animals.
• Pop-up books for kids
• Educational books for children aged 3 to 5
• Books for preschool and kindergarten children


From BHI Impact:

Title: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers

Author: Jess Harriton and Maithy Vu

Publisher: Rebel Girls

Release Date: October 4, 2022

The fifth volume of the best-selling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers, shines a spotlight on extraordinary young women who are making their mark on the world today. 

Readers will celebrate well-known women, like Greta Thunberg, Bethany Hamilton, Bindi Irwin, Zendaya, and the Linda Lindas, and meet up-and-coming powerhouses like inventor Vinisha Umashankar, fashion designer Marine Serre, stuntwoman Sadiqua Bynum, filmmaker Taegen Yardley, poet Alexandra Huynh, and environmental activist Helena Gualinga.

The girls and women in the book come from different countries and backgrounds and have a wide array of interests and accomplishments. Barrier-breaking performer Keke Palmer became the youngest talk show host in US history. Entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer founded a lemonade company to help save honeybees. Brazilian skateboarder Rayssa Leal turned a hobby into an Olympic dream. And British body positivity advocate Megan Jayne Crabbe and Indigenous artist Te Manaia Jennings inspire kids to keep their minds healthy.

Each story is told in the whimsical fairy tale style that has made the series a success and is paired with a bold, full-page portrait. With a foreword by conservationist and TV personality Bindi Irwin, the book features the work of authors, artists, and editors aged 30 and under. In addition to showcasing the stories of incredible young people, more than 60 young female or nonbinary artists from all over the world contributed original artwork to the book.





From West Margin Press:


Title: My Name Is Not Ed Tug

Author/illustrator: Amy Nielander

Publisher: West Margin Press

Release date: October 11, 2022

A sweet, whimsical story about the meaningfulness behind a person’s name and the power of accepting people just as they are.

Featured in Children’s Book Council’s Summer 2022 Showcase: Love Makes the World Go Round

“Names are so important. They are our parents’ first gifts to us. They have history and meaning. For some it is the name we choose that embraces the best version of ourselves. Everyone deserves to be called by their correct name. This was simply beautiful.”
Lupe, Bookmarks (Winston-Salem, NC)

“Edimorwhitimormiligimmus Tug is determined to teach his classmates and teacher about the important family stories behind his superlong name.”
Publishers Weekly, Fall Children’s Announcements

Edimorwhitimormiligimmus Tug has a very special name that is all his own. But his teacher thinks it’s too long and hard to say. One day she shortens it to. . . Ed.

But he loves his name just the way it is. So he comes up with a plan—if he can teach everyone his name, maybe they’ll love it too!

Sweet and whimsical, My Name Is Not Ed Tug empowers readers to own their identities and proudly celebrate who they are.

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Title: Super Strange Story Starters

Author/illustrator: T.M. Murphy; Mark Penta

Publisher: West Margin Press

Release date: October 18, 2022

Read the beginning of a story—the rest is up to you!

“Super Stranger Story Starters by T.M. Murphy, illus. by Mark Penta, [is] a collection of story prompts kicking off the Totally Weird Activity Books series.”
Publishers Weekly, Fall 2022 Children’s Sneak Previews

With 22 unique prompts plus colorful illustrations, this creative writing book is ready to go in any direction you want. Each story starter prompt includes space inside to write down and explore ideas of what happens next. There is no wrong way to tell a story, so find inspiration in the artwork details, throw in plot twists, reveal secret desires, make happy endings (or not), introduce new characters. . . the possibilities are endless!

Part of the Totally Weird Activity Book series created by childhood friends Mark and Ted, Super Strange Story Starters is perfect for aspiring writers, avid readers, and creative kids who have a story to tell.




Title: When Words Have Power

Author/illustrator: Lisa Chong; Kaitlin Yang

Publisher: West Margin Press

Release date: 10/25/2022

With gentleness and empathy, this beautiful story follows a young boy as he learns how a word that may seem funny to one person can be hurtful to another.

“When Words Have Power. . . follows a boy as he learns how a word that may seem funny to one person can be hurtful to another.”
Publishers Weekly, Fall Children’s Announcements

Henry overhears someone calling his Chinese American mother a strange name at the market: “banana.” But Henry doesn’t understand. A banana is just a piece of fruit. What’s the big deal? And what does the name mean?

With beautiful illustrations, When Words Have Power gently reveals the powerful effect microaggressions and name calling can have, and instead shows how a little kindness and respect can lead to bright, new friendships and stronger relationships with loved ones.





From Penguin Random House:

Title: Our Day of the Dead Celebration

Author: Ana Aranda

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; Nancy Paulsen Books

Release Date:  Septmeber 27, 2022

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Title: Super Pizza & Kid Kale

Author: Phaea Crede; illustrated by Zach Smith

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; Viking Books for Young Readers

Release Date: Septmeber 27, 2022




Title: Shark Princess

Author: Nidhi Chanani  

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers / Viking Books for Young Readers

Release Date: 9/13/2022

From Sparkpoint Studio:

Title: Magnolia Flower

Author: Ibram X. Kendi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: September 6, 2022

From beloved African American folklorist Zora Neale Hurston comes a moving adaptation by National Book Award winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and Antiracist Baby, Ibram X. Kendi. Magnolia Flower follows a young Afro Indigenous girl who longs for freedom and is gorgeously illustrated by Loveis Wise (The People RememberAblaze with Color).

Born to parents who fled slavery and the Trail of Tears, Magnolia Flower is a girl with a vibrant spirit. Not to be deterred by rigid ways of the world, she longs to connect with others, who too long for freedom. She finds this in a young man of letters who her father disapproves of. In her quest to be free, Magnolia must make a choice and set off on a journey that will prove just how brave one can be when leading with one’s heart.

The acclaimed writer of several American classics, Zora Neale Hurston wrote this stirring folktale brimming with poetic prose, culture, and history. It was first published as a short story in The Spokesman in 1925 and later in her collection Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick (2020).

Tenderly retold by #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi, Magnolia Flower is a story of a transformative and radical devotion between generations of Indigenous and Black people in America. With breathtaking illustrations by Loveis Wise, this picture book reminds us that there is no force strong enough to stop love.




Title: Mama in Congress

Author: Rashida Tlaib

Publisher: Clarion Books

Release Date: September 20, 2022

An inspiring picture book that tells the story of Rashida Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, and her family. Perfect for readers of books that celebrate trailblazing women and social activists as well as those looking for an introduction to civic engagement and how government works.

“Hey Adam, is the president Mom’s boss now?”

When Yousif Tlaib asks about his mom’s new job in Congress, his older brother, Adam, fills him in—with some help from Rashida Tlaib herself. As he tells his mom’s story, Adam reveals information about how elections and our government work, what it means to break barriers, what motivates their mama to work for justice for all, and how love and family have guided them through this historic time in our country.

From growing up in Detroit—the eldest of fourteen siblings and the first in her immigrant family to graduate from high school—through her journey into community activism and then local politics, to eventually becoming one of the first Muslim Congresswomen and an influential national figure, Rashida Tlaib’s inspiring story shows kids that they, too, can do great things and make a difference.





From HarperCollins/Clarion Books:

Title: A Journey Under the Sea

Author: Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck

Publisher: HarperCollins/Clarion Books

Release Date: October 11, 2022

From the creator of the Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher and his diving partner comes a best-in-class photographic picture book about the wonders of the sea.

Here’s an ode to the mysteries of the ocean, the animals who share our planet, and the healing power of nature from the Oscar-winning creator of the Netflix documentary My Octopus Teacher and his diving partner.

This meditation on the treasures to be found in the Great African Sea Forest introduces the many wonders of an environment that always surprises—from the tiniest sea snails to the shapeshifting octopus to the gently singing whales.

Illustrated with gorgeous underwater photography of the fascinating creatures and places most of us will never witness firsthand, this picture book is a window into another world and all it has to share with us.




Title: Little Blue Truck Makes a Friend

Author: Alice Schertle, illus. by Jill McElmurry

Publisher: HarperCollins/Clarion Books

Release Date: September 6, 2022

Welcome a new friend to the farm with the #1 New York Times bestselling Little Blue Truck!

Beep! Beep! Have you heard the news? There is someone new on the farm!

All the animals are curious and cautious about the newcomer—what will he be like? Does he neigh like a horse or oink like a pig? Does he have fur or feathers? Does he swim? Does he fly?

Luckily, Blue knows just the thing to help his friends, old and new, feel at home! Making new friends can be scary, but being kind is easy.

Little Blue’s “Beep!” was loud and clear: We are very glad you’re here!






From Media Masters Publicity:

Title: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Human

Author: Matt Forrest Esenwine

Publisher: Beaming Books

Release Date: October 18, 2022

Being a human is a lot of work! Thankfully, humans experience many of the same feelings, situations, and challenges, so we don’t have to figure it all out on our own–we can help each other navigate the ups and downs. Full of humor and heart, this engaging guide inspires kids to be humans who are kind, empathetic, and thoughtful. No matter what our day brings, we can choose to practice self-control, compassion, and forgiveness. Don’t worry, young human, it’s okay to make some mistakes along the way–just remember that it’s love that keeps us all afloat at the end of the day.




Title: Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up 

Author: Chana and Larry Stiefel

Publisher: Kalaniot Books

Release Date: September 16, 2022

Mendel is always messing up. So, no one is more surprised than he, when the rabbi asks him to drive the Mitzvah Mobile through the streets of New York’s Lower East Side and invite everyone to the Hanukkah Bash. What if he messes up again? But as Mendel begins to spread the joy of the holiday to his neighbors, he learns that mistakes can happen and sometimes that’s not so bad.




Title: I Am Coco: The Life of Coco Chanel

Author: Isabel Pin

Publisher: Prestel Junior International

Release Date: September 13, 2022

This portrait of a fiercely independent creative thinker is filled with whimsical pictures and informative texts to depict the entire arc of Coco’s life and career, from schoolgirl rebel to haute couture icon.
Young Gabrielle came from a poor family, was orphaned at age 12, and learned to sew in a convent school. She worked as a seamstress and sang in cabarets, where she was given the nickname Coco.
This story—and the remarkable career that followed—is exuberantly told in Isabel Pin’s simple yet detailed illustrations. Young readers will learn about Coco’s beginnings as a hat designer, and how her earliest creations presaged the concept of sportswear.
They’ll learn about her iconic designs— the little black dress, the impeccable suit, the squared-off perfume bottle, and the acclaimed logo. And they will learn how a freethinking young artist who freed women from the corsets and extravagant ornamentations of the early 20th century grew into a ferociously ambitious designer who staged her own comeback at the age of 70.
Whether they are interested in the history of fashion, or looking for encouragement to pursue their own dreams, young readers will find this entertaining biography both fascinating and inspiring.




Title: My Dog, Hen

Author: David Mackintosh

Publisher: Prestel Junior

Release Date: October 4, 2022

Brimming with the lively artwork and waggish humor that make his books a joy for kids and parents alike, David Mackintosh’s newest book explores finding value in the unwanted and obsolete, through the pleasures and perils of adopting a rescue puppy.
“Why should we get a brand-new dog when Hen is as good as new to us?” asks the young boy at the center of this story.
The adorable mixed-breed pup is brought home in a cardboard box, given toys, and some food—and then proceeds to enthusiastically eat up his loving home. When nothing can be done (and all the pocket money has been spent on new toys) the boy’s wise and thrifty grandmother finds a helpful solution. Readers of all ages will laugh at Hen’s boundless energy and parents especially will identify with the challenges of training a headstrong dog.
Any family that has ever adopted a rescue pet will appreciate this story’s gentle lesson about finding value in our less-than-perfect belongings and loved ones.




Title: The Power of Architecture: 25 Modern Buildings from Around the World 

Author: Annette Roeder

Publisher: Prestel Junior

Release Date: September 20, 2022

From private residences to affordable housing, stadiums to factories, museums to libraries—this book takes young readers across continents to learn how architecture is improving the world one building at a time.

Although popular culture and classrooms are filled with references to classic and iconic buildings such as the Parthenon, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Great Pyramids, there are equally valuable lessons to be learned from modern architecture, and especially from buildings situated in the Global South and among underrepresented populations. This beautifully illustrated book investigates how contemporary architects from a variety of cultures are addressing issues of climate change, income inequality, and limited resources by designing buildings that are as innovative as they are beautiful. Each building is presented in a double-page spread featuring Pamela Baron’s exquisitely detailed illustrations that highlight the design, natural surroundings, and the people who live, work, or play there. Annette Roeder’s pitch-perfect text outlines the structure’s unique contribution to the field of architecture, and invites readers to wonder aloud why the building works and to find out more about it. A perfect stepping stone for designers in the making, this book also teaches kids how architecture can help the people it shelters and the planet on which it is built.







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5 thoughts on “YABC’s Buzzworthy Books of FALL 2022 & Mega Book Giveaway (Kids)! ~US ONLY”

  1. Cori says:

    Such and adorable lineup of stories!

  2. Fall is our favorite season, and these all look like great reads!

  3. ltecler says:

    Great mix of books! I hope to add some of these to my school’s collection.

  4. I’m super excited to read this collection of books.

  5. Dandi says:

    These titles all look amazing and I know my children would love them!

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