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Most Anticipated: 2019 Books for Young Readers Preview

Our 2019 fall preview concludes with this incredible array of books for young readers (which are really still books for everybody).

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Picture books

Award-winning illustrator Alfonso Ruano’s art depicts the depth of feeling that friends experience in My Friend (October), a story about how difficult it is to come from somewhere else and what a difference friendship can make, by acclaimed author and translator Elisa Amado. Cale Atkinson's Unicorns 101 (September) is everything you ever wanted to know about the science behind unicorns: biology, history, diet, habitat, and more! Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round (September), by Rosanna Battigelli and Tara Anderson, is a rhyming Halloween romp with a family of cozy cats. Readers say goodnight to children all over the world in Andrea Beck's companion to Goodnight, Canada!, this time with Goodnight World (September). Come Back to Earth, Esther! (September) is the authorial debut of Josée Bisaillon, the Marilyn Baillie Award-winning illustrator of The Snow Knows; it follows a young girl with dreams as big as the universe. And A Pocket of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop (November), with words by Elizabeth Bishop and Rita Wilson and art by Emma FitzGerald, is a gentle, poetic ode to Pulitzer Prize–winning …

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Most Anticipated: 2019 Fall Nonfiction Preview

The second instalment of our fall preview is that amazing catch-all: nonfiction. New books about family, mountain climbing, millionaires murdered or missing, travel, history, water, climate change, sexism and #MeToo, disability, the mosquito and the sasquatch, and so much more. 

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Dance Me to the End (September), by Alison Acheson, is the profoundly honest and intensely personal story of a woman who cares for her husband after his devastating terminal diagnosis of ALS. Polepole (October), by Erinne Adachi and Angela DeJong (the title comes from a Swahili term meaning “slowly, slowly,” which is what porters on Kilimanjaro say as you climb the mountain), is a comprehensive long-distance-mountain-trek training manual relevant for anyone looking to engage in one of the more defining moments of their life. Marion Agnew's debut is the essay collection Reverberations (October), a reflection on the endurance of love and family. And Major Misconduct: The Human Cost of Fighting in Hockey (September), by Jeremy Allingham, explores the lives of those who bare-knuckle boxed on ice for a living and investigates the human cost we're willing to tolerate in the name of hockey fighting.

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