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The Best Children’s and YA Books of August 2021

by the Brightly Editors

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Welcome to the dog days of summer! There are just a few weeks left for kids to read as many non-school-related books as they want. So, whether your kids love soaking up the sunshine or staying inside and out of the heat, it’s a good idea to have a few books on hand to keep them occupied and entertained. From heartfelt picture books to heart-pounding thrillers, here are the best children’s and YA books releasing this month.

  • Chapter Books & Middle Grade

  • J.D. and the Family Business

    by J. Dillard, illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts

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    Young entrepreneurs will love this illustrated chapter book series about a boy who starts a haircutting business and earns a chair at the local salon. In this sequel to the first book, J.D. and the Great Barber Battle, J.D. and his sister team up to take over the world of hairstyling. The strong-willed siblings must learn to work together if they want to succeed.
    (On sale: 8/3/21)

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  • Dead Wednesday

    by Jerry Spinelli

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    This middle grade novel is a classic in the making from one of the most beloved authors for children. On a day when eighth-graders are supposed to be invisible, Worm Tarnauer gets the fright of his life when the ghost of a dead teen appears. Even worse — this ghost is bossy! But she also befriends and challenges Worm in all the right ways. Young readers will love this thought-provoking story about a boy who discovers himself through an unusual friendship.
    (On sale: 8/3/21)

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  • Kingdom of Secrets

    by Christyne Morrell

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    This fast-paced fantasy adventure already has early readers raving about it. In a kingdom surrounded by an enormous wall, only the hot air balloons come and go as they please. When Prismena gets blackmailed into smuggling something over the wall in her father’s balloon, he gets arrested. Desperate to save her father, she teams up with her blackmailer and gets caught up in a revolution. Twists, turns, action, and humor combine into a novel that kids will find irresistible.
    (On sale: 8/3/21)

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  • Black Boy Joy

    edited by Kwame Mbalia

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    If you’re on the hunt for a book with plenty of feel-good vibes, don’t miss this delightful collection of upbeat stories featuring Black boys. With 17 stories that include comics, realistic fiction, science fiction, and more, there’s something here for everyone.
    (On sale: 8/3/21)

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  • Dark Waters

    by Katherine Arden

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    With Halloween just around the corner, now is an excellent time to read a spooky story. The third book in the Small Spaces series takes readers on a spine-tingling wilderness survival adventure with a group of friends, a monster, and a villain who loves to play sinister games. Kids that enjoy books with thrills, chills, and things that go bump in the night will want to devour this novel in one sitting.
    (On sale: 8/10/21)

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  • Pizza and Taco: Super-Awesome Comic!

    by Stephen Shaskan

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    Your two favorite foods are back with the third goofy graphic novel in the Pizza and Taco series for readers ages 5-8. In this installment, the foods team up to create a comic book, resulting in a hilarious (and tasty) battle of artistic wills, superpowers, and imagination.
    (On sale: 8/10/21)

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  • Dinosaur

    by DK

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    Aspiring paleontologists and fans of the TV show Dino Hunters will love this new book about dinosaurs. Readers will learn all about the giant animals, from what they ate to where and when they lived, by studying their fossils. It’s filled with kid-friendly facts and information that will keep young readers engrossed for hours at a time.
    (On sale: 8/24/21)

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  • Fast Pitch

    by Nic Stone

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    Kids interested in sports, history, and friendship stories will love the latest release from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone. Shenice is the captain of her all-Black softball team, which she hopes to take to the Fast Pitch World Series. When she learns an upsetting secret about her great-grandfather, Shenice searches for the truth, neglecting her team in the process.
    (On sale: 8/31/21)

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  • Witches of Brooklyn: What the Hex?!

    by Sophie Escabasse

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    Send your child on a witchy graphic novel adventure with this sequel to Witches of Brooklyn. Effie loves her group of friends and has been making slow but constant progress with her magic skills. But when friendship drama arises, and an evil force pops up in town, Effie must lean on her budding magical abilities to help her through.
    (On sale: 9/7/21)

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