All Ages

The Best Children’s and YA Books of October 2018

by Keith Rice

October’s best new releases feature beautiful and engaging picture books, thought-provoking middle grade reads, and fantastical YA page-turners.  Here are our top picks for the month of October.

  • Picture Books

  • Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

    by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Esme Shapiro

    The story of Alexander Hamilton is front and center in American pop culture, but what about the equally fascinating story of his extraordinary wife, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton? Eliza, who lived for 50 years after the death of Hamilton, founded an orphanage, raised funds for the Washington Monument, and worked tirelessly to keep her husband’s legacy alive. This biography provides an introduction to one of American history’s fascinating and oft-overlooked figures.
    (On sale: 10/2/2018)

  • My Mixed Emotions

    by DK

    Feelings can be difficult for our little ones to understand and process. This bright and engaging picture book from DK is a perfect way to familiarize children with four major emotions (anger, fear, happiness, and sadness), why we feel them, and how to process them.
    (On sale: 10/2/2018)

  • Baby Feminists

    by Libby Babbott-Klein and Jessica Walker

    This timely lift-the-flap board book is a fun and informative way to introduce your budding feminists to a host of feminist icons. From Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Frida Kahlo to Mae Jemison, this delightful picture book is wonderful way to teach your little one about change-making feminists and how everyone can help make the world a better place for all genders.
    (On sale: 10/2/2018)

  • Carmela Full of Wishes

    by Matt de la Peña, illustrations by Christian Robinson

    Carmela is finally old enough to join her big brother when he runs family errands. What follows is a poignant slice of life in Carmela’s community. Carmela Full of Wishes is a beautiful, evocative tribute to family, home, and hope.
    (On sale: 10/9/2018)

  • Young Adult

  • Map of Days

    by Ransom Riggs

    The fourth novel in Ransom Riggs bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series moves the action to America with a new story arc. The peculiar world seems to be safe now, and Jacob has returned to Florida with Miss Peregrine and her Peculiar Children in tow. Unfortunately, the discovery of a secret bunker belonging to Jacob’s grandfather plunges the group into a new, dangerous mystery.
    (On sale: 10/2/2018)

  • Bridge of Clay

    by Markus Zusak

    Bestselling author Markus Zusak brings his storytelling prowess to this sweeping saga of five brothers struggling against their family’s sordid history. When the Dunbar boys discover the secret behind their father’s disappearance, their already chaotic lives are once again upended. At the center of the revelation young Clay Dunbar sees a way forward, a bridge to mend his family. It is a story equally as inventive, thought-provoking, and heartfelt as Zusak’s beloved contemporary classic, The Book Thief, and it’s not to be missed.
    (On sale: 10/9/2018)

  • Crown of Thunder

    by Tochi Onyebuchi

    This sequel picks up where Beasts Made of Night left Taj, a talented sin-eater caught up in a dark conspiracy within the walled city of Kos. As Crown of Thunder opens, Taj has escaped Kos but is still firmly in the sights of Queen Karima, who will stop at nothing to track him down. With his life, as well as the lives of the citizens of Kos, hanging in the balance, Taj must connect with his heritage and master new magic if he has any hope for survival in this grim, Nigerian-inspired fantasy.
    (On sale: 10/16/2018)

  • The DC Icons Series Boxed Set

    by Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, and Sarah J. Maas

    This boxed set of the bestselling DC Icons series is a great introduction to three iconic DC heroes (well, one of those is often on the other side of the equation). Written by three major authors of contemporary YA sci-fi and fantasy, these tales featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, and Catwoman are the perfect way to share both your love of comics and sci-fi/fantasy with your young adult reader.
    (On sale: 10/23/2018)