36 New Release Kids’ Books for Fall 2022 to Love
Are you looking for new kids’ books for fall 2022? This list of upcoming books has some that we are most looking forward to reading. The post is divided by age so you can look for new release books for babies, picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade, and YA books from September 2022- November 2022.
From new authors to favorites, this summer has some fantastic new books that we cannot wait to read. What are the best new kids’ books for fall 2022? We’ve got them all right here.
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Fall 2022: Best New Books for Babies
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Peekabook Christmas by Eric Carle – October 11
Plot: Ring in the holidays with festive search-and-find fun in this Christmas tree-shaped board book perfect for fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Featuring the classic character The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this cheerful Christmas tree-shaped book is a celebration of the season.
For more books for baby’s first library, head here.
We Love Books! by Ingela P Arrhenius – October 4
Plot: Discover a world of books and stories and learn first words with this adorable Bookscape Board Book!
Explore a cozy bookstore, visit a library, and learn all about books in this sweet board book by celebrated illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius. Each uniquely shaped page overlaps with the next to create a complete landscape when closed—and an immersive world to explore with each turn of the page when open.
Ten Little Squirrels by Bill Martin Jr. – October 25
Plot: No need to get squirrely–practicing classic rhythm and rhyme while teaching children to count has never been more fun! Ten Little Squirrels by New York Times bestselling authors Bill Martin Jr and Michael Samson follows the “tail” of these furry friends as they determine what to do when a dog approaches their tree.
Hello, Beautiful You! by Andrea Pinkney – September 20
Plot: Let your little ones know how truly beautiful they are with this precious board book — the fourth title in our growing BRIGHT BROWN BABY series — from New York Times bestselling and award-winning duo Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney!
Pookie’s Thanksgiving by Sandra Boyton – September 6
Plot: Pookie and Mom get ready to welcome the whole family for Thanksgiving in this gentle and captivating board book from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton.
¿Quién fue Celia Cruz? by Lisbeth Kaiser – November 8
Plot: The first Spanish addition to the Who HQ board book series: a biography of Celia Cruz, created specifically for the preschool audience!
Looking for more books for babies? Have a look at Language development: Books for a 1-year-old or Making Story Time Interactive: Books for 2-year-olds
Best New Picture Books for Fall 2022
Gold! by David Shannon – September 6
Plot: A riotous retelling of the Midas myth by the Caldecott Honor-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of No, David!
Maximilian Midas was a peculiar little boy.
He didn’t much like chocolate and he didn’t play with toys.
The first word that he uttered when he was one year old
Wasn’t Mama, wasn’t Papa; what Maxie said was, “Gold!”
The Cool Bean Presents: As Cool as It Gets by Jory John, illus. by Pete Oswald – September 13
Plot: Based on the New York Times bestselling picture book sensation The Cool Bean, Jory John and Pete Oswald present: As Cool as It Gets! Includes two sticker sheets, perfect for decorating your own holiday cards and gifts.
Hey, Bruce! by Ryan T. Higgins – September 20
Plot: Rupert, Thistle, and Nibbs, the fun-loving mice in Bruce’s begrudgingly expansive family, guide readers on a quest for a fun reading experience, with Bruce the ever-reluctant star. As readers turn the page, flip the book, and follow the mice’s increasingly silly instructions, Bruce is sent flying and tumbling—all as he looks right up the reader’s nose! How will you interact with Bruce?
Magnolia Flower by Zora Neale Hurston – September 6
Plot: 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 Remember, Ablaze with Color).
The Crayons Trick or Treat by Drew Daywalt – September 6
Plot: The Crayons want to go trick-or-treating, but they’re not sure what to say! In a humorous Halloween story, Purple Crayon teaches the rest of the box the magic words to say when they ring their neighbors’ doorbells.
Busy Betty by Reese Witherspoon, illus. by Xindi Yan – October 4
Plot: From Academy Award–winning actress, founder, and bestselling author, Reese Witherspoon, comes Busy Betty, a story about a creative, curious, and exuberant young girl who has big plans and an even bigger heart.
Blue Bison Needs a Haircut by Scott Rothman, illus. by Pete Oswald– October 11
Plot: Blue Bison prides himself on always looking clean and neat. But he has a growing problem–his hair. With the barber shops and just about everywhere else closed, all Blue Bison can do is ram his ramming rock in frustration. Meanwhile, his hair keeps growing.
Con Pollo: A Bilingual Playtime Adventure by Fallon and Jennifer Lopez illus. by Andrea Campo – October 11
Plot: Con Pollo: A Bilingual Playtime Adventure is an engaging and hilarious picture book that serves young readers as an introduction to basic Spanish vocabulary, brought to life by superstar team-up Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez.
Green Is for Christmas by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Oliver Jeffers – October 18
Plot: When Green Crayon claims that green is the only color for Christmas, other crayons let him know that there would be no Christmas without them either. No candy canes or Santa without Red, no snow without White, no bells or stars without Silver, and no cookies or reindeer without Tan!
Three Billy Goats Gruff by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen– Oct 18
Plot: This is the first book in a new collection of fractured fairy tales by the hilarious Mac Barnett and the amazing Jon Klassen. This book is a twist on the beloved classic “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and is sure to be a huge hit with grownups and kids alike.
Are you looking for more reasons reading is so important for language development? Check out our posts!
Best New Books for Early Readers for Fall 2022
Pete the Cat and the Sprinkle Stealer by James and Kim Dean – September 27
Plot: In Pete the Cat and the Sprinkle Stealer, Secret Agent Meow (also known as Pete the Cat) is ready to crack another case: a cat burglary hits too close to home when someone steals Pete’s parents’ secret recipe for rainbow sprinkle cookies!
If I Were Saint Nick by the Cat in the Hat – September 6
Plot: The Cat imagines how HE would fill-in for Santa Claus in this hilarious new Beginner Book—a sequel to If I Had Your Vote by the Cat in the Hat—that’s perfect for Christmas celebrations and gift giving!
Uni’s Wish for Wings by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – September 6
Plot: Uni the Unicorn for early readers! Another exciting Step 2 adventure for children who can’t get enough of Uni and friends!
Watching birds soar through the sky makes Uni want to fly! When Uni befriends a winged horse named Pegasus, it seems like flying might be possible. Uni’s magic unicorn horn is good for helping others but it cannot make wings. Peg coaches Uni’s creative attempts to make a set of wings. And it turns out that Uni can do some things Peg cannot do!
Are you looking for books to help develop reading skills? Check out our Best Books for Beginning Readers or Early Reader Books for Emergent Readers
Best Fall 2022 Chapter Books for More Confident Readers
InvestiGators: Heist and Seek by John Patrick Green – September 27
Plot: New York Times bestsellers and sewer surfing super-sleuths Mango & Brash are back in InvestiGators: Heist and Seek, the sixth volume in John Patrick Green’s smash hit series.
When rare paintings go missing, the InvestiGators are called on the scene…the ART SCENE!
Where is the North Pole? by Megan Stine – October 11
Plot: Young armchair adventurers can travel to the topmost point on the globe and learn all about the vast region surrounding the North Pole.
Along with the early twentieth-century story of Robert Peary’s egomaniacal quest to reach the exact spot of the North Pole, this is an exciting new addition to the Where Is? series.
Guarding the Invisible Dragon by Tracey West – September 6
Plot: Drake and the other Dragon Masters must help save a nest of baby Invisible Dragons in the latest action-packed installment of this New York Times bestselling series!
Pirates Past Noon (Graphic Novel) by Mary Pope Osbourne – September 27
Plot: Captured by pirates! When Jack and Annie are whisked away in the magic tree house, they arrive on a beautiful beach. It’s paradise! That is, until the pirates arrive. . .
The Frustrating Book by Mo Willems – September 27
Plot: From Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, comes this breakout beginning-reader series, Unlimited Squirrels.
An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests hosts a page-turning extravaganza. Each book features a funny, furry adventure AND bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, nutty facts, and so, so many Squirrels.
Fall 2022: Best New Middle-Grade Books
1-2-3-4, I Declare a Thumb War (Graveyard Girls) by Lisi Harrison and Daniel Kraus – September 6
Plot: MISERY FALLS, OREGON, IS ABUZZ AS the 100th anniversary of the electrocution of the town’s most infamous killer, Silas Hoke, approaches. When a mysterious text message leads the girls to the cemetery—where Silas Hoke is buried!—life can’t get any creepier.
Until it does…..
The Vanderbeekers on the Road by Karina Ya Glaser – September 20
Plot: In this new adventure in the New York Times bestselling series, the Vanderbeekers depart Harlem to celebrate their dad’s birthday. But their surprise road trip turns rocky when the younger kids try to keep their family from ever facing change.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – October 11
Plot: This stunning illustrated edition brings together the talents of award-winning artists Jim Kay and Neil Packer in a visual feast, featuring iconic scenes and much-loved characters — Tonks, Luna Lovegood, and many more — as the Order of the Phoenix keeps watch over Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts.
Moongarden (Plotting the Stars, Vol. 1) by Michelle Barry – November 1
Plot: “Moongarden blooms with heart and adventure. A stellar update of The Secret Garden, woven with a little science-fiction, a lot of magic, a vibrant heroine, and a plucky robot sidekick to rival R2D2.” —Victoria Aveyard, New York Times bestselling author”
Stellarlune by Shannon Messenger – November 8
Plot: In this stunning ninth book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie and her friends discover the true meaning of power—and evil.
Two Degrees by Alan Gratz by October 4
Plot: New York Times bestselling author Alan Gratz (Refugee; Ground Zero) is back, tackling the urgent topic of climate change in this breathtaking, action-packed novel that will keep readers turning pages while making their own plans to better the world.
The Land of Stories Illustrated Editon by Chris Colfer – October 11
Plot: Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Chris Colfer’s #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories with this gorgeous illustrated anniversary edition!
Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern-day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.
Best New YA Books for Fall 2022
The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber – September 13
Plot: In the second book in the Once Upon a broken heart series, Evangeline Fox and the Prince of Hearts have to join together to break a murderous spell. Evangeline will have to trust Jacks to fight this deadly kind of magic.
I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers – September 13
Plot: When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis discovers the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, she teams up with Ashley’s older sister, Nora, to find and bring the killer to justice before he strikes again.
Somebody that I used to Know by Dana L Davis – October 18
Plot: Dylan Woods has not seen her best friend Langston in years, not since he moved to LA to become the world’s biggest pop star. But, when her parents announce Langston is coming to stay with them, she doesn’t know how to react. And she quickly realizes that maybe her feelings go deeper than friendship.
Pretty Dead Queen by Alexa Donne – October 4
Plot: “Seaview High’s homecoming queen is dead . . . and she’s not the first. From the critically acclaimed author of The Ivies comes a nonstop thriller about a decades-old mystery, a copycat killing, and the teen who won’t stop until she discovers the truth.”
Cursed by Marissa Meyer – November 8
Plot: New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer concludes her young adult retelling of Rumpelstiltskin in Cursed, the sequel to Gilded.