Here are 10 brand new releases for January 2022 that I can’t wait for!

Friendship is Forever by Patricia Hegarty and illustrated by Summer Macon

Board Book / Release Date: January 4, 2022

“The precious gift of friendship is a thing to treasure. Closeness, love, and loyalty are things that we can’t measure.”

Summer Macon’s art is soft and seriously cute! Patricia Hegarty’s easy rhymes give it a singsong feel, perfect for read alouds.

The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Picture Book / Release Date: January 4, 2022

“A brother and sister are stuck inside on a dreary day but use their imaginations to lift them up and out of their boredom.”

Rafael Lopez’s art is bright and cheerful, a perfect match for the whimsical story about encouraging imagination.

Daddy Speaks Love by Leah Henderson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Picture Book / Release Date: January 4, 2022

“What does daddy do? From day one, this daddy speaks love to his little one. And along with that love, his words and actions speak many other things, too: like truth, joy, comfort, and pride.”

A heartwarming story about the different ways dads show their love. E.B. Lewis’s watercolor art is absolutely stunning.

Operation Do-Over by Gordon Korman

Middle Grade Novel / Release Date: January 18, 2022

“Mason can trace everything bad in his life to one terrible fight with his best friend Ty. After a freak accident, he wakes up back in time, before the fight. Despite his best efforts, will he be able to stop the chain of events that made his previous life implode?”

Gordon Korman is a staple for middle grade boy’s fiction, and we have several of his other novels at the Magdalena Public Library, including the super-popular Swindle series.

Hide and Geek by T.P. Jagger

Middle Grade Novel / Release Date: January 4, 2022

“Longtime best friends Gina, Edgar, Elena, and Kevin (the GEEKs) race to solve toymaker Maxine’s final puzzle, a treasure hunt that could save the town and keep the friends together.”

A fun mystery to keep readers guessing, with media literacy pointers to encourage kids to think critically.

Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms by Jamar J. Perry

Middle Grade Novel / Release Date: February 1, 2022

“Ever since Cameron Battle’s parents disappeared two years ago, his grandmother has kept The Book of Chidani locked away. When he and his friends open it, they are transported to a magical world threatened with danger. Is Cameron ready to be the hero they need?”

Technically a February release, but this one is so full of promise, I couldn’t resist. Inspired by West African and Igbo mythology, it’s perfect for fans of Rick Riordan, Roshani Chokshi, and Kwame Mbalia.

Serendipity: Ten Romantic Tropes, Transformed edited by Marissa Meyer

Young Adult Short Story Collection / Release Date: January 4, 2022

“From stories of first love, unrequited love, love that surprises, love that’s been there all along, 10 of the best YA authors have taken on some of your favorite romantic tropes, embracing them and turning them on their heads.”

Marissa Meyer is the bestselling author of the Cinder series.

Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long

Young Adult Novel / Release Date: January 11, 2021

“Sena is desperate to find her way off the frozen planet Tundar. A team of scientists agrees to pay her way out, but only if she and her prize-fighting wolf, Iska, compete in the treacherous, yearly dogsled race that claimed both her mothers’ lives.”

A fresh take on frozen frontier stories with a science fiction backdrop? Yes, please!

Violeta by Isabel Allende

Adult Novel / Release Date: January 25, 2022

“As she turns one hundred, Violeta Del Valle writes a letter to her true love telling how the upheavals of the last century have shaped her life.”

This timely new novel looks to be another masterpiece from New York Times’ Best-Selling author of Daughter of Fortune, Isabel Allende.

End of Days by Brad Taylor

Adult Novel / Release Date: January 11, 2022

“Pike Logan must stop a deranged serial killer hell-bent on igniting an international conflagration in this explosive, action-packed thriller.”

The latest entry in a series high-stakes military thrillers from former special forces officer, Brad Taylor. Perfect for fans of W.E.B. Griffin, Brad Thor, and Tom Clancy.

Ivy Stover, Librarian, Magdalena Public Library