Try saying that three times fast!

Today, Publishers Marketplace announced that Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo's next book will come out on September 26, 2013. Titled The Illuminated Adventures of Flora and Ulysses, PM reports that it's about "joy and laughter, about moving away from grief and turning toward love—additionally, it is a book about seal blubber."

DiCamillo is beloved for her wonderful children's novels like Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. In a BookPage review of The Magician's Elephant, Sharon Verbeten wrote: "DiCamillo has long been a word virtuoso, and this novel solidifies that role. Everything about this story is masterful." I know readers will expect to see the same classic prose and feel the same heart-tugging emotions when they read Illuminated Adventures next year.

Clare Vanderpool won the 2011 Newbery Medal for Moon Over Manifest—her debut novel. On January 8, 2013, readers can buy her follow-up: Navigating Early. I love the equation-style plot description on Vanderpool's website:

One boy from Kansas 
+ one boy from Maine 
+ one boat on the Appalachian Trail 
+ a search for a great bear 
+ 3.14 (pi)
= The journey of a lifetime

If that's not enough good news, prolific Newbery Honoree Gary Paulsen also has a book out on January 8, 2013. It's called Road Trip and it's about a dad, a boy and a dog who go on a crazy trip.

What 2013 children's book releases are you looking forward to?

In addition to the books listed above, I can't wait to read two new novels from Nashville authors: The 13th Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb (author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different and Selling Hope) and Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys (author of Between Shades of Gray). More on those later!

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