Abrams slathers on the sunscreen for Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure, a picture-book look at a family’s beach outing; Miracle Man by John Hendrix, presenting the story of Jesus; Forest Feast for Kids by Erin Gleeson, a cookbook; Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault, a picture-book biography of the childhood of sculptor Louise Bourgeois; and Grumpy Pets by Kristine Lombardi, in which a grumpy boy learns there is a perfect pet for everyone.
Amulet takes a bite out of spring with Inspector Flytrap: The Da Vinci Cold and Other BIG DEAL Mysteries by Tom Angleberger, illus. by Cece Bell, launching a first-chapter-book series about a crime-solving Venus Flytrap; Red’s Planet by Eddie Pittman, an intergalactic graphic novel adventure; Poptropica: Book 1: Mystery of the Map by Max Brallier, illus. by Kory Merritt, based on the screenplay by Jeff Kinney, first in a graphic-novel series; In Sin by Riley Redgate, in which the lives of seven high school students intertwine when they accidentally uncover one girl’s secret; and The Haters by Jesse Andrews, a raunchy road-trip adventure about jazz-camp escapees who form a band.
Appleseed waves its magic wand with Abracadabra It’s Spring by Anne Sibley O’Brien, illus. by Susan Gal, a novelty book depicting seasonal changes; Guess Who Haiku by Deanna Caswell, illus. by Bob Shea, featuring a guessing game with haiku clues; Spring by David Carter, second in a pop-up series about the seasons of the year; Thank You! by Ethan Long, a board book in which animals use the titular polite phrase; and One and All by Éisa Géhin, an exploration of the relationship between parts and a whole.
Algonquin plants a spring list with Leaves by Samantha Mabry, a YA debut novel in which a cursed girl nourished by poison plants is the key to stopping a murderer of missing girls; The Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers, about an 11-year-old girl who ends up stuck in a well as the result of a mean-girl prank; The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey, a fantasy-mystery set on a cursed, desolate bog; and Three Ring Rascals #5: Secrets of the Circus by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise, in which the Rascals band together to save Pablo the pig and Farmer Farley’s farm.
Amicus gets a do-over with Second Chance Delivery by Brandon Terrell, a thriller about a service that sends letters and objects through time to one’s past self; and Nabbed Tablet by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, illus. by Scott Burroughs, a mystery about a girl’s brand-new tablet computer that’s gone missing.
12-Story Library counts down to spring with 12 Children Who Changed the World by Kenya McCullum, containing profiles of extraordinary young people; 12 Super Smart Animals You Need to Know by Carol Hand, a look at creatures from around the globe; and Classic NFL Games: 12 Thrillers from NFL History by Matt Scheff providing highlights, facts, and stats from historic football games.
ANDERSEN PRESS USA
Andersen lathers up for The Bath Monster by Colin Boyd, illus. by Tony Ross, an explanation of where dirty bath water goes; Are You the Pirate Captain? by Gareth P. Jones, illus. by Garry Parsons, featuring a crew’s search for the perfect pirate to lead them; Tufty by Michael Foreman, in which a brave young duck finds a new home in an unexpected place; and The Zoomers’ Handbook by Ana de Moraes, illus. by Thiago de Moraes, a how-to volume for ‘zoomers’ who look after special creatures like dogephants.
Andrews McMeel takes a whiff with Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror by Paige Braddock, a graphic novel in which Cecil the toad becomes a third-grade-class pet; Desmond Pucket and the Cloverfield Junior High Carnival of Horrors by Mark Tatulli, a new graphic-novel adventure for the sixth-grade frightology expert; G-Man Super Journal: Heroes Rising by Chris Giarrusso, more comic journal entries from aspiring superhero Mikey; Rip Haywire: Escape from Camp Cooties by Dan Thompson, comics depicting the son of a soldier of fortune using his covert skills to get along at an all-girls summer camp; and an untitled collection of Big Nate comics by Lincoln Peirce.
Arbordale watches the clock for Midnight Madness at the Zoo by Sherryn Craig, illus. by Karen Jones, spotlighting the games the animals play when the zookeepers leave the zoo; Cash Kat by Linda Joy Singleton, illus. by Christina Wald, a title featuring coin counting concepts; Once Upon an Elephant by Linda Stanek, illus. by Shennen Bersani, a look at the key roles that elephants play in an ecosystem; Been There, Done That by Jen Funk Weber, illus. by Andrea Gabriel, in which two friends search for animals on a walk through the woods; and Mammals: A Compare and Contrast Book by Katharine Hall, a photographic look at similarities and differences between various mammals.
Bloomsbury howls at the moon with Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimée Carter, kicking off a series starring a boy who is an animal shape shifter; A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book Two by Sarah J. Maas, next in the romantic fantasy series; How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul Tobin, debut title of the Genius Factor series featuring sixth-grade genius and inventor Nate; When We Collided by Emery Lord, a romance in which Jonah wonders if Vivi’s adventurous spirit might be a symptom of a bigger problem; and Time Stoppers by Carrie Jones, the launch of a middle-grade fantasy-adventure series about a girl protecting a hidden, magical town.
Candlewick is abuzz with Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar, in which a 12-year-old girl comes to know the grandfather she’s never met during the summer that her family must move Grandpa into a home for people with dementia; Skip to the Loo My Darling! by Sally Lloyd Jones, illus. by Anita Jeram, a potty-training book; Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina, a coming-of-age novel set in New York City during the summer of 1977; Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies addresses family loss; and Shrunken Treasures by Scott Nash transforms literary classics into nursery songs.
Big Picture Press sweetens the season with Little Honey Bee by Katie Haworth, illus. by Jane Ormes, a counting book featuring emerging spring flowers and bees; Fill-Me-In by Moose Allain, an activity book filled with writing and illustration prompts; and Maps Poster Book by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, which collects large-format posters from the book Maps.
Candlewick Entertainment puts on a nametag for I Am Bear by Ben Bailey Smith (aka rapper Doc Brown), featuring a mischievous bear, and the following media tie-ins: Peppa Pig and the Lucky Ducks and Peppa Pig and the Camping Trip; Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson; and Shaun the Sheep: Pranks Galore by Martin Howard, illus. by Andy Janes.
Nosy Crow is ready for action with Superhero Dad by Timothy Knapman, a tribute to the specialness of dads; Old MacDonald Had a Farm: Sing Along with Me!, illus. by Yu-hsuan Huang, kicking off a series of novelty board books featuring a QR code to scan and listen to the songs; Cinderella: A Nosy Crow Fairy Tale, illus. by Ed Bryan, inspired by the Nosy Crow app of the favorite tale; Violet Rose and the Surprise Party, illus. by Jannie Ho, an activity and sticker book in which Violet and friends plan a birthday bash for Lily; and Hubble Bubble: The Super-Spooky Fright Night by Tracy Corderoy, illus. by Joe Berger, an early reader starring Pandora’s granny, who is a witch.
Templar sails into spring with The Whale by Vita Murrow and Ethan Murrow, a wordless adventure in which two young whale watchers set off to find the legendary Great Spotted Whale; Greenling by Levi Pinfold, about the magical green baby Mr. Barleycorn finds growing on his land; Babies Don’t Walk They Ride by Kathy Henderson, illus. by Lauren Tobia, a book full of babies being carried and carted around; One Hundred Bones Later by Yuval Zommer, starring Scruff, a stray dog who loves to dig, and who discovers the bones of a dinosaur; and Hide-and-Scare Bear by Ivan Bates, about a rabbit’s attempts to teach a bear a kinder way to play.
Capstone goes channel surfing with The Magically Magical Remote Control by Donald Lemke, illus. by Bob Lentz, about a remote that controls parents; A Baby’s Guide to Surviving Mom by Benjamin Bird, which instructs kids on how to survive such parental “dangers” as Tickle Monsters and Nose Snatchers; Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson, in which a rabbit’s massive store of carrots crowds him out of his burrow; Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler, in which an orphan girl turned baker discovers she has magical power that could save her kingdom; and Ballpark Eats: Recipes Inspired by America’s Baseball Stadiums by Katrina Jorgensen, a cookbook for young sports fans.
Switch Press climbs aboard with Railhead by Philip Reeve, a YA sci-fi novel set in a universe linked by portal-traveling trains; Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond, featuring DC Comics heroine Lois Lane as a contemporary high schooler; The Sapphire Cutlass by Sharon Gosling, conclusion to the trilogy begun with The Diamond Thief, about the exploits of a young jewel thief and trapeze artist; and Image and Imagination: Ideas and Inspiration for Teen Writers by Nick Healy, a collection of story starters.
Charlesbridge squashes the season with Never Insult a Killer Zucchini by Elana Azose and Brandon Amancio, illus. by David Clark, in which Killer Zucchini must survive the science fair judge who loves to eat his kind; Breaking News: Return of the Bears by David Biedrzycki, a chronicle of the bears’ frantic search for their missing baby; Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk by Jane Sutcliffe, illus. by John Shelley, featuring the many words and phrases of the Bard of Avon that have been adopted into everyday language; Dollars and Sense by Elaine Scott, illus. by David Clark, a history of money; and Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner, illus. by Gareth Hinds, the true story of Japan’s most famous samurai warrior.
Chronicle gets inked with Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee, illus. by Eliza Wheeler, featuring a father who tells his young son the story behind each of his tattoos; Cozy Classics Great Expectations by Jack and Holman Wang, a 12-word, board-book retelling of the Dickens novel; Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle, in which young Flora returns for a dance of mirrored movements with two new friends; Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Marc Boutavant, the adventures of a playful pup and his young owner; and This Is the Story of You by Beth Kephart, the YA story of a girl dealing with the aftermath of a devastating storm in a small island beach town.
Handprint lets its fingers do the walking with First TouchThinkLearn: Baby Animals and First TouchThinkLearn: Homes by Xavier Deneux, two additions to the board-book concept series featuring raised and recessed images.
Twirl gets to lick the spoon with My First Cake by Anne-Sophie Baumann, a novelty book with moveable animations; Ultimate Book of Life Around Town by Anne-Sophie Baumann, an exploration of how a city works featuring moving lift-and-pull elements; Tiny and Big Animals by Madeleine Deny, illus. by Peggy Nille, a comparison of creatures that contains die-cut animal spreads; My First Touch & Feel Book: Farm by Xavier Deneux, an interactive visit to the barnyard; and My Best Construction Site by Olivier Latyck, which allows readers to do some hands-on building with 45 magnets.
Coteau says “open sesame” with Door into Faerie: The Shards of Excalibur Book 5 by Edward Willett, the series finale, in which the magical sword is reforged in order to defeat Merlin; and Convictions by Judith Silverthorne, a tale of heroism and common purpose set aboard a women-only convict ship bound for Australia in 1842.
Disney Press rockets into spring with these licensed tie-ins: Miles from Tomorrowland: How I Saved My Summer Vacation; Sofia the First: The Lost Princess of Avalor; The Lion Guard: Meet the New Guard (Giant Lift-the-Flap Book); and Doc McStuffins: The New Doll.
Disney-Hyperion stays up late with Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli, a slapstick take on the traditional bedtime story; Rules of the House by Mac Barnett, illus. by Matt Myers, a tale of sibling rivalry replete with monsters and toothbrushes; Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Marla Frazee, the debut title in a series featuring a fourth-grade science hero; Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan, the fantasy tale of an outlaw and a princess; and Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway, about an Asian-American boy who discovers the powers of his birthright when he goes on a quest to save his father from monsters.
Hyperion gets a grip with Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano, the story of a wrongfully accused boy and the supernatural ability that could help set him free; Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl, which follows the exploits of a famous-for-being-famous L.A. family starring in their own reality show and the 16-year-old daughter who wants out; Summer of Sloane by Erin Schneider, a novel of heartbreak, friendship, self-discovery set in Hawaii; The End of FUN by Sean McGinty, about discovering what’s real in a future, augmented world; and Kingdom Keepers: The Return Book Two, Disney Divides by Ridley Pearson, in which the Kingdom Keepers travel to an exclusive Imagineering school.
DISNEY/JUMP AT THE SUN
Jump at the Sun keeps the engine running with Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Ron Husband, relating the true story of how a teacher and his eager students fight Missouri’s 1847 law against education for African-Americans.
Marvel Press swings on a star with Rocket and Groot Stranded on Planet Stripmall by Tom Angleberger, featuring characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise; S Is for Super Hero by Clarissa Wong, illus. by Mirco Piefederici, an interactive Marvel Superheroes alphabet book; and Spider-Man Storybook Collection, a second volume of new stories about the Amazing Spider-Man.
Eerdmans pulls the ripcord for Parachute by Danny Parker, illus. by Matt Ottley, about a boy afraid of heights who carries a parachute with him everywhere he goes; One Big Family by Marc Harshman, illus. by Sara Palacios, a visit with a large family during their reunion; Mom, There’s a Bear at the Door by Sabine Lipan, illus. by Manuela Olten, in which a boy tells his mother a bear is at the door and weaves a wild tale about how the bear got there; The Blue Jackal by Shobha Viswanath, illus. by Dileep Johsi, which retells an Indian folktale about a jackal who falls into a bucket of blue dye and poses as the king of the jungle; and Night Guard by Synne Lea, illus. by Stian Hole, a poetry collection that touches on such concepts as fear, friendship, and loneliness.
Flux spells it out with How Many Letters in Goodbye? by Yvonne Cassidy, featuring a young Irish woman living in New York who runs away from the family who had taken her in and starts writing letters to a mother she never knew; The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie, a fantasy about a teenage Reckoner who trains genetically engineered sea monsters to defend ships as they cross a pirate-infested sea; The Shadow’s Curse by Amy McCullough, the sequel to The Oathbreaker’s Shadow; and The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole, a YA novel in which a couple deals with the aftermath of a snowmobile accident.
Harlequin Teen launches a new series from Gena Showalter with Firstlife, in which a girl fights to be more than a pawn caught between the two realms who will kill to claim her after she dies; Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry deals with tough issues and first love as a girl who is being cyberbullied finds an unexpected ally in a tough boy from a local motorcycle club; Soldier by Julie Kagawa is a modern fantasy in which a former soldier unearths strange and deadly secrets about the dragon organization Talon; Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun, a fantasy about a princess who falls from her floating kingdom to a monster-riddled world below; City of Spies by Nina Berry, in which 1960s Hollywood starlet-turned-secret agent Pagan Jones travels to Buenos Aires to track down a Nazi war criminal; and a traumatized teen overcomes crippling shyness to find her voice in The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
HarperCollins hits the nature trail with Wing & Claw: Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park, first in a trilogy about an apothecary whose botanical inventions have unintended consequences for the creatures of the forest; The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Christian Robinson, a re-illustrated classic tale about a group of children who discover a dead bird and give it a proper send-off; Stick Cat by Tom Watson, introducing a new pet adventure from the creator of the Stick Dog books; School of the Dead by Avi, in which 12-year-old Tony transfers to the school that his late uncle once attended and begins to experience mysterious incidents, including sightings of his deceased relative; and Flashback Four #1: The Lincoln Project by Dan Gutman, kicking off an adventure series whose first outing has kids traveling through time to witness Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER + BRAY
Balzer + Bray holds court with The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine, the launch of a dark fantasy series inspired by the tale of Snow White; Silly Wonderful You by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illus. by Patrick McDonnell, a picture-book love letter from parent to child; Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Jon Klassen, a middle-grade novel told from the alternating points of view of a boy and his pet fox and set against the backdrop of war; The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price by Jen Maschari, in which a boy must rescue his sister from the almost-world beneath her bed, where their mother is still alive; and Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin, a YA debut featuring a snarky gender-fluid teenager whose anonymous blog on gender identity goes viral.
HarperFestival flits into spring with Pinkalicious and the Little Butterfly by Victoria Kann, in which Pinkalicious befriends a caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly; Pete the Cat Giant Sticker Book by James Dean; The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse by Mike Berenstain, a field trip to the Bear Country firehouse for Brother and Sister Bear; and Guinness World Records: Paws, Claws, and More, an entry in the new Guinness World Records publishing program.
Greenwillow sounds the alarm for Fire! by Donald Crews, a picture-book look at a fire, firefighters and many fire trucks; A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann, a YA novel about five American students who take part in the excavation of a palace buried underground in the French countryside, untouched since the French Revolution; The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, about a teenage girl who procures maps for her father so he can navigate their ship through time and place; This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang, featuring two neighbors who are best friends – as long as no one at their school knows about it; and Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins, a picture book about the great explorations made by a boy and his dog.
HARPERCOLLINS/I CAN READ
I Can Read adds the following titles to its leveled beginning reader line: Clark the Shark: Lost and Found by Bruce Hale, illus. by Guy Francis; Pinkalicious and the Planet Pink by Victoria Kann; Guinness World Records: Wacky Wheels by Cari Meister; and Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat by James Dean.
HarperTeen unsheathes Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, the sequel to romantic action-fantasy Red Queen; Outliers by Kimberly McCreight, in which a teenager who sets out to find her missing friend is embroiled in a life-threatening situation; Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh, a debut fantasy novel for teens; The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer, about a boy who suspects that the mysterious fire that killed his adoptive parents was set by their biological daughter; and Flamcaster: A Shattered Realms Novel by Cinda Williams Chima, the launch title of a series set in the Seven Realms world, 25 years later.
Katherine Tegen Books grabs a broom for Grimelda, the Very Messy Witch by Diana Murray, illus. by Heather Ross, starring a not-so-tidy chef of pickle root pie; I Love Cake! by Tammi Sauer, illus. by Angie Rozelaar, in which Rabbit and Porcupine learn that Moose can’t resist birthday cake; The Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle, the inaugural volume in a tween trilogy about three sisters who take part in a fabled wishing tradition; Unrivaled by Alyson Noël, kicking off a suspense series set against the backdrop of Hollywood nightlife and following three teens in a high-stakes competition; and Night Speed by Chris Howard, the story of a teen girl who uses an experimental drug that gives her superhuman strength and speed to apprehend criminals in New York City.
Walden Pond Press blasts off with Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson, the initial volume of a sci-fi trilogy about humans leaving our current solar system to find a new home; Crisis: Zero by Chris Rylander, the continued exploits of tween secret agent Carson Fender; The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele, in which a young inventor and his sister flee their service at their cruel aunt’s coffin-making business in search of a better life; Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson, featuring three students who join forces to do something nice for their sixth-grade teacher as she begins cancer treatment; and Platypus Police Squad: Never Say Narwhal by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, the next case for the duck-billed detectives.
Boyds Mills Press notes the emergency exits with Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine by Heather Lang, illus. by Raúl Colón, the story of aviator Ruth Law’s 1916 record-breaking flight from Chicago to New York state; Time for (Earth) School, Dewey Dew by Leslie Staub, illus. by Jeff Mack, highlighting a nervous young alien’s first day of school on Planet Earth; The Knowing Book by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illus. by Matthew Cordell, about a rabbit’s travels through the wide world; The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre, illus. by Kelly Murphy, an exploration of everything slow; and 23 Minutes by Vivian Vande Velde, in which a teen uses her ability to travel back in time 23 minutes to right the bank robbery gone awry she has witnessed.
Calkins Creek exposes Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth by Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Gerard DuBois, a look at this photographer’s childhood and how she coped with a disability; Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America by Gail Jarrow, the final volume in the author’s investigative medical mystery trilogy; Empty Places by Kathy Cannon Wiechman, in which a girl in 1930s Kentucky struggles to keep her family together and learn more about her mother’s disappearance; and Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale by J. Albert Mann which finds a young patriot and a young Mohawk warrior lying side by side, wounded and dying.
WordSong savors the season with Fresh Delicious: Poems from the Farmers’ Market by Irene Latham, illus. by Mique Moriuchi, a collection of 21 poems and six recipes celebrating fruits and vegetables.
Holiday House ties up its toe shoes with Ballerina Gets Ready by Allegra Kent, illus. by Catherine Stock, an inside look at a principal dancer preparing for a performance; Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez, in which a child’s cherished toy goes missing; Just a Lucky So-and-So: The Story of Louis Armstrong by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome, shining the spotlight on the great musician; Our Teacher Is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories by Mary Amato, featuring a notebook passed from student to student filled with rumors, confessions, and creative writing; and Snowize & Snitch: Highly Effective Defective Detectives by Karen Briner, introducing oddball sleuths.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
HMH weaves a web of spring books with Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet, the first fully illustrated biography of author E.B. White; The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander, a debut novel in which a Scottish teen deals with her family’s feelings of love and guilt several years after her twin brother’s drowning death; The Book of Daniel by Jacqueline Davies, blending adventure on the high seas and a ship of ghosts with a boy’s search for a family; and Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor, about a girl who time-travels to 12th-century England to rescue her mother and becomes entangled in a secret society of others like her.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT/CLARION
Clarion speaks up for Yak’s Yak by Linda Sue Park, illus. by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, a humorous collection of homographs; Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman, which focuses on a girl’s efforts to reverse the evil spell that turned magicians into trees; Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan, a near-future tale of magic, romance and revolution inspired by A Tale of Two Cities; It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas, about growing up Iranian in Southern California in the 1970s; and Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch, in which a virus wipes out the memories of an entire town, save for one 17-year-old boy.
Kane waves the flag for Let’s Celebrate Memorial Day and Let’s Celebrate Independence Day, two Holidays & Heroes titles by Barbara Derubertis; Spork Out of Orbit by Nan Walker, illus. by Jessica Warrick, the adventures of an alien who lands on the school playground near Trixie’s second-grade class; and Greeting, Sharkling and one yet-to-be-titled book by Lori Haskins Houran, illus. by Jessica Warrick, two additional stories about Spork the alien and his experiences on field trips to Earth.
Kane Miller goes foraging with I’m a Hungry Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, illus. by Ann James, which follows a dino in search of a tasty treat; Bears Don’t Read! by Emma Chichester Clark, featuring a bear who finds a book lying under a tree and discovers the joys of reading; Animally by Lynn Parrish Sutton, illus. by Hazel Mitchell, an animal-centric exploration of adverbs; Being Jack by Susanne Gervay, illus. by Cathy Wilcox, about Jack’s mission to help his friend who is being bullied; and Too Many Tomatoes! by Eric Ode, illus. by Kent Culotta, a rhyming celebration of a bountiful harvest.
Karadi Tales opens wide for The Dragon’s Toothache by Annie Besant, illus. by Rayika Sen, about a motley crew coming to the rescue of a beleaguered dragon.
Kids Can checks the Doppler radar for The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi, about the weather that ruins a boy’s plans for a day at the beach, but offers him another type of adventure; Fluffy Strikes Back by Ashley Spires, featuring Fluffy Vandermere, leader of Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel; That’s Not Fair! Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedoms by Danielle McLaughlin, illus. by Dharmali Patel, an introduction to civil liberties; The Not-So-Far-Away Adventure by Andrew Larsen, illus. by Irene Luxbacher, featuring a girl's special outing with her grandfather, to celebrate the elder’s birthday; and The Animals’ Ark by Marianne Dubuc, a twist on the familiar Bible story, chronicling the animals’ experiences.
Lerner stands out with The Bolds by Julian Clary, illus. by David Roberts, featuring a family of hyenas who assume the identities of the suburban English Bolds who have disappeared on safari; The Alleyway by Terry Farish, illus. by Oliver Dominguez, about the bond created between two brothers from a Dominican neighborhood by the expanding wall mural there; Don’t Call Me Grandma by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon, the tale of a prickly, independent woman and her great-granddaughter; The Maypop Kidnapping by C.M. Surrisi, in which Quinnie and her glamorous new neighbor investigate the mystery of Quinnie’s teacher who seems to have disappeared; and The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi, focused on a boy’s crusade to rescue his sister’s trike from the (talking!) skunks who stole it.
Carolrhoda Lab leaves a mark with Scar Girl by Len Vlahos, which catches up with the successful band members from Vlaho’s The Scar Boys; Indigo in D-Town by Kara Storti, featuring the almost magical drug that may be the end of dealer and addict Finn; Timber Creek Station by Ali Lewis, the story of a grieving family, set on a cattle station in the Australian outback; and Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature by Sashi Kaufman, about a hearing-impaired boy who rethinks who he is when he is suddenly ignored by his super-popular friend senior year.
Darby Creek searches for clues with The Hunt for the Missing Spy by Penny Warner, an outing for the sleuthing Code Busters Club; The Black Dragon by Julian Sedgwick, illus. by Patricia Moffett, the launch of the Mysterium adventure-mystery series; Shy Guy & Shy Girl by Amber J. Keyser and Kiersi Burkhart, the inaugural Quartz Creek Ranch title, starring a horse afraid of people and a girl afraid of horses; Dive into Danger by Kelly Milner Halls, illus. by Phil Parks, a new Animal Rescue volume featuring humpback whales; and Duty or Desire by Patrick Jones and Marshunna Clark, one of four titles kicking off the Unbarred series of Shakespeare adaptations reimagined with contemporary urban language, characters, and settings.
Millbrook forecasts spring with A Party for Clouds: Thunderstorms, Raindrops on a Roller Coaster: Hail, The Sky Stirs Up Trouble: Tornadoes, and A Snowstorm Shows Off: Blizzards, four entries in the Bel the Weather Girl series by Belinda Jensen, illus. by Renee Kurilla which spotlights a budding meteorologist; and I Saw an Invisible Lion Today: Quatrains by Brian P. Cleary, four-line poems.
Graphic Universe blinks for Believe Your Eyes by Cori Doerrfeld, illus. by Cori Doerrfeld and Tyler Page, kicking off the Cici: A Fairy’s Tale series about a girl who awakes with fairy wings and the ability to see people’s true selves; and On the Sapphire’s Trail by Katherine Ferrier and Floran Ferrier, illus. by Katherine Ferrier, trans. by Carol Klio Burrell, a new mystery in the Hotel Strange series.
Hungry Tomato puts the pedal to the metal with Megafast Cars, Megafast Motorcycles, and Megafast Planes, joining the Megafast series by John Farndon, illus. by Mat Edwards; Stickmen’s Guide to Aircraft by Chris Oxlade, illus. by Jerry Pyke, new to Stickmen’s Guides to How Everything Works; and Fierce Fighters by Catherine Chambers, illus. by Maryin Bustamante, an addition to the Warrior! series which looks at warfaring figures and methods.
Little Bee hops into spring with The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits by Douglas Florian, illus. by Sonia Sanchez, a picture book romp showing a day in the life of a rabbit; Bethanie Murguia’s Cockatoo, Too, a tongue-twisting picture book; Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, a nonfiction picture book about a little-known piece of American history set in New Orleans; Look! Birds! and Look! Flowers! by Stephanie Calmenson, illus. by Puy Pinillos, board books that introduce varied species of flowers and birds through rhyme; and Blast Back! Ancient Greece and Blast Back! Ancient Egypt by Nancy Ohlin, illus. by Adam Larkin, early nonfiction chapter books.
Little, Brown bundles up for Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, in which a teenage black market smuggler searches for a Jewish teenager who has mysteriously vanished from her hiding space in 1943 Amsterdam; Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat takes readers on a road trip in Are We There Yet?; Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes, focuses on a 10-year-old girl and her classmates who come to realize how the events of September 11, 2001 still color their community; Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illus. by Yuyi Morales, featuring a boy who longs to have a “normal” name that’s all his own; and Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick, about an unassuming teen who has the rebel awakened in her by a cult-classic book she receives from a teacher.
Poppy rolls out the welcome mat for The New Guy by Amy Spalding, introducing a neurotic over-achiever and the cute new guy who gets in the way of her plans; The Memory Book by Lara Avery, a romance that unfolds through a series of journal entries, text messages and other mementos and features a teen girl diagnosed with a rare disease that causes memory loss; and The Way Back Home by Alecia Whitaker, concluding the Wildflower trilogy that follows rising country music star Bird Barrett.
MACMILLAN/FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
FSG cracks up with Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching by Laura Gehl, illus. by Joyce Wan, the kickoff of a toddler series in which a reluctant chick named Egg overcomes her fears; A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young, about a girl’s wish for a beautiful unicorn for a pet; Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key, a hurricane survival story set in the swamps of Alabama; Before We Go Extinct by Karen Rivers, which focuses on one teen’s struggle to grieve after witnessing his best friend’s suicide; and Strange Beauty by Joanne Oppenheim, an exploration of makeup customs throughout history and around the globe.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Feiwel and Friends harnesses its brain power for Genius: The Game by Leopold Gout, first in a new series about three teen geniuses competing in a high-stakes contest; Truckeroo by David Kirk, in which monsters get their monster trucks ready for the first day of school; I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin’ Work by Doyin Richards, a photographic celebration of fatherhood by blogger Richards; From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess: Royal Disaster by Meg Cabot, which finds Olivia trying to save her half-sister Mia’s Royal Genovian wedding; and The Secret Sea by Barry Lyga, about three friends swept into a world of quantum physics, and a rare disease that affects only identical twins.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS/SWOON
Swoon Reads lays down the law with No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista, about two teens who strike a deal for a no-strings-attached summer relationship; These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas, an adventure-filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London; Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Ansley, a nod to Jane Austen, in which a lady falls for a British spy; All the Feels by Danika Stone, featuring an uber-fangirl’s campaign to bring her favorite character back to life; and The Way to Game the Walk of Shame, which finds a valedictorian trying to save her shiny reputation by taming her bad-boy surfer hook-up.
Margaret Ferguson Books charts a course with Compass South: Four Points Book One by Hope Larson, illus. by Rebecca Bond, a graphic novel adventure featuring twins traveling to San Francisco in the 1860s with pirates on their trail, unaware that they hold the key to lost treasure; Cody Harmon, King of Pets by Claudia Mills, illus. by Rob Shepperson, featuring the Franklin School Friends’ class pet show; and The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, a debut novel about two transgender teens who find support via their friendship.
Henry Holt packs its throwing star for Ninja! Attack of the Clan by Arree Chung, the sequel to Ninja! in which Maxwell seeks someone to play with; A Week Without Tuesday by Angelica Banks, illus. by Stevie Lewis, the sequel to Finding Serendipity, which follows Tuesday on a mission with her dog; The Boy at the Top of the World by John Boyne, a WWII story about innocence in the face of evil set at the Berghof, Adolf Hitler’s home; The Reign of Evermore by Mary Pearson, the conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles fantasy series; and The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers, a fantasy adventure.
Christy Ottaviano Books puts things in order with It’s Not Easy Being Number Three by Drew Dernavich, in which the Number Three wants a new job; Lost and Found by Obert Skye, illus. by Keith Thompson, second in the Witherwood fantasy series; Book Scavenger, Book 2 by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, following Emily and James on a trail that leads to clues about a string of arsons; My Miserable Life by Francesca Lia Block, illus. by Edward Hemingway, featuring the fictional diary of 10-year-old Ben who thinks his life is mostly miserable; and A Fairy Friend by Sue Fliess, illus. by Claire Keane, a trip to the magical world of fairies.
Priddy Books greets these novelty concept books by Roger Priddy: Best Friends: We Are Better Together; Playtown: Emergency; and My First Alphabet Touch and Feel.
Roaring Brook Press walks the red carpet for Pete Milano’s Guide to Being a Movie Star by Tommy Greenwald, in which Charlie Joe Jackson’s trouble-making buddy Pete lands a film role; There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith, the story of one boy’s journey through the jungle before returning home to his tribe of friends; Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki, featuring a teen outcast on a journey of self-exploration; The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh M. O’Brien, second in the Vault of Dreams trilogy which finds Rosie trapped in another girl’s body; and Where’s the Party? by Ruth Chan, about a cat’s plans for a fun bash.
Neal Porter Books watches its spring list grow with When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Julie Morstad, a poetry picture book showcasing seasonal changes; Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead, a tale exploring where ideas come from and how powerful they can be; School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illus. by Christian Robinson, the first day of school, from the school’s perspective; Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis, an otherworldly book about friendship; and The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage, starring a confused cement mixer.
Merit paces the widow’s walk for Local Girl Swept Away by Ellen Wittlinger, about a group of teenage friends in Provincetown, Mass. who cope with grief and confusion after another teen is carried out to sea during a storm; and Breakfast with Neruda by Laura Moe, in which Michael meets a friend while completing his community service hours and gains an ally as he seeks the identity of his father.
Mighty Media takes its lumps with The Ugly Dumpling by Stephanie Campisi, illus. by Shahar Kober, featuring the relationship between a dumpling and a love-stricken cockroach, and Stingray City by Ellen Prager, third in the Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians action-fantasy series.
Month9Books puts out an A.P.B. for The Missing by Jericho Lenk, a paranormal thriller set in 1890s London that follow’s Willow’s search for her supernatural gifts and her missing mother; Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis, which kicks off a fantasy series tinged with dark magic; Emerge by Tobi Easton, in which a community of merfolk live on land to escape the violence of their sea world; There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane, about a girl’s desire to know life outside of Dome 1618 where her family has lived for four generations; and The Paladins: The Artisans Book 2 by Julie Reece, the continuation of this YA Southern gothic tale of ancient curses and magic.
National Geographic stands tall with Brave Like Me by Barbara Kerley, featuring kids of military families who show courage while waiting for their parents to return home from duty; Paws of Courage: True Tales of Heroic Dogs That Protect and Serve by Nancy Furstinger, about the canine companions who serve with human soldiers in the line of fire; National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA Centennial Edition, a fact-filled guidebook to exploring the nation’s parks; Awesome 8, a collection of best-of lists of cool and crazy things; and Follow Me by Shira Evans, launching the You Read, I Read line of beginning readers, which includes side-by-side read-aloud text for adults and children.
NorthSouth Books grabs its board shorts for Surf’s Up! by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Daniel Miyares, about two frogs with very different ideas about how to spend a day at the beach, and Gordon and Tapir by Sebastian Meschenmoser, featuring odd-couple housemates: a particular penguin and an messy tapir.
Orca flies the rainbow flag with Pride Day: Celebrating Community by Robin Stevenson, an in-depth look at this day and what it means to the LGBT communities and their supporters; Spare Dog Parts by Alison Hughes, illus. by Ashley Spires, in which a girl imagines how her perfect dog was constructed from leftover parts; My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illus. by Julie Flett, a board book celebrating the small joys in life; Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, Book 2) by Helaine Becker, about Darren and his associates’ mission to outsmart a gang of teen thugs; and Spirit Level by Sarah N. Harvey, the fictional experiences of a donor-conceived child who is connecting with her half-siblings.
OwlKids wags its tail with A Dog Day for Susan by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Monica Arnaldo, in which a boy and his pet show Great-Aunt Alice’s stuffy pooch how to be a real dog; Skunk on a String by Thao Lam, a wordless picture book following the misadventures of a skunk attached to the string of a balloon; Blanche Hates the Night by Sibylle Delacroix, about a girl who refuses to go to sleep; Orangutan Orphanage by Suzi Eszterhas, featuring rescued baby orangutans in Borneo; and You Are One by Sara O’Leary, illus. by Karen Klassen, a chronicle of the milestones in baby’s first year.
Cartoon Network Books welcomes spring with these tie-ins to TV programs: Steven Universe: Live from Beach City, illus. by Ian McGinty; Regular Show: Fakespeare in the Park by Gabe Soria; The Amazing World of Gumball: Once Upon a Time in Elmore: The Story Behind the Watterson House by Charlie Hart, illus. by Shane L. Johnson; Uncle Grandpa’s Cheesy Joke Book by Wrigley Stuart; and Adventure Time: Gunter’s Glorious Prank Journal by Kirsten Mayer, illus. by Zachary Sterling.
Kathy Dawson Books takes a shine to The Palace of Glass, the third volume in the Forbidden Library by Django Wexler, following Alice’s continued travels into the worlds – and battles – that exist in certain books; and Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse, five time-spanning, interconnected novellas.
Dial is purr-fectly poised for spring with Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, illus. by Claudia Rueda, in which unsentimental Cat tries to be charitable on Valentine’s Day; Wink. Poppy. Midnight. by April Genevieve Tucholke, featuring three teenagers swept up in a mystery; I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer, illus. by Chris Eliopolous, new to the Ordinary People Change the World series; The Magical Fantastical Fridge by Harlan Coben, illus. by Leah Tinari, a comic-book-inspired fantasy adventure; and The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald, about kitchen girl Martha’s theory that the eccentric lady of the house where she works in 1920s New York is sending her secret messages through the paintings she displays on the gallery wall.
Dutton gets a clean bill of health with All Better Now by Emily Wing Smith, a memoir about a car accident that saved the author by leading to the discovery of a lifelong brain tumor; Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnson, featuring a high school cheerleader who does not let a brutal act of violence turn into a cautionary tale for her small town; Summerlost by Ally Condie, in which a girl copes with the sudden tragic deaths of her father and brother by working for the renowned Summerlost Shakespearean theater company; Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, the story of 12-year-old Annabelle’s defense of a wrongly accused war veteran in WWII-era Pennsylvania; and Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, about Alice’s efforts to prove her magical abilities and search for her father in the dangerous land of Furthermore.
PENGUIN/GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap’s got game with Blacktop #1: Justin by LJ Alonge, first in a series following five inner-city basketall players on and off the court; Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Shadow of the Dark Crystal by J.M. Lee, illus. by Brian Froud, launching a YA series of novels set in the world of Henson’s movie; The Fantastic Frame #1: Danger! Tiger Crossing by Lin Oliver, illus. by Samantha Kallis, the debut title in a series about a magical golden frame that allows Tiger and his neighbor Luna to enter the world’s greatest paintings; What Were the Twin Towers? by Jim O’Connor, an overview of the construction and tragic destruction on September 11, 2001 of New York City’s landmark World Trade Center; and The Night Before the New Pet by Natasha Wing, illus. by Amy Wummer, a story in verse about a family’s preparations for the arrival of a new pet.
Nancy Paulsen Books stakes a claim with Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg, about a family settling in the Alaskan wilderness at the New Deal colony established by President Roosevelt during the Great Depression; Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer, in which Daniel discovers that poetry can be found all around us; From Wolf to Woof by Hudson Talbott, a story of a prehistoric boy and his wolf pup which suggests such a relationship sparked wolves’ eventual development into domesticated dogs; Baby Elephant, Born Today by Varsha Bajaj, illus. by Eliza Wheeler, in which an elephant family celebrates the arrival of a new baby; and With Any Luck I’ll Drive a Truck by David Friend, illus. by Michael Rex, featuring a boy who imagines all the different vehicles he wants to drive when he gets older.
Philomel sets sail with Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, featuring the little-known disaster that saw lives imperiled by the sinking of German passenger ship Wilhelm Gustloff by a Russian submarine in the Baltic Sea in 1945; A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff, in which six children are sent to a summer camp where they find their Talents and other magical surprises; Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers, first in the Raven Files spy series starring a young double agent for the U.S.; Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas by Jonathan Stokes, launching a middle-grade adventure series; and The Skeleth: Book 2 of the Nethergrim Series by Matt Jobin, the story of a young wizard and his friends who battle an ancient evil.
PENGUIN/PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan boldly goes where no one has gone before with Star Trek: What Would Captain Kirk Do? by Brandon T. Snider, which speculates on how Captain Kirk would respond to a variety of real-world situations; and four new Mad Libs puzzle books: Foo Fighters Mad Libs, NFL Players Association Mad Libs, Monster High Mad Libs, and Give My Regards to Mad Libs.
Puffin takes field notes for Plants and Weather, two new titles in the Challenge Yourself trivia series by Jeff Probst.
Putnam turns the page with The Reader by Traci Chee, a debut novel set in a world where reading is forbidden; The Water Princess by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, inspired by supermodel Badiel’s childhood, the tale of a girl’s dreams to bring clean drinking water to her African village; The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, a companion to The Wrath and the Dawn inspired by the Arabian Nights; and Rebel Belle Three by Rachel Hawkins, which concludes the Rebel Belle series.
Razorbill sees its reflection with Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana, about how the discovery of a mirror planet to Earth affects the life of one Indian-American teenage girl in Connecticut; The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry, in which two teenagers fall in love despite a cosmic split that keeps them in different versions of their small Kentucky town; Dragons vs. Drones by Wesley King, following a young computer genius who is chased by fighter drones into a land populated by giant dragons; Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw, the story of a teenage girl in New Jersey who starts writing fan fiction about the kids in her high school when her favorite TV show is canceled; and The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores by Danielle Vega, the sequel to The Merciless, focusing on the lurking terror at Sofia’s religious boarding school.
Viking digs spring with Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney, about a small truck who finds a way to help his bigger colleagues at the site; The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, in which the lives of two unusual girls, a mystic, and a matchmaker dangerously collide in medieval France; Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, featuring a sharpshooting girl who flees her hometown for a desert land touched by djinni magic; Half Lost by Sally Green, the conclusion of the Half Bad trilogy about warring Black and White Witches; and Me and Miranda Mullaly by Jacob Gerhardt, in which three eighth-grade boys develop a first crush on the same girl.
PENGUIN/PENGUIN YOUNG READER
Penguin Young Reader greets the season with the following titles added to its leveled reader line: The Star-Spangled Banner by Nancy Lambert; Tiny Saves the Day by Cari Meister, illus. by Rich Davis; Get a Hit, Mo! by David A. Adler, illus. by Sam Ricks; Hedge-Hedgey-Hedgehogs by Bonnie Bader; and Strawberry Shortcake: The Butterfly Parade by Mickie Matheis, illus. by Laura Thomas.
Frederick Warne gets ready for a read-aloud with Spot Loves Bedtime by Eric Hill, in which the pup must find his favorite teddy bear before going to sleep; Peter Rabbit’s Life Lessons by Beatrix Potter, an inspirational guide featuring wisdom from The Tale of Peter Rabbit; and P Is for Peter by Beatrix Potter, an introduction to the alphabet.
Peter Pauper brightens up with Ursa’s Light, by Deborah Marcero, in which a young bear decides she wants to learn to fly; and Phil Pickle by Kenny Herzog, illustrated by Kelly Canby, in which a pickle wants to escape the fate of most pickles (ending up on a plate next to a burger and fries) to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.
Walter Foster Jr. Books fires up the oven for Cook Me a Story by Bryan Kozlowski, a cookbook containing 17 recipes inspired by fairytales; Playmobil Sherlock by Richard Unglick, a book-and-toy version of The Hound of the Baskervilles; Fun with Stitchables, featuring cross-stitch sewing cards; My Sunflower, paper engineered by Martin Taylor, illus. by Mar Ferrero, the seed-to-flower journey with pop-ups; and 101 Things to Do While You Poo, crafts by Amanda Formaro, brainteasers by Gareth Moore, an activity book for the bathroom.
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books roughs it for Outside by Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Ines Teixeira do Rosario, illus. by Bernardo Carvahlo, an illustrated guide to the natural world; The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story by Robert Frank Hunter, launching a series of classic stories set in the modern day; and two new volumes in the picture-book biography series Little People, Big Dreams, including Coco Chanel by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Ana Alberto and Frida Kahlo by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Gee Fan Eng.
QEB Publishing pulls on its wellies for A Journey Through Nature by Steve Parker, illus. by John Haslam, exploring varied habitats of the planet; 50 Things You Should Know About the Wild Weather by Anna Claybourne, a look at the causes of all kinds of weather conditions; and the six-book launch of Wee Gallery, a line of novelty concept/activity books for very young readers.
QUARTO/WIDE EYED EDITIONS
Wide Eyed Editions sharpens its pencils for 3,2,1, Draw! by Serge Bloch, collecting more than 50 drawing activities; Nature’s Day by Kay McGuire, illus. by Danielle Kroll, spotlighting the changing seasons of the year at different natural venues; Curiositree: Nature by Chapter Two, illus. by Owen Davey, a look at how plants and animals have adapted to survive; and The Learning Garden: Colors and The Learning Garden: Animal Parade, the inaugural entries in a new series of novelty concept books by Aino-Maija Metsola.
Random House takes a nibble out of spring with Commander in Cheese by Lindsay Leavitt, illus. by AG Ford, following a family of mice who live at the White House; Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden, kicking off a fantasy trilogy in which every shadow is a door to a world of monsters; Kids! Kids! Kids! by Suzanne Lang, illus. by Max Lang, featuring various young animals; Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres, illus. by Christian Slade, a peek at the bedtime rituals of trains; and If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses #1) by Susan Maupin Schmid, illus. by Lissy Marlin, the opener to a lighthearted fantasy series showcasing a closet full of magical dresses.
Crown slithers into spring with The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, featuring the outcast teenage son of a Pentecostal preacher in rural Tennessee; Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo, first in a series about the adventures of a 12-year-old boy with an otherworldly gift; Mad Scientist Academy: The Weather Disaster by Matthew McElligott, introducing Dr. Cosmic’s Climate Machine; You Decide, Ben Franklin! by Leila and Tom Hirschfeld, illus. by Lisa Weber, a biography in the vein of Choose Your Own Adventure exploring the life of Benjamin Franklin; and Your Presidential Dream Team: Draft a Super Squad of Presidents to Defend the Planet by Daniel O’Brien, illus. by Winston Rowntree, in which readers use fact-based profiles of presidents to assemble a team to defend the country against such scenarios as a robot or zombie apocalypse.
Delacorte stays up late with Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh, about four teens in a high-stakes scavenger hunt against a ruthless billionaire; Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, in which an anonymous emailer offers to help Jessie navigate her new private high school as he adjusts to a new life and stepfamily in a new city; Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff, a love story with a sinister edge; Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart, a middle-grade novel focused on a transgendered girl and a boy who is dealing with bipoloar disorder; and And I Darken by Kiersten White, which launches a fantasy trilogy set in the Ottoman Empire.
Doubleday goes to the head of the class with Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke, illus. by Priscilla Burris, in which a boy imagines where his dad must have learned all his amazing dad skills; Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup, a die-cut book that explores the seasonal life of a tree; The Almost Terrible Playdate by Richard Torrey, about two children who each have strong ideas about what to play when they get together; Pretty Minnie in Hollywood by Danielle Steel, illus. by Kristi Valiant, the adventures of a teacup-sized Chihuahua; and Freckleface Strawberry and the Really Big Voice by Julianne Moore, illus. by LeUyen Pham, featuring Freckleface’s booming-voiced friend, Windy Pants Patrick.
Alfred A. Knopf readies the gallows for How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, a novel by a real-life descendant of Cotton Mather about a fictional Mather descendant who moves to modern-day Salem, Mass. and faces off with a clique of mean girls whose ancestors were witches; Grover Cleveland, Again! A Treasury of American Presidents by Ken Burns, illus. by Gerald Kelley, the documentarian’s first children’s book, offering profiles of the presidents; The Tree in the Courtyard by Jeff Gottesfeld, illus. by Peter McCarty, the story of Anne Frank, as told by the chestnut tree that once stood outside the secret annex where she was hidden during WWII; Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan, the launch title of a fantasy trilogy starring a girl who can be invisible; and Missing Arabella by Kathryn Siebel, about a girl who seeks to find and make amends with her twin sister after the two were torn apart by a big mistake.
Wendy Lamb Books takes a whiff with The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, a first book about four very different lives becoming entangled in 1970 Alaska; Defender by Graham McNamee, featuring a female high-school basketball star who tries to solve a decades-old murder; The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan, a debut novel-in-verse about a pivotal school year; Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford, in which 15-year-old Gloria disappears with a mysterious new boy from school and returns two weeks later; and Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt, the coming-of-age story of a talented liar who deceives the other teens in a recovery group.
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade Books rules the roost with My Dog’s a Chicken by Susan McElroy Montanari, illus. by Anne Wilsdorf, in which Lulu Mae wants a puppy but has to make do with a chicken; Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Charlotte Voake, a picture book inspired by an incident from Beatrix Potter’s childhood; Douglas, You Need Glasses by Ged Adamson, about a dog in denial about his bad eyesight; Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinoceros who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone…While She Ate Her Way Up and Down and Continent by Emily Arnold McCully, based on the true story of a famous rhino who toured Europe in the mid-18th century; and Sophie Isn’t Lonely by Pat Zietlow Miller, illus. by Anne Wilsdorf, a sequel to Sophie’s Squash, in which Sophie has trouble making non-squash friends.
RUNNING PRESS KIDS
Running Press Kids seeks order in the royal court with Seven Princesses by Smiljana Coh, the picture book tale of seven spatting sisters; Breaker by Kat Ellis, in which two teens must overcome their interconnected pasts to prevent a murderous spree at their elite private school; and Doreen by Ilana Manaster, a contemporary take on The Picture of Dorian Gray, set in a New England boarding school.
Blue Sky Press dons night vision goggles for The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick, about a small town struggling to survive a complete blackout with no end in sight; and How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, extolling the best practices for keeping friendships strong.
Branches grows with these new leveled early readers: Stella and the Night Sprites #1: Knit-Knotters by Sam Hay, illus. by Turine Tran; Olive & Beatrix #2: The Super-Smelly Moldy Blob by Amy Marie Stadelmann; Haggis and Tank Unleashed #2: Digging for Dinos by Jessica Young, illus. by James Burks; Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe #4: Jack and the Snackstalk by Noah Z. Jones; and Owl Diaries #3: A Woodland Wedding by Rebecca Elliott.
Cartwheel Books cheers for You Can Do It, Stinky Face! by Lisa McCourt, illus. by Cyd Moore, a board book story about transitions and building confidence; I Love My Bunny by Caroline Jayne Church, the latest interactive novelty book starring Anna and her bunny; Carry and Learn Opposites, illus. by Sarah Ward, new to the series of interactive concept books; and Can You See What I See? Big Book of Search-and-Find Fun by Walter Wick, more challenges for eagle-eye readers.
Chicken House takes aim with Longbow Girl by Linda Davies, about a modern-day archer who travels through time to set things right for her ancestors during King Henry VIII’s reign; Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard, first in a trilogy in which super intelligent beetles help a boy solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance from a locked room; Lucky by Chris Hill, in which a red squirrel must adjust to a new grey squirrel foster family and prevent a plot that threatens their home; and Winter’s Bullet by William Osborne, the story of a girl who holds a secret that could sabotage Hitler’s ultimate weapon and prevent his escape from Germany.
David Fickling Books roars into spring with Lionheart by Richard Collingridge, featuring a boy who learns to face his fears with the help of a stuffed lion come to life; Unbecoming by Jenny Downham, a novel spanning three generations of women and addressing dementia, single motherhood, and teenage angst; My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter, the account of a freeborn black boy sold into slavery during the Civil War; and Bunny vs. Monkey by Jamie Smart, in which a mean, bossy monkey sent to space crash-lands in a peaceful forest where he clashes with other animals.
Graphix glows with Amulet #7: Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi, in which the voice of Emily’s amulet threatens to overtake her completely; Nnewts #2: The Rise of Herk by Doug TenNapel, about Herk’s efforts to recruit the Megasloth to defend agains the evil Lizzarks; and BSC Graphix #4: Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin, adapted by Raina Telgemeier, the story of sisters who set aside their differences when their family faces tragedy.
Klutz makes it work with My Fashion Designer Portfolio, featuring pre-made cutouts inspired by fashion design; Marker Everything, project ideas packaged with permanent markers; Smash Bot Battle, showcasing papercraft robots on a motorized pull-back motor; Shimmer Art, containing custom designs that use sequins, pins and canvases; and Sew Mini Treats, which allows users to stitch tiny food with faces.
Arthur A. Levine Books is banking on Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire by Sundee T. Frazier, an entrepreneurial flavored mystery-adventure; The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork, a novel about continuing to live life when it doesn’t seem worth it; To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson, the sequel to The Great Greene Heist; A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty, the final volume in the Colors of Madeleine fantasy series featuring parallel lives in different times; and Hector and Hummingbird by Nicholas John Frith, spotlighting the friendship between a chatty bird and a bear who wants peace and quiet.
SCHOLASTIC LICENSED PUBLISHING
Licensed Publishing takes on spring with the following tie-ins: DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1 “Study Hall of Justice” by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen; Little Charmers: Meet the Little Charmers and Little Charmers: The Double Trouble Spell by Jenne Simon; Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt; and LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales (Reader #1) by Michael Price.
Scholastic Nonfiction dons its cape for Batman: The Real Story by Matthew Manning, illus. by Steven E. Gordon and Patrick Spaziante, a biography of Gotham City’s protector; Way to Glow!: Amazing Creatures That Light Up in the Dark by Lisa Regan, exploring the underwater world of bioluminescent animals; What If You Had Animal Ears? by Sandra Markle, illus. by Howard McWilliam, presenting information on animals’ hearing; Women Who Changed the World by Laurie Calkhoven, illus. by Patricia Castelao, profiles of 50 inspirational American women; and Supa Monsta Friends: Let’s Go (Book 1), a doodling activity book.
Orchard Books launches its list with Bedtime Blastoff! by Luke Reynolds, illus. by Mike Yamada, an imagination-driven bedtime tale; The White House: A Pop-Up of Our Nation’s Home by Robert Sabuda, a paper-engineered guide to the office of the executive branch and the president’s residence; Two Friends by Dean Robbins, illus. by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, in which Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass chat about their efforts to win rights for women and African-Americans; Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, illus. by Dylan Metrano, introducing 20 different types of birds; and All Year Round by Susan B. Katz, illus. by Eiko Ojala, in which two friends appreciate beauty and find enjoyment in the changes of season.
Scholastic Paperbacks checks its pulse with Dr. KittyCat #1: Posy the Puppy by Jane Clarke, launching a series about Dr. KittyCat caring for her animal friends; Cake Pop Crush by Suzanne Nelson, in which Alicia is in a bakeoff with the cute new boy at school; Sit, Stay, Love by J.J. Howard, about a girl who loses out on her dream puppy when the most popular boy at school adopts him first; Geronimo Stilton Micekings #1: Attack of the Dragons, kicking off a fantasy series about the adventures of brawny, brave mice; and Rainbow Magic: The Fairy Tale Fairies #1 by Daisy Meadows, first in a seven-volume series featuring fairies helping fairy tale characters.
Point plays groupie with Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky, a debut novel in which a group of girls accidentally kidnap their least favorite member of their favorite band; The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice, featuring a girl with locked-in syndrome, who appears in a coma-like state but is aware of all around her, and her guilt-stricken sister; and The Possibility of Now by Kim Culbertson, the story of a perfectionist dealing with her world falling apart.
Scholastic Press is en pointe with Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock, about an aspiring ballerina and a professional dancer who meet backstage at a performance; The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd, in which 11-year-old Emma must outwit greedy developers to find a hidden treasure in her haunted house; Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart, featuring a boy’s journey to reclaim his lost horse in the Pacific Northwest in 1890; Super Happy Magic Forest by Matty Long, the exploits of five unlikely heroes, including a mushroom, trying to save their land from evil; and It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick, the story of two former friends forced together for one out-of-control weekend in New York City.
Scholastic Readers expands with these new leveled-reader titles: Hot Rod Hamster Meets His Match! by Cynthia Lord, illus. by Derek Anderson; Moo Bird by David Milgrim, Fly Guy Presents: Snakes by Tedd Arnold; and Scholastic Reader Level 2: Icky Sticky Readers: Super Sharks by Laaren Brown.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S plants No, No, Gnome! by Ashlyn Anstee, a picture book about a gnome whose eagerness to help in the garden causes trouble; The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, a tale of friendship, self-discovery, and the joyful moments of life that happen while you’re making other plans; The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian, about a girl who struggles with the prospect of saying goodbye to everything she knows when her hometown is forcibly evacuated after a series of floods; Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach, featuring a young man who overcomes a crippling loss and finds the courage to go on after he meets an unusual girl; and The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle, a YA novel about the power of old movies and an aspiring filmmaker’s bumpy journey to a happy ending.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/ALADDIN
Aladdin fans the flames with Donny’s Inferno by P.W. Catanese, about a 12-year-old boy who must prevent the new kinder, gentler underworld from returning to its former terrifying incarnation; The Misadventures of Max Crumbly by Rachel Renée Russell, first in a series following Max, a boy who is transitioning to public middle school after being homeschooled; Death Weavers (Five Kingdoms #4) by Brandon Mull, continuing Cole’s adventures trapped in a world where magi is powerful and dreams are real; The Unwanteds #7 by Lisa McMann, in which twins Alex and Aaron are put to the test trying to save Quill and Artimé; and Valkyrie by Kate O’Hearn, kicking off a new series that puts a twist on Norse mythology.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/ATHENEUM
Atheneum holds steady with Ida, Always by Caron Lewis, a portrait of loss and friendship told through the story of two polar bears.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/BEACH LANE
Beach Lane grabs a shovel for Dig In by Cindy Jenson-Elliott, illus. by Mary Peterson, a celebration of surprises found in the dirt; Rain Fish by by Lois Ehlert, in which “rain fish” come alive during rainstorms; The Otter, the sixth volume of the Lighthouse Family Series by Cynthia Rylant and illus. by Preston McDaniels where the family assists an otter in need; Nanuk the Ice Bear by Jeanette Winter, a portrait of a loving polar bear family with an environmental message; and The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal, illus. by Jess Golden is the story of a ride on a tuk tuk taxi in India.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/DLOUHY
Caitlyn Dlouhy Books soars into spring with Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn, about a teen who falls for the hot new pterodactyl at school; As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds, which spotlights the lessons Genie and his brother learn from their blind grandfather as they travel from Brooklyn to Virginia to spend the summer with him; Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee, the tale of two sisters, a fox cub, and what happens when one of the sisters disappears forever; Have a Look, Says Book is a pictorial exploration of all things tactile by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes; and Bloom by Doreen Cronin, illus. by David Small, the story of how an “ordinary” girl can save a kingdom with the help of a mud fairy.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/LITTLE SIMON
Little Simon gets loud with Crash of the Rhinos by Greg Danylyshyn, illus. by Stephan Lomp, a picture book of collective nouns; Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole, which follows the cat on an adventure, and along the way finds characters and objects that appear, disappear, and reappear; Rider Woofson: Case of the Missing Tiger Eye by Walker Styles, illus. by Ben Whitehouse, the story of a dog detective with a nose for finding clues and trouble; and Data Set: The March of the Mini Beasts by Ada Hopper, illus. by Sam Ricks, launching a new series about four whiz kids pitted against a mad scientist.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/MCELDERRY
Margaret K. McElderry Books reflects with The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, in which a girl struggles to rediscover her strength in the aftermath of an assault; and Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare, first in the new Shadowhunters series.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/SIMON PULSE
Simon Pulse scoops up Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch, a debut novel featuring a summer road trip across Tuscany; Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti, a tale of how special people can help make us whole again after experiencing grief; The Epidemic by Suzanne Young, a sequel to The Remedy, about how a girl helps people find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones; The Stars Turned Away by Lisa Maxwell, in which a girl is kidnapped and brought to an island inhabited by fairies and bloodthirsty beasts; and Let the Wind Rise (Skyfall #3) by Shannon Messenger, the wrap-up of the action-adventure trilogy.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/SIMON SPOTLIGHT
Simon Spotlight shines on Living in Italy by Chloe Perkins, illus. by Tom Woolley, a nonfiction early reader on what it’s like to be a kid growing up in Italy.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/WISEMAN
Paula Wiseman Books takes its mark for The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon by Meghan McCarthy, a tale of perseverance and sportsmanship set at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis; Make Way for Readers by Judy Sierra, illus. by G. Brian Karas, which spotlights the joys of storytime in a preschool classroom; Project Rescue (Astrotwins #2) by Mark Kelly, with Martha Freeman, in which the twins discover an abandoned Apollo command module and blast off to rescue a stranded Russian cosmonaut; and Listen to Our World by Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson, illus. by Melissa Sweet, a look at the animals all around us.
SIMPLY READ BOOKS
Simply Read Books rises and shines with The Good Morning Book by Lori Joy Smith, a look at how all kinds of creatures greet the ones they love when a new day arrives; and The Real Mother Goose by Clare Pernice, which gives a silly spin to classic rhymes.
Sky Pony gallops on with Divah by Susannah Appelbaum, in which 16-year-old Itzy crosses paths with the Queen of the Damned; A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride, a novel that splits into parallel dual narratives when a girl chooses a course of action after stealing her boyfriend’s car leads him to post a naked picture of her online; Camp Dork, sequel to Beth Vrabel’s Pack of Dorks; My Grandpa Is a Dinosaur by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones, in which a girl, after much observation, asks Grandpa once and for all: is he a dinosaur?; and Hypnosis Harry by Catherine Bailey, illus. by Sarita Rich, in which Harry’s parents say no to everything until he starts hypnotizing them.
Fire marks the spot for You Were Here by Cori McCarthy, in which Jaycee and her friends vow to complete all the unfinished dares her recently deceased, adventurous brother left behind on a map; and The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand, about some friends’ efforts to create the greatest zombie movie, and the disastrous results.
Jabberwocky makes a spring swap with Changelings by Christina Soontornvat, Izzy’s journey to the land of Faerie to save her sister who has been snatched from the woods; and Just Like Me by Nancy Cavanaugh, in which Julia is forced to spend the summer with her “Chinese sisters,” two girls adopted from the same Chinese orphanage as she.
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS
Sleeping Bear Press goes beachcombing for Legend of the Sea Glass by Trinka Hakes Noble, illus. by Doris Ettlinger, the story of how mermaids’ tears shed over shipwrecks turn into sea glass; Mr. Goat’s Valentine by Eve Bunting, illus. by Kevin Zimmer, about Mr. Goat’s search for the perfect gift for his true love; Grandpa Loves You by Helen Foster James, illus. by Petra Brown, celebrating the bond between grandfathers and grandchildren; Ms. Colfax’s Light by Aimee Bissonette, illus. by Eileen R. Ewen, introducing Harriet Colfax, keeper of the Michigan City lighthouse for 43 years; and Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs by Linda Vander Heyden, illus. by Eileen R. Ewen, in which Mr. McGinty and local children rescue monarch caterpillars and watch them turn into butterflies.
ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN
Griffin whispers with Can You Keep a Secret? by R.L. Stine, a Fear Street title; Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon, which continues the paranormal Chronicles of Nick series; Dreamfever by Kit Alloway, in which Josh tries to protect the lost dream walker princess; The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule, a fantasy novel in which twin sisters switch places and put in motion a dangerous battle; and In Real Life by Jessica Love, about a high school student who meets her online BFF and discovers how many secrets she has left unshared.
Sterling paddles along with Can You Canoe?: And Other Adventure Songs by the Okee Dokee Brothers, illus. by Brandon Reese, packaged with a 12-song CD; Mr. Particular by Jason Kirschner, exploring the likes and dislikes of a boy figuring out how to navigate friendships and the world; Teeny Tiny Toad by Jill Esbaum, illus. by Keika Yamaguchi, in which a young toad uses brains over brawn to save the day; Normal Norman by Tara Lazar, illus. by S. Britt, a humorous look at what makes us all special; and Cici Reno Knows It All by Kristina Springer, launching the Yoga Girls series featuring preteen yoga enthusiast Cici.
Tor Teen hits the road with Riders by Veronica Rossi, in which a teen finds himself turning into one of the four horseman of the apocalypse; and Character, Driven by David Lubar, the story of 17-year old Cliff, who faces a lot of changes on the verge of a new crush and impending eviction from his unemployed father’s house.