Highlights of children's publishers' fall 2009 lists.
From Cat Dreams, illus. by S.D. Schindler (Scholastic/Orchard)
Abbeville Kids sizes up the season with Big Cat, Small Cat by Ami Rubinger, an introduction to rhyming and opposites; and The Hunting Pack: Allosaurus and Growing Up in the Cretaceous: Scipionyx by Matteo Bacchin and Marco Signore join the Dinosaurs series.
Abrams has the 411 with The Animal Grapevine by Alex Beard, in which a message passed between animals gets muddled; I Wouldn’t Trade My Parents by Laura Numeroff, illus. by James Bernadin, about a boy who considers swapping his parents for the neighbors; June and August by Vivian Walsh, illus. by Adam McCauley, in which a snake and elephant seek out their friend in the jungle; Mitzi’s World by Deborah Raffin, illus. by Jane Wooster Scott, a seek-and-find book featuring folk-art paintings; and Are You Blue Dog’s Friend? by George Rodrigue, starring the dog from the artist’s paintings.
Amulet reveals The Pharaoh’s Secret by Marissa Moss, a mystery set in ancient Egypt; Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle, a new series about four girlfriends navigating junior high; N.E.R.D.S. by Michael Buckley, first in a series about a secret fifth-grade spy society; The Dragons of Darkness by Antonia Michaelis, a coming-of-age story about brotherhood; and Troy High by Shana Norris, a retelling of the Iliad featuring two rival high schools.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
The American Cancer Society offers Nana, What’s Cancer? by Beverlye Hyman Fead and Tess Hamermesh, in which a grandmother answers her granddaughter’s questions about cancer.
August House gathers round the campfire for The August House Book of Scary Stories, a collection of tales drawn from folk traditions and local legends.
AUGUST HOUSE/LITTLE FOLK
Little Folk catches a wave with Surf War!: A Folktale from the Marshall Islands by Margaret Read MacDonald, illus. by Geraldo Valério, an ecological fable.
Bloomsbury shows its claws with Girls Acting Catty by Leslie Margolis, a sequel to Boys R Dogs; Forest Born by Shannon Hale, fourth in the Books of Bayern fantasy series; Eat Fresh Food by Rozanne Gold, a guide for young chefs; Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein, about a girl who learns of her complicated heritage; and an untitled mystery novel by Justine Larbalestier.
Candlewick takes cover with The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan, a suspenseful graphic novel set in Dust Bowl America; The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, a fable for middle-grade readers about trusting the unexpected; Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant by Leslie McGuirk and Alex von Bidder, in which a pup learns to be polite; The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, illus. by Matt Tavares, a swashbuckling Christmas story; and Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt by Megan McDonald, illus. by Peter Reynolds, a humorous pirate adventure that includes puzzles.
Charlesbridge stands clear of the closing doors with Subway Ride by Heather Miller, illus. by Sue Ramá, a fantastical journey through the world’s subway stations; Max and the Dumb Flower Picture by Martha Alexander, illus. by Alexander and James Rumford, in which a boy expresses his creativity on the playground; Poodle and Hound by Kathryn Lasky, illus. by Mitch Vane, featuring two dissimilar best friends; Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton, illus. by Tony Persiani, a biography of the brothers who invented these colors; and The Importance of Wings by Robin Friedman, a novel about an Israeli immigrant girl trying to fit in.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
Chicago Review Press loads up the wagon for Heading West: Life with the Pioneers, 21 Activities by Pat McCarthy, which explores the lives of Native Americans and pioneers; A Kid’s Guide to Latino History: More than 50 Activities by Valerie Petrillo, which uses games and crafts to introduce Latino culture; and Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities by Kerrie Hollihan, offering projects based on scientific concepts Newton developed.
CHILDREN’S BOOK PRESS
Children’s Book Press opens up its paint box for My Papá Diego and Me: Memories of My Father and His Art by Guadalupe Rivera Marin, illus. by Diego Rivera, stories and anecdotes presented by one of the artist’s daughters; and I Know the River Loves Me by Maya Christina Gonzalez, in which a girl develops self-esteem through her relationship with the natural world, both bilingual titles in English/Spanish.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Choose Your Own Adventure adds Island of Time and U.N. Adventure to its Classics series; Paying the Ferryman, which wraps up of the Golden Path trilogy; and The Six, new to the Fabulous Terrible YA series.
Chronicle prepares itself withThe Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School by David Borgenicht and Ben Winters with Robin Epstein, a guide for kids making the transition to middle grades; Blue Plate Special by Michelle Kwasney, a YA novel exploring the lives of three young women; Sylvia Long’s Thumbelina, the Andersen tale retold and illus. by Long; Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman, featuring full-color animal photography; and four Stereobooks, with high-quality sound clips from two built-in speakers.
Handprint is off to grandmother’s house with The Story of Little Red Riding Hood by Christopher Bing, a new version of the Grimm tale.
Concordia looks back to Bethlehem with The First Christmas Present by Marilyn Sommerer, a storybook about the first Christmas gift, Jesus Christ; and The Real Story of the Exodus by Paul L. Maier, a picture book about the Israelites’ journey out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
Disney Editions climbs aboard for Disney’s Trains, which explores trains from Disney parks and films; The Pixar Treasures, showcasing computer animation and including removable memorabilia; The Art of the Disney Princess, in which designers and illustrators re-imagine their favorite princesses; Birnbaum’s 2010 Disney Guides, the official guides to Disney World, Disney Land and the Disney Cruise Line; and Animation, the second book in The Archive Series.
Disney Press saddles up with Ride 'em Cowboy! by Kate McMullan, illus. by Lorelay Bove, starring characters from the film Toy Story 2; The 13 Days of Christmas by Steven Davison and Carolyn Gardner, illus. by Tim Wollwebber and Sherri Lundberg, a twisted take on the holiday featuring the cast of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas; Fairest of All by Serena Valentino, the untold story of the Wicked Queen from Snow White; and Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Gustaf Tenggren, and Walt Disney’s Peter Pan by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, illus. by Mary Blair, two retellings of classic tales featuring artwork from the Disney animated films.
Hyperion holds the mayo for The Sandwich Swap by Rania al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Tricia Tusa, a picture book by the queen of Jordan about friendship and tolerance crosses cultures; Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, another Peter Pan adventure; Big Frog Can’t Fit In by Mo Willems, a pop-up book; The Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda, a debut novel about a contemporary girl who is a member of the Knights Templar; and Blue Bloods #4: The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz, more romance and rivalry among the young vampires of Manhattan.
Duopress has fall’s number with 123 San Francisco by Puck, illus. by Kevin Somers, a board book highlighting the city’s landmarks.
EarlyLight brightens up withAnimal Colors: A Rainbow of Colorsfrom Animals Around the World by Beth Fielding, kicking a photographic exploration of colors; Bug Butts by Dawn Cusick, illus. by Haude Levesque, about some unusual insect abilities; Animal Tongues by Cusick, exploring ways animal use their tongues; and Animal Baths: Wild and Wonderful Ways Animals Get Clean! by Beth Fielding, illus. by Susan Greenelsh, about the diverse ways the world’s animals get clean.
Eerdmans is going up with The Elevator Man by Stanley Trachtenberg, illus. by Paul Cox, about a boy who dreams of being an elevator man when he grows up; My Name Is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed, illus. by Catherine Stock, about a Sudanese immigrant adjusting to life in America; Sleepy Time Blessings by Sally Anne Conan, illus. by Nicole Rutten, a board book starring a bunny being watched over by guardian angels; Not Yet, Rose by Susanna Leonard Hill, illus. by Nicole Rutten, about a girl awaiting her new baby sibling; and Brown Bear & White Bear by Svetlana Petrovic, illus. by Vincent Hardy, in which two teddy bears fight for their owner’s attention.
Egmont launches with Riot by Walter Dean Myers, a YA novel set during the New York City Draft Riots; Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers, a book of rhythm celebrating city living; The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance by Glenn Dakin, kicking off the Candle Man thriller trilogy; Stealing Death by Janet Lee Carey, in which a teen confronts Death after his family is killed; and WSH U WR DEAD by Todd Strasser, first in a cyber-thriller trilogy involving death wishes on the Internet.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
FSG turns up the heat with Furnace: Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith, a fantasy in which Alex is framed for murder and exiled to an underground prison; When I Wore My Sailor Suit by Uri Shulevitz, in which a boy imagines himself a sailor; The Celestial Globe: The Kronos Chronicles; Book II by Marie Rutkoski, the sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders; A Family Secret and The Search, both by Eric Heuvel, companion books in which grandchildren learn of their grandparents’ experiences during the Holocaust; and The Espressologist by Kristina Springer, in which a high school girl dabbles in matchmaking at her barista job.
Frances Foster Books decks the halls with What’s Coming for Christmas? by Kate Banks, illus. by Georg Hallensleben, in which a busy family doesn’t notice animals preparing for the holiday; The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak by Tomek Bogacki, the true story of the children’s advocate in Poland during WWII; The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor, a middle-grade novel set in South Carolina; Crossing Stones by Helen Frost, the experiences of three young people during WWI; and Timelock: The Caretaker Trilogy: Book 3 by David Klass, the conclusion of this ecological fantasy.
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Feiwel and Friends wags its tail with Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin, a companion to A Dog’s Life; The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman, a picture-book celebration; Bystander by James Preller, in which a seventh-grader negotiates how to deal with bullying; The Eyeball Collector by F.E. Higgins, a companion to The Black Book of Secrets and The Bone Magician;and The Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith, a YA novel in which two brothers hitch a ride with a violent killer.
FIGURES IN MOTION
Figures in Motion gets crafty with Dinosaurs on the Move: Movable Paper Figures to Cut, Color, and Assemble by Cathy Diez-Luckie, featuring 12 cut-out dinosaurs and historical notes on each.
From Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated), illus. by Lane Smith (Random/Schwartz & Wade)
Frances Lincoln gets fired up with Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris, in which everyone has their own dragon; Dragon and the Gruesome Twosome by M.P. Robertson, about the magical adventures of George and his dragon; Journey of Dreams by Marge Pellegrino, in which a family survives the Guatemalan army’s “scorched earth” campaign in the 1980s; Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All by Sean Taylor, illus. by Hannah Shaw, in which Crocodile shows off his prowess; and The King and the Seed by Eric Maddern, illus. by Paul Hess, a retelling of a traditional Chinese folktale.
Free Spirit Publishing gets right back on the horse with Ready to Try Again! A Tale of Persistence and Puzzles and Practically No Pouting, a guide for families; Manners Time and Sharing Time, two new Toddler Tools books by Elizabeth Verdick, illus. by Marieka Heinlen; and What’s Up with My Family? by Annie Fox, a graphic-novel-style advice book for middle-schoolers.
Carole Marsh Mysteries blasts off with The Mission Possible Mystery at Space Center Houston and The Madcap Mystery of the Missing Liberty Bell by Carole Marsh, joining the Real Kids, Real Places Mysteries series; and The Breathtaking Mystery on Mt. Everest by Marsh, new to the Around the World in 80 Mysteries series.
Gibbs Smith waves the checkered flag for NASCAR: Pop-Up Guide to the Sport by Sally Blakemore, illus. by Doug Chezen, which includes movable parts, pull-tabs and a sound clip; The Pocket Guide to Magic by Bart King, offering magic tricks and illusions; Code Name: Polar Ice by James Fraioli, a fictionalized account of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s search for elusive creatures in the Arctic; and Pink Ponies Cookbook by Barbara Beery, a collection of recipes with pony themes.
Groundwood Books bets on fall with Against the Odds by Marjolijn Hof, trans. and illus. by Johanna Prins, in which a girl goes to extraordinary lengths to see that her war-zone doctor father returns home safely; When Stella Was Very, Very Small by Marie-Louise Gay, a look back at this intrepid picture-book character’s earliest days; A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King, illus. by Gary Clement, takes on the topic of Christmas consumption; Thumb and the Bad Guys by Ken Roberts, in which Thumb and Susan look for troublemakers in their remote fishing village; and Hip Hop: A Groundwork Guide by Dalton Higgins, a comprehensive look at this subculture.
HarperCollins gets in a festive mood with Fancy Nancy: Splendiforous Christmas by Jane O’Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, in which Nancy pulls out the stops to make the holiday sparkly; The Happiest Hippo in the World by Danielle Steel, illus. by Margaret Spengler, about an outcast hippo that travels to New York City in search of a friend; Tollins: Dangerous and Daring and Explosive New Tales for Children by Conn Iggulden, illus. by Lizzy Duncan, an introduction to mischievous creatures called tollins; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, illus. by Brett Helquist, a picture-book adaptation; and Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Brett Helquist, a short novel inspired by Norse mythology.
Amistad creates a ripple effect with We Troubled the Waters by Ntozake Shange, illus. by Rod Brown, a collection of poetry and art exploring the civil rights movement.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER & BRAY
Balzer & Bray says giddyup to Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp, illus. by Lincoln Agnew, a bedtime adventure; The Pain Merchants by Janic Hardy, a first novel about a teenage war orphan with the ability to heal others; Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick, a portrait of a soldier in Iraq caught up in the shooting of a civilian boy; The After by Amy Huntley, in which a teen girl discovers the truth about her death; Pop by Gordon Korman, about the unlikely friendship between a high school football player and a retired NFL star; and Mimi and Lulu: Three Sweet Stories*One Forever Friendship by Charise Mericle Harper, introducing three friends who love cupcakes and playing princess.
Collins plans a purrfect list with 500 Cats by Jill Rappaport and Lynea Lattanzio, photos by Bob Carey, the story of the largest no-cage cat sanctuary in California; How to Talk to Santa by Alec Greven, illus. by Kei Acedera, in which the 10-year-old author gives holiday advice; Life in a Coral Reef by Wendy Pfeffer, illus. by Steve Jenkins, about the creatures who live in this underwater habitat; and Tiger Pups by Tom and Allie Harvey, photos by Keith Philpott, the true story of a golden retriever who adopted and mothered three white tiger cubs.
Joanna Cotler Books says “Arrrgh” with Archie and the Pirates by Marc Rosenthal, about a monkey named Archie who becomes shipwrecked on a tropical island; and The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech, a tale of the healing powers of love.
Greenwillow goes to the head of the class with Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish, illus. by Lynn Avril, the housekeeper’s picture-book debut; Angry Management by Chris Crutcher, three loosely connected novellas starring past Crutcher characters; Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A Story of Hope and Heroes by Kelly Milner Halls and Major William Sumner, a photo-essay about the mission to rebuild this Iraqi landmark; Duck and Kangaroo by Edward Lear, illus. by Jane Wattenberg, nonsense verse illustrated with original photos and archival prints from Lear’s time; and Santa’s Stowaway by Brandon Dorman, about a determined elf and an unforgettable sleigh ride.
From Fourteen Cows for America,
illus. by Thomas Gonzalez (Peachtree)
HarperEntertainment goes to bed with no dinner for three Where the Wild Things Are movie tie-ins, including The Movie Storybook and Puzzle Book;and three Avatar: The Movie tie-ins, which include The Movie Scrapbook and The Na’vi Quest.
HarperFestival starves a cold and feeds a fever for Berenstain Bears Sick Days by Jan and Mike Berenstain, in which Sister is home sick from school; Fisher Price: A Home for Polar Bear by Gail Herman, illus. by Betsy Veness, new to the Precious Planet line; Little Critter: First Day of School by Mercer Mayer, a lift-the-flap title; Biscuit: Where is Love, Biscuit? by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Rose Mary Berlin, a touch-and-feel board book starring the popular pup; and The Night Before Christmas Pop-Up by Clement C. Moore, illus. by Mary Engelbreit, a glittery 3-D adaptation.
Rayo stands proud with Side by Side/Lado a lado by Monica Brown, illus. by Joe Cepeda, a bilingual picture book tribute to civil rights activists César Chávez and Dolores Huerta.
HarperTeen cuts to the chase with Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure by SMITH Magazine, a teen collection from the editors of the bestselling Not Quite What I Was Planning; The Amanda Project: Book 1: The Invisible, first in an interactive series about a new girl gone missing; The Viola Chesterton Chronicles by Adriana Trigiani, debuting a trilogy about girls at boarding school; Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block, in which a vampire girl becomes the subject of a dark bargain; and Splendor by Anna Godbersen, the final novel in the Luxe series.
Katherine Tegen Books gets tucked in with Olu’s Dream by Shane Evans, in which Olu discovers that bedtime can be an adventure for his imagination; Dear Vampa by Ross Collins, about a vampire family plagued by “ordinary” neighbors; Septimus Heap: The Magykal Papers by Angie Sage, illus. by Mark Zug, offering journals biographies, maps and more; Michelle Obama by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by AG Ford, a picture-book biography of the new First Lady; and A Troubled Peace by Laura Elliott, the sequel to Under a War-Torn Sky, set in France at the end of WWII.
Holiday House takes cover with Hurricanes by Gail Gibbons, a nonfiction picture book; The Longest Night by Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by Ted Lewin, about a group of forest animals awaiting the end of the winter solstice; The Wee Christmas Cabin by Margaret Hodges, illus. by Kimberley Root, an Irish folktale about fairies who help a homeless woman; Who Stole Grandma’s Million Dollar Pumpkin Pie? by Martha Freeman, latest in the Chickadee Court Mystery series; and The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Saved Jews During the Holocaust by Karen Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix, chronicling little-known events that occurred in occupied Paris during WWII.
Henry Holt answers the alarm with Chief Rhino to the Rescue! by Sam Lloyd, starring the fire chief in Whoops-a-Daisy World; Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty, in which a boy’s artwork comes to life and takes over; The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Bob Kolar, a rhyming text for budding truck enthusiasts; How to Cook and Eat Children by Keith McGowan, illus. by Yoko Tanaka, a modern-day retelling of the Grimms’ Hansel and Gretel;and Demon Chick by Marilyn Kaye, a fantasy in which Jessica discovers her presidential candidate mother has diabolical plans.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT/CLARION
Clarion takes a swing at the season with A Piñata in a Pear Tree by Pat Mora, illus. by Magaly Morales, a Latino spin on “The Twelve Days of Christmas”; The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson, the story of a family’s flight from war-torn Kosovo to a small Vermont town; Once a Witch by Carolyn McCullough, an urban fantasy about a teen in a family of witches; The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy by James Cross Giblin, the story of the controversial 1950s political figure; and The Other Side of Blue by Valerie Patterson, a debut novel in which a girl comes to terms with the mystery of her father’s death.
Graphia digs deep for The Well by A.J. Whitten, a horror novel written by a mother-daughter team; and The Guidance: Ghost Huntress Book 2 by Marley Gibson, another mission for Kendall Moorehead and her ghost-hunting team.
Harcourt rides on with Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle, illus. by Jill McElmurry, a companion book filled with city vehicles and sounds; Freefall by Ariela Anhalt, a debut novel involving bullying, peer pressure and murder at an exclusive boarding school; Epossumondas Plays Possum by Colleen Salley, illus. by Janet Stevens, a slightly scary picture book starring this possum; My Abuelita by Tony Johnston, illus. by Yuyi Morales, a Mexican celebration of storytelling and the love of a grandparent; and Over My Dead Body: 43 Old Cemetery Road, Book 2 by Kate Klise, illus. by M. Sarah Klise, second in the spooky series.
Houghton Mifflin paints it black with Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga, in which Kyra from The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl returns from a mental health facility; Happy Easter, Curious George, which includes an egg-decorating kit; Ollie’s Easter Eggs by Olivier Dunrea, about the goslings’ preparations for the holiday; Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, chronicling Dairy Queen’s D.J. Schwenk’s increasingly complicated love life; and Nathaniel Fludd: Beastologist Book 1 by R.L. LaFevers, illus. by Kelly Murphy, first in a chapter-book series about a boy’s adventures tending to the world’s mythological creatures.
Imagine Books heats up with The Kid’s Solar Energy Book: Even Grown-ups Can Understand by Tily Spetgang and Malcolm Wells, which uses cartoons to demonstrate how solar power works; Micro Mania: A Really Close-Up Look at Bacteria, and the Zillions of Other Gross Little Creatures That Live In, On, and All Around You! by Isabella Brooklyn; and T-Rex Is in Trouble and Dolphin’s Discovery, two Jumbo Jigsaw Storybooks.
IMAGINE/PETER YARROW BOOKS
Peter Yarrow Books plays with The Marvelous Toy by Tom Paxton, illus. by Steve Cox, a picture-book adaptation of Paxton’s song, packaged with a CD.
From Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School,
illus. by Lynn Avril (Greenwillow)
Immedium finds a bounty of booty with Baltazar and the Flying Pirates by Oliver Chin, illus. by Justin Roth, in which young swashbucklers search for buried treasure.
Kane howls with Werewolf Moon by Juliana Hanford, illus. by Cary Pillo, a Science Solves It! title; The Case of the Haunted Haunted House and The Case of the Amazing Zelda, two Milo & Jazz mysteries by Lewis B. Montgomery, illus. by Amy Wummer; The Yum Yum House by Nan Walker, illus. by M.H. Pilz, which joins the Math Matters series; and Daisy Diaz Shakes Up Camp by Lisa Harkrader, illus. by John Nez, a new Social Studies Connects book.
Kar-Ben takes wing with The Man Who Flies with Birds by Carole Vogel and Yossi Leshem, in which ornithologist Leshem finds a way to save both planes and birds when Israeli planes collide with birds; Hanukkah Around the World by Tami Lehman-Wilzig, illus. by Vicki Wehrman, a look at the holiday as celebrated in Italy, Uzbekistan, Tunisia and other countries; The Secret Shofar of Barcelona by Jacqueline Dembar Greene, illus. by Doug Chayka, set during the Spanish Inquisition; Menorah Under the Sea by Esther Susan Heller, about a biologist who tries to bring Hanukkah to Antarctica; and Boker Tov by Joe Black, illus. by Rick Brown, a picture book about starting the day, based on Black’s song of the same name.
Key Porter Books harvests Pumpkin Baby by Jane Yolen, illus. by Susan Mitchell, about a child coming to terms with the imminent arrival of a sibling; Amy by Any Other Name by Maureen Garvie, in which a teenage girl awakens after an accident to find herself in another body; Ghosthunters 2: The Curse of the Evening Eye by Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman, starring two kids who try to keep their dad safe from a curse; Lost in Spain by John Wilson, an adventure novel set in 1936 Spain; and The Heretic Secret, also by Wilson, a suspenseful tale of the Crusades in 1209.
Kids Can Press defies gravity with Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires,about a feline who longs to take to the skies; Have I Got a Book for You! by Mélanie Watt, in which Al tries to sell the reader a perfect book; If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States by David J. Smith, illus. by Shelagh Armstrong, a follow-up to If the World Were a Village; 100% Pure Fake by Lyn Thomas, a guide to creating fake blood, vomit and more; and How to Build a Country by Valerie Wyatt, illus. by Karen Fredericks, a lighthearted take on civics.
Kingfisher hears things that go bump in the night with Don’t Look Under the Bed!, a collection of six silly stories about unusual monsters; Dinosaur Park, a pop-up guide to these creatures; Lost Worlds, facts and mythologies about ancient cities and legendary realms; Everything You Need to Know About Science by Mike Goldsmith, a reference for science questions; and Atlas of Firsts by Clive Gifford, an atlas that combines geography with world records.
Hammond travels full steam ahead with Trains,Rocks and Minerals, Monsters, Santa Claus and Robots, all part of the Fact Atlas series of books collecting facts, trivia and fiction.
Lectorum sports a new ‘do with Braids/Trencitas by Kathleen Contreras, illus. by Margaret Lindmark, a bilingual tale about passing along cultural traditions; and Jorge Luis Borges by Georgina Lázaro, illus. by Graciela Genovés, and Federico García Lorca by Lázaro, illus. by Enrique S. Moreiro, new to the Cuando los grandes eran pequeños (When They Were Young) series of biographies.
LEE & LOW
Lee & Low shows its stripes with First Come the Zebra by Lynne Barasch, about two Kenyan boys who overcome traditional rivalries and become friends; The East-West House by Christy Hale, focusing on the childhood of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi; Gracias~Thanks by Pat Mora, illus. by John Parra, a bilingual celebration of the things a boy is thankful for; Only One Year by Andrea Cheng, in which a child returns to her family after living in China for a year; and The Royal Elephant by Ted and Betsy Lewin, about this elephant training for and performing in the Dasara Festival in India.
Carolrhoda sets the table for Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Teresa Murfin, in which Percy discovers the recipe for a perfect holiday; Druscilla’s Halloween by Sally M. Walker, illus. by Lee White, about a witch with loud, creaky knees; The Steel Pan Man of Harlem by Colin Bootman, a retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin starring a Harlem Renaissance-era pan drum player; Happy New Year, Mallory! by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Jennifer Kalis, about Mallory’s New Year’s Eve reunion with her friends from camp; and An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank by Elaine Marie Alphin, a look at the controversial 1913 case that ended in a Jewish man being lynched in Georgia.
Graphic Universe takes a stance with Kung Fu Masters by Evonne Tsang, illus. by Alitha Martinez, and Shipwrecked on Mad Island by Dan Jolley, illus. by Courtney Huddleston, new titles in the Twisted Journeys graphic novel series in which readers determine the plot developments.
From The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman (Feiwel and Friends)
Millbrook watches the big hand with The Clock Struck One: A Time-Telling Tale by Trudy Harris, illus. by Carrie Hartman, an introduction to telling time; Windows, Rings, and Grapes—A Look at Different Shapes by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable, a new Math Is CATegorical title; Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What Are Similes and Metaphors? by Cleary, illus. by Gable, which joins the Words Are CATegorical series; and “Super-Hungry Mice Eat Onions” and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing Geography Facts by Cleary, illus. by J.P. Sandy, a how-to title.
Little, Brown gets a hall pass for School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari, a humorous middle-grade novel about kids at a school for overcoming phobias; Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies, selected by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illus. by Jim McMullan, which packages 150 family favorites with a CD; Nubs: A Marine, A Mutt, and a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson, a photographic picture book about a soldier and the dog he finds in Iraq; Wag by Patrick McDonnell, which shares every dog’s secret to the joy of life; and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, a paranormal romance set in an isolated Southern town.
LB Kids gets cozy with Little Bear Hugs by Sandra Magsamen, a Snuggle-Me Story featuring a soft blanket topped with a plush bear; Touch-and-Feel: Baby Animals by Rachael Hale, a novelty board book joining the Paw Pals series; and Have You Been Naughty or Nice? by Ethan Long, a novelty picture book spotlighting a plush Santa’s hat and “naughty or nice” list.
Poppy climbs to the top with Alphas created by Lisi Harrison, first in a Clique spin-off series set at Alpha Academy; Silent Night, Holy Fight by Lisi Harrison, a Clique novella that finds the Pretty Committee partying over the holidays; Petty in Pink, a Poseur Novel by Rachel Maude, latest in the series; and I Will Always Love You, a Gossip Girl Novel, created by Cecily von Ziegesar, in which the original cast of the series returns to New York City.
Flux offers Black Is for Beginnings by Laurie Stolarz, a graphic novel featuring the characters from her YA novel Blue Is for Nightmares.
Lobster crosses its fingers with When Wishes Come True by Per-Henrik Gurth, in which Mother Bear helps Little Bear see that some wishes do come true.
Marshall Cavendish creates a flap with Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano, illus. by Lee Harper, about a turkey who disguises himself as other animals to avoid winding up as Thanksgiving dinner; The Twelve Days of Christmas, illus. by Gennady Spirin, a new version of the carol, also available in a limited edition volume; The Adventures of Benny by Steve Shreve, about a kid facing down mummies, pirates and a wedgie or two; and Bloggrls: Sistersic92(Meg) by Cheryl Dellasega, in which Meg blogs about her big sister and learns her sibling has a dangerous secret.
Milkweed Editions looks for a change of scenery with Beyond the Station Lies the Sea by Jutta Richter, trans. by Ann Brailovsky, in which two misfits journey in search of their dreams; and Border Crossing by Jessica Anderson, about a young man’s struggle with schizophrenia.
Odyssey heads for the hills with Pemba Sherpa by Olga Cossi, illus. by Gary Bernard, in which a Sherpa boy and his sister struggle to survive in the Himalayas; and Frosty the Snowman by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson, illus. by Brad Davies, an illustrated version of this holiday song.
Peachtree herds a fall list with Fourteen Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Thomas Gonzalez, the true story of a young Kenyan and his tribe who offered a gift of 14 cows to the United States following September 11.
Pelican pulls on its boots for Kick the Cowboy by Joe Gribnau, illus. by Adrian Tans, about a showboating Texas cowboy who meets his match; Gingerbread Man—Superhero! by Dotti Enderle, illus. by Joe Kulka, in which a science fair mix-up results in the creation of a flying gingerbread man; The American Revolution from A to Z by Laura Crawford, illus. by Judith Hierstein, a peek into this era of history; Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud by Johnette Downing, a southern-flavored fable; and The Pied Piper of Austin by Salima Alikhan, a regional adaptation of the popular fairy tale.
Celebra serves up a fall feast of Mud Tacos by Mario Lopez and Marissa Wong, illus. by Maryn Roos, a picture book about friendship and family by TV personality Lopez and his sister.
Dial has a well-balanced list with The Omnivore’s Dilemma for Kids by Michael Pollan, a young reader’s adaptation of the bestselling book; Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko, a companion to Al Capone Does My Shirts; Season of Gifts by Richard Peck, in which Grandma Dowdel (star of A Year Down Yonder) returns; Everqueen Unleashed by Frank Beddor, third in the Looking Glass Wars fantasy series; and Fire by Kristin Cashore, a companion novel to Graceling.
Dutton shouts “Extra!” with The Last Newspaper Boy in America by Sue Corbett, a novel in which a boy fights to save his paper route; Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice by Judy Schachner, in which the kitty-boy sets off to see the red planet; The My Side of the Mountain Pocket Guide to the Outdoors by Jean Craighead George, a guide based on the novel, which celebrates its 50th anniversary; An Off Year by Claire Zulkey, about a girl who rebels after years of following the rules; and Hold Still by Nina LaCour, a tale about starting over after a friend’s suicide.
PENGUIN/GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap dons its cape with Superhero Me by Karen Katz, a touch-and-feel book; Heroes: A Pop-up Storybook by Rob Valois, illus. by Michael Caputo and Adam Royce, set in the world of Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Stop 3: Ickstory: The History of Vampires and Other Real Blood Drinkers by Sylvia Branzei, illus. by Jack Keely, new to the All Aboard Reading Station series; Monster Squad: #1 The Slime that Would Not Die by Laura Dower, illus. by Dave Schlafman, debut title in a new chapter book series bout boys battling B movie monsters; and BeDeviled: #1 Daddy’s Little Angel by Shani Petroff, in which 13-year-old Angel learns that Satan is her father.
Philomel takes the field with Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica, about a young quarterback with a chance to win big bucks; Z. Rex by Steve Cole, an adventure about science and virtual gaming gone awry; Otis by Loren Long, the tale of an inspirational tractor; Sleep, Baby, Sleep by Maryann Cusimano Love, illus. by Maria van Lieshout, an ode to parents’ hopes for their children; and The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Sève, illus. by Peter de Sève, a picture book about how extraordinary ordinary can be.
PENGUIN/PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan opens the door for 13 Rooms of Halloween by Saxton Moore, a boy’s exploration of the spooky house at the end of the street; Jingle Bells: A Pop-up Holiday Carol by Eren Blanquet Unten; Astro Boy: The Novel by Tracey West, an adaptation of the forthcoming animated film about a young robot; The Mr. Men Show: Meet the Little Misses!, new to the Mr. Men and Little Miss series; and Girls Just Wanna Have Mad Libs by Roger Price and Leonard Stern, the latest in the puzzle book series.
Puffin gets back to nature with Junior Backyard Explorer: Book 1: A Backyard in Brooklyn ; Jeff Corwin’s Animals and Habitats of the United States and The Authorized Biography, all by Corwin, which join the Jeff Corwin series; Girls Gone Green, featuring girls who are involved in the environmental movement; and American Dreams by Madonna, new to the English Roses series.
Putnam rolls out the wheelbarrow for Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola, in which Strega Nona teaches Big Anthony about gardening; Pouch! by David Ezra Stein, about a baby kangaroo that takes his first hops; Duck, Duck, Moose by Dave Horowitz, about an unlikely trio that heads south for the winter; Dreamdark: Silksinger by Laini Taylor, a companion to the fantasy novel Blackbringer; and V Is for Vampire by Adele Griffin, the latest in the Vampire Island series.
Razorbill hits the campaign trail with I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb, a humorous middle-grade debut; The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in the Fashion Industry, offering tricks of this trade; Wanderlust: A Beautiful Americans Novel by Lucy Silag, further adventures of four teens traveling all over Europe; Possessions by Nancy Holder, in which vengeful spirits haunt the Marlwood Academy for Girls; and Blood Promise, fourth in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.
Viking gets the light just right with Yellowstone Moran: Painting the American West by Lita Judge, the true story of 19th-century adventurer/painter Thomas Moran; Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge, a look at the Civil Rights movement; Rescuing Seneca Crane by Susan Runholt, in which teen sleuths search for a kidnapped piano prodigy in Scotland; After by Amy Efaw, in which a teen gives birth to a baby, then leaves it to die; and Waiting for You by Susanne Colasanti, a teen romance.
Frederick Warne waves its wand for Sparkle Like a Flower Fairy, Adventures in Fairyopolis and Sunshine and Showers: A Seasonal Flower Fairy Handbook, all new to the Flower Faries series by Cicely Mary Barker; A Winter’s Tale by Beatrix Potter, joining the Peter Rabbit series;and Potter’s Peter Rabbit Classic Box Set, adding to Peter Rabbit... Naturally Better.
Pineapple pounces on the season with Those Colossal Cats by Marta Magellan, which answers 20 questions about big cats; The Two Henrys: Henry Plant and Henry Flagler and Their Railroads by Sandra Wallus Sammons, about two men who helped create Florida’s railways; Pirates of the Carolinas for Kids by Terrance Zepke, profiles of pirates as Calico Jack and Anne Bonny; and Florida Tales: Adventure Stories from Florida’s Past by Peggy Lantz, a collection featuring tales of the state’s history.
Pippin aims its telescope with Maria Mitchell of Nantucket by Alan Robinson, the story of the first woman astronomer.
PLEASANT ST. PRESS
Pleasant St. heads for The Warmest Place of All by Licia Rando, illus. by Anne Jewett, about a girl’s attempts to find the toastiest spot in her home after a day out in the snow; New Old Shoes by Charlotte Blessing, illus. by Gary Phillips, about a brand-new pair of shoes waiting for the perfect pair of feet; and On A Dark, Dark Night by Jean Cochran, illus. by Jennifer Morris, in which a boy and his dog hear creaks, knocks and squeaks during the night.
Random House pirouettes into fall with The Yellow Tutu by Kirsten Bramsen, illus. by Carin Bramsen, starring a plucky, imaginative girl; Once Upon a Twice by Denise Doyen, illus. by Barry Moser, a cautionary tale written in nonsense verse; Century #1: The Ring of Fire by Pierdomenico Baccalario, trans. by Leah D. Janeczko, in which kids in Rome, New York, Paris and Shanghai uncover ancient secrets; The Clockwork Dark #1: The Nine Pound Hammer by John Claude Bemis, first in an adventure-fantasy trilogy, recasting the legend of John Henry; and Fairy Godmother Academy #1: Birdie’s Book by Jan Bozarth, kicking off a series about girls who discover that they are descended from fairy godmothers.
RANDOM HOUSE/ROBIN COREY
Robin Corey Books turns down the bed for Go to Sleep, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton, about a little one who tries to stall bedtime; Gulliver’s Adventures in Lilliput: A Pop-up Adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s Classic Tale by Keith Finch and Neal Manning, illus. by Martin Hargreaves, a lavish volume focusing on scale of size; and Find My Feet by Salina Yoon, in which preschoolers match animals with their missing feet by turning a wheel.
Delacorte marks the spot with The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart, a companion novel to The Boyfriend List; The Ever Breath by Julianna Baggott, a middle-grade novel about twins who find a secret passageway to another world; Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman, the tale of a quirky high school underdog; Going Bovine by Libba Bray, about a teenager with Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s disease who sets off on a road trip with a dwarf he meets in the hospital; and The Maze Runner by James Dashner, a YA novel set in a dystopian world in a community located in the center of a maze.
From Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson, illus. by Kadir Nelson(Scholastic Press)
RANDOM HOUSE/DAVID FICKLING
David Fickling Books hits the highway with Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd, about a girl who flees her foster home life to find herself and make a new start on the road; and The Fatal Child by John Dickinson, concluding the trilogy that started with The Cup of the World and The Widow and the King.
Golden Books pulls out a handkerchief for The Seven Sneezes by Olga Cabral, illus. by Bruce Ingman, a re-illustrated classic about what happens when the local rag man sneezes; Little Piggy Rescue!, a Wonder Pets storybook, with CD and coloring pages; Hero of the Rails by Rev. W. Awdry, illus. by Thomas Stubbs, a new Thomas the Tank Engine story; The Princess and the Frog, a tie-in to the forthcoming Disney animated film; and Barbie and the Three Musketeers, based on a direct-to-DVD movie.
Knopf loads up its tray with Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Institute and Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, kicking off a graphic novel series about a crime-fighting lunch lady; The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes by Roderick Townley, illus. by Mary GrandPré, about a reformed pickpocket who brings down the forces of evil in his village; Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur by Laura Joy Rennert, illus. by Marc Brown, a faux guidebook to pet ownership; The Poisons of Caux: The Hollow Bettle (Book I) by Susannah Appelbaum, the first installment of a fantasy trilogy for middle-graders; and The Georges and the Jewels by Jane Smiley, a horse story that marks the author’s YA debut.
RANDOM HOUSE/WENDY LAMB
Wendy Lamb Books cries “Sanctuary!” with The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade, first in a series set in Victorian London that stars a shape-changing hunchback; When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, a time-travel mystery set in 1979 New York City; Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff, in which Brazilian girl Lidie moves to America to join her horse-training father; Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman, a debut YA novel narrated by two sisters living at the Jersey Shore in the off-season; and Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix by Graham Salisbury, illus. by Jacqueline Rogers, second in the middle-grade series set in Hawaii.
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade Books steps right up for The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum by Candace Fleming, illus. by Ray Fenwick, a middle-grade biography; Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming, illus. by Nancy Carpenter, introducing Imogene Tripp, a heroine with a passion for history; Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide, illus. by Lane Smith, a picture book about a floating princess; Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano by Peggy Gifford, photos by Valorie Fisher, in which Moxy is kind-of ready for her piano recital; and Thanks a Lot, Emily Post! by Jennifer LaRue Huget, illus. by Alexandra Boiger, a subversive and kid-friendly take on manners.
Raven Tree fills up the watering can for A Seed Was Planted/Sembre una semilla by Toulla Palazeti, illus. by Pamela Barcita, about the cycle of life and the cycle of giving; Moon Over the Mountain/Luna sobre la montana by Keith Polette, illus. by Michael Kress-Russik, an Asian folktale about a stonecutter who is granted wishes; and I Wish I Was Tall Like Willie; I Wish I was Strong Like Manuel, I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby and I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa, by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, illus. by Bonnie Adamson, English editions of this bilingual series.
Roaring Brook watches the clock with The Midnight Charter by David Whitley, a mysterious fantasy; Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book by Anita Silvey, a collection of essays on the effects of children’s books, and a guide to best books; Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson, illus. by Mordicai Gerstein, the story of a family’s fall tradition of making applesauce; Cookie by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Nick Sharratt, in which Cookie and her mother stand up to Cookie’s angry dad; and Episodes: My Life in Syndication by Blaze Ginsberg, a YA memoir by a high-functioning autistic young man.
ROARING BROOK/FLASH POINT
Flash Point flips the switch on The Universal Machine by Steve Lohr, about the people, companies and technology that ushered in the computer age; The Life of Anne Frank by Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der Rol, trans. by Arnold J. Pomerans, an introduction to the world and life story of Anne Frank; and Django by Bonnie Christensen, the illustrated story of acclaimed jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
ROARING BROOK/NEAL PORTER
Neal Porter Books blows out all the candles for Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel, an illustrated novel about the riotous kitty and her pals; Dog and Bear: Three to Get Ready by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, new stories about these best friends; Cool Cat by Nonny Hogrogian, in which a cat and some friendly animals help transform a barren park into a paradise; and The Everything Machine by Matt Novak, about the do-it-all robot on Planet Quirk that suddenly stops working.
Running Press puts the kettle on for Tombstone Tea by Joanne Dahme, in which a girl discovers her ability to communicate with the dead; The Eternal Kiss, a YA short-story collection featuring dark seduction and modern romance; Robox by Mark Rogalski, about a boy who builds a hungry contraption to gobble up his problems; School Day Rides, third in the Saddle Wise horse series; and a reissue of a 1977 book by Jane Yolen, The Seeing Stick.
Sasquatch turns on the GPS for Larry Gets Lost in Los Angeles by John Skewes and Michael Mullin, illus. by Skewes, about a dog who loses his owner and travels to the city’s landmarks; and Alphabet Bird Collection by Shelli Ogilvy, an ABC book that includes bird facts.
Blue Sky gets the warm fuzzies with How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, more antics from the popular dinos; Doom Machine by Mark Teague, the adventures of comically inept aliens; and All of Me!: A Book of Thanks by Molly Bang, in which a child give thanks for all the wonders in her world.
Cartwheel is with the band for Rock & Roll: Colors by Salina Yoon, a novelty concept book; Clifford the Champion by Norman Bridwell, the Big Red Dog’s first original hardcover, in which he goes for the gold; Here Comes Halloween! by Caroline Jayne Church, a touch-and-feel title; Watch Me GO! by Rebecca Young, illus. by Von Glitschka, in which 50-frame lenticulars bring photos into motion; and The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll, illus. by Jeni Bassett, a holiday tale with foil stickers.
Chicken House is a up a tree with Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett, illus. by Caroline Jayne Church, in which two curious squirrels embrace the change of seasons; Raiders’ Ransom by Emily Diamand, winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, about a poor fisher-girl who may be able to save future England; Falling by Sharon Dogar, a interracial love story; and Reason Four by Kevin Brooks, blending of magical realism and mystery to explore family and faith.
Graphix goes green (and bumpy) with Magic Pickle and the Creature from the Black Legume by Scott Morse, more adventures of Magic Pickle and Jo Jo; The Good Neighbors Book #2: Kith by Holly Black, illus. by Ted Naifeh, in which Rue finds her presumed dead mother in the faerie realm; Bone Prequel: Rose by Jeff Smith, illus. by Charles Vess, about princesses who face a terrifying dragon attack; Amulet #2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi, in which Emily and Navin seek an antidote to save their mother; and Knights of the Lunch Table #2: The Dragon Players by Frank Cammuso, more from Camelot Middle School.
Arthur A. Levine Books puckers up for Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor, illus. by Jim Di Bartolo, about three girls’ experience with a life-changing kiss that has supernatural consequences; Peaceful Heroes by Jonah Winter, illus. by Sean Addy, portraits of men and women who changed the world through peace; Bobby Vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee, illus. by Dan Santat, first in a series starring Bobby Ellis-Chan, who inadvertently starts a war between the boys and girls of his fourth-grade class; Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, illus. by Alex Scheffler, in which Stick Man finds himself far from his family on Christmas Eve; and Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes, in which students on an Air Force base help their beloved teacher when her brother goes missing in Afghanistan.
SCHOLASTIC LICENSED PUBLISHING
Scholastic Licensed Publishing feels the Force with Star Wars: Luke Skywalker Bio, the story of this Jedi hero; and Ben 10, based on the cartoon.
Little Scholastic greets the season with Welcome Fall by Jill Ackerman, illus. by Nancy Davis, a tactile board book; My Favorite Pets by Ackerman, a photographic board book with padded covers and DVD; Hello, Dinosaurs by Jill MacDonald, a hand-puppet board book; and Toys by Salina Yoon, a combination of flash cards, book and puzzle, introducing basic colors.
Scholastic Nonfiction checks its facts with Scholastic Almanac for Kids by Becker & Mayer Ltd.; The Christmas Book: How to Have the Best Christmas Ever by Juliana Foster, a festive guidebook; The Girls’ Book of Excellence by Sally Norton and The Boys’ Book of Greatness by Martin Oliver, featuring a variety of instructions and information; The Presidents Go to School, containing essays, class photos and more from presidents’ school days; and Nic Bishop Marsupials by Nic Bishop, a photo-essay featuring animals from Down Under.
Orchard Books fluffs its pillows for Cat Dreams by Ursula K. Le Guin, illus. by S.D. Schindler, a peek into a land where it’s raining mice and all the dogs have run away; The Nutcracker and the King of Mice by Gail de Marcken, a retelling of E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic holiday tale; Gone with the Wand by Margie Palatini, illus. by Brian Ajar, in which the Tooth Fairy helps a fairy godmother find new purpose; Dogs Do, Dogs Don’t by Shelley Rotner, illus. by Diane deGroat, in which clever pups map out what they will and will not do; and There Was an Old Monster by Rebecca, Adrian and Ed Emberley, a twist on “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.”
Scholastic Paperbacks works it with three America’s Next Top Model titles by Randi Reisfeld, inspired by the TV series; two Pet Trouble titles by T.T. Sutherland; two titles kicking off the Spelling Bseries by Lexi Connor; Fire Alarm and The 100th Day by Nancy Krulik, illus. by Bernice Lum, additions to the Appleville Elementary series; and Mascot Madness! and Robot Attack!, new to Andy Griffith’s Schooling Around.
Point goes a-haunting with Ruined: A New Orleans Ghost Story by Paula Morris, a supernatural novel about a girl’s formative year in the Big Easy; And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman, in which Delia starts a new life in New York when her mother disappears; This Girl Isn’t Shy, She’s Spectacular by Nina Beck, a companion to This Book Isn’t Fat, It’s Fabulous;and The Comeback by Marlene Perez, in which Sophie will do anything to regain her status as high school royalty.
Scholastic Press harnesses up the reindeer for Santa and the Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Jon J Muth, following Santa’s preparations; Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson, illus. by Kadir Nelson, in which the player’s daughter recounts a childhood story of her dad’s bravery; Murder at Midnight by Avi, a prequel to the medieval mystery Midnight Magic; Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, a supernatural romance; and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the sequel to The Hunger Games.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S sends “best dishes” to readers withPaula Deen School Days Cookbook by Paula Deen with Martha Nesbit, illus. by Susan Mitchell, a collection of family friendly recipes; Long Shot by Chris Paul, illus. by Frank Morrison, about how NBA star Paul worked hard to make his very first basketball team; Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka, illus. by David Shannon, starring a three-inch tall robot out to conquer the world; Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: The Wyrm King by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, the mysterious conclusion to this series; and Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, first in a new teen gothic horror series.
Aladdin stands in front of the mirror for My Beauty, My Life, My Self and My Look by Marlene Wallach, four lifestyle guides for tweens; Alienated by David O. Russell, a novel linked to a forthcoming motion picture; and An Awfully Beastly Business #3: Bang Goes a Troll by David Sinden, Matthew Morgan and Guy Macdonald, illus. by Johnny Duddle, another case for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts.
From Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur, illus. by Marc Brown(Knopf)
Atheneum whips up a fall list with Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, a tall-tale sequel to Swamp Angel; All Things Bright and Beautiful by Ashley Bryan, an illustrated version of this hymn; Amelia Rules: A Very Ninja Christmas by Jimmy Gownley, latest in the graphic-novel series; William S. and the Great Escape by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, a middle-grade adventure; and A Gift of Days: Words to Live By by Stephen Alcorn, which profiles 366 figures who contributed to the history of mankind.
Richard Jackson Books sets sail for Islands of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer, about the mysterious place known as Notland.
Beach Lane Books gets a pat on the head with Weezer Changes the World by David McPhail, a story about a little dog; All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, illus. by Marla Frazee, which celebrates the large and small elements that make up our world; Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth by Sarah Weeks, illus. by Robert Neubecker, a humorous new-sibling story; Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeannette Winter, in which a secret school helps an Afghani girl rediscover her voice; and Jasper Dash and the Flame Pits of Delaware by M.T. Anderson, the third installment in the Thrilling Tales series.
Little Simon looks under the tree with Where is Baby’s Christmas Present?A Lift-the-Flap Book and Beddy-Bye, Baby: A Touch and Feel Board Book by Karen Katz; Beauty and the Beast by Robert Sabuda, a pop-up adaptation of the fairy tale; two additions to the Little Green Book series; Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes by Matthew Reinhart, a pop-up edition; and The Eric Carle Mini Library: A Storybook Gift Set, containing four classic Carle stories.
Margaret K. McElderry Books gallops into fall with Secret of the Night Ponies by Joan Hiatt Harlow, in which a girl and her friends perform an exciting midnight rescue; Don’t Be Afraid, Little Pip by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, about Little Pip’s fear of swimming; Ice by Sarah Beth Durst, a fairy-tale-flavored novel featuring a polar bear and a castle of ice; Tricks by Ellen Hopkins, about teen prostitution in America; and a 20th-anniversary edition of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illus. by Helen Oxenbury.
Simon Pulse takes a bite of the apple with Devoured by Amanda Marrone, a paranormal teen novel inspired by Snow White; Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, first in a steampunk-inspired sci-fi/historical series; Crashed by Robin Wasserman, a follow-up to Skinned; The Hollow by Jessica Verday, kicking off a romance trilogy about a girl who falls in love with a ghost; and Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick, a debut novel exploring friendship and love.
Simon Spotlight heads to Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob SquarePants: My 10 Happiest Moments by Alison Inches, illus. by Stephen Reed, and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Great Escape by Emily Sollinger, tie-ins to the 10-year-old series; Olivia Acts Out by Jodie Shepard, illus. by Patrick Spaziante, a retelling of the first episode in the Olivia TV series; Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom by Molly Reisner, illus. by Dave Aikins, based on an episode of the show; and Meet Kai-Lan by Mickie Matheis, illus. by Jason Fruchter and Aka Chikasawa, about the star of the Nickelodeon show Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.
Paula Wiseman Books summons Jack Frost with Snow! Snow! Snow! by Lee Harper, a look at the magic of a first snow; Auntie Claus Home for the Holidays by Elise Primavera, starring Sophie’s eccentric, red-velvet-clad great-aunt; Louise the Big Cheese by Elise Primavera, illus. by Diane Goode, in which Louise longs to star as Cinderella in the school play; My Little Red Firetruck by Stephen T. Johnson, a novelty and concept book; and Peeny-Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison, illus. by Joe Cepeda, about what happens during a day when Grandma is in charge.
St. Martin’s Press wraps its brain around The Other Girl by Sarah Miller, a follow-up to Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn, in which Molly gets trapped inside her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend’s head.
ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN
Griffin has a love to call its own with Blue Moon by Alyson Noël, second in a teen paranormal romance trilogy; The Book of Samuel by Erik Raschke, about a boy’s search for salvation when his father abandons his family in the name of Jesus; Night Runner by Max Turner, in which a boy discovers he is a vampire; and the sixth House of Night title by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, set in a high school for vampires.
Sterling shakes its tail feathers with Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer, illus. by Dan Santat, a goofy barnyard romp; Day Is Done by Peter Yarrow, illus. by Melissa Sweet, a picture-book version of this folk song; The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme by Bobbi Katz, illus. by Adam McCauley, a scrapbook from a monster expert; Creaky Old House by Linda Ashman, illus. by Michael Chesworth, a tale of a big, boisterous family and their beloved home; The Nutcracker by John Cech, illus. by Eric Puybaret, an adaptation of this holiday story; and Daddy Longlegs Blues by Mike Ornstein, illus. by Lisa Kopelke, about a hip spider.
Sylvan Dell has got autumn’s number with Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk, illus. by Sherry Neidigh, a counting title; Baby Owl’s Rescue by Jennifer Keats Curtis, illus. by Laura Jacques, an environment-conscious story; Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys and Gulls by Lucy A. Nolan, illus. by Connie McLennan, verse with a nautical twist; What’s New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure by Suzanne Slade, illus. by Joan Waites, an introduction to zoo animals and math concepts; and Moose and Magpie by Bettina Restrepo, illus. by Sherry Rogers, in which Moose finds a wisecracking friend.
Tricycle Press sinks its teeth into The Book that Eats People by John Perry, illus. by Mark Fearing, in which an unnamed narrator warns readers about the book they are reading; Let There Be Peace on Earth by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller, illus. by David Diaz, an illustrated version of this song; I Call My Grandma “Nana” and I Call My Grandpa “Poppa” by Ashley Wolff, celebrations of the names children create for their grandparents; Ned’s New Home by Kevin Tseng, in which Ned the worm seeks new digs when his apple begins to rot; and Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee by Marissa Moss, illus. by Carl Angel, the true story of a Chinese-American Woman Air Service Pilot who flew during WWII.
Starscape has a pity party with My Rotten Life by David Lubar, first in a humorous series about a fifth-grader who becomes a half-dead zombie; and Children of the Dawnland by Kathleen O’Neal Gear & W. Michael Gear, a novel set 13,000 years ago about a 12-year-old who must save her people from environmental disaster.
Tundra goes down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illus. by Oleg Lipchenko, an illustrated edition of the classic; Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield, a graphic novel about anorexia; and A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson, an illustrated short history of pirates.
Tyndale welcomes the season with My Read and Rhyme Bible Storybook by Crystal Bowman and Cindy Kenney, illus. by Christianne Engle, a collection of 37 rhyming Bible stories.
Zonderkidz makes a splash with Walking the Plank to the Baptism Tank by Mike Thaler, illus. by Jared Lee, new to the Tales from the Back Pew series; The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks and The Berenstain Bears: Faithful Friends by Jan and Mike Berenstain, two entries in the Living Lights Berenstain Bears series; and Last Breath, a tale of suspense from the Rayne Tour series.