Abrams stirs the pot with Chicken Soup by Jean Van Leeuwen, illus. by David Gavril, featuring a farmyard of comic characters; Views from Here by Fani Marceau, illus. by Joelle Jolivet, an illustrated look at places around the world; Budgie and Boo by David McPhail, about two friends working in their gardens; All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Nikki McClure, which illuminates the many things that a day offers; and Beyond: A Solar System Voyage by Michael Benson, a photo-essay depicting the science and beauty of outer space.


Amulet rocks the house with Janis Joplin: Under the Influence by Ann Angel, a biography of the iconic musician; The Girls by Tucker Shaw, a comedy about friendships, jealousy and love; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney, third in the series; My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald, in which seventh-grader Lucy tries to save her family's store; and The Chronicles of Faerie: The Book of Dreams by O.R. Melling, third in the series starring Irish half-mortal/half-fairy Dana.

From Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms , illus. by Stephanie Beeke (Greenwillow).


Bloomsbury goes for its black belt with Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Rivalry by Daniel Wilson, a guide to mastering one's brother or sister; Dot in Larryland by Roz Chast and Patricia Marx, about the friendship between a lady the size of a dust mite and a guy the size of Mt. Everest; The Number Garden by Sara Pinto, a concept book; Gaijin Girl I by Thomas Randall, a trilogy starring vampire cats, set in a Japanese private school; and Strut by Jacques Couvillon, sequel to The Chicken Dance.


Candlewick breaks out the air freshener for Stink-O-Pedia: Super Stink-y Stuff from A to Zzzzzz by Megan McDonald, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, an encyclopedia of Stink Moody's life; Fairie-ality: Inspiration from Nature by David Ellwand, a follow-up to Faerie-ality; Ode to Middle C by Alison McGhee, illus. by Scott Menchin, in which a girl prepares for her first piano recital; Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith, a return to the dark parallel world of Tantalize; and Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells, illus. by P.J. Lynch, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, from the perspective of his young sons.


Marshall Cavendish goes green with Stuff!: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Steven Kroll, about a pack rat who finally learns how to part with his stuff; Gorilla Garage by Mark Shulman, illus. by Vincent Nguyen, spotlighting monkey business at a garage; Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli, illus. by David Slonim, about a goose who is too silly for her friends; Bloggrls: Sistersic92 (Meg) by Cheryl Dellasega, in which Meg blogs about her sister and discovers a dangerous secret; and Manolito Four-Eyes: The 2nd Volume of the Great Encyclopedia of My Life by Elvira Lindo, illus. by Emilio Urberuaga, more misadventures of a 10-year-old boy in Madrid.


Charlesbridge hands out treats for Good Dog, Aggie! by Lori Ries, illus. by Frank Dormer, in which Ben struggles to train his puppy; Pippo the Fool by Tracey Fern, illus. by Pau Estrada, a fictional story about Filippo Brunelleschi; What Really Happened to Humpty? From the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective by Jeanie Franz Ransom, illus. by Stephen Axelsen, in which Humpty's brother investigates his fall; After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance by Anne Sibley O'Brien and Perry Edmund O'Brien, illus. by Anne Sibley O'Brien, about the legacy of Mohandas Gandhi; and The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair by Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley, a true story that traces a lock of the musician's hair from 1827 to its sale at auction in 1994.


Chicago Review Press makes a quick escape with Harry Houdini for Kids: His Life and Adventureswith 21 Magic Tricks and Illusions by Laurie Carlson; Keys to American History: Understanding Our Most Important Historic Documents by Richard Panchyk; Duke Ellington: His Life in Jazz with 21 Activities by Stephanie Stein Crease; and Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis: Projects and Principles for Beginning Geologists by Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori.


Children's Book Press prepares a canvas for From Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown by Malathi Michelle Iyengar, illus. by Jamel Akib, featuring images of families from various backgrounds; and Diego Rivera Project by Guadalupe Rivera Marín, illus. by Diego Rivera, a collection of the artist's work.


Chronicle dissects snips, snails and puppy dog tails with Boyology 101 by Sarah O'Leary Burningham, a crash course for teens in understanding boys; Sylvia Long's Thumbelina by Sylvia Long, an adaptation of the Andersen tale; Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. by Jen Corace, in which Little Oink doesn't want to make a mess; Grow Your Own Sweet Scents, a kit that includes plant science and experiments; and Nana Cracks the Case by Kathleen Lane, illus. by Sarah Horne, first in a series in which Nana answers various “help wanted” classifieds.


Dawn is buzzing about In the Trees, Honeybees! by Lori Mortensen, illus. by Cris Arbo, about a wild hive of bees; and A Feast of Beasts by Maxine Schur, illus. by Michael Mayduk, a poetic celebration of exotic animals.


Disney Editions claps with gusto for Tinker Bell—An Evolution, showcasing the visual development of this fairy via Disney imagery; Disney's Neglected Prince, offering development artwork of various princes from Disney films; The Disney Sketchbook (1928—2008), a visual survey of 80 years of sketches and art; and Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation, examining dancing and choreography in Disney films.


Hyperion sets the table for Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. by Scott Magoon, about a spoon's quest to find out what makes him special; Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems, about a mole rat who likes to wear clothes; Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud, a fantasy adventure; Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Five by Rick Riordan, the latest story starring the demigods at Camp Half-Blood; and Discordia: The Eleventh Dimension by Dena Salmon, in which two boys enter a parallel world.


Jump at the Sun ushers in the season with The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes, illus. by E.B. Lewis, a picture-book interpretation of the Harlem Renaissance poem.


Disney Press hops into spring with Disney Bunnies: A Gift for Papa, starring Thumper the rabbit; ABC Disney by Robert Sabuda, an anniversary edition of the pop-up; Hannah Montana: In the Loop by Suzanne Harper, in which Hannah and the gang visit a rodeo; The Star Power of Positive Thinking by Vicki Arkoff, a collection of essays from stars of film, TV and music; and Mickey Mouse Club House: No Place Like Earth by Susan Amerikaner, which explores Earth Day and ways to help the planet.


DK ties its apron for Let's Cook Together by Annabel Karmel, a compendium of recipes and tips; Listopedia, a humorous collection of lists; William Ing's Cool Cross-Sections by William Ing, in which cutaway images allow a peek inside vehicles, buildings and more; 100% Me by Michelle Hainer, a guide for navigating puberty; and Animals Up Close, featuring photos of wildlife.


Kids Play counts on Chalk Board Letters and Numbers Board Book, packaged with colored chalk; Busy Day on the Farm, featuring a turning wheel and matching games; and Noah's Ark, a light-and-sound adaptation.


Duopress pricks up its ears for Sounds Wild! Loud Funny Animals by Kevin Somers, a board book featuring comic and pop-art illustrations; and 123 Texas by Puck, illus. by Kevin Somers, a board book highlighting Texas landmarks.


Eerdmans tests the waters with My Goldfish by Barroux, about the unusual accomplishments of a pet; Swimming Sal by Carol Molski, illus. by Mary Newell DePalms, in which a dog swims with kids at the local YMCA; Gonzalo Grabs the Good Life by Janice Levy, illus. by Bill Slavin, in which a sassy rooster leaves the farm for adventure; Persephone by Sally Pomme Clayton, illus. by Virginia Lee, a retelling of the myth; and Tillman County Fire by Pamela Ehrenberg, a novel about the effects of arson.


FSG goes below deck with Peril on the Sea by Michael Cadnum, a pirate adventure set in 1588; Paula Bunyan by Phyllis Root, illus. by Kevin O'Malley, about Paul Bunyan's younger sister; My Brother Bert by Ted Hughes, illus. by Tracey Campbell Pearson, featuring a boy's exotic pet collection; Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim, a debut YA novel starring a Pakistani-American girl; and Superstock Rookie by Will Weaver, second in the Motor Novels series.


Frances Foster Books swings into the season with Monkeys and the Universe, about simian siblings at an observatory; That's Papa's Way by Kate Banks, illus. by Lauren Castillo, in which a girl ponders her father's way of doing things; and Smoke by Mavis Jukes, about a 12-year-old boy adjusting to life in a new place without his father.


Melanie Kroupa Books counts down to spring with Math Attack! by Joan Horton, illus. by Krysten Brooker, about a girl who forgets her multiplication tables; Georgia Rises by Kathy Lasky, illus. by Ora Eitan, a biography of Georgia O'Keeffe; Clarence Cochran: A Human Boy by Anne Wilsdorf, in which Clarence changes from a cockroach into a miniature boy; Claudette Colvin: Out of Rosa's Shadow by Phillip Hoose, a profile of a little-known Civil Rights figure; and Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg by Andrea Warren, a look at this battle through the eyes of townspeople of the time.


Feiwel and Friends tallies the votes for Dodger for President by Jordan Sonnenblick, a sequel to Dodger and Me; House of Mists by Helen Stringer, about a girl who lives with the ghosts of her parents; The Tushy Book by Fran Manushkin, illus. by Tracy Dockray, which celebrates a certain body part; Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee, illus. by Taeeun Yoo, an evocative poem; and The Heights by Brian James, a modern love story inspired by Wuthering Heights.

From Tales from Outer Suburbia
by Shaun Tan (Scholastic/Levine).


Frances Lincoln raids the fridge with Midnight Feast Magic by Rosalind Peters, a handbook of recipes, games and activities for slumber parties; What Is This? by Antje Damm, in which ordinary objects transform into animals; Mommy, Mommy, What's in Your Tummy? by Sarah Simpson-Enock, illus. by Linzi West, a lift-the-flap book about a new baby's arrival; Tail-End Charlie by Mick Manning and Brita Granström, tales of Manning's father's experience as a gunner in WWII; and ABC UK by James Dunn, illus. by Helen Bate, an alphabet book about Britain.


Free Spirit gets a grip with Hands Are Not for Hitting (Spanish/English Bilingual Edition) by Martine Agassi, illus. by Marieka Heinlen; Be the Boss of Your Fitness and Food by Timothy Culbert and Rebecca Kajander, which encourages positive lifestyle habits; and A Kids' Guide to Saving the Environment by Cathryn Berger Kaye, a workbook about developing environmental service projects.


Gibbs Smith waves the checkered flag for NASCAR 123 by Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swenderbook, a concept book with racing vocabulary; Pink Princess Spa by Barbara Beery, an activity book including recipes; Every Kid Needs a Water Balloon Launcher by Richard and Candice Elton, a how-to title; Yo-Yo Tricks by Daniel Cohen; and Pocket Guide to History by Bart King.


Groundwood Books waddles into spring with It's Useful to Have a Duck by Isol, a baby book; Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by Deborah Ellis, in which children displaced by the Iraq war tell their stories; Thumb and the Bad Guys by Ken Roberts, a story set in an idyllic hamlet; Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan, about a girl abandoned in post-Taliban Afghanistan; and Bean Soup/Sopa de frijolitos by Jorge Argueta, illus. by Rafael Yockteng, a poem/recipe book.


FaithWords channels girl power for Be Strong and Curvaceous: An All About Us Novel by Shelley Adina, about girls at fictitious Spencer Academy; and Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: A Miracle Girls Novel by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt, in which the girls tackle their high school sophomore year.


HarperCollins sees the light with Prism by Faye Kellerman and Aliza Kellerman, a YA paranormal thriller by a mother-daughter team; Marley Goes to School by John Grogan, illus. by Richard Cowdrey, a picture book about the irrepressible dog; The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, illus. by Carson Ellis, a musical mystery picture book with a CD; Mackenzie Blue by Tina Wells, which launches a tween series starring a pop culture—savvy girl; and Fancy Nancy: Poison Ivy Expert by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, an I Can Read title.


Amistad gets in the game with Satch & Me by Dan Gutman, in which Stosh travels back in time to test Satchell Paige's pitching speed; Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers, a novel about drug use and second chances; Burn My Heart by Beverly Naidoo, a tale of friendship between a white boy and a black boy in 1950s Kenya; Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia, a novel about school violence in an urban high school; and Brothers and Sisters: Family Poems by Eloise Greenfield, illus. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, poems celebrating the bond between siblings.


The Julie Andrews Collection marks its calendar for The Wednesday Tales, No. 3: The Lightning Key by Jon Berkeley, which reveals the secret of the Tiger's Egg.


The Bowen Press makes room for This Full House by Virginia Euwer Wolff, the conclusion to the Make Lemonade series; Willoughby & the Lion by Greg Foley, the tale of a magical friendship; Do You Love Me? by Joost Elffers, from the creator of the Play with Your Food books; The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice, a debut novel about family and friendship; and Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel by C.M. Butzer, a visual reinterpretation of this battle and Lincoln's address.


Collins minds its p's and q's with Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post, illus. by Steve Björkman, a reference for proper etiquette; How to Annoy Your Mother by Alec Greven, more humorous advice from the nine-year-old author; What Lincoln Said by Sarah Thomson, illus. by James Ransome, a picture book illuminating Lincoln's life with his own words; Mozart: The Wonder Child by Diane Stanley, a picture-book biography; and Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson, the memoir of a young soldier deployed to Iraq.


Joanna Cotler Books lets loose with The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block, in which a fairy and her doppelganger switch lives; and My Name Is Jason. Mine Too by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin, about two creative artists, one black and one white.


Eos unsheathes its sword for Warrior Princess by Frewin Jones, first in a magical teen series; The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison, a sequel to The Princess and the Hound; Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel, the sequel to Airborn; Worldweavers: Cybermage by Alma Alexander, the conclusion to the Worldweavers trilogy; and a single-volume reprint of The Abhorsen Chronicles by Garth Nix, illus. by Brian Biggs, which includes bonus stories.


Laura Geringer Books loads up its shopping basket with Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh, a debut novel about magic and the power of storytelling; 1000 Times No by Mr. Warburton, in which a well-spoken toddler says “no” in myriad languages; Trophy Kid by Peter Abrahams, a YA thriller; September Sisters by Jillian Cantor, a debut novel about a sibling's disappearance; and I, Lorelei by Yeardley Smith, starring a sixth-grade rising star.


Greenwillow gets comfy with A Chair for Always by Vera B. Williams, a companion to A Chair for My Mother; Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan, a middle-grade novel about a girl's longing for a pet; Birds by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek, a picture book about the nature of birds; Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson, illus. by Stephanie Beeke, a follow-up to Fletcher and the Falling Leaves; and Soul Enchilada by David Gill, a debut YA novel in which Eunice discovers her grandfather sold her soul for a 1958 Cadillac.


HarperEntertainment goes back in time with an eight-book tie-in program for the animated feature film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.


HarperFestival serves up tricks and treats in Fancy Nancy: Halloween... or Bust! by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, in which Nancy has a costume mishap.


HarperTeen takes flight with Wings by Aprilynne Pike, a debut faerie fantasy novel; Emily the Strange Book 1 by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner, a mystery-adventure; Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston, an urban faerie fantasy by a first-time novelist; Sloane Sisters by Annabelle Vestry, first in a series about stepsiblings; and a reprint of The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean, about an Antarctic adventure.


HarperTrophy sets sail with Pirates of Underwhere by Bruce Hale and Shane Hillman, one of three titles launching a half-text/half-comic series; two Flat Stanley Chapter Books by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Macky Pamintuan; Sapphire: New Horizons, which kicks off the Running Horse Ridge series about horseback riding; and paperback reprints of three Fairy Realm titles by Emily Rodda and Sword Quest by Nancy Yi Fan.


Rayo swings at the piñata for Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos el día de los ninos/El día de los libros by Pat Mora, illus. by Rafael Lopez, a picture book written by the event's founder; A Chair for Always (Un sillón para siempre) by Vera B. Williams, companion to A Chair for My Mother; Pelé, King of Soccer/Pelé, el rey del fútbol by Monica Brown, illus. by Rudy Gutierrez, a bilingual picture-book biography; Wiggling Pockets/Los bolsillos saltarines by Pat Mora, illus. by Maribel Suárez, new to the bilingual My Family series; and Cheech and the Spooky Ghost Bus (Spanish Edition) by Cheech Marin, illus. by Orlando Ramírez, in which Cheech is afraid of a haunted bus.


Katherine Tegen Books turns back time with CounterClockwise by Jason Cockcroft, a fantasy; The Septimus Heap Handbook by Angie Sage, illus. by Mark Zug, about the titular character and his world; Coretta Scott by Ntozke Shange, illus. by Kadir Nelson, a picture-book tribute to the civil rights pioneer; Barack by Jonah Winter, illus. by A.G. Ford, a picture book portrait of Barack Obama; and Mystic Sisters, Book One: Waters Dark and Deep by Gillian Shields, which kicks off a romantic paranormal series about four witches.


TokyoPop has its claws out for Warriors: Tigerstar and Sasha #2: Escape from the Forest by Erin Hunter, a manga about these felines; The Faerie Path: Lamia's Revenge #1: The Serpent Awakes by Frewin Jones, a graphic novel spin-off; Jinx Manga #1 by Meg Cabot, based on her magic-minded novel; Spy Goddess, Volume 2: Quest for the Lance by Mike Spradlin, about a teenage spy; and Desert Fey: Awakening by Melissa Marr, a new adventure set in the world of Wicked Lovely.

From Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems


Holiday House has spring under wraps with Take the Mummy and Run: The Riot Brothers Are on a Roll by Mary Amato, illus. by Ethan Long; Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner, illus. by Will Hillenbrand, a board book about a mischievous goat; The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane Auch and Herm Auch, in which a chicken has her first book published; The King Who Barked by Charlotte Jones, illus. by Yayo, profiling famous animals throughout history; and Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch, a YA novel in which a Mexican-American teenager tries to live on his own after his step-grandfather's death.


Clarion takes a bite out of spring with Svetlana Grimm and the Circle of Red by Albert Lewis Harris, about middle-school vampires and vampire slayers; Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley, celebrating the childhood of this African-American chef; How to Scratch a Wombat by Jackie French, illus. by Bruce Whatley, which brings humor to wildlife observation; Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues by Karen English, illus. by Laura Freeman, starring the titular third-grade best friends; and Bobby Bramble Loses His Brain by Dave Keane, illus. by David Clark, a cautionary tale.


Harcourt consults the blueprints for Built by Angels: The Oldest Synagogue by Mark Podwal, part legend, part history of a Prague synagogue built in 1270; King of the Screwups by K.L. Going, about a teenager and his middle-aged glam rocker uncle; Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i by Gerald McDermott, a retelling; The Kinetics and the Bullheaded Bully: A Dance-tastic Adventure, first of four titles in a paperback series; and Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian, featuring 20 poems.


Houghton Mifflin catches some zzzz's with The Sleeping Nights by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, a YA novel in which a boy must save a legendary kingdom; Henry's Night Jar by Linda Michelin, illus. by D.B. Johnson, about a bear's moonlight walk; Tacky Goes to Camp by Helen Lester, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, chronicling the penguins' stay at Camp Whoopihaha; The Nine Lives of Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos, illus. by Nicole Rubel, in which the kitty is up to his old tricks; and After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr, a novel of teenage love gone wrong.


Graphia sharpens its sixth sense with The Awakening by Marley Gibson, first in the Ghost Huntress trilogy about a girl with psychic powers.


Sandpiper knows the punchline with The Sisters Eight, Book Four: Jackie's Jokes by Lauren Baratz-Logsted et al., the latest in this series.


Hunter House steps right up to the Big Top with 101 Circus Games: A SmartFun Activity Book by Paul Rooyackers.


Immedium consults the stars for The Year of the Ox: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac by Oliver Chin, illus. by Jeremiah Alcorn, in which a girl endangers her village; Chaff n' Skaffs: Mai and the Lost Moskivvy by Amanda Chin and Luke Feldman, illus. by Feldman, about a mosquito that leads two children on an adventure; You Might Be a Monster by Attaboy, in which Gustav's parents have him tested to see if he's a monster; and Baltazar and the Flying Pirates by Oliver Chin, illus. by Justin Roth, a pirate picture book.


Jewish Publication Society knows who's the fairest of them all with Elvina's Mirror (Le Miroir d'Elvina) by Sylvie Weil, about a Jewish girl who helps a friend following a crusade in 11th-century France.


Kane puts on rubber gloves for The Messiest Room on the Planet by Monica Kulling and Nan Walker, illus. by Jerry Smath, about an attempt to turn the world's messiest room into the cleanest; Whoa! UFO! by Kirsten Larson, illus. by Barry Gott, about an unidentified object seen streaking across the sky; Who Needs It? by Eleanor May, illus. by Blanche Sims, in which one camper brings too much on a trip; and The Case of the Stinky Socks and The Case of the Poisoned Pig by Lewis Montgomery, illus. by Amy Wummer, the first two titles in the Milo and Jazz Mystery series.


Kane/Miller wears its heart on its sleeve with Norman and Brenda by Colin Thompson, illus. by Amy Lissiat, a Valentine's Day-themed sequel to The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley.


Kar-Ben strikes a pose with Alef-Bet Yoga for Kids by Bill and Ruth Goldeen; My First Yiddish Word Book, ed. by Joni Sussman, illus. by Pepi Marzel; Nachshon Who Was Afraid to Swim: A Passover Story by Deborah Bodin Cohen, illus. by Jago; Sammy Spider's First Day of School by Sylvia Rouss, illus. by Katherine Janus Kahn; and Benjamin and the Silver Goblet by Jacquline Jules, illus. by Natascia Ugliano.


Marimba Books gets neighborly with Block Party by Karen Valentin, illus. by Michelle Dorencamp, about a traditional summer bash; What Did Abuela Say? by Valentin, illus. by Dorencamp, in which a Spanish girl struggles to understand her grandmother's language; Puddin', Jeffrey and Leah: Happy Birthday Puddin'! by Wade Hudson, illus. by Nancy Devard, a board book about a birthday celebration; Marvelous Martin: The Case of the Freckled Face Bully by Vincent Alexandria, illus. by David Graves, first in a series starring a kid detective; and Sights I Love to See by Cheryl Willis Hudson, illus. by Laura Freeman, a picture book about favorite sights.


Key Porter Books floats into spring with Out of Body by Maureen Garvie, a YA novel about identity; Girl #3 by Nichole McGill, a YA debut about the dangers of being a girl; Ghosthunters: The Curse of the Evening Eye by Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman, second in the spooky trilogy; and Shivers and Shakes by David Poulsen, new to the Salt and Pepper Chronicles.


Kids Can polishes its tiara for Stanley's Beauty Contest by Linda Bailey, illus. by Bill Slavin, in which the pooch tries to make himself beautiful; Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Mélanie Watt, about Scaredy's attempts to overcome nighttime fears; Dracula Madness by Mary Labatt, illus. by Jo-Anne Rioux, a graphic novel starring a sheepdog detective; Fridge Art by Allan Peterkin, illus. by Mike Shiell, trivia and designs for the fridge; and Why Do Horses Have Manes? by Elizabeth MacLeod, a compendium of horse facts and lore.


Kingfisher flips its lid for The Box of Tricks, launching the Secret Magic Shop series; Dippy Diplodocus and Other Dinosaur Poems by Tony Milton, illus. by Lynne Chapman; Everything You Need to Know About Science, a reference volume; Dixie in Danger, which kicks off the Pet Sitter series; and Through Time: London by Richard Platt, illus. by Manuela Cappon, which reveals the lives of everyday citizens in London.


Leapfrog colors outside the lines with Squiggle by B.B. Wurge, about a girl who is turned into a monkey.


Lectorum looks back with Federico García Lorca by Georgina Lázaro, illus. by Enrique S. Moreiro and Jorge Luis Borges by Lázaro, illus. by Graciela Genovés, new to the Cuando los grandes eran pequeños (When They Were Young) series.


Lee & Low gets up, stands up for Bob Marley: A Life in Poems by Tony Medina, illus. by Jesse Joshua Watson, a biography of the singer and activist; Friend Power by Trish Marx, photos by Ellen Senisi, a photo-essay about children in the U.S. and China; Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life by Jan Reynolds, an exploration of Balinese rice farming; Sacred Mountain: Everest by Christine Taylor-Butler, a portrait of the world's tallest mountain; and Shining Star by Paula Yoo, illus. by Lin Wang, a biography of Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong.


Lerner gets top bunk with Camp Alien by Pamela F. Service, illus. by Mike Gorman, in which Zack deals with being an alien; Noah's Bark by Stephen Krensky, illus. by Rogé, a whimsical take on the Bible story; Red, White & True Blue Mallory by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Jennifer Kalis, about a class trip to Washington, D.C.; Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally Walker, in which forensic anthropology explains how some colonists died; and Rule of Claw by John Brindley, about the challenges facing the last human teenagers on Earth.


Graphic Universe goes undercover with Spies by Dan Jolley, illus. by Matt Wendt, and The Goblin King by Alaya Johnson, illus. by Meg Gandy, part of the Twisted Journey graphic novel series.


Lion Hudson celebrates the season with The First Easter by Lois Rock, illus. by Sophie Allsopp; Goodnight Prayers by Sophie Piper, illus. by Mique Moriuchi; How to Be Good by Sophie Piper, illus. by Georgie Birkett; I Want to Know About Jesus by Christina Goodings, illus. by Jan Lewis; and The Lion Read & Know Bible by Sophie Piper, illus. by Anthony Lewis.

From Who Was Sandy Koufax?,
illus. by Andre Carrilho
(Random/Schwartz & Wade).


Little, Brown loads its iPod with Radioactive Love Song by Sherman Alexie, a 21st-century Indian road odyssey; Martha Doesn't Say Sorry by Samantha Berger, illus. by Bruce Whatley, about an otter with attitude; The Curious Garden by Peter Brown, in which a boy helps an abandoned garden blossom; Rumblewick's Diary: My Unwilling Witch Goes to Ballet School by Hiawyn Oram and Sarah Warburton, about a young witch who wants to be a normal girl; and The Prophecy Sisters: The Guardian by Michelle Zink, a debut thriller involving teens.


LB Kids unleashes Pets Go Pop!, an animal pop-up by Bob Staake; Welcome, Little One: A Love Letter from Me to You by Sandra Magsamen, an interactive gift book; Dinosaur by Stephanie Stansbie, a novelty book about various dinosaur species; and My First Spanish Colors: A Touch-and-Feel Book by Rebecca Emberley, a bilingual concept book.


Poppy walks the red carpet with Hollywood Royalty by Zoey Dean, a spinoff of the A-List series; P.S. I Loathe You by Lisi Harrison, the 10th Clique book; Gossip Girl: The Carlyles (subtitle TBA), created by Cecily von Ziegesar, about teen triplets taking Manhattan by storm; and the eighth It Girl novel about high-jinx at Waverly Academy.


Flux leaves a trail of breadcrumbs for The Dreade Forest by Gillian Summers, the final book in the Faire Folk trilogy; Vamped by Lucienne Diver, about vampire fashionistas; The Glass Maker's Daughter by V. Briceland, a magical tale set in Renaissance Venice; This Is What I Want to Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone, which offers two love stories from twin teen perspectives; and The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King, about a pirate reincarnated as an American teenage girl.


Nomad sends a picture postcard with National Monuments, Natural Wonders by Cynthia Light Brown, illus. by Blair Shedd.


Pelican fires up the oven for The Cajun Cornbread Boy by Dianne de Las Casas, illus. by Marita Gentry, a spicy spin on the folktale; Timothy Hubble and the King Cake Party by Anita Prieto, illus. by Virginia Howard, in which a boy discovers this New Orleans tradition; The Donkey's Easter Tale by Adele Bibb Colvin, illus. by Peyton Hamilton Carmichael; The American Revolution from A to Z by Laura Crawford, illus. by Judith Hierstein; and The Oklahoma Land Run by Una Belle Townsend, illus. by Emile Henriquez.


Berkley Jam pulls out a hankie for Spring Breakup by Stephanie Hale, the next episode in Aspen Brooks's college life; In Too Deep: An Elite Novel by Jennifer Banash, second in the series about four teen girls living in an exclusive Manhattan apartment building; and A Little Something by Carmen Rodrigues, a sequel to Not Anything.


Dial flies off with Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by Jackie Davis and David Soman, illus. by Soman, in which Ladybug Girl forms the Bug Squad; Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg andThree Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth, illus. by Roth, about the school Mortenson built in Pakistan; Charlie and Lola: I'm Looking After My Planet by Lauren Child, an adventure about recycling and saving trees; Violet and Winston by Sonya Sones and Bennett Tramer, illus. by Chris Raschka, a friendship tale; and The Looking Glass Wars: Wonderland Lost by Frank Beddor, the conclusion to the fantasy trilogy.


Dutton is armed with Simon Bloom: The Octopus Effect by Michael Reisman, a sequel to Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper; Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields, illus. by Sophie Blackall, a counting book featuring Australian animals; Sheetzucacapoopoo: Max Goes to the Dogs by Joy Behar, illus. by Gene Barretta and Dave Silaber, another adventure starring Max the mutt; Underground Gators by Tina Casey, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, a twist on a reptilian urban legend; and Tell Me Who by Jessica Wollman, in which two girls discover a machine that reveals their future husbands.


Grosset & Dunlap gives a shout-out to The Adventures of Daniel Boom aka Loud Boy #3: Game On! by D.J. Steinberg, illus. by Brian Smith, in which Daniel helps restore sounds to the world; Animalia: Hello, We Must Be Going..., an adventure in the magic world of Animalia; Magic Puppy #1: A New Beginning by Sue Bentley, illus. by Angela Swan, about wolf puppy Storm's efforts to find his way home; CITs: June by Melissa J. Morgan, first in a trilogy about camp counselors in training; and Nicola in Space: The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella by Liane Moriarty, featuring a battle of wills on Planet Globagaskar.


NAL Jam shuns the sun with Lord of Misrule: The Morganville Vampires, Book 5 by Rachel Caine, set in Morganville, where vampires and humans coexist.


Philomel forms two straight lines with Louie and Madeline by Will Hillenbrand, a look at the childhood of Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans; The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers, in which animals save the forest's trees; Roawr! by Barbara Joosse, illus. by Jan Jutte, about a boy who discovers the source of a mysterious roar; One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh, illus. by Mike Wimmer, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing; and The Desperado Who Stole Baseball by John Ritter, in which the Dillontown Nine enlist the help of Billy the Kid.


Price Stern Sloan counts sheep with Little Bo Peep by Ronne Randall, illus. by Emma Dodd, a touch-and-feel take on the nursery rhyme; Ten Gumballs by Salina Yoon, a novelty concept book; Farm Animal Playset by Salina Yoon, four board books that fit together as puzzle pieces; Blast Off into Space! by Paul Nicholls, a board book about outer space; and Mad Libs: Home Run Mad Libs by Roger Price and Leonard Stern, baseball word games.


Puffin takes the field for Cam Jansen and the Sports Day Mysteries: A Super Special by David A. Adler, illus. by Joy Allen, three sports-themed mysteries starring the young sleuth.


Speak unleashes the undead with Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby, in which zombies invade the prom; Exclusively Chloe by Jon Yang, about growing up the adopted daughter of Hollywood royalty; Geek Charming by Robin Palmer, in which a snob falls for a film geek; and Me, My Elf and I by Robin Palmer, about an elf at a Brooklyn performing arts high school.


G.P. Putnam's Sons focuses its telescope on Look to the Stars by Buzz Aldrin, illus. by Wendell Minor, the story of space exploration; The Song of Francis by Tomie dePaola, a picture book about St. Francis of Assisi; River of Dreams: The Flow of History Through the Hudson by Hudson Talbott, an homage to the Hudson River; Adventure According to Humphrey by Betty Birney, the latest about the class hamster; and Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson, a companion novel to Locomotion.


Razorbill primps for Hottie by Jonathan Bernstein, a YA satire about a Beverly Hills princess with superpowers; Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison, in which a devout Mormon girl must choose between love and faith; You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay, a YA novel about the paranormal; Talent 3 by Zoey Dean, new in the series about aspiring Hollywood actors; and Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag, in which four teens create scandal in Paris.


Viking checks its watch with Waiting for You by Susanne Colasanti, a YA novel about a girl's emotional life; Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney, spotlighting the first day of school; Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley, in which Bear and Mouse find unexpected luck; Response by Paul Volponi, in which a black teen is attacked in a white neighborhood; and Breathing by Cheryl Herbsman, a debut YA novel about a summer romance for a girl with life-threatening asthma.


Frederick Warne charts its growth with Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Baby Book, launching a program of books and products made from recyclable and sustainable sources; and Flower Fairies Magical Doors, in which a girl opens a door into the world of the Flower Fairies.


Pippin Press takes out the scrapbook for When My Grandmother Was a Child by Carolyn Winter, in which a woman's memories help her granddaughter understand her better.


Random House's nose knows with Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce, a sequel to Beka Cooper: Terrier; What a Good Big Brother by Diane Wright Landolf, illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, about the arrival of a new sibling; Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School by Barbara Park, illus. by Denise Brunkus, a book of tips with fill-in pages; The Random House Book of Bible Stories by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, illus. by Michael Welply, a collection of more than 50 biblical tales; and Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson, second in the 100 Cupboards trilogy.


Robin Corey Books takes a bow with My Dance Recital by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, about children's dance performances; Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants by J.D. Lester, illus. by Hiroe Nakata, highlighting silly nicknames that mothers give their children; Clackers: Bunny and Duck by Luana Rinaldo, novelty board books that make noise; Wilson and Miss Lovely: A Back-to-School Mystery by John Stadler, in which a day at school feels like The Twilight Zone; and Milo's Special Word by Charise Mericle Harper, a novelty book about learning manners.


Delacorte applies lip gloss for Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson, a sequel to Kiss Me, Kill Me; The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, a post-apocalyptic love story; Friend or Fiend with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume, illus. by James Stevenson, starring the sassy siblings; The Sorceress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott, the third installment in the series; and Fairy Lust by Cyn Balog, in which Morgan finds out her boyfriend is a fairy.


David Fickling Books pulls the strings for Charlie Small 3: The Puppet Master by Charlie Small, the journal of a boy on a 400-year journey; and Barnaby Grimes: Return of the Emerald Skull by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, second in the series.


Golden Books calls olly olly oxen free with A Game of Hide-and-Seek, starring Tinker Bell and friends; Peekaboo, Bunny!, an interactive board book featuring characters from Pat the Bunny; Never Talk to Strangers by Irma Joyce, illus. by George Buckett, a reissue of a 1960s book about child safety; and Rex Marks the Spot, illus.by Saxton Moore, a tie-in to the animated TV series Sushi Pack.


Alfred A. Knopf is on the trail with Scat by Carl Hiaasen, a novel about a kid, an oil prospector and endangered Florida panthers; Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez, about the friendship between a farmer’s son and the daughter of a migrant worker; The Swamps of Sleethe: Poems from Beyond the Solar System by Jack Prelutsky, illus. by Jimmy Pickering, a comedic collection; The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra, a bedtime story; and a trade paperback reprint of Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.


Wendy Lamb Books checks the GPS for You Are Here by Rebecca Stead, in which a girl receives mysterious notes about how to prevent a tragedy; Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli, a novel about Sicilian immigrants and prejudice in 1899 Louisiana; Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury, illus. by Jacqueline Rogers, kicking off a series about growing up in Hawaii; Jolted: Newton Starker’s Rules for Survival by Arthur Slade, about a family plagued by lightning strikes; and The Frost Child by Eoin McNamee, the final book in the Navigator trilogy.


Schwartz & Wade walks down the aisle with How to Get Married... by Me, the Bride by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illus. by Sue Heap, in which a young “bride” gives tips for a successful wedding; The One and Only Marigold by Florence Parry Heide, illus. by Jill McElmurry, introducing a picture book diva; Who Was Sandy Koufax? by Jonah Winter, illus. by Andre Carrilho, a picture-book biography; Princess Baby, Night-Night by Karen Katz, in which Princess Baby is not ready for bed; and When Royals Wore Ruffles: A Funny and Fashionable Alphabet! by Chesley McLaren and Pamela Jaber, illus. by McClaren, a romp through the history of fashion.


Raven Tree Press looks under the bed for Bedtime Monster by Heather Ayris Burnell, in which a boy turns into a tiny monster; Bella Luna by Dawn Jeffers, illus. by Bonnie Leick, about a girl’s wish for a day that never ends; and A Walk with Grandpa by Sharon Solomon, illus. by Pamela Barcita, about a special family ritual. All are bilingual books in Spanish and English.


Roaring Brook Press requests a late check-out with Hotel Oblivion by Charlie Price, in which five dead teenagers find themselves in a strange place; The Midnight Charter by David Whitley, a fantasy adventure set in a plague-infested city; A Book by Mordicai Gerstein, about a girl trying to find her story; and Shadowland by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the final book in the Brotherhood of the Conch trilogy.

From Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons,
illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon.
Scholastic/Blue Sky)


First Second plays muse with Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm and the Center for Cartoon Studies, which demonstrates how to create comics.


Flash Point measures up with Growing Up Short in an Extra-Large World by John Schwartz, a look at the science and cultural perceptions associated with height; Mission: Planet Earth by Sally Ride, in which the astronaut and scientist explains ecological problems on Earth; and The Boy on the Lion Throne by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, a look into the Dalai Lama’s life, with an introduction by the spiritual leader.


Running Press snaps open its umbrella for Rainy Day Rides by Inda Schaenen, which kicks off the Saddle Wise series about a girl and her horse; Cathy’s Ring, illus. by Cathy Brigg, third in the Cathy’s Book trilogy; Change the Way You See Everything for Teens by Kathy Krammer and Hank Wasiak, which introduces the Asset-Based Thinking philosophy; The Plague by Joanne Dahme, photos by Steve Belkowitz, a YA novel set in 14th-century Europe; and The Little Mermaid,illus. by Charles Santore, a retelling.


Blue Sky Press catches some rays with Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang and Penny Chisolm, illus. by Bang; Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons by Rob Walker, illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon, life lessons from 12 cultures; The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick, in which a boy seeks his brother who has been illegally sold into the Union Army; and Ready, Freddy! #16: Ready, Set, Snow! by Abby Klein, illus. by John McKinley.


Cartwheel Books counts the ways with How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by Caroline Jayne Church, a companion to I Love You Through and Through; Signing Smart: Let’s Go! by Michelle Anthony and Reya Lindert, begins a series of board books introducing American Sign Language; My First Taggies Book: I See Me by Will Grace, a cloth book with mirrors; and One Little Flower Girl by Jennifer Dussling, illus. by Janie Bynum, packaged with reusable flower petals.


Chicken House is king of the beasts with The Roar by Emma Clayton, a futuristic eco-thriller; Deeper by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, the sequel to Tunnels; The Princess Plot by Kristen Boie, a mystery about a rebel royal; Firefight by K. Wild, a follow-up to Fight Game; and Pink! by Lynne Rickards, illus. by Margaret Chamberlain, about a penguin who learns about self-acceptance when he turns pink.


Scholastic en Español clasps its hands for Lee y aprende: Mi premier libro de oraciones by Mary Manz Simon, a prayer book; Littlest Pet Shop: Guía completa (Ultimate Handbook); Rainbow Magic: Rubí el hada roja (Ruby the Red Fairy) by Daisy Meadows, a Rainbow Fairies title; Escalofríos: Sangre de monstruo (Goosebumps: Monster Blood) by R.L. Stine; and Corazón de tinta (Inkheart) by Cornelia Funke.


Graphix brown-bags it with Knights of the Lunch Table #2 by Frank Cammuso, in which Artie King and pals try to see their favorite band; and Bone #9: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith, another dangerous journey for Thorn and Fone Bone.


Arthur A. Levine Books grabs the reins with Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash, about a clueless cowboy; Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan, spotlighting odd details of everyday life; Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork, about the struggles of a young man with Asperger’s syndrome; The Snow Day by Komako Sakai, about a rabbit reveling in the falling snow; and Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee, a YA novel in which a girl heads to California to find her father.


Little Scholastic salutes the season with Welcome Spring, illus. by Nancy Davis,and Snuggly Bunny, illus. by Lee Wildish, two novelty board books by Jill Ackerman.


Scholastic Nonfiction comes out of its chrysalis with Nic Bishop Butterflies and Mothsby Nic Bishop; The Boys’ Book of Survival: How to Survive Anything, Anywhere by Guy Campbell, which explains how to survive zombie attacks, tornados and more; The Girls’ Book of Glamour: A Guide to Being a Goddess by Sallie Jeffrie, a how-to guide to hosting spa parties and other activities; How Weird Is It? by Ben Hillman, comparing the strangeness of various things in nature; and 101 Animal Secrets by Melvin and Gilda Berger, a collection of animal facts.

From Only a Witch Can Fly,
illus. by Taeeun Yoo
(Feiwel and Friends).


Orchard Books cracks up with Funny Farm by Mark Teague, a visit to a giggle-inducing barnyard; Lyonesse Book I: The Well Between the Worlds by Sam Llewellyn, first in a middle-grade fantasy series; Yummiest Love by Lisa McCourt, illus. by Laura J. Bryant, featuring exchanges between parent and child; The Season by Sarah MacLean, involving romance, intrigue and murder in Regency London; and One Brown Bunny by Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by Ivan Bates, a counting book of forest animals.


Scholastic Paperbacks is in full bloom with seven books in the Petal Fairies series by Daisy Meadows, in which the fairies must stop Jack Frost; the first two books in the Haunting of Derek Stone series by Tony Abbott, in which Derek is haunted by his missing father and dead brother; Runaway Retriever by T.T. Sutherland, first in the Pet Trouble series; Dear Dumb Diary #8: It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything by Jim Benton, in which someone’s diary falls into the wrong hands; and a spring reprint of Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls Book 1: Moving Day by Meg Cabot.


Point catches a wave with Sea Change by Aimee Friedman, in which 16-year-old Miranda spends a summer on a mysterious island; Summer Girls by Hailey Abbott, more tales of beach romance; Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten, about a teen girl searching for her missing sister; Being Nikki by Meg Cabot, a sequel to Airhead; and Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson, a sequel to Suite Scarlett.


Scholastic Press makes a splash with Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way to Fame, Fortune and Swimsuit History by Shana Corey, illus. by Edwin Fotheringham, the biography of a 20th-century heroine; Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson, an account of the hunt for the President’s assassin; Sassy: Little Sister Is Not My Name by Sharon Draper, first in a new series; Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard, in which a bird’s friends help him when he gets a “boo boo”; and Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Javaka Steptoe, a contemporary retelling of Swan Lake.


Push sets up its easel for Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian, in which art student Emily copes with the pressures of balancing art and life.


Simon & Schuster cause a flap with Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, illus. by Kevin Hawkes, a book about “heinies”; Odd Egg by Emily Gravett, about a duck trying to hatch an egg; Big-League Barnstorming and Water, Water Everywhere by Phil Bildner and Loren Long, illus. by Long, the latest in the Barnstormers series; Sweet, Hereafter by Angela Johnson, the third installment in the Heaven trilogy; and If I Grow Up by Todd Strasser, a portrayal of life in the projects.


Aladdin gets in gear with Uh-Oh, Max by Jon Scieszka, illus. by David Shannon, a Trucktown adventure; First Kiss (Beacon Street Girls #14) by Annie Bryant; and Travelers #1 (Pendragon Beyond the War) by Carla Jablonski, the first of three Pendragon prequels.


Atheneum leaves orbit with Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca, about this voyage; Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron, a sequel to The Higher Power of Lucky; a sequel to The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O’Roark Dowell; Sacred Scares by Kathleen Duey, second in the Resurrection of Magic trilogy; and Unforgivable by Chris Lynch, a YA novel from the author of Inexcusable.


Little Simon grows with My First Garden by Wendy Lewinson, illus. by Miki Sakamoto, in which a girl learns how to care for a garden; Shake It Up, Baby! by Karen Katz, a board book with a rattle; A Busy Day at the Farm by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin, a sticker storybook starring Duck and the gang; and My Mom and Me and My Dad and Me by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Susan Mitchell, celebrating moments between children and parents.


Little Simon Inspirations doesn’t miss a beat with My Happy Heart Books: A Touch-and-Feel Book Boxed Set by Victoria Osteen, illus. by Betsy Day, offering a message of inspiration; and Momma Loves Her Little Son by John Carter Cash, illus. by Marc Burckhardt, a tribute to the author’s mother, June Carter Cash.


Margaret K. McElderry Books covers the outfield with Going, Going, Gone! by Alan Katz, illus. by David Catrow, a collection of humorous songs about sports; Mortimer’s First Garden by Karma Wilson, illus. by Dan Andreasen, about this mouse’s green thumb; Solving Zoe by Barbara Dee, in which Zoe attracts the attention of the weird new kid; and The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, the final book in the trilogy.


Simon Pulse glitters with Golden Girl by Micol Ostow, kicking off the Bradford Novels series set in a private school; Fade by Lisa McMann, the sequel to Wake; the ninth book in Kate Brian’s Private series; Far From You by Lisa Schroeder, a novel in verse; and What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook, about friends in a conservative Christian town.


Simon Spotlight is comin’ to the rescue with Nick Jr. media tie-ins Go, Diego, Go!: The Missing Hawk Mission by Erica David, illus. by Warner McGee; Yo Gabba Gabba!: Get the Sillies Out by Siobhan Ciminera; The Backyardigans #14: To the Center of the Earth! by Sarah Albee; Blue’s Clues #26: Watch Me Grow!: Blue Plants a Seed by Lauryn Silverhardt; and Dora the Explorer: Dress Up, Dora! by Kate McMahon, illus. by Dave Aikins.


Paula Wiseman Books welcomes Cat by Matthew Van Fleet, photos by Brian Stanton, an interactive book in the style of their Dog; My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life by Kate Feiffer, illus. by Diane Goode, about how even the nicest moms can be misunderstood; Ballyhoo Bay by Judy Sierra, illus. by Derek Anderson, about the efforts to keep a body of water pure; Problem with Puddles by Kate Feiffer, in which two parents can’t agree on anything; and Amelia’s Science Fair Disaster by Marissa Moss, which finds Amelia working with terrible partners.


Sleeping Bear Press is all ears for The Listeners by Gloria Whelan, illus. by Mike Benny, in which slaves in the American South eavesdrop for news of the outside world; S Is for Save the Planet: An Environmental Alphabet by Brad Herzog, illus. by Linda Holt Ayriss; and The Green Hill Gang by Kathy-jo Wargin, an eco-adventure starring young activists.


Jabberwocky battens down the hatches for the U.S. release of six books in the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, illus. by Tony Ross, about a spirited boy whose schemes lead to trouble.


Griffin gets out the garlic for Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, new to the House of Night vampire series; Evermore by Alyson Noel, in which a psychic girl falls in love with an immortal boy; Stephenie Meyer Twilight Companion by Lois Gresh, a guide to Meyer’s series; The Fan’s Guide to Artemis Fowl: Demons, Fairies and the Real Secrets Behind Eoin Colfer’s World by Gresh, a guide to this series; and Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers, a debut novel about a girl who chooses solitude over popularity.


Sterling baits its hook for Abe’s Fish by Jen Bryant, illus. by Amy Bates, a picture book about a little-known incident in Abraham Lincoln’s childhood; The Crocodaddy by Kim Norman, illus. by David Walker, in which a boy pretends he’s hunting a crocodile; Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman, illus. by Scott Magoon, about a birthday wish with unintended consequences; Aesop’s Fables, retoldby John Cech, illus. by Martin Jarrie, a new edition of these tales; and Quiet Bunny by Lisa McCue, in which a rabbit searches for his voice.


Sylvan Dell is on the go with Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet by Kimberley Hutmacher, illus. by Sherry Rogers, a collection of rhymes; Where Should Turtle Be? by Susan Ring, illus. by Laurie Allen Klein, in which Turtle seeks a new home; The Impatient Heron by Donna Love, illus. by Christina Wald, about a heron that can’t keep still; Ocean Hide and Seek by Jennifer Evans Kramer, illus. by Gary Phillips, a seek-and-find book; and One Wolf Howls by Scotti Cohn, illus. by Susan Detwiler, a year in the life of a wolf.


Ticktock goes back in time with Early Civilizations, a look at the lives of ancient peoples; Ultimate Top 10 Deadly Animals, about dangerous beasts throughout history; four new Tab concept books board books; four additions to the Animal Fun series; and the launch of the Dinosaur Shapes series of board books.


Starscape spices things up with The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies by David Lubar, a fourth collection of creepy tales; and Keyholders #1: This Side of Magic by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey, which kicks off a new chapter-book fantasy series.


Tor Teen approaches warp speed with Galahad 1: The Comet’s Curse and Galahad 2: The Web of Titan by Dom Testa, about the teenage crew aboard a starship; and Jack: Secret Vengeance by F. Paul Wilson, a sequel to Jack: Secret Histories.


Tricycle makes the rounds with A Carousel Tale by Elisa Kleven, featuring blue crocodile Ernst; The Yankee at the Seder by Elka Weber, illus. by Adam Gustavson, in which a Yankee soldier spends Passover with a Southern boy just after the Civil War; A Curious Collection of Cats by Betsy Franco, illus. by Michael Wertz, an anthology of concrete poems; Little Goose by David Mraz, illus. by Margot Apple, a young bird’s exploration of a pond; and Down by the Station by Jennifer Vetter, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, spotlighting a parade of vehicles.


Tundra goes to the drawing board for Design It by Rona Arato, a look at the design behind everyday objects; Mom and Me, a multicultural celebration of mother and child that kicks off the Early Readers of the World series; and La Primera by Ian Tyson, illus. by Adeline Halvorson, about the the first wild horses in North America.


Walker enters another dimension with The Twilight Zone: On Maple Street, adapted by Mark Kneece, illus. by Rich Ellis, third in this graphic novel series; Zenith by Julie Bertagna, second in a fantasy trilogy; and Abigail Iris: One of Many by Lisa Glatt and Suzanne Greenberg, illus. by Joy Allen, in which Abigail spends time with her best friend, an only child.


Watson-Guptill is ready for its close-up with Click! The Teen Photographer’s Guide to Great Shots by Charlie Styr and Maria Wakem; and Kids Draw Big Book of Everything Manga by Christopher Hart.