Hitting shelves next week are a picture book about the coming fall season, a middle grade novel about an ambitious Kenyan girl, and a YA novel about teens capable of surprising themselves.
On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna, trans. from the French by Jill Davis. Harper, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-265760-2. In this picture book, a girl discovers nature when she steps away from her video game. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Nothing by Annie Barrows. Greenwillow, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-266823-3. In her first YA novel, Ivy & Bean author Barrows writes about two teens who believe their lives are boring, but are surprised by how exciting everything is when they begin to document the everyday.
Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illus. by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. Scholastic Press, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-05314-2. In this picture book, two children watching a city move by from a train think big thoughts, like “why am I me and not you?” The book earned a starred review from PW.
Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato. Holt/Godwin, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-62779-640-8. Elliot and his friend Mouse escape the city for an idyllic farm, where the two eat apples, soak up the autumn colors, and play hide-and-seek. The book earned a starred review from PW.
ABCs from Space: A Discovered Alphabet by Adam Voiland. S&S/Wiseman, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-9428-1. This picture book finds all the letters of the alphabet in satellite photographs. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Give Me Back My Book! by Travis Foster and Ethan Long. Chronicle, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-4521-6040-5. Bloo, a blue rabbit (drawn by Long), catches Redd, a shaggy red monster (drawn by Foster), reading Bloo’s book.
Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim, illus. by Eva Byrne. Abrams, $17.95; ISBN 978-1-4197-2603-3. In this rhyming picture book—from debut authors Guthrie, Today Show co-host, and Oppenheim, a parent educator—the protagonist insists that princesses can wear whatever they want.
What Is Hip-Hop? by Eric Morse, with Nelson George, illus. by Anny Yi. Black Sheep, $15.95; ISBN 978-1-61775-584-2. With an editorial assist from author/cultural critic George, Morse and Yi (the team behind What Is Punk?) highlight hip-hop’s cultural hegemony via an encyclopedic parade of rhyming biographies.
Auma’s Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo. Carolrhoda, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5124-2784-4. This middle grade novel set in a Kenyan village in the 1990s chronicles the rampant and little-understood AIDS epidemic through the perspective of 13-year-old Auma, a track star who dreams of becoming a doctor. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. by Brigette Barrager. Random House, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-101-93659-7. In this picture book from the late Rosenthal, roles are reversed and it’s a unicorn’s long-held belief that little girls are real that brings the magic.
Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre. Beach Lane, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-7984-4. In a companion to Best in Snow and Raindrops Roll, Sayre offers a luminous look at autumn leaves, pairing spare verse with crisp photography. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Roger Is Going Fishing by Koen Van Biesen, trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson. Eerdmans, $16; ISBN 978-0-8028-5491-9. In this follow-up to Roger Reads a Book, the dapper gentleman and his young neighbor Emily zip through town en route to a fishing trip. The book earned a starred review from PW.
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