Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a picture book about sisters who collect things, a book about a duckling confronting its fears, a YA thriller in which teens band together to survive an attack at school, and a picture book from a Pulitzer Prize winner.
The Two Mutch Sisters by Carol Brendler, illus. by Lisa Brown. Clarion, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-544-43074-7. In this picture book, sisters Ruby and Violet Mutch are born with the collecting bug and grow up with two of everything.
I’m a Duck by Eve Bunting, illus. by Will Hillenbrand. Candlewick, $15.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-8032-9. As an egg, this picture book’s narrator was rescued by its mother after rolling into a pond; now, the duckling is afraid of the water.
Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-544-41670-3. In a terrifying, timely YA thriller, six teens work together to survive after becoming trapped in their school following a bombing.
Islandborn by Junot Díaz, illus. by Leo Espinosa. Dial, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-7352-2986-0. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Díaz offers up his first title for children—a picture book about a girl born in the Dominican Republic but raised in a city far away. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Elle of the Ball by Elena Delle Donne. Simon & Schuster, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-1231-6. Delle Donne—a professional basketball player, youth coach, and author of the memoir My Shot (which publishes simultaneously)—taps into her knowledge of the game and her insight into aspiring players, in this first book in the middle grade Hoops series.
Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera. Candlewick, $22.99; ISBN 978-1-5362-0140-6. Using the made-up words of Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” as a jumping-off point, former U.S. poet laureate Herrera shows children how riotous verbal exuberance yields poetry. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other’s Backs by Kathleen Krull, illus. by Maple Lam. Crown, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-55124-6. This entertaining compendium of 15 concise, chatty tales spotlights the relationships among siblings renowned for their achievements, foibles, eccentricities, or birthrights: Wilbur and Orville Wright, Serena and Venus Williams, the Jacksons, and others.
Natsumi! by Susan Lendroth, illus. by Priscilla Burris. Putnam, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-399-17090-4. Natsumi lives in Japan, and gets a little carried away when preparing for a village festival.
Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn. LB/Patterson, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-316-47160-2. Drawn on her own experiences living with an alcoholic father, Penn offers a YA novel about a teen who struggles against her father’s alcohol abuse and relapse, while also coming of age herself.
They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki. Abrams, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-2851-8. In this first picture book from the co-creator of This One Summer, a girl weighs what she’s been told about the world against what she observes and knows, leading to more questions and contemplations. The book earned a starred review from PW.
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