An overlooked Scandinavian picture book reemerges, a bestselling YA novel marks its 50th year in print, and a beloved picture book character gets an updated sequel. From reprints to adaptations, collected here are old favorites in new ways for young readers.

The Clown of God

By Tomie dePaola (Mar. 6, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-5344-1427-3).

First released in 1978, dePaola’s picture book rendition of the French folktale about a juggler and a Christmas miracle returns to bookshelves this season. 

The Pigman

By Paul Zindel (Mar. 6, HarperTeen, paperback, $9.99, ISBN 978-0-06-227244-7).

Zindel’s YA novel celebrates its 50th year continuously in print with a revised edition. The story follows two teens who make a prank call on a neighborhood outsider, and end up forging a friendship with the elderly man down the road.

Strega Nona’s Magic Ring

By Tomie dePaola (Mar. 27, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4814-7761-1).

Strega Nona’s story continues with a sequel to Strega Nona, in which she helps a friend have a magical evening. This 1979 picture book, originally published as Big Anthony and the Magic Ring, is reissued with a new title and cover. 

Company’s Coming

By Arthur Yorinks, illus. by David Small (Apr. 10, Disney-Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-368-00404-6; 978-1-368-00405-3).

A couple invites friends and family over for dinner, but receive some unexpected visitors from another world. The bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist’s picture book from 1998 is reissued in a new edition.

Company’s Going

By Arthur Yorinks, illus. by David Small (Apr. 10, Disney-Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-368-00405-3).

The 2001 companion to Yorinks and Small’s collaboration is reissued here.

Dress Up and Let’s Have a Party

By Remy Charlip (Apr. 10, Enchanted Lion, hardcover, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-59270-234-3).

Back in print for the first time since 1956, this picture book follows a boy’s playful experimentations in costume.

The Dangerous Journey

By Tove Jansson (Apr. 17, Enfant, hardcover, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-77046-320-2).

The third picture book published by Moomin creator Jansson, originally in 1977, is reissued here by Drawn and Quarterly’s children’s book imprint. Readers follow protagonist Susanna as she is dragged away from her humdrum life into a much-craved-for adventure in Moominvalley. 

The Jungle

By Helen Borten (June 12, Enchanted Lion, hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 9781592702305).

Inspired by the author-illustrator’s trip to Guatemala in 1967, Borten’s ode to the creatures and plants of the jungle is brought back to life.

The Other Dog

By Madeleine L’Engle, illus. by Christine Davenier (May 1, Chronicle, hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4521-7189-0).

Reissued to coincide with the release of the film adaptation of L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, this 2001 picture book by the Newbery Medalist follows a dog as he gets used to his owner’s new baby.

Surf’s Up

By Kwame Alexander, illus. by Daniel Miyares (May 1, NorthSouth, board book, $7.95, ISBN 978-0-7358-4313-4).

This 2016 picture book from Newbery Medalist Alexander hits the beach in a reissued board book format, just in time for summer. 


By Remy Charlip and Jerry Joyner (May 22, New York Review Children’s Collection, hardcover, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-68137-230-3).

Thirteen separate stories unfold across 13 double-page spreads in this experimental picture book, originally published in 1975.

Thomasina: The Cat Who Thought She Was a God

By Paul Gallico (June 26, New York Review Children’s Collection, hardcover, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-68137-232-7).

This picture book is told from the perspective of a seven-year-old girl, daughter of the town vet, as she observes her peculiar cat. Originally published in 1957, the book is back in print now for the first time since 1989.