For grown-up aficionados of children’s literature, a bevy of new titles are ready to hit to-be-read piles everywhere. From an analysis of the psychological impact of fairy tales to an illustrated biography of a well-known illustrator and a book about the landscape that inspired Anne of Green Gables, there’s plenty to inform and inspire adult readers of children’s books.

This is M. Sasek

By Olga Cerná, Pavel Ryška, and Martin Salisbury, translated from the Czech by Martina and Stuart Nicholson (Feb. 13, Universe, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-7893-3427-5).

Illustrated in the style of the Czech illustrator’s bestselling picture books such as This Is New York, this volume tells the story of the artist’s life with plenty of drawings, photographs, and other documents.

Astrid Lindgren: War Diaries 1939–1945

By Astrid Lindgren, translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death (Feb. 27, Yale, $20 paper, ISBN 978-0-300-23456-5).

Originally released in hardcover in 2016, the wartime diaries of the author of Pippi Longstocking are now in paperback.

Astrid Lindgren: The Woman Behind Pippi Longstocking

By Jens Andersen, translated from the Danish by Caroline Waight (Feb. 27, Yale, $30, ISBN 978-0-300-22610-2).

For the first time in English, Lindgren’s journey is brought to life, from an unwed teen mother to an international proponent of women’s rights.

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables: The Enchanting Island That Inspired L.M. Montgomery

By Catherine Reid (Mar. 27, Timber, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-60469-789-6).

In this book, photographs of Prince Edward Island help illustrate how the landscape of Montgomery’s childhood inspired her bestselling series.

More Than True: The Wisdom of Fairy Tales

By Robert Bly (Mar. 27, Holt, $27, ISBN 978-1-250-15819-2).

The poet reflects on the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of a selection of classic fairy tales, and investigates what these enduring stories say about human nature.

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

By Jenny Uglow (Apr. 17, FSG, $45, ISBN 978-0-374-11333-9).

This biography of the king of nonsense demonstrates the restless, mercurial life of the author, painter, and jack of many more trades.

Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children’s Literature

By Liam Heneghan (May 15, Univ. of Chicago Press, $27.50, ISBN 978-0-226-43138-3).

In this book, scientist Heneghan investigates the environmental meaning and influence of classic children’s literature, from The Giving Tree to The Rainbow Fish.

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother

By Danielle Teller (May 22, Morrow, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-279820-6).

Offering a fictional escape among this crop of nonfiction, this adult retelling of “Cinderella” unfolds the backstory of the wicked stepmother.

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

By Anne Boyd Rioux (Aug. 28, Norton, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-393-25473-0).

In time for the 150th anniversary of the story of four American sisters, Rioux, a professor of gender studies, explores the impact the novel has had through its depiction of female growth.

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling

By Philip Pullman (Sept. 18, Knopf, $30 ISBN 978-0-525-52117-4).

The author of the His Dark Materials series shares the secrets behind how he writes his influential novels.

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction

By Gabrielle Moss (Oct. 30, Quirk, $22.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-68369-078-8).

The features editor of Bustle pens a humorous and nostalgic ode to favorite YA series of the era, from The Baby-Sitters Club, Sweet Valley High, and beyond.

Barking with the Big Dogs

By Natalie Babbitt (Nov. 20, FSG, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-374-31040-0).

In this collection of essays and speeches, the Newbery-winning author of Tuck Everlasting shares an accumulation of lessons on living and writing.

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration

By Leonard S. Marcus (Apr. 9, 2019, Candlewick, $40, ISBN 978-0-7636-9258-2).

In this illustrated biography of the celebrated British children’s book illustrator, authors and illustrators offer contributions, including Michael Rosen, Martin Waddell, Trish Cooke, Mem Fox, Phyllis Root, and Oxenbury herself.