Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a barnyard picture book, a YA novel about free will, a book about historical resisters, a book starring two hungry dinosaurs, and many more.
A Home in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Jerry Pinkney. HarperCollins, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-623787-9. Lines by the late, legendary author begin this story of farm animals gathering inside in wintertime, illustrated with paintings by Caldecott Medalist Pinkney.
The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas, illus. by Michael Hoeweler. Amulet, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-3127-3. With a careful build and a terrifying first-person narration, Cajoleas (Goldeline) offers up a YA novel that explores interest in free will. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers, illus. by Paul Ryding. HarperCollins, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-279625-7. Chambers’s biographical snapshots focus on historical change-makers, including Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Nelson Mandela, and Rachel Carson.
T. Rex Time Machine by Jared Chapman. Chronicle, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-4521-6154-9. After stumbling upon a time machine and hurtling into the future, two tyrannosaurs discover not only that “the food comes to us!” but also “food is everywhere!”
Stories of the Night by Kitty Crowther. Gecko, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-776571-97-0. In this collection of original tales by Astrid Lindgren Award–winner Crowther, Little Bear asks for three bedtime stories, and Mother Bear obliges. The book earned a starred review from PW.
What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers, illus. by Shawn Harris. Chronicle, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4521-7313-9. Eggers exhorts readers to get together and get involved (“Do something for another. Don’t you dare doubt that you can!”), while elaborate cut-paper illustrations by Harris (Her Right Foot) follow a group of children who slowly transform a little island with a single tree into a lively tree house society.
A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #1: A Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy. Walden Pond, $16.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-234197-6. In this timely middle grade historical adventure set in 1883 New York City, a female duo attempts to break into a male-dominated field and stumbles across a plot concocted by a mad scientist.
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig. Greenwillow, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-238081-4. A lush land reminiscent of South Asia is the setting for a thrilling trilogy opener by Heilig (The Girl from Everywhere).
A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-06-266827-1. With clear, bold type sized for puzzling out letters, this picture book will appeal to preschoolers who, like the elephants, are settling down into starry sleep.
A Kiss for Akaraka by Richard Jackson, illus. by E.B. Goodale. Greenwillow, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-265196-9. While raking leaves on a blustery day, Lula and her father talk about the girl’s imaginary friend in this picture book.
That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger. Scholastic Press, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-18652-9. In this YA novel, as the anniversary of the school shooting that killed nine people, including her best friend, approaches, survivor Leeann is anxious and sad.
The Dreamer by Il Sung Na. Chronicle, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-4521-5608-8. In this picture book by Na (Bird, Balloon, Bear), a mint-green, bird-admiring pig who wants to fly succeeds, eventually.
Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Scholastic Press, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-14847-3. Sent away from her Krakow home in April 1941, 16-year-old Chaya Lindner becomes an activist in the Jewish armed resistance movement Akiva.
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade, illus. by Thomas Gonzalez. Peachtree, $22.95; ISBN 978-1-68263-013-6. This account of NASA’s first Apollo missions takes readers through the 2,979 days from President Kennedy’s moonwalk announcement to Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind.” The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-237031-0. This YA love story is told in free verse.
A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma. Algonquin, $18.95; ISBN 978-1-61620-373-3. When Sabina “Bina” Tremper, 17, is asked to leave the home she shares with her mother and stepfamily, she heads to Catherine House in Manhattan’s West Village, the women’s residence that her mother once called home for two glorious months.
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco, illus. by Joy Ang. Workman, $19.95; ISBN 978-1-5235-0354-4. This guide to world wonders offers a tour of 100 curious and awe-inspiring destinations within 47 countries and three states in the U.S.
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld. Scholastic Press, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-15151-0. Set in the futuristic world of Westerfeld’s Uglies books, this action-packed series starter barely pauses to take a breath.
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