Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a book about a woman who moves into high society, a middle grade adventure, the story of two unlikely friends, and a quiet picture book about emotions.
Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden. Bloomsbury, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-68119-807-1. This historical YA novel, set in rapidly changing post–Civil War Savannah, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., traces a young African-American woman’s transformation as she moves from service into high society.
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart. Holt, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19670-5. In this poignant, action-packed middle grade adventure novel, 12-year-old Coyote must hoodwink her father, Rodeo, into returning home to Washington State after years of itinerant life.
Rabbit & Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits by Julian Gough, illus. by Jim Field. Silver Dolphin, $9.99; ISBN 978-1-68412-588-3. Gough’s children’s debut, a series starter first published in the U.K. in 2016, chronicles a rocky friendship between clever, grouchy Rabbit and slow-moving, gentle Bear, with some eye-opening biology thrown in.
My Heart by Corinna Luyken. Dial, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-7352-2793-4. Rhyming verse and sweet-tempered artwork by Luyken (The Book of Mistakes) explore childhood emotions through images of the heart.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus. Delacorte, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-1472-7. With complex characters and intricate plotting, McManus (One of Us Is Lying) delivers a fast-paced, twisty whodunit in this YA novel. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins by Michelle Meadows, illus. by Ebony Glenn. Holt, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-250-12773-0. In this picture book, Meadows introduces Janet Collins, a New Orleans-born ballerina who pursued dance in the 1930s and ’40s.
Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce. Crown, $13.99; ISBN 978-1-101-93108-0. Big Nate creator Peirce mixes the formats of traditional and graphic novel, filling this mischievous medieval middle grade book with exciting elements, including wizards, dragons, zombies, and flying rats.
There Are No Bears in This Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-55665-4. Sarcone-Roach (The Bear Ate Your Sandwich) returns to snacking bears in this sly comic mystery that stars an orange cat named Muffin. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.
Slayer by Kiersten White. Simon Pulse, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-0495-3. The first book in this new series by White (The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein) is an epic, relatable story that will appeal to new and veteran Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans as it follows events from the Buffy comics series. The YA novel earned a starred review from PW.
Elvis Is King! by Jonah Winter, illus. by Red Nose Studio. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-55470-4. This picture book biography from the duo behind Here Comes the Garbage Barge! conveys the story of Elvis Presley’s life, from crushing loneliness and poverty early on to his first #1 hit, “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Edited by Ibi Zoboi. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-269872-8. This collection of 17 original stories is written by contemporary black authors who explore blackness, including Varian Johnson, Justina Ireland, Jason Reynolds, and more. The book earned a starred review from PW.
For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of January, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.