Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a picture book about harried bears, a picture book about a daughter’s love for her mother, a YA novel about estranged sisters, and a picture book retelling of a Yiddish folktale.
In a Minute, Mama Bear by Rachel Bright. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-374-30578-9. In this picture book, Bright handles the very real issue of the over-scheduled family with good humor and sympathetic characters, drawn in her signature scraggly style, which is as expressive of harried domestic life as the text itself.
My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat, illus. by Shannon Wright. Roaring Brook, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-250-14091-3. The narrator of this picture book, a brown-skinned girl, defines “Mommy Medicine” as a special brand of TLC—a combination of pampering and playfulness that her mother offers “whenever I am sick or just feel kind of gloomy or sad.”
What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman. Holt, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19167-0. In this YA novel, estranged siblings Jory, 18, and Liv, 16, are brought back together when Liv files an emancipation lawsuit against their parents.
Good Night Wind by Linda Elovitz Marshall, illus. by Maëlle Doliveux. Holiday House, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-3788-7. Striking artwork fashioned from ribbons of crisply cut colored paper enlivens this picture book retelling of a Yiddish folktale.
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-269131-6. In this YA novel, set on an island nation divided by a wall, where tradition dictates that upper-class women marry out of duty and that every man has two wives, two school rivals are matched with the ambitious scion of a political family. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Searching for Lottie by Susan L. Ross. Holiday House, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-4166-2. In this middle grade novel, a school assignment sends Charlie on a research mission to learn what happened to her namesake, great-aunt Lottie: did she perish in the Holocaust, or did she survive, unbeknownst to her family?
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte. Putnam, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-525-51392-6. In this fast-paced debut YA fantasy, a thief and a messenger race against time to unravel a conspiracy aimed at murdering the four queens who rule their nation.
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner. Crown, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-2020-9. Written in alternating perspectives, Zentner’s YA novel about movie-loving teens features quick-witted, charming characters tackling real-life issues with snappy dialogue and engaging levity. The book earned a starred review from PW.
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