Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a picture book about the winter solstice, the story of a young musician, and a YA novel that takes place in a fictional urban setting.

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper, illus. by Carson Ellis. Candlewick, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-8698-7. Newbery Medalist Cooper and Caldecott Honor artist Ellis explore winter solstice, which Northern Europeans once celebrated, by “singing, dancing,/ To drive the dark away” as one year ended and another began. The book earned a starred review from PW.

Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney, illus. by Rudy Gutierrez. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-1852-7. A young double bass player faces obstacles en route to his grandfather’s house in this visual ode to the blues. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon. Holt, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-12889-8. The Coretta Scott King Honor author’s stand-alone follow-up to YA novel How It Went Down catches up with the residents of the Underhill neighborhood after another incident.

For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of October, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.