Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a picture book about parental love, biographies of Broadway performers, a picture book about evolution, and a YA novel about identity.
One More Hug by Megan Alexander, illus. by Hiroe Nakata. Aladdin, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-2971-0. TV personality Alexander makes her children’s book debut with a picture book about a parent’s bottomless reserves of love for a child.
A Is for Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies from A to Z by John Robert Allman, illus. by Peter Emmerich. Doubleday, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-525-64540-5. This inclusive rhyming picture book abecedarian begins with Audra McDonald and ends with Liza Minnelli.
How Did I Get Here?: Your Story from the Big Bang to Your Birthday by Philip Bunting. Little, Brown, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-316-42344-1. Bunting challenges readers to think about how they are connected in this humorous and personal picture book that moves through the evolution of life on Earth.
All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-374-30952-7. Courtney (Romancing the Throne) examines matters of subtle and blatant Islamophobia, privilege and erasure, and questions of faith and identity in this YA novel. The book earned a starred review from PW.
When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis. Little, Brown, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-316-49070-2. Filled with passion and conflict, Davis’s debut novel, a modern Romeo and Juliet tale, traces the stormy relationship between a biracial girl, who dreams of being an astrophysicist, and a privileged white boy, who does not share his parents’ values.
Gravity by Sarah Deming. Make Me a World, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-525-58103-1. Boxer and journalist–turned–trainer Deming (Iris, Messenger) pens a gritty, uplifting story about Gravity Delgado, “half Dominican and half Jewish,” who begins boxing at age 12 after her self-absorbed mother stops paying her karate fees. The YA novel earned a starred review from PW.
Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-239931-1. In Lanoria, high-born “Enchanteds” possess magic, while low-born “Outsiders” are inoculated against it and must complete lengthy indentures for citizenship, in this YA fantasy novel.
The Perfect Seat by Minh Lê, illus. by Gus Gordon. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99; ISBN 978-136802004-6. A dapper moose and rosy-cheeked calf leave a bookstore eager to read, but they struggle to find a place to perch in this well-paced picture book.
Color Outside the Lines: Stories about Love edited by Sangu Mandanna. Soho Teen, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-64129-046-3. Mandanna produces a noteworthy collection of refreshing stories about love and identity among diverse young people. The YA anthology earned a starred review from PW.
The Ghost in Apartment 2R by Denis Markell. Delacorte, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-525-64571-9. When his wunderkind older brother goes off to college, 13-year-old Danny, the loquacious narrator of this snappy middle grade mystery, can’t wait to move into his bedroom.
Pluto Gets the Call by Adam Rex, illus. by Laurie Keller. Beach Lane, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-1453-2. Dynamic galactic characters and the tongue-in-cheek astronomy lesson will amuse picture book readers in this story about Pluto’s planetary status.
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