Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a picture book biography of Emily Dickinson, a YA novel set in a virtual reality game, a YA novel in which a young woman avenges wrongdoing, and a picture book about voting.
On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Berne, illus. by Becca Stadtlander. Chronicle, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-4521-4297-5. Butterflies flutter through this exploration of Emily Dickinson’s singular spirit, a visual leitmotif that mirrors her slantwise sensibility. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Glitch Kingdom by Sheena Boekweg. Feiwel and Friends, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20979-5. Teens trapped in a virtual reality fantasy RPG must find a way to escape in this adventure novel.
Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin. Wednesday, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-23954-9. A young woman chooses “avenger” over “victim” or “survivor” in this take on Macbeth for the #MeToo era by the author of The Dead Queens Club.
Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Deborah Diesen, illus. by Magdalena Mora. Beach Lane, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-3958-0. This picture book is an outspoken tribute to suffrage.
Glad, Glad Bear! by Kimberly Gee. Beach Lane, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-5269-5. Gee’s Mad, Mad Bear turns glad when it’s time for dance class in this simple but emotion-filled follow-up.
In a Garden by Tim McCanna, illus. by Aimée Sicuro. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-1797-7. McCanna’s picture book is a rhyming celebration of a year in a garden, with supplemental material explaining how gardens grow.
Vote for Our Future! by Margaret McNamara, illus. by Micah Player. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-9848-9280-5. This picture book is a tribute to junior grassroots organizing that might just inspire a Get an Adult to Vote movement.
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon. Simon Pulse, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-1754-0. In this YA “Beauty and the Beast” retelling from Menon (When Dimple Met Rishi), Princess Jaya Rao is the heiress to an old Indian kingdom, and though India is now a democracy, she still has to act the part.
Birdie and Me by J.M.M. Nuanez. Penguin/Dawson, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-399-18677-6. Nuanez’s debut follows a long tradition of middle grade novels about children virtually on their own, navigating a world of imperfect adults.
The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee, illus. by Pascal Campion. Random House, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-525-64461-3. In this picture book, an imaginative boy observes his parents working the night shift.
I Am Goose! by Dorothia Rohner, illus. by Vanya Nastanlieva. Clarion, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-328-84159-9. In this picture book, when Goose asks to play a game that’s already in progress, other animals make room for the bird in their circle.
The Blossom and the Firefly by Sherri L. Smith. Putnam, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-3790-0. This historical novel, set in Japan during eight days in 1945, thrusts two teens in the midst of war into a charged romance.
The Music of Life by Louis Thomas. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-374-30315-0. Drawing loose inspiration from the work of Leonard Bernstein, Thomas shows one way that composers find ideas, and color-washed illustrations of Bernstein’s Parisian world have something of the charm of Ludwig Bemelmans about them.
I’m Gonna Push Through! by Jasmyn Wright, illus. by Shannon Wright. Atheneum, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-3965-8. Jasmyn Wright, educator and founder of the Push Through Organization, encourages readers to explore their potential, stretching themselves beyond what may seem like impossibilities in this picture book.
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