Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a picture book about generations gardening together, the story of a girl protesting time out, a book full of one impish character’s antics, and a dachshund surveying his Italian kingdom.
Grandma’s Gardens by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, illus. by Carme Lemniscates. Philomel, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-11535-0. The mother-daughter team shapes a deeply affectionate tribute to the bounty of nature and the love of gardening they both shared with the late Dorothy Rodham, Hillary’s mother and Chelsea’s grandmother.
Love, Sophia on the Moon by Anica Mrose Rissi, illus. by Mika Song. Disney-Hyperion, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-368-02285-9. This epistolary picture book opens with Sophia sitting in a time-out that she is not going to take lying down.
That’s Life! by Ame Dyckman, illus. by Cori Doerrfeld. Little, Brown, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-316-48548-7. In this idiomatic adventure, Life is an impish, furry, and highly mutable critter that, when it emerges from a mysterious crate (one that pops up “when you least expect it”), not only charges toward the young protagonist fast, but also adds a big, slurpy kiss.
Paolo, Emperor of Rome by Mac Barnett, illus. by Claire Keane. Abrams, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-4109-8. Paolo the dachshund is trapped in a hair salon on Rome’s Via Torino, unable to see for himself the wonders he suspects lie beyond its glass door.
Fins: A Sharks Incorporated Novel by Randy Wayne White. Roaring Brook, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-250-24465-9. The author of the Doc Ford series for adults makes his middle grade debut in this series launch set on that marine biologist’s home turf of Sanibel Island, Fla. After his mother’s death, sixth grader Luke moves from rural Ohio to live with his sea captain grandfather on the island, where a lightning strike imbues him with heightened powers.
The Great Upending by Beth Kephart. Atheneum/Dlouhy, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-9156-3. This warmhearted, meandering novel about a tight-knit Pennsylvania farm family also offers a mystery.
The Year After You by Nina De Pass. Delacorte, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-593-12076-7. On her way home from a New Year’s Eve party, British-American Cara’s life is shattered when the vehicle she is driving is hit by a truck and her best friend, Georgina, is killed. Wracked with guilt and unable to function, Cara reluctantly follows her mother’s suggestion to leave California and spend her senior year abroad.
The Weather’s Bet by Stephen Cowan, illus. by Ed Young, photos by John Hudack. Philomel, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-525-51382-7. Cowan and Caldecott Medalist Young retell a fable about the rain, the wind, and the sun vying to persuade a young shepherdess to doff her red cap.
Wink by Rob Harrell. Dial, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-984-81514-9. Ross wants badly to be a normal seventh grader, but it’s not easy when everyone at school knows he has eye cancer. The middle grade novel earned a starred review from PW.
Look by Zan Romanoff. Dial, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-525-55426-4. In this YA novel, Romanoff (Grace and the Fever) expertly weaves feminist ideology throughout her captivating queer romance.
Little Cheetah’s Shadow by Marianne Dubuc, trans. from the French by VeroK Agency. Princeton Architectural Press, $17.95; ISBN 978-1-61689-840-3. This gentle lesson in conflict resolution by Dubuc (Up the Mountain Path) opens as Little Cheetah casts about with a flashlight, looking for Little Shadow.
Bo the Brave by Bethan Woollvin. Peachtree, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-68263-182-9. When Bo wants to accompany her older brothers on a monster hunt, they sneer: “You’re far too little.” But thick-skinned Bo remains undeterred in this picture book.
Lali’s Feather by Farhana Zia, illus. by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. Peachtree, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-68263-129-4. Zia (Child of Spring) dives right into this buoyant tale, which draws its energy from folktale-like storytelling and lots of chatter.
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