Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles about the tensions of technology, the cycles of the moon, faith in a mythological world, a chaotic tea party, and more.
Take Me with You by Tara Altebrando. Bloomsbury, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-68119-748-7. Altebrando delves into the tensions of digital technology: its dangers, including data privacy, and its comforts.
Moonbeams by Ann Bausum, illus. by Kyung Eun Han. Little Bee, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4998-1033-2. This quiet bedtime picture book follows the lunar cycle’s phases through a rhythmic conversation between an unnamed narrator and the moon.
Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-374-31309-8. This Indian- and Persian-inspired YA duology opener from Bhathena (The Beauty of the Moment) explores questions of faith via a fully developed, predominantly brown-skinned cast and a thoughtfully conceived mythology.
The Crankypants Tea Party by Barbara Bottner, illus. by Ale Barba. Atheneum/Dlouhy, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-5900-6. This picture book about a chaotic tea time will serve well as a readaloud, inviting dramatic reinterpretations.
Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti. Simon Pulse, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-2697-9. Caletti (A Heart in a Body in the World) offers a meticulously plotted mystery with plenty of drama alongside an exploration of objectification and the male gaze. The YA novel earned a starred review from PW.
National Regular Average Ordinary Day by Lisa Katzenberger, illus. by Barbara Bakos. Penguin Workshop, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-9240-4. In this picture book, the protagonist gets playful with concepts of national holidays.
Super Puzzletastic Mysteries: Short Stories for Young Sleuths from Mystery Writers of America edited by Chris Grabenstein. HarperCollins, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-288420-6. Multiple Edgar Award winners and nominees are among the 20 contributors to this engaging middle grade anthology of snappily paced capers entailing codes, ciphers, and math and science puzzles.
Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi. Delacorte, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-7122-5. A headstrong, wreck-diving narrator becomes an informant for the American Revolution in this high-stakes YA historical adventure inspired by an actual spy.
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood. Random House, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-593-12722-3. This YA novel set in the 1920s, featuring a Cornish setting and Great Gatsby-style trappings, follows a chatty narrator among parties with new friends.
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