Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a picture book about a monster under the bed, a biography of a trailblazing stateswoman, a YA fantasy novel with a fairy tale feel, and a middle grade novel about a falling star.
Monster and Boy by Hannah Barnaby, illus. by Anoosha Syed. Holt, $13.99; ISBN 978-1-250-21783-7. “There’s no such thing as monsters,” a bespectacled boy’s mother tells him before bed. But the antlered creature who has lived under the bed for years knows that’s not true.
Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb by Veronica Chambers, illus. by Rachelle Baker. Dial, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8037-3089-2. Chambers captures the essence of trailblazing advocate and politician Chisholm with a conversational narrative that highlights action words representative of the stateswoman in this picture book biography.
Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu. Simon Pulse, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-3703-6. Haydu (Eventown) peppers this high-fantasy YA novel, told in alternating perspectives, with familiar fairy tale symbols made fresh through attention to the inventive history of the witches that protect the world of Ever. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Quintessence by Jess Redman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-374-30976-3. In this middle grade novel, a girl suffering panic attacks after her family moves to a new town finds purpose when she’s lent a special telescope that allows her to witness a star falling to Earth in child form.
13 Stories About Harris by Amy Schwartz. Holiday House, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-4249-2. Through 13 vignettes set in an urban neighborhood, Schwartz (Busy Babies) introduces readers to Harris, a blond, curly-haired preschooler leading what appears to be a charmed childhood.
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Simon Pulse, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-4024-1. The romance trope of enemies turned lovers gets new life in this funny, tender, and romantic book about a word lover and an aspiring writer. The book earned a starred review from PW.
City of Secrets by Victoria Ying. Viking, $22.99; ISBN 978-0-5931-1449-0. In this middle grade graphic novel, Ying’s illustrations feature billowy, thin lines and a strong sense of motion that energize the Hugo Cabret–tinged story.
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