Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a picture book about conflict, a book bringing together joining children around the world, a new mythological YA fantasy novel, a picture book about love, and many more.
Princesses Versus Dinosaurs by Linda Bailey, illus. by Joy Ang. Tundra, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-7352-6429-8. Bailey’s clever picture book highlights two factions’ ongoing struggle for attention and authority, while delivering a welcome message of inclusion and empathy.
If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall. Chronicle, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-4521-3779-7. Meeting children from around the world gave Caldecott Medalist Blackall (Hello Lighthouse) a vision of a book “that would bring us together,” she explains in an author’s note. This exquisite catalog of human experience is the result. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. Simon Pulse, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-4160-6. The African diaspora blends with Arthurian legend in Deonn’s YA fantasy debut, reminiscent of City of Bones. Deonn adeptly employs the haunting history of the American South to explore themes of ancestral pain, grief, and love, balancing them with stimulating worldbuilding and multiple plot twists.
Nothing in Common by Kate Hoefler, illus. by Corinna Luyken. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-544-77478-0. The tale reads as much fanciful rom-com as children’s story, but readers young and old will understand that love is what draws people together in this picture book.
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-284035-6. Jackson (Let Me Hear a Rhyme) preaches the word of young women eager to be grown before their time in this story of talent, ambition beyond opportunity, forbidden attraction, and some deadly consequences. The YA novel earned a starred review from PW.
They Threw Us Away by Daniel Kraus, illus. by Rovina Cai. Holt, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22440-8. In this first book of the Teddies Saga, discarded toys in a postapocalyptic landscape try to find a child to love them again.
Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour. Dutton, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-593-10897-0. Printz Medalist LaCour’s (We Are Okay) portrait of a young woman yearning to belong and facing her past while navigating the liminal space between childhood and adulthood brims with tender moments and sensory details. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai. Holt, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-250-31411-6. Henry Khoo chronicles his life quandaries in this fresh, idiosyncratic story that meshes prose and graphic novel formats.
K-Pop Confidential by Stephan Lee. Point, $9.99; ISBN 978-1-338-63993-3. Debut author Lee captures the fun of K-pop music in this Cinderella story of a Korean American teen vying for a spot in a K-pop band, while exploring intersectional issues like class, racism, and sexism.
Horrid by Katrina Leno. Little, Brown, $17.99; ISBN 978-03165-3724-7. Poetic descriptions create an uncanny atmosphere, and nods to cozy bookstores and classic mysteries will charm bibliophiles as Leno mixes terror with grief in this horror-tinged YA mystery novel.
Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp. Sourcebooks Fire, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4926-3611-3. Originally brought together by a murder mystery RPG, five teens across Stardust High’s cliques are now being pulled apart in this YA novel.
Making Friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu. Walker Books US, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5362-1478-9. Australian author Nwosu debuts with an offbeat YA romance novel featuring an endearing, mismatched couple.
Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro. Tor Teen, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-25016-921-1. Honesty, the weight of caregiving, and the space between absolution and compassion span deserts in this tender, postapocalyptic Latinx fantasy. The YA novel earned a starred review from PW.
Nasla’s Dream by Cécile Roumiguière, illus. by Simone Rea. Princeton Architectural, $17.95; ISBN 978-1-61689-950-9. This picture book by Roumiguière, originally published in France, looks at Nasla’s first bedtime after she has her father move her stuffed animals to the top of the wardrobe—she’s too old to sleep with them, she says.
The Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar. Scholastic Press, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-34380-9. This free-verse novel by Salazar (The Moon Within), set in 2018 and narrated in the perceptive, compassionate voice of fourth grader Betita Quintero, offers a close look at the experiences of an undocumented Mexican-born child and her pregnant mother in a family detention center. The middle grade novel earned a starred review from PW.
Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, illus. by Jon Klassen. Algonquin, $18.95; ISBN 978-1-64375-005-7. Frog and Toad-like in nuance and tenor, this is no old-fashioned story; in this launch to a middle grade series, Skunk charms Badger and thaws his frozen heart. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Little Bird by Cynthia Voigt, illus. by Lynne Rae Perkins. Greenwillow, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-299689-3. From Newbery Medalist Voigt (Dicey’s Song) comes this picture book of a tiny, inquisitive crow tackling life’s big questions.
Alice’s Farm: A Rabbit’s Tale by Maryrose Wood, illus. by Christopher Denise. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22455-2. In this illustrated middle grade novel, farm animals band together to preserve their source of sustenance when developers try to take over farmland.
Three Keys by Kelly Yang. Scholastic Press, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-59138-5. Aspiring writer Mia Tang, 11, returns in this complex yet accessible middle grade novel, the sequel to Yang’s Front Desk. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee. Random House Graphic, $20.99; ISBN 978-1-984894-15-1. With her middle grade debut, Yee creates a moving graphic novel that emphasizes the importance of embracing one’s quirks—and finding friends who do the same—in this story about supernaturally curious tweens.
The Truth About Dragons by Jaime Zollars. Little, Brown, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-316-48148-9. Dragons are in the eye of the beholder in this solo picture book debut with a surprising twist.
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