Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including an astronomical picture book, the story of a festival, a middle grade novel about growing up, a penguin picture book, and more.
Starcrossed by Julia Denos. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-358-15395-5. Poetic text and crystalline artwork tell the story of Eridani, a starry-eyed human girl with a passion for astronomy, and her friend Acamar, an impish astral being, “more of a constellation than a boy.”
The Giving Day by Cori Doerrfeld. Abrams, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-4419-8. In this follow-up to The Welcome Wagon, the picture book’s title refers to a community festival held in Doerrfeld’s animal-populated Cubby Hill.
Muffled by Jennifer Gennari. Simon & Schuster, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-53446-365-3. With the start of fifth grade comes new responsibilities for 10-year-old Amelia: she is allowed to walk to school and visit the Boston Public Library alone, but she also has to give up the noise-canceling headphones that she previously relied upon to manage her noise sensitivity.
Bye, Penguin! by Seou Lee. Levine Querido, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-64614-021-3. With a “Craaaack” and a “Snick!”—the only text in animator Lee’s otherwise wordless picture book—a little penguin suddenly floats away from its colony on a small ice floe.
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. Little, Brown/Patterson, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-316-42846-0. In her latest novel, which kicks off a new series, Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper) delves into a richly imagined landscape of Italian folklore centered on Sicilian twins who are goddess-descended witches.
Dog Days by Cyprien Mathieu, Remy Benjamin, and Oliver Perret, trans. from the French by Benjamin Croze. Humanoids, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-64337-764-3. A family vacation turns into a slow-burning horror show in this YA graphic novel with the vibe of a creepy arthouse short.
Magic Dark and Strange by Kelly Powell. S&S/McElderry, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-6608-1. Powell’s (Songs from the Deep) atmospheric and leisurely YA fantasy novel follows 17-year-old Catherine who supports her family by working as a typesetter. In recent months, her duties have expanded to include what’s known as “the farewell service”: using blood magic—and sacrificing a small portion of her lifespan—to briefly raise the dead for final visits with loved ones.
For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of October, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.