Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a cyberthriller, the story of a trans teen’s coming out, a micromanaging bird, a book that imagines kids behind the wheels of vehicles, and many more.
Friend Me by Sheila M. Averbuch. Scholastic Press, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-61808-2. Former journalist Averbuch makes a vibrant debut with this cyberthriller about online bullying that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinsky. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-3743-1080-6. In straightforward first-person prose, debut novelist Borinsky captures the ups and downs of teenage soul-searching, struggling to define one’s gender, and coming out as trans.
Two Many Birds by Cindy Derby. Roaring Brook, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-23254-0. This picture book about a monitor trying to control the avian citizens of a tree earned a starred review from PW.
On the Go Awesome by Lisl H. Detlefsen, illus. by Robert Neubecker. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-984852-34-2. Detlefsen (Catkwondo) and Neubecker (Little Smokey) fuel their transportation picture book by going full throttle on that ultimate kid fantasy: “What if I were behind the wheel?”
The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson, illus. by Axel Scheffler. Scholastic Press, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-66976-3. Longtime collaborators Donaldson and Scheffler (The Gruffalo) create a new picture book about star-crossed lovers with their customary vim.
Ellie’s Dragon by Bob Graham. Candlewick, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-5362-1113-9. In Graham’s (The Underhills: A Tooth Fairy Story) tender portrait of childhood, when young Ellie finds a rainbow-colored dragon hatchling in the supermarket’s egg case, she names the tiny critter Scratch and sets him up cozily in her dollhouse at home.
The Ballad of Tubs Marshfield by Cara Hoffman. HarperCollins, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-286547-2. In this middle grade novel life is “a song” for Tubs, a musician frog who lives in a Louisiana swamp.
Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett. HarperTeen, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-06294-144-2. When 16-year-old thief Rags is caught stealing, royal sorcerer Morien gives him an offer he can’t refuse: either die or search a trap-studded ruin for a sentient weapon in this LGBTQ high fantasy novel.
When Father Comes Home by Sarah Jung. Orchard, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-35570-3. Jung’s digitally rendered pictures, with soft, glowing earth tones and pencil textures, show a house that brightens considerably with a father’s presence.
Helga Makes a Name for Herself by Megan Maynor, illus. by Eda Kaban. Clarion, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-328-95783-2. In Maynor’s irreverent Viking saga spoof, redheaded Helga yearns to be a Viking warrior like the legendary Ingrid the Axe. Helga’s parents suggest that a “farmersdotter” from a small mountain village is unlikely to join the Viking glitterati. But Helga defies them and heads off to compete for an opening in Ingrid’s army.
Pistouvi by Merwan, illus. by Bertrand Gatignol. Magnetic, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-942367-95-6. Jeanne, a human girl, and Pistouvi, her anthropomorphic fox companion, pass their days in domestic tasks and quiet, occasionally dangerous adventures in and around their tree house home in this YA graphic novel.
The Efficient, Inventive (Often Annoying) Melvil Dewey by Alexis O’Neill, illus. by Edwin Fotheringham. Calkins Creek, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-68437-198-3. Fotheringham’s crisp illustrations capture Dewey’s whirlwind energy in this picture book biography of the Dewey Decimal System creator, showing him on the move and transformed into a speeding train. Back matter includes information on the figure’s other reforms.
Farmers Unite!: Planting a Protest for Fair Prices by Lindsay H. Metcalf. Calkins Creek, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-68437-908-8. Accessible prose and quotations from primary sources enrich this nonfiction photo-illustrated picture book, which recounts the American farmers’ protests that took place in the 1970s and ’80s.
Hugsby by Dow Phumiruk. Viking, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-984835-98-7. At the local shelter’s “Monster Adoption Special,” Shelly falls for Hugsby, a pink, plump creature with tiny fins for ears.
Don’t Judge Me by Lisa Schroeder. Scholastic Press, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-62854-8. Offering a strong message about toxic masculinity, this heartfelt contemporary middle grade novel set in small-town Oregon begins when two best friends—shy, body-conscious Hazel and outspoken, confident Tori—learn in the first days of class that their middle school has a “jerk problem.”
The Rescue Rabbits by Eric Seltzer, illus. by Roland Garrigue. Two Lions, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5420-4263-5. A quartet of rabbit first responders handle emergencies with ingenuity and aplomb in this picture book.
A Long Road on a Short Day by Gary D. Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Clarion, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-544-88836-4. Underpinning this deliberately paced picture book with an old-fashioned feel is the relationship between Samuel and his strong, reliable father, whose pride in his son is quiet but evident.
Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters by Suzanne Slade, illus. by Don Tate. Little, Brown, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-316-48167-0. After Black members of a 1922 championship high school team from Chicago’s South Side are barred from competing at the next level, they band together in this nonfiction picture book about the emergence of the Harlem Globetrotters.
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