Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a counting book, a queer YA fantasy retelling, a narrative about numbers, the story of a boy and his grandfather’s observations outside, and more.
Counting Creatures by Julia Donaldson, illus. by Sharon King-Chai. Dial, $20.99; ISBN 978-0-593-32453-0. Donaldson and King-Chai’s animal-themed counting picture book marches readers through a menagerie of families, including bats, leopards, and potbelly pigs.
Ruinsong by Julia Ember. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-374-31335-7. In this queer YA fantasy retelling of The Phantom of the Opera from Ember (the Seafarer Duology), Bordea comprises three classes: nobles; mages, who wield magic through song; and commoners.
Hello Numbers! What Can You Do?: An Adventure Beyond Counting by Edmund Harriss and Houston Hughes, illus. by Brian Rea. The Experiment, $17.95; ISBN 978-1-61519-684-5. This energetic visualization of numbers and how they can be added, subtracted, and used to organize space starts “in the emptiest place, on the blankest of page.” From there, Harriss and Hughes employ Seussian rhymes to summon a collection of goggle-eyed dots.
Raven, Rabbit, Deer by Sue Farrell Holler, illus. by Jennifer Faria. Pajama, $17.95; ISBN 978-1-77278-136-6. The boy who narrates this story by Holler (Cold White Sun) spends a winter day with his grandfather, who, in English and Ojibwemowin, introduces his grandson to the animals they observe. Acrylic and colored pencil artwork by debut illustrator Faria (Chippewas of Rama First Nation) startles with rich, winter sunset hues. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.
Anything with You by Charlie Mylie. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-374-31252-7. It’s a beautiful fall day, and one mouse pulls another into the outdoors, in this idyllic, friend-themed picture book.
Elevator Bird by Sarah Williamson. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-525-64881-9. Every member of the animal staff works hard to welcome animal guests to The Hotel, including the staff favorite, the avian elevator attendant.
Once Upon a Winter Day by Liza Woodruff. Holiday House/Ferguson, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-4099-3. When his mother is too busy to tell him a story, the protagonist of this story discovers a richer world outside. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.
Bulldozer Friends by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha. Holt/Ottaviano, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-30403-2. Employing simple narration and uncomplicated acrylic illustrations in their follow-up to Digger Man, Zimmerman and Clemesha present a childlike snapshot of a play-filled day at preschool.
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