Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including the launch of a middle grade graphic novel series, the story of the U.S. President’s abode, an anthology of diverse speculative fiction, and more.
Lola's Super Club #1: My Dad Is a Super Secret Agent by Christine Beigel, trans. from the French by Jeff Whitman, illus. by Pierre Fouillet. Papercutz, $14.99; ISBN 978-1-5458-0564-0. Evildoers of Friendly Falls beware: Lola’s Super Club lies ready to defend her home with the power of imagination in the first installment of this middle grade graphic novel series.
Exploring the White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home by Kate Andersen Brower. Quill Tree, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-290641-0. This chatty behind-the-scenes look at life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue offers a survey of its history and inner workings for middle grade readers.
A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology by Ed. by Dhonielle Clayton. Crown, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-984896-20-9. This fourth We Need Diverse Books anthology, edited by WNDB COO Clayton (The Belles), offers 15 speculative fiction short stories that are inclusive across gender identity, sexuality, race, ability, and religion. The YA collection earned a starred review from PW.
Quiet Down, Loud Town! by Alastair Heim, illus. by Matt Hunt. Clarion, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-328-95782-5. A cranky elephant protagonist refuses to abide the noisiness of his city in this comedic picture book by Heim (Hello, Door), featuring Hunt’s (How About a Night Out?) exaggerative mixed-media artwork.
A Year of Everyday Wonders by Cheryl B. Klein, illus. by Qin Leng. Abrams, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-4208-8. Klein (Thunder Trucks) records a year in the life of a child in “firsts”: quiet, unassuming anniversaries that will be instantly recognizable to readers young and old. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.
The Beast and the Bethany, Volume 1 by Jack Meggitt-Phillips, illus. by Isabelle Follath. Aladdin, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-7889-3. In this first book in a middle grade series, Ebenezer Tweezer, “a terrible man with a wonderful life,” is a solitary, golden-haired person possessed of a Beast in his attic, who gives him his heart’s desires for a price: feasts in the form of rare objects and beasts.
For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of December, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.