Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a picture book about infinity, the story of first flight, an episodic adventure starring three friends, the story of a stray dog, and many more.
Infinity by Pablo Bernasconi, trans. from the Spanish by Evelia Romano. Penny Candy, $16.95; ISBN 978-1-73422-592-1. Argentine artist Bernasconi pairs poetic metaphors with a series of multimedia spreads in this volume that muses on the concept of infinity. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Wilbur Wright Meets Lady Liberty by Robert Burleigh, illus. by Wendell Minor. Holt/Ottaviano, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-62779-368-1. In this nonfiction picture book, previous collaborators Burleigh and Minor recount the first public flying exhibition of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s airplane, during a 1909 technology showcase in New York City.
Blue, Barry & Pancakes by Dan & Jason. First Second, $12.99; ISBN 978-1-250-25555-6. A friendly beach excursion turns into a fantastical adventure in this action-filled early reader graphic novel where readers meet three neighbors and best buds: Blue, a periwinkle worm who loves collecting; Barry, a square-shaped frog who enjoys drawing maps and diagrams; and Pancakes, a colossal yellow bunny with a pink tail.
Can I Sit with You? by Sarah Jacoby. Chronicle, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-4521-6464-9 A diminutive brown hound offers loyal companionship to a human no matter what the circumstances, a vow it voices in lyrical free verse through the refrain “Can I sit with you?” In opening pages, the alert dog, alone on the street, seems taken with a girl sporting straight black hair.
Kiyoshi’s Walk by Mark Karlins, illus. by Nicole Wong. Lee & Low, $18.95; ISBN 978-1-62014-958-4. White-haired grandfather Eto, a “wise poet,” sits at a table writing a haiku with a brush. When Kiyoshi asks him where poems come from, Eto suggests a walk, where quotidian observations are transformed into poetry.
Amina’s Song by Hena Khan. Salaam Reads, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-5988-5. In this sequel to Amina’s Voice, Khan returns to the world of Pakistani American teenager Amina Khokar, whose monthlong trip to Lahore is coming to an end as the book opens. Upon her return to Wisconsin, she teams up with a new classmate to share her love for her culture through song.
Let’s Talk About It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan. Random House Graphic, $23.99; ISBN 978-1-984893-14-7. Moen and Nolan (Oh Joy Sex Toy, a collected volume of their webcomic, for adults) apply their signature corny humor and straightforward handling of sex to this accessible guide that covers the “in-between stages” of intimacy, “from having a crush to... putting a condom on something.” The YA nonfiction book earned a starred review from PW.
It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-374-30621-2. In this YA novel, 16-year-old Beck is known in her small town for being born on the floor of a pizza parlor. Now as a teen she takes a job at the restaurant and develops a crush on the cute delivery boy.
American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-984897-15-2. Eighteen-year-old Rani Kelkar has always been the perfect Indian betiya (daughter) to her highly traditional parents, even praised in the family’s community for her planned-on career in medicine. Then she meets Oliver Jensen at an art exhibition—he’s tattooed, pierced, artistic, and white, and she knows that her parents would disapprove of him deeply, even if she were allowed to date.
Bad Apple by Huw Lewis Jones, illus. by Ben Sanders. Thames & Hudson, $16.95; ISBN 978-0-500-65243-5. Lewis Jones doesn’t mince words about his green, scowling picture book villain: “He’s a nasty piece of fruit.” Just how nasty is proven in the encounters that follow, which play out as rhyming blackout sketches.
Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz, illus. by Julia Iredale. Candlewick, $22.99; ISBN 978-1-5362-0122-2. In a lyrical verse novel packed with ancient myths and well-defined characters, Schlitz (The Hired Girl) takes readers to ancient Greece to tell the saga of two children, virtual strangers, who form a bond extending beyond life. The middle grade novel earned a starred review from PW.
The Ramble Shamble Children by Christina Soontornvat, illus. by Lauren Castillo. Penguin/Paulsen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-17632-6. “Down the mountain, across the creek, past the last curve in the road,” five children with varying skin tones live together in a “ramble shamble” house where there’s always plenty of to do in this picture book without parents. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Big House and the Little House by Yoshi Ueno, illus. by Emiko Fujishima. Levine Querido, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-64614-049-7. In this quiet picture book, two lonely animals in a village—Big Bear and Little Mouse—forge a new friendship.
More Than Fluff by Madeline Valentine. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-593-17905-5. Valentine shares the importance of establishing and communicating physical boundaries in this picture book starring Daisy, a yellow chick whose fluffiness is all anyone notices about her.
Dreams for a Daughter by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Atheneum, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-5198-8. A Black mother follows her maturing daughter from infanthood in Weatherford’s verse, giving readers a compass for their own growth by modeling a loving parent’s dreams for her child.
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