Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including the story of a Betty White aficionado, a middle grade puzzle novel, a YA hockey romance, an early reader about cats who love cake, and many more.
That’s Betty!: The Story of Betty White by Gregory Bonsignore, illus. by Jennifer M. Potter. Holt, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-79660-8. When the narrator is assigned to write a class report on a “trailblazing woman” and picks Betty White, the response is underwhelming, but the boy persists and researches the life of the late actor and animal activist who has “had the longest career in the history of television.”
Sneaks by Catherine Egan. Knopf, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-593-30640-6. In this friendship-focused middle grade puzzle novel, Egan (the Witch’s Child trilogy) centers a trio of unlikely heroes fighting masquerading aliens while avoiding detention.
Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei. Holt, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-77711-9. This YA novel about a teen with a burgeoning crush on one of his hockey teammates includes a nuanced discussion of mental health.
The Cats and the Cake by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, illus. by Steve Henry. Holiday House, $15.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-4756-5. Hamilton and Weiss’s (the Noodleheads series) dialogue balloons offer the repetition nascent readers need, along with humor that should elicit knowing chuckles when two cats desire the same cake.
Lawless Spaces by Corey Ann Haydu. Simon & Schuster, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-3706-7. Haydu’s (Ever Cursed) powerfully told verse novel centers toxic familial legacies and women’s experiences with stereotyping and the male gaze via the lens of a single family’s tradition. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Operation Do-Over by Gordon Korman. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-303274-3. Korman (Unplugged) brings smart plotting to an absorbing time travel narrative that examines the long-term impact of actions.
I’m Growing Great by Mechal Renee Roe. Doubleday, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-593-42890-0. In this follow-up to Happy Hair, Roe centers a serene child of color on every spread in the picture book, each one showcasing a different hairstyle against backgrounds filled with simple graphic florals and foliage.
Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz. Wednesday, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-77415-6. Schwartz (And We’re Off) stitches a haunting YA romance with the gritty realities of corpse-related medical practices in 19th-century Edinburgh.
A History of Me by Adrea Theodore, illus. by Erin K. Robinson. Holiday House/Porter, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-4257-7. In this poetic picture book debut informed by Theodore’s own life as well as that of her daughter, the author traces the alienation that one Black third grader, “the only brown person in class,” experiences while their white teacher instructs the otherwise all-white students on topics including slavery and the civil rights movement.
I Love You Because I Love You by Mượn Thị Văn, illus. by Jessica Love. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-289459-5. In this call-and-response picture book celebration of love’s power to grow and endure, individuals in inclusive pairs—across ability, gender expression, generation, and skin tone—tell the other what their bond means to them.
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