Abrams charges up for A Case of the Zaps by Alex Boniello and April Lavelle, illus. by James Kwan, in which a kid robot named Pi wonders if the scary, overwhelming feeling he calls “the zaps” is a virus or something else; Murray Christmas by E.G. Keller, which finds neighborhood “patrol dog” Murray on high alert at holiday time when a strange tree appears in the living room and some random guy in a red suit keeps showing up everywhere; I Am Me: A Book of Authenticity by Susan Verde, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, emphasizing the joy to be found in proudly living as our true selves; A Land of Books: Dreams of Young Mexihcah Word Painters by Duncan Tonatiuh, taking a closer look at the painted manuscripts created by the Aztec Indians and their neighbors long before Columbus arrived in the Americas; and Feathers Together (Feeling Friends) by Caron Levis, illus. by Charles Santoso, about two bird friends who are separated for the first time when injury prevents one of them from making the annual migration from Croatia to warm South Africa for the winter.
Appleseed takes stock of fall with Measuring a Year: A Rosh Hashanah Story by Linda Elovitz Marshall, illus. by Zara González Hoang, which invites readers to reflect on the happy times, occasional regrets, as well as new friends made and skills mastered over the year; City Fun (A Fun in the City Book) by Valerie Bolling, illus. by Sabrena Khadija, depicting children making their way home from school through their vibrant neighborhood; Pixar Buddy Block: The Ultimate Celebration of Pixar Pals, illus. by Peski Studio, featuring friend pairings from Pixar films including Buddy and Woody from Toy Story and Mike and Sully in Monsters, Inc.; Go Green!: Home: My First Pull-the-Tab Eco Book by Pintachan, an introduction to green living; and NO! Said Custard the Squirrel by Sergio Ruzzier, in which Custard humorously rejects others’ expectations and remains true to himself.
Amulet blasts off with The Cosmic Adventures of Astrid & Stella (A Hello!Lucky Book) by Sabrina Moyle, illus. by Eunice Moyle, a series starter following best friends Astrid and Stella as they discover cute and cuddly planet Caturn and beach-covered planet Bloop; Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party by Saadia Faruqi, illus. by Ani Bushry, first in a line of books starring eight-year-old Marya, who hopes to impress her classmates with an epic henna party for her birthday; Lightlark by Alex Aster, the launch title of a YA fantasy series in which six rulers enter a once-in-a-century contest on a magical island to free themselves of the curses that have plagued each of them for centuries; Leviathan by Jason Shiga, first in a line of interactive Adventuregame Comics graphic novels, in which readers help the residents of a medieval coastal village defeat a giant sea creature; and Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution by Kacen Callender, which finds aspiring writer Lark experiencing social media popularity as they help an old friend while trying to get closer to their crush.
Magic Cat maps a family tree with Our Story Starts in Africa by Patrice Lawrence, illus. by Jeanetta Gonzales, in which Tante and Paloma share the story of how their family came to the Caribbean, through the dark days of colonization and enslavement, to the thriving, contemporary community they now know; Meowsterpieces: A Cat’s Guide to Art... and Life! by Jenn Bailey, illus. by Nyangsongi, which finds a family of cats taking inspiration from the world’s great masterpieces to learn the art of being a cat; Celebrate with Me, ed. by Laura Gladwin, illus. by Dawn M. Cordera, a collection of recipes and crafts from around the world, tied to festivals and holidays throughout the year; The Secret Unicorn Club: Discover the Hidden Book Within a Book by Emma Roberts, illus. by Tomislav Tomic and Rae Ritchie, allowing readers to join a secret club of unicorn experts who search for and look after unicorns in the wild; and Slow Down... on Your Doorstep: Calming Nature Stories for Little Ones by Rachel Williams, illus. by Freya Hartas, offering an introduction to mindfulness via gentle vignettes from nature.
Adventure Keen checks the Richter scale for The Earth Book for Kids: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Landforms... An Introduction to Earth Science by Dan Lynch, taking a closer look at the incredible things happening under our feet and inside our planet.
Albatros Media heads to the launch pad with Rockets by Pavla Hanackova, illus. by Diarmuid Ó Catháin, which finds Karl the kiwi bird introducing the basics of spacecraft and space exploration; Patti at the Music Shop by Vítězslav Mecner, the story of Patti, who dreams of being a bass guitarist; Amazing Objects of the World by Štěpánka Sekaninová, illus. by Zuzana Dreadka Krutá, about the unique and quirky objects of the past found at Grandmother’s house; Atlas of Ancient Egypt by Oldřich Růžička, illus. by Tomas Tuma, featuring facts, trivia, and detailed fold-out maps; and Why Won’t You Flower by Katarína Macurová, following a bear who might have to dig deeper to find out why his plant won’t bloom.
Algonquin takes a turn for Dead Flip by Sara Farizan, a YA horror tale of two former friends who are thrown together when their long-missing best friend reappears six years after his disappearance, but is still the same age as when he vanished; How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta, about two sisters in Nigeria on their journey to break free of an oppressive home; Beatrice Likes the Dark by April Genevieve Tucholke, in which sisters Beatrice and Roo learn to accept each other’s differences; Our Shadows Have Claws, ed. by Yaile Said Méndez and Amparo Ortiz, an anthology of short stories in varying genres by authors from across the Latin American diaspora, all featuring monsters from Latin mythology; and Sugaring Off by Gillian French, following 17-year-old Owl, who was left partially deaf by an early childhood tragedy that is now coming back to haunt her years later as her father is released from prison.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION/MAGINATION PRESS
Magination stands tall with Kid Confident: How to Manage Your Social Power in Middle School by Bonnie Zucker, kicking off a series of guidebooks filled with strategies and tips grounded in the cognitive-behavioral therapy approach; The Mother of a Movement by Rob Sanders, telling the story of Jeanne Manford, co-founder of the LGBTQ+ support and advocacy group PFLAG; Avi the Anxious Avocado by Brenda S. Miles, illus. by Monika Filipina, in which Avi’s friends (and lots of exposure practice and confidence building) help him face his “what-if” fears and try new things; and Big Bold Beautiful Me by Jane Yolen and Maddison Stemple-Piatt, celebrating self-love, self-appreciation, and self-comfort.
Amicus Ink settles in for the season with Forest Friends Sleep and Autumn Leaves Fall, both by Amber Hendricks, illus. by Gavin Scott, two titles that follow nature’s transformation from summer to autumn to winter; The Great Cookie Kerfuffle by Jessica Shaw, illus. by Pauline Gregory, in which groups of animals help readers count from one to10; and Peas in a Pod by Rachel Noble, illus. by Katie Rewse, about a child adjusting to a parent having a new romantic partner.
ANDERSEN PRESS USA
Andersen Press USA fireproofs its armor for A Tale of Two Dragons by Geraldine McCaughrean, illus. by Peter Malone, which sees two kingdoms do battle against each other with dragons rather than share produce between their peoples; Peep! by Meg McClaren, featuring Dot the dog going to great lengths for her best friend Peep; The Little Island by Smitri Prasadam-Halls, illus. by Robert Starling, a parable emphasizing the importance of kindness, cooperation, and open-mindedness for building a better society; and What Will I Be? by Frances Stickley, illus. by Lucy Fleming, featuring four friends dressing up and imagining what they might be when they grow up.
Andrews McMeel jots down every word in The Chronicles of Deltovia by Olivia Jaimes, the first volume in the Very Genius Notebooks following three middle-school girls who take turns writing passages of their co-authored fantasy story—and commenting on the goings-on in seventh grade—in a shared notebook; Black Trailblazers: 30 Courageous Visionaries Who Broke Boundaries, Made a Difference, and Paved the Way by Bijan Bayne, illus. by Joelle Avelino, collecting profiles of notable Black historical and contemporary figures in the arts, sciences, sports, and politics; Dream, My Child by r.h. Sin, illus. by Janie Secker, a lullaby designed to spark the imagination of little ones as they fall asleep; and Crabgrass Comics by Tauhid Bondia, depicting the stumbles and breakthroughs of best friends Kevin, who is white, and Miles, who is Black, growing up together in the early 1980s.
ASTRA/ASTRA YOUNG READERS
Astra Young Readers pulls the alarm for Fire Chief Fran by Linda Ashman, illus. by Nancy Carpenter, showing how a fire chief and her crew keep their community safe; The Flying Man: The Life of Otto Lilienthal, the World’s First Pilot by Mike Downs, illus. by David Hohn, introducing the aviation pioneer whose successful flights inspired the Wright brothers and many others; Grandma’s Farm by Michael Garland, in which a grandmother and grandson visit the site of the old family farm; Arithmechicks Play Fair: A Math Story by Ann Marie Stephens, illus. by Jia Liu, which features 10 math-loving chicks demonstrating the concept of fractions at a fair; and Infinity by Sarah C. Campbell, photos by Campbell and Richard P. Campbell, delivering an exploration of this math concept.
Calkins Creek polishes up its rhinestones for Dazzlin’ Dolly: The Songwriting, Hit-Singing, Guitar-Picking Dolly Parton by Suzanne Slade, illus. by Edwin Fotheringham, chronicling the life and rise to fame of this singer, songwriter and humanitarian; American Murderer: The Parasite That Haunted the South by Gail Jarrow, revealing the secrets of the hookworm parasite; Ethel’s Song: Ethel Rosenberg’s Life in Poems by Barbara Krasner, which presents the convicted traitor and suspected Soviet spy Rosenberg’s beliefs, secrets, loves, betrayals, and injustices in a series of poems; Mr. McCloskey’s Marvelous Mallards: The Making of ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ by Emma Bland Smith, illus. by Becca Stadtlander, a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the beloved picture book; and Road Trip: Camping with the Four Vagabonds: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs by Claudia Friddell, illus. by Jeremy Holmes, the story of a camping adventure taken by these iconic inventors in the early 1900s.
Hippo Park sets the fall table with Tiny Spoon vs. Little Fork by Constance Lombardo, illus. by Dan and Jason Patterson, the tale of a fork and a spoon competing to feed a baby; Come On In: There’s a Party in This Book! by Jamie Michalak, illus. by Sabine Timm, which features a cast of characters crafted from recycled items; A Bear, a Bee, and a Honey Tree by Daniel Bernstrom, illus. by Brandon James Scott, about a hungry brown bear coming face-to-face with a hive of angry bees; How to Draw a Happy Cat by Ethan T. Berlin, illus. by Jimbo Matison, in which a how-to-draw lesson goes awry when the cat subject just won’t stay happy; and Herbert on the Slide by Rilla Alexander, the first title in the Hippo Park Friends series, which finds Hippos learning about taking turns at the playground.
Kane Press buzzes into autumn with Twelve-Bug Day by Lisa Harkrader, illus. by Deborah Melmon, in which Albert the Mouse practices subtraction during a bug hunt at the insect zoo.
Minedition US steps into the season with A Pair of Shoes by Robie H. Harris, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, the story of a grandmother and grandchild who use kindness and ingenuity to help a neighborhood homeless man; The City Under the City by Dan Yaccarino, a celebration of the power of reading set in a richly imagined alternate future; Dad. Don’t Miss It! by Qiaoqiao Li, in which a distracted parent comes to appreciate a child’s imagination and the importance of paying attention; and A Bug’s Notebook by Zhu Yingchun, which finds bugs exhibiting their various behaviors as they play with lines in this narrative.
Wordsong shines a light on the season with Garvey in the Dark by Nikki Grimes, following Grimes’s beloved character Garvey as he draws on his courage and creativity to find hope during the pandemic lockdown.
Barefoot Books looks on the bright side with Making Happy by Sheetal Sheth, illus. by Khoa Le, starring Leila, whose family learns to find joy and laughter together as they cope with Leila’s mother’s illness.
Beaming Books steps up to the microscope for Rosalind Looked Closer by debut author Lisa Gerin, focused on scientist Rosalind Franklin who took the first photo of the DNA double-helix and whose research of the molecular structure of viruses contributed to the development of the polio vaccine; The Tree of Hope by Anna Orenstein-Cardona, illus. by Juan Manuel Moreno, chronicling the efforts to save a beloved, ancient Banyan tree that was uprooted in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria; The Story of Us by Mitali Perkins, illus. by Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell, telling the biblical redemption story through the four elements; and A Beginner’s Guide to Being Human by Matt Forest Esenwine, illus. by Andre Ceolin, inspiring kids to be kind, empathetic, and thoughtful.
BEHRMAN HOUSE/APPLES & HONEY
Apples & Honey Press circles round and round with Dance the Hora, Isadora by Gloria Koster, about a girl who learns to dance the hora at her cousin’s wedding and then shows off her moves at dance class; The Most Annoying Aliens Ever by Lea Sokol, which finds friends Sarah and Talya trying to save their brothers after they’ve been transformed into aliens; Miriam and the Sasquatch: A Rosh Hashanah Story by Eric Kimmel, illus. by Tamara Anegon, the tale of a girl who tries to befriend the Bigfoot-like creature that eats up the apples in her orchard; How to Be a Mensch by A. Monster, with Leslie Kimmelman, illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa, following a monster who demonstrates that anyone has the potential to be a force for good in the world; and The Boston Chocolate Party by Deborah Prinz and Tami Lehman Wilzig, illus. by Jomike Tejido, a story of friendship love, and Hanukkah’s message of freedom set during the American Revolution.
Berbay buttons up with Moth in a Fancy Cardigan by Charlotte Lance, illus. by David Booth, a debut middle-grade novel told from the alternating voices of a moth who wants to disappear and a butterfly who wants to be seen; Bunnygirl: The First Adventure by Holly Jayne, starring a young superhero in a bunny costume whose superpower is kindness; Say Hello? by Sung Mi Kim, trans. by Clare Richards, in which neighbors Fox and Mr. Wolf keep missing the opportunity to say hello; and Pet Care by John Canty, highlighting the beneficial relationship between pet owners and their pets.
Bloomsbury heads into fall with Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution by Sherri Winston, about a Black girl with a mega ’fro who summons the courage to stand up for herself and fight a racist dress code at her fancy arts school; Penguin and Penelope by Salina Yoon, in which Penguin finds a new friend—a young elephant stuck in the mud; The Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron, following Malika and her friends who suspect their school counselor is a vampire when the new student goes missing; Remind Me to Hate You Later by Lizzy Mason, which follows two friends who are grieving the loss of a girl who died by suicide as they try to stop the girl’s mother from capitalizing on the girl’s death; and Wish of the Wicked by Danielle Page, the origin story of Cinderella’s fairy godmother.
BUSHEL & PECK
Bushel & Peck gets on its feet for Rise Up with a Song: The Story of Ethel Smyth by Diane Worthy, introducing the composer and suffragette who wrote “The March of the Women”; When You Open a Book by Caroline Derlatka, illus. by Sara Ugolotti, celebrating reading; and Great Art Explained!, an illustrated guide to 25 of the world’s most famous works of art.
Cameron Kids pulls a list out of its hat with Magic by Mirelle Ortega, in which a girl growing up on a pineapple farm in Mexico discovers the true meaning of magic; Edna: The Flavorful Life of Southern Chef Edna Lewis by Melvina Noel, illus. by Cozbi A. Cabrera, introducing this celebrated Black “Grand Dame of Southern Cooking”; Dear Wild Child: You Carry Your Home Inside You by Wallace Nichols and Grayce Wallace Nichols, illus. by Drew Beckmeyer, inspired by the real letter the author wrote to his daughter after a devastating wildfire; Will It Be OK? by Crescent Dragonwagon, illus. by Jessica Love, a newly illustrated edition of this story in which a child questioning her fears is reassured by her mother; and Love Birds by Jane Yolen, illus. by Anna Wilson, the story of a bird-loving boy who meets a new friend—a bird-loving girl.
Candlewick consults the blueprints for Build a House by Rhiannon Giddens, illus. by Monica Mikkai, celebrating Black history and culture with a tale of a people who would not be moved and the music that sustained them; Better Than We Found It: Conversations to Help Save the World by Frederick Joseph and Porsche Joseph, a young people’s guide to social and political progressivism; Merci Suárez Plays It Cool by Newbery Medalist Meg Medina, closing out the trilogy about Merci, who is now meeting the challenges of eighth grade; Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem by Kekla Magoon and Cynthia Leitich Smith, illus. by Molly Murakami, launching the Blue Stars graphic-novel series about two cousins who embrace their strengths to become a superhero duo in their school and community; and A Life of Service: The Story of Tammy Duckworth by Christina Soontornvat, illus. by Dow Phumiruk, which portrays the life of this barrier-breaking Thai American senator from Illinois in a volume by Thai American creators.
Candlewick Entertainment sees nothing but net with Tacko Fall: To New Heights by Tacko Fall and Justin Haynes, illus. by Reggie Brown, chronicles the life of 7’6” basketball phenom Fall, from growing up in Senegal to finding success in the NBA.
Candlewick Studio counts down to autumn with One and Everything by Sam Winston, a celebration of the power of short stories and written languages by the co-creator of A Child of Books.
Walker US flaps into fall with Two-Headed Chicken by Tom Angleberger, the kickoff to a graphic novel series featuring a two-headed chicken racing across the multiverse to escape a hungry moose; and Tales of a Seventh-Grade Lizard Boy by Jonathan Hill, in which Booger and his family flee their lizard community deep below the earth’s crust to survive among humans.
CANDLEWICK MIT KIDS PRESS
MIT Kids Press has its antennae up for Detector Dogs, Dynamite Dolphins, and More Animals with Super Sensory Powers by Christina Couch and Cara Giaimo, illus. by Daniel Duncan, a look at some of the important jobs done by animals with highly developed senses.
MITeen Press looks into the beyond with Tasting Light: Ten Science Fiction Stories to Rewire Your Perceptions, ed. by A.R. Capetta and Wade Rousch, featuring stories in which 10 YA authors use emerging technologies to explore startling new realities.
Templar Books adds a pinch of salt to the season with The Baker by the Sea by Paula White, exploring a child’s relationship with his sleepy seaside fishing town; What Do You See When You Look at a Tree? by Emma Carlisle, which urges readers to connect with and appreciate the natural world around them; and How to Help a Friend by Karl Newson, illus. by Clara Anganuzzi, centered on a girl who supports her animal friends when they’re feeling sad.
Nosy Crow sets the alarm for All Through the Night: Important Jobs That Get Done at Night by Polly Faber, illus. by Harriet Hobday, spotlighting the nurses, cleaners, delivery workers, police officers, and the many other workers who keep the city running overnight; Sunday Funday by Katherine Halligan, illus. by Jesús Verona, featuring 52 seasonal, nature-inspired activities, one for each weekend of the year; and The Great Big Egg Hunt by Ekaterina Trukhan, a lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt.
Capstone squeals for Penny, the Engineering Tail of the Fourth Little Pig by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes, illus. by Hannah Marks, focusing on the Three Little Pigs’ little sister, a savvy engineer who designs a home that can withstand the Big Bad Wolf’s huffing and puffing; You Are Life by Bao Phi, illus. by Hannah Li, which celebrates the complex identity of a child of immigrants and counters the racist rhetoric they experience; and How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower by Emma Bland Smith, illus. by Lia Visirin, the story of how Gustave Eiffel made the structure that bears his name an essential bastion of science and research.
Picture Window blooms with Friendship Flowers by Dorothy H. Price, illus. by Shiane Salabie, the inaugural volume of the Jalen’s Big City Life chapter book series, which finds J.C. seeking a solution when he wants to be with his friends and grandparents at the same time.
Stone Arch does a double-take with Riley Reynolds Crushes Costume Day by Jay Albee, the kick-off to the Riley Reynolds series, in which nonbinary fourth grader Riley uses their creativity to help lots of friends get ready for Dress Like Your Favorite Character Day at school.
CARDINAL RULE PRESS
Cardinal Rule rises with What the Bread Says: Baking with Love, History and Papan by Vanessa Garcia, illus. by Tim Palin, following Papan and Vanessa on a baking journey from the Pyrenees Mountains to Paris to Cuba, kneading, dancing, and singing along the way.
Charlesbridge sparkles with Glitter Everywhere: Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going by Chris Barton, illus. by Chaaya Prabhat, discussing the origins and science of this tiny, shiny confetti; Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten, illus. by Gary Meeches Sr., in which two kids from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe learn the story of Weeâchumun (corn) and the first Thanksgiving; Abuelita and I Make Flan by Adriana Hernandez-Bergstrom, the story of how Anita breaks a special serving plate from Cuba when she helps her grandmother make flan for Papi’s birthday; The Hope of Elephants by Amanda Rawson Hill, following 12-year-old Cass’s struggle to find faith in the face of her father’s cancer; and SumoPuppy by David Biedrzycki, about SumoKitty’s efforts to teach an eager but undisciplined puppy the feline ways of catching mice.
Chronicle whets readers’ appetites with Digestion: The Musical by Adam Rex, illus. by Laura Park, the story of Candy, a small-town kid who wants to make it big, with a Greek chorus of baby carrots narrating the adventure; Like by Annie Barrows, illus. by Leo Espinosa, offering a sequence of outlandishly fun compare-and-contrasts; Lolo’s Light by Liz Garton Scanlon, in which 12-year-old budding babysitter Millie navigates grief and love in the wake of an inexplicable tragedy involving her neighbor’s infant daughter; Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge and Lauren Tamaki; and Construction Site: Farming Strong, All Year Long by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illus. by AG Ford, in which the construction crew is off to the farm.
Cicada sets up its telescope for Professor Wooford McPaw’s History of Astronomy by Elliot Kruszynski, offering an exploration of the cosmos; Alte Zachen (Old Things) by Ziggy Hanaor, illus. by Benjamin Phillips, in which 11-year-old Benji and his elderly grandmother Bubbe Rosa traverse Brooklyn and Manhattan gathering ingredients for Friday night dinner; The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife by Laura Winstone, following Bastet, the Pharaoh’s cat in a journey through the death rituals of ancient Egypt; Mamma Mammals by Cathy Evans, illus. by Malachy Egan, an introduction to reproduction, birth, and early parenting in mammals; and Wowee Zowee: A Flight of Imagination by Jurg Lindberger, an activity book that takes readers to weird worlds and peculiar planets.
COMMON DEER PRESS
Common Deer ties up its list with A Knotty Problem by David Cole, illus. by Shannon O’Toole, featuring the Math Kids tackling three seemingly unsolvable problems; Asha and Baz Meet Mary Sherman Morgan by Caroline Fernandez, illus. by Dharmali Patel, first in a time-travel series featuring historical women who made an impact in STEM fields; The Adventures of Grandmasaurus at the Supermarket by Fernandez, illus. by O’Toole, looking at nutrition and how the dinosaurs ate; and Faded Glimpses of Time, the second book in the Tempus trilogy by Nyah Nichol, which finds Wren and her companions stuck in a time loop.
Creative Editions bundles up for Mother Winter by James Christopher Carroll, a poetic personification of the quiet wonders of the winter season; I Spy with My Curious Eye by Emilia Zebrowska, illus. by Susan Reagan, inspired by the kids’ game, challenging readers to locate the adjectives in the book based on contextual clues; Sashiko by Barbara Ciletti, illus. by Maria Cristina Pritelli, celebrating the textile art of Japanese embroidery; and A Song for the Cosmos by Jan Lower, illus. by Gary Kelley, profiling blues guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, whose song “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” was included on a golden record aboard both NASA’s Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 and meant to introduce Earth to potential intelligent life forms in the cosmos.
Disney Press cools off with Frozen: Anna, Elsa, and the Enchanting Holiday by Meredith Rusu, following Anna, Elsa and the elemental spirits of the Enchanted Forest as they celebrate the holidays; Prince of Song and Sea, in which Prince Eric must find his true love or kill the sea witch who has cursed him; Agent Stitch: The Trouble with Toothoids, centered on Stitch and the Galactic Detective Agency as they investigate the disappearance of people in New York City; All the Love on This Island by Natalie Davis, which finds Moana and her grandmother comparing their love for one another; and Disney Cautionary Tales by Ridley Pearson, a collection of scary short stories based on Disney villains.
Disney-Hyperion just keeps swimming with Penelope Rex Is REALLY, REALLY Not Afraid of This Goldfish by Ryan T. Higgins, which finds Penelope Rex facing her biggest fear: Walter the goldfish; Almost There by Farrah Rochon, the latest Twisted Tale installment in which Tiana makes a deal with the Shadow Man; Raising the Horseman by Serena Valentino, the story of Kat who longs to leave Sleepy Hollow and its superstitions, but is persuaded to stick around for the 200th anniversary of the Headless Horseman’s haunting; Bloody Fool for Love by William Ritter, spotlighting Spike’s journey from shy poet to cold-blooded killer in the kick-off to a prequel series about Buffy the Vampire Slayer characters; Briarcliff Prep by Brianna Peppins, following 14-year-old Avielle, who has a dangerous secret, at a boarding school inspired by Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and Lumara by Melissa Landers, about one girl in the land of Mystics who is thrust into the most powerful and secretive magical family—and accused of murdering them.
Hyperion contemplates a tantrum in The Frustrating Book by Mo Willems, in the Unlimited Squirrels beginning-reader series, spotlighting Zoom Squirrel, who is determined to feel brand new emotions.
Marvel Press pledges Wakanda Forever with The Black Panther: Uprising by Ronald L. Smith, in which evil forces are brought back to the nation of Wakanda in exchange for trapping the tribal elders in an alternate dimension.
DISNEY/MELISSA DE LA CRUZ STUDIO
Melissa de la Cruz Studio welcomes kindred spirits to its fall list with Anne of Greenville by Mariko Tamaki, a contemporary reimagining of Anne of Green Gables which finds Anne at a new school and wrapped in a love triangle she never expected.
DISNEY/RICK RIORDAN PRESENTS
Rick Riordan Presents sharpens its wooden stakes for Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting by Roseanne A. Brown, about a vampire slayer adjusting to regular life in middle school; Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows by Tehlor Kay Mejia, in which Paola enters a ghost-filled void to bring back her friend Dante; and The Lords of Night by J.C. Cervantes, a spin-off from the Storm Runner trilogy following Ren, a shadow bruja, who teams up with Ah-Puch in teen form to prevent rogue godborns from unseating the gods.
DK leaves the nest with Bird by Brendan Kearney following fisherman Finn and his dog Skip as they chase down the bird who snatched Finn’s hat and goggles while on a hot-air-balloon ride; Jonny Lambert’s Bear and Bird: Make Friends by Jonny Lambert, which finds best pals Bear and Bird facing the first day of school; and A Dinosaur’s Day: Diplodocus, first in a series of picture books each introducing a particular dinosaur—via facts and a narrative story.
Eerdmans howls for Yellow Dog Blues by Alice Faye Duncan, illus. by Chris Raschka, in which Bo Willie searches blues landmarks in the Mississippi Delta for his missing dog; Building an Orchestra: How Favio Chavez Taught Children to Make Music from Trash by Carmen Oliver, illus. by Luisa Uribe, the true story of music teacher Chavez who works with a local carpenter in Paraguay to craft instruments out of garbage for his students; Different: A Novel of the Spanish Civil War by Mónica Montañés, illus. by Eva Sánchez Gómez, trans. by Lawrence Schimel, which finds siblings Soccoro and Paco keeping secrets as they try to reunite with their father who has fled due to political persecution during the Spanish Civil War; A World of Praise by Deborah Lock, illus. by Helen Cann, featuring prayers that praise God’s love and care for the people, landscapes, and creatures of our planet; and Madani’s Game by Fran Pintadera, illus. by Raquel Catalina, trans. by Schimel, centering on a neighborhood soccer team and its determined young star who has an impressive secret plan.
Enchanted Lion with Teddy Let’s Go! by Michelle Nott, illus. by Nahid Kazemi, in which a child’s toy relates a story of awaiting a new sibling; The Truth About Max by Alice and Martin Provensen, a never-before-published book about the author-illustrators’ mischievous, independent cat; Supposing… by Alastair Reid, illus. by JooHee Yoon, which shows characters imagining all kinds of possibilities; and The Amazing and True Story of Tooth Mouse Pérez by Ana Cristina Herreros, illus. by Violeta Lópiz, trans. by Sara Elisabeth Paulson, introducing the tooth mouse, who is the tooth fairy known throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
Unruly looks in the mirror, mirror on the wall for Farewell, Snow White by Beatrice Alemagna, trans. by Emilie Robert Wong, a dark retelling of this fairy tale from the evil queen’s perspective; and The Book of Denial by Ricardo Chávez Castañeda, illus. by Alejandro Magallanes, trans. by Lawrence Schimel, in which a child discovers that the book his father has been writing in secret reveals terrible abuse his father has suffered.
Floris opens the barn door for The Brave Little Farm Boy by Astrid Lindgren, illus. by Marit Törnqvist, centered on a Swedish farm boy who has a brave idea to calm down an angry bull; An Illustrated Collection of Nordic Animal Tales by Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin, featuring traditional tales depicting the creatures and landscapes of Finland; A Billion Balloons of Questions by Amy Moreno, illus. by Carlos Vélez, in which bilingual (English and Spanish) Eva carries her balloons around until she discovers answers to her many questions; The Last Rainbow Bird (tentative title) by Nora Brech, about Jo and Alex’s quest to find the last Rainbow Bird in order to help save it from extinction; and Whose Footprints Are These (tentative title) by Gerda Miller, a wordless book inviting readers to imagine their own story while following a series of footprints through various settings.
Flyaway shares the warmth with The Coat by Séverine Vidal, illus. by Louis Thomas, in which Elise gives her prized new jacket to a child experiencing homelessness; One Thursday Afternoon by Barbara DiLorenzo, the story of how Granddad uses creativity and companionship to help Ava process her emotions surrounding a lockdown drill at school; and Sidney and the Lonely Cloud by Tim Hopgood, following a raincloud who is always blamed for ruining everyone’s fun, on his search to find a place where he’s welcome.
Free Spirit dons its slicker for Laney Dances in the Rain: A Wordless Picture Book About Being True to Yourself by Ken Willard, illus. by Matthew Rivera, about a girl who follows her passion for dancing in the rain even when a boy attempts to destroy her beautiful raincoat; Dragons on the Inside (And Other Big Feelings) by Valerie Coulman, illus. by Jennifer Alexandra Colombo, in which readers see how connecting with others can help defuse or diminish a stressful situation; You Got a Phone! (Now Read This Book) by Elizabeth Englander and Katharine Covino, illus. by Steve Mark, which teaches young readers the power of a smartphone and how to use it safely; Jamie’s Class Has Something to Say by Afsaneh Moradian, illustrated by Maria Bogade, following Jamie and his classmates as they learn how to express themselves to important adults in their lives; and Yay! You Failed by Shannon Anderson, illus. by Steve Mark, designed to help kids develop a growth mindset and be better able to handle setbacks and feel good about themselves.
Gecko is on the hunt for fun with Gotcha! by Clotilde Perrin, a lift-the-flap hide-and-seek adventure through three favorite fairy tales; Let’s Play, Little Rabbit! by Jörg Mühle, following a rabbit’s antics throughout his day; The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist by Juliette MacIver, illus. by Sarah Davis, following a school trip to the woods where no one sees the danger except for quiet, observant Liam, who saves the day; A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends by Philip Waechter, in which Raccoon’s plan to bake a cake is slightly—pleasantly—delayed when he borrows eggs from Fox, who in turn needs some neighborly help, and the friends continue to pay it forward; and The Ape Star by Frida Nilsson, about an orphan girl who forms a bond with the junkyard-dwelling gorilla who adopts her.
Greystone pricks up its ears for I Hear You Ocean, second in Callie George and Carmen Mok’s Sound of Nature series; Living Things That Light Up the Night by Julia Kuo, focusing on bioluminescence; Fiona the Fruit Bat by Dan Riskin, illus. by Rachel Quiqi, a close-up look at these animals; Virus World by Marc Ter Horst, which examines the world of viruses from their creation and transmission to how we can stop them; The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers: A Tour of Useless Parts, Flaws, and Other Weird Bits by Rachel Poliquin, illus. by Clayton Hanmer, introducing readers to the science of evolution; and Still This Love Goes On by Buffy Sainte-Marie, illus. by Julie Flett, delivering a love letter to Indigenous communities everywhere and celebrating seasons, nature, and community.
Groundwood plays it close to the chest with Boobies by Nancy Vo, a cheeky celebration of the blue-footed avian sort, and the kind we find on human bodies; Night Runners by Geraldo Valério, a wordless picture book about a pack of wolves chasing a stag through the woods; Forever Truffle by Fanny Britt, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault, trans. by Shelley Tanaka, first in a graphic-novel series spin-off of their Louis Undercover, following Truffle, a boy with endless questions about life, love, and rock ‘n’ roll; The Prisoner and the Writer by Heather Camlot, illus. by Sophie Casson, offering a middle-grade spin on the Dreyfus Affair; and The Outsmarters by Deborah Ellis, in which 11-year-old Kate opens a Philosopher’s Booth (charging $2 per question) because she needs the money, but ends up with more than she bargained for.
HarperCollins grabs the mic for If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out by Cat Stevens, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, a picture-book adaptation of Stevens’s song; Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria by George Jreije, first in a middle-grade fantasy duology following 12-year-old Shad who discovers he’s descended from alchemists and is sent to the mysterious Alexandria Academy; Black Gold by Laura Obuobi, illus. by London Ladd, the story of how the Universe decides to create a child and draws from the earth—rich and dark and full of everything that gives life; Song in the City by Daniel Bernstrom, illus. by Jenin Mohammed, centered on a blind girl and her grandmother who experience the everyday music of their city; The Stocking Stuffer by Holley Merriweather, illus. by Stephanie Graegin, explaining how Santa fills all those stockings on Christmas Eve; Hold Them Close by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illus. by Patrick Dougher, a love letter to Black children, encouraging them to hold onto their proud history, loved ones, and moments of joy; Anisa’s International Day by Reem Faruqi, in which a Pakistani American girl introduces her classmates to the art of mendhi for International Day; You Only Live Once, David Bravo by Mark Oshiro featuring 11-year-old David, who is offered the opportunity to go back to any point in his life and undo a mistake; Monster Club #1 by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel, kicking off a middle-grade series about a boy who discovers magic ink that brings his monster drawings to life; and Maya’s Song by Renée Watson, illus. by Bryan Collier, a picture book biography in verse chronicling the life of poet and activist Maya Angelou.
HarperAlley dons some shades for Crab & Snail: Tidal Pool of Cool by Beth Ferry, illus. by Jared Chapman, about Crab and Snail’s efforts to play it cool and make a new friend; and Northranger by Rey Terciero, illus. by Bre Indigo, the story of 16-year-old Cade who finds himself falling for a Texas ranch owner’s mysterious and handsome son only to discover he may be keeping a dangerous secret.
HarperFestival calls “olly olly oxen free” with Pete the Cat: Hide & Seek by Kimberly and James Dean, in which Pete the Cat is It during a game of hide and seek; Reina Ramos Works It Out by Emmy Otheguy, illus. by Andrés Landazábal, an I Can Read title centered on Reina and Nora who have a misunderstanding about who will get to be Frieda Kahlo in their classroom’s wax museum presentation; The Mystery Box (Down in the Dumps #1) by Wes Hargis, launching the exploits of a rotten banana, a handle-less teapot, and a crusty blob of gunk—three unlikely pals living in the local landfill; and For Your Smile by Loryn Brantz, which finds a caregiver going out of their way to elicit a happy smile from their baby.
HarperTeen slices into fall with Cake Eater by Allyson Dahlin, spotlighting an alternative universe Marie Antoinette in a Black Mirror-esque retelling of her reign; Blade Breaker by Victoria Aveyard, the sequel to Realm Breaker in which Corayne and her companions continue their quest to save the realm from a wicked prince and his nightmarish army; Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe, the story of a teenage boy who is kidnapped and brainwashed by his captor before escaping and finding hope; The Restless Dark by Eric Waters, which finds three girls confronting darkness in each other and themselves at a true crime contest to find the bones of a serial killer; Acting the Part by Z.R. Ellor, a rom-com about a closeted nonbinary actor fake-dating their costar; How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow, following two Jewish girls whose winter break fling turns into something more; Escaping Mr. Rochester by L.L. McKinney, a reimagining of Charlotte Bronte’s novel in which Jane Eyre and Bertha Mason—Mr. Rochester’s wife—must save each other from the horrifying machinations of Mr. Rochester; A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar, featuring four unlikely friends leading a fast-paced heist on the Titanic; Breakup from Hell, a supernatural rom-com about a girl who discovers she’s dating the son of Satan; and Mere Mortals by Erin Jade Lange, following a pair of 100-year-old teenage vampires who are turned mortal and must face the nightmare of high school.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER + BRAY
Balzer + Bray plots coordinates with Mapmaker by Lisa Moore Ramée, about a Black boy who has the magical ability to draw maps that come to life; Dear Black Child by Rahma Rodaah, illus. by Lydia Mba, a love letter to Black children around the world; A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga, following the journey of a fictional Mars rover; The Stars Did Wander Darkling by Colin Meloy, in which dark forces are unleashed in an Oregon seaside town; and Play Like a Girl by Misty Wilson, illus. by David Wilson, a debut middle-grade graphic memoir chronicling the author’s seventh-grade year as the only girl on her town’s football team.
Clarion tests its scuba gear for A Journey Under the Sea by Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck, guiding readers through the African Sea Forest; Hazel Hill Is Gonna Win This One by Maggie Horne, in which 12-year-old Hazel devises a plan to catch the school’s golden boy in the act of harassing classmates online; Little Blue Truck Makes a Friend by Alice Schertle, illus. by Jill McElmurry, which finds Little Blue Truck showing the barnyard animals that there’s room to welcome a new friend on their farm: a woodchuck; True You: A Gender Journey by Gwen Agna and Shelley Rotner, photos by Rotner, offering a celebratory and informative look at kids and their wide-ranging gender identities through their own testimonials and portraits; and Playing Through the Turnaround by Mylisa Larsen, about five eighth-grade musicians who unite their peers to protest school board decisions.
Greenwillow plans a purrfect list with Year of the Cat by Richard Ho, illus. by Jocelyn Li Langrand, tells the story of Cat, Rat, and their animal friends in an introduction to the Chinese zodiac; I Wish by Christoph Niemann, about a girl who finds a wrapped present and imagines what might be inside; Surely Surely Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly, in which Marisol aims to avoid her two least-favorite things: radishes and PE class; Where You’ve Got to Be by Caroline Gertler, centered on Nolie, an 11-year-old Jewish girl in New York City who’s feeling left behind by her sister and her best friend; and The Cartographers by Amy Zhang, which finds 17-year-old Ocean Wu taking her life savings, deferring her college admission, and going off the grid.
Heartdrum tends the family tree with Just Like Grandma by Kim Rogers, illus. by Julie Fett, in which Becca watches her grandmother bead moccasins and dance at the powwow, and knows that she wants to be just like her.
Quill Tree Books checks the Doppler radar for Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, a YA anthology of interwoven stories taking place as Atlanta is blanketed with snow just before Christmas; The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera, the prequel to They Both Die at the End, following a couple on the first day that the Death-Cast makes their fateful calls; Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book by Tonya Bolden, illus. by Eric Velasquez, spotlighting the impact of the man behind the Green Book, the safe-travel guide that Black travelers used during segregation; Speak Up by Rebecca Burgess, in which an autistic girl must decide whether she’ll let her concerns about what other people think keep her from expressing herself at a local talent show; and Each Night Was Illuminated by Jodi Lynn Anderson, about a girl reunited with a former friend who sparks more questions, wonder, and feelings than she had allowed herself.
Katherine Tegen Books flits into fall with Butterfly Child by Marc Majewski, focused on a child who loves dressing up as a butterfly; Mysteries of Trash and Treasure: The Secret Letters by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the launch of a new series about two kids whose parents own rival junk companies and the discovery of a cache of letters from the 1970s; Shot Clock by Caron Butler and Justin A. Reynolds, in which a boy struggles to grieve his friend’s death while trying to make an AAU basketball team coached by a former NBA all-star; Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson, following teen detective Stevie Bell as she investigates a cold case from 1990s England where nine college students played a game of hide-and-seek, but two never came back; and The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson, the story of a white-passing biracial teenager who faces escalating bullying as her Georgia high school hosts its first integrated prom and horror ensues.
Versify checks out A Library by Nikki Giovanni, illus. by Erin K. Robinson, the poet’s ode to the magic of a library as a place for knowledge and escape; The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism by Tiffany Jewell, illus. by Nicole Miles, a chapter-book guide to antiracism; Tacos Today by Raúl the Third, colored by Elaine Bay, in which the young luchadores from the World of ¡Vamos! series seek out their favorite lunch; I Feel!: A Book of Emotions by Juana Medina, a concept book about feelings; and Black Bird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack, the historical fantasy story of 12-year-old Ziva who must best the Angel of Death to save her twin brother Pesah from his illness.
Highlights hails the season with Best Kids’ Hanukkah Jokes Ever!, gathering more than 500 jokes about Hanukkah and other Jewish holidays; The Highlights Book of How, an activity and experiment book focused on science and how things work; and Tongue Twisters! The Trickiest Joke Book Ever, featuring more than 1,000 kid-friendly tongue twisters, riddles, and cartoons.
Holiday House revs up its engines for Firefighter Flo! by Andrea Zimmerman, illus. by Dan Yaccarino, the inaugural title in the Big Jobs/Bold Women, following a firefighter’s exciting day; Of Walden Pond by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by Ashley Benham-Yazdani, looking at the time Henry David Thoreau spent at Walden that overlapped with entrepreneur Frederic Tudor, who cut and transported the pond’s ice to the tropics; Owl and Penguin by Vikram Madan, kicking off an I Like to Read Comics series; and Welcome to Feral by Mark Fearing, the launch volume in a series of humorous and spooky middle-grade graphic novels.
Margaret Ferguson Books keeps its wheels turning with A Few Bicycles More by Christina Uss, the sequel to A Girl Called Bicycle, in which Bicycle is reunited with her family and discovers she is a quintuplet; Santiago Ramón y Cajal!: Artist, Scientist, Troublemaker by Jay Hosler, introducing this mischievous child who grew up to be a brilliant scientist; Looking for True by Tricia Springstubb, the story of how Gladys and Jude join forces to save a dog they think is being abused; and Hurry Kate or You’ll Be Late by Janice Harrington, illus. by Tiffany Rose, in which Kate isn’t late for preschool because she has her father fix her hair or stop to look at a construction site, but because he gives her a big hug just before she goes into school.
Neal Porter Books looks to the night sky for Moonlight by Stephen Savage, about the captivating effects of moonlight and its nightly journey, featuring linocut illustrations; A Mule, a Milk Cow, a Miniature Horse by Philip C. Stead, illus. by Erin Stead, a fable in which three farm animals set off on a daring quest to wake the sun; I Don’t Care by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal, spotlighting the little things that set two friends apart and the big things that bring them together; Polar Bear by Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann, exploring the life and habitat of a majestic endangered species; and The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey by Jason Chin, which delves deep into the microscopic world just beneath our skin.
Inhabit packs a hatchet for Inuunira: A Story of Survival by Brian Koonoo, illus. by Ben Shannon, the true story of how Koonoo survived in Canada’s Arctic alone for seven days when his snowmobile broke down and his GPS lost its signal; The Three Hunters by Raymon Gianfrancesco, illus. by Thamires Paredes, in which three brothers get caught in a blizzard but manage to stay safe by helping each other and using their survival skills; Akpa’s Journey by Mia Pelletier, illus. by Kagan McLeod, about a thick-billed murre who emerges from his egg on an Arctic cliff and must learn to fly to be able to migrate and survive; The Ugly Place by Laura Deal, illus. by Emma Pedersen, the story of a child who comes out of a dark mood when they go to a special place on the Arctic shoreline and focus on breathing and listening to nature; and Una Huna? Ukpik Learns to Sew by Susan Aglukark, illus. by Amiel Sandland and Rebecca Brook, which finds Ukpik more excited about all the lovely beads she hopes to use than she is about learning to sew caribou skin into mitts.
Inkyard follows a fall recipe with Salt and Sugar by Rebecca Carvalho, centering on the grandchildren of two rival Brazilian bakery owners who fall in love despite their families’ feud while working to save their bakeries from a predatory supermarket chain; Seoulmates by Susan Lee, which finds recently dumped Hannah reuniting with her former best friend Jacob, now a star in K-dramas; Bone Weaver by Aden Polydoros, a dark fantasy inspired by Slavic lore following Toma as she navigates a revolutionary empire and forges new friendships; How to Heal a Gryphon by Meg Cannistra, about a girl torn between her dream of helping magical animals and her parents’ wish for her to focus on people; and If You Could See the Sun by Ann Liang, about a girl who monetizes her strange new invisibility powers to discover and sell her wealthy classmates’ secrets to pay the tuition at her elite Beijing boarding school.
Kalaniot lights up the season with Miracle on Essex Street: A Hanukkah Story by Chana and Larry Stiefel, illus. by Daphna Awadish, in which Mendel drives the Mitzvah Mobile around New York City spreading the joy of Hanukkah; and The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda by Shoshana Nambi, illus. by Moran Yogev, introducing Shoshi and her brothers who work together to create the best sukkah to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot in their Abayudaya Jewish community in Uganda.
Kane Miller has a midnight curfew for Cinderella and the Seven Dwarfs by Tracey Turner, illus. by Summer Macon, joining the Wrong Fairy Tale series of mash-ups; At Home/Las palabras de casa by Sam Hutchinson, illus. by Vicky Barker, one of four books launching the Find and Speak/Encontrar y hablar series of bilingual early concept books; Lifesize Baby Animals by Sophy Henn, offering an introduction to animals via life-size illustrations; Everything Under the Sun by Molly Oldfield, a nonfiction volume based on the U.K. podcast of the same name, featuring 366 questions asked by real children; and When You Joined Our Family by Harriet Evans, illus. by Nia Tudor, celebrating all kinds of adoptions and all kinds of loving families.
Kar-Ben branches out into fall with Deborah’s Tree by Jane Yolen, illus. by Cosei Kawa, in which young prophetess Deborah foresees danger for the people of Israel; Shoham’s Bangle by Sarah Sassoon, illus. by Noa Kelner, about the special gift Nana gives to Shoham as a way to remember where she came from when Shoham’s family emigrates from Iraq to Israel; Hanukkah in Little Havana by Julie Anna Blank, illus. by Carlos Vélez Aguilera, spotlighting the traditions a girl from Virginia enjoys when she celebrates Hanukkah in Florida with her grandparents; The Prince of Steel Pier by Stacy Nockowitz, following 13-year-old Joey who gets a summer job working for the mob when he helps out at his Jewish family’s struggling Atlantic City hotel in 1975; and My Name Is Hamburger by Jacqueline Jules, the story set in 1962 of a girl embarrassed by her German last name, her father’s accent, and the way her classmates tease her for being Jewish.
KIDS CAN PRESS
Kids Can spreads its wings with Fly by Alison Hughes, a middle-grade novel in free verse featuring a 14-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who has a sometimes sarcastic inner voice; The Most Magnificent Idea by Ashley Spires, the tale of a girl who struggles with creative block until her neighbor’s cat sparks a magnificent idea; Elinor Wonders Why: Hiding in Plain Sight by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson, one of two launch titles for a graphic novel series based on the TV show about an inquisitive rabbit exploring the natural world; And I Think About You by Rosanne Kurstedt, illus. by Ya-Ling Huang, in which a mother bear recounts to her child all the various tasks she does while at work and how each reminds her of the times the two of them spend together; and Poopy Science: Getting to the Bottom of What Comes Out of Your Bottom by Edward Kay, illus. by Mike Shiell, the latest Gross Science title which plunges into the science and history of poop.
Kingfisher is clued in for Eco Dome Disaster and Tomb of the Pharaohs, two new Escape Room Puzzles titles; and Solids and Liquids and Flying and Floating, the latest additions to the Discover It Yourself STEM experiments series by David Glover, illus. by Diego Vaisberg.
Lantana frames a shot with Starlet Rivals by Puneet Bhandal, kicking off the Bollywood Academy series in which dance champion Bela lands a place at the most prestigious stage school in Mumbai; Mwikali and the Forbidden Mask by Shiko Nguru, the launch title of the Intasimi Warriors series of African mythology-inspired fantasy adventures; SuperJoe Does NOT Say Sorry by Michael Catchpool, illus. by Emma Proctor, in which a young caped crusader learns the value of apologizing; Watch Me Bloom by Krina Patel-Sage, showcasing a collection of mindful haiku poems; and Maybe You Might by Imogene Foxell, illus. by Anna Cunha, the story, in poem form, about a girl who decides to plant a single seed, and the tremendous changes that result.
LEE & LOW
Lee & Low goes for the gold with Tenacious by Patty Cisneros Prevo, illus. by Dion MBD, offering illustrated profiles of 15 athletes with disabilities whose passions drove them to great achievements using adaptive equipment; Marvelous Mabel by Crystal Hubbard, illus. by Alleanna Harris, spotlighting Mabel Fairbanks, the first Black athlete inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame; Flap Your Hands by Steve Asbell, a debut #ActuallyAutistic book celebrating the joys and benefits of stimming (sensory stimulation); and Stacey Abrams: Lift Every Voice by Sarah Warren, illus. by Monica Mikai, a picture book biography of this politician, author, and voting rights advocate.
LEE & LOW/CHILDREN’S BOOK PRESS
Children’s Book Press colors the season with The Turquoise Room/Cuarto turquesa by Monica Brown, trans., by Cinthya Miranda-McIntosh, illus. by Adriana M. Garcia, a bilingual book in which Brown celebrates three generations of creative women in her family.
LEE & LOW/CINCO PUNTOS PRESS
Cinco Puntos Press gets a head start on fall with Vámonos by Cynthia Weill, providing a look—in both Spanish and English—at different modes of transportation.
LEE & LOW/TU BOOKS
Tu Books gets tangled in The Moonlit Vine by Elizabeth Santiago, illus. by McKenzie Mayle, following 14-year-old Taína, a descendent from a long line of strong Taíno women, who must find the strength to bring peace and justice to her family and community; Fight Back by A.M. Dassu, in which 13-year-old Aaliya takes a stand and courageously wears a hijab for the first time; Children of the River Ghost by Alexandra Aceves, a YA horror novel about a girl who moves to New Mexico and falls for a girl who may be the ghost of La Llorona; and Speculation by Nisi Shawl, in which a pair of magical spectacles enables Winna to see the ghosts of her ancestors.
Lerner keeps the peace with Let’s Talk About It!: A Sesame Street Guide to Resolving Conflict by Marie-Therese Miller, in which favorite characters help readers learn how to solve conflicts; and Focus on Civil Rights Sit-Ins by Cicely Lewis; Focus on Japanese Incarceration by Elliott Smith; and Focus on the Harlem Renaissance by Artika R. Tyner, three titles in the History in Pictures series from the Read Woke Books line created in partnership with Cicely Lewis’s Read Woke nonprofit.
Carolrhoda stands tall with Be a Bridge by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illus. by Nabila Adani, inviting readers to take actions that foster inclusivity, respect, and connection; Where We Come From by John Coy, Shannon Gibney, Sun Yung Shin, and Diane Wilson, illus. by Dion MBD, in which four authors explore where they each come from, looking at history, family, and identity; A Long Way from Home by Laura Schaefer, following Abby who meets two boys from the future who need her help and travels to their time; Hear Me by Kerry O’Malley Cerra, which finds Rayne resisting her parents’ efforts to “fix” her hearing loss; and The Lady and the Octopus: How Jeanne Villepreux-Power Invented Aquariums and Revolutionized Marine Biology by Danna Staff, chronicling Villepreux-Power’s journey from her childhood in a small French village to her life as a naturalist in 19th-century Messina, Sicily.
Carolrhoda Lab wears black for Funeral Girl by Emma K. Ohland, in which Georgia revives the spirit of a recently deceased classmate at her family’s funeral home; and Torch by Lyn Miller-Lachmann, about a 17-year-old activist who fatally sets himself on fire in 1969 Prague to protest the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Graphic Universe gets behind the lens with Unretouchable by Sofia Szamosi, offering a window into the impact of image retouching in the influential world of fashion photography; Notes from a Sickbed by Tessa Brunton, in which the author depicts eight years of her life coping with chronic fatigue syndrome; Never Make a Giant Mad by Arthur Laperla, second volume in the Felix and Calcite series following Felix to the land of trolls to seek a lost toy; Timothy Dinoman Saves the Cat by Steve Thueson, launching a series starring a friendly, mystery-solving iguanodon; and The Wolf in Underpants Breaks Free by Wilfrid Lupano, illus. by Mayana Itoïz and Paul Cauuet, a fourth tale about the wolf, who gets arrested for being a lazypants.
Millbrook Press flows into fall with A River’s Gifts: The Mighty Elwha River Reborn by Patricia Newman, illus. by Natasha Donovan, following the efforts to restore this river in Washington State; Ice Cycle: Poems About the Life of Ice by Maria Gianferrari, illus. by Jieting Chen, exploring various ice forms on land and at sea; Not Done Yet: Shirley Chisholm’s Fight for Change by Tameka Fryer Brown, illus. by Nina Crews, chronicling Chisholm’s fight for fairness and change on her way to becoming the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first woman to run for president; Yuck, You Suck!: Poems About Animals That Sip, Slurp, Suck by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Semple, illus. by Eugenia Nobati, a poetry collection showcasing creatures that literally suck.
Zest files a patent application for Teen Innovators: Nine Young People Engineering a Better World with Creative Inventions by Fred Estes, spotlighting how teens used unique methods to overcome real-world problems; I Could Not Do Otherwise: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker by Sara Latta, introducing the Civil War surgeon, spy, and activist who was the only woman to ever receive the U.S. government’s Medal of Honor; Don’t Sit on the Baby! 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Sane, Skilled and Safe Babysitting by Halley Bondy, a new version of this guide for teens; and Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: A Guide to the Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, illus. by Nicole Neidhardt, encouraging readers to celebrate our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.
Arthur A. Levine tidies up the workbench for The Little Toymaker by Cat Min, which flips the Santa myth to feature a child making toys for grandparents and other older folk; When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb, in which centuries-long study partners Uriel the angel and Little Ash the demon leave their small shtetl and travel to America; Creature by Shaun Tan, a collection of essays revealing Tan’s thoughts and advice for writers and artists; What the Jaguar Told Her by Alex V. Méndez, following Mexican American Jade who comes to terms with her identity with help from an elderly storyteller who has the power to transform into a jaguar; and Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers, illus. by Jeff Edwards, a collection of interconnected short horror stories exploring colonization and monsters.
LEVINE QUERIDO/EM QUERIDO
Em Querido peeks into the microwave with Popcorn Bob 3: In America following Ellis, Dante, and Popcorn Bob on a secret mission to infiltrate Popcorn & Co.; Nine Color Deer by Kailin Duan, inspired by the 1500-year-old Mogao paintings in Dunhuang, China; Mr. Coats by Sieb Posthuma, about a man who can never seem to get warm; and Phalaina by Alice Brière-Haquet, trans. by Emma Ramadan, the tale of a mysterious young orphan in 19th-century London.
Little Bee ponders pierogi with Our World of Dumplings by Francie Dekker, illus. by Sarah Jung, featuring children in a multicultural apartment complex preparing dumplings from each of their cultures for a potluck; Battle of the Books by Melanie Ellsworth, illus. by James Rey Sanchez, in which all of Josh’s favorite books are in a battle to determine which will be the coveted bedtime story; Hello, Tree by Alastair Heim, illus. by Alisa Coburn, about a roguish fox who makes Christmas mischief all over town until a special guest helps him see the error of his ways; Fridge-opolis by Melissa Coffey, illus. by Josh Cleland, an introduction to recycling and composting set in the gloomy, rancid Fridge-opolis; and The Iheards by Emily Kilgore, illus. by Zoe Persico, which finds Mason unable to stop gossiping.
LITTLE BEE/YELLOW JACKET
Yellow Jacket sings “Who you gonna call?” for Ghosts Come Rising by Adam Perry, in which two orphaned siblings move with their uncle to a place where the barrier between the living and the dead is very thin.
LITTLE BEE/BUZZPOP keeps its cool with the following licensed tie-ins: Nature Cat: Ice Is Nice; Baby Shark: My First 100 Words; Miraculous: Ultimate Sticker and Activity Book; Barbie Dreamhouse Seek-and-Find Adventure; and Hot Wheels: My First Race.
Little, Brown goes live to Muhammad Najem, War Reporter by Muhammad Najem and Nora Neus, illus. by Julie Robine, about a Syrian boy who documented what the Syrian War was like for kids like him by using social media; The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander, the kickoff to a trilogy following a boy from his small village in Africa on a harrowing journey he could never have imagined; Omega Morales and the Legend of the La Lechuza by Laekan Zea Kemp, the story of a girl who must learn to trust herself and her ancestral powers when she encounters the Mexican legend La Lechuza; Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall, a trip inside the dollhouse-like interior of a farmhouse to explore the daily life of the family that lives there; and As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh, following Salama who volunteers at a hospital in Homs helping the flood of wounded people from the Syrian Revolution while she tries to find a way to leave her beloved country before her sister-in-law gives birth.
Christy Ottaviano Books sets the cuckoo clock for Wake Me Up in 20 Coconuts by Laurie Keller, about a smarty pants who is overwhelmed by embarrassment when he can’t answer a question; Good Dream Dragon by Jacky Davis, illus. by Courtney Dawson, the story of a nonbinary child who calls on the Good Dream Dragon for help when they are afraid to fall asleep; The World’s Loneliest Elephant by Ralph Fletcher, illus. by Naoko Stoop, the true tale of Kaavan, an elephant rescued and moved from Pakistan to Cambodia, and his unlikely bond with singer and activist Cher; Legendary Creatures by Adam Auerbach, celebrating the wondrous beings featured in myths from around the world; and Sisterhood of Sleuths by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, in which 11-year-old Maizy discovers a truth from the past that connects three generations of strong women.
LITTLE, BROWN/JIMMY PATTERSON
Jimmy Patterson Books dons its long johns for Winter Blunderland by James Patterson, the next installment of the Middle School series which finds Rafe on a trip to research polar bears in Alaska; and The Girl in the Castle by Patterson, in which a teenage girl arrives in contemporary New York City desperate to get back to her medieval village to save her sister from certain death.
Poppy tests the ties that bind with I Miss You, I Hate This, as two inseparable best friends are driven apart by a global pandemic—at first physically and then emotionally.
Little Libros puts on its lab coat for Dr. Ochoa’s Tiny Galaxy: We Are All Scientists/Todos somos pequeñitos científicos by Ellen Ochoa, illus. by Citlali Reyes, exploring how all children have scientific curiosity; Luna oscura by Heidi Moreno, starring a black cat ostracized by the cat community who must show she is not bad luck; J Is for Janucá by Melanie Romero, illus. by Reyes, a bilingual board book spotlighting the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah; The Raven/El Cuervo by Edgar Allan Poe, illus. by Pakoto, a retelling of Poe’s classic poem; and The No Boy/El niño que dice no by Ellia Hill, about a boy who doesn’t always have the words to express his big emotions.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux puts the kettle on for Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal, first in a YA duology featuring a girl who is tangled in a heist with vampires and must face the consequences; Jack Robinson: The Story of a Freedom Fighter by Yohuru Williams and Michael G. Long, chronicling Robinson’s life before and after baseball and focusing on his lifelong fight for personal dignity and social justice; Don’t Look Back: A Memoir of War, Survival, and My Journey from Sudan to America by Achut Deng and Keely Hutton, shining a light on Deng’s painful immigration to the U.S. from war-torn Sudan; Duet by Philip Hoose, the story of the partnership between humans and mockingbirds; and Marikit and the Ocean of Stars by Caris Avendaño Cruz, a middle-grade debut about a 10-year-old Filipino girl who ventures into the world of the engkantos, or nature spirits, to save herself and her mother from a sinister fate.
First Second welcomes fall with Wondrous Wonders by Camille Jourdy, about a girl who wanders into a forest and finds magical creatures and strange landscapes; Prunella and the Curse of the Skull Ring by Matt Loux, in which Prunella places the skull-shaped ring she unearthed in her garden on her finger and turns into a skeleton girl; Frizzy by Claribel Ortega, illus. by Rose Bousamra, featuring an Afro-Dominican girl who stops straightening her hair and embraces her natural curls; and Improve by Alex Graudins, a memoir centered on the author’s efforts to overcome her social anxiety by learning improv comedy.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Feiwel and Friends crosses the road for Con Pollo by Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez, illus. by Andrea Campos, a bilingual picture book introducing a plucky chicken and Spanish vocabulary; The Adventures of Qai Qai by Serena Williams, illus. by Yesenia Moises, in which a girl learns to believe in herself with the help of her doll and best friend, Qai Qai; Odder: A Novel by Katherine Applegate, centering on the friendship between two otters; Stinetinglers by R.L. Stine, a collection of new scary short stories; and The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas, first in a duology following a trans Latinx demigod who must participate in a high-stakes contest to save his friends from sacrifice.
Flatiron wishes upon a star with The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber, the follow-up to Once Upon a Broken Heart, which finds Evangeline Fox and the Prince of Hearts on a new journey; and At Midnight, ed. by Dahlia Adler, a collection of original and retold fairy tales by 15 acclaimed YA authors including Tracey Deonn and Malinda Lo.
Godwin Books bags Total Garbage by Rebecca Donnelly, diving into the scientific and cultural history of the waste humans produce; One White Crane by Vickie Lee, illus. by Joey Chou, combining counting with the months of the year in a Chinese-English bilingual board book; The Librarian of Auschwitz: The Graphic Novel by Antonio Iturbe, adapted by Salva Rubio, illus. by Loreto Aroca, trans. by Lilit Thwaites, inspired by the true story of Dita Kraus who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust; and Blood! Not Just a Vampire Drink by Stacy McAnulty, illus. by Shawna J.C. Tenney, a nonfiction book about the human body.
Henry Holt hears the clock strike with The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart, the tale of a lonely boy who befriends the mysterious girl who moves into an abandoned home across the street; Mihi Ever After by Tae Keller, in which Korean American middle grader Mihi and two friends fall into a storybook-land princess school; Lord of the Fly Fest by Goldy Moldavsky, a darkly humorous thriller about influencer culture inspired by the real-life Fyre Festival; Unbreakable: Cracking the Nazi Secret Code by Rebecca E.F. Barone, spotlighting a group of codebreakers, spies, and soldiers who cracked the Nazis’ infamous Enigma, allowing the Allies to turn the tide of WWII; and A Song for the Unsung: Bayard Rustin, The Man Behind the March by Carole Boston Weatherford and Rob Sanders, illus. by Byron McCray, introducing the gay Black man behind the March on Washington of 1963.
Neon Squid whinnies for Horses: What Do Mustangs, Zebras, and Donkeys Get up to All Day? by Carly Anne York, introducing varieties of these animals from around the world; and African Elephant: A First Field Guide to the Big-Eared Giants of the Savanna by Festus W. Ihwagi and Emperor Penguin: A First Field Guide to the Flightless Bird of Antarctica by Michelle LaRue, two entries in a new nonfiction series about animals; Aliens: Join the Scientists Searching Space for Extraterrestrial Life by Joalda Morancy, shining a light on some of the ways scientists are trying to find alien life in the universe.
Priddy fetes fall with these novelty and early concept titles created by Roger Priddy: Night Night Santa, My Best Friend Is a Giraffe, My Best Friend Is a Dinosaur, Priddy Explorers: Space, and What Can You Hear in the City?
Roaring Brook keeps its eyes on the prize with Choosing Brave: Mamie Till-Mobley, Emmett Till, and the Voice That Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy, illus. by Janelle Washington, the story of how Emmett Till’s mother channeled her grief over the murder of her son into a call to action for the civil rights movement; Until Someone Listens by Estela Juarez, illus. by Teresa Martinez, focused on Jaurez’s letter-writing campaign to her local newspaper, Congress, and the president pleading for someone to help reunite her family after her mother’s deportation; Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior by Carole Lindstrom, illus. by Bridget George, offering a closer look at the life and work of Indigenous water warriors Peltier and Josephine Mandamin; Demon in the Wood: A Shadow and Bone Graphic Novel by Leigh Bardugo and Dani Pendergast, the origin story of the Darkling set in Bardugo’s Grishaverse; and Strike the Zither by Joan He, a fantasy in which He reimagines Three Kingdoms, the first of the Four Classics of Chinese Literature.
Starscape clears the stacks for Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson, in which Bastille must complete the fantasy story (and series) begun with Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians; The Luminaries by Susan Dennard, the inaugural installment of a fantasy series set in a town where nightmares rise each night and the Luminaries try to save the humans from devastation; All of Us Villains #2 by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman, concluding the duology featuring a brutal high-magick tournament; and The Fevered Winter by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the fourth and final volume of the Origin series.
Wednesday Books flies into fall with Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehortra, a YA debut set in an alternate medieval India infested with monsters; Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, and Evelyn Skye, a magical Halloween love story collaboration between three authors; Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade by Nancy Springer, spotlighting a new case for Sherlock’s younger, feistier sister; The One That Got Away by Sophie Gonzalez, in which a girl enters a dating competition to get revenge on her royal-adjacent ex-boyfriend; and When Haru Was Here by Dustin Thao, delivering a tale about loneliness, complicated friendships, and what it means to let go.
Maverick holds court with In the Shadow of the Throne by Kate Sheridan, illus. by Gaia Cardinali, in which Jordan takes a break from his family during vacation and falls into a fantasy world where he finds himself in a battle with a rebellious prince and a brave knight.
MANGO & MARIGOLD PRESS
Mango & Marigold Press listens in on Quiet Kush by Natasha B. Padhiar, focusing on an Indian American boy who appears to be shy and subdued, but has a creative imagination and loud ideas inside his head.
Merriam-Webster Kids translates fall with Merriam-Webster’s World in 1000 Languages by Patrick Skipworth, introducing useful words and phrases from around the world; and Merriam-Webster’s Dinosaur Dictionary by Ellen Therese-Lamm, presenting more than 500 dinosaur words paired with paleoart.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS
National Geographic Kids drops some knowledge with Weird but True: World 2023 and Weird but True: Birthdays, two volumes of facts and trivia about the wonders of Earth and birthday rituals; The Ultimate Book of Big Cats by Sharon Guynup and Steve Winter, visiting up-close with lions, tigers, jaguars, and leopards; Little Kids First Board Book: African Animals, a nonfiction volume blending photos with age-appropriate language for babies and toddlers; and National Geographic Kids 5-Minute Stories: Baby Animals, delivering 12 stories about baby animals illustrated with photos.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS/UNDER THE STARS
Under the Stars brushes up on STEM with Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad: The Law of Cavities by Valerie Tripp, which finds Izzy and her pals on an outdoor education weekend where they discover there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to people—and places; and Explorer Academy: The Forbidden Island by Trudi Trueit, illus. by Scott Plumbe, the seventh and final fact-based fiction adventure for Cruz Coronado and his classmates aboard the Orion as they travel the globe on a dangerous scavenger hunt.
North Atlantic takes fall lying down with Yoga Nidra Lullaby—A Gentle Path to Relaxation and Sleep by Rina Deshpande, introducing yoga nidra via a story grounded in mindfulness and progressive relaxation.
NorthSouth Books scales the season with Room on Top by Bruno Hächler, illus. by Laura D’Arcangelo, about an anteater who invites all his friends to join him atop his mama’s back; Bruno—Short Stories for Long Nights by Serena Romanelli, illus. by Hans de Beer, in which Mother Bear tells Bruno stories to help him sleep in prep for hibernation; Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller by Marcus Pfister, which finds Rainbow Fish and friends learning the difference between fact and fiction; Twilight Library by Carmen Oliver, illus. by Miren Asiain Lora, featuring a “Night Librarian” who spins a tale to tickle the senses; and The Clown Said No by Mischa Damjan, illus. by Torben Kuhlmann, a newly illustrated edition of the tale following Petronius the clown as he celebrates his right to say “No!” and founds his own circus.
NubeOcho ties on its cape for Superheroes’ Complete Manual by Davide Cali, illus. by Gómez, a step-by-step guide to becoming a superhero; The Ghost with the Smelly Old Underwear by José Carlos Andrés, illus. by Gómez, about an odorous ghost haunting Scaryville; There Is a Cow in My Bed! by Daniel Fehr, illus. by Jorge Martín González, in which a father cannot see the animals that have jumped onto his daughter’s bed and started playing cards; My Lavender Skirt by Irma Borges, illus. by Francesco Fragnani, following Gael who loves to dress up using the items in his costume chest; and Animalejos: El mosquito by Elise Gravel, an up-close look at the mosquito. In addition to El Mosquito, all of these titles are also available in Spanish.
Orca catches the moonrise with Welcome, Dark by Charis St. Pierre, illus. by Rachel Wada, introducing readers to the importance of night as a time for animals to thrive, rains to fall, and the world to rest; I Hope by Monique Gray Smith, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard, exploring the hopes adults have for the children in their lives; A Wee Boo by Jessica Boyd, illus. by Brooke Kerrigan; about a ghost who is too cute to be scary and realizes she may have a more important job as an imaginary friend; AWOL by Marla Lesage, in which 11-year-old Leah is nervous about being left at home with her recently returned soldier father who suffers from PTSD while her mother goes away for training; and The Unlovable Alina Butt by Ambreen Butt-Hussain, following 11-year-old Alina’s determined efforts to reinvent herself when she moves to yet another new school.
Owlkids follows a fall slime trail for How to Party Like a Snail by Naseem Hrab, illus. by Kelly Collier, in which Snail finds an unexpected friend who loves the same kind of quiet party that he does; Beautiful You, Beautiful Me by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, illus. by Salini Perera, about Izzy’s realization that even though she and her mother look different from each other, they are both beautiful; The Line in the Sand by Thao Lam, a wordless story shining a light on conflict as one little monster draws a line in the sand and divides a group of friends in two; Revenge of the Raccoons by Vivek Shraya, illus. by Juliana Neufeld, satirizing the rivalry between humans and raccoons who share urban spaces; and Secret Schools by Heather Camlot, illus. by Erin Taniguchi, presenting 15 examples of people and communities from around the globe who at some point in time established clandestine schools or education circles out of a thirst for knowledge, to ensure basic rights, or to preserve their culture and traditions.
Page Street doesn’t know who to trust with It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames, a thriller set in Antarctica; Direwood by Catherine Yu, centered on a dangerous romance with a powerful vampire set in a velvet-clad 1990s; The Gathering Dark, a collection featuring 13 spine-tingling tales by various YA authors that reimagine urban legends and folktales; Shamanborn #3 by Lori M. Lee, concluding the trilogy in which Sirscha must defeat the Soulless or die trying; and The Sevenfold by Rose Egal, following a hijabi alien hunter in a gender-bending tale of cutthroat school politics and the speculative intrigue of alien contact.
PAGE STREET KIDS
Page Street Kids grabs the super glue for Mending the Moon by Emma Pearl, illus. by Sara Ugolotti, in which the moon falls out of the sky and a granddaughter, grandfather, and assortment of forest creatures must put it back together; The Best Kind of Mooncake by Pearl AuYeung, the story of a girl in a bustling Hong Kong market who observes how far one act of kindness can go toward making her community stronger; Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles by Mile Allegra, illus. by Jamie Whitbread, starring a capybara who brings peace to the rainforest with cuddles; and Parden’s Pronoun Party by Blue Jaryn, illus. by Xochitl Cornejo, following a child’s quest to find the right pronouns and the discovery of many beautiful kinds of gender identity.
Peachtree wires all its circuits for The Trouble with Robots by Michelle Mohrweis, in which two polar-opposite personalities must work together to save their school’s robotics program; Bioblitz!: Counting Critters by Susan Edwards Richmond, illus. by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, about a boy who competes with his cousin to identify the most different species on a biodiversity count day at a local park; The Littlest Elephant by Kate Read, the story of a baby elephant crashing through the jungle toward the swimming hole and not thinking about the consequences of not looking where she’s going; Mega-Predators of the Past by Melissa Stewart, illus. by Howard Gray, introducing little-known predators from prehistoric times; and Wombat Said Come In by Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Brian Lies, in which a wombat welcomes a parade of animal friends into his burrow during the Australian bushfire season.
Peachtree Teen deals readers in for Aces Wild: A Heist by Amanda DeWitt, which finds asexual Jack leading a group of teens he met through fandom forums on a Las Vegas heist; The Art of Insanity by Christine Webb, in which high schooler Natalie is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her mother insists she keep it a secret; and The Vermillion Emporium by Jamie Pacton, about two misfits who visit a magical curiosity shop and discover the deadly secret to weaving lace from starlight.
Dial stretches with A Seed in the Sun by Aida Salazar, in which a girl with big dreams meets activist Dolores Huerta and joins the 1965 protest for migrant workers’ rights; When Santa Came to Stay by Billy Sharff, illus. by Eda Kaban, revealing the reasons Christmas can’t last all year; I Am Superman and I Am Batman by Brad Meltzer, illus. by Christopher Eliopoulos, the first two faux-biographies of fictional heroes which launch the series spinoff of Ordinary People Change the World; and Island of Spies by Sheila Turnage, about a 12-year-old girl and her two best friends on Hatteras Island, N.C., during WWII, who resolve to uncover German spies.
Dutton finds its fall flock with Seasparrow by Kristin Cashore, the fifth volume in the Graceling Realm series, revealing a tale of self-discovery and survival; A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo, a companion novel to Last Night at the Telegraph Club, set in 2013; and Seton Girls by debut author Charlene Thomas, focused on a prep school obsessed with its football team and the girls who uncover the awful cost of its dominance.
Flamingo can’t keep its eyes open for Sleepy Sheepy by Lucy Ruth Cummins, illus. by Pete Oswald, in which Sleepy Sheepy has trouble falling asleep as he reflects on his busy day; Ozzie and Prince Zebedee by Gela Kalaitzidis, about a dragon named Ozzie and his best friend Prince Zebedee who find common ground after an argument; and This Field Trip Stinks! by Becky Scharnhorst, illus. by Julia Patton, the sequel to My School Stinks!, in which Stuart and his animal classmates get lost during a field trip.
PENGUIN/GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap celebrates good times with Valentine’s Day, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg, illus. by Laurie Stansfield, gathering poems that spotlight love, humor, and the traditions of Valentine’s Day; and The Night Before Lunar New Year by Natasha Wing and Lingfeng Ho, illus. by Amy Wummer, following a girl discovering her family’s special Lunar New Year traditions.
Kokila rolls out the welcome mat for Twelve Dinging Doorbells by Tameka Fryer Brown and Ebony Glenn, which finds a Black girl trying to save herself a slice of Granny’s special pie at a family gathering; Tumble by Celia C. Pérez, in which a girl meets her estranged father, a luchador who is part of a family of legendary wrestlers; They Call Her Fregona by David Bowles, about a boy who stands by and supports his first girlfriend after the sudden deportation of her father; Sam’s Super Seats by Keah Brown and Sharee Miller, in which a girl with cerebral palsy finds empowerment through rest while back-to-school shopping with her best friends; and My Paati’s Saris by Jyoti Rajan Gopal and Art Twink, the story of a Tamil boy who explores his love for his grandmother and himself via her colorful collection of saris.
Ladybird sparks a fall fire with Little Dragon by Rhiannon Fielding, illus. by Chris Chatterton, the latest 10 Minutes to Bed title featuring the adventures of dragon siblings in a rhyming countdown to bedtime; and Baby Touch: I Love You: A Touch-and-Feel Playbook, illus. by Lemon Ribbon Studio, a novelty volume showcasing animals and love-themed images.
Nancy Paulsen Books floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee with Going to Meet the Greatest: My Day with Muhammad Ali by Jabari Asim, illus. by AG Ford, in which a boy gets a chance to meet the hero who inspired him to feel bold, brave, and free; The Big Dreams of Small Creatures by Gail Lerner, starring a girl who can communicate with insects and a boy who wants to wipe all insects from the face of the Earth; Little Black Girl by Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Larry Fields, illus. by Paul Davey, about a Black girl pursuing her dream to become a robotics engineer; Our Day of the Dead Celebration by Ana Aranda, following a family coming together to share stories and laughs that bring the spirit of their loved ones to life; and We Were the Fire, Birmingham 1963 by Shelia P. Moses, which finds a boy and his classmates cutting school to protest segregation and make history when they overwhelm the forces trying to take them down.
Philomel knows the secret password for Welcome to the Big Kids Club by Chelsea Clinton, illus. by Tania de Regil, in which a group of big kids welcomes older siblings into their Big Kids Club and answers questions about what to expect when a new baby arrives at your home; Airi Sano, Prankmaster General: New School Skirmish by Zoe Tokushige, illus. by Jen Naalchigar, a series-starter featuring a mischievous sixth-grader who gets into a prank war with her teacher at her new school; The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum, about an irreverent Orthodox Jewish teen who finds himself the focal point of a tragedy when antisemitic violence erupts in his new town; Giving Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday by Denise Kiernan, illus. by Jamey Cristoph, telling the story of how Thanksgiving became a national holiday in America; and the Save the Animal series by Anita Sanchez, Christine Taylor-Butler, and Sarah Thompson, inaugural volumes introducing Whale Sharks, Tigers, and Elephants, and aiming to turn animal lovers into activists.
Putnam casts a spell with Coven by Jennifer Dugan, illus. by Kit Seaton, in which a young witch races to solve the grisly murders of her coven members before the killer strikes again; How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy, the story of a teen who must choose between exposing her predatory drama teacher and winning the scholarship she needs; Patchwork by Matt de la Peña, illus. by Corinna Luyken, celebrating the complexity and uniqueness of each child; This Book Is Not a Present by Max Greenfield, illus. by Mike Lowery, a fourth-wall-breaking picture book especially for reluctant readers; Not All Sheep Are Boring! by Bobby Moynihan, illus. by Julie Rowan-Zoch, humorously challenging the trope of counting sheep to fall asleep.
Razorbill takes a bite out of crime with The Underdogs Catch a Cat Burglar by Kate and Jol Temple, illus. by Shiloh Gordon, kicking off a series starring a group of bumbling dog detectives and their newest recruit—a cat; PAWS: Mindy Makes Room by Michele Assarasakorn and Nathan Fairbairn, following three best friends navigating friendship, family, and their dog-walking business; Eight Nights of Flirting by Hannah Reynolds, a Hanukkah rom-com about a girl who wants to learn to win over the boy of her dreams but starts falling for the boy who’s teaching her to flirt; Secrets So Deep by Ginny Myers Sain, which finds a 17-year-old girl returning to an exclusive theater camp to uncover the truth of what happened when her mother drowned there 12 years ago; and Cowgirls & Dinosaurs: Big Trouble in Little Spittle by Lucie Ebrey, following vigilante Abigail and detective Clementine as they try to beat the Bandit Queen and save their town.
PENGUIN/RISE X PENGUIN WORKSHOP
Rise X Penguin Workshop sets the table for Eat Together by Miguel Ordóñez, a visual narrative showing how simple shapes come together to create delicious foods and tempt some hungry ants; Lunch from Home by Joshua David Stein with contributions by four chefs, illus. by Jing Li, a tale of lunchbox bullying and resolution based on the real-life childhood experiences of renowned chefs; Together: A First Conversation About Love by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli, illus. by Anne/Andy Passchier, a queer-affirming board-book introduction to love, relationships and families; and This Is Music: Drums and This Is Music: Horns by Rekha S. Rajan, illus. by Tania Yakunova, two interactive board books identifying various types of drum and horn instruments.
Viking has the touch with Gold by David Shannon, a humorous retelling of the Midas myth; Shark Princess by Nidhi Chanani, in which Kitana, a self-proclaimed shark princess, helps her best friend Mack feel like a princess too in an underwater adventure; ChupaCarter by George Lopez and Ryan Calejo, illus. by Santy Gutierrez, inspired by Lopez’s childhood, the tale of a lonely boy who finds friendship and adventure with a young Chupacabra, a creature from Latinx folklore; The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass, in which Michah posts sketches of his 99 imaginary boyfriends to Instagram, and then embarks on an IRL Prince Charming-like quest through Chicago to find true love with Boy 100; and Eternally Yours, ed. by Patrice Caldwell, an anthology featuring 16 supernatural love stories.
Frederick Warne gets a visitor’s pass for Find Spot at the Hospital by Eric Hill and Spot’s Pumpkin Surprise by Hill, two board books starring the popular pup; Peter Rabbit: Trick or Treat, inspired by Beatrix Potter, illus. by Eleanor Taylor; A Winter’s Tale by Beatrix Potter and The Christmas Present Hunt by Potter, two novelty titles starring Peter Rabbit.
PENGUIN/WORLD OF ERIC CARLE
The World of Eric Carle presents the following novelty and concept books by Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Fall; Peekaboo Christmas with The Very Hungry Caterpillar; and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Snacks.
Penguin Workshop sharpens its clippers for My Fade Is Fresh by Shauntay Grant, illus. by Kitt Thomas, about a Black girl who steps into the barbershop intent on getting a fade haircut and is bombarded with alternate suggestions from other customers; Finding My Dance by Ria Thundercloud, illus. by Kalila J. Fuller, in which a professional Indigenous dancer reveals how dance helped her be proud of her Native heritage; Tales to Keep You Up at Night by Dan Poblocki, illus. by Marie Bergeron, following a girl who discovers that the scary stories she’s been reading are coming to life around her; Who Will U Be? by Jessica Hische, the story of how a letter “u” embarks on a “Find Yourself Field Trip” with her classmates and discovers all the different ways letters are used in the world; and Who Is the Man in the Air?: Michael Jordan by Gabe Soria, illus. by Brittney Williams, the story of how iconic basketball player Jordan overcame an illness to triumph in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Championship.
Penguin Young Reader Licenses expands with licensed tie-ins: Bluey: Christmas Swim; Pencilmation: The Graphite Novel by Ross Bollinger; Mighty Express: A Mighty Day in Tracksville! by Gabriella DeGennaro; Cosmic Kids: Alex Can’t Sleep by Brooke Vitale, illus. by Junissa Bianda; and Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City by Jake Black.
PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL/PI KIDS
PI Kids wants to build a snowman with Olaf and the Magic Sled by Jerrod Maruyama, a Disney My First Stories title; and Louie Wonders What If: A Story About Curiosity and Morty Needs a Hug: A Story About Love, two Disney Growing Up Stories by Maruyama.
Sunbird Books charts a course with It’s Her Story: Sacagawea: A Graphic Novel and It’s Her Story: Irena Sendler: A Graphic Novel, focusing on the lives of amazing women throughout history; and Black Swans by Laurel van der Linde, illus. by Sawyer Cloud, featuring six groundbreaking Black ballet dancers who overcame obstacles and opened doors in the dance world.
PIXEL + INK
Pixel + Ink packs an extra-long hose for Moongarden by Michelle A. Barry, first in a series retelling The Secret Garden set in space; Booker the Library Bat by Jess M. Brallier, illus. by Jeff Harter, launching a series starring a young bat guard-in-training who foils the theft of a priceless manuscript; Missy Wants a Mammoth by Pam Vaughan, illus. by Amy Nguyen, launching the Missy and Mason series in which a trip to the natural history museum sparks debate about a new pet; Have a Slice Day, joining the Great Mathemachicken series by Nancy Krulik, illus. by Charlie Alder, all about fairness and fractions; and Breaking In by Brittany Geragotelis, the third Infamous Frankie Lorde novel, about a school admissions scandal exposed.
PJ Publishing serves up a whale of a tale with Jonah by Tammar Stein, illus. by Sabina Hahn, in which Jonah tries to run from God’s commandment and sets off a sequence of events involving a storm at sea and whale vomit; Hi, Hello, Welcome by Chris Barash, illus. by Rosie Butcher, about a child who uses a wheelchair leading animal friends from his front door to a joyful tea party; and I’m a Little Acorn, illus. by Amy Schimler-Safford, the story of an acorn growing into an oak tree whose birthday is celebrated on the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat.
Prestel Junior rolls out the blueprints for The Power of Architecture by Annette Roeder, illus. by Pamela Baron, profiling 25 notably designed buildings from around the world; I Am Coco by Isabel Pin, telling the life story of French fashion designer and business executive Gabrielle Chanel; Hair! From Moptops to Mohicans by Katja Spitzer, a look at different hairstyles throughout history; and The Swing by Britta Teckentrup, depicting a swing in all the changing seasons of the year.
PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
Princeton Architectural Press braves the season with Barnaby Isn’t Afraid of Anything by Gilles Bizouerne, illus. by Béatrice Rodriguez, in which animal friends overcome a fear of the dark and of the unknown; and The You Kind of Kind by Nina West, illus. by Leon Joosen, celebrating the importance of being kind to others and the gift of being comfortable in one’s own skin.
Walter Foster Jr. lends a hand with ABC Helpful Me by Erica Harrison, an ABC for Me title introducing the alphabet and encouraging readers to be helpful in ways big and small.
Happy Yak blasts off with Explore the Planets by Carly Madden, illus. by Neil Clark, following Evie and her pet dog Juno as they use their senses to investigate the various planets in the solar system; Hungry Farm by Madden, illus. by Natalie Marshall, latest in the Feeding Time series in which readers choose food to offer each animal; Blue Badger and the Big Breakfast by Huw Lewis Jones, illus. by Ben Sanders, the story of befuddled, lovable Badger helping Dog find his lost ball; and 100 Things to Know About Architecture by Louise O’Brien, illus. by Dalia Adillon, delivering a history of architecture and a look at the most iconic buildings around the world.
QEB soars into the season with When Dinosaurs Conquered the Skies by Jingmai O’Connor, illus. by Maria Brzozowska, offering insight into how dinosaurs evolved flight and became the birds we know today; and Every Word a Story by Tom Read Wilson, illus. by Ian Morris, an exploration of etymology.
Quarry sharpens a pencil for The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Math for Kids: Fun Math Games and Easy Homemade Activities Inspired by Awesome Mathematicians, Past and Present by Rebecca Rapaport with Liz Lee Heinecke, illus. by Kelly Anne Dalton, presenting illustrated biographies of 25 mathematicians throughout history.
Random House has a fall fastpass for Futureland by H.D. Hunter, in which a boy must protect an extraordinary flying theme park above Atlanta from being co-opted by a sinister force; Superworld: Save Noah! by Yarrow Cheney and Carrie Cheney, following 12-year-old Noah, the only non-super person in a world full of superheroes, who finds a way to face the biggest, baddest villain; The BIG Adventures of Babymouse: Once Upon a Merry Whisker by Jennifer L. Holm, illus. by Matthew Holm, launching a full-color graphic novel series starring the beloved Babymouse; Uni the Unicorn: Reindeer Helper by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. by Brigette Barrager, the story of Uni’s efforts to help Santa on Christmas Eve when a reindeer gets lost; and Invisible Son by Kim Johnson, which finds Andre returning to a vastly different world after being released from juvie for a crime he didn’t commit, and on a mission to discover what happened to his missing friend and neighbor Eric.
RANDOM HOUSE GRAPHIC
Random House Graphic finds the perfect marshmallow-roasting stick for Witches of Brooklyn: S’More Magic by Sophie Escabasse, in which Effie tackles swimming, plant magic, and secrets under the lake at summer camp; My Aunt Is a Monster by Reimena Yee, which finds Safia, who is blind, going to live with a distant and mysterious aunt who pulls her into mysteries of her past; Mayor Good Boy Goes Hollywood by Dave Scheidt, illus. by Miranda Harmon, following the dog mayor’s star turn in his very own movie; Other Ever Afters by Melanie Gillman, presenting a feminist, queer collection of original fairy tales; and Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends by Francine Pascal and Nicole Andelfinger, illus. by Claudia Aguirre, beginning a line of all-new graphic novel adaptations about middle schoolers Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield.
Random House Licensed Publishing ramps up with the following licensed tie-ins: A Puppy for Hanukkah (Disney); A Disney Princess Journey Through History by Courtney Carbone; The Justice League Saves Christmas! by Steve Foxe, illus. by Pernille Ørum; and Lego Jurassic World 5-Minute Stories Collection.
RANDOM HOUSE STUDIO
Random House Studio has all paws on deck for This Story Is Not About a Kitten by Randall de Sève, illus. by Carson Ellis, about a group of neighbors working together to find a home for a lost and scared kitten; Blue Bison Needs a Haircut by Scott Rothman, illus. by Pete Oswald, which finds Blue Bison’s growing hair encroaching on his clean and neat appearance; Gloria’s Promise: American Ballet Theatre by Robin Preiss Glasser and Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, the tale of Gloria’s efforts to make an impression and be admitted to the summer program at the American Ballet Theatre; Maybe an Artist: A Graphic Memoir by Elizabeth Montague, a portrait of the first Black female cartoonist to be published in the New Yorker at the age of 22; and Grumpy Monkey Valentine Gross-Out by Suzanne Lang, illus. by Max Lang, in which Jim Panzee learns that not everything about Valentine’s Day is just for sweethearts.
Crown plans fall down to the letter with The Q by Amy Tintera, following the son of a presidential candidate who is kidnapped and dropped into a post-pandemic quarantine zone and the girl who must help him escape before his exposure to the deadly virus traps him there permanently; Chaos Theory by Nic Stone, about a certified genius living with bipolar disorder and a boy running from his own addiction and grief; The Little Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, illus. by Rafael López, in which these holy men share their childhood struggles and show readers that they can find joy even in challenging times; A Different Kind of Normal by Abigail Balfe, an illustrated memoir about growing up with autism; and Standing in the Need of Prayer by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Frank Morrison, based on the popular spiritual that chronicles the milestones, struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of African American history from 1619 to the present.
Delacorte leaves it all on the table with Nothing More to Tell by Karen M. McManus, in which Brynn is determined to catch the person who killed a teacher at her school five years ago, even if it means investigating her best friend; Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto, following two teens in Indonesia whose parents pose as them online to ensure their children find the right romantic partner; If You Read This by Kereen Getten, a coming-of-age story with universal themes of family bonds and self-discovery; and The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Graphic Novel by Michael Scott, adapting the first book in this bestselling series into a graphic novel format.
Doubleday raises the curtain on The Night Before the Nutcracker by John Robert Allman, illus. by Julianna Swaney, offering a behind-the-scenes peek at preparations for the American Ballet Theatre’s opening night performance of The Nutcracker; The Lights That Dance in the Night by Yuval Zommer, showcasing the wonder and joy that the Northern Lights bring to all living creatures who bask in their glow; The Donkey’s Song by Jacki Kellum, illus. by Sydney Hanson, a Nativity story told from the point of view of the donkey that brought Joseph and Mary to the stable; Hello, World! Kids’ Guides: Exploring the Solar System, illus. by Jill McDonald, an expansion of the board book series into picture books; and Smart Sisters by Mechal Renee Roe, celebrating sisters with a sense of joy, positivity, and empowerment.
Golden Books slides down a rainbow for Our Beautiful Colors by Nikki Shannon Smith, illus. by Bea Jackson, a rhyming book about colors with a focus on brown as a celebration and validation of Black children; and four new Little Golden Book Biography entries: Dr. Fauci by Suzanne Slade, illus. by Fanny Liem; Barack Obama by Frank Berrios, illus. by Kristin Sorra; Lucille Ball by Wendy Loggia, illus. by Chin Ko; and Willie Nelson by Geof Smith, illus. by Jeff Ebbeler.
RANDOM HOUSE/JOY REVOLUTION
Joy Revolution trains an eye on Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert, following two childhood friends turned enemies as they compete in a three-part enrichment program in the British wilderness to see who’s top of their class, igniting some old feelings between them.
Knopf doesn’t care if Monday’s blue with Friday I’m in Love by Camryn Garrett, in which complications arise when a teen girl throws herself a Coming Out party instead of a Sweet Sixteen; All Are Neighbors by Alexandra Penfold, illus. by Suzanne Kaufman, about a neighborhood that comes together to welcome the new family that has moved in; Give This Book Away! by Darren Farrell, illus. by Maya Tatsukawa, a book designed to be literally given away while introducing readers to the act of giving; Picture Day by Sarah Sax, which finds seventh-grader Viv reinventing herself before picture day and dealing with the consequences when she becomes an overnight school celebrity; and Holler of the Fireflies by David Barclay Moore, centered on Javari who moves from a Brooklyn ’hood to a West Virginia holler and sees social justice, racism, poverty, and himself through new eyes.
RANDOM HOUSE/LABYRINTH ROAD
Labyrinth Road dons its armor for Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston by Esme Symes-Smith, following 12-year-old nonbinary Callie’s quest to become an official knight in training; and The Epic Story of Every Living Thing by Deb Caletti, in which 16-year-old Harper discovers that she has 42 half-siblings who look exactly like her and joins one of them on a journey to find the man who gave them life.
Wendy Lamb Books breaks down the essentials of fall with We Are All We Have by Marina Budhos, the story of a teen girl whose life turns into a fierce fight for survival when her single mother is taken by ICE.
RANDOM HOUSE/MAKE ME A WORLD
Make Me a World runs to the door for Mama’s Home by Shay Youngblood, illus. by Lo Harris, featuring a girl basking in the love of her community and chosen family; and Lucha of the Night Forest by Tehlor Kay Mejia, in which a teen girl discovers that lost plant magic lives within her and she’s in danger from those who to seek to use her magic for their own gain.
RANDOM HOUSE/RODALE KIDS
Rodale Kids makes things easy with 123s of Kindness by Patricia Hegarty, illus. by Summer Macon, which fosters social-emotional development; Hair to Share by Sylvia Walker, in which Suri—who has hair down to her knees—makes a new friend experiencing childhood medical hair loss and finds a special way to help her feel comfortable and confident; and Mrs. Peanuckle’s Earth Alphabet by Mrs. Peanuckle, illus. by Jessie Ford, an ABC book spotlighting many of the things that make Earth so special.
Anne Schwartz Books takes a midnight dip with The Mermaid Moon by Briony May Smith, about a mermaid and a human girl who celebrate the Mermaid Moon Festival when sea creatures can leave the ocean and explore; Tell the Truth, Pangolin by Melinda Beatty, illus. by Paola Escobar, in which the queen’s trusty servant struggles to tell her that he accidentally broke the royal swing; A Bear Far from Home by Susan Fletcher, illus. by Rebecca Green, the true story of a polar bear gifted to King Henry III; and Me and the Boss: A Story About Mending and Love by Michelle Edwards, illus. by April Harrison, starring two siblings, a boy who won’t give up until he learns to sew, and his bossy and protective older sister who watches him ultimately succeed.
Underlined scans its boarding pass for Flight 171 by Amy Christine Parker, in which a flight takes a sinister turn when a supernatural creature gives a group of high school students an ultimatum: choose one teen among them to die or the plane will crash; and Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins, the story of a teen rocker with a bad reputation who falls for an aspiring journalist who’s determined to dig up the dirt on him.
RED CHAIR PRESS
Red Chair Press appreciates all creatures great and small with three volumes in the Wildlife Rescue series: Safe Travels for Squirrels by Maxime Bonneau and Joanne Mattern, introducing rescuers who provide rope bridges and buckets of acorns to help red squirrels survive; What’s So Scary About Bats? by Mattern, which looks at bats, their habits, and their usefulness in the ecosystem; and Caution: Turtles and Frogs Ahead! by Mattern with Bonneau, focusing on different approaches taken around the world to help reptiles and amphibians cross roads.
Red Comet tries its own brand of rocket science for I Really Want to Fly to the Moon! by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Travis Foster, chronicling Really Birds efforts to fly a rocket into outer space; Oscar Out and About by Jutta Bauer, about a mouse who goes on a king’s errand, which turns into an adventurous journey; If You Believe in Me by Rosemary Wells, featuring a young bear who finds confidence with the love and support of family; Little Hearts by Charles Ghigna, illus. by Jacqueline East, in which a group of animals discover the little hearts that can be found in nature; and Gustav and Henri by Andy Matthews, illus. by Peader Thomas, launching a graphic novel series starring Gustav, a naively enthusiastic pig, and Henri, a grounded and pragmatic dog.
Running Press brings its icosahedron D20 die for Roll for Initiative by Jamie Formato, following awkward middle-schooler Riley who learns lessons about independence and self-reliance after she begins running D&D campaigns with her friends; We Are Here: 30 Inspiring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Have Shaped the United States by Naomi Hirahara and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, illus. by Illi Ferandez, an anthology celebrating influential members of the AAPI community in U.S. history; Buddha and the Rose by Mallika Chopra, illus. by Neha Rawat, retelling the myth of a milkmaid who learns a powerful lesson when she finds the Buddha gazing at a simple rose; The Blue Scarf by Mohamed Danawi, illus. by Ruaida Mannaa, in which Layla, who lives in a beautiful blue world, travels through various worlds of different colors seeking her blue scarf which has been carried off by the wind; and Practical Magic for Kids: Your Guide to Crystals, Horoscopes, Dreams, and More by Nikki Van De Car, offering tips for interpreting horoscopes, decoding dreams, and reading palms in a young readers’ adaptation of the bestselling book Practical Magic.
Scholastic slings a web into fall with Miles Morales: Stranger Tides by Justin A. Reynolds, illus. by Pablo Leon, in which Spider-Man takes down an out-of-this-world enemy; Spider-Ham: Hollywood May-Ham by Steve Fox, illus. by Shadia Amin, which finds Peter Porker, the Amazing Spider-Ham, trying to stop production on an unauthorized movie based on his life; Gabby’s Dollhouse: Hide-and-Seek by featuring Gabby and the Gabby Cats in a novelty volume containing six mini board books and hidden surprises; and Five Nights at Freddy’s Tales from the Pizzaplex #3 by Scott Cawthon, Elley Cooper, and Andrea Waggener, a collection of three scary, novella-length stories.
SCHOLASTIC EN ESPAÑOL
Sholastic en Español says “bienvenidos” to the following fall titles in Spanish: Amo mi hermoso pelo (I Love My Beautiful Hair) by Elissa Wentt; Mi libro favorito en el mundo entero (My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World) by Malcolm Mitchell, illus. by Michael Robertson; Ser cubanos (Coming Up Cuban) by Sonia Manzano; El carnaval de mi bisabuela (Bisa’s Carnaval) by Joana Pastro, illus. by Carolina Coroa; and Sobreviví el ataque de los grizzlies de 1967 (Graphix) (I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 (Graphix) by Lauren Tarshis, illus. by Berat Pekmezci.
Scholastic Focus phones home about Crash from Outer Space by Candace Fleming, taking a deep dive into the enduring mystery of whether aliens crash-landed in Roswell, N.M. in 1947; and Unlawful Orders by Barbara Binns, chronicling the life of James Buchanan Williams, a Black Air Force lieutenant who took part in the 1945 Freeman Field Mutiny, an event which eventually led to the desegregation of the U.S. armed forces, and who flew with the Tuskegee Airmen and later became a renowned Chicago surgeon.
Scholastic Paperbacks wags its tale for Love Puppies #1 by JaNay Brown-Wood, kicking off a series starring four magical puppies who use their powers to spread love and kindness throughout the human world; The Inflatables #3: Do-Nut Panic by Beth Garrod and Jess Hitchman, illus. by Chris Danger, continuing the adventures of peppy pool floats Flamingo, Cactus, Donut, and Watermelon; Goosebumps Special Edition by R.L. Stine, marking the 30th anniversary of the series with the origin story of villainous ventriloquist dummy Slappy; Bad Princesses by Jennifer Torres, following two princesses-in-training who would rather join a secret society of villains; and Home for Meow #3 by Reese Eschmann, in which Kira thinks up new ideas to find homes for the cast of The Purrfect Cup cat café her family owns and runs.
Scholastic Press stocks up on bubble-wrap for The Glass Witch by Lindsay Puckett, the story of a fragile witch who activates a curse that turns her bones to glass and sets a witch hunter free; Wildoak by C.C. Harrington, a middle-grade debut told in the alternating voices of an abandoned snow leopard and a girl who stutters; The Getaway by Lamar Giles, in which a teen discovers that the theme-park resort where he lives and works with this friends doubles as a luxury doomsday refuge for the cruel billionaires they’re now trapped with; Monarch Rising by Harper Glenn, which finds Jo Monarch trying to prove she deserves a better life in a near-future U.S. segregated by class; The Whispering Dark by Kelly Andrew, in which Deaf freshman Delaney enrolls at a prestigious college that trains students to slip between worlds; Pig the Rebel by Aaron Blabey, which follows Pig the pug to obedience school; All Aboard the Schooltrain: A Little Story from the Great Migration by Glenda Armand, illus. by Keisha Morris, inspired by the author’s mother’s experiences growing up in the Jim Crow South before relocating to California as part of the Great Migration; The Underpants by Tammi Sauer, illus. by Joren Cull, featuring Kitty, who discovers a “coat” in a farmer’s fresh laundry pile, and Dog, Pig, Rooster, Cow, and Bird all want in; and The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Pictures by Chana Stiefel, illus. by Susan Gal, the true story of a Jewish girl who survives the Nazi invasion of her Polish town and grows up to revive the town’s spirit with a tower made of 1,000 photographs.
Acorn makes some waves with the following illustrated early readers: The Sea Monster (Mermaid Days #2) by Kyle Lukoff, illus. by Kat Uno; Treasure Map (The Adventure Friends #1) by Brandon Todd, illus. by Gloria Félix; Ride It! Patch It! (Racing Ace #3) by Larry Dane Brimner, illus. by Kaylani Juanita; A Walk in the Dark and Other Scary Stories (Mister Shivers #4) by Max Brallier, illus. by Letizia Rubegni; and Poppleton at Christmas (Poppleton #5) by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Mark Teague.
Branches sends out invitations for the following illustrated early chapter books: Awesome Orange Birthday (Priya’s Parties #1) by Mitali Banerjee Ruths, illus. by Aaliya Jaleel; The Poodle of Doom (Pets Rule #2) by Susan Tan, illus. by Wendy Tan Shiau Wei; The Underland (The Last Firehawk #11) by Katrina Charman, illus. by Judit Tondora; Guarding the Invisible Dragons (Dragon Master #22) by Tracey West, illus. by Matt Loveridge; and Pug’s Road Trip (Diary of a Pug #7) by Kyla May.
Cartwheel climbs into the cab for I Dig You! by Sandra Magsamen, a bulldozer-shaped book with a lion finger puppet; Little Santa’s Workshop by Lala Watkins, the first in a three-board-book series of Good Vibes Books; I Love You a Latke! by Joan Holub, illus. by Allison Black, depicting dreidels, latkes, and more with touch-and-feel on every spread; You Are Getting Sleepy by Lori Alexander, illus. by Monica Mikai, serving up a calming bedtime lullaby; and Hello, Beautiful You! by Andrea Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney, a Bright Brown Baby title reminding little ones how extraordinary and beautiful they are.
Chicken House blazes a new trail through the season with Rebel of Fire and Flight by Aneesa Marufu, in which a 16-year-old girl flees her home in a hot-air balloon to escape an arranged marriage, but finds herself in the middle of a deadly revolution; Sisters of the Lost Marsh by Lucy Strange, the story of six sisters who live on a poor farm surrounded by marshlands, who are afraid of their father and the superstitions that haunt him; and White Fox in the Forest by Chen Jiatong, which finds Dilah and his friends following the moonstone’s guiding light, with their hearts set on transforming into humans.
David Fickling Books leads the pride with Roar Like a Lion by Carlie Sorosiak, a nonfiction guide to living one’s best life in which readers learn to practice kindness and self-love by listening to the advice from the animal kingdom.
Graphix makes the fall squad with The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat, illus. by Joanna Cacao, Soontornvat’s graphic memoir about cheerleading, best friends, and staking a claim to the place you belong amid heated competition; Four Eyes by Rex Ogle, illus. by Dave Valeza, the autobiographical story of Rex’s rough start to middle school facing bullies, hard financial times for his family, and his own need for glasses; Freestyle by Gale Galligan, featuring middle-schooler Cory, who must figure out how to balance the expectations of his dance crew, his parents, and a new friend; Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, illus. by Gabriela Epstein, following five very different kids stuck together doing school community service hours who must team up to help someone in need; and Leon the Extraordinary by Jamar Nicholas, in which Leon, an ordinary kid in a city full of superheroes and supervillains, learns to use his brain and heart to save his school from a mind-controlling app.
Orchard crosses the bridge into fall with The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen, first in a series of fractured fairy tales; We Are by Tami Charles, illus. by Bryan Collier, presenting a celebration of Black and Brown greatness throughout history; I Am Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges, illus. by Nikkolas Smith, in which civil rights activist icon Bridges shares her experiences integrating an elementary school in 1960, told from the perspective of her six-year-old self; Bessie the Motorcycle Queen by Charles R. Smith, Jr., illus. by Charlot Kristensen, about Bessie Stringfield, the motorcycle queen of Miami; and Caves by Nell Cross Beckerman, illus. by Kalen Chock, exploring one of nature’s most curious ecosystems.
Silver Dolphin helps make the season bright with The Lights at Christmas by Courtney Acampora, illus. by Steph Lew, featuring foil and embossed accents; How Winston Came Home for Christmas by Alex T. Smith, a count-down-to-Christmas adventure story including 24 activities and crafts; Cuddle Monster, illus. by Todd Lauzon, about a monster that just wants to be cuddled; Be Happy, Be You! by Kate Lockwood, illus. by Paran Kim, encouraging readers to be their best and follow their hearts; and Baby Ballers: Tom Brady by Bernadette Baillie, illus. by Neely Daggett, spotlighting this NFL quarterback for youngest readers.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S goes to the head of the class with Spy School Project X by Stuart Gibbs, the 10th adventure for superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley, who’s in a race against time to outwit his cyber enemies; Labyrinth of Doom by Gibbs, illus. by Stacy Curtis, the latest quest for knights-in-training Tim and Belinda in the Once Upon a Tim series; Witch Hunt by Sasha Peyton Smith, following the witches from The Witch Haven to the dangerous, magical streets of Paris; A Wilderness of Stars by Shea Ernshaw, in which teen Vega—the Last Astronomer—ventures across the wilderness to discover the stars’ message that will hopefully save the land from a mysterious and deadly illness; and Spells for Lost Things by Jenna Evans Welch, centered on two teens trying to find their place in the world after being unceremoniously dragged to Salem, Mass., for the summer.
Simon Pulse bolts into fall with Michael Vey 8 by Richard Paul Evans, a new installment in the fantasy-adventure series starring the world’s greatest team of electric superheroes.
Simon Spotlight boldly goes into fall with Holodeck Havoc! and Rules of Acquisition by Cassandra Rose Clark, two original stories that tie-in to the animated Star Trek: Prodigy show on Paramount+; Geraldine Pu and Her Lucky Pencil, Too! by Maggie P. Chang, which finds aspiring writer Geraldine nervous about drafting a story about her grandmother, Amah, for school; Katie and the Cupcake Cure by Coco Simon, kicking off a series featuring a girl who forms a cupcake club at school and makes new friends after she is not invited to join the Popular Girls Club; and Reindeer in Here by Adam Reed, illus. by Xindi Yan, a book-and-plush set starring a holiday reindeer with mismatched antlers who helps Santa learn children’s Christmas wishes, and encourages readers to embrace their own differences.
Aladdin flips the switch for Lightcasters by Janelle McCurdy, beginning a series about a girl who must travel across the deadly Nightmare Plains with her mystical animal companions to save her family and their kingdom; Once Upon Another Time #2 by James Riley, the second volume in the trilogy of twisted tales set in the Half Upon a Time world; Keeper of the Lost Cities #9 by Shannon Messenger, which brings Sophie and her friends to new revelations and new battles; Why-Why’s Gone Bye-Bye by Stephan Pastis, catching up with the wacky residents of Trubble Town; and Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet by Barbara Dee, in which 12-year-old Haven combats her eco-anxiety by taking action against a factory suspected of polluting the river running through her town.
Atheneum serves up some V8 with Bunnicula by James Howe, illus. by Andrew Donkin, a graphic novelization of the classic tale featuring the vampire bunny sucking the juice out of vegetables; Holding On by Sophia N. Lee, illus. by Isabel Roxas, centered on a girl’s relationship with her grandmother in the Philippines and how they use music to connect as her grandmother’s memory fades; Naomi Teitelbaum Ends the World by Samara Shanker, in which Naomi gets a mysterious gift for her bat mitzvah and she and her friends discover that magic can be tricky; Talk Santa to Me by Linda Urban, which finds Francie hoping for a Christmas miracle to save her family’s holiday gift empire and capture the heart of the boy working at the tree lot next door; and Bravo, Bucket Head! by Helen Lester, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, following quiet Mousetta’s efforts to overcome her feelings of shyness.
Caitlyn Dlouhy Books finds a quiet moment for The Talk by Alicia D. Williams, illus. by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu, a story offering a gently honest and sensitive jumping-off point for the very difficult conversation that Black and Brown Americans must have with their children about how to live in a racist world; Barrel Girl (working title) by Desmond Hall, in which two struggling teens are connected by a mysterious death and a race against time with a life-changing $500K on the line; and Maya (working title) by Jennifer De Leon, following Maya on the perilous journey to the U.S. border after gang violence forces her to leave her beloved homeland of Guatemala.
Beach Lane lights the way with It’s Diwali by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal, illus. by Archana Sreenivasan, which wraps the concept of counting in a celebration of the Indian Festival of Lights; Walter Had a Best Friend by Deborah Underwood, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier, about losing friends, making friends, and being a friend; King Kong’s Cousin by Mark Teague, introducing Junior, who wants to be as big and strong and special as his cousin, Kong; Red & Green by Lois Ehlert, a die-cut-filled Christmas book; and The Dark Was Done by Lauren Stringer, in which the Dark, feeling unwelcome because everyone is afraid of it, decides to go away.
Little Simon crosses the bridge into fall with A Troll Lot of Trouble by Andres Miedoso, illus. by Victor Rivas, which finds Desmond Cole and his Ghost Patrol team facing something grumpy and super-stinky under the stone bridge; The Shattered Shore by Jordan Quinn, illus. by Glass House Graphics, the latest Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly entry, following the dragons on a trip to the shore to say goodbye to a frenemy; and Ours by Ruth Forman, illus. by Talia Skyles, a board book that celebrates skin tone self-love with a mirror.
Margaret K. MeElderry Books gets crafty with I Can’t Draw by Stephen W. Martin, illus. by Brian Biggs, in which Eugene helps his drawing-challenged friend Max embrace his own kind of creativity; Hither & Nigh by Ellen Potter, following a girl who discovers a secret, parallel New York City; Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare, concluding the Last Hours fantasy trilogy; Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong, first in a speculative historical thriller duology loosely based on As You Like It and surrounding Imperialist Japan’s expansion into China in the 1930s; and Shattered City by Lisa Maxwell, the final title in the Last Magician series.
Denene Millner Books rides to the end of the line with Other Side of the Tracks by Charity Elyse, a debut novel that tells the story of three teens who find themselves entangled in the longstanding, hate-filled feud between the racially divided towns of Bayside and Hamilton.
Salaam Reads plans a fall adventure with Love from Mecca to Medina by S.K. Ali, picking up the romance between Adam and Zayneb where it left off in Love from A to Z; and We’re in This Together by Linda Sarsour, a young readers’ edition of We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders, the memoir of Women’s March co-organizer Sarsour.
Paula Wiseman Books comes into fall on cats’ feet with Ethan and the Strays by John Sullivan, illus. by Hatem Aly, a tale extolling the joys of helping and caring for a stray cat, inspired by Sullivan’s life experience; Friends by Helme Heine, in which a group of inseparable best friends learns that sometimes—like, when it’s time for bed—friends have to be apart; A Sweet New Year for Ren by Michelle Sterling, illus. by Dung Ho, which finds young Ren eager to help with the preparations for her family’s celebration of Lunar New Year; On Her Wings by Jerdine Nolen, illus. by James E. Ransome, telling the life story of groundbreaking writer Toni Morrison; and Loud & Proud by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by Kaylani Juanita, spotlighting the life and career of Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman in Congress and the first African American woman to seek the nomination for president of the U.S. from one of the two major political parties.
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS
Sleeping Bear Press blasts off into fall with A Planet Like Ours by Frank Murphy and Charnaie Gordon, illus. by Kayla Harren, celebrating all the wonders our singular planet has to offer—and reminding us of the best ways to protect our Earth; Auntie’s Christmas from the author-illustrator team behind Auntie Loves You, Helen Foster James and Petra Brown; Luna’s Green Pet by Kirsten Pendreigh, illus. by Carmen Mok, starring a girl who longs for a pet but is thwarted by her landlord’s “No Pets!” policy... until she rescues a discarded houseplant from the trash and something extraordinary happens; Pirates Don’t Dance by Shawna J.C. Tenney, in which Jack tries to convince the captain that dancing and pirating can go together; A Is for Asian American: An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alphabet by Virginia Loh-Hagan, illus. by Tracy Nishimura Bishop, in which the rich history, traditions, cultures, and important events of the Asian American experience are celebrated from A to Z.
Soho Teen divvies up the fall pie with What’s Coming to Me by Francesca Padilla, a debut novel focusing on 17-year-old Minerva’s plan to exact revenge on her predatory boss and hopefully follow her dream of escaping her dead-end hometown.
Sounds True centers itself for Alphabreaths Too: More ABCs of Mindful Breathing by Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen, illus. by Holly Clifton-Brown, in which each letter of the alphabet represents a simple mindfulness or compassion-based practiced tied to breath.
Sourcebooks glides into fall with The Girl in White by Lindsay Currie, in which a 12-year-old girl must face down a notorious ghost in order to stop a destructive centuries-old curse.
Sourcebooks Explore puts down roots with Me and the Family Tree by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Ashleigh Corrin, about a girl who reflects on her family and realizes she shares traits with them; Brainy Science: Quantum Physics by Chris Ferrie, breaking down this subject for young readers; and Baby’s First Zodiac by Kerry Pieri, illus. by Maria Mola, an introduction to astrology.
Sourcebooks Fire sends out a search party for She’s Gone by David Bell, in which a car crash leaves Hunter with no memories and a missing girlfriend; The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco, which finds the crew of an American reality show falling victim to the curse on the island off the Philippines where the show is being filmed; The Stranded by Sarah Daniels, following the drama on board a cruise-ship-turned-refugee-camp in the wake of an apocalyptic war; Wild Is the Witch by Rachel Griffin, featuring an outcast witch in a world that doesn’t care for magic, venting her frustrations and making curses; and Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah, the story of Koral and her brother who risk their lives to capture terrifying maristags that live in the sea in order to sell them to the ruling elite.
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky pulls out the sled for So Much Snow by Hyunmin Park, depicting a day playing in the snow; Playtime for Restless Rascals by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon, in which a mother celebrates her child’s love of play; and Blue Baboon Finds Her Tune by Helen Docherty, illus. by Thomas Docherty, following a big balloon that carries Blue Baboon and her bassoon away from a threatening monsoon.
Sourcebooks Wonderland plunges into the season with Let’s Get This Potty Started by Rose Rossner, illus. by Vicki Gausden, a pun-filled book about potty humor; How to Catch a Witch by Alice Walstead, illus. by Andy Elkerton, which finds the Catch Club Kids setting traps for the Halloween Witch in hopes of ridding the neighborhood of candy-stealing creatures; Meet Your Neighbors on Sesame Street, introducing the residents of Sesame Street, new and old; and What Little Girls/Boys Are Made Of by Susanna Leonard Hill, illus. by Talitha Shipman, offering an empowering retelling of the classic nursery rhymes.
STUDIO FUN INTERNATIONAL
Studio Fun International jumps up and down in muddy puddles with the following licensed titles: Peppa Pig Book with LCD Screen; Sesame Street: Storybook Collection Advent Calendar; Sesame Street: Let’s Celebrate Diversity! by Geri Cole; Blippi: Christmas Coloring and Activity Book with Crayons; and Disney Minnie Mouse: Little Women.
Tapioca Stories does a flip turn with Swimmers by María José Ferrada and illus. by Mariana Alcántara, in which fish dream that they are human swimmers in a pool; and My Neighborhood by Ferrada, illus. by Ana Penyas, about Ms. Marta’s morning routine of checking out all the familiar sights in her favorite neighborhood—her own.
Tiger Tales puckers up for Who Will Kiss the Crocodile? by Suzy Senior, illus. by Claire Powell, offering a toothy twist on Sleeping Beauty; Agent Llama: Double Trouble by Angela Woolfe, illus. by Duncan Beedie, which finds Charlie Palmer, super spy and secret agent, investigating reports of spaghetti falling from the sky; The Moonlight Zoo by Maudie Powell-Tuck, illus. by James Karl Mountford, in which Eva’s search for her missing cat leads to her discovery of the magical Moonlight Zoo where lost animals and pets gather; Supermouse and the Volcano of Doom by M.N. Tahl, illus. by Mark Chambers, following Supermouse as he combats a crime wave in Mouseopolis; and Someday by Stephanie Stansbie, illus. by Frances Ives, about cherishing all the joyful times spent with little ones who may be in a hurry to get big and grow older.
Tilbury House flashes into fall with Lion Lights: The Invention That Saved My Family’s Cows in Kenya by Richard Durere with Shelly Pollock, illus. by Sonia Possentini, in which Durere recalls being a 12-year-old Masai boy tasked with protecting his family’s cattle, and the successful blinking-light tool he crafted with junkyard parts; and Elephants Remember: A True Story by Jennifer O’Connell, the story of how Lawrence Anthony saved elephants from slaughter by offering refuge on his South Africa preserve, and how after his death elephants trekked to his home to mourn him.
Tundra’s mouth waters for Night Lunch by Eric Fan, illus. by Dena Seiferling, in which a poor mouse hopes for a dropped morsel as they watch all the other creatures visit Owl’s horse-drawn, Victorian-inspired lunch cart; My Self, Your Self by Esmé Shapiro, which finds forest animals celebrating the things that make them individuals and what they love about each other; Strum & Drum by Jashar Awan, following two Christmas ornaments on an adventure through their tree to avoid the household cat; Double O Stephen and the Ghostly Realm by Angela Ahn, featuring a pirate-loving kid who learns more about pirates, ghosts, and his Korean-Irish family heritage during a museum visit with his mother; and Heavenly Tyrant: Iron Widow #2 by Xiran Jay Zhao, continuing the adventures of Wu Zetian who is now the ruler of Chang’an and must contend with political unrest in addition to the gods who attempt to control her.
UNION SQUARE KIDS
Union Square Kids puts a napkin in its lap for How to Eat a Book by Mrs. & Mr. MacLeod, in which cousins Sheila, Gerald, and Geraldine are literally devoured by their books; Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont by Nick Brooks, the story of a Black inventor who discovers an alien hiding in an abandoned factory; Wait for Me by Sara Shepard, following Casey, a college student who comes to believe that her memories are not entirely her own; Rare Birds by Jeff Miller, about a 12-year-old reluctant bird watcher looking for a place to call home and a way to save his mother; and 1-2-3-4, I Declare a Thumb War by Lisi Harrison and Daniel Krauss, featuring five friends from Misery Fall, Ore., who tell graveyard tales by night and navigate middle-school drama by day.
Welbeck fills the watering can for Charles Dowding’s No-Dig Children’s Gardening Book by Charles Dowding, focused on gardening projects that can be undertaken in small spaces and in containers; Land of Giants by Clive Gifford, illus. by Howard Gray, showcasing the largest creatures to have roamed the Earth, past and present; and Where Does My Food Come From? by Annabel Karmel, illus. by Alex Willmore, revealing to readers how their favorite foods are grown and made.
Welbeck Editions sends a postcard with Hello from Africa by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl, illus. by Ken Wilson-Max, a first-person travel guide introducing readers to the varied cultures and landscapes of Africa; 30 Trillion Cells: The Incredible Human Body by Isabel Thomas, illus. by Dawn Cooper, an in-depth look at the human body; The World Is a Cat Playing with Australia by Simon Kuestenmacher, presenting quirky and essential data in map form; and An Invitation to the Ballet Theatre by Charlotte Guillan, illus. by Helen Shoesmith, containing gatefolds that open up to reveal information about the ballet including famous ballets and live performances.
Welbeck Flame holds its breath for Luma and the Hiccupping Dragon by Leah Mohammed, illus. by Loretta Schauer, more adventures for Luma and her cheeky pet dragon Timir; Afterschool Detective #3: Mystery in the Marshes by Mark Dawson, illus. by Ben Mantle, in which friends solve a new mystery; and Call the Puffins by Cath Howe, a collection of stories about a team of new puffin recruits who join a search and rescue station on a remote island.
Mortimer’s Children’s limbers up its thumbs for The Essential Handbook for Nintendo Switch, featuring tips, hacks, and insider secrets for the game console; and Bugs; Rainforests; Sharks; and The Human Body, the inaugural four titles in the Small and Mighty series of pocket-sized nonfiction books.
Orange Mosquito revs its engine for Transports by Mia Cassany, illus. by Susie Hammer, spotlighting different types of transportation in a city; Illustrated Zoology by Esther García Guillén, illus. by Johannes van Berkhey, featuring pullout posters by renowned naturalist van Berkhey; Undercover Bugs by Mia Cassany, illus. by Gemma Perez, challenging readers to search for bugs in the illustrations; Tutankhamun, sharing the story of the Egyptian boy king on the 100th anniversary of the discovery of his tomb; and The Samurai by Lucas Riera, illus. by Clàudia Capdevila, covering the history and culture of the samurai warriors of premodern Japan.
West Margin shushes fall with The Noisy Classroom Goes to the Museum by Angela Shanté, illus. by Alison Hawkins, in which one student in the third-grade class known for being noisy uses her problem-solving skills to keep her classmates and teacher from being disruptive on a field trip; Super Strange Story Starters by T.M. Murphy, illus. by Mark Penta, a collection of story prompts kicking off the Totally Weird Activity Books series; My Name Is Not Ed Tug by Amy Nielander, about a boy named Edimorwhitimormiligimmus Tug, who is frustrated and hurt when his teacher insists on calling him by an abbreviated name; When Words Have Power by Lisa Chong, illus. by Kaitlin Yang, following an Asian American boy who learns about the power of words during his everyday encounters; and Girl/Friend by Tina Wells, illus. by Iliana Galvez, third in the Zee Files series, which finds Zee exploring a friendship and romantic relationship with an elusive boy at her boarding school in England.
WHAT ON EARTH BOOKS
What on Earth searches high and low with Where Are You? by Marie G. Rhode, encouraging children to think about where they live in their home, country, planet, and the universe; Solstice by Jen Breach, profiling children from around the world on the longest day and night of the year while introducing information about our planet; Kindness by John Francis, illus. by Josy Bloggs, presenting inspirational stories that celebrate kindness accompanied by information on the history and science of kindness; and Baby’s Encyclopedia Britannica, a large-format board book offering age-appropriate info on a range of topics.
Albert Whitman puts its hardhat on for Dig It, Digby by Jodie Parachini, illus. by John Joven, launching the Digby and the Construction Crew series featuring a cast of friendly trucks; The Moon Is More Than a Night Light by Robert Wells, illus. by Pat Corrigan, beginning the Tell Me Why nonfiction series; Just Wild Enough by Marta Magellan, illus. by Clementine Rocheron, serving up a biography of cheerleader-turned-primatologist Mireya Mayor; Vaccines Change the World by Gillian King-Cargile, illus. by Sandie Sonke, first in the Science in Action series; and Dad’s Girlfriend and Other Anxieties by Kellye Crocker, a middle-grade novel addressing themes of personal anxieties, family dynamics, and finding your own voice.
Workman does a full-court press with Who Got Game?: Basketball Amazing but True Stories! by Derrick D. Barnes, delivering a history of the sport; How to Astronaut for Kids by Terry Virts, featuring a real-life astronaut answering young readers’ questions on what it’s like to train for a mission, and travel to and work in space; The President Decoded: The Leaders Who Shaped Our Nation and the Documents That Tell Their Story by Katie Kennedy, exploring the biographies and achievements of the 45 U.S. presidents, as well as how they defined the big-picture mission of the job; Megafauna: Discover the Giant Animals That Once Roamed the Earth by Gabrielle Balkan, illus. by Quang & Lien, showcasing the mostly extinct class of ginormous animals that thrived right after the extinction of the dinosaurs; and Meltdown: Why Glaciers Are Melting and Why We Should Care by Anita Sanchez, illus. by Lily Padua; introducing the “what,” “how,” and “why” of global warming and climate change, and offering steps for kids and their families to help save the environment.
Yeeho knows who’s a good boy with A Dog’s Guide to Being Human by Shanna Silva, illus. by Agnès Ernoult, which finds Smudge the dog offering his perspective in how to be a good human being when a new baby arrives in his home; The Gentle Bulldozer by Amy Baron, illus. by Rogério Coelho, about a bulldozer who is off to find his true purpose with the help of his friends; and A Zoo of Mistakes by Alex Patrick, an interactive book challenging readers to help Alice and Billy spot things that don’t belong on their visit to the zoo.