Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a middle grade book about siblings discovering a magical box in the woods, a picture book featuring a multiracial girl traversing the globe to visit her grandmothers, a picture book highlighting important Black male leaders, a middle schooler overcoming her fear of gym class, and more.
The Daredevils by Rob Buyea. Delacorte, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-593-37614-0. While preparing for a school year that will separate them for the first time, siblings Waylon and Loretta discover a long-buried box with a note, challenging them to “find and conquer your own rite of passage.”
Nana, Nenek & Nina by Liza Ferneyhough. Dial, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-593-35394-3. While visiting her grandmothers in England and Malaysia, Nina uncovers the differences and similarities bound together by love, in this joyful narrative of multicultural childhood. The picture book received a starred review from PW.
Black Boy, Black Boy by Ali Kamanda and Jorge Redmond, illus. by Ken Daley. Sourcebooks Explore, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-7282-5064-9. Highlighting influential Black male figures from sports to politics to music, this picture book inspires the vision boys have for their own futures.
Surely Surely Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly. Greenwillow, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-297045-9. Gym class is Marisol’s least favorite subject and when their class begins playing kickball, she must overcome her fear of failing by getting help from her brother, in this companion to Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey.
Surviving the Wild: Sunny the Shark by Remy Lai. Holt, $13.99; ISBN 978-1-250-78545-9. When Sunny the Shark is caught in a plastic ring she must find a way to free her fin and get back to the hunt.
The Undead Truth of Us by Britney S. Lewis. Disney Hyperion, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-368-07583-1. After her mother turns into a zombie before her death, Zharie begins to see zombies everywhere, including in her new neighbor and friend Bo.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia, illus. by Olivia Stephens. Disney/Rick Riordan Presents, $12.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-368-07500-8. In this graphic novel adaptation, when seventh grader Tristan Strong accidentally opens up a portal allowing monsters to enter his world, he’ll need the guidance of old American heroes and ancient gods to help them close the portal.
A Synagogue Just Like Home by Alice Blumenthal McGinty, illus. by Laurel Molk. Candlewick, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5362-1086-6. A rabbi learns the value of community when his synagogue needs repairs he can’t handle on his own.
How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta Algonquin, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-64375-191-7. After struggling in their abusive home, sisters Cheta and Zam are torn apart when one sister is sent away and the other stays home. The YA book received a starred review from PW.
Parfait, Not Parfait! by Scott Rothmn, illus. by Avery Monsen. Roaring Brook, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-26581-4. Playing off the grouping exercises so familiar to kids, and idiosyncrasies of spelling and pronunciation, readers will differentiate between parfaits and similar-sounding words.
For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of August, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.