Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a middle grade graphic novel about a girl who creates an app to make her the coolest kid in school, a picture book highlighting a musk ox’s love for a close friend, a futuristic middle grade featuring a robot malfunction at an amusement park, a YA collection of stories expanding upon the universe from a series, and many more.
The Cool Code by Deirdre Langeland, illus. by Sarah Mai. Clarion, $13.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-35-854931-4. Transitioning from homeschooling to a new school, Zoey attempts to make new friends by creating a digital app to guide her on how to become popular. But she discovers that being cool might not mean everything when it comes to forming new relationships.
Cozy in Love by Jan Brett. Putnam, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-593-10985-4. In a companion to the picture book Cozy, titular musk ox Cozy struggles in his confidence after embarrassing himself in front of a crush, but when a friend needs him he rushes to help.
Futureland: Battle for the Park by H.D. Hunter, illus. by Khadijah Khatib. Random House, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-593-47942-1. Middle schooler Cameron must make the move from living in a futuristic theme park to Atlanta, where he’ll attend regular school. When the robots of the park begin to malfunction and kids start to disappear, Cameron must unravel the strange occurrences of his former home.
Gleanings: Stories from the Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman et al. Simon & Schuster, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-9997-3. Shusterman and other authors come together to showcase new perspectives of the Scythe universe in a collection of stories expanding upon the world’s characters and post-death means of survival.
The Greatest in the World!: Volume 1 by Ben Clanton. Simon &Schuster, $12.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-9318-6. Rot Poe Tater stars in a new graphic novel series starter, battling with their siblings over which of them is truly the “greatest.”
I Am Okay to Feel by Karamo Brown and Jason “Rachel” Brown, illus. by Diobelle Cerna. Zando, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-63893-010-5. On a walk home, a son learns to communicate his concerns to his father, who affirms all of his emotions.
Mihi Ever After by Tae Keller. Holt, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-250-81431-9. Korean American Mihi dreams of becoming a princess, and when she and her friends enter a portal that brings them the chance to become real-life royalty, Mihi navigates unexpected complications of princesshood.
My Paati's Saris by Jyoti Rajan Gopal, illus. by Art Twink. Kokila, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-32460-8. A Hindu child finds joy and solace in wearing their paati’s sari collection. The picture book received a starred review from PW.
Nubia: The Awakening by Omar Epps and Clarence A. Haynes. Delacorte, $19.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-593-42864-1. In a climate-destroyed New York, teens Zuberi, Uzochi, and Lencho discover that their Nubian ancestry grants them supernatural abilities, and face a philanthropist hoping to use their powers to forward his own agenda.
PopularMMOs Presents the End of All Things by PopularMMOs, illus. by Danielle Jones. HarperAlley, $21.99; ISBN 978-0-06-308041-6. The latest installment to the series follows as Pat and his friends return to the Overworld to stop two enemies from destroying the universe, but find former foes are also out looking for revenge.
The Q by Amy Tintera. Crown, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-48617-7. Living in a quarantine-divided zone known as the Q in Texas, Maisie must help Lennon get in and out of the Q amid warring factions both within and outside its borders. The YA book received a starred review from PW.
Runestone Saga: Children of Ragnarok by Cinda Williams Chima. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-06-301868-6. Eiric, the descendent of a god making a deal to save his sister, and Reggin, a foundling indebted to a fire demon, become increasingly intertwined in each other’s lives as they attempt to survive in a magical universe.
Scattered Showers Rainbow Rowell, illus. by Jim Tierney. Wednesday, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-250-85541-1. Rowell’s short story collection features couples navigating pivotal moments, with guest appearances from characters in the Rowell universe.
The Secrets We Keep by Cassie Gustafson. Simon & Schuster, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-66590-694-4. Oregon transplant Emma begins a new friendship with Hannah, but their friendship quickly dissolves after Emma’s father’s arrest.
Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston by Esme Symes-Smith. Labyrinth Road, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-593-48577-4. Nonbinary Callie juggles their dream of becoming a knight to the Helston royal court with the court’s strict demands on gender norms.
Snow Horses: A First Night Story by Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Micha Archer. McElderry, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-7355-3. A child follows in her neighborhood’s tradition of closing the year with a sleigh ride, bringing up cherished memories for older members of the community.
A Song for the Unsung: Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the 1963 March on Washington by Carole Boston Weatherford and Rob Sanders, illus. by Byron McCray. Holt, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-250-77950-2. This picture book biography follows the life of Bayard Rustinand his contributions to the civil rights movement.
Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews and Cory Thomas. Little, Brown, $12.99; ISBN 978-0-316-49998-9. High school freshman Terry is excited to expand his interests in a variety of subjects, but when he’s discouraged by his school counselor, he must navigate the world of high school politics and his hopes for his future on his own.
Through the North Pole Snow by Polly Faber, illus. by Richard Jones. Candlewick, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5362-2852-6. During downtime at the North Pole, Santa befriends a fox, who spends his time with him before the busy holiday season.
Too Early by Nora Ericson, illus. by Elly MacKay. Abrams, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-4207-1. A child’s early wake-up leads to a moment of family bonding in the wee hours of morning.
What's Your Name? by Bethanie Deeney Murguia. Candlewick, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5362-1856-5. A group of children explore the variety of uses for a name, including its different meanings depending on scenarios and how it can signify important connections.
Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton et al. Quill Tree, $19.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-0630-8814-6. YA authors Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon take turns exploring the romantic happenings of a group of friends amid a snowstorm in Atlanta.
You Matter to Me by Doyin Richards, illus. by Robert Paul Jr. Feiwel and Friends, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-83448-5. Biscuit, a puppy who adores his Black human, wishes the rest of the world could see his human through a lens of love and not prejudice.
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