Picture Books and Early Readers

The Baker by the Sea

Paula White. Templar, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5362-2389-7. Ages 3–7. The son of a baker admires the fishermen of his town and soon learns to appreciate the labor of different professions in his community. The book received a starred review from PW.

Dark on Light

Dianne White, illus. by Felicita Sala. Beach Lane, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-5344-8789-5. Ages 3–8. When a family’s dog disappears in the dead of night, three children take to the outdoors to find him. The book received a starred review from PW.

The Greatest in the World!

Ben Clanton. Simon & Schuster, $12.99 (88p) ISBN 978-1-5344-9318-6. Ages 6–9. Mutant spud Rot Poe Tater debates with their siblings over which of the three of them deserves the title of “greatest.” See our q&a with Clanton on the series.

A Land of Books: Dreams of Young Mexihcah Word Painters

Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, $19.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-41-974942-1. Ages 4–8. A Mexihcah child describes intricate wordless volumes created in Mesoamerica before the arrival of Europeans. The book received a starred review from PW.

My Fade Is Fresh

Shauntay Grant, illus. by Kitt Thomas. Penguin Workshop, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-38708-5. Ages 3–7. When a child heads to the barbershop in search of a new hairdo, the shop’s patrons all weigh in on their choice. The book received a starred review from PW.

My Paati’s Saris

Jyoti Rajan Gopal, illus. by Art Twink. Kokila, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-593-32460-8. A Hindu child finds joy and solace dressing up in their paati’s sari collection. See our q&a with the creators. The book received a starred review from PW.

Snow Horses: A First Night Story

Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Micha Archer. McElderry, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5344-7355-3. Ages 4–8. A child’s participation in the town’s tradition of end-of-year sleigh rides brings up cherished memories for the entire community. The book received a starred review from PW.

Too Early

Nora Ericson, illus. by Elly MacKay. Abrams, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4197-4207-1. Ages 4–8. When a child wakes up earlier than expected, the family finds moments of solace before kickstarting a busy day. The book received a starred review from PW.

What’s Your Name?

Bethanie Deeney Murguia. Candlewick, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5362-1856-5. Ages 3–7. A group of children explore the different uses and contexts of names. The book received a starred review from PW.

Middle Grade

Battle for the Park

H.D. Hunter, illus. by Khadijah Khatib. Random House, $16.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-593-47942-1. Ages 8–12. When Cameron leaves his futuristic flying theme park for a regular home, he notices the park’s robot malfunctions coincide with the disappearance of several students, and he attempts to unravel the mystery.

Mihi Ever After

Tae Keller, illus. by Geraldine Rodríguez. Holt, $16.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-25081-431-9. Ages 8–12. When Korean American middle schooler Mihi enters a portal and has the chance to fulfill her dream of becoming a princess, she must navigate the difficult demands that life as a royal comes with. See our interview with Newbery Medalist Keller.

Ode to a Nobody

Caroline Brooks DuBois. Holiday House, $18.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-823451-56-2. Ages 8–12. After a hurricane devastates her Tennessee town, an eighth grader finds solace in writing poetry in the aftermath. The book received a starred review from PW.

Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston

Esme Symes-Smith. Labyrinth Road, $17.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-593-48577-4. Ages 8–12. Nonbinary Callie is determined to become a knight but must navigate the royal court’s strict rules around gender norms during their training. The book received a starred review from PW.


Christiane M. Andrews. Little, Brown, $16.99 (416p) ISBN 978-0-316-49606-3. Ages 8–12. In this Remus and Romulus inspired historical fantasy, tweens Alba and Rae are separated at birth and come together to end the reign of the king who abandoned them.

Young Adult

Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

Robin Wall Kimmerer, adapted by Monique Gray Smith, illus. by Nicole Neidhardt. Zest, $17.99 paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-72-845899-1. Ages 12 and up. In a young readers adaptation to the adult bestseller, Kimmerer highlights the importance of Indigenous medical practices and their connection to nature. See our story on the making of the book here. The book received a starred review from PW.

Briarcliff Prep

Brianna Peppins. Disney-Hyperion, $17.99 (400p) ISBN 978-1-368-07837-5. Ages 14 and up. After transferring to her older sister’s all-girls’ school, Avi navigates building her new social life when a startling revelation about her sister’s relationship shifts everything. The book received a starred review from PW.

Children of Ragnarok

Cinda Williams Chima. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $18.99 (560p) ISBN 978-0-06-301868-6. Ages 13 and up. The lives of Eiric Halvorsen, a descendent of gods who makes a perilous deal in exchange for safety, and Reggin Eiklund, indebted to a fire demon, become intertwined as they search for a route to freedom. The book received a starred review from PW.

A Consuming Fire

Laura E. Weymouth. McElderry, $19.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-6659-0270-0. Ages 14 and up. When her sister is unfairly sacrificed to a god, Anya vows to seek vengeance by killing the god himself. See our q&a with Weymouth. The book received a starred review from PW.

Cruel Illusions

Margie Fuston. McElderry, $21.99 (512p) ISBN 978-1-6659-0210-6. Ages 14 and up. In order to join a troupe of vampire hunters who may have clues about her mother’s death, Ava must compete in a deadly competition against other troupe-hopefuls to prove her strength. The book received a starred review from PW.

DPS Only!

Velinxi. Andrews McMeel, $18.99 paper (432p) ISBN 978-1-5248-7649-4. Ages 13–17. Anonymous gamer Vicky considers revealing her identity and potentially upstaging her brother for a chance to compete in an exclusive gaming competition. The book received a starred review from PW.

Five Survive

Holly Jackson. Delacorte, $19.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-5933-7416-0. Ages 14 and up. Five teens en route to South Carolina for spring break consider their loyalties when someone threatens to kill them if their secrets aren’t revealed.

Gleanings: Stories from the Arc of a Scythe

Neal Shusterman et al. Simon & Schuster, $19.99 (432p) ISBN 978-1-5344-9997-3. Ages 12 and up. Shusterman enlists authors David Yoon, Michael H. Payne, and more to expand upon the end of the Scythe mortal era in a collection of new stories.

How to Excavate a Heart

Jake Maia Arlow. HarperTeen, $18.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-307872-7. Ages 14 and up. Queer Jewish teen Shani’s plan to focus on her internship and not on her heartbreak is derailed by an unexpected relationship with co-worker May. The book received a starred review from PW.

The Luminaries

Susan Dennard. Tor Teen, $18.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-19404-6. Ages 13 and up. Hopeful to join the protectors of the human world known as the Luminaries, 16-year-old Winnie must survive the competitive trials. See our q&a with Dennard.

At Midnight: 15 Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined

Edited by Dahlia Adler. Flatiron, $19.99 (464p) ISBN 978-1-250-80602-4. Ages 12 and up. A team of YA authors come together to bring readers refreshing takes on classic fairytales. The book received a starred review from PW.

My Good Man

Eric Gansworth. Levine Querido, $21.99 (400p) ISBN 9-78-164614183-8. Ages 14 and up. After years away from his childhood home on the Tuscarora reservation, Brian Waterson returns after a violent incident to reconnect with his family, his past, and his culture. The book received a starred review from PW.

The Q

Amy Tintera. Crown, $18.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-593-48617-7. Ages 14 and up. Maisie, a survivor of a virus living inside the quarantine zone known as the Q, attempts to help Lennon escape the zone before he is infected amid warring factions both inside and outside of the Q. The book received a starred review from PW.

Scattered Showers

Rainbow Rowell, illus. by Jim Tierney. Wednesday, $24.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-250-85541-1. Ages 14 and up. Rowell navigates the love lives of young couples in this short story collection featuring appearances from characters in her previous works.

The Secrets We Keep

Cassie Gustafson. Simon & Schuster, $19.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-66590-694-4. Ages 14 and up. Emma’s new friendship with Hannah implodes after a devastating revelation about her father and her family’s past. The book received a starred review from PW.

This Is Our Place

Vitor Martins, trans. from the Brazilian Portuguese by Larissa Helena. Push, $19.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-338-81864-2. Ages 12 and up. Number 8 Sunflower Street provides safety and solace across generations of three teens navigating familial and relationship troubles. The book received a starred review from PW.


Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Carolrhoda Lab, $19.99 (328p) ISBN 978-1-72841-568-0. Ages 13 and up. Set in 1969 Czechoslovakia, three strangers navigate the loss of their close friend who dies in the fight for freedom. The book received a starred review from PW.

The Vermilion Emporium

Jamie Pacton. Peachtree Teen, $18.99 (416p) ISBN 978-1-68263-488-2. Ages 14 and up. Twain and Quinta form a connection at a quirky shop when they discover that together they manipulate miracle-wielding starlight. The book received a starred review from PW.


Dhonielle Clayton et al. Quill Tree, $19.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-0630-8814-6. Ages 13 and up. From the team of authors that penned Blackout comes a holiday romance following a group of friends navigating relationship woes and success amid an Atlanta snowstorm.