Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a picture book response to a variety of curious questions, a middle grade novel exploring the bond between twins after a sudden move, a middle grade fantasy following two siblings on a perilous journey, a YA novel about a teen finding her perfect escort for her 18th birthday party, and more.
A Bucket of Questions by Tim Fite Atheneum, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-665-91831-2. A bucket holds the answers to questions spanning from why children lose their teeth to what lurks at the bottom of the ocean.
Catch Me If I Fall by Barry Jonsberg. Groundwood, $17.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-77306-891-6. Twelve-year-old twins Aiden and Ashleigh Delatour navigate new lives when they move to Sydney and Aiden suffers an accident that opens his eyes to the world’s harsh realities. The middle grade novel received a starred review from PW.
Children of the Black Glass by Anthony Peckham. Atheneum/Dlouhy, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-6659-1313-3. In order to save their father, siblings Tell and Wren undertake the perilous trek to the city of Halfway to sell the valuable glass that sustains their community to the wealthiest sorcerer.
Chloe and the Kaishao Boys by Mae Coyiuto. Putnam, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-46163-1. Chinese-Filipina teen Chloe Liang goes on date after date in hopes of meeting the perfect escort for her 18th birthday party.
Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game Graphic Novel Memoir by Colin Kaepernick and Eve L. Ewing, illus. by Orlando Caicedo Graphix, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-338-78965-2. In this graphic novel by athlete and activist Kaepernick, while his baseball career is gaining traction, a young Colin remains hopeful to earn an offer to play football.
Curses Are the Worst Scared Silly #1 by Elizabeth Eulberg. Scholastic Press, $7.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-338-81535-1. When 10-year-old Regan Charles and her friends are unfairly placed in detention, they realize a teacher has plans to put a ghastly spell on them and must escape before it’s too late.
The Family Fortuna by Lindsay Eagar. Candlewick, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-9235-3. In 1889 Texas, 16-year-old Avita Fortuna travels with her family as the star of their circus, and a run-in with a rival circus leads to chaos within their family.
Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley and Cedella Marley, illus. by John Jay Cabuay Chronicle, $7.99 board book; ISBN 978-1-79721-942-4. In the third book in the series inspired by the late singer’s songs, a girl learns to stand up for herself through acts of self-love.
The Guardian Test Legends of Lotus Island #1 by Christina Soontornvat, illus. by Kevin Hong. Scholastic Press, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-338-75915-0. Tween Plum has been selected to become a Guardian, part of a group of magical animalian shape-shifters who protect and nurture the natural world. But first she must pass the trials of the Guardian Academy.
Iceberg by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Scholastic Press, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-79502-8. Hazel Rothbury sneaks aboard the ill-fated Titanic to escape to New York and find her mother and siblings.
In Limbo: A Graphic Memoir by Deb JJ Lee. First Second, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-250-25266-1. Korean American illustrator Lee chronicles their life growing up in a predominantly white New Jersey neighborhood in the early 2010s via this debut graphic memoir.
The Jump by Brittney Morris. Simon & Schuster, $19.99 256p ISBN 978-1-66590-398-1. Scavenger hunt enthusiasts Jax, Yas, Han, and Spider hope to gain acceptance to The Order, an organization of crypto-vigilantes committed to evening the social scales, by solving their puzzle, but soon question the Order’s true intentions.
Kind Crocodile by Leo Timmers, trans. from the Dutch by Bill Nagelkerke. Gecko, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-7765-7470-4. A surprisingly compassionate crocodile offers refuge to four animals in need of help.
The Knowing by Ani DiFranco, illus. by Julia Mathew. Rise x Penguin Workshop, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-5933-8375-9. As a child engages in everyday activities, a glimpse of their reflection surrounded by light leads them to a new understanding of themselves.
Leeva at Last by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Matthew Cordell. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-06-311442-5. Often left alone by her parents, Leeva sets out each day seeking to answer the question “what are people for?”
Lies We Sing to the Sea by Sarah Underwood. HarperTeen, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-06-323447-5. When Leto is selected as one of the 12 maidens to be sacrificed to please Poseidon, she meets a girl who promises Leto can break the cruse if she kills the Prince of Ithaca.
Link + Hud: Heroes by a Hair by Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey. Norton Young Readers, $16.95; ISBN 978-1-324-01609-0. Playful brothers Lincoln and Hudson Dupré can never keep a babysitter for long, but when they realize their shenanigans are hurting their family’s business, they resolve to bring their most recent babysitter back. The graphic novel received a starred review from PW.
The Making of Butterflies by Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by Ibram X. Kendi, illus. by Kah Yangni HarperCollins/Amistad, $9.99 board book; ISBN 978-0-06-311158-5. Kendi and Yangni share a young readers adaptation of Hurston’s folktale exploring the creation of butterflies.
The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams by Daniel Nayeri, illus. by Daniel Miyares. Levine Querido, $21.99; ISBN 978-1-64614-303-0. Traveling across the Silk Road, a monk named Monkey travels with Samir, a 12-year-old merchant with enemies who are after the duo. The middle grade book received a starred review from PW.
The Moth Keeper: A Graphic Novel by K. O’Neill. Random House Graphic, $21.99; ISBN 978-0-593-18226-0. Anya, a young humanoid villager, has just been initiated as an apprentice Moth Keeper, tasked with tending to the Moon-Moths, and spend her time in quiet solitude among the creatures. The graphic novel received a starred review from PW.
My Baba’s Garden by Jordan Scott, illus. by Sydney Smith. Holiday House/Porter, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-5083-1. A child and her grandmother share a bond through the grandmother’s commitment to keeping her garden. The picture book received a starred review from PW.
My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix by Kalynn Bayron Feiwel and Friends, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-83356-3. In the sixth installment to the Remixed Classics series, Gabriel Utterson hasn’t heard from his friend Henry, and when he meets Hyde, a new young man hanging around Henry’s place, his suspicion about their relationship grows.
My Little Thief by Augusten Burroughs, illus. by Bonnie Lui. Little, Brown/Ottaviano, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-3163-7413-2. Chloe forges a friendship with a crow where they exchange gifts with one another.
Nearer My Freedom: The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by Himself by Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge. Zest, $17.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-7284-6407-7. Using the historic autobiography The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself as this book’s source material, educators Edinger and Younge craft a found-verse narrative that draws from the subject’s life. The found-verse book received a starred review from PW.
The Ojja-Wojja by Magdalene Visaggio, illus. by Jenn St-Onge. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $22.99; ISBN 978-0-06-285242-7. Middle schoolers Val and Lanie accidentally unleash an ancient evil upon their town in this otherworldly series-launching graphic novel.
Palace of Books by Patricia Polacco. S&S/Wiseman, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-534-45131-5. In this book based on events from the author’s life, a young Patricia finds kinship with a kind librarian after moving to a new state.
Rosewood: A Midsummer Meet Cute by Sayantani DasGupta. Scholastic Press, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-338-79772-5. In this mashup retelling of Sense and Sensibility and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bengali American teen Eila unexpectedly takes an acting course where she meets and falls for Rahul Lee.
Royal Blood by Aimée Carter. Delacorte, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-48589-7. Evan, the secret daughter of British royalty, lands in the spotlight when she’s accused of murder.
The Scroll of Chaos by Elsie Chapman. Scholastic Press, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-80323-5. Astrid Xu unwittingly released the demon Chaos while in an alternate realm and must stop it before it brings about a realm-ending flood.
Skyriders by Polly Holyoke. Viking, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-46441-0. When monsters thought to be extinct unexpectedly return, junior sky courier Kie attempts to warn the emperor of the impending threat.
Stella and the Mystery of the Missing Tooth by Clothilde Ewing, illus. by Lynn Gaines S&S/Denene Millner, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-534-48787-1. In the companion book to Stella Keeps the Sun Up, Stella attempts to help her friend find his lost tooth at the museum.
Squished: A Graphic Novel by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter. Graphix, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-338-56893-6. Eleven-year-old artist Avery Lee experiences the interpersonal struggles and sense of community that come with being a part of a large family.
There Goes the Neighborhood by Jade Adia. Disney-Hyperion, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-368-08432-1. After 15-year-old best friends Rhea, Malachi and Zeke attempt to stop gentrifiers from entering their neighborhood by creating a fake gang, their actions have real consequences for their community when a resident is murdered.
When Things Aren’t Going Right, Go Left by Marc Colagiovanni, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds Orchard Books, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-83118-4. A child dealing with everything going wrong attempts to find new ways to continue moving forward.
You Are Here: Connecting Flight Edited by Ellen Oh. Allida, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-0632-3908-1. Written by 12 authors, including Erin Entrada Kelly, Minh Lê, Grace Lin, Linda Sue Park, and editor Oh, overlapping stories center East and Southeast Asian American characters at a Chicago airport as a thunderstorm delays departing flights. The YA book received a starred review from PW.
You Are Loved: A Book About Families by Margaret O’Hair and Sofia Sanchez, illus. by Sofia Cardoso Scholastic, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-85007-9. This picture book highlights the variety of family structures to remind young readers that love abounds no matter what their families look like.
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