Abrams sniffs out the new season with Nose to Nose by Thyra Heder, in which the new dog in town tries to make friends; The Heartbeat Drum: The Story of Carol Powder, Cree Drummer and Activist by Deidre Havrelock, illus. by Aphelandra, spotlighting this Cree activist and musician who founded an Indigenous hand drumming group led by women and children; Spooky Lakes: 25 Strange and Mysterious Lakes That Dot Our Planet by Geo Rutherford, which explores the most mysterious waters around the world; Maya Makes Waves by Maya Gabeira, in which Maya notices plastic pollution and coral destruction and realizes that her ocean home is in danger; and Missing Momma by Winsome Bingham, illus. by Rahele Jomepour Bell, which finds a family dealing with change when Momma comes home from a long deployment.


Amulet sets sail for fall with Island of Whispers by Frances Hardinge, which finds Milo unexpectedly thrust into the role of Ferryman of the Dead; The Vanished Ones by Chad Lucas, about two boys intent on uncovering the truth behind a strange island where boys go missing; The Mythmakers: The Remarkable Fellowship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien by John Hendrix, providing a closer look at each author’s life, their friendship, and how each came to write their masterworks; Great Minds of Science (Black Lives #1) by Tonya Bolden, illus. by David Wilkerson, beginning a graphic novel series celebrating the lives and contributions of Black innovators; and The Case of the Missing Tadpole by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, illus. by Dan Santat, a new investigation for Detective Duck and her friends in the Pond Squad.


Appleseed buckles up for Kitty Corn Club: Things That Go by Shannon Hale, illus. by LeUyen Pham, which finds Kitty and Unicorn demonstrating various ways to fly, paddle, and go; Baby Steps: A Picture Book for New Siblings by Kimberly Derting, illus. by Shiho Pate, in which a boy becomes a big brother and experiences the new noises, smells, and “firsts” a baby sibling can bring; ABCs for a Peaceful Me: A Mindfulness Seek-and-Find Book by Shelly Becker, illus. by Dan Yaccarino, focusing on unique words promoting a healthy body-mind connection; ¡Felicidades!: A Celebration with Shapes by Duncan Tonatiuh, a bilingual concept book exploring a world of shapes at a birthday party; and Hair Like Obama’s, Hands Like Lebron’s by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Savanna Durr, offering an ode to all the things that make Black and brown kids beautiful.


Magic Cat spreads its wings with Fly: A Family Guide to Birds and How to Spot Them by David Lindo, illus. by Sara Boccaccini Meadows, featuring more than 150 birds, their super-human abilities, splendid plumage, and surprising behaviors; Life-Changing Magic of Drumming: A Beginner’s Guide with Musician Nandi Bushell by Nandi Bushell, illus. by Andrea Stegmaier, offering tips from a world-famous musician; The Life-Changing Magic of Baking: A Beginner’s Guide with Baker Joy Wilson by Joy Wilson, illus. by Tatiana Kamshilina, revealing secrets from social media sensation baker Wilson; The Inventor’s Workshop: How People and Machines Transformed Each Other by Ruth Amos, illus. by Stacey Thomas, telling the story of 10 inventions that changed the world; and Worth the Wait: Discover How Things Take Time with 20 Nature Stories by Rachel Williams, illus. by Leonie Lord, introducing the idea that good things take time, and there is a season for everything.


Albatros takes a bite out of fall with Teeth: You Only Get Two Sets by Magda Gargulakova, illus. by Marie Urbankova, taking a closer look at the origins, inner workings, and the significance of proper dental care; Occupations with Animals by Stepanka Sekaninova, illus. by Jakub Cenkl, exploring the unconventional world of professions centered on animals; Atlas of Prehistoric Animals by Radek Maly, illus. by Petr Modlitba, which traces Earth’s ancient history, from life’s emergence 3.9 billion years ago to the first creatures with shells and skeletons; Be Brave by Joli Hannah, illus. by Marina Halak, encouraging readers’ conversations about bad moods and uncertainty; and Bridges by Magda Gargulakova, illus. by Jakub Bachorik, highlighting bridges’ role in shortening journeys, saving effort, and offering breathtaking views.


Algonquin starts its engine for Drive by Cynthia L. Copeland, a graphic novel set in the 1970s and 2019 telling the story of two women: Janet Guthrie, the first female racecar driver to qualify for the Indy 500, and Alex, a 12-year-old mechanic restoring a vintage Jaguar in her grandfather’s garage; The Beautiful Game by Yamile S. Méndez, about Valeria, an ambitious, talented futbolera who loses her place on an elite boys’ soccer team when she gets her first period; Challah for Shabbat Tonight by Sara Holly Ackerman, illus. by Alona Millgram, in which a girl and her grandmother prepare for Shabbat dinner by baking traditional Jewish challah bread from scratch; and Nancy Spector, Monster Detective 1: The Case of the Missing Spot by Stephen W. Martin, illus. by Linh Pham, first in a series following monster Detective Nancy Spector and her grumpy best friend, a dog named Jinx.


Amicus opens the door for The Everybody Club by Sarah Hovorka, illus. Alicia Schwab, in which a girl starts a club and invites everyone, spreading feelings of belonging; Baby Diplodocus and Baby Triceratops, both by Julie Abery, illus. by Gavin Scott, following the lives and behaviors of young dinosaurs; and One Small Koala on the Big Blue Earth by Tory Christie, illus. by Luciana Navarro Powell, showcasing the Australian environment as a baby koala finds his place on the big blue Earth.


Astra Young Readers ties on an apron for Look and Cook Breakfast by Valorie Fisher, featuring easy-to-follow recipes; The Most Perfect Persimmon by Hannah Chung, in which a Korean American girl harvests a perfectly ripe persimmon that she can’t wait to share with Grandma; The Strangest Fish by Katherine Arden, illus. by Zahra Marwan, the story of an odd-looking goldish a girl wins at the fair that ends up being magical; Robin’s Worlds by Rainie Oet, illus. by Mathias Ball, about a nonbinary child who is whisked off on an adventure for their birthday; and Mr. Krup’s Pup by Eva Lindström; trans. by Annie Prime, which finds a man going to extraordinary and humorous lengths to show his dog how much he loves her.


Calkins Creek rounds home plate with Call Me Roberto!: Roberto Clemente Goes to Bat for Latinos by Nathalie Alonso, illus. by Rudy Gutierrez, telling the story of MLB player Roberto Clemente, who endured years of racism and discrimination to become one of the greatest baseball players of all time; Spirit Sleuths: How Magicians and Detectives Exposed the Ghost Hoaxes by Gail Jarrow, revealing how magicians exposed fake mediums who exploited the vulnerable and gullible in the early 20th century; The Soldier’s Friend: Walt Whitman’s Extraordinary Service in the American Civil War by Gary Golio, illus. by E.B. Lewis, taking a closer look at the poet’s role in tending to the wounded and dying in Civil War hospitals; All the Truth I Can Stand by Mason Stokes, a historical YA novel that draws from the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay teenager in 1990s Wyoming; and Introducing Sandwina: The Strongest Woman in the World! by Vicki Conrad, illus. by Jeremy Holmes, a picture book biography of Katie Brumbach—also known as Sandwina—who became the world’s top strongwoman.


Hippo Park gets things cooking with Little Chefs by Rosemary Wells, containing three stories about a small troupe of chefs who come to the rescue when recipes go awry; Haiku Kaiju Ah-Choo! by George McClements, the tale of a sweet kaiju (a Godzilla-type creature) who seeks help for his runny nose; Bill the Dog by Chris Britt, starring a dog who gets in trouble; How to Draw a Brave Chicken by Ethan T. Berlin, illus. by Jimbo Matison, in which another how-to lesson spins out of control as readers follow instructions for drawing a brave chicken; and One Cool Duck #4: Camp Out! by Mike Petrik, following Duck and the gang on a camping trip.


Kane Press checks the interest rates with Dollars to Doughnuts: Cash Stash by Catherine Daly, illus. by Genevieve Kote, in which Julian learns the benefits of opening a bank account; Hospital Heroes by R.W. Alley, featuring lively animals as doctors, nurses, and emergency workers in a hospital-set story; and Say Ahhh!: The Stories Behind Shots, Check-ups, and Other Things Doctors Do by David Rickert, a graphic-format nonfiction book exploring the science and history behind common medical practices and procedures.


Minerva circles the cobbler’s bench with Pop Goes the Nursery Rhyme by Betsy Bird, illus. by Andrea Tsurumi, in which a feisty weasel continuously interrupts the narrator’s recitation of familiar rhymes; Mamá’s Magnificent Dancing Plantitas by Jesús Trejo, illus. by Eliza Kinkz, which finds Little Jesús given the important task of tending to Mamá’s houseplants in the follow-up to Papá’s Magical Water-Jug Clock; and The Springtime Storks: Two Migratory Birds and a Long Distance Love Story by Carol Joy Munro, illus. by Chelsea O’Byrne, based on a true story about white storks.


Wordsong is ROFL with Beware the Dragon and the Nozzlewock: A Funny Graphic Novel Poetry Collection Full of Surprising Characters by Vikram Madan, which gathers humorous poems, surprise twists, and quirky characters.


Barefoot Books hits the road with Ayo’s Adventure: Across the African Diaspora from Afro to Zulu by Ain Heath Drew, illus. by Erin K. Robinson, following an African American boy as he discovers the beauty and resistance in cultures throughout the African diaspora and the many connections between them.


Apples & Honey Press sees beyond the magic mirror on the wall with Big Bad Wolf’s Reflection by David Sherrin, illus. by Michael Morón, in which Big Bad Wolf’s encounters with Snow White and the Evil Queen help him see himself differently—and act that way as well; Don’t Invite a Bear Inside for Hanukkah by Karen Rostoker-Gruber, illus. by Carles Arbet, a tale about what we gain when we accommodate the special needs of friends and family members; The Many Problems of Rochel Leah by Jane Yolen, illus. by Felicia Henditirto, following a girl in 1830s Russia who persists in her desire to learn to read despite the tradition of only teaching boys; Friends to the Rescue by Ellen Schwartz, illus. by Allison Mutton, telling the true story of a man and his grandson who were trapped during an earthquake in 2009 Italy, the story of a boy who helps shelter a Jewish family during the Holocaust, and the surprising way they are connected; and The Best Treasure by Sherri Mandell, illus. by Tamara Anegon, featuring two young friends on a treasure hunt in their neighborhood who discover the best treasure is their friendship.


Berbay turns the calendar pages with All in a Year by Chihiro Takeuchi, which chronicles a year in the life of the Tanaka family and shows the changes in their life alongside the changes in the seasons; and All About the Brain by Gabriel Dabscheck, illus. by Kim Siew, a narrative nonfiction book explaining how the brain works.


Black Dog & Leventhal jetés into fall with Brown Girls Do Ballet by TaKiyah Wallace-McMillian and JaNay Brown-Wood, showcasing images from the photographer behind the Instagram account Brown Girls Do Ballet, which features young ballerinas of color.


Bloomsbury flies into fall with HoverGirls by Geneva Bowers, the graphic novel version of Bowers’s webcomic about cousins who also happen to be monster-fighting magical girls; The Things We Miss by Leah Stecher, telling the story of misfit and fat-shamed girl J.P. Green, who discovers a door to time travel and skip all the worst parts of seventh grade; Guava and Grudges by Alexis Castellanos, featuring two teens from rival Cuban bakeries who create a recipe for disaster when they start to fall for each other; Wishbone by Justine Pucella Winans, in which siblings Ollie and Mia find a two-tailed cat with wish-fulfilling powers, but realize this magic comes with a dark price; and Origins by Debbie Levy, a narrative nonfiction work examining the misinformation and politicization surrounding the debate over evolution and public school education in the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial and its parallels to today’s culture wars.


Blue Dot Kids Press looks to the night sky for The Meteor Shower by Marie Mazas, illus. by Joëlle Passeron, the second STEAM-centric Kaleidoscope Club title in which two friends set up their telescope to observe a meteor shower; and Together, Right Now by Olga Fadeeva, a wordless picture book capturing various things that are happening around the world at the same moment.


Brown Books Kids colors the season with Rainbow Bear by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson, illus. by Nathalie Beauvois, following Little Bear through the day as he eats all kinds of fruits and berries and compiles each of the vibrant hues in his fur; and Dinky Donkey Doo: Battling Cancer with the Help of a Wise Donkey by Dave Kavanaugh, in which a donkey named Dinky Donkey Doo comforts and supports young Jack as he battles cancer.


Cameron Kids is abuzz with My Hive: A Girl, Her Grandfather, and Their Honeybee Family by Meredith May, illus. by Jasmin Dwyer, in which a girl learns about bees and family from her beekeeper grandfather; Dream a Dress, Dream a Poem: Dressmaker and Poet, Myra Viola Wilds by Nancy Johnson James, illus. by Diana Ejaita, celebrating the life of this little-known blind Black poet; The Class with Wings by Paul Fleischman, illus. by Hannah Salyer, following a fourth-grade class on the journey of a lifetime from the comfort of their own classroom as they follow the flightpath of a small but mighty bird; Fall Parade by Camelia Kay, illus. by Allyn Howard, which finds Daddy and Baby Fox welcoming a festive parade of autumn fun with all their friends; and The Star Horse by Sarah Maslin Nir, telling the story of Billy, a Norwegian Fjord horse, who is given the opportunity of a lifetime—to star in a Hollywood film.


Campbell Books gets festive with Busy Diwali and Busy Halloween, two books joining the Busy Books line; and new My First Heroes titles Explorers and Space.


Candlewick wags its tail for Answers to Dog by Pete Hautman, in which steadfast friends Evan and Dog thwart an abusive dog breeder and the school bully and find the courage to stand up for themselves; No More Señora Mimí by Meg Medina, illus. by Brittany Cicchese, a salute to the caregivers who enter a child’s world; The Poetry Place Is Our Space by John Schu, illus. by Holly Hatam, the story of a child who creates a special space in her school for exploring ideas of all kinds; Crowning Glory: A Celebration of Black Hair by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Ekua Holmes, celebrating the beauty of Black hair creations; and Fairy Door Diaries: Eliza and the Flower Fairies by Megan McDonald, illus. by Lenny Wen, the inaugural title in a chapter book series about a girl whose love for magic and fairy folk takes her on adventures.


Candlewick Studio preps its autumn menu with Mr. Lepron’s Mystery Soup by Giovanna Zoboli, illus. by Mariachiara Di Giorgio, about a bunny whose fabled soup-making gets away from him; The Midnight Panther by Poonam Mistry, which finds Panther longing for the bold qualities of other big cats in the rainforest; Dive, Dive into the Night Sea by Thea Lu, taking readers on dreamlike journey through the night sea; and The Wolf-Girl, the Greeks, and the Gods: A Tale of the Persian Wars by Tom Holland, illus. by Jason Cockcroft, weaving myth and history into a reimagining of the Greco-Persian wars.


MIT Kids hikes into fall with How to be a Color Wizard: Forage and Experiment with Natural Art Supplies by Jason Logan, in which a celebrated ink maker shows readers how to forage and transform natural materials to make their own paint and artistic creations; Meena and the Microbiome by Madji Osman, featuring a curious child’s quest to understand why these tiny organisms make such a big difference in her life; The Adventures of Maker Girl and Professor Smarts: Book 1 by Jasmine Florentine, introducing superheroes Maker Girl, who can make just about anything, and Professor Smarts, the sharpest kid on the block; and Innovative Octopuses, Half-Brained Birds, and More Animals with Magnificent Minds by Christina Couch, illus. by Daniel Duncan, an exploration of animal brainpower.


Walker Books US fuels a fall frenzy with The Fairy Tale Fan Club by Richard Ayoade, illus. by David Roberts, stepping into a magical fandom where fairy tale idols answer fan mail; Chronicles of a Lizard Nobody by Patrick Ness, illus. by Tim Miller, featuring a reptilian take on surviving middle school; When the Stammer Came to Stay by Maggie O’Farrell, illus. by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, delivering a realistic portrait of shaken self-confidence and how sharing painful situations with a loved one can make all the difference; Bringing Back Kay-Kay by Dev Kothari, a debut set in modern-day India, following Lena as she searches for her brother who mysteriously vanished; and Incredibly Penelope by Lauren Myracle, in which Penelope finds attending boarding school a new adventure after having traveled the world with her ultra-famous godmother.


Capstone does a deep dive with Finding the Clotilda: Uncovering Africatown’s Hidden History by Anitra Butler-Ngugi, an exploration of the history of Africatown in Mobile, Ala., a community built by Africans brought illegally on the ship Clotilda in 1860 and enslaved, spurred by the 2019 discovery of the remains of the ship in the Mobile River.


Capstone Editions checks out Overdue: The Misadventure of Bob the Book by Gloria Koster, illus. by Pawel Gierlinski, in which Bob, the all-time favorite library book at Wisdom Hill Elementary, stresses over being borrowed by a careless student; Line Leads the Way by Laura Purdie Salas, illus. by Alice Caldarella, which finds imperfect Line earning a special job at the library over the other shapes; Bold Pumpkin Plan by Katy Hudson, the story of how Hedgehog tackles his house plan with a newfound confidence; I Am on Indigenous Land by Cheryl Minnema, illus. by Sam Zimmerman, a poetry collection exploring the beauty and resources of 13 ancestral Indigenous lands and how we all use those lands each day; and The Pass by Sara Laux Akin, illus. by Tanisha Cherislin, spotlighting the special gift Sam gives to his best friend Milo when Milo moves away.


Picture Window Books tickles the ivories with The Piano Pedal Problem by Andrew Bambridge, illus. by Alejandra Barajas, first in the Bo Keeps the Beat series featuring an aspiring musician with achondroplasia; and Tana Cooks with Care by Stacy Wells, illus. by Maria Gabriela Gama, a series launch in which Choctaw girl Tana wants to cook her good friend something special to ease her stage fright in time for the second-grade play.


Stone Arch Books is on the case with The Super Berries Scam by Natasha Deen, illus. by Mariano Epelbaum, in which Dalia and her fellow Cyber Sleuths uncover the truth behind an online health fad.


Charlesbridge is up at bat with Clack, Clack! Smack! A Cherokee Stickball Story by Traci Sorell, illus. by Joseph Erb, in which Vann tries to help his teammates win the game in his tribe’s traditional sport of stickball; Adela’s Mariachi Band by Denise Vega, illus. by Erika Medina, following Adela’s efforts to earn a spot in her family’s mariachi band; Just Us by Molly Beth Griffin, illus. by Anait Semirdzhyan, a tale about what happens when a storm prevents all the relatives from coming in for the holidays; My Friend LeVar by Ezra Edmond, illus. by Jenna Nahyun Chung, telling the true story of the day young reader Ezra meets actor LeVar Burton in real life; and Wonderful Webb: The World’s Most Powerful Telescope Searches for First Stars, Distant Galaxies & Life on Exoplanets by Suzanne Slade, which looks behind the scene of the building and launching of the James Webb Space Telescope.


Charlesbridge Moves scans the shoreline for Sea Dragons of Fife (Sea Monsters: Book #1) by Jane Yolen, featuring the adventures of a team of schoolchildren in 1880s Scotland who battle monsters in their local chapter of a monster-hunting society called the R&A (Royal and Ancient); and Saving Kenny by Corinne Gaile, which finds 12-year-old Kenny, a scholarship student at a private school in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, living in the shadow of his older siblings and their abusive mother.


Chooseco flits into fall with Fairy House 2 by Tina Connolly, in which readers decide to build a new fairy house to hopefully reconnect with Bert the Below Average Fairy for more adventures.


Chronicle mounts a fall exhibition with Museum in a Book by Hervé Tullet, which brings the gallery world and the creative world to kids in an art activity project; Construction Site: Garbage Crew to the Rescue by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illus. by AG Ford, which finds new pals the garbage trucks helping the construction crew to refurbish old homes; Stella and Marigold by Annie Barrows, illus. by Sophie Blackall, the launch of a series about a pair of sisters who may not always see eye-to-eye, but always see heart-to-heart; and Apartment House on Poppy Hill Book 2 by Nina LaCour, presenting more stories about nine-year-old Ella, her ensemble cast of neighbors, and their rambling apartment house.


Twirl goes big with Colossal: Vehicles of Land, Sea, and Air by Stéphane Frattini, showcasing the largest, tallest, and most powerful transportation giants on Earth; Do You Know? Airplanes and Air Travel by Stéphanie Babin, offering an in-depth look at traveling by air; O Is for Orange by Camille Pichon, a novelty alphabet book; Go to Bed, Red! by Agnès De Lestrade, which finds Red trying to camouflage in various of red hiding places to avoid bedtime; and My Big Book of Happy Sounds by Marion Cocklico, an interactive sound book.


Cicada contracts a sherpa for At the Top of the World: The Extraordinary Stories of Earth’s Mountains by Ed J. Brown, looking at the history, geography and nature of 10 of the world’s highest peaks; Rise and Fall: Great Empires That Shaped the World by Peter Allen, telling the histories of 10 world civilizations; and Betty’s Birthday by Celine Ka Wing Lau, in which readers help Betty prepare for her sixth birthday party.


The Collective Book Studio opens wide for Schmutz Mouth by Mike King, in which strong-willed Ruby refuses to brush her teeth, and all the children of Kvelville follow suit; The Knitting Witch by Susan Kassirer, about a witch who knits some magical playmates for lonely Ivy Lou, but there are dangerous strings attached; Eggs, Please! by Cheryl Chepusova, an alphabet-based exploration of a key ingredient in many of our classic foods; Animal Adventures: Day in the Forest by Chris Hemesath, following forest friends through their day, from morning light until bedtime; and Tali and the Timeless Time by Mira Z. Amiras, which finds Tali labeling her beloved, often forgetful Nona as being in the “Timeless Time” where past and present are woven together in complicated and beautiful ways.


Emanata welcomes fall with Survival of the Goodest by Marianne Boucher, a YA graphic novel about a young woman who has aged into the role of messenger for her village and is devastated when she loses her animal traveling companion while trying to save a child.


Creative Editions magnifies the season with Close Up and Far Out: How Antoine van Leeuwenhoek and Galileo Galilei Saw the World by Mary Auld, illus. by Adria Meserve, focusing on how the similar observation tools and discoveries led to early innovations in microscopes and telescopes; It Happened in Salem by Jonah Winter, illus. by Brad Holland, presenting a modern retelling of the Salem witch trials; Motorcycle Queen: The Life of Bessie Stringfield by Janie Havenmeyer, illus. by Jean Claverie, profiling the determined woman who rode a motorcycle and performed stunts as she traveled cross-country; A Fine Little Bad Boy: Quentin Roosevelt in the White House by Barbara Lowell, illus. by Antonio Marinoni, based on the true escapades of Quentin Roosevelt during his father’s tenure at the White House; and Together by Laura Manaresi, illus. by Giovanni Manna, which reminds readers of the strength in numbers and the power of collective response to adversity.


Disney Hyperion heads for higher ground with Sylvia Doe and the 100-Year Flood by Robert Beatty, in which a hurricane changes the course of a river and the life of a lonely girl; Here Lies a Vengeful Bitch by Codie Crowley, about a dead girl who’s dead set on avenging her murder; Our Shouts Echo by Jade Adia, the coming-of-age story of a 15-year-old L.A. transplant whose plans to build a doomsday shelter in her backyard collide with an unexpected summer romance; and A Twisted Tale: Sally’s Lament by Mari Mancusi, offering a new take on The Nightmare Before Christmas, asking “What if Sally discovered Christmas Town instead of Jack?”


Disney Press watches the clock with Prince of Glass & Midnight by Linsey Miller, in which Prince Charming tells his side of Disney’s Cinderella story; Bleakwatch Chronicles: Tinker Bell and the Lost City by Zack Loren Clark, the inaugural entry in an adventure series where Tinker Bell travels to a new world outside of Pixie Hollow; and Nightmares and Sueños by Alex Segura, telling a tale about the teenage years of Bruno from Disney’s Encanto.


Freedom Fire conjures up a fall list with Moko Magic by Tracey Baptiste, an Afro-Caribbean-inspired story about three cousins who discover they are mokos (protector spirits) during carnival season in Brooklyn; Jax Freeman and the Phantom Shriek by Kwame Mbalia, introducing a world featuring kids who can make magic by summoning the power of their ancestors; and Black Girl Magic, edited by Leah Johnson, gathering 15 middle-grade stories and poems that celebrate the joy, strength, and experiences of Black girlhood.


Melissa de la Cruz Studio keeps the spirits alive with Squad Ghouls: A Dade Family Novel by Kitty Curan, following 12-year-old Molly’s embarrassing, secretly supernatural family and her newfound witchy powers; and The Magic You Make by Jason June, closing out the duology featuring soulmates Nigel and Ori.


Rick Riordan Presents roars into fall with Pahua and the Dragon’s Secret by Lori M. Lee, the second in her Southeast Asian fantasy adventure series about a girl who is the reincarnation of the greatest warrior of all time; Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Saving the World by Roseanne A. Brown, which concludes the trilogy following a preteen half-Slayer and half-vampire girl caught between two worlds; and The Dark Becomes Her by Judy I. Lin, in which a Vancouver teen must save her sister from demonic possession after their neighborhood in New York City’s Chinatown is plunged into a dark and deadly battle.


Eerdmans bundles up for Counting Winter by Nancy White Carlstrom, illus. by Claudia McGehee, following one red fox, two croaking ravens, and other animals through the snow-covered woods; Kingdoms of Life by Carly Allen-Fletcher, highlighting the diverse ways life exists on Earth and how scientists use classification systems to explore and understand them; A Star Shines Through by Anna Desnitskaya, in which a displaced family creates a lamp for their window to help their new country feel more like home; The Cat Way by Sara Lundberg, trans. by B.J. Woodstein, the story of a girl and her cat as they navigate the strange path to cooperation and compromise; and It Is Okay by Ye Guo, featuring friends Goat and Bunny who find ways to care for each other despite their different personalities.


Kalaniot Books lights the candles for Uri, the Hanukkah Hero by Nati Bait, illus. by Carmel Ben-Ami, in which Uri battles a dark monster and brings light to the Hanukkah holiday; A Bright Light in Buenos Aires by Santiago Nader, illus. by Paula Wegman, featuring Dani, a regular Argentinian kid—except for the bright light that follows him everywhere he goes; and A Turkish New Year by Etan Basseri, illus. by Zeynep Ozatalay, following Rafael and his cousins on their adventures in Istanbul’s market as they collect the ingredients for their family’s Rosh Hashanah celebration.


West 44 makes it better with Take a Sad Song by Ona Gritz, the story of 15-year-old partier Jane, who is introduced to an underground world of gender role-play, romantic relationships, and chosen families during her yearlong sentence at New Jersey State Training School for Girls in the summer of 1970; Daylan and the River of Secrets by Edd Tello, in which 12-year-old Daylan tries to overcome his fear of swimming after a long-ago river encounter with Cihuamichin—a legendary water woman with the power to bring either safety or destruction to his small Mexican community; Reaching for Venus by Maija Barnett, which finds siblings Leah and Rachel fighting to survive in a dystopic world with a pollution-poisoned atmosphere; The Brujos of Borderland High by Gume Laurel III, the story of Alejandro, a gay teen brujo going through his first breakup, who must slay a demon to save the high school piano recital; and Blood Gone Cold by Katy Grant, following two sisters trying to survive a cold night out in the elements when two dangerous men appear during the girls’ family vacation.


Feeding Minds Press pines for fall with Our Christmas Tree Farm by Lisa Amstutz, illus. by Christina Forshay, in which a girl and her family care for their Christmas tree farm and its customers.


Flashlight sees a fine season ahead with Carla’s Glasses by Debbie Herman, illus. by Sheila Bailey, which finds Carla and her friends contemplating the prospect of wearing glasses; and So Much Slime by Jason Lefebvre, illus. by Zac Retz, about Matty’s disastrous slime demonstration at school.


Floris climbs a rope ladder for This Is My Treehouse by Guillaume Guéraud, illus. by Alfredfeaturing a child’s special place high in the branches of a tall tree; Halima, Superhero Princess by Emily Joof, illus. by Åsa Gilland, about a Black girl who overcomes her self-doubt and discovers her inner superhero princess; and Esma Farouk Lost at the Souk by Lisa Boersen and Hasna Elbaamrani, illus. by Annelies Vandenbosch, in which Esma is excited to visit the souk on a family trip to Morocco, but gets lost in the huge market there.


Flowerpot Press sounds the alarm with Firefighters by Finn Coyle, illus. by Srimalie Bassani, highlighting some of the machines and trucks that help fire-rescue teams; Mirror, Mirror by Edgar J. Hyde, illus. by Chloe Tyler, in which three sisters investigate the mystery of a magical mirror that shows scenes of its past; Grateful! by Gail Hayes, illus. by Helen Flook, offering tips and tools for incorporating gratitude into daily life; Nose Kisses by Katy Hedley, illus. by Paola Camma, which finds a child and his best bear friend pointing out a few of the moments that make friendships special; and Marvelous to Me by Keb’ Mo’, illus. by MF James, inspired by lyrics from Keb’ Mo’s song of the same name about how “the future looks marvelous.”


Free Spirit taps its foot to James Finds the Beat by Ty Chapman, the story of how James discovers his voice when kids start rapping in a cypher at school; The Sky Is Not Blue by Joy Jones, illus. by Sawyer Cloud, in which Robert’s artistic eye and independent mind challenge his teacher; Papa and Pearl by Annette M. Clayton, illus. by Kim Barnes, which finds Pearl and her father navigating new routines following Pearl’s parents’ divorce; Addy’s Chair to Everywhere by Debi Novotny, illus. by Jomike Tejido, about Addy, who uses a wheelchair, and her friends as they create an imaginative world where they can race in chariots, travel to space, and explore the ocean; and Thank You, Night by Dan McCauley, following a child who notices how the natural world makes him feel and wonder when he goes on a nighttime walk with his father.


Gecko gets ticklish with Good Night, Belly Button by Lucie Brunellière, a novelty bedtime book; Bear’s Lost Glasses by Leo Timmers, in which nearsightedness transforms rocks, trees, and flowers into a parade of remarkable animals; The Remarkables: The most incredible children I have met—so far! by Clotilde Perrin, featuring portraits of 38 extraordinary children including an electric child and a child made of cake; The Pinchers and the Dog Chase by Anders Sparring, illus. by Per Gustavsson, following the slapstick adventures of Theo Pincher, an honest kid in a family of criminals; and A Rainy Dragon Day by Julie Völk, which finds a cozy rainy day indoors turned into a fantastical journey to Dragonland when Fred the elegant dragon arrives in need of a bathroom.


Gnome Road fires up the oven for Emily Snook, the World’s Smallest Cook by Laura Bower, illus. by Rekha Salin, about a determined young chef who is underestimated by her older competitors in an international cooking contest; Alpacas Make Terrible Librarians by Kristi Mahoney, illus. by Chantelle and Burgen Thorne, exploring what can happen when an alpaca fills in for a favorite librarian; Trunk Goes Thunk! by Heather Morris, illus. by Chantelle and Burgen Thorne, in which forest animals repurpose a fallen tree as a log bridge through the use of playful word opposites; The Sorry Seeds by Tina Shepardson, illus. by Bong Hyun Shin, which finds a remorseful girl struggling to apologize when she takes an apple from a neighbor’s tree without asking.


Greystone Kids feathers its list with How to Know a Crow by Candace Savage, illus. by Rachel Hudson, a science-based books for middle graders that follows one crow from hatchling to adulthood; Brown Girl in the Snow by Yolanda Marshall, illus. by Marianne Ferrer, about a girl who discovers a way to grow her favorite foods from the Caribbean in her new snowy home; and I Am a Courageous Cub by Shoshana Chaim, illus. by Lori Joy Smith, introducing readers to self-confidence mantras and the mind-body connection.


Aldana Libros plays peacemaker for Montezuma’s Tantrum by Nuria Gómez Benet, illus. by Santiago Solís Montes de Oca, which finds a palace of Aztec peoples trying to placate Montezuma’s tantrum with elaborate gifts, singing, and dancing; and On the Small Hill Where the Girls Take Off Their Shoes and En la pequeña colina donde las niñas se quitan los zapatos by Jairo Buitrago, illus. by Linda Wolfsgruber, volumes in English and Spanish following the life of a small hill through the centuries.


Groundwood makes a new sign for Momma’s Going to March by Jennifer Maruno, illus. by Vivian Rosas, in which children accompany their mothers to demonstrations over time, where they learn to advocate for important issues through peaceful protest; Go Home by Terry Farish and Lochan Sharma, which finds Olive questioning her love for her boyfriend when he expresses intense anger toward immigrants; Birds on the Brain by Uma Krishnaswami, featuring bird lover Reeni’s quest to save her city’s bird count event when the mayor tries to shut it down; Sometimes I Eat with My Hands by Kid Haile, which finds Feven and her family celebrating Grandma’s arrival with a dinner of injera; and Loop de Loop by Andrea Curtis, illus. by Roozeboos, a nonfiction picture book about the transformative possibility of circular systems as solutions for a waste-free world.


HarperCollins makes a reservation for The Café at the Edge of the Woods by Mikey Please, about an aspiring chef who opens a café beside an enchanted forest and discovers the locals have peculiar palates; Navya Sings for Navarathri by Lakshmi Thamizhmani, illus. by Avani Dwivedi, focusing on an Indian American girl who is empowered to face her fears while celebrating Navarathri, the nine-night Hindu holiday honoring the divine feminine; Cicely by Renée Watson, illus. by Sherry Shine, spotlighting the life and career of award-winning, trailblazing actress Cicely Tyson; A Moving Story by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld, illus. by Tom Booth, the story of two quirky bears who show readers that everything and everyone is worth wrapping up tight and treating just right; Pockets of Love by Yamile Saied Méndez, illus. by Sara Palacios, in which a brother and sister honor and remember their late grandmother by making empanadas—pockets of love; Songlight by Moira Buffini, the first book in a dystopian trilogy featuring two teens hundreds of miles apart who are bound by songlight, the forbidden ability to telepathically communicate; A City Full of Santas by Joanna Ho, illus. by Phuong Thai, following an Asian girl’s enthusiastic hunt through the bustling city for the real Santa; Her Crown Shines by jessica Care moore, illus. by Dare Coulter, showcasing a poem inspired by the historic appointment of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson; The Verts by Ann Patchett, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, which finds siblings Estie and Ivan Vert, one an extrovert, one an introvert, learning to celebrate and honor their differences; and The Girls of Skylark Lane by Robin Benway, the story of twin sisters who join a ragtag neighborhood softball team at a time when growing up could mean growing apart.


HarperAlley pulls up a seat in the cafeteria with Lunch Buddies: Stunt Sandwich Superstar by Daniel Wiseman, following Marco and his new pal Sandwich as they embark on some skateboarding shenanigans; Let’s Go, Coco by Coco Fox, in which 11-year old Coco will stop at nothing to make new friends on her basketball team; I Shall Never Fall in Love by Hari Connor, a queer coming-of-age Regency romance about self-discovery and love; Knots by Colleen Frakes, about what happens when a botched home dye job goes from bad to worse; and Drawn Onward by Daniel Nayeri, illus. by Matt Rockefeller, a palindromic picture book exploring themes of loss, acceptance, and hope.


HarperFestival tries things on for size with Chip Plays Grown-Up by Maddie Frost, about a boisterous young penguin who doesn’t want to go to bed—so he switches places with Mom; and I’ll Love You Till the Crocodiles Smile by Kathryn Cristaldi, illus. by Kristyna Litten, an ode to unconditional love.


HarperTeen compiles clues for Death at Morning House by Maureen Johnson, about a teen who uncovers a mystery while working as a tour guide on an island, and vows to solve it; In Want of a Suspect by Tirzah Price, kicking off a mystery duology starring the Jane Austen Mysteries’ Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy working on a case that brings up ghosts from their personal and professional pasts; and It’s Not Me, It’s You by Alex Light, the story of a self-proclaimed relationship expert on a mission to help her nemesis get his girlfriend back.


Allida dives into fall with Gracie Under the Waves by Linda Sue Park, in which a young snorkeling enthusiast draws inspiration for fighting climate change from interacting with her pesty little brother.


Balzer + Bray stays sharp with The Daggers of Ire by J.C. Cervantes, launching a Latine middle grade fantasy duology featuring a young bruja who must travel to a forbidden realm to save her family and her town; A Strange Thing Happened in Cherry Hall by Jasmine Warga, in which a boy encounters a ghost at an art museum where a painting has been stolen, setting him and his friend off on an unexpected adventure; (S)kin by Ibi Zoboi, a teen fantasy verse novel following two girls with a secret connection who must make a life-or-death choice between assimilation with humans or total immersion into the flames of their soucouyant heritage; Kirby’s Lessons for Falling (in Love) by Laura Gao, spotlighting star rock climber Kirby who thinks she knows all the rules of falling until she falls hard for eccentric Bex, who runs an astrology love advice column; and No Way, Wash Day by Adrienne Thurman, illus. by Kaylani Juanita, the story of a girl trying to outmaneuver Mama and avoid the time-honored tradition of wash day.


Clarion is all aboard for love with Goodnight Train Valentine by June Sobel, illus. by Laura Huliska-Beith, featuring heart-shaped peekaboo holes on every board-book page; Jupiter Rising by Gary D. Schmidt, in which Jack joins the track team as his family fights to legally adopt baby Jupiter; The Ghosts of Fulton Arms by Mary Downing Hahn, about a girl who discovers that her family’s new apartment is occupied by troubled spirits who need her help; Tonbo by Allen Say, a semi-autobiographical story told through the eyes of a man who ages backward and revealing the power of memory to shape one’s art; and The Man Who Didn’t Like Animals by Deborah Underwood, illus. by LeUyen Pham, serving up an origin story about Old MacDonald before he had a farm.


Greenwillow has the wiggles with Still Life by Alex London, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, in which an artist demonstrates the strict rules for creating a still life painting, while the painting itself has a not-so-still-story to tell; It’s Powwow Time! by Martha Troian, illus. by Hawlii Pichette, chronicling a boy’s attendance at his first powwow; One Foggy Christmas Eve by Kerilynn Wilson, in which inclement weather causes a girl to reroute her plan to get a special present to her grandparents; Rougarou Magic by Rachel M. Marsh, telling the tale of 12-year-old Feliciana who receives a mischievous, magical monster from Cajun folklore—from her grandmother in Louisiana; and Splinter & Ash by Marieke Nijkamp, a middle grade medieval fantasy, starring queer and disabled young heroes.


Heartdrum threads its needle for Stitches of Tradition (Gashkigwaaso Tradition) by Marcie Rendon, illus. by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, which finds an Ojibwe grandmother and her granddaughter sharing the cultural tradition of sewing ribbon skirts to honor previous generations and celebrate women; A Constellation of Minor Bears by Jen Ferguson, the story of how Molly navigates a long-planned hike along the Pacific Crest Trail with Tray, whom she blames for her brother’s debilitating accident; The Unfinished by Cheryl Isaacs, about small-town athlete Avery, who is haunted by the Black Water and Unfinished beings of Kanien’kéha:ka stories and must turn to the culture she hasn’t felt connected to in order to save her town; On a Wing and a Tear by Cynthia Leitich Smith, in which close friends Melanie and Ray join Grampa Charlie Halfmoon to drive the legendary player Great-grandfather Bat to the rematch of the Great Ball Game; and Yáadilá! (Good Grief!) by Laurel Goodluck, illus. by Jonathan Nelson, following siblings Dezba and Bahe as they help their grandmother move out of her sheep camp home.


Quill Tree sparks the season with The Firelight Apprentice by Bree Paulsen, set in a steampunk-inspired city fueled by electric magic, where Ada agrees to let her younger sister take an apprenticeship with a pair of magicians to help harness her powers; Mixed-up Mooncakes by Christina Matula and Erica Lyons, illus. by Traci Subisak, in which Ruby tries to bind two extra-special harvest celebrations—the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and the Jewish holiday of Sukkot—together; Noodle & Bao by Shaina Lu, about a girl who helps her friend’s humble food cart stand its ground against the gentrification of their Chinatown neighborhood; The Legend of the White Snake by Sher Lee, a gender-flipped retelling of a beloved Chinese folktale, featuring a white snake spirit that transforms into a boy and must hide his true identity after falling for a headstrong prince; and Perfect by Waka T. Brown, illus. by Yuko Jones, following Miki, a girl who learns—through the art of kintsugi—to embrace life’s imperfections.


Katherine Tegen Books puts it all on the free-throw line with Clutch Time by Caron Butler and Justin A. Reynolds, about a young basketball player finding redemption on and off the court; Chang’e on the Moon by Katrina Moore, illus. by Cornelia Li, trans. by Jaime Chu, a Chinese origin tale of the moon goddess and the inaugural volume of the Everlasting Tales collection; Pig Town Party by Lian Cho, in which a human girl discovers a marvelous secret world of pigs and joins their costume party; The First Cat in Space and the Wrath of the Paperclip by Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris, featuring an evil A.I. grammar-checking paperclip that tries to take over the world and turn all living things into paper clips; and The Brightness Between Us by Eliot Schrefer, the sequel to The Darkness Outside Us, told in two storylines, about spacefarers Ambrose and Kodiak trying to survive in the future—and the past.


Versify rolls the polyhedral dice for Side Quest: A Visual History of Roleplaying Games by Samuel Sattin, illus. by Steenz, exploring RPGs, from ancient times to today, with personal stories from the creators; Specs by Van G. Garrett, illus. by Reggie Jones, encouraging readers to consider wearing glasses as a “get-to” instead of a “have-to”; and One Step Forward by Marcie Flinchum Atkins, spotlighting Matilda Young, the youngest suffragist to be imprisoned for lawful protests during the time leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment.


Walden Pond tests its electromagnetic field detector with The Ghosts of Dreadsea by Laura Ruby, in which three kids must confront the ghosts of their hurricane-ravaged barrier-island town to avert another disaster.


HighWater Press takes a fall faceoff with Between the Pipes by Albert McLeod with Elaine Murdoch and Sonya Ballantine, illus. by Alice RL, following 13-year-old Cree hockey player Chase as he discovers more about himself and accepts his identity as a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community; We Are the Medicine by Tasha Spillett, illus. by Natasha Donovan, the conclusion to the Surviving the City series, featuring high schoolers Dev and Miikwan; and Little by Little: You Can Change the World by Ballantyne, illus. by Rhael McGregor and Toben Raciot, in which an Indigenous boy learns to use his voice to stand up for what he believes in.


Holiday House puts out an APB with Find Her by Ginger Reno, about a Cherokee girl searching for her missing mother; Sharing Shalom by Danielle Sharkan, illus. by Selina Alko, a story inspired by true events of a Jewish girl’s community rallying to repair the damage when their synagogue is vandalized; Bye Forever, I Guess by Jodi Meadows, which finds gamer girl Ingrid’s wrong-number text leading to an unlikely connection with a popular boy from school; Where No Shadow Stays by Sara Hashem, following 17-year-old homecoming queen Mina after she travels to Egypt in the hopes of reconnecting with her mother’s family and a sinister generational curse follows her home; and A Tree Is a Community by David L. Harrison, illus. by Kate Cosgrove, a Books for a Better Earth title that explains how a single tree provides food and shelter for hundreds of animals and why they are essential to human survival.


Margaret Ferguson Books stakes out Gobbler’s Knob for Phil’s Big Day. A Groundhog’s Story by Liza Woodruff, which finds Phil and his younger sister, Marla, trying to calm his jitters about predicting the weather the night before Groundhog Day; Library Girl by Polly Horvath, the story of four librarians who discover a baby abandoned in the children’s room at the library and decide to raise her in the library; Just Until by Joseph Moldover, following 17-year-old Hannah as she decides whether or not to take over raising her sister’s children or let them go into foster care so that she can continue with her dream of going to college.


Neal Porter Books sets an extra place for The Table by Wiley Blevins and Winsome Bingham, illus. by Jason Griffin, a tale of two Appalachian families, one white and one Black, that are connected by a well-loved kitchen table; Lone Wolf Goes to School by Kiah Thomas, illus. by K-Fai Steele, the first volume of a graphic early reader series featuring a misanthropic wolf who goes to great lengths to find a place he can be alone; Animal Countdown by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a lift-the-flap counting book spotlighting 10 endangered animals; The Smell of Wet Dog by Barney Saltzberg, presenting poems about dogs; and I Know How to Draw an Owl by Hilary Horder Hippely, illus. by Matt James, in which a girl who lives with her mother in their car can draw a lifelike portrait of an owl based on the ones she often sees at night.


Hungry Tomato releases a pawsitively purrfect list with Funky Featured Felines by Eliza Jeffery, illus. by Marina Halak, introducing 20 unusual cats; How Do Plants Grow? by Annabel Griffin, illus. by Tjarda Borsboom, exploring germination and pollination, and the ecosystems surrounding plants; Build Your Own Spectacular Space Projects by Rob Ives, which guides readers through projects creating space models using recycled and easy-to-find materials; Be the Best at Guitar by Emily Kington, a beginner’s guide to mastering the guitar; and Why Do We Need Trees? by Olivia Watson, illus. by Tjarda Borsboom, highlighting the crucial role trees play in our planet’s wellbeing.


Beetle Books zips its lips for Secret Squid Goes on Vacation by Barry Ablett, a search-and-find adventure book visiting iconic vacation destinations.


Inhabit Media hoists its sails for Sea Snooze by Sarabeth Holden, illus. by Emma Pedersen, in which two siblings cruise to the Arctic Ocean to bid goodnight to various Arctic animals before tucking in to bed; The Fawn by Etua Snowball, illus. by Emma Crossland, about a boy who must learn how to say goodbye to the fawn he befriended over the summer; Dad, I Miss You by Nadia Sammurtok, illus. by Simji Park, which finds a boy and his father, in alternating narratives, relating the emotional toll of a child being taken from their family and community to attend residential school; and Animals Illustrated: Ravens by Monica Ittusardjuat, illus. by Kagan McLeod, presenting facts about ravens’ habitats, anatomy, and behavior.


IVP Kids travels to Bethlehem for Birth of the Chosen One by Terry Wildman, illus. by Hannah Noel Buchanan and Holly Buchanan, a retelling of the Christmas story using the language of the First Nations Version of the New Testament.


Kane Miller has nothing up its sleeve with A Tricky Kind of Magic by Nigel Baines, in which amateur magician Cooper navigates his grief over losing his father—The Great Eduwardo—with help from the talking Rabbit DeNiro; A Girl Called Joy by Jenny Valentine, illus. by Claire Lefevre, following 10-year-old Joy as she meets the challenges of her new life when after years of traveling the world, her family move in with her dour grandfather; Adventuremice: Mice on the Ice by Philip Reeve, illus. by Sarah McIntyre, continuing the exploits of the intrepid Pedro and his seafaring team of Adventuremice; The Hunt for the Nightingale by Sarah Jukes, illus. by Sharon King-Chai, focused on nine-year-old Jasper, who experiences anxiety and panic attacks and is trying to make sense of the sudden death of his sister; and Boy Underground by Isabelle Marinov, the story of Hugo, an autistic child, who delves into the tunnels and catacombs of underground Paris in search of a place where he might feel he belongs.


Kar-Ben packs up for Miri’s Moving Day by Adam R. Chang and Stephanie Wildman, illus. by Dream Chen, which finds Miri’s grandfathers, Yeh Yeh and Zayde, presenting her with special moving day gifts to remind Miri of what “home” really means; An Etrog from Across the Sea by Deborah Bodin Cohen and Kerry Olitzky, illus. by Stacey Dressen McQueen, in which Rachel’s Papa promises to bring home the most perfect etrog for Sukkot, but she worries when his ship is delayed; Perfect Match: The Story of Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton by Lori Dubbin, illus. by Amanda Quartey, the story of two women, one in the U.S. and one in the U.K., who face discrimination in the tennis world; Rebecca’s Prayer for President Lincoln by Jane Yolen, illus. by Laura Barella, in which everyone at Rebecca’s synagogue starts to sing the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, when news breaks that President Lincoln has been shot; and Violin of Hope by Ella Schwartz, illus. by Juliana Oakley, following a violin taken from a Jewish family by the Nazis that years later finds its way back into a musician’s hands, filling concert halls with the music of hope once again.


Kids Can Press takes a deep breath and counts back from 10 for Mad at Dad by Janie Hao, about a girl who gets really angry at her father and tries all manner of ways to calm herself down; The Hawk Shadow by Jan Bourdeau Waboose, illus. by Karlene Harvey, following two Anishinaabe siblings making their way through the bush to go fishing at Hawk River; A Guide to Grief by Cole Imperi, illus. by Salini Perera, which helps readers navigate the overwhelming emotions and big questions that come with loss; The Red Roti by Namita Moolani Mehra, illus. by Beena Mistry, following a child whose life changes in an instant when she and her family have to make a daring nighttime escape across borders during the Indian Partition in 1947; and Steve: A Fine Horse by Kelly Collier, an early reader graphic novel adaptation.


CitizenKid joins the march with You Can Be an Activist: How to Use Your Strengths and Passions to Make a Difference by Charlene Rocha and Mary Beth Leatherdale, illus. by Drew Shannon, a guide to getting started in activism; and One Hen and Then… by Katie Smith Milway with Mary Beth Leatherdale, illus. by Tequitia Andrews, introducing microfinance in a picture-book adaptation of One Hen, inspired by a true story.


KCP Loft is on a mission: impossible with If We Tell You by Nicola Dahlin, which finds twin teens on a mission to uncover their parents’ real identities after witnessing the death of two uninvited guests at a neighborhood barbecue and the subsequent disappearance of their parents.


Lantana Publishing blooms with The Language of Flowers by Shyala Smith, illus. by Aaron Asis, in which Juhi draws on her knowledge of flowers to express her grief when her favorite customer from her Appa’s flower shop passes away; Freedom Braids by Monique Duncan, illus. by Lola Idowu, a work of historical fiction inspired by true stories of enslaved African women in Colombia braiding maps and seeds into their hair to aid their escape to freedom; The Brighter I Shine by Kamee Abrahamian, illus. by Lusine Ghukasyan, following an Armenian child spending their birthday sharing some of their favorite family traditions; and Step into My Shoes by Alkisti Halikia, illus. by Fotini Tikkou, trans. by Alexandra Büchler, featuring Matou, who takes the expression “to step into someone’s shoes” literally when she passes a sea of shoes outside a mosque on her way home from school.


Lawley Publishing cheers on the season with Fly Ladybug, Fly! by Katie Zimbaluk, illus. by Carmen Corrales, about a one-winged ladybug determined to fly; New Question for Mouse by Fynisa Engler, illus. by Ryan Law, following Mouse as he navigates his foster care journey; Charlie & Emmet: School Day by Lori Ries, illus. by Thomas Bender, focused on Charlie, who’s especially nervous about the new school year because she’s the only one who can see her best friend, Emmet the dinosaur; Not Sheep! by Molly McNamara Carter, illus. by Oksana Mychka, which finds restless woodland animals trying to settle down for sleep by counting something other than sheep; and Anything Girl by Kimberly Anna-Soisson, illus. by Tincy Paulose, in which Pop-Pop reminds Kat that no matter where her life goes, she can be anything.


Lerner forms a handshake line for Good Game: A Sesame Street Guide to Being a Good Sport by Charlotte Reed, which finds the Sesame Street friends learning the meaning of sportsmanship; and We Shall Not Be Denied: A Timeline of Voting Rights and Suppression in America by Cayla Bellanger DeGroat and Cicely Lewis, which takes an in-depth look at voting rights in the U.S., particularly examining when certain groups of people won the right to vote.


Carolrhoda tickles the tastebuds with Slippery, Spicy, Tingly: A Kimchi Mystery by Yangsook Choi, in which kimchi-loving Keo observes how his visiting halmoni digs a big hole in the backyard while preparing to make the traditional dish; And, Too, the Fox by Ada Limón, illus. by Gaby D’Alessandro, presenting a poem about an energetic fox in the wild; The Doll Test: Kenneth and Mamie Clark and the Dolls That Challenged Segregation by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by David Cooper, telling the little-known story, narrated by dolls, of two Black psychologists who used Black and white dolls in their research about the effects of school segregation on children; Make a Little Wave by Kerry O’Malley Cerra, in which shy Savannah takes a stand to protect endangered sharks when she discovers that her friend’s family is involved in killing them for profit; and The Rule of Three by Heather Murphy Capps, following biracial seventh-grader Wyatt, who must confront the roots of his body’s unusual reaction to stress.


Carolrhoda Lab gets the dirt with They Thought They Buried Us by NoNieqa Ramos, in which horror fan and scholarship recipient Yuiza tries to uncover the sinister secrets at the prestigious boarding school where they are one of a few students of color; and Here Goes Nothing by Emma K. Ohland, following 18-year-old Beatrice as she wrestles with complicated feelings about her neighbor and questions about her identity.


Graphic Universe presses on with The Power Button: Second Strike by Zack Soto, which finds Kaz and Truly dealing with a second alien invasion; Mystery Scientific Expedition Book #1 by Ahn Chi-Hyeon, illus. by Kang Gyeong-Hyo, trans. by Gloria Ohe, launching a series featuring after-school club Science Mystery Detectives who initially investigate strange fingers growing from the ground in the forest outside of school; The Robot Makers: Robots Can Dance by Podoal Friend, illus. by Hong Jong-hyun, in which the teams vie to program the winning dance for the upcoming robot dance competition; The Wolf in Underpants Gets the Willies by Wilfrid Lupano, illus. by Mayana Itoïz, trans. by Nathan Sacks, about the Wolf’s trip to a forbidden forest filled with a thousand dangers; and Super Potato and the Slug King’s Revenge by Artur Laperla, trans. by Norwyn MacTire, the story of Super Potato’s efforts to bring Zort the Slug King and his villainous sidekick Rah the Tyrant to justice.


Millbrook Press skitters into the season with Rats to the Rescue: The Unlikely Heroes Making Cambodia Safe by Scott Riley and Sambat Meas, illus. by Huy Voun Lee, the story of how brave human deminers are working alongside HeroRATs to rid Cambodia of buried explosives; I Fuel by Kelly Rice Schmitt, illus. by Jam Dong, a first look at various types of fuel; and Stokes: The Brief Career of the NBA’s First Black Superstar by Ty Chapman and John Coy, illus. by Lonnie Ollivierre, spotlighting Maurice Stokes, the 6’7” NBA star who took the league by storm before experiencing a career-ending injury during a game.


Zest goes foraging with A Deathly Compendium of Poisonous Plants: Wicked Weeds and Sinister Seeds by Rebecca E. Hirsch, exploring the strange and remarkable stories of poisonous plants used in medicine and warfare, as well as how they have played a role in historic events; Civic Minded: What Everyone Should Know About the U.S. Government by Jeff Fleischer, offering an accessible overview of civics topics, including federal programs and international relations; and Fighting Censorship: A Handbook for Pushing Back on Book Bans by Christina Ellis et al., presenting arguments against the common reasons that are given to ban books in schools and public libraries, and strategies for how to fight back.


Arthur A. Levine gets creative with Makers by Young Vo, which following two apprentice boat makers, one trapped by perfectionism and the other who’s constantly falling for the next new idea; Chooch Helped by Andrea L. Rogers, illus. by Rebecca Lee Kunz, about a Cherokee girl and her disruptive younger brother who’s always “helping” out people in their family; Coming Home by Mavasta Honyouti, recounting the Hopi author’s grandfather’s experience in a residential boarding school and how he returned home to carry on his family’s traditions and culture; Sorel by Sacha Lamb, set in 1870 in the Pale of Settlement as 17-year-old Sorel runs away, taking on the male identity of Isser Jacob and finds herself in the dark underworld of her city; and A Song for August by Sally Denmead, illus. by Alleanna Harris, focusing on the life of the groundbreaking African American playwright August Wilson.


Em Querido pounces on the season with The Legend of Tiger and Tail-Flower by Lee Gee Eun, trans. by Aerin Park, an early reader graphic novel about a grumpy tiger and a mysterious tail-flower who become best friends; Aiko and the Planet of Dogs by Christoffer Ellegaard, illus. by Ainhoa Cayuso, trans. by Irene Vázquez, featuring an intrepid young astronaut named Aiko who crash-lands on a planet inhabited by talking dogs; The Curse of Madame Petrova by Marjolijn Hof, illus. by Annette Fienieg, trans. by Bill Nagelkerke, a historical middle grade fairy tale following two twins separated since birth and destined to be the cause of each other’s demise; and Misjka by Edward van de Vendel and Anoush Elman, illus. by Annet Schaap, trans. by Nancy Forest-Flier, the tale of a young Afghan refugee acclimating to a new home and falling in love with a pet bunny.


Lil’ Libros pirouettes into fall with Ring Around the Rosie by Patricia Romanov, introducing the five core positions of ballet; Kid Spielberg by Chogrin, illus. by Pakoto, showcasing the movie-filled childhood of Steven Spielberg; Singing/Cantando: La Cucaracha by Nayeli Reyes, illus. by Citlali Reyes, an adaptation of this Latino nursery rhyme; Dr. Ochoa’s Stellar World: Math by Ellen Ochoa, illus. by Citlali Reyes, focused on math concepts; and My First 100 Words: Día de Muertos, illus. by Luis San Vicente, featuring first concept words related to this holiday.


Little Bee Books stays in formation with Band Camp 2: Group Solo by Brian “Smitty” Smith, following four anthropomorphic musical instruments to Band Camp; Ping-Pong Shabbat: The True Story of Champion Estee Ackerman by Ann Koffsky, illus. by Abigail Rajunov, spotlighting ping-pong player Ackerman, who had to choose between attending the final match of the U.S. Nationals and observing Shabbat; Toypurina: Tongva Leader, Medicine Woman, Rebel by Cheyenne M. Stone and Glenda Armand, illus. by Katie Dorame, which introduces Toypurina, who organized a rebellion in 1785 against the Spanish rule in Tongva, fighting for herself, her people, and their way of life; Already, All the Love by Diana Farid, illus. by Shar Tuiasoa, in which a parent pauses to reflect on the joy and love their baby has given them already when thoughts of the future begin to pull at their attention; and You Deserve Everything by Steph Stilwell, a bagel-shaped board book featuring affirmations inspired by everyone’s favorite bagel orders.


BuzzPop toes the line with Bossy Bear: Camp Bossy by David Horvath, in which Bossy Bear almost ruins a camping trip with his overbearing personality; and Baby Shark: Ride the Fish Bus by Pinkfong, following Baby Shark around town during his very busy day.


Yellow Jacket places a special order with Off Menu by Oliver Gerlach, illus. by Kelsi Jo Silva, which finds Soup facing her toxic elven boss in a cooking competition to claim the restaurant she calls home and save her magic village; and Say Something, Poupeh Babaee! by Haleh Massey, illus. by Ghazal Qadri, which finds young Poupeh rendered mute when she needs to speak up for her parents at an embassy interview.


Little, Brown makes a hot and fresh fall delivery with Pizza for Birds by Bob Shea, featuring a cutthroat competition between a birdseed restauranteur and his pizza-delivery rival; Immortal Dark by Tigest Girma, following the human children descended from a hidden society of vampires originating in Africa studying at an elite, secret university; Wisteria by Adalyn Grace, the conclusion of the Gothic-infused Belladonna trilogy; Black Star by Kwame Alexander, the follow-up to The Door to No Return, focused on Charley, a talented 12-year-old Black athlete who must navigate adolescence during the turbulent segregation era and the beginning of the Great Migration; and The Wild Robot Field Guide by Peter Brown, which brings together Brown’s Wild Robot stories and the real environmental science behind the books.


LB Ink takes center stage for Stand Up! by Tori Sharp, which finds best friends Clay and Kyle eager to bring their comedic talents into the spotlight during their school’s production of Gals and Dolls; Andy Warner’s Oddball Histories: People and Plants by Andy Warner, a fact-filled graphic novel about the science and history behind our relationship with plants; Halfway There by Christine Mari, Mari’s graphic memoir following her college year abroad in Japan, as she struggles to reconcile both sides of her mixed-race identity; Peach and Plum: Double Trouble! by Tim McCanna, offering new adventures for these fruity pals; and Mismatched by Anne Camlin, illus. by Isadora Zeferino, a modern-day adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma in which a teen social media star learns he can’t control everything.


Christy Ottaviano Books is out of sync with Knight Owl and Early Bird by Christopher Denise, which finds Knight Owl joined by a new sidekick who wants to help protect the castle at night but falls asleep on the job; Little Red, Autumn on the Farm by Will Hillenbrand, in which Katie and her truck Little Red help fellow vehicles prepare for the Shady Acre fall harvest festival; Togo to the Rescue by Mélisande Potter, illus. by Giselle Potter, retelling the true story of Togo and the fellow sled dogs that transported life-saving serum to the community of Nome, Alaska, which was overcome by a diphtheria outbreak during a blizzard; Winter Magic by Robert Burleigh, illus. by Wendell Minor, capturing the sights, traditions, and activities of the season; and Almost Underwear by Jonathan Roth, revealing the true story of the piece of cloth involved in the Wright brothers’ first flight, Neil Armstrong’s moon landing, and the 2021 Mars helicopter mission.


Jimmy Patterson finds a portal with The Time Travel Twins by James Patterson and Tad Safran, in which twins Pew and Basket Church are shocked to discover that they can travel through time when they escape from their dreary modern orphanage into Revolutionary-era America; and Fox Is Coming! by James Patterson and Joe Kulka, illus. by Kulka, about a group of chicks hiding from a crafty fox—but not for reasons readers might think.


FSG Books for Young Readers throws in the towel with I Quit! by Kristen Tracy, illus. by Federico Fabiani, about a misbehaving kitty who’s had enough; Tegan and Sara: Crush by Tegan Quin and Sara Quin, illus. by Tillie Walden, continuing the fictionalized chronicles of performers Tegan and Sara’s coming of age, sibling relationship, and rise to music stardom; Greta by J.S. Lemon, in which Greta navigates moving to a new neighborhood, starting middle school, puberty, and an aggressive, abusive encounter with a boy at her first middle-school party; Flamboyants by George M. Johnson, illus. by Charly Palmer, offering 14 celebratory essays revealing how American culture has been shaped by icons who are both Black and queer; and Under the Same Stars by Libba Bray, a historical mystery set across three different timelines.


Feiwel and Friends follows the light with The Flicker by H.E. Edgmon, a post-apocalyptic survival story told through an Indigenous lens, about orphans braving the scorched wasteland after a solar flare; Celestial Monsters by Aiden Thomas, concluding the Sunbearer Trials duology, which finds Teo, Aurelio, and Niya battling the Obsidian gods; Let It Glow by Marissa Meyer and Joanne Levy, in which twin sisters separated at birth meet by chance at a holiday pageant where they celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, and try to make a love match for their single grandparents; How to Pee Your Pants (the Right Way) by Rachel Michelle Wilson, a humorous and reassuring picture book offering tips on what to do when you’ve got to go; and 5 More Sleeps ’til Halloween by Jimmy Fallon, illus. by Rich Deas, featuring a countdown to Halloween—and candy.


First Second gets back to nature with Ash’s Cabin by Jen Wang, in which Ash sets out to discover the secret cabin their late grandfather had talked about building deep in the California wilderness; Weirdo by Tony Weaver Jr., illus. by Jess and Cin Wibowo, a graphic memoir about a preteen who loves all things geeky but struggles with mental health issues and self-doubt; Asgardians: Thor by George O’Connor, continuing the saga about the Norse gods in the Nine Worlds; Dog Trouble by Kristin Varner, which finds Ash forced to do community service at an animal shelter while staying with his father on Ferncliff Island; and Monster Locker by Jorge Aguirre, illus. by Andrés Vera Martínez, the first volume in a graphic novel series in which sixth-grader Pablo discovers that his locker is a portal to the realm of monsters.


Flatiron Books sparkles with Spectacular by Stephanie Garber, a holiday novella set in the world of Caraval.


Godwin Books plants a colorful list with Wildflower Emily: A Story About Young Emily Dickinson by Lydia Corry, delving into Dickinson’s childhood exploring her hometown of Amherst, Mass., with her four-legged companion, Carlo; The Science Girls by Aki, following a troupe of busy girls who love to learn and hypothesize and analyze their way through a curiosity-filled day; Power to the Parasites by Chelsea L. Wood, taking a closer look at the freeloaders that get a bad rap, but can sometimes be beneficial; Merry Christmas, Dear Mars by Penny Parker Klostermann, illus. by Estrela Lourenço, which takes a peek at how Martians help rescue Santa on a fateful Christmas Eve; and AI by Guojing, in which JieJie and her younger brother DiDi are living on their own in a barren desert when they come across an AI-powered robot lying dormant in an abandoned junkyard.


Henry Holt crashes the season with Killer House Party by Lily Anderson, in which a graduation party at an abandoned mansion turns into a bloody fight for survival; Where We Can Hear the Giants Sing by Peter Cheong, about a girl who befriends a mermaid who shows her the beauty of the ocean depths; The House Without Lights by Reem Faruqi, illus. by Nadia Alam, which finds House disappointed not to be decorated for the winter holidays, but delighted to be lit up for Eid instead; The Chainbreakers by Julian Randall, featuring 13-year-old Violent Moon who must rescue her father and save her enchanted underwater world; and I Am the Dark That Answers When You Call by Jamison Shea, which finds Palais Garnier monster Laure spinning out of control, and stumbling across a mysterious dead body during one of her nights out.


Neon Squid forces a checkmate with Become a Chess Champion: Learn the Basics from a Pro by James Canty III, illus. by Brian Lambert, using mini games and chess puzzles to teach important concepts and avoid overwhelming beginners; Robots: Explore the World of Robotics and AI by Henny Admoni, illus. by Amy Grimes, providing an explanation of what robots are, how they are made, and how we can use them in amazing ways; Tales of Ancient Egypt: Myths & Adventures from the Land of the Pyramids by Hugo Cook, illus. by Sona Avedikian, featuring stories of mischievous tomb robbers and epic battles featuring elephants and ostriches interspersed with pages explaining the history of ancient Egypt; and Secrets of the Ocean: 15 Bedtime Stories Inspired by Nature by Alicia Klepeis, illus. by Kaja Kajfež, spotlighting animals that live beneath the ocean’s waves.


Odd Dot solves it with Math Mysteries: The Fall Festival Fiasco by Aaron Starmer, illus. by Marta Kissi, the latest case for the fourth-grade Prime Detectives at Arthimos Elementary, who use arithmetic, geometry, and logic to figure things out; Brown Bear’s Little Book of Thanks by Eric Carle and Odd Dot, illus. by Carle, from the World of Eric Carle collection; Pop-Up Planetarium by Lynn Brunelle, illus. by Sarah Dennis, a first book of astronomy, introducing stars and constellations; and Build-a-Bear: Friends Forever and

Build-a-Bear: A Wish from the Heart by Build-a-Bear Workshop and Odd Dot, illus. by Anna Jones, two novelty books inspired by the DIY-stuffed-animal franchise.


Priddy fetes fall with the following novelty and early concept books created by Roger Priddy: Lunar New Year; Night Night Little One; See Touch Feel Look at Me; My Best Friend Is a Reindeer; and Squeaky Santa and His Festive Friends.


Roaring Brook Press takes the lead with The Wolfpack Way by Abby Wambach, illus. by Debby Rahmalia, which shows kids how to be their best selves and embrace their inner wolf; Uprooted by Ruth Chan, in which Ruth struggles to feel at home when her father’s work requires the family to move from Toronto to Hong Kong; Kwame Crashes the Underworld by Craig Kofi Farmer, which finds 12-year-old Kwame magically transported to the Ghanaian underworld to help his late grandmother save humanity; and Everywhere by Scott Westerfeld, illus. by Jessica Lanan, a picture book reminding young readers that they are made from the ingredients of the natural world and are connected to the elements.


Starscapegets the chills with Jasmine Is Haunted by Mark Oshiro, about a girl trying to prove that the ghost that’s been following her for years is real—and unfortunately, it’s not the ghost of her beloved Papi; Ripley: Fire Station Five by W. Bruce Cameron, featuring Border Collie puppy Ripley, who works with Ben at the fire station and may become a fire rescue dog; and Kelcie Murphy and the Race for the Reaper’s Key by Erika Lewis, closing out the Kelcie Murphy series, in which Kelcie and her friends are determined to stop the monster war, once and for all.


Tor Teen clears the smoke with Scorched Earth by Danielle L. Jensen, concluding the Dark Shores fantasy series; She Waits for You Beyond the Dark by Kristen Simmons, the finale to the Death Games horror duology in which estranged friends play the hellish game Meido in a Japanese-folklore inspired underworld; and Lies We Conjure by Sarah Henning, in which Ruby and her sister get caught up in murder and witchcraft when a rich old lady offers them a too-good-to-be-true money-making scheme.


Wednesday Books puts on a parka for Some Like It Cold by Elle McNicoll, in which a girl returns home during the holidays to say goodbye, but a certain brooding film buff starts to look like a very big reason to stay; Mysterious Ways by Wendy Wunder, following 17-year-old Maya, who immediately knows everything about a person when she looks at them; When Haru Was Here by Dustin Thao, telling a story of loss, complicated friendships, and learning to let go; Where Shadows Meet by Patrice Caldwell, a dark romantic debut vampire fantasy set after the war among vampires, humans, and the gods that created them; and For She Is Wrath by Emily Varga, reimagining The Count of Monte Cristo as a Pakistani romantic fantasy where one girl seeks revenge through the use of forbidden magic.


Marble Press heads for the barn for The Tractor Squad by H.D. Torres, illus. by Gary Laib, first in a picture-book series featuring a team of farm friends who love to play after the day’s work is done; Little Wolf’s Howl by Nelly Buchet, illus. by Mathias Ball, about a frightened wolf pup who gets separated from her family and discovers her outdoor voice; Winterfest! by Brenda Maier, illus. by Fanni Mėzes, following BFFs Penguin and Panda as they experience the season; and Jurassic Bark and Frankenstein’s Hound by Brian Anderson, two volumes kicking off a middle-grade graphic novel series based on Anderson’s comic strip about curmudgeonly dog Sophie.


NorthSouth is ready to party with Let’s Get Festive! Celebrations Around the World by Joanna Konczak, illus. by Ewa Poklewska, trans. by Kate Webster, exploring festivals and traditions across the globe; The Gray City by Torben Kuhlmann, trans. by David Henry Wilson, about a girl who moves to a city where everything is gray, and sets out to bring color back to the world; Worm’s Lost and Found by Jule Wellerdiek, trans. by David Henry Wilson, in which Worm, who usually helps all the animals retrieve missing items, loses his hat; Genius Ears: A Curious Animal Compendium by Lena Anlauf, illus. by Vitali Konstantinov, trans. by Marshall Yarbrough, a collection of facts about various animal ears; and Goth Moth by Kai Lüftner, illus. by Wiebke Rauers, trans. by Tim Mohr, the story of a shy moth who gets his chance in the limelight when his favorite band comes to town.


Ediciones NorteSur greets the season with Spanish and Spanish/English bilingual books: HaiCuba/HaiKuba by Carlos Pintado and Lawrence Schimel, illus. by Juan José Colsa;¡Viva el aguacate! by Taltal Levi, trans. by Achy Obejas; ¡Sigamos subiendo! by Baptiste Paul, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara, trans. by Roque Raquel Salas Rivera; and El pez arco iris, by Marcus Pfister, trans. by David Bowles.


Flux is far from the madding crowd with Lonely Places by Kate Anderson, in which 16-year-old Chase and her family relocate to a lookout in an eerie forest where Chase realizes something sinister is after her younger sister.


Jolly Fish Press stands strong with Mighty Millie Novak by Elizabeth Holden, featuring 16-year-old Millie who pursues roller derby and love despite social anxiety, her parents’ divorce, and messy friendships.


Norton Young Readers gets presidential with White House on Fire! by Sean O’Brien, illus. by Karyn Lee, the latest White House Clubhouse time-traveling adventure in which fictional First Daughters Marissa and Clara smell smoke in the clubhouse and escape to the time of James Madison, where they join his children riding over rough roads and on sailing ships during the War of 1812; In Praise of Mystery by Ada Limón, illus. by Peter Sís, a picture book incarnation of Limón’s poem that is scheduled to travel to Jupiter aboard NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft; Journey: My Story of Migration by Luis Onofre Valencia, illus. by Adriana Bellet, an I, Witness series entry chronicling a young man’s experiences, from crossing the U.S./Mexican border as a child to living as an undocumented immigrant in California and becoming a community activist; Sea Without a Shore: Life in the Sargasso by Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Katherine Roy, spotlighting a single piece of seaweed that reveals a complex and interconnected ecosystem; and The Oddball Book of Armadillos by Elizabeth Shreeve, illus. by Isabella Grott, which playfully pairs modern armadillos with their larger-than-life prehistoric ancestors to understand their evolutionary history.


Nosy Crow blasts off with Suki Cat Astronaut by Grace Habib, introducing Suki Cat, who can be anything she wants to be thanks to a box full of costumes and her own imagination; D Is for Dog by Em Lynas, illus. by Sara Ogilvie, an alphabet book celebrating all manner of canines; Dungeon Runners: Hero Trial by Kieran Larwood, illus. by Joe Todd-Stanton, launching a fantasy series starring Kit, a diminutive gnorf (part gnome, part dwarf), trying to win a spot in the National Dungeon Running League; and Growing Up: An Inclusive Guide to Puberty and Your Changing Body by Rachel Greener, illus. by Clare Owen, designed to help kids understand their unique journey from childhood to being a grown-up.


NubeOcho blows out the candles for Mateo’s Birthday by Pato Mena, which imagines different ways of traveling, from the bus or the subway to using the sewers, or going through walls; Ramona the Sheep by Blanca Lacasa, illus. by Jorge Martín, featuring Ramona, who is unable to clear the fence in Mrs. Ofelia’s bedtime count; The Great Race of the Forest by José Carlos Román, illus. by Julio Antonio Blasco, in which Rabbit hatches a plan to encourage a snail to join in the annual race of the forest animals; Mummy Crumb by José Carlos Andrés and Paula González, illus. by Anna Font, chronicling the life of Paula, who cooks delicious dishes for her loved ones and becomes known as Mummy Crumb; and Triángulo by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen.


Orca does an ollie with Barefoot Skateboarders by Rina Singh, illus. by Sophie Casson, which finds Ramkesh and the other kids in his tiny village in India learning to skateboard at the new local skatepark; What Inspires by Alison Hughes, illus. by Ellen Rooney, celebrating the ripple effect of creative inspiration; This Land Is a Lullaby by Tonya Simpson, illus. by Delreé Dumont, a lullaby reminding children that the sounds and sights of the prairies and plains are gifts from the ancestors and connect them to the land; Lost at Windy River by Trina Rathgeber, illus. by Alina Pete, telling the true story of how an Indigenous girl survived nine days lost in a snowstorm in northern Canada; and What Do We Eat? by Megan Clendenan, illus. by Meegan Lim, taking a look at the human innovation and creativity involved in putting a meal on the table, and what scientists and inventors are cooking up for the future.


Owlkids is nuts about Squirrel-ish by Bambi Edlund, following a rat that sets out to become more squirrel-ish; How to Staycation Like a Snail by Naseem Hrab, illus. by Kelly Collier, in which an introverted Snail reconciles his need to belong and have friends with his preference to stay home and pursue quiet activities; A Meerkat Diary: My Journey into the Wild World of a Meerkat Mob by Suzi Eszterhas, featuring the results of wildlife photographer Eszterhas’s two-week stint observing a mob of meerkats in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana; I Wonder About Worlds: Discovering Planets and Exoplanets by James Gladstone, illus. by Yaara Eshet, introducing readers to the concept of exoplanets; and Katrina Hyena: The African Savannah’s First Stand-up Comedian by Sophie Kohn, illus. by Aparna Varma, about a laughing hyena who yearns to be a comedian.


Page Street Kids knows what’s in its wallet with A Credit Card Takes Charge by Kimberly Wilson, illus. by Mark Hoffmann, a picture book sequel following Goldie as she funds an over-the-top vacation for her friends and realizes she must take responsibility and pay for her charges; Pirate and Penguin: 2 Few Crew by Mike Allegra, illus. by Jenn Harney, which finds Pirate and Penguin trying to recruit a crew who will appreciate their unconventional ship and friendship; Clovis Suspects a Sneak by Katelyn Aronson, illus. by Benji Williams, in which Clovis the bull solves the mystery of his china shop’s missing items; and Agent Unicorn by Jenny Alvarado, about an ambitious unicorn who learns that it takes more to be a detective than flashy moves, sneaky disguises, and cool gadgets.


Page Street rings the doorbell for The House Where Death Lives, edited by Alex Brown, a YA horror anthology in which each story explores a different room in a sprawling haunted house and features unique takes on monsters and folklore from a wide array of cultural traditions; Helga by Catherine Yu, a gender-bent Frankenstein retelling featuring 18-year-old Helga, who escapes the lab where she awoke and discovers rowdy punk clubs, delicious food, and cute boys; A Vile Season by David Ferraro, about a former vampire who must compete for the heart of a duke in order to regain his immortality; They Watch From Below by Katya de Becerra, following teen podcaster Sabine Velde as she launches an investigation that lands her in the crosshairs of a vicious occult society; and Such Lovely Skin by Tatiana Schlote-Bonne, the story of 17-year-old Twitch streamer Vivian who confesses to an “NPC” in a video game that she killed her baby sister and accidentally welcomes a demonic mimic into her life.


Paw Prints opens the barn door with Forever Friends Farm by Annie Auerbach, illus. by Luke Flowers, which finds a cast of farmyard animal friends preparing for a party and welcoming a newcomer to the farm; Dream Warriors: Khi’s New Beginning by Jesse Byrd, illus. by Yonson Carbonell, the first installment of a graphic novel series following magical beings called Dream Warriors who must team up to protect sleepers from an army of Bad Dreams; Bunso Meets a Duwende by Rev Valdez, in which Bunso meets a Duwende, the goblin creature of Filipino folklore; All Mixed Up by Raj Tawney, spotlighting the friendship between a self-identified mixed-race boy named Kamal and the new kid from Pakistan, Jaz, set in the early 2000s; and Dedushka by Katerina Spaeth, a picture book of vignettes in which a girl pays homage to her Ukrainian childhood and her grandfather.


Peachtree is all smiles with Say Cheese by Jan Carr, illus. by Kris Mukai, in which Buddy and Bea make some unexpected memories on school picture day; The Littlest Yak: Home Is Where the Herd Is by Lu Fraser, illus. by Kate Hindley, which finds the yaks moving to a new mountain; The Treasure Collector by David Zeltser, illus. by Benjamin Arthur, about the remarkable friendship that develops between a pack-rat racoon and a resourceful starfish; and This Rock Is Mine by Kaye Umansky, illus. by Alice McKinley, the story of a quarrel between two stubborn frogs.


Margaret Quinlin Books looks to the skies for Crick, Crack, Crow! by Janet Lord, illus. by Julie Paschkis, following Crow as he leaves his home nest and his large extended family and flies to the nearby farm, looking for fun and trouble.


Peachtree Teen lines up an x-ray for Compound Fracture by Andrew Joseph White, in which a trans autistic teen survives an attempted murder, only to get drawn into the generational struggle between the rural poor in Appalachia and those who exploit them; This Fatal Kiss by Alicia Jasinska, following a cursed water nymph who strikes a deal with a demon-hunting exorcist to regain her humanity; and Giddy Barber Explodes in 11 by Dina Havranek, the story of a teen girl who makes several terrible decisions in an effort to find the support she needs.


Dial can’t sit still with Popcorn by Rob Harrell, about a kid with anxiety navigating a difficult day at school; Libertad by Bessie Flores Zaldívar, a queer coming-of-age story set during the rigged Honduran presidential election, about a young poet discovering the courage it takes to speak her truth about the people and country she loves; Fail-a-bration by Brad Montague and Kristi Montague, which celebrates how failing is just part of the process of learning to do something better; This is How We Play: A Celebration of Disability and Adaptation by Caroline Cupp and Jessica Slice, illus. by Kayla Harren, centering disabled children and caregivers and how they use adaptive, imaginative, and considerate play so everyone can join in the fun; and I’m Sorry You Got Mad by Kyle Lukoff, illus. by Julie Kwon, which finds a boy writing—and discarding—several drafts of an apology note to a classmate.


Dutton covers its eyes for Peekaboo by Charlene Thomas, following teenagers who uncover why a small town seems so disconnected from the real world; The Diamond Explorer by Kao Kalia Yang, about a boy who embarks on a journey to become another in a long line of shamans; and Pick the Lock by A.S. King, the story of a teenage girl who finds her way back to her punk artist mother in the face of opposition from her controlling father and conniving aunt.


Flamingo crows about How to Talk Like a Chicken by Charlie Grandy, illus. by Alex G. Griffiths, which finds a chicken offering a humorous language lesson; Busy Betty & the Perfect Christmas Present by Reese Witherspoon, illus. by Xindi Yan, a new outing for Busy Betty, who has high hopes of buying her family the best Christmas presents using money raised at a cookie stand; Have You Seen My Acorn? by DK Ryland, in which a squirrel wonders to his fellow forest creatures what has happened to an acorn that he buried a year ago, oblivious to the fact that it has sprouted into a small tree; I Am Not Santa Claus by T.L. McBeth, following a man with a red coat and long white beard, who says “ho ho ho” repeatedly but denies that he is Santa Claus to a disgruntled reader; and The Little Witch Who Lost Her Broom! by Elaine Bickell, illus. by Raymond McGrath, the story of a witch who misplaces her broom and tries out other forms of transportation so she can fly on Halloween night.


Grosset & Dunlap sharpens its knives for Yes, Chef!, illus. by Charlotte Love, in which anthropomorphized fruits and utensils make a fruit salad with the reader as a sous-chef; Dear Santa: A Christmas Wishlist and Gratitude Journal for Kids by Pia Imperial, illus. by Risa Rodil, featuring opportunities for kids to reflect and journal during the Christmas season; ABCs of Judaism by Rachel Tichauer, illus. by Isabel Foo, an alphabetic introduction to Jewish culture and religion; The Little Engine That Could Saves Christmas by Meredith Rusu, illus. by Jannie Ho, which finds The Little Engine That Could helping Santa Claus deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve; and Happy Birthday, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg, illus. by John Joven, presenting poems that celebrate birthdays.


Kokila stays on top of things with A Roof! by Stephanie Ellen Sy, illus. by Daniel Tingcungco, in which a girl in the Philippines, inspired by the philosophy of Bayanihan, returns a neighbor’s roof after a typhoon; Hush, Hush, Hurricane by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, illus. by Ija Charles, the story of how Arianna and her family navigate the ever-changing weather in their southern U.S. city, and prepare for hurricane season; Fledgling by S.K. Ali, the first volume in a duology that imagines a class-segregated future world devastated by a global disaster that is on the brink of either Enlightenment or war; Everything We Never Had by Randy Ribay, a story told from multiple perspectives following four generations of Filipino American boys exploring identity, father-son relationships, and masculinity; and Payal Mehta’s Romance Revenge Plot by Preeti Chhibber, which finds Payal enlisting the help of her archnemesis in a scheme to make her long-time crush notice her.


Nancy Paulsen Books flips the hourglass for Sixteen Minutes by K.J. Reilly, about three teens whose lives are turned upside down when a new girl arrives in town, seemingly from the future; A Cozy Winter Day by Eliza Wheeler, which finds the forest animals of Acorn Village celebrating the wonders of winter with a day full of the coziest activities, both indoors and out; When Love Is More Than Words by Jocelyn Chung, illus. by Julia Kuo, in which a girl’s family shows their love through everything they do with her and for her; Buffalo Dreamer by Violet Duncan, the story of a Plains Cree girl who spends her summer with relatives and learnsabout the brutal treatment they withstood at the residential schools that tried to erase their Native identities; and Solis by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher, following four courageous rebels who hatch a daring plan to liberate migrants being subjected to deadly experiments in a government labor camp.


Penguin Workshop stands up with Use Your Voice by Alice Paul Tapper, illus. by Fanny Liem, about a harrowing hospital experience and learning to advocate for oneself; My First Book of Fancy Letters by Jessica Hische, a spin on the traditional alphabet board book that shows how letters can come in all shapes and sizes; What Was the Trail of Tears? by Sean Teuton, taking a closer look at the U.S. government’s forced eviction of thousands of Cherokee people from their homelands beginning in 1830; and Stephen Curry Presents: Sports Superheroes: Stephen Curry #1: The Graphic Novel by Josh Bycel and Rich Korson, illus. by Damion Scott, in which two kids nominate Curry to join the secret Sports Superheroes council and recount how he overcame the odds to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time.


Philomel is open for business with The Startup Squad: You’re the Boss! by Brian Weisfeld and Bonnie Bader, a kids’ guide to entrepreneurship; The Crayons Give Thanks by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Oliver Jeffers, which finds the Crayons recounting all that they’re thankful for; Where to Hide a Star by Jeffers, in which Boy and Penguin discover that someone new has befriended their friend after Star is accidentally lost during a game of hide and seek; A Voice of Hope by Nadia Salomon, illus. by London Ladd, spotlighting the life of musician and civil rights hero Myrlie Evers-Williams; and The Judgment of Yoyo Gold by Isaac Blum, following Yoyo, the daughter of her Orthodox Jewish town’s rabbi, as she begins to question apparent hypocrisies in her community by posting anonymous videos on TikTok that cause a reckoning with her family and with the boy she loves.


Putnam trick-or-treats with Hellaween: Spellbent by Moss Lawton, the latest graphic novel adventure for young witch Gwen, who tries to have the most epic Halloween ever in the human world with her two best friends, a vampire and a werewolf; Ix Tatterfall and the Labyrinth of Souls by Leslie Vedder, about a girl who can travel freely from the waking world to the Nightmare world of the Seven Sorrows; PAWS: Hazel Has Her Hands Full by Nathan Fairbairn and Michele Assarasakorn, which finds Hazel starting up a secret cat-sitting side job in addition to her duties with her dog-walking club; Little Bunny, Spring Is Here! by Deborah Marcero, in which Little Bunny and his woodland friends search for signs of spring; and The Adventures of Invisible Boy 2: Zeroes to Heroes by Doogie Horner, following Stanley and Gene as they decide to use their invisible powers to solve crimes in town and face a crafty pair of villains.


Rise X Penguin Workshop calls a coven meeting for How to Be a Witch by Gabrielle Balkan and Shana Gozansky, illus. by Carmen Saldaña, a nonfiction picture book; Show Up and Vote by Ani DiFranco, illus. by Rachelle Baker, featuring a mother and daughter going to their local polling station to vote and learning the importance of this collective responsibility; Who Is Billie Jean King? by Lisbeth Kaiser, illus. by Risa Rodil, introducing tennis champion and activist King to young readers; I Like Your Chutzpah by Suzy Ultman, showcasing popular Yiddish words; and We Celebrate the Light by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, illus. by Jieting Chen, focusing on seven different winter holidays and the traditions that tie them together.


Rocky Pond opens its arms wide for Mama Hug by Emma Straub, illus. by Stevie Lewis, depicting a day of simple joys shared by a mother and her baby; Bookie and Cookie by Blanca Gómez, featuring two best friends who find their way through conflict and learn to leave their comfort zones; A Little Like Magic by Sarah Kurpiel, in which a girl’s day at an ice sculpture festival inspires awe and teaches resilience; We Are the Strangers by Alena Bruzas, the story of indentured servant Ellis and her secret love, Jane, set in Colonial Jamestown; and Light Enough to Float by Lauren Seal, following teenage Evie through her eating disorder treatment and recovery at an inpatient facility.


Viking heads to the North Pole for Santa’s First Christmas by Mac Barnett, illus. by Sydney Smith, which finds Santa experiencing the magic of Christmas for the first time; A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, illus. by Joy Hwang Ruiz, an ode from parent to child, based on Perri’s song of the same name from the Twilight Saga films; Ship in the Window by Travis Jonker, illus. by Matthew Cordell, telling the story of a little mouse who yearns for a big adventure; The Last Hope School for Magical Delinquents by Nicki Prau Preto, in which a girl with unparalleled and uncontrollable power must work with her misfit classmates to save her new school; and The Prince of Palisades by Julian Winters, about a prince who must repair his royal reputation while in the States, but starts making headlines again when he falls for a boy at his Santa Monica private school.


Frederick Warne celebrates the season with novelty brand tie-ins: The Christmas Star: A Peter Rabbit Tale; Peter Rabbit, I Love You Best Friend by Beatrix Potter; and Merry Christmas, Spot and Te amo, Spot by Eric Hill.


World of Eric Carle grows with the following titles by Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Creepy-Crawly Halloween; You’re My Hungry Little Caterpillar; The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 5-Minute Stories: Through the Year; Why Does It Snow? Weather with The Very Hungry Caterpillar; and The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Peekaboo Valentine’s Day.


Penguin Young Readers Licenses asks the five Ws with brand tie-ins Time for Kids Kid Reporter Field Guide by Hannah Rose Holzer; Super Sema: New Girl by Sarah Jospitre; and Bluey Unicorse and Bluey: Where’s Bluey at Christmas.


Pixel + Ink charges up its controllers for Gamers by E.C. Myers, in which a group of kids forms a competitive e-sports league and discovers that gaming strategies can help them solve their real-world problems; Even Yetis Get Colds by Carlianne Tipsey, following a girl who seeks the cure for the cold that’s turned her yeti best friend into a total grump; Drag and Rex 2: Sweet and Silly by Susan Lubner, illus. by Blythe Russo, following a dragon and T. rex who discover that the simplest daily tasks are better with a best friend at your side; Treasure of the Lost Isles by Noël Baris, a series-starter about 12-year-old Nina, who enrolls in a sailing boarding school founded by pirates in the hopes of finding out what happened to her mother; and Team Canteen, the first book in a series about four unlikely friends from summer camp who find the courage to face down their challenges with the help of a hot pink boa that may or may not be magic.


PJ Publishing kicks off the season with In the Beginning by Natalia Emanuel, a board book describing the first week of Creation story in the Torah; and Jewish Cats All Year Round by Varda Livney, depicting the Jewish holidays as celebrated by a friendly cat and mouse pair.


Silver Dolphin spans eras with Have You Heard of Taylor Swift? and Have You Heard of Rosa Parks?, both illus. by Una Woods, interactive biographies with novelty features; and You’re My Little Cuddle Bug Finger Puppet Book by Nicola Edwards, illus. by Natalie Marshall, in which a soft finger puppet takes readers through a ladybug’s busy day.


Studio Fun International greets fall] with licensed novelty titles Marvel Spidey and His Amazing Friends: Movie Theater Storybook & Movie Projector by Grace Baranowski; Paw Patrol: Best Christmas Ever; and Disney Princess: Castle Secrets.


becker&mayer! kids loads the bases with A Kids’ Guide to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by Jim Buckley Jr., highlighting the best and most memorable players; Dream Catchers by James Vukelich, introducing readers to the Ojibwe language through 15 phrases and words; and Stephen King for Young Adults: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences by Bev Vincent, offering an in-depth look at the bestselling author and his writings.


Frances Lincoln Children’s Books rules the season with Children at the Throne by Joseph Coelho, illus. by Richard Johnson, in which three children are drawn to listen to a wise old tree who helps them show the grown-ups that we are all a part of nature; The Lonely Valley by Ashley Lindsay, which finds Pip wondering what he might be missing on the other side of the valley; The Not-So-Wicked Witch by Bethan Stevens, following a little witch who would rather be nice than naughty receiving lessons in wickedness from the other witches; Little People, Big Dreams: Vincent van Gogh by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, exploring the childhood and life of the great artist; and Lost by Mariajo Ilustrajo, the story of a polar bear who finds himself lost and alone in the big, cold city, until a girl takes him under her wing.


Happy Yak struts into fall with Paul the Peacock by Tilly Matthews, featuring an arrogant peacock who thinks he rules the forest; Fall Feast by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss, illus. by Cinyee Chiu, a nonfiction picture book about nature in autumn; Monsters at Bedtime by Laura Baker, illus. by Nina Dzyvulska, following mischievous monsters who are getting ready for bed; and The Spotless Giraffe by Peter Millet, illus. by Allison Hawkins, telling the true story of a spotless baby giraffe born at Brights Zoo in Tennessee.


Ivy Kids Eco gets its hands dirty with 21 Things to Do with a Mud Pie by Jane Wilsher, illus. by Teo Georgiev, an activity book that invites kids to go outdoors and get muddy; and All Together Now by Hannah Dove, containing activities encouraging readers to make the most of the present and create happy family memories.


Rockport Publishers is right on time with Clock Striker, Volume 2 by Frederick L. Jones and Issaka Galadima, which finds Cast using all of her engineering skills to rescue Klaus, a runaway prince, from his powerful father, the King of Alter; Saturday Wars by Saturday AM, showcasing every hero within the Saturday AM manga multiverse bridging their realities to stop a cosmic-level threat determined to destroy all living things; Making Manga by Saturday AM, a course in developing, writing, and drawing original manga; Apple Black, Volume 5 by Odunze Oguguo, following Sano, who will compete with the graduation class of the country’s guild in the Rumble Trials to determine their 10 representatives for the Continents’ Nirvana Games; and Orisha, Volume 1 by Huzayfa “Zayf” Umar, an African shonen manga fantasy featuring a fun-loving rural teenage hero named Aboki, who has the power to save mankind.


Wide Eyed Editions goes West with Gold Rush by Flora Delargy, the little known story of First Nations women who discovered and sparked a worldwide Gold Rush but were legally not allowed to register their claim; Spooky Poems Out Loud by Joseph Coelho, illus. by Daniel Gray-Barnett, a collection of Halloween-themed poems to help children build confidence reading out loud and channel their speech and drama confidence; 12 Ways to Get a Ticket to Space by Kate Peridot, illus. by Terri Po, exploring a dozen space travel opportunities that might one day be a reality; The Festival of Light: A Lift-the-flap Diwali Celebration by Baljinder Kaur, following Bally and her family as they celebrate the five-day festival; and Amazing Asia by Rashmi Sirdeshpande, presenting the diverse history, cultures, and landscapes of the continent of Asia.


words & pictures channels holiday spirit with Hanukkah by Lesléa Newman, illus. by Rotem Teplow; Christmas by Annette Whipple, illus. by Emma Randall; and Diwali by Sital Gorasia Chapman, illus. by Darshika Varma, three volumes offering a celebratory, inclusive, and educational exploration of various holidays; It Starts with a Raindrop by Sally Garland, illus. by Aimee Gallagher, tracing the journey of the water cycle; and Presidents by Eric Huong, illus. by Sam Cadwell, providing a myth-busting guide to the presidents of the United States.


Random House crowns a fall list with A Queen’s Game by Katharine McGee, in which three princesses—two who will be Queen one day, one who will die tragically young—struggle to find love; Mr. Lemoncello’s Fantabulous Finale by Chris Grabenstein, delivering one last challenge from the world’s most famous game maker; Alfie A to Z by Jeff Drew, following Alfie through the wonders of the alphabet; The Graveyard Gift by Piper CJ, writing as Fern Forgettable, launching the fantasy series Fern’s School for Wayward Fae in which a girl with peculiar abilities lands at a boarding school where students are part human and part magical; and The Frindle Files by Andrew Clements, a sequel to Frindle showing readers that using words carefully and speaking up can make all the difference.


Random House Graphic hails a ride with Taxi Ghost by Sophie Escabasse, in which Adèle gets her first period, and learns she comes from a long line of mediums who can see and interact with ghosts; Katie the Catsitter 4: The Purrfect Plan by Colleen AF Venable, illus. by Stephanie Yue, a new adventure for seventh grader and superhero sidekick Kate; Pizza and Taco: Best Christmas Ever by Stephen Shaskan, which finds Pizza and Taco on their best behavior because Santa Slaw is always watching; Turning Twelve by Kathryn Ormsbee; illus. by Molly Brooks, chronicling big changes for Katie—first bra, first time babysitting, and a first crush that she knows not everyone will approve of; and Sugar Shack by Lucy Kinsley, the final entry in the Peapod Farm graphic novel series featuring a city kid turned country girl.


Random House Studio gets wiggly with it in Noodles on a Bicycle by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Gracey Zhang, a historical story about Tokyo’s bicycle food deliverers who balanced towering trays of steaming hot noodles on their shoulders while navigating crowded city streets; Grumpy Monkey Play All Day by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang, in which Jim Panzee learns what happens when he plays all day; A Stickler Christmas by Lane Smith following the woodland creature from Stickler as he demonstrates kindness and compassion to his friends in clever, but unexpected ways; The Creature of Habit Tries His Best by Jennifer E. Smith, illus. by Leo Espinosa, which finds the Creature of Habit struggling to learn new things; and The Greatest by Veera Hiranandani, illus. by Vesper Stamper, the tale of a Jewish grandfather who describes his deep bond with his three grandchildren as he shares unforgettable moments they’ve spent together.


Crown moves in with On the Block, edited by Ellen Oh, a middle-grade anthology that follows the loosely interconnected lives of multigenerational immigrant families inhabiting the Entrada apartment building; This Land by Ashley Fairbanks, illus. by Bridget George, inviting kids to trace history and explore the communities that lived in their neighborhoods before they came along; Be Careful, Xiao Xin! by Alice Pung, illus. by Sher Rill Ng, about a boy who believes he is a fire warrior, but his family thinks the world is too dangerous for him; The Goblin Twins: Too Hard to Scare by Frances Cha, illus. by Jaime Kim, in which two Korean goblin trickster brothers find that pranking New Yorkers is harder than they thought; and Wash Day with Mama by Monica Mikai, which shows how the time-consuming process of washing and taking care of Black hair is an act of self-love, as well as a special connection between mother and daughter.


Delacorte casts a spell with Practical Rules for Cursed Witches by Kayla Cottingham, a sapphic fantasy adventure about a teen witch who must complete her magical training by breaking a powerful family’s curse; The Thirteenth Child by Erin A. Craig, reimagining the Grimm Brothers’ dark tale “Godfather Death” as the story of young healer Hazel, the goddaughter of Death, who tries to save the life of the king; HappyHead by Josh Silver, a dystopian thriller about a mental health retreat where everything is not what it seems; The Glass Girl by Kathleen Glasgow, about a teen girl facing alcoholism and the journey she must take to heal; and Darkly by Marisha Pessl, in which a group of teens are chosen for a coveted summer internship away from home hosted by a legendary and mysterious game maker, and shortly after arriving are faced with alarming circumstances.


Dr. Seuss Publishing grows its heart three sizes with I Am the Grinch by Alastair Heim, illus. by Tom Brannon, which finds the Grinch sharing things he doesn’t like; How the Grinch Lost Christmas! Spanish Edition by Alastair Heim, illus. by Aristides Ruiz, trans. by Yanitzia Canetti; Dr. Seuss’s Happy First Birthday, a lift-the-flap board book featuring Seuss characters; Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! Gift Edition, adapted by Tish Rabe from the works of Dr. Seuss, introducing babies to the world of Dr. Seuss and including 16 bonus pages for parents to write in about their child’s favorite books; and Oh, Say Can You See? America’s National Parks by Bonnie Worth, illus. by Aristides Ruiz, in which the Lorax leads a tour through America’s most iconic national parks.


Doubleday fries up some latkes for Eight Sweet Nights, A Festival of Lights by Charlotte Offsay, illus. by Menahem Halberstadt, which highlights favorite holiday foods, gathering with family, and the importance of passing along traditions—old and new—from one generation to the next; and Elmore the Christmas Moose by Dev Petty, illus. by Mike Boldt, about a moose who wants to be one of Santa’s reindeer.


Golden Books remembers with Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life by Polo Orozco, illus. by Mirelle Ortega; and the following entries in the A Little Golden Book Biography series: Selena by Maria Correa; Harry Styles by Wendy Loggia, illus. by Ruth Burrows; Zendaya by Lauren Clauss, illus. by Alyah Holmes; and Pope Francis by Suzanne Slade, illus. by Sue Cornelison.


Joy Revolution makes the rules with Love Requires Chocolate by Ravynn K. Stringfield, the launch title in an interconnected romance in which budding theatre nerd Whitney Curry studies abroad in Paris, where she meets her match in her mentor, a cute yet grumpy footballer; The Dividing Sky by Jill Tew, a dual-POV, sci-fi romance set in dystopian Boston following a cunning memory merchant who deals a little extra happiness on the side; and A Cruel Thirst by Angela Montoya, about a fledgling vampire and a headstrong vampire huntress who must work together.


Knopf heads to the polls for Leo’s First Vote by Christina Soontornvat, illus. by Isabel Roxas, in which Leo’s father is voting in his first election as a naturalized U.S. citizen, and he promises to take Leo to the polls with him; The Bakery Dragon by Devin Elle Kurtz, starring Ember the dragon, who discovers that the gold you make is way better than the gold you steal; Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell, in which Christopher discovers a portal to the Archipelago, a magical world where all the creatures of myth are real, and with a new friend, embarks on a dangerous quest to save it; The Library of Unruly Treasures by Jeanne Birdsall, the story of a girl who finds herself an unlikely hero when she stumbles upon a big secret about little creatures; and We Are Big Time by Hena Khan, illus. by Safiya Zerrougui, a graphic novel inspired by real events following a Muslim teen as she joins an all-girls, hijab-wearing basketball team.


Labyrinth Road has that faraway look with Daydreamer by Rob Cameron, in which lonely and bullied 11-year-old Charles copes with the challenges of his city life by weaving his reality into a magical realm of dragons, foxes, and trolls until he must use the power of his creativity to save both of his worlds; Alex Wise vs. the Cosmic Shift by Terry J. Benton-Walker, a second adventure for 12-year-old Alex who leads the charge against the forces of evil as he tries to stop the Four Horsemen from taking over the world; Sir Callie and the Witch’s War by Esme Symes-Smith, the latest book in the series featuring 12-year-old nonbinary knight Callie, now fighting for the heart of their kingdom in a magical medieval world; and Nell of Gumbling: My Extremely Tiny Forest Adventure by Emma Steinkellner, marking the return of Nell, a girl who lives an ordinary life in the magical land of Gumbling.


Make Me a World ponders fall with Are You Nobody Too? by Tina Cane, a novel-in-verse about a tween who, for the first time since being adopted from China by white parents, embarks on a journey of self-discovery after transferring to a public school in Chinatown, led by the poetry of Emily Dickinson.


Rodale Kids spells it out with ABCs of Kindness at Halloween and ABCs of Kindness at Easter by Patricia Hegarty, illus. by Summer Macon, holiday-themed early concept board books that foster social emotional development; and Mrs. Peanuckle’s Love Alphabet by Mrs. Peanuckle, illus. by Jessie Ford, in which Mrs. Peanuckle teaches young readers everything they need to know about love and a little about the ABCs, too.


Anne Schwartz Books puts down roots with My Olive Tree by Hazar Elbayya, in which a girl’s grandfather and her neighbors help her grow an olive tree in a war-torn land; Lost by Bob Staake, an almost wordless story about a girl who searches for her lost cat and along the way she helps her neighbors, who have also lost their pets; Narwhal: Unicorn of the Arctic by Candace Fleming, illus. by Deena So Oteh, taking a nonfiction look at this unusual sea creature; and Tiny Jenny: Little Fairy, Big Trouble by Briony May Smith, which finds Jenny, a mischievous fairy born to a family of wrens setting out to find her “real” family.


Red Comet wraps up fall with a bow with The Gift by Oleksandr Shatokhin, which finds Rabbit wondering what could be in the package that lands on top of their burrow; 18 Flowers for Grandma: A Gift of Chai by Alison Goldberg, illus. by Jesse White, the story of how Sadie’s grandmother passes on her love for art and Jewish traditions; and We Sing from the Heart by Mia Wenjen, illus. by Victor Bizar Gomez, profiling Simon Tam who took his fight to trademark the name of his band, The Slants, all the way to the Supreme Court.


Fitzroy cleans its night vision binoculars for The Owl Prowl Mystery by Diana Renn, in which Miles and his friends the Backyard Rangers investigate a wildlife mystery in Marsh Hollow involving a celebrity owl and some bad birders; Possible Happiness by David Ebenbach, about a depressed teen who discovers that his quirky sense of humor is a secret key to getting a social life, with a circle of friends, parties, and even a girlfriend; and After the Fall by Ellen Parent, a post-apocalyptic adventure set in a climate-ravaged New England, featuring a young woman whose search for her family exposes a dangerous conspiracy.


Running Press Kids polishes its crystals for Your Magical Life: A Young Witch’s Guide to Becoming Happy, Confident, and Powerful by amanda lovelace, an interactive beginner’s guide to the tenets of witchcraft; Zion’s Crown: A Know Your Hairitage Book by Zenda Walker, illus. by Princess Karibo, which celebrates the history of Black hairstyles and how they can empower boys; Queer Mythology: Epic Legends from Around the World by Guido A. Sanchez, illus. by James Fenner, gathering stories about LGBTQ+ gods, heroes, and myths; Melanin Magic: A Young Mystic’s Guide to African Spirituality by Dossé-Via Trenou, illus. by Catmouse James, focused on the remembrance of indigenous African spirituality, including astrology, horoscopes, cowrie divination, and ancestral wisdom; and We Are Immigrants by Carolina Fernandez, illus. by Alyssa M. Gonzalez, spotlighting immigrants from all over the world as well as a message of inclusivity and diversity.


Scallywag Press pricks up its ears for I Heard a Bird by Rob Ramsden, exploring the sights and sounds of the natural world; Detective Catz and the Missing Nut by Marjoke Henrichs, which finds Catz determined to prove himself as a detective by finding his friend’s missing prized possession; and Elki Is Not My Dog by Elena Arevalo Melville, illus. by Tonka Uzu, about a small group of children who befriend a stray dog and get the entire community involved.


Scholastic Press blows into fall with The Witching Wind by Natalie Lloyd, in which 12-year-old Roxie searches for her missing country music star grandmother and tracks down the source of the dangerous, magical windstorm that steals what people love most; When We Flew Away by Alice Hoffman, telling the story of Anne Frank and her family before the diary, when the Nazi forces began their occupation in the Netherlands; Deer Run Home by Ann Clare LeZotte, a story inspired by a true custody case centering a Deaf child whose troubled, non-signing family makes it impossible for her to communicate; Ruin Road by Lamar Giles, following all-star football player Cade whose wish to no longer scare people goes very wrong; I Am Black Girl Magic by Tanisia Moore, illus. by Robert Paul Jr., in which a child discovers her place in a radiant heritage of historic and contemporary Black heroines; The Little Green Swing by Brenda Maier, illus. by Sonia Sánchez, starring a plucky protagonist who once again bests her brothers and demonstrates the magic of creativity in a twist on “The Three Little Pigs.”


Scholastic Early Learners keeps babies moving with My Busy Animal Book, filled with interactive touches, tabs, and a rhyming text featuring wild animals; and Look Touch Baby!, a double-sided tummy time book with felt edging, peek-throughs, mirror, and fold-out pages.


Scholastic en español says “bienvenidos” to the following titles: Let’s Giggle!/¡A reír! by Caroline Jayne Church; This Tank Is Mine!/¡Esta pecera es mía! by Jonathan Fenske; Hombre Mosca presenta: Insectos by Tedd Arnold; Apachurrada by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle mee Nutter; and Escape monstruoso by Ari Avatar.


Scholastic Focus gallops into fall with World War II Close Up: They Saved the Stallions by Deborah Hopkinson, the true story of how American soldiers helped the director of the esteemed Spanish Riding School in Vienna save the beautiful Lipizzaner horses during World War II; Stealing Little Moon: The Legacy of the American Indian Boarding Schools by Dan SaSuWeh Jones, part American history, part family history, providing a haunting look at the U.S. government’s attempted forced assimilation and cultural erasure of Indigenous people through residential boarding schools; and The Salt Thief: Gandhi’s Heroic March to Freedom by Neal Bascomb, chronicling Gandhi’s journey to protest the Salt Tax in an effort to secure India’s independence from British rule.


Scholastic Paperbacks punches in for The Factory by Catherine Egan, which finds Asher taking part in a top-secret experiment that promises to revolutionize the future—but not everything is as it seems; Dragon Girls Special Edition #1: Rani the Enchanted Dragon by Maddy Mara, about Rani the Enchanted Dragon’s quest to save the Magic Forest’s animal helpers; Escape from Alcatraz by Andy Marino, in which Chip, who lives on Alcatraz Island where his father works, uncovers the dangerous prison escape plans of the notorious real-life inmate Frank Morris; The School for Wicked Witches by Will Taylor, starring Ava Hearstraw, the first kid from the West of Oz to be sent to the School for Wicked Witches; and Stranded by Nikki Shannon Smith, which finds 11-year-old Ava in a fight for survival in the Adirondacks when she sets out to shatter the stereotype that Black people “don’t do nature.”


Acorn lends a hand with the following illustrated early readers: Help the Brave Giraffe (The Inside Scouts #2) and Help the Strong Cheetah (The Inside Scouts #3) by Mitali Banerjee Ruths, illus. by Francesca Mahaney; Razzle Dazzle (Unicorn and Yeti #9) by Heather Ayris Burnell, illus. by Hazel Quintanilla; and I Can Grow It! (Princess Truly #10) by Kelly Greenawalt, illus. by Amariah Rauscher.


Branches gets cheeky with the following illustrated early chapter books: The Night of the Chipmunk (Pets Rule #6) by Susan Tan, illus. by Wendy Tan Shiau Wei; Wildfire Rescue (Disaster Squad #1) by Rekha S. Rajan, illus. by Courtney Lovett; Bite of the Kaba Lagoon (Kwame’s Magic Quest #3) by Bernard Mensah, illus. by Natasha Nayo; The Epic Guide to Dragon Masters (Dragon Masters) by Tracey West, illus. by Matt Loveridge; and Mega Mole Girl Digs Deep! (Press Start! #15) by Thomas Flintham.


Cartwheel keeps things cozy with Honey Bunny Loves Blankie! by Sandra Magsamen, which includes an embedded soft cloth blankie; I Love You Like a Rainbow by Lala Watkins, celebrating all the colors of love; Pig the Pug: Cranky Pug by Aaron Blabey, in which Pig the Pug explores first feelings from worried to mad; Piggyback Pals: Christmas Cuties! by Joyce Wan, which finds Santa and friends spreading Christmas cheer; and Giraffes Can’t Dance: Jingle Bells by Giles Andrae, illus. by Guy Parker-Reese, featuring Gerald the Giraffe retelling the favorite holiday song.


Graphix twirls into fall with Anang and the Ribbon Skirt by Cameron Mukwa, in which an Indigenous two-spirit kid sets out to make a ribbon skirt, traditionally a woman’s garment, for the upcoming powwow; Ollie Tries Again by Gale Galligan, a semi-autobiographical graphic novel featuring Ollie, the daughter of diplomat who is used to moving all over the world and relishes getting a complete reset when something embarrassing happens; Pearl by Sherri L. Smith and Christine Norrie, following Amy, a Japanese American girl who is visiting relatives in Hiroshima in 1941 and must figure out where her loyalties lie after being conscripted by the Japanese Army to translate English radio transmissions; Please Be My Star by Victoria Grace Elliott, reimagining The Phantom of the Opera as a teen rom-com; The Squad by Christina Soontornvat and Joanna Cacao, the standalone companion to The Tryout following Christina as she navigates her parents’ separation and tries out for the cheerleading squad again; and Dear Dad: Growing Up with a Parent in Prison, and How We Stayed Connected by Jay Jay Patton and Kiara Valdez, illus. by Markia Jenai, Patton’s graphic novel memoir of growing up with an imprisoned father and creating the ground-breaking app Photo Patch, which has connected more than 75,000 youths with their incarcerated parents.


AFK is ready to play with Diary of a Roblox Pro #8: Survive the Island by Ari Avatar, which finds Ari and his pals faced with escaping a deserted island; Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Art and Making of Five Nights at Freddy’s by Cala Spinner, offering an exclusive look into the making of the movie Five Nights at Freddy’s, from storyboards and concept art to behind-the-scenes photos and animatronic designs; and PIGGY: Desert Nightmare by Vannotes and Malu Menezes, in which Willow and Cami embark on a terrifying high-speed trek through the desert to escape the clutches of PIGGY.


Orchard has fire in the belly with Rory the Remarkable Dragon by Kathryn Rammell, featuring a special dragon who inadvertently teaches the other dragons to accept everyone for who they are; A Dragon for Hanukkah by Sarah Mlynowski, illus. by Ariel Landy, in which Rachel celebrates the eight nights of Hanukkah, magically reinventing her gifts and learning the true meaning behind the holiday; and The House Jack’s Family Ate by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Nate Wragg, a Christmas tale based on a classic children’s rhyme, about a family that can’t stop munching on the gingerbread house they made for Santa.


Second Story Press finds balance with UPS and DOWNS by Nancy MacNairn, illus. by Doruntina Beqiraj, about a girl whose mother has bipolar disorder, and the “ups and downs” of their daily life; I, Too, Am Here by Morgan Christie, illus. by Marley Berot, an exploration of racism comparing the experiences of a first-generation Black girl, her Jamaican-born grandmother, and her Jim Crow-born mother; The Light Keeper by Karen Levine and Sheila Saslovsky, illus. by Alice Priestley, in which 10-year-old Shmuel is the only one who can fix one of the village’s new electric lamps when it breaks in the middle of a storm; Alina in the Deep by Shenaaz Nanji, illus. by Beena Mistry, which finds Alina trying to connect with her cousin Safi who is visiting from Kenya for the summer; and Ursula Franklin by Monica Franklin and Erin Della Mattia, spotlighting one of Canada’s top physicists, activists, and feminists.


Simon & Schuster yells “action!” for Nothing Like the Movies by Lynn Painter, sequel to Better Than the Movies, starring Wes and Liz; All Better Now (working title) by Neal Shusterman, focused on a spreading virus that cures the infected of their anger, hate and greed; The Bird of a Thousand Stories (working title) by Kiyash Monsef, the follow-up to Once There Was, which finds Marjan traveling around the globe in search of a mythical bird in terrible danger; On the First Date of Christmas (working title) by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick, the newest sapphic rom-com from the authors of She Gets the Girl; and Cookie Time by Jessie Sima, a tasty story about time travel.


Aladdin tries on its deerstalker hat for The Sherlock Society #1 by James Ponti, launching a middle grade mystery series following a multigenerational family in South Florida; Not Nothing by Gayle Forman, the story of a tween boy who has been assigned to spend his summer volunteering at a senior living facility, and how what he learns there changes the trajectory of his life; Happy and Sad and Everything True by Alex Thayer, a middle grade debut about a girl finding herself through secretly giving out advice to classmates; and The Last Dragon on Mars by Scott Reintgen, featuring a tense space adventure.


Atheneum Books addresses the podium for Speaking of America by Jared Cohen, illus. by Vivian Shih, presenting 45 presidential quotes, demonstrating the power of words and inspiring hope for the future of America; Rolling On by Jamie Sumner, which finds Ellie facing first love and learning to let go; The Ballerina of Auschwitz by Edith Eva Eger, a YA edition of Holocaust survivor Eger’s memoir The Choice; With Love, Echo Park by Laura Taylor Namey, in which the teen heirs to the last two Cuban businesses in L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood clash over their different visions for the future, the secrets between their families—and the sparks flying between them; and The Loneliest Place by Lora Senf, illus. by Alfredo Cáceres, closing out the spooky Blight Harbor trilogy.


Caitlyn Dlouhy Books times the season just right with Twenty-Four Seconds from Now: A Regular Love Story by Jason Reynolds, exploring the inner turmoil a teen experiences as he and his beloved are about to take the next big step in their relationship, and everyone seems to have advice; Out of My Dreams by Sharon M. Draper, continuing the Out of My Mind series, in which Melody finds herself in London, with a damaged wheelchair, but perhaps an opportunity to bump into... the King; Bella Ballerina, also by Draper, illus. by Ebony Glenn, about a timid ballerina who learns that the show must go on, and can, with a little help from friends; and Rocket Puppies by William Joyce, focusing on the power of the impossibly adorable Rocket Puppies to coax back smiles when everyone in the world has a case of the blues.


Beach Lane heads to the top of the coconut tree with Chicka Chicka Ho Ho Ho by William Boniface, illus. by Julien Chung, a Christmas-themed companion to the alphabet chant Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Life Is Beautiful by Winsome Bingham, illus. by Molly Mendoza, reminding readers that even in the midst of sadness and loss, life is beautifulHARD; Hap-pea Valentine’s Day by Keith Baker, in which the legumes celebrate Valentine’s Day; and Sunken Ship by Amy Hevron, exploring the tiny, fascinating world of underwater habitats on sunken ships.


Boynton Bookworks tunes up for fall with the following titles by Sandra Boynton: Little Love Songs and Little Night Songs, two board books each featuring a sound module; and Cows and Holly, a musical-in-a-book collection filled with sing-along original holiday songs.


Little Simon brightens up the season with Light by Ruth Forman, illus. by Katura Gaines, which finds the light from the universe reflected in one boy’s soul; Relish the Season: A Weenie Book by Katie Vernon, starring a holiday hotdog who is always ready to celebrate with family and friends; Santa Mouse Finds a Furry Friend by Michael Brown, illus. by Robert McPhillips, in which the kindhearted Santa Mouse meets a new pal; Peekaboo Zoo by Rod Campbell, an oversized gatefold flap-filled animal peekaboo adventure; and You’re the Pumpkin in My Pie by Laura Gehl, illus. by Vanessa Port, featuring all things autumn.


Margaret K. McElderry Books checks the forecast for Stranger Skies by Pascale Lacelle, sequel to Curious Tides and the final volume in the Drowned Gods dark academia duology; The Dagger and the Flame by Catherine Doyle, which finds two rival assassins pitted against each other in a deadly game of revenge where the most dangerous mistake of all is falling in love; Camp Twisted Pine by Ciera Burch, following 11-year-old Naomi to summer camp, where she must figure out what to do when it seems that a menacing creature is abducting fellow campers; and Inheritance of Scars by Crystal Seitz, a dark fantasy debut steeped in Norse mythology, following Astrid, who awakens an imprisoned draugr and must follow him into a deadly magical forest to rescue her grandmother.


Denene Millner Books goes with the flow with The River Is My Ocean by Rio Cortez, illus. by Ashleigh Corrin, following Abuela on a Saturday afternoon as she visits Yamaya by the Hudson River; and Stella and Roger Can’t Wait to Grow Up by Clothilde Ewing, illus. by Lyn Gaines, the third book in the Stella picture book series, in which Stella and Roger imagine all the incredible grown-up things they can do when they’re older


MTV Books processes How to Lose a Best Friend by Jordan Casomar, about Zeke and Imogen, high school juniors and best friends, whose relationship is put to the test when Zeke decides he wants to be more than just friends.


Salaam Reads prints up business cards for Leena Mo, CEO by Deena Shakir, illus. by Nez Riaz, in which an Iraqi American girl creates an invention to help her with snow shoveling and gets inspired to start her own business; and Hysterical Girls of St. Bernadette’s by Hanna Alkaf, about an all-girls private school that is struck by mysterious, random cases of screaming hysteria.


Simon Pulse zaps fall with Michael Vey 10 by Richard Paul Evans, the latest adventure in which teen Michael Vey uses his electric powers.


Simon Spotlight sings “e-i-e-i-o” for Old Macdonald Had a Farm by Natalie Shaw, a shaped board book, based on the nursery song; Weirdest Weekend Ever! by Wanda Coven, illus. by Anna Abramskaya, taking a peek at Family and Friends Weekend at Broomsfield Academy with all the witches and wizards in training; and Love Is Everywhere, Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz and Tina Gallo, illus. by Scott Jeralds, spotlighting love and friendship.


Paula Wiseman Books fluffs its pillows for Bedtime Blitz by Matthew Van Fleet, starring a humorous animal cast of characters getting ready for bed; A Sea of Gold by Patricia Polacco, in which the author draws on her Ukrainian heritage to tell the story of one family’s history through the generations and the powerful bond of their love; Mousetronaut Saves the World: Based on a (Partially) True Story by Mark Kelly, illus. by C.F. Payne, which finds the President calling on Meteor the Mousetronaut and his pals to divert an asteroid headed toward Earth; Cold by Tim McCanna, illus. by Ramona Kaulitzki, introducing readers to some of the most beautiful and fascinating cold climate creatures and habitats all over the world; and Mabel Wants a Friend by Ariel Bernstein, illus. by Marc Rosenthal, about a fox named Mabel who learns that making a new friend takes more than just wanting one.


Sleeping Bear Press reveals who’s a good girl with Memoirs of a Dog by Devin Scillian, illus. by Tim Bowers, following Topanga the dog in a day in the life of her family; Baby Bat Bedtime by Paige Towler and the Smithsonian Bat Lab, illus. by Gavin Scott, the tale—based on real science—of a baby bat who does not want to go to bed; Just One Girl by Trinka Hakes Noble, illus. by Amanda Moeckel Calatzis, in which Jillian is inspired by the strong women who’ve come before her in the women’s rights movement to stick up for her rights when she is told she doesn’t belong in the all-boy Math Club; The Sole Man by Shana Keller, illus. by Stephen Costanza, profiling Jan Ernst Matzeliger, who invented a lasting machine that changed the shoe industry forever; and Wild at Heart by Evan Griffith, illus. by Anna Bron, spotlighting the lives and work of conservationists Olaus and Mardy Murie, who helped pass the 1964 Wilderness Act and create the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Soaring Kite Books sees the light with Once Upon a Diwali by Anita Mishra, illus. by Diah Chakraborty, about a child who overcomes their fear of darkness and loud noises to celebrate Diwali with their family; Mr. Smarty Pants: Aww Nuts! by Charity Reid, illus. by Chelsea Blackwell, in which a kid scientist makes quirky inventions to deal with his peanut allergy until his archnemesis steals one not knowing its significance; Emilia’s Corte by Veronica Castillo, illus. by Juleesa Torres, the story of a girl who receives a hand-me-down cultural skirt from her mother and embarks on an unexpected flying adventure; and My Hair Is My Friend by Myrce’tez Perkins-Gowan, illus. by Danielle Arrington, featuring a girl who befriends her natural Black hair and embraces nurturing hair care.


Soho Teen lays out the ground rules with Only for the Holidays by Abiola Bello, in which city girl Tia and country boy Quincy find they both have something to gain by pretending to date; The Lost Souls of Benzaiten by Kelly Murashige, following Machi, a teen girl who mysteriously hasn’t spoken for months, and prays for the Japanese goddess Benzaiten to turn her into a robot vacuum cleaner; and This Side of Falling by Eunice Chan, in which Chinese American teen Nina tries to maintain her family’s wholesome, successful image after her boyfriend dies by suicide, even though grief is eating away at her.


Sourcebooks Young Readers grabs a flashlight for Nightmare in the Backyard by Jeff Strand, the story of three girls camping out in the backyard who hear a mysterious scratching on their tent; and All the Ways to Go by Jessie Janowitz, which finds 12-year-old chess prodigy Milo navigating his anxiety about chess and the arrival of a girl who announces she is his half-sister.


Sourcebooks Explore begins a countdown to fall with Dinosaurs in Space by Todd Sturgell, in which a beleaguered narrator tries to explain how dinosaurs might have ended up in space, but the dinosaurs in the book keep interrupting; Athletes Who Changed the Game by James Buckley Jr. and Ellen Labrecque, illus. by Steffi Walthall, profiling 50 athletes who broke barriers, took risks, and changed the rules; Gifts from the Garbage Truck: The Things We (Don’t) Throw Away by Andrew Larsen, illus. by Oriol Vidal, introducing Nelson Molina, a real-life garbage collector who saved more than 45,000 objects from the garbage and made a museum out of them; A Stray Dog for Christmas: How Suzy Was Adopted by Jack Jokinen, illus. by Wendy Tan, the true story of how, two weeks before Christmas, a stray dog searched for shelter and found the door to one house slightly ajar, where she was welcomed inside; and Inspiring Quotes from Children’s Classics by Annie Sarac, illus. by Ruth Burrows, a collection of quotes from historical and modern children’s classics.


Sourcebooks Fire sees the future with The Fate of Magic by Sara Raasch and Beth Revis, concluding the Witch and Hunter duology, which finds Cornelia, Fritzi, Otto, and a select group of warriors heading to Trier to stop whatever Dieter has planned; This Ravenous Fate by Hayley Dennings, beginning a fantasy duology set in Jazz Age Harlem, featuring reaper-hunter Elise and reaper Layla; The Cruelest Calling by Lily Meade, following Amahle, one of the few Black students at a competitive boarding school for modern sirens, where she faces the threat of a mysterious madness that keeps making other students disappear; You Made Me Do It by Megan Lally, the next psychological thriller from the author of That’s Not My Name; and This Book Kills by Ravena Kaur Guron, in which boarding school student Jess writes a short story about a murder that ends up being the m.o. for a real murder.


Sourcebooks Jabberwocky sets the pot to boil for Pasta! by Felice Arena, illus. by Beatrice Cerocchi, showcasing a favorite food; A Mischief of Mice by Christie Matheson, in which various groups of animals try to solve the mystery of a missing group of mice, called a “mischief;” Hanukkah Pajamakkahs by Dara Henry, illus. by Olga Ivanov and Aleksey Ivanov, about a girl’s love of her new Hanukkah pajamas and her excitement over celebrating the Festival of Lights; The World Is Awaiting You by Marianne Richmond, illus. by Sally Garland, reminding kids how much they have to give to the world; and ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, illus. by Jane Chapman, a twist on the classic Christmas story where the family awaiting Christmas is a family of bears.


Sourcebooks Wonderland has the giggles with Squishy Sounds: Laughing Babies, illus. by Louise Anglicas, featuring buttons that play sounds of laughing babies; How to Catch a Groundhog by Alice Walstead, illus. by Andy Elkerton, which finds the Catch Club Kids accidentally waking the groundhog and then setting traps to catch him before Groundhog’s Day; 100 Words from the Street: Words to Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder by Sesame Workshop and Erin Guendelsberger, illus. by Barry Goldberg; and Elmo Gives Thanks by Sesame Workshop and Guendelsberger, illus. by Ernie Kwiat, starring Sesame Street pals including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster; and A Day Like Today! by Laya Sutton, filled with silly rhymes to help kids get ready for the day.


Bloom Books howls at the full moon with Wolf Girl by Leia Stone, in which werewolf Demi competes to be the mate of the Alpha’s son in Wolf City; Claiming 10 by Chloe Walsh, about two teens who were close childhood friends who must work through their difficult issues to find love once more; Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the second volume in the Covenant fantasy series; Fallen Academy: Year One by Leia Stone, first in the paranormal romance series featuring fallen angels and demons at an exclusive academy; A Wish for Us by Tillie Cole, about a rising star on the dance music scene and the enigmatic girl he shares a magical night with who run into each other again when he moves to South Carolina for college.


Callisto Kids holds serve with The Story of Serena Williams by Shadae B. Mallory and The Story of Taylor Swift by Rachelle Burk, two new biographies in the early reader series; My First Book of Baby Signs: 40 Essential Signs to Learn and Practice by Lane Rebelo, part storybook and part sign language guide; and My First Book of Emotions for Toddlers by Orlena Kerek, illus. by April Hartmann, which introduces common emotions by explaining what they are, how they might feel in the body, and how kids can express them in positive ways.


Callisto Teens stays in the moment with A Teen’s Guide to Anxiety Relief: A Practical Guide to Manage Stress, Ease Worry, and Find Calm by Jamie D. Roberts, highlighting mindfulness as an effective strategy to relieve anxiety and stress, with exercises, assessment quizzes, and tools.


Duopress does a jig for St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet by Liz Saunders, illus. by Lindsay Dale-Scott, bringing a St. Patrick’s Day twist to the ABCs; Little Egg: An Eggcellent Book of Emotions, illus. by Kat Uno, following Little Egg as they present various emotions and assure readers that it is completely normal to feel confused about feelings; and Holly Jolly!, illus. by Jannie Ho, a Chri board book featuring black-and-white imagery in a high-contrast format.


Tapioca Stories takes a closer look with Natura by María José Ferrada, illus. by Mariana Alcántara, exploring the many forms of life found in a forest; and Aldo the Ghost Dog by Joaquín Camp, following Aldo’s pawprints through unseen adventures and newfound abilities, all while he’s haunted by the longing for his past love.


Tiger Tales watches the wheels go round and round with All Aboard the Bedtime Bus by Karl Newson, illus. by Tim Budgen, bouncing along with the animals on the bedtime bus as they brush teeth, take a bath, put on pajamas, and read a bedtime story; 10 Things I Love About Hanukkah by Natalie Barnes, illus. by Aviel Basil, spotlighting the things children love most about the holiday; The Littlest Christmas Tree by Jane Chapman, about celebrating the joy of Christmas, and the little things in life; Papa’s Butter Chicken by Monica Bhide, illus. by Abeeha Tariq, in which a girl shares special time with her father as they prepare her favorite dish that he makes; and Hank Goes Honk by Maudie Powell-Tuck, illus. by Duncan Beedie, which wonders if a very loud, very rude goose will ever find a way to be more considerate of others.


Tilbury House gets a worm’s eye view with Inside the Compost Bin by Melody Plan, illus. by Rong Pham and Vinh Nguyen, offering information on the process of composting and tips on how to do it; Listen, Wonder, Ask by Elly Berke, illus. by Luciano Navarro Powell, in which Nadia’s conversation with a new friend sets off a chain reaction of neighbors and community members learning each other’s “coming here” stories; Finding Rebecca: The Untold Story of Rebecca Lee Crumpler by Shani King, illus. by Nicole Tadgell, spotlighting America’s first Black female physician; Who Needs a Statue by Eve LaPlante and Margy Burns Knight, illus. by Alix Delinois, which takes a look at the historic figures who are not represented in the National Statuary Hall and explores the idea of who should be immortalized in marble in these dynamic times; and Willy and Stone Fox by Robert Tate Miller, a sequel to John Reynolds Gardiner’s classic Stone Fox, which finds Willy, Stone Fox, and his niece Natana racing to win—and to help Stone Fox’s Shoshone community.


Tundra Books circles the season with Boy vs. Shark by Paul Gilligan, a graphic memoir about a boy who is often humorously navigating what “manliness” is; Barnaby Unboxed! by Terry Fan, Eric Fan, and Devin Fan, in which Barnaby—half mouse, half elephant, with a dash of flamingo and a pinch of tarsier—runs away from his neglectful owner; A Face Is a Poem by Julie Morstad, a meditation on the unique eyes, noses, mouths, freckles, wrinkles, scars, and other one-of-a-kind marks that make up a face; We Are Definitely Human by X. Fang, telling the story of three mysterious visitors from “Europe” who crash-land in Mr. Li’s field, and how he tries to help them fix up their “car”; and The Kiss of the Nightingale by Adi Denner, a debut YA romantasy set in an 1890s alternative Paris.


Wattpad Books calls shotgun for Death Is My Ride or Die by Katarina E. Tonks, the second entry in The Death Chronicles, which follows an ordinary teenage girl who discovers she is the product of a prophecy that makes her responsible for protecting the balance of all good and evil on Earth; and A French Girl in New York by Anna Adams, about a French Nigerian orphan who becomes an internet star and is whisked away to New York City after she’s discovered singing in a Parisian cafe.


WEBTOON Unscrolled holds court with Your Throne, Vol. 1 by SAM, about a Lady who is betrayed by her closest allies and will stop at nothing to win back what is rightfully hers; and Morgana and Oz, Vol. 1 by Miyuli, launching a fantasy romance adventure that pits witch against vampire.


Albert Whitman elects a fall list with Our Congress by Christy Mihaly, illus. by Doruntina Beqiraj, in which a tour of the U.S. Capitol helps a girl discover how Congress works and why it’s so important; Fat Bear by Catherine Stier, illus. by Ola Szpunar, which finds viewers around the world rooting for a young bear to pack on the pounds during the annual Fat Bear Week competition; Please Be OK by Diane O’Neill, illus. by Anastasiya Kanavaliuk, the story of how an older brother’s drug use impacts his relationship with his younger sister; Miso Magic by Moni Ritchie Hadley, illus. by Mizuho Fujisawa, about a girl who learns that good things can take time as her father teaches her about an important family tradition; and The Wedding Shoe Snatch by Madhu Messenger, illus. by Darshika Varma, focusing on a wedding ritual that helps a girl accept the new members of her expanding family.


Workman spots ch-ch-ch-ch-changes with Dinosaurs to Chickens: How Evolution Works by Nick Lund, illus. by Lucy Rose, an exploration of various evolutions, featuring a gatefold showing how species connect and evolve via the “Tree of Life”; How to Stop Freaking Out: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Cool When Life Feels Chaotic by Carla Naumburg, which helps young readers learn what a freak-out is, why our brains are wired to freak out, and how to keep your cool in any situation; The Kids’ Book of Craft Love by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst, containing numerous activities for readers; and two additions to the Indestructibles line: Sesame Street: Bath Time and Sesame Street: Bedtime by Sesame Street.


WorthyKids puts one foot in front of the other for Snow Steps by Karen Latchana Kenney, following a girl who learns how to brave a snow-soaked Minnesota winter after immigrating from tropical Guyana; Faithful Feet by Laura Sassi, focusing on the “beautiful feet” that “bring good news,” inspired by Isaiah 52:7; Let the Light In by Laurie Ann Thompson, offering children simple ways to combat sadness; and Inkwell Chronicles: Book 3 by J.D. Peabody, the next installment in this middle grade fantasy series about magic Ink, its secret protectors, and the dangerous enemies who want to blot it from the Earth.


Zando Young Readers steps up to the mic with What I Must Tell the World by Jay Leslie, capturing the life of Lorraine Hansberry, the activist and acclaimed playwright of A Raisin in the Sun, and her journey to finding her voice as a queer, Black artist; and Doomsday Archives 2 (working title) by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos, introducing an alluring new occult relic and a sinister new foe for Hazel and her friends.