Sneak Previews: Fall 2000 Children's Books
Compiled by Shannon Maughan -- 2/14/00
Abrams has the blueprint for a change with Arches to Zigzags: The ABC of Architecture by Michael Crosbie, photos by Steve and Kit Rosenthal; Hello World, which launches the Hello Kitty line; Made in U.S.A.: P ts Celebrate 20th Century American Art by Jan Greenberg, a collection of art-inspired p try; School Days: Ups and Downs, Smiles and Frowns, an anthology set in elementary school; and Ghoul School: A Spooky, Silly, Pop-Up Book by Corinna Fletcher, illus. by David Roberts.
Annick g s tropical with Jungle Island by Maria Coffey and Debora Pearson, new to the Annick Adventure Travel series; After Hamelin by Bill Richardson, a story that finds the Pied Piper returning to the town he rid of rats; Munschworks Three by Robert Munsch, illus. by Michael Martchenko and Vladyana Langer Krykorka, a story collection; Make-a-saurus by Brian Cooley, a look at how sculptor Cooley creates true-to-life-size dinosaurs; and The Mole Sisters and the Wavy Wheat by Roslyn Schwartz, in which the sisters play in the wheat fields.
Augsburg says its prayers with God Bless the Moon and Now the Day Is Over by Mary Joslin, illus. by Liz Pichon, two board books adapted from Twilight Rhymes, Moonlight Verses; The Classic Treasury of Children's Prayers by Susan Cuthbert, illus. by Alison Jay, a compendium of more than 200 prayers; The Christmas Bird by Sallie Ketcham, illus. by Stacey Schuett, a legend of how the robin got its red breast; and Thank You for This Day by Debbie Trafton O'Neal, illus. by Nancy Munger, containing p ms, songs and paraphrased Bible verses.
Starfire makes a wish with the reprint of Starry, Starry Night: Three Holiday Tales by Lurlene McDaniel.
Barefoot visits the Emerald Isle with Tales of Old Ireland, compiled and retold by Malachy Doyle, illus. by Niamh Sharkey, an anthology; The First Bear by Anthony Carnabuci, illus. by Felicity Hansen, a picture book about the origin of the Teddy bear; Mother Goose Remembers, a collection of rhymes illustrated by Clare Beaton; Night and the Candlemaker by Wolfgang Somary, illus. by Simon Bartram, in which a candlemaker tries to chase away night; and Daughters of Eve: Women of Ancient Israel by Lillian Hammer Ross, illus. by Kyra Teis, stories of women from the Old Testament.
Beyond Words makes the team with Throw Like a Girl: Discover the Body, Mind and Spirit of the Athlete in You! by Shelley Frost and Ann Troussioux; When Hanuman Swallowed the Sun by Cindy Martinez-Benson, illus. by Bhavesh Parekh, an Indian folktale; Girls Who Rocked the World 2 by Michelle R hm, illus. by Jerry McCann, profiles of 30 proactive girls; and Soul Searching: A Girl's Guide to Herself by Sarah Stillman, expressions from a teen author.
Candlewick reaches out with Hug by Jez Alborough, about a young chimpanzee in search of its mother; Down in the Woods at Sleepytime by Carol Lexa Schaefer, illus. by Vanessa Caban, a look at bedtime for baby animals; Hi, New Baby! by Robie Harris, illus. by Michael Emberley, about the arrival of a new sibling; Max by Bob Graham, starring an unusual superhero; and Merry Christmas, Maisy! by Lucy Cousins, a holiday celebration.
Carolrhoda ladles out Everybody Serves Soup by Norah Dooley, illus. by Peter Thornton, a look at how different cultures enjoy soup; Little Wolf's Haunted Hall for Small Horrors by Ian Whybrow, illus. by Tony Ross, in which Little Wolf deals with a ghost; To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb? by Brian Cleary, illus. by Jenya Prosmitsky, a rhyming introduction to verbs; When the River Ran Backward by Emily Crofford, a story of life on the Missouri frontier in 1811; and The Horse and the Iron Ball by Jerry Allan and Georgiana Allan, illus. by Allan, a look at connections in history.
Cavendish performs some fancy footwork with Dance Y'All by Bettye Stroud, illus. by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, in which Jack Henry learns to avoid snakes; The Rocking Horse Angel by Mercer Mayer, a computer-generated dream adventure; Ten Times Better by Richard Michelson, illus. by Leonard Baskin, which reveals a variety of ways to count to 10; Clever Gretchen by John Warren Stewig, illus. by Patricia Wittmann, in which a woman saves her husband; and Big Dog by Lois Grambling, illus. by Andrew Portwood, about a very strange-looking pooch.
Charlesbridge detects some fun with Eye Spy Shapes by Debbie MacKinnon, illus. by Anthea Sieveking, which asks kids to guess shapes and objects; Forest in the Clouds by Sneed Collard III, illus. by Michael Rothman, an introduction to the cloud forest; Hail to the Chief by Don Robb, illus. by Alan Witschonke, a examination of the presidential office; The Lion: King of the Beasts by Christine and Michel Denis-Huot, an illustrated look at lions; and Steam, Smoke and Steel by Patrick O'Brien, a history of trains as seen by eight generations of a family of engineers.
Talewinds fattens up the goose for Christmas Is Coming by Charles and Debra Ghinga, illus. by Mary O'Keefe Young, a collection of holiday p ms; The Farewell Symphony by Anna Harwell Celenza, illus. by JoAnn Kitchel, the story behind Haydn's Symphony No. 45; and Otto's Rainy Day by Natasha Yim, illus. by Pamela Levy, in which a boy creates his own entertainment when the weather keeps him indoors.
Whispering Coyote comes out swatting with Shoo Fly by Iza Trapani, a picture-book rendition of the familiar song; Firefly Nights by Carole Gerber, illus. by Mary Husted, in which a Chippewa child observes fireflies; and Mabel Ran Away with the Toys by Jan Wahl, illus. by Liza Woodruff, about a girl's reaction to the arrival of a new sibling.
Chelsea House g s Hollywood with biographies of Adam Sandler by David Seidman and Matt Damon by Meg Greene, additions to the Galaxy of Superstars series; Aretha Franklin by Jim McAvoy, joining the Black Americans of Achievement series; and Brandon Lee by Cindy Dyson and John F. Kennedy, Jr. by Bonnie Hinman, additions to the They Died Too Young series.
CHILDREN'S BOOK PRESS
Children's Book Press finds peace and quiet with My Own Room by Juan Felipe Herrera, illus. by Elizabeth Gomez, in which a Mexican-American girl seeks a respite from her large family.
Chronicle serves up Enemy Pie by Derek Munson, illus. by Tara Calahan King, in which a boy tries to make new friends; Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa and Other Talking Drum Rhymes by Uzoamaka Unobagha, illus. by Julia Cairns, a collection of more than 75 West African rhymes in the tradition of Mother Goose; Roberto by Nina Laden, a tale of a termite with grand plans; Deck the Hall by Sylvia Long, a new version of the beloved Christmas song; and Alice in Wonderland, featuring illustrations selected by Cooper Edens.
CINCO PUNTOS PRESS
Cinco Puntos pays tribute with An Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez: A P m by Rudolfo Anaya, about the life of labor and civil rights leader Chavez.
Clarion weaves A Braid of Lives: Native American Childhoods, a collection of archival photos and first-person accounts compiled by Neil Philip; Christmas Mice! by Bethany Roberts, illus. by Doug Cushman, about a cheerful rodent family; I'll Play with You by Mary McKenna Siddals, illus. by David Wisniewski, a look at how kids play in different types of weather; The Memory String by Eve Bunting, illus. by Ted Rand, about a girl with a new stepmother; and Pick and Shovel Man: The Journeys of Pascal D'Angelo by Jim Murphy, a chronicle of the life of a little-known Italian immigrant laborer/p t.
Crown bundles up with Lucille's Snow Suit by Kathryn Lasky, illus. by Marylin Hafner, about a girl's preparation for a day in the white stuff; Spirit of Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong, illus. by William Maughan, about Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to the Antarctic; Snow Pumpkin by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illus. by Pierr Morgan, in which a pumpkin becomes part of a snowman; and Wise Gals' Tarot by Jane Burns and Dale Gottlieb, an introduction to fortune-telling and divination.
Delacorte expects a fine fall harvest from The Beet Fields by Gary Paulsen, a coming-of-age novel; Nory Ryan's Memory by Patricia Reilly Giff, about an Irish family that seeks passage to America in 1847; A Spy Among the Girls by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, which centers on a secret Valentine; and Ghost Boy by Iain Lawrence, in which a 14-year-old albino boy joins the circus.
Laurel-Leaf marches into fall with reprints of Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen; Other Bells for Us to Ring by Robert Cormier; Nobody Else Has to Know by Ingrid Tomey; and Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka.
Picture Yearling will reprint Mary Louise Loses Her Manners by Diane Cuneo, illus. by Jack Davis; and Aunt CeeCee, Aunt Belle, and Mama's Surprise by Mary Quattlebaum.
Yearling has the recipe for a great fall season with reprints of Strudel Stories by Joanne Rocklin; Skellig by David Almond; The Smugglers by Iain Lawrence; The Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin, illus. by Martin Matje; and Fourth-Grade Celebrity/The Girl Who Knew It All by Patricia Reilly Giff.
Dial checks for lint with Belly Button Boy by Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas, about a boy who hates to bathe; Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen, illus. by Kadir Nelson, in which an aspiring ballerina finds her place in the spotlight; The Snowman's Path by Helena Clare Pittman, illus. by RaÃºl ColÃ³n, about a magical snowman; The Magic Nesting Doll by Jacqueline Ogburn, illus. by Laurel Long, an original fairy tale; and A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, a companion novel to A Long Way from Chicago.
DK Ink moo-ves into fall with Minnie and Moo and the Musk of Zorro by Denys Cazet, another bovine adventure; First Painter by Kathryn Lasky, illus. by Rocco Baviera, a picture book about self-expression, set in prehistoric times; Frank O. Gehry: Outside In by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, an introduction to the visionary architect; Bonaparte by Marsha Wilson Chall, illus. by Wendy Anderson Halperin, a boy-and-his-dog tale with French flair; and The Lion and the Mouse and Other Aesop's Fables by Doris Orgel, illus. by Bert Kitchen, retellings of 12 classic tales.
Doubleday wraps up the fall season with Crispin's Christmas Box by Ted Dewan, in which a pig receives a special gift; Peter and the Blue Witch Baby by Robert San Souci, illus. by Alexi Natchev, a Russian tale; Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry; and Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Jon Goodell, in which two devils create mischief.
Dutton lights up the season with Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies, an adventure novel; Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten by Joseph Slate, illus. by Ashley Wolff, in which a favorite teacher's class must cope with a substitute; Twenty Is Too Many by Kate Duke, a counting book; How the Cat Swallowed Thunder by Lloyd Alexander, illus. by Judith Byron Schachner, which suggests the reason all cats purr; and St. Francis and the Christmas Donkey by Robert Byrd, about a donkey's special role in the first Christmas.
Discovery Kids flutters into fall with Butterflies and Coral Reef, two new Glow-in-the-Dark Sticker Books; Mummies and Solar System, additions to the 3-D Thrillers series; and Volcano!, an interactive book by Bill Haduch.
Dutton Interactive gets go y with Valenslimes, a novelty book containing gross, pull-out Valentines; and A Tale of Tails, a lift-the flap book.
Usborne g s back in time with Prehistoric World by Fiona Chandler, new to the World History series; That's Not My Train by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells, a Touchy-Feely Board Book; Sam Sheep Can't Sleep and Toad Makes a Road by Phil Roxbee Cox, phonics-based stories in the Easy Words to Read series.
Eerdmans takes wing with Song for the Whooping Crane by Eileen Spinelli, illus. by Elsa Warnick, a tribute to these endangered birds; When Abraham Talked to the Trees by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, illus. by Bill Farnsworth, a picture-book biography of Abraham Lincoln; and The Lord's Prayer, illus. by Tim Ladwig.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
FSG packs its bags for The Journey by Sarah Stewart, illus. by David Small, in which an Amish girl makes her first visit to a big city; What Is a Wise Bird Like You Doing in a Silly Tale Like This? by Uri Shulevitz, starring a parrot named Lou; Wizzil the Witch by William Steig, illus. by Quentin Blake, about the exploits of a bored witch; J y Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos, the sequel to J y Pigza Swallowed the Key; and Memories of Summer by Ruth White, in which a girl recounts the effects on her family as her sister becomes mentally ill.
Frances Foster Books takes the late shift with The Nightworker by Kate Banks, illus. by Georg Hallensleben, about a father-son visit to a construction site; Moses G s to School by Isaac Millman, which follows a boy through a day at a School for the Deaf; This Next New Year by Janet Wong, illus. by Yangsook Choi, a celebration of the Chinese New Year; Madlenka by Peter SÃs, in which a girl shares her excitement about her loose tooth; and The Grave by James Heneghan, a tale of an English boy who travels back in time.
PHYLLIS FOGELMAN BOOKS
Phyllis Fogelman Books employs the buddy system for Oliver and Albert, Friends Forever by Jean Van Leeuwen, illus. by Ann Schweninger, a new easy-to-read Oliver Pig adventure; The Silver Swan by Michael Morpurgo, illus. by Christian Birmingham, in which a boy observes a graceful bird; Parables: The Stories Jesus Told by Mary Hoffman, illus. by Jackie Morris, retellings of Bible stories; The Twelve Apostles by Marianna Mayer, which pairs Scripture and legend with fine artworks; and The Children's Dream by Julius Lester, illus. by Jerry Pinkney, in which the world g s haywire when pets and wild animals start living like humans.
Gibbs Smith tells it like it is with That's What You Get by Rick Walton, illus. by Jimmy Holder, a celebration of wordplay.
Golden plans a purr-fect fall with The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Alice and Martin Provensen, a reissue of the 50-year-old classic; The Golden Books Treasury of Christmas Joy, compiled and edited by Skip Skwarek, illus. by Valerie Sokolova, a holiday collection featuring old stories and new; Bear Hugs by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Jim Ishi, in which a young bear asks for all kinds of hugs; Little Critter: Just a Toy by Mercer Mayer, about the tough decisions that must be made when visiting a toy store; and Hopping Hens Here! by Louise Gikow, which marks the debut of the Between the Lions series inspired by the new PBS TV program of the same name.
Gold Key steps up to the mike for On the Air, Welcome Home?, The Spring Jam and Climbing to the Top, entries in the Generation Girl series about Barbie and her fellow students at International High by Melanie Stewart.
GRAPHIC ARTS CENTER/WEST WINDS
West Winds g s on location for A Child's California by Dan Harder, photos by Lawrence Migdale, an introduction to the treasures of the most populated state.
GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap climbs aboard for The Little Engine That Could Lift-and-Look, illus. by Cristina Ong; Nighty-Night Baby by Elizabeth Hathon, a photographic touch-and-feel board book; Hooray for Halloween! and Mermaid World, debut titles in a new glow-in-the-dark sticker book series; and Creepy Crawlies, illus. by Rose Berlin, a book packaged with glitter tattoos.
Hampton Roads breaks ground for Dream-House by Fu-Ding Cheng, in which a house chooses a family.
Harcourt makes a splash with The Pig in the Spigot by Richard Wilbur, illus. by J.otto Siebold, a book of witty wordplay; Crickwing by Jannell Cannon, about a lovable cockroach; Who Hoots? by Katie Davis, a sequel to Who Hops?; and The Very Small by Joyce Dunbar, a tender tale of friendship and sharing.
Gulliver heads back to school for There's a Zoo in Room 22 by Judy Sierra, illus. by Barney Saltzberg, a p try collection; The Sun Is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch, an introduction to the sun; Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Stephen Alcorn, featuring portraits of 10 powerful women; Iris and Walter by Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Christine Davenier, first in a new easy-reader series; and The Mousery by Charlotte Pomerantz, illus. by Kurt Cyrus, in which two cranky mice have a change of heart.
Red Wagon puckers up for Animal Kisses by Barney Saltzberg, a board book; My Little Red Toolbox by Stephen Johnson, a picture book featuring removable tools; and board-book editions of The Napping House and Piggies by Audrey and Don Wood.
Silver Whistle prepares a fall feast with Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac, illus. by Greg Shed, a Native American tale; Hannah's Journal: The Story of an Immigrant Girl by Marissa Moss, about a Eastern European girl's passage to Ellis Island in the 1880s; Cinderella Skeleton by Robert San Souci, illus. by David Catrow, a fractured fairy tale; What Do You Love? by Jonathan London, illus. by Karen Schmidt, which highlights the cozy comforts of life; and Cloud Dance by Thomas Locker, about the nature of clouds.
HarperCollins rings in the season with Jingle Bells, Homework Smells by Diane deGroat, continuing the tales of the familiar opossum character; Michelangelo by Diane Stanley, a picture-book biography; The Book of Fairies by Michael Hague, an illustrated story collection; Moishe's Miracle by Laura Krauss Melmed, illus. by David Slonim, a magical Hanukkah tale; and Dance, Sing, Remember: A Celebration of Jewish Holidays by Leslie Kimmelman, illus. by Ora Eitan, a treasury of stories, activities, songs and recipes.
Avon g s in style with Foxylife Daybook by Clea Hantman and Keva Marie Sanders; The Crooked House: Book Two of the King's Daggers by Dave Dunan; and three new titles in the Making Out series by Katherine Applegate.
Joanna Cotler Books casts a line in Fishing in the Air by Sharon Creech, illus. by Chris Raschka, about a father-son fishing trip; The Rose and the Beast: Nine Fairy Tales, retold by Francesca Lia Block; Little Lit: Folklore & Fairy Tales, edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly, first in a series of anthologies told in comic-strip form and featuring such contributors as William Joyce and Maira Kalman; Where Do Balloons Go? by Jamie Lee Curtis, illus. by Laura Cornell, in which a book lets its imagination fly; Halloween Motel by Sean Diviny, illus. by J Rocco, about a family's funny, spooky stay at a motel run by Frankie Stein; and The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph, a novel set in the Dominican Republic.
HarperFestival is the picture of preparedness with What to Expect at Bedtime, the debut title in the What to Expect Kids series by Heidi Murkoff, illus. by Laura Rader; Joshua's Book of Clothes by Alona Frankel, which begins the Joshua and Prudence Books series; Biscuit's Christmas by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Pat Schories, a scratch-and-sniff story about the friendly puppy Biscuit; The Twelve Days of Christmas by Eleni Gianopolus, a 3-D book; and Kellogg's Froot Loops! Counting Book Fun by Barbara Barbieri McGrath, illus. by Frank Mazzola Jr., a die-cut board book.
Laura Geringer Books g s vegetarian with Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash by Sarah Weeks, illus. by Nadine Wescott, in which a yellow squash overtakes an entire town; If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond, a popcorn-popping sequel in the If You Give a¦ series; Snowie Rolie by William Joyce, in which Rolie Polie Olie tries to save his new pal, Snowie; Three Magic Balls by Richard Egielski, a romp through New York City; and The Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick, about a boy fascinated with movie monsters.
Greenwillow steps right up to fall with A Carnival of Animals by Sid Fleischman, illus. by Marylin Hafner, a humorous chapter book; Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes, which introduces an anxious mouse; Come with Me by Naomi Shihab Nye, illus. by Dan Yaccarino, a p try collection; The Case of the Missing Monkey by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by G. Brian Karas, kicks off the High-Rise Private Eyes beginning-reader series; and Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones, a sequel to the fantasy The Dark Lord of Derkholm.
HarperTempest plays superhero with the reprint of the YA novel Adventures of the Blue Avenger by Norma Howe.
HarperTrophy blows out the candles for the first six volumes in the Sweet Sixteen series; Abigail Takes the Wheel by Avi, illus. by Don Bolognese, an I Can Read Chapter Book; Rose at Rocky Ridge, adapted from the Rose Years books by Roger Lea McBride; How Many Fish by Caron Lee Cohen, illus. by S.D. Schindler, new to the My First I Can Read Book series; and a reprint of Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis, illus. by Laura Cornell.
Holiday takes a bite out of fall with Apples by Gail Gibbons, a nonfiction picture book; Anansi and the Magic Stick by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Janet Stevens, a trickster tale; Give Me Liberty! The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Russell Freedman, spotlighting the politics and personalities behind this document; The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories from Chelm by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Mordicai Gerstein; and How the Reindeer Got Their Antlers by Geraldine McCaughrean, illus. by Heather Holland, about the special relationship between Santa and his reindeer.
Holt charts a course with Mapping Penny's World by Loreen Leedy, in which Lisa looks to her dog's world to fulfill a school map-making assignment; The Everything Book by Denise Fleming, a collection of concepts and rhymes for toddlers; Baby Steps by Peter McCarty, in which the author documents his daughter's first year; Pedro and Me by Judd Winnick, spotlighting Winnick's friendship with AIDS-stricken housemate Pedro Zamora, when both were castmates on MTV's The Real World; and Blue Avenger in¦ Goodbye, Mr. Shakespeare by Norma Howe, which explores the question of who wrote Shakespeare's plays.
Houghton Mifflin makes merry with the reissue of The Song of Robin Hood by Anne Malcomson, illus. by Virginia Lee Burton; In the Hollow of Your Hand by Alice McGill, a collection of slave lullabies packaged with a CD; Whiteback the Penguin by H.A. Rey, a never-before-published title by Curious George's creator; Christmas Gift by Francisco Jiminez, illus. by Claire Cotts, a bilingual holiday book; and Burning for Revenge, a novel by John Marsden.
Walter Lorraine Books sets fall rumbling with The Mouse That Snored by Bernard Waber, about a small mouse making some big noise; Martha and Skits by Susan Meddaugh, starring Martha the talking dog and a new friend; Tacky and the Emperor's Clothes by Helen Lester, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, about a surprising royal visit; The Gathering by Lois Lowry, in which Kira faces adversity and change in a unique society; and Building Big by David Macaulay, a companion to a WGBH-TV program that explains the engineering mysteries of structures such as dams, tunnels and skyscrapers.
Hyperion g s whole hog for A Piggy Christmas by Howard Fine, a humorous collection of carols; Bravo, Livingston Mouse! by Pamela Duncan Edwards, illus. by Henry Cole, in which a mouse helps his animal friends put on a show; Wegman's Christmas Book by William Wegman, a holiday celebration of weimaraners; Windsinger by William Nicholson, the first novel in a fantasy trilogy; and the debut of the Dumpy series by Julie Andrews Edwards, illus. by Emma Walton Hamilton, about a friendly dump truck.
HYPERION/JUMP AT THE SUN
Jump at the Sun d s a fall full-court press with Take It to the Hoop: A P m for Magic Johnson by Quincy Troupe, illus. by Shane Evans, a tribute to the NBA star; Christmas Soul: African-American Holiday Memories, illus. by Michele Wood, a collection of anecdotes from African-American celebrities; A Whole Lotta Blues by Julius Lester, illus. by Lisa Cohen, which presents profiles of 10 blues singers; Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport, illus. by Bryan Collier, based on a true story of the Underground Railroad; and Sweet, Sweet Memory by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Floyd Cooper, a picture book about the death of a loved one.
Innovative Kids slides into fall with two new titles in the Groovy Tube Books series; a sequel to Coin Count-y; and two more Mini Soft Shapes books.
JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY
Jewish Publication Society celebrates the season with We Gave the World Moses and Bagels: Art and Wisdom of Jewish Children by David Heller, in which children express what it means to them to be Jewish.
Kane figures out fall with Clean Sweep Campers by Lucille Recht Penner, illus. by Paige Billin-Frye; The 100-Pound Problem by Jennifer Dussling, illus. by Rebecca Thornburgh; Stacks of Trouble by Martha Brenner, illus. by Liza Woodruff; Where's That Bone? by Penner, illus. by Lynn Adams; and Who's Got Spots? by Linda Williams Aber, all new to the Math Matters series of age-appropriate stories that encourage math skills.
Kane/Miller lathers up for Wash Your Hands by Tony Ross, a book on hygiene for young children; and This Is the Tree by Miriam Ross, illus. by Adrienne Kennaway, about the Baobob tree, at the heart of the African Plains.
Kids Can swims into the season with Elliot's Shipwreck, another Elliot the moose adventure; Sleepy Little Mouse by Eugenie Fernandes, illus. by Kim Fernandes, about a mouse who won't go to sleep; Skysisters by Jan Bourdreau Waboose, illus. by Brian Deines, a Native American tale; Time Travel: Egypt by Linda Bailey, illus. by Bill Slavin, a portrait of ancient Egypt; and The Kids Book of the Far North, an introduction to the people and culture of this region.
Kingfisher takes the field for fall with Sports Stories, a new anthology; Art Fraud Detective, in which readers examine reproductions for the work of master forgers; and The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Evolution and The Kingfisher Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia, all single-volume references.
Knopf strikes it rich with Mildenhall Treasure by Roald Dahl, a story of buried Roman treasure; It's Simple, Said Simon by Mary Ann Hoberman, illus. by Meilo So, in which Simon must outwit a tiger; Playing Without the Ball by Rich Wallace, about a boy who finds satisfaction on a church league basketball team; and The Secret Footprints by Julia Alvarez, illus. by Fabian Negrin, a fable from the Dominican Republic.
Knopf Paperbacks shows its stripes with reprints of Zebra and Other Stories by Chaim Potok; Williwaw! by Tom Bodett; Charlie Muffin's Miracle Mouse by Dick King-Smith; Maniac Monkeys on Magnolia Street by Angela Johnson; and Stealing Freedom by Elisa Carbone.
Dragonfly soars with reprints of Kites by Demi; Greta's Revenge by Steven J. Simmons, illus. by Cyd Moore; Brave Georgie Goat by Denis Roche; and Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni.
Starseed welcomes fall with Good Night, God by Holly Bea, illus. by Kim Howard, a bedtime picture book.
LEE & LOW
Lee & Low is in full bloom with Grandma's Purple Flowers by Adjoa Burrowes, in which an African-American girl copes with the death of her grandmother; Grandfather's Flower by Andrea Cheng, illus. by Ange Zhang, about a biracial girl meeting her Chinese grandfather; Ten Oni Drummers by Matthew Gollub, illus. by Kazuko Stone, a Japanese counting story; Can You Top That? by W. Nikola-Lisa, illus. by Hector Viveros Lee, in which a boy and his friends imagine an array of fantastic creatures; and Beisbol! Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends by Jonah Winter, a look at 14 legendary baseball players from Latin America.
Lerner reveals Nick's Secret by Claire Blatchford, a mystery-adventure; and Blueprint by Charlotte Kerner, a futuristic teen novel about cloning.
LERNER/FIRST AVENUE EDITIONS
First Avenue Editions saddles up with fall reprints of Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride by Marsha Amstel, illus. by Ellen Beier; George Washington Carver by Andy Carter and Carol Saller, illus. by Lance Paladino; Mummies, Bone, & Body Parts by Charlotte Wilcox; Gloria Estefan by Michael Benson; and Clinging Sea Horses by Judith Jango-Cohen.
LernerSports scores with A History of Basketball for Girls and Women: From Bloomers to Big Leagues by Joanne Lanin; Hockey by Mike Foley, photos by Andy King, an introduction to the game; Gymnastics by Linda Bragg, photos by Andy King; Kobe Bryant by Jeff Savage, a biography of the NBA star; and Cammi Granato by Thom Loverro, a profile of this female hockey player.
Little, Brown charges into fall with The Serpent Slayer by Katrin Tchana, illus. by Trina Schart Hyman, an anthology of 18 stories about amazing heroines; I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis, illus. by Jane Dyer, in which an African-American woman adopts a Chinese baby; Toot & Puddle: Puddle's ABC by Holly Hobbie, another adventure for these whimsical pigs; Edward Fudwupper Fibbed Big by Berkeley Breathed, a tall tale about a skilled liar and his sister; and Inside the Hindenberg by Mireille Majoor, illus. by Ken Marschall, which includes diagrams and cutaways of the famous dirigible.
North-South throws a fall party for Nicky and the Fantastic Birthday Gift by Valeri Gorbachev, about the gift a boy makes for his mother's birthday; Cat and Dog by Claire Masurel, illus. by Bob Kolar, in which two pets in the same household are forced to become friends; Lonesome Bear by Clay Carmichael, about a toy bear separated from its owner; Milo 2 (tentative title) by Marcus Pfister, a second adventure of this mouse; and an as-yet-untitled book by Hans de Beer, about a brave and resourceful mouse.
Michael Neugebauer Books fluffs up its feathers with The Eagle and the Wren by Jane Goodall, an inspirational fable; Happy Birthday, Davy by Brigitte Weninger, illus. by Eve Tharlet, in which Davy the bunny gets a special birthday surprise; and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, illus. by Lisbeth Zwerger, a newly illustrated edition of the classic.
SeaStar, a new imprint, wags its tail for Give a Dog a Bone by Steven Kellogg, a picture-book adaptation of the song "This Old Man"; Gus and Gertie and the Missing Pearl by Joan Lowery Nixon, illus. by Diane deGroat, an easy-to-read tale of two penguins; A Wind in the Willows Christmas by Kenneth Grahame, illus. by Michael Hague, a stand-alone chapter from The Wind in the Willows, with new art; Aesop's Fables, illus. by Jerry Pinkney; and Cinderella, illus. by K.Y. Craft.
Orchard tips its hat for The Doorman by Ed Grimm, illus. by Ted Lewin, a picture-book tribute to a very special doorman; Mouse in Love by Robert Kraus, illus. by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey, a holiday story in which a young mouse searches for a companion; Hiccup, the SeasickViking by Cressida Cowell, about a landlubber's first time at sea; and Pete and Polo's Big School Adventure by Adrian Reynolds, an introduction to preschool.
Oxford spans the globe with Oxford Children's History of the World by Neil Grant, a single volume featuring sidebars, time lines, maps and chronologies.
Peachtree greets the season with The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X by Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Henri Sorensen, the legend of this Danish king and his efforts to protect his Jewish subjects during the Nazis' rise to power.
Philomel works fall magic with The Wings of Merlin by T.A. Barron, the fifth novel in the Lost Years of Merlin epic; Dream Snow by Eric Carle, a Christmas book full of surprises; Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques, the latest addition to the Redwall series; The Calhoun Club by Patricia Polacco, in which some townspeople defend the magic of a special meteor; and So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George, illus. by David Small, a look at the quirks of U.S. presidents.
Pippin's fall offerings include The Colonies Become a Nation by James Petrie and The Atlantic Slave Trade by Samuel Plummer, two history titles.
PLEASANT COMPANY/AMERICAN GIRLS
The American Girls Collection puts out the welcome mat for Meet Kit, an American Girl, Kit Learns a Lesson: A School Story and Kit's Surprise: A Christmas Story by Valerie Tripp, illus. by Walter Rane, three books that introduce the newest American Girl, Kit Kittredge, a nine-year-old girl living in the 1930s; Amelia Works It Out by Marissa Moss joins the Amelia series about a spunky contemporary girl; and the Wild at Heart series adds Manatee Blues -- Brenna's Story by Laurie Halse Anderson, about a girl who dreams of being a marine biologist.
PLEASANT COMPANY/AMERICAN GIRL LIBRARY
American Girl Library gallops into fall with Stable Stories: True Stories of Girls and Their Horses, which offers an inside look at what it's like to own a horse; Clip It! A Paper Clip Jewelry Workshop, a guide to wire-working and design; The Hair Book: Styling Tricks and Hair Care Tips for Girls, containing more than 40 styles; and Me & You: A Friendship Book for Two to Do, a collection of questions for girls and their friends.
Archway sets the stage for intrigue with Dark Secrets by Elizabeth Chandler, the first title in a YA trilogy.
Minstrel gets away from it all with The Hideout by Peg Kehret, in which an orphaned boy finds more than peace and quiet when he stays in a cabin in the woods.
Pulse scratches the surface with Skin Deep by Christopher Golden, the sixth Body of Evidence thriller, set on a monster-plagued college campus; and The Mediator: Shadowland by Jenny Carroll, the debut title in a new series about a girl who communicates with the dead.
Portunus looks to the skies with Sunbird by Bonita Kale, illus. by Richard Ziehler-Martin, a modern folktale about the arrival of night and day.
PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan gets in the holiday spirit with Trim the Tree for Christmas by William Boniface, illus. by Debbie Palen, a board book with 35 removable ornaments; and How Murray Saved Christmas by Mike Reis, illus. by David Catrow, in which a deli owner fills in for Santa Claus.
Puffin fills the bill with fall reprints of Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells; Strega Nona: Her Story by Tomie dePaola; Backwater by Joan Bauer; The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler; and A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck.
Putnam heads west with Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails by Verla Kay, illus. by S.D. Schindler, the tale of a pioneer family; Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett, about a hedgehog that comes to the aid of a friend; Strega Nona Takes a Vacation by Tomie dePaola, in which Strega Nona leaves Big Anthony in charge while she's away; Forging Freedom: A True Story of Heroism During the Holocaust by Hudson Talbott, the story of one man's attempt to save his Jewish neighbors; and Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto, illus. by Susan Guevara, a story about the coolest cat in the barrio.
Random House hits the road with Arthur's Truck Adventure, a truck-themed alphabet/lift-the-flap title by Marc Brown; Stowaway on Noah's Ark by Charles Santore, an adaptation of the Old Testament text; The Random House Book of Nursery Tales by Helen Craig, a collection of interpretations of seven favorite stories; and The History of the Civil Rights Movement in America by Milton Meltzer, a new Landmark Book for middle-graders.
Reader's Digest gets on track with Busy Little Train and The Color of My Wings, illus. by Peggy Tagel, two new Lace & Learn concept board books; My Little People Busy Town, a Fisher-Price Little People Lift-the-Flap PlayBook; and Squirtle: Water PokÃ©mon and Machop: Fighting PokÃ©mon join the PokÃ©mon Evolvers series.
RED DEER/NORTHERN LIGHTS
Northern Lights puts fall into focus with Close-Ups: Best Stories for Teens, edited by Peter Carver, a collection of YA fiction by Canadian authors; Graveyard Girl by Wendy Lewis, in which a group of teens discover their hidden loves and fears; and Two False Moves, The Monkey Mountain Monster and Forgive Us Our Travises by Ted Staunton, kick off the Monkey Mountain series.
Rising Moon is all smiles with Jane vs. the Tooth Fairy by Betsy Jay, illus. by Lori Osieki, in which a girl refuses to surrender a tooth to the fairy; Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider, about an active new puppy; Dirty Birdy Feet by Rick Winter, illus. by Mike Lester, in which a bird flies through the chimney; When Elephant G s to a Party by Sonia Levitan, illus. by Jeff Seaver, about elephant etiquette; and Black and White by Marty Crisp, illus. by Sherry Neidigh, starring a black-and-white farm puppy.
Scholastic digs up Dinosaur Sue: The Story of the Colossal Fossil, the World's Most Complete T. Rex by Pat Relf with the Science Team of the Field Museum, a look at this recent discovery; Look Who's Counting by Suse MacDonald, a counting book; A Child Was Born: A First Nativity Book by Grace Maccarone, illus. by Sam Williams, a rhyming Christmas picture book; Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra Pinkney, photos by Myles Pinkney, in which p ms and pictures depict the beauty of diversity.
Scholastic Press flaps into fall with Wings by Christopher Myers, a story about finding one's individuality; Stick and Whittle by Sid Hite, a story about friendship; Little Miss Spider G s to School by David Kirk, a first-day-of-school tale; Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Jon Muth; and Blizzard! by Jim Murphy, an exploration of the Blizzard of 1888.
Blue Sky opens an umbrella for The Rain Came Down by David Shannon, about the chaos that erupts after a downpour; Jubal's Wish by Don and Audrey Wood, in which a happy bullfrog cheers up his friends; The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton, an African-American retelling of "Rumplestiltskin"; Cinderella: The Dog and Her Little Glass Slipper by Diane Goode, featuring a canine cast; The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick, a novel set in the distant future; and Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor, a Halloween story.
Cartwheel throws down the gauntlet with I Spy Extreme Challenger by Jean Marzollo, photos by Walter Wick, a picture riddle extravaganza; Teddy Bears Trim the Tree by Sam Williams, illus. by Jacqueline McQuade, a lift-the-flap book; Flush the Potty by Ken Wilson-Max, a board book with a "flushing" sound chip; Clifford's Schoolhouse by Norman Bridwell, in which the Big Red Dog gives a school tour; and Tap the Tambourine by Billy Davis, with a built-in musical instrument, kicks off the Rockin' Rhythm Band Board Books series.
Arthur A. Levine Books opens a barrel of laughs with The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle, the Booker Prize winner's first children's novel; Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament (tentative title) by J.K. Rowling, the further adventures of the wizard in-training; The Names Upon the Harp: Irish Myth and Legend by Marie Heaney, illus. by P.J. Lynch; Dr. Pompo's Nose by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers, featuring the team's pumpkin carving; and The Robots Are Coming by Andy Rash, a p t/illustrator's debut.
Scholastic Paperbacks is clairvoyant with The Sixth Sense: Secrets from Beyond by Peter Lerangis, a book that continues where the feature film left off; The 7th Tower by Garth Nix, a fantasy set in the Castle world; Heartland: Breaking Free by Lauren Brooke, in which a girl's mother has the power to heal horses; The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes #1 by Anne Mazer, the first in a series about an aspiring soccer player; and Smackers: For Girls Only (Bonne Bell), a journal/lip gloss combo.
Scholastic Reference lights a Bunsen burner with Scholastic Science Dictionary by Melvin Berger, illus. by Hannah Bonner; Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters: An Encyclopedia of World Mythology by Sheila Keenan, illus. by Belgin Wedman, a look at 15 different cultures; Scholastic Visual Dictionary by Jean-Claude Corbeil and Ariane Archambault; National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Shells; and Chronicle of America: Colonial Times and American Revolution by Joy Masoff, which launches a new series on American history.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster steps into fall with Salt in His Sh s by Deloris Jordan with Roslyn Jordan, illus. by Kadir Nelson, in which Michael Jordan's mother and sister share stories of the NBA star's loving family; The Stars That Shine: Based on Stories Told by America's Biggest Country Music Stars by Julie Clay, illus. by Dan Andreassen, a celebrity anthology to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital; The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow, illus. by C.F. Payne, in which a musical prodigy finds satisfaction; Eloise: The Ultimate Edition by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight, which collects all four Eloise books in one volume; and The Spyglass by Richard Paul Evans, illus. by Jonathan Linton, a second book inspired by the Seven Virtues.
Aladdin climbs to the top of the coconut tree with reprints of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illus. by Lois Ehlert, and Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; new paperbacks include three photo scrapbooks in the Women Athletes of the 2000 Olympics series by J Layden and the launch of two new series, one each by Andrew Clements and Cynthia Rylant, in the Ready-for-Chapters program.
Atheneum has the pick of the litter with Carlotta's Kittens by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, about adventurous cats and their friends; Who Was Born This Special Day? by Eve Bunting, illus. by Leonid Gore, a nativity story; I Knew Two Who Said Moo by Judi Barrett, illus. by Daniel Moreton, a rhyming counting book; Joy to the World: A Family Christmas Treasury, edited by Ann Keay Beneduce, illus. by Gennady Spirin, a volume filled with carols, stories, p ms and plays; and Outside and Inside Dinosaurs by Sandra Markle, new to the Outside and Inside series.
Anne Schwartz Books plays pomp and circumstance for The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park, in which a boy comes to terms with his grandfather's Alzheimer's disease; Olivia by Ian Falconer, a picture book about a rambunctious piglet; When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan, illus. by Susan Gaber, in which a family observes seasonal changes; Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne, illus. by Giselle Potter, a twist on the fairy tale; and It's Not Easy Being Bad by Cynthia Voigt, about the ups and downs of junior high popularity.
Jean Karl Books forges into fall with Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg, a novel about a boy struck mute by a terrible trauma.
Richard Jackson Books scurries into the season with The Christmas Rat by Avi, about a boy's showdown with a rat in his apartment building; and The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle, a novel set on the Rhode Island coast during WWII.
Little Simon munches into fall with The Oreo Counting Book by Sarah Albee, illus. by Victoria Raymond; The Cheerios Christmas Play Book by Lee Wade, a board book; The Nutcracker Pop-Up by David and N lle Carter; The Wizard of Oz Pop-Up by Robert Sabuda, which features miniature story booklets; and six original stories launch the Classic Raggedy Ann & Andy series.
Margaret K. McElderry Books swabs the decks in Stowaway: The Endeavor Diary of Nicholas Young by Karen Hesse, a historical novel inspired by Captain James Cook's 1758 voyage; Firefighters A to Z by Chris Demarest, an alphabet book; Bear's Christmas Star by Mireille d'Allance, in which young Bear discovers how he can help decorate the family tree; Happy Honey by Laura Godwin, illus. by Jane Chapman, starring Honey the kitten; and Twenty-Four Hours by Margaret Mahy, in which a teenage boy's life is completely changed in the space of 24 hours.
Simon Spotlight says "Ooo la la"with Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Novelization by Cathy and Mark Dubowski; Blue's Clues: You Can Be Anything You Want to Be by Angela Santomero, based on a primetime Blue's Clues special on Nickelodeon; Bear in the Big Blue House: Time to Cha Cha Cha! by Kiki Thorpe, dancing lessons with Bear and friends; The Wild Thornberrys: Have Yourself a Very Thornberry Little Christmas by Kitty Richards, holiday fare starring the animated family from Nickelodeon; and Arnold for President and Return of the Sewer King by Craig Barlett, the first two Hey, Arnold Chapter Books, based on the Nickelodeon series.
Silver Dolphin g s wild with Jungle Animals, Farm Animals, Sea Creatures and Pets by Jane Massey, new Touch and Fit concept board books.
Stoddart gets mushy with Yuck, A Love Story by Don Gilmor, illus. by Marie-Louise Gay, in which a boy takes a liking to the new neighbor girl; Matthew and the Midnight Firefighter by Allen Morgan, illus. by Michael Martchenko, about a boy whose heroics earn him the title of Assistant Midnight Fire Chief; Little Dog Moon by Maxine Tottier, illus. by Laura Fernandez and Rick Jacobsen, in which a Tibetan monk offers help to two children; Imagine That by Janet Wilson, a centenarian's recollections of the 20th century; and Charlie Wilcox by Sharon Mackay, about a boy who longs to be an angler.
Troll trucks into fall with Dozer to the Rescue and Dozer's Wild Adventure by Lisa Combs, illus. by Karl Gude, new to the Construction Buddies series; Grumpy Bunny's Spooky Night by Justine Korman, illus. by Lucinda McQueen, a Halloween adventure; Slime Lab Science by Ian Boyd, illus. by Sam Ericson, a book of icky but interesting experiments; and The Mummy Makers by Mirly Starke, illus. by Sam Ericson, an interactive discovery kit with which kids can create their own mummies.
Bridgewater creates a fall fanfare with The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene, illus. by Tim Raglin, a twist on that "other" counting carol; The Animals' Christmas Carol by Jerry Smath, a retelling of Dickens's tale with an animal cast; It's Time for School, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt, illus. by Cyd Moore, in which the boy from I Love You, Stinky Face heads to school; and Jack's Time Machine by Dan James, a middle-grade mystery.
Tundra licks its lips with Better Butter and Chocolate Bars: Great Food Inventions by Alannah Hegedus and Kaitlin Rainey, a look at some mouthwatering discoveries; The Golden Dragon by Song Nan Zhang, a compendium of dragon lore just in time for the Year of the Dragon; Sinbad in the Land of Giants by Ludmilla Zeman, a second in a trilogy inspired by the Tales of the Thousand and One Nights; My Sister Gracie by Gillian Johnson, about sibling rivalry; and Florence Nightingale by Gena Gorrell, a biography of the "Lady with the Lamp."
Viking takes role with Baloney, Henry P., a tall tale from Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith; Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery by David A. Adler, illus. by Susanna Natti, which marks the 20th Cam Jansen mystery and the 20th anniversary of the series; Froggy's Christmas by Jonathan London, in which Froggy makes holiday preparations; Max Cleans Up by Rosemary Wells, a new picture book about this lovable bunny; and Dreamland by Sarah Dessen, a YA novel.
Walker takes the back roads with The Way to Wyatt's House by Nancy White Carlstrom, illus. by Mary Morgan, about an autumn walk; Testing Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler, illus. by Kevin O'Malley, in which Miss Malarky's class stresses over a standardized test; Bad Dog by Nina Laden, starring a p try-spouting, poultry-loving pooch; The Kindergarten Party by Anne Rockwell, about the transition from preschool to kindergarten; and Six Ways to Know About You by Karen Gravelle, a book about various methods of divination.
Warne wiggles its whiskers with Peter Rabbit's Finger Puppet Book, illus. by Beatrix Potter, in which readers can make an attached finger puppet hop across each page; and Peter Rabbit Block Puzzle and Board Book, illus. by Potter.
Wiley buzzes into fall with Stink Bugs, Stick Insects and Stag Beetles: And 18 More of the Strangest Insects on Earth by Sally Kneidel, which contains entertaining information from an insect expert.
Winslow enchants with Aria from the Sea by Dia Calhoun, a YA fantasy in which a girl must choose between her love of ballet and her calling as a healer; A Century of American Picturebooks by Barbara Bader, a reissue of this classic reference volume; The Runaway Tortilla by Eric Kimmel, illus. by Randy Cecil, a retelling of the Gingerbread Man story with a Mexican twist; Miracle of Myrrh by Marci Alborghetti, illus. by HervÃ© Blondon, an original Christmas story; and the first two titles in a new historical series focusing on the presidency by Jennifer Armstrong, called Dear Mr. President.
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