Abingdon casts a line into spring with Fishing with Grandaddy B by Tony Pennington, about an intergenerational relationship; God Smiles When... by Wade Hudson, a rhyming board book in which a toddler discovers some of the ways God is near; and Happy Baptism Day by Judy Jolly, a gift book for children.
Augsburg hums along with Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Are You Sleeping?, two Sing-It books by Debbie Trafton O'Neal, illus. by Benrei Huang; You Are So Wonderful! by Jacqueline Janette Lewis, illus. by Jeremy Tugeau; and Cloud Counting and Color My World, two board books in the Imagination series by Dandi Daley Mackall, illus. by Jill Newton.
Bloomsbury casts an ancient spell with the Latin translation of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with ancient Greek, Welsh and Irish translations to follow; Warriors of Camlan by N.M. Browne, the sequel to Warriors of Alavna; Flight of the Fisherbird by Nora Martin, a middle-grade novel set in the 1880s Pacific Northwest; Poodlena by newcomer E.B. McHenry, about a pink, pampered poodle; and The King of Capri by Jeanette Winterson, illus. by Jane Ray, in which a king learns to appreciate the simpler things in life.
Boyds Mills puts on its thinking cap for four new volumes in the Hidden Pictures series by Jody Taylor; and four spring Puzzlemaniatitles from the editors of Highlights for Children.
Candlewick stares down the season with Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac, trans. by Sarah Adams, illus. by Max Grafe, a mythic tale of the friendship between a wolf and a boy; The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone, an ecological fable by picture-book newcomer Tim Ering; That's What Friends Are For by Florence Parry Heide, illus. by Holly Meade, in which Theodore the elephant discovers what real friendship is; Through the Tempests Dark and Wild by Sharon Darrow, illus. by Angela Barrett, a biography of Mary Shelley; and 33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp, a YA novel in which three runaways share horrifying experiences.
Charlesbridge croaks for spring with Frogs Sing Songs by Yvonne Winer, illus. by Tony Oliver, an exploration of frogs and the sounds they make; Children of Native America by Arlene Hirschfelder and Yvonne Wakim Dennis, an introduction to 26 Native American tribes; Calico's Curious Kittens by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes, a picture book about seven furry mischief makers; Popcorn! by Elaine Landau, illus. by Brian Lies, a "tell-all" about this tasty snack; and The Deep-Sea Floor by Sneed B. Collard III, illus. by Gregory Wenzel.
Talewinds celebrates the arts with Pictures at an Exhibition by Anna Harwell Celenza, illus. by JoAnn Kitchel, in which musical composer Modest Mussorgsky deals with the death of his dear friend (a CD recording is included); and Don't Say Ain't by Irene Smalls, illus. by Colin Bootman, about a girl in the 1950s who struggles with her roles in two worlds—her Harlem neighborhood and the advanced school she attends.
Whispering Coyote spells it out with First Year Letters by Julie Danneberg, illus. by Judy Love, a picture-book sequel to the First Day Jitters.
CHILDREN'S BOOK PRESS
Children's Book Press takes a sip of spring with Chachaji's Cup by Uma Krishnaswami, illus. by Soumya Sitaraman, in which a boy's great-uncle explains how the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan affected their family's heritage; Soledad Sigh-Sighs/ Soledad suspiros by Rigoberto González, illus. by Rosa Ibarra, about a lonely girl who makes new neighborhood friends; Xochitl and the Flowers/Xochitl la niña de las flores by Jorge Argueta, illus. by Catalina Gonzalez, in which a community pitches in to create a beautiful garden; and Lakas and the Manilatown Fish by Tony Robles, illus. by Carl Angel, about a Filipino boy in San Francisco who wonders if a fish can really talk.
Chronicle takes the pitcher's mound for Rhinos Who Play Baseball by Julie Mammano, a picture book filled with ballpark lingo; Grow Up by Nina Laden, a board book with die-cut pages; Oh, Ducky! by David Slonum, in which a rubber duck inspires a chocolate maker; Where's Sam? by Yves Got, a peekaboo book starring Sam the bunny; and A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen, the picture-book follow-up to Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee.
Clarion pricks up its ears for Hear the Wind Blow by Mary Downing Hahn, a novel set during the Civil War; Little Bear's Little Boat by Eve Bunting, illus. by Nancy Carpenter, about a growing bear; Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English, illus. by Javaka Steptoe, in which two estranged friends make up; Rhyolite: The True Story of a Ghost Town by Diane Siebert, illus. by David Frampton, a rhyming history; and Rodzina by Karen Cushman, the story of a Polish girl from Chicago who goes west on the Orphan Train.
Dial dons a spring disguise with Niño's Mask by Jeanette Winter, a picture book featuring Mexican motifs; The Cheat by Amy Goldman Koss, about a middle-school cheating scandal; Rise the Moon by Eileen Spinelli, illus. by Raúl Colón, a lyrical lullaby; Twelfth Night, retold by Bruce Coville, illus. by Tim Raglin, a picture-book version of the Shakespeare comedy; and Sweet Briar by Karma Wilson, illus. by LeUyen Pham, the tale of a young skunk's odiferous troubles at school.
DK pirouettes into spring with Ballet School, an introduction to dance class; Ultimate Incredible Hulk, a visual guide to the green Marvel Comics character; 50 States: A Guide to America, a reference volume; Pixar Ultimate Guide, a look behind such Pixar Studios animated movies as Toy Story and A Bug's Life; and 12 new titles in the Baby's World series.
Dutton puckers up for Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle, a coming-of-age novel from a first-time author; Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy by Ilene Cooper, a biography for middle graders; Racer Dogs by Bob Kolar, a rhyming picture book about racing dogs; Storied City: A Children's Book Guide to New York City by Leonard Marcus, a collection of 20 N.Y.C. walking tours inspired by children's books; and Thank You, Grandpa by Lynn Plourde, illus. by Jason Cockroft, in which a girl spends time with her grandfather.
Eerdmans focuses the camera for Family Reunion by Mary Quattlebaum, illus. by Andrea Shine, a group of poems about a family's summer gathering; Saints: Lives and Illuminations by Ruth Sanderson, a picture-book look at saints from the first millennium; One Fine Day by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, illus. by Bill Farnsworth, a radio play about the Wright Brothers' first airplane flight; Especially Heroes by Virginia Kroll, illus. by Tim Ladwig, which centers around a racial incident in the 1960s; and Silent Dreams by Dandi Daley Mackell, illus. by Karen Jerome, in which an orphaned girl and her ailing aunt find escape and hope when they watch silent movies.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
FSG kicks into spring with Wonder Goal! by Michael Foreman, a tribute to soccer; George Washington's Teeth by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora, illus. by Brock Cole, a rhyming picture book about the first president's dental tribulations; Tadpole by Ruth White, in which a boy named Tadpole seeks refuge from a cruel guardian at his cousins' all-female household; Under the Same Sky by Cynthia DeFelice, about a teenager who is challenged to see his family's farm in a new light; and The Name Quilt by Phyllis Root, illus. by Margot Apple, in which a girl helps restore a family heirloom.
Frances Foster Books sets up the easel for Morris the Artist by Lore Segal, illus. by Boris Kulikov, about the special gift a preschooler brings to a birthday party; Sparrow Jack by Mordicai Gerstein, the little-known story about how sparrows came to America; Beatrix: Episodes from the Life of Beatrix Potter by Jeanette Winter, a tribute to Peter Rabbit's creator; Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja, a YA novel focusing on intolerance in a high school setting; and Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia by Barbara O'Connor, in which a girl gains recognition in her small town.
Melanie Kroupa Books tells all with True Confessions of a Heartless Girl by Martha Brooks, in which a heartbroken teenage girl turns a small town upside down; The Man Who Made Time Travel by Kathryn Lasky, illus. by Kevin Hawkes, a picture-book biography of John Harrison, the clock maker who aimed to measure longitude; Little Monkey Says Good Night by Ann Paul, illus. by David Walker, in which Little Monkey must say good night to all the circus performers before bed; Dolores on Her Toes by Barbara Samuels, about a girl whose cat goes missing; and In the Piney Woods by Roni Schotter, illus. by Kimberly Bulcken Root, the story of a girl's relationship with her grandfather.
Free Spirit harnesses some girl power with See Jane Win for Girls: A Smart Girl's Guide to Success by Sylvia Rimm, a self-empowerment title that includes advice from successful women like Jane Pauley and Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap provides a blast from the past with What You Have Now... What Your Daddy Had Then and What You Have Now... What Your Mommy Had Then by Craig Shoemaker, illus. by Sarah Kushner, a look at two different generations; I Think I Can! by Natasha Wing, a new title starring the Little Blue Engine; Apples Add Up and Apples Away, two lift-the-flap titles in the Mott's novelty series; and six new Strawberry Shortcake titles in various formats.
Harcourt plans a spring thrill ride with Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee, a tribute to the adrenaline-pumping attraction; bow wow meow meow: it's rhyming cats and dogs by Douglas Florian, a humorous poetry collection; Babies on the Go by Linda Ashman, illus. by Jane Dyer, a look at how various animals carry their babies while on the move; Jackalope by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, illus. by Janet Stevens, the story of how a vain jackrabbit becomes the legendary jackalope; and A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, a coming-of-age story intertwined with a murder that rocked turn-of-the-century America.
Gulliver hits a homerun with Mama Played Baseball by David A. Adler, illus. by Chris O'Leary, a story of how the women's baseball league forged a bond between a girl and her mother; B Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC by June Sobel, illus. by Melissa Iwai, an alphabet book that captures the creation of an amusement park; One Wide Sky: A Bedtime Lullaby by Deborah Wiles, illus. by Tim Bowers, a countdown to bedtime combined with a backyard adventure; Iris and Walter: The School Play by Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Christine Davenier, in which Iris fights illness before the big show; and Hang the Moon by Deborah Wiles, a coming-of-age tale from the author of Love, Ruby Lavender.
Red Wagon gets cozy with Snuggle Up, Buttercup by Alison Inches, illus. by Ken Wilson-Max, a bedtime book for toddlers; Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, a new board-book edition; Let's Go Visiting by Sue Williams, illus. by Julie Vivas, now in board-book format; and Meet the Little Prince: Board Book Gift Set by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a four-book collection.
Silver Whistle puckers up for Lauren McGill's Pickle Museum by Jerdine Nolen, illus. by Debbie Tilley, in which Lauren displays her passion for pickles; Beverly Billingsly Takes a Bow by Alexander Stadler, about a girl destined for the stage; Rachel Carson by Amy Ehrlich, illus. by Wendell Minor, the story of this environmentalist and scientist; Grody's Not So Golden Rules by Nicole Rubel, showcasing the wisdom of a cheerful, disobedient dog; and Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac, told in alternating points of view by Pocahontas and John Smith.
HarperCollins is getting very sleepy with Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng, a first novel from the U.K. about an orphan girl who hypnotizes her way to fame and fortune; Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot, the fourth novel in the Princess Diaries series; The Princess Diaries Guide to Life by Meg Cabot, an etiquette book featuring tips from Princess Mia; America's Promise by Alma Powell, in which a girl gives back to her community; and The Traitor by Laurence Yep, a new novel in the Golden Mountain Chronicles, about a race riot in 1885 Wyoming Territory.
Avon wags its tail for Dogs on the Job!: True Stories of Phenomenal Dogs by Christopher Farran, about 25 real-life pooches; the first two Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman, based on a comic strip created by Gaiman and starring a young magician; Flying High by Annie Dalton, the third adventure of British time-traveling angel Melanie Beeby; and The Renegade by Terri Farley, fourth in the Phantom Stallion series about wild horses.
Joanna Cotler Books breezes into spring with Where the Four Winds Blow by Dan Yaccarino, an illustrated novel for beginning readers; Painting the Wind by Patricia and Emily MacLachlan, illus. by Katy Schneider, a picture book about creativity, and a first pairing for the mother-daughter author team; After by Francine Prose, a YA debut from Prose, about the changes students face in the aftermath of a school shooting; When Everybody Wore a Hat by William Steig, a picture-book autobiography of Steig's 94 years; and Grow Up by Sandy Turner, in which a child imagines all the things he can be when he gets older.
The Eos imprint (formerly an adult line) debuts in the children's division as a new home for YA fantasy and science fiction titles, including Secret Sacrament by Sherryl Jordan, about a man destined to alter the future; The Sterkarm Handshake by Susan Davis, about 21st-century plunderers who travel to 16th-century Scotland; Abhorsen by Garth Nix, last in the fantasy trilogy that includes Sabriel and Lirael; and A Matter of Profit by Hilary Bell, a futuristic novel.
Laura Geringer Books makes introductions with Moon, Have You Met My Mother? by Karla Kuskin, a comprehensive collection of this poet's work spanning more than 40 years; and Mildred and Sam by Sharleen Collicott, an I Can Read title about a mouse family's preparation for their new babies.
Greenwillow Books raises the curtain on All the World's a Stage by Rebecca Piatt Davidson, illus. by Anita Lobel, a rhyming romp starring some of Shakespeare's characters; The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones, a time-travel fantasy; Wemberly's Ice-Cream Star, a board book by Kevin Henkes, in which Wemberly shares an ice-cream treat with her doll, Petal; Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! by George Shannon, illus. by Laura Dronzek, about a chick who demonstrates bravery and cleverness; and Pictures for Miss Josie by Sandra Belton, illus. by Benny Andrews, in which a teacher inspires a boy to achieve his artistic ambitions.
HarperFestival plays "Pomp and Circumstance" (literally) with Happy Graduation by Kathi Couri, a board book containing a musical chip; Happy Mother's Day, Mother Bear, a new Festival Reader starring Little Bear; Only My Dad and Me by Tiphanie Beeke, illus. by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, a gatefold book; The Three Little Pigs, illus. by Thea Kliros, a new Once Upon a Time title; and Booky, which joins the Baby Booky board-book series by Mary Engelbreit.
HarperTempest makes some noise with reprints of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates; Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison; Jesus: What He Really Said and Did by Stephen Mitchell; and The Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher.
HarperTrophy holds court with reprints of Princess in Love by Meg Cabot; Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett; The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman, illus. by Peter Sís; Fishing in the Air by Sharon Creech, illus. by Chris Raschka; and The Stray Dog by Marc Simont.
Holiday House hatches a spring list with Chicks and Chickens by Gail Gibbons, a book of farm facts; Blues Journey by Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Christopher Myers, a poem tracing blues music from the Middle Passage to modern times; Parade Day: Marching Through the Calendar by Bob Barner, a look at how a calendar works; Three Samurai Cats by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Mordicai Gerstein, a tale of three fighting cats who try to defeat a rat; and I Was a Third Grade Bodyguard by Mary Jane Auch, illus. by Herm Auch, in which Arful the talking dog becomes guardian of the third grade's class pet.
Holt takes a bite out of spring with Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller, about an anything-but-ordinary baked good; Dreadful Acts by Philip Ardagh, second in the Eddie Dickens trilogy; Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt, in which a girl struggles to protect her family after her mother's suicide; Rosie to the Rescue by Bethany Roberts, illus. by Kay Chorao, about Rosie's attempts to calm children's fear of their parents not returning; and Cat Count, Betsy Lewin's newly illustrated edition of her first picture book.
Houghton Mifflin plans a spring jaunt with Tippintown: A Guided Tour by Calef Brown, a poetic picture book; The Water Gift and the Pig of the Pig by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illus. by Linda Wingerter, about a divining rod and a beloved pig; The Kings Are Already Here by Garret Freymann-Weyr, about two teens and their respective obsessions with ballet and chess; The Ballad of Sir Dinadin by Gerald Morris, fifth in the author's series of Arthurian novels; and High Heat by Carl Deuker, a novel that explores the redemptive power of baseball.
Walter Lorraine Books gallops into the season with The Snow Pony by Alison Lester, about Dusty and her temperamental pony; The Wrong One by Carol Otis Hurst, in which a family grieves an untimely death; Map by Taylor Morrison, a history of how nautical charts evolved into modern navigation; Alicia's Best Friends by Lisa Jahn-Clough, about a girl trying to choose the "best" among her many friends; and The Touched Boy by Lois Lowry, in which a girl befriends a retarded boy who is her neighbor.
Hyperion scares up spring with Monster Toddler by John Wallace, in which a sweet-natured boy transforms when he dons a monster costume; If I Had a Pony by Susan Jeffers, about a girl who dreams of owning a pony; Hold My Hand by Charlotte Zolotow, illus. by Carol Thompson, a collection of stories and poems; Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell, a first novel from the author of Educating Esme, a diary of the author's teaching experiences; Gilbert and Sullivan Set Me Free by Kathleen Karr Ahes, a novel set in 1914 about an imprisoned woman who is transformed by a production of The Pirates of Penzance; and I Want a Dog by William Wegman, in which a boy begs for a tail-wagging pet (a weimaraner, perhaps?).
Michael di Capua Books greets the season with The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, illus. by Chris Raschka, in which a girl describes spending time with her grandparents; and Z Goes Home, an alphabet book by Jon Agee.
HYPERION/JUMP AT THE SUN
Jump at the Sun rings up a spring list with Begging for Change by Sharon Flake, a sequel to the novel Money Hungry; Fishing Day by Andrea Pinkney, illus. by Shane Evans, a picture book set in the Jim Crow South; and A Tiger Called Thomas by Charlotte Zolotow, illus. by Diana Cain Bluthenthal, in which a shy boy uses Halloween as the opportunity to meet new friends.
Illumination Arts looks to the night skies with In Every Moon There Is a Face by Charles Mathes, illus. by Arlene Graston, a picture book about finding the "sacred place within"; and Inside Out by Wendy Stofan Halley, illus. by Roberta Collier-Morales, in which Karly's invisible friend helps her remember her spirit.
Kingfisher cracks up with The Kingfisher Book of Funny Stories by Sally Grindley, illus. by Chris Fisher; The Kingfisher Book of Family Poems, selected by Belinda Hollyer; The Kingfisher Book of Nursery Tales by Vivian French, illus. by Stephen Lambert; Moonthief by Roger McGough, illus. by Penny Dann, about a bear's wild imagination; and I Love You Little Monkey by Alan Durant, illus. by Katherine McEwen, a reassuring tale about parental love.
Carolrhoda blasts off for Rabbits on Mars by Jan Wahl, illus. by Kimberly Schamber, in which three rabbits wish to escape the hassles of modern life on Earth; Swing Around the Sun by Barbara Esbensen, illus. by Mary GrandPré, Stephen Gammell, et al., a newly illustrated reissue of this poetry volume; Jennifer Jones Won't Leave Me Alone by Frieda Wishinsky, illus. by Neal Layton, about a boy who finds himself missing a persistent admirer when she moves away; Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is an Adverb? by Brian Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable; and Little Wolf, Scout by Ian Whybrow, illus. by Tony Ross.
Little, Brown rocks the cradle with Lullaby Moons and a Silver Spoon, a collection of lullabies and night songs compiled and illus. by debut artist Brooke Dyer; Bad Cat by Tracy McGuinness, about a big city kitty who tries to help his neighbors; D.W.'s Guide to Preschool by Marc Brown, narrated by Arthur the aardvark's little sister; What Are You So Grumpy About? by Tom Lichtenheld, a humor title; and Why Can't Grown-Ups Be More Like Kids? by Jamie Harper, in which two girls wonder why their parents can't be more fun.
Megan Tingley Books slathers on the sunscreen for Otto Goes to the Beach by Todd Parr, first in a series for preschoolers starring a dog named Otto; Rock-a-Baby Band by Kate McMullan, illus. by Janie Bynum, a rhymin', rockin' story that comes with a sing-along CD; One Grain of Sand by Pete Seeger, illus. by Linda Wingerter, a picture-book version of Seeger's lullaby; A Mouse in the House by Ellen Jarecki, introducing a line of board books starring the mice from House Mouse Designs greeting cards; and Oh, Baby!: A Celebration of Babies by Leo Landry, featuring babies sweet and silly.
Morehouse does some spring sowing with The Grateful Farmer by Esther Bender, illus. by Mary Anne Lard, in which a farmer learns that gratitude is the key to making his poor farm a rich one; and Me & God: A Book of Partner Prayers by Deb Lund, illus. by Carolyn Digby Conahan, a collection of rhyming prayers.
Tommy Nelson greets the season with The Edge Devotional Bible (NIV) by Mark Littleton, Sandy Silverthorne and Marnie Wooding, for kids on the "edge of adolescence"; Marshmallow Clouds by Leslie Parrott, a story that helps children understand God's ways; 2:52 Soul Gear: Weird & Gross Bible Stuff by Rick Osborne, Bible facts designed to hold the attention of "tween" boys; Khalil and the Big Gulp by Eric Metaxas, narrated by a worm that traveled with Jonah in the belly of a whale; and God Loves You Very Much by Larry Libby, words and Scripture about God's constant presence.
North-South fashions a fine forecast with Fairweather Friends by Udo Weigelt, illus. by Nora Hilb, about a cat and his hamster pal; Rufus and Max by Hermann Moers, illus. by Philippe Goossens, in which two puppies use their imaginations; Bear's Journey by Udo Weigelt, illus. by Cristina Kadmon, a picture book addressing death and grieving; Rainbow Fish Puzzle Board Book by Marcus Pfister, featuring a glittering floor puzzle; and Lonely Sandman by Udo Weigelt, illus. by Sibylle Heusser, in which the Sandman searches for a friend who can stay awake with him.
Cheshire Studio rules the roost with Chicken Chickens Go to School by Valeri Gorbachev, the sequel to Chicken Chickens; and Maybe, My Baby by Marilyn Janovitz, a bedtime book.
Michael Neugebauer Books plucks a spring bouquet with Queen of the Flowers by Isabel Pin, about a girl who longs to dress like a princess but is stuck with a bumblebee costume instead; and a sequel to Hugs and Kisses by Christopher Loupy, illus. by Eve Tharlet.
Night Sky Books makes an impression with Mother's Footprints, a lift-the-flap title, and The Secret Hideout, a picture book, both by Hans de Beer and featuring Little Polar Bear; and Surprise Party by Marcus Pfister, a picture book starring Rainbow Fish.
SeaStar Books heats up the season with Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire by Diane deGroat, a story about honesty starring Gilbert the opossum; The Tempest by Marianna Mayer, illus. by Lynn Bywaters, an adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy; Tour America by Diane Siebert, illus. by Stephen T. Johnson, a view of some of the country's most celebrated sites; Pilobolus Alphabet by Pilobolus, photos by John Kane, an alphabet book featuring the dance troupe; and My Life Story by Tracy Dockray, the writings and doodlings of an alpha-female rabbit, a companion to My Bunny Diary.
Alloy catches a whiff of spring with What's That Smell? Oh, It's Me. 50 Horrifying Situations That Can (and Probably Will) Happen to You, a guide to handling life's little practical jokes.
Firebird sets sail with paperback reissues of The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip; Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl; The Winter Prince by Elizabeth E. Wein; and the paperback reprint of Treasure at the Heart of Tanglewood by Meredith Ann Pierce.
Phyllis Fogelman Books soars up, up and away with The Amazing Air Balloon by Jean Van Leeuwen, illus. by Marco Ventura, a tale inspired by the first person to ever ride in a hot-air balloon; The Prophets by Marianna Mayer, illus. by various artists, featuring stories about and quotes from prophets of the Bible; Dreaming in Black & White by Reinhardt Jung, trans. by Anthea Bell, a novel about a disabled boy who dreams what life would have been like for him in Nazi Germany; Getting Away with Murder by Chris Crowe, about a 1955 Mississippi murder case and its role in the Civil Rights movement; and The Great Googlestein Mystery by Jean Van Leeuwen, illus. by R.W. Alley, in which three mice move into the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Philomel saddles up for spring with The Girl on the High-Diving Horse by Linda Oatman High, illus. by Ted Lewin, featuring interviews with real-life women who performed in 1930s Atlantic City; The Angel's Command by Brian Jacques, the sequel to Castaways of the Flying Dutchman; A Tisket, a Tasket, illus. by Ora Eitan, a picture-book adaptation of the popular song; The Big Blue Spot by Peter Holwitz, in which a lonely blue dot drips its way across the pages; and Agapanthus Hum and the Angel Hoot by Joy Cowley, illus. by Jennifer Plecas, a chapter book in which rambunctious Agapanthus loses her first tooth.
Pippin spans the globe for an untitled tale by William Stokes about Joseph Bonaparte's exile in New Jersey during the Napoleonic Wars; and an untitled biography of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe by Richard Durie.
PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan buzzes into the season with Bee Happy and Bee Smart, two titles in the Bee Attitudes board-book series by Charles Reasoner; Fleecy Bunny, a fleece-covered Fleecy Friends book; Welcome to Tarrytown!: A Book of First Words, a Jay Jay the Jet Plane title; and Sooty Foot by Stephen Cosgrove, illus. by Robin James, new to the Serendipity line.
Prima turns a frown upside down with Girl's Bad Day Repair Kit: 130 Fun Ways to Brighten Your Day and Beat the Blahs by Hillary Homzie, a motivational activity handbook for teens.
Puffin shows its pearly whites with reprints of The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl, illus. by Quentin Blake; Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny by Jan Karon; Town Mouse Country Mouse by Jan Brett; Why Do Rabbits Hop? by Joan Holub, illus. by Anna DiVito;and A Step from Heaven by An Na.
Putnam is learning a brand-new dance with Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson, a story told through poetry; Things Will Never Be the Same: A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book by Tomie dePaola; Overnight by Adele Griffin, a tale of a sleepover party where a group of girls' loyalties are tested; Uncle Andy's by James Warhola, a look at artist Andy Warhol, from his nephew's viewpoint; and Not Just Tutus by Rachel Isadora, a collection of poems focusing on the world of ballet.
Random House goes on the q.t. with Top Secret, Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B. (and Me!) by Barbara Park, a look at this popular character with blank space for readers to fill in their own remarks; Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss, a reissue of the 1959 classic; Sleeping Bunny by Emily Keller, illus. by Pamela Silin-Palmer, a bunnified retelling of Sleeping Beauty; The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom, a picture book that celebrates the joy of reading; and Nubby Bear and three other titles by Stan Herman in the chenille-covered Nubby Board Book series.
Bantam plays double agent with three new titles in the Alias Prequels series, a tie-in to the ABC-TV show Alias; two new Justice League novels inspired by comic book heroes and villains; and three new Myth Quest titles.
Crown does a body good with The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell, a picture-book reference and maintenance manual for the human body; The Encyclopedia of Preserved People: Pickled, Frozen, and Mummified Corpses from Around the World by Natalie Jane Prior; American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm: A Young People's Edition by Gail Buckley, adapted for young readers by Tonya Bolden; and Close to Shore by Michael Capuzzo, an adaptation of Capuzzo's nonfiction bestseller about the shark attacks of 1916 that inspired Jaws.
Delacorte cries "Girl Power!" with The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares, a sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; Inside the Alamo by Jim Murphy, an account of this turning point in U.S. history; The Last Dog on Earth by Daniel Ehrenhaft, starring an angry boy and the mutt he befriends; Deep by Susanna Vance, in which the lives of two young women intersect with a psychotic man at sea; and Wandering Warrior by Da Chen, a kung fu adventure/coming-of-age story.
RANDOM HOUSE/DELACORTE PAPERBACK
Delacorte Paperback gets patriotic with Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley; China's Son by Da Chen, a memoir adapted from the author's adult work Colors of the Mountain; and the reprint of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares.
RANDOM HOUSE/DELL LAUREL-LEAF
Dell Laurel-Leaf reprints include Lord of the Deep by Graham Salisbury; Shades of Simon Gray by Joyce McDonald; The Gadget by Paul Zindel; The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashijan; and Dell Laurel-Leaf Readers Circle welcomes Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.
RANDOM HOUSE/DELL YEARLING
Dell Yearling roars into spring with reprints of Tiger's Fall by Molly Bang; A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park; Flipped and Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes, bothby Wendelin Van Draanen; and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.
Disney provides the bare necessities with The Jungle Book II: A Read-Aloud Storybook, a tie-in to the forthcoming feature film; Have a Ball!, a new Bright and Ready board book; Piglet's Big Movie, inspired by the forthcoming animated film and starring the denizens of the Hundred-Acre Wood; What Tiggers Do Best, a Disney Peek-a-Boo Book; and The Magic Touch, a Disney Spinner board book.
Dragonfly heats up some chicken soup for reprints of The Sick Day by Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Jane Dyer; Desser the Best Ever Cat by Maggie Smith; And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends by Mary Ann Hoberman, illus. by Kevin Hawkes; and Goodnight, Monkey Boy by Jarrett Krosoczka.
Golden Books puts on its hardhat for Building Buddies, a Bob the Builder board book; Precious Moments Nursery Rhymes, featuring rhymes adapted by Precious Moments creator Samuel J. Butcher; Pat the Bunny: Collector's Edition by Dorothy Kunhardt, a larger-size book with two restored activities; Barbie Rules #1: Be Your Own Best Friend, first in a series addressing issues of growing up; and The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey, illus. by Gustaf Tenggren, one of four new 8x10 Big Little Golden Books, reissues of the classic Little Golden Books titles.
Knopf heads for the Big Top with Last Night I Dreamed a Circus by Maya Gottfried, illus. by Robert Rahway Zakanitch, in which a child imagines herself in all the starring roles of the circus; A Bunny for All Seasons by Janet Schulman, illus. by Meilo So, a picture book about the four seasons; Ellen's Lion: Twelve Stories by Crockett Johnson, a reissued classic collection; Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception by Wendelin Van Draanen, the eighth title starring the junior high sleuth; and Animal Senses by Diane Ackerman, illus. by Peter Sís, a collection of poems about the senses.
Wendy Lamb Books rides into spring with The Dark Horse by Marcus Sedgwick, a fantasy novel about betrayal and ancient magic; How Angel Peterson Got His Name and Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports by Gary Paulsen, slapstick tales of the author's boyhood adventures; Finding Our Way Stories by René Saldaña Jr., stories of young adults along the Texas-Mexico border; Dust by Arthur Slade, a fantasy set in the Depression era; and Tears of the Salamander by Peter Dickinson, in which a boy in 19th-century Italy discovers the dangerous, magical history of his father's family.
RANDOM HOUSE/SESAME WORKSHOP
Sesame Workshop looks for a pot of gold with End of the Rainbow, a tie-in to the Dragon Tales animated series; and Clang-Clang! Bang-Bang! and So Big!, two new board books in the Sesame Beginnings line for babies.
Running Press has a spring list up its sleeve with Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic by Mark Wilson, a comprehensive guide to performing tricks; The Ultimate Scarf Kit by Conn McQuinn, which includes fabric paints; Mister Rogers' Thank You Box by Fred Rogers, a book-plus title that encourages an "attitude of gratitude"; Firehouses by Rachele Keith, an interactive book in the Magic Wand Adventures line; and The Classic Treasury of Greek and Roman Mythology by Steve Zorn, illus. by Giles Greenfield, an anthology.
Scholastic simmers up a potful of spring titles including Stone Soup, retold and illus. by Jon J. Muth, an adaptation of the folktale; A Time to Love: Tales from the Old Testament by Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Christopher Myers, which retells six Bible stories through the voices of young adults; Green Angel by Alice Hoffman, a YA novel about a teenager who loses her family in a disaster; Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey, illus. by Rebecca Gibbon, in which a determined fan makes her way to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; and Call on the Stars by Sally Prue, a debut novel about a boy who is part human and part elf.
Blue Sky Press writes a prehistoric prescription with How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, a follow-up to How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?; Whales Passing by Eve Bunting, illus. by Lambert Davis, which explores a boy's fantasies about the underwater conversations of orca whales; Policeman Lou and Policewoman Sue by Lisa Desimini, a picture book about the routine of two police officer friends on the beat; How Groundhog's Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry, which provides gardening tips; and YIKES! by Robert Florczak, a guess-what-comes-next story starring exotic animals.
Cartwheel revs its engine for Beep Beep by Kay Widdowson, a squeaky novelty board book; Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Priscilla Burris, a counting book; I Spy Ultimate Challenger by Jean Marzollo, illus. by Walter Wick; HipKidHop: Hope by Shaggy, a read-along book packaged with a CD; and Barnaby's Bunny by Wendy Roulliard, a springtime tale packaged with stickers and egg stands.
The Chicken House serves up a sweet spring with Pudgy: A Puppy to Love by Pippa Goodheart, illus. by Caroline Jayne Church, about the friendship between the pup and a lonely girl; Lucas by Kevin Brooks, a romantic mystery-thriller; and Dark Quetzal by Katherine Roberts, the final book in the Echorium fantasy trilogy.
Arthur A. Levine Books harvests the fruits of its labor with Plum, a poetry collectionby Tony Mitton, illus. by Mary GrandPré; When Dogs Cry by Markus Zusak, in which a boy falls in love with his brother's girlfriend; and Drat That Fat Cat! by Pat Thomson, illus. by Ailie Busby, about an omnivorous feline.
Orchard gets out its Easter finery with Miss Hunnicutt's Hat by Jeff Brumbeau, illus. by Gail de Marcken, in which Miss Hunnicutt's unusual millinery makes an impression; Chief: The Life of Peter J. Ganci by Chris Ganci, a tribute to a New York City firefighter lost on September 11, written by his son; Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! by Eric Carle, illus. by Carle and Kazuo Iwamura, a bilingual book with each half illustrated respectively by the two artists; The Wish List by Eoin Colfer, in which a teenager who dies has the chance to redeem herself by performing tasks back on Earth; and Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton, illus. by Guy Parker-Rees, a boogie session with dinosaurs.
Scholastic Paperbacks sees no end in sight with The Day My Butt Went Psycho by Andy Griffiths, the tale of a boy and his runaway butt; Loving Your Body and Loving Yourself by Kimberly Kirberger, which addresses the issue of body image for teens; Pyrates: The Secret City by Chris Archer, an adventure filled with international intrigue; Wild Magic by Dave Luckett, in which Rhianna is having trouble at magic school; and Hunting the Dragon (Animal Planet #1) by Jane Hammerslough, based on the Animal Planet TV show The Jeff Corwin Experience.
Scholastic Reference makes the team with The Scholastic Visual Sports Encyclopedia; What a Great Idea: Inventions That Changed the World by Stephen Tomecek, illus. by Dan Stuckenschneider; Rome: In Spectacular Cross Section by Andrew Solway, illus. by Stephen Biesty; In Their Own Words: Sojourner Truth by Peter and Connie Roop; and How Do Frogs Swallow with Their Eyes: Questions and Answers About Amphibians by Melvin and Gilda Berger, illus. by Karen Carr.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S waddles into spring with Little Quack by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Derek Anderson, a story of courage and counting; My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Christine King Farris, illus. by Chris Soentpiet, a portrait of the childhood of the Civil Rights leader; The Steps by Rachel Cohn, in which Annabel first meets her "bazillion" half- and step- siblings; Firewing by Ken Oppel, third in the Silverwing fantasy sequence; and Daddy Says by Ntozake Shange, about two sisters coming to terms with their father after their mother dies in an accident.
Aladdin counts down to spring with One Hundred Days (Plus One) by Margaret McNamara, illus. by Mike Gordon, the debut title in the Robin Hill School Ready-to-Read series set in a first-grade classroom; Tippy Lemmey by Patricia C. McKissack, illus. by Susan Keeter, a Ready-for-Chapters title about kids overcoming their fear of a neighborhood dog; Gettysburg by Jennifer Armstrong, a title launching the Milestones Ready-for-Chapters nonfiction series; Laura Bush: America's First Lady by Beatrice Gormley, a biography; and a paperback edition of We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illus. by Helen Oxenbury.
Atheneum takes wing with Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan, in which all the birds in the forest try to imitate Blackbird's beauty; Here's What You Do When You Can't Find Your Shoe: Ingenious Inventions for Petty Problems by Andrea Perry, illus. by Alan Snow; The Adventures of Providence Traveler: Uh-oh, Leonardo! by Roberto Sabuda, in which Providence travels back in time to meet her hero, Leonardo da Vinci; Tales from the House of Bunnicula #4: Howie Monroe and the Screaming Mummies of Pharoah's Tomb II by James Howe, illus. by Brett Helquist, in which Howie collaborates with his friend Delilah on a new book; and The Book of Houses by Frances O'Roark Dowell, in which longtime foster child Maddie may have found a real family.
Richard Jackson Books checks the guest list for I'm Not Invited? by Diana Cain Bluthenthal, in which Minnie wonders why her good friend has not invited her to his party; Catilda by John Stadler, a bedtime tale starring Catilda the cat; What James Likes Best by Amy Schwartz, four stories about some of James's favorite activities; Mother to Tigers by George Ella Lyon, illus. by Peter Catalonotto, a picture-book biography of the founder of the first American zoo nursery; and The True Meaning of Cleavage by Mariah Fredericks, about two girls' unlikely ninth-grade friendship.
Anne Schwartz Books pops some popcorn for Silent Movie by Avi, illus. by C.B. Mordan, which recreates a silent film in picture-book form; Girl Wonder by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Terry Widener, inspired by female baseball pioneer Alta Weiss, who pitched for a semi-pro male team; Trudi and Pia by Ursula Hegi, illus. by Giselle Potter, adapted from Hegi's bestselling novel Stones from the River; Ellsworth's Extraordinary Electric Ears... And Other Amazing Alphabet Anecdotes by Valorie Fisher, a photographic alphabet book; and Tinka by Rainy Dohaney, a debut picture book about a sheep that is roughly the size of a cupcake.
Little Simon flits into spring with Good Night, Sweet Butterflies by Dawn Bentley, illus. by Heather Cahoon, a bedtime/concept book with glitter butterfly attachments; Mama Hen and Her Baby Chicks 1, 2, 3 by Beck Ward, illus. by Sami Sweeton, a board book shaped like a hen; Animals 1 to 100 by David and Sophie Pelham, a lift-the-flap/ pop-up counting book; Bee Mine: A Pop-up Book of Valentines by Olive Ewe, illus. by Daniel Moreton, paper engineering by Bruce Foster; and Peanuts Valentine Craft Kit adapted by Justine and Ron Fontes, illus. by Vincent Martone.
Margaret K. McElderry Books hopes to turn the season into gold with Alchemy by Margaret Mahy, a supernatural thriller; Sheep Don't Count Sheep by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Benrei Huang, a bedtime story that includes an original lullaby; Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, a sequel to the picture book Bear Snores On; The Puppeteer's Apprentice by D. Anne Love, in which a medieval orphan apprentices herself to a traveling puppeteer; and Shooting Monarchs by John Halliday, a first novel about 18-year-old Macy, a kidnapper and killer.
Simon Pulse keeps its eyes peeled for reprints of Seek by Paul Fleischman; What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones; and Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall Trilogy. Simon Pulse originals include The Fallen by Thomas Snigoski, in which a boy discovers he is the child of a mortal and an angel; and Monster Island by Christopher Golden and Thomas Snigoski, a crossover novel based on TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
Simon Spotlight loads up its backpack with these Nickelodeon TV tie-ins: Dora the Explorer: Happy Mother's Day, Mami! by Leslie Valdes, illus. by Jason Fruchter; Blue's Clues: Peekaboo, Blue! by Jenny Miglis, illus. by Jenine Pontillo; Bob the Builder: Building with Bob by Jenny Miglis, illus. by Barry Goldberg; SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob; and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: Genius 101 Exploring My World by Kent Redeker, illus. by Mark Marderosian and Tom Lapadula.
Storey packs some trail mix for WoodsWalk: Peepers, Pikas and Exploding Puffballs by Henry Art and Michael Robbins, a nature tour filled with identification information on woodland plants and animals.
Texas Christian University Press takes cover for The Summer of the Storm by Julie Lake, in which a girl finds herself trapped in the Galveston hurricane of 1900.
Tor lassos a passel of spring titles with Double Diamond Dude Ranch #1 by Louise Ladd, first in a middle-grade series about a girl who loves horses and her family's Colorado ranch; Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn, about a 14-year-old on the run from the law and his unlikely ally, an orphaned dragon-like symbiote; Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions by R.A. DeCandido, kicking off a series of tie-ins to the TV show of the same name; Beyond the Hanging Wall by Sara Douglass, in which Garth, a physician in training, travels deep into the Earth to heal the prisoners who work there; and The Earthborn, a debut novel by Australian author Paul Collins, about a group of children raised in space who crash to Earth.
Starscape makes time for paperback reissues of The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle; Hidden Talents by David Lubar; Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody; The Shadow Guests by Joan Aiken; and The Red Unicorn by Tanith Lee.
Tyndale Kids turns out its Sunday best with Christopher and His Friends by Barbara Davoll, illus. by Dennis Hockerman, first in the updated Christopher Churchmouse series; God Loves Me by Kenneth Taylor, the debut title of the Sensory Board Books line; The Wiccan by Bill Myers, new to the Forbidden Doors series, which teaches Christian youth about perceived dangers of the occult; Unhappy Appy, new to the Winnie the Horse Gentler series; and four new titles in the Left Behind: The Kids fiction series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.
UAHC sets the table for Shabbat Shalom by Michelle Shapiro Abraham, a story in verse that explains what takes place at the Sabbath dinner; and The Perfect Prayer by Donald Rosoff, about a queen who, with her advisers, crafts the perfect prayer.
Viking walks down the aisle with Flower Girl by Kathy Furgang, illus. by Harley Jessup, about a reluctant bridal party participant; The Queen's Progress by Celeste Davidson Mannis, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, a picture book about Queen Elizabeth; Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka, the adventures of two kids in the tub; The Happy Hocky Family Move to the Country by Lane Smith, 16 new stories about the eccentric family; and NO! An Oral History of 1960s Activism by Jeff Kisseloff, covering topics ranging from civil rights to the Chicago Eight.
Walker gets a free throw with Mount Olympus Basketball by Kevin O'Malley, in which the gods take on legendary mortal players in a basketball game; Anna the Bookbinder by Andrea Cheng, illus. by Ted Rand, in which Anna takes the fate of her family's business into her own hands; Two Bluejays by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Megan Halsey, about students who watch from the classroom window as two birds build their nest and raise a family; The Battle of the Ironclads by Patrick O'Brien, featuring the revolutionary battle between ships Monitor and Virginia (aka Merrimac); and a reissue of The Far Side of Evil by Sylvia Louise Engdahl, the sequel to Enchantress from the Stars.
Frederick Warne takes a nibble out of spring with the following titles inspired by Beatrix Potter's characters: Be My Valentine, Peter Rabbit; Peter Rabbit's Playtime Cloth Book; Peter Rabbit's Touch and Feel Board Book; Peter Rabbit's Jigsaw Puzzle Book; and Peter Rabbit's Basket.
Wiley has all the angles covered with Groovy Geometry: Games and Activities That Make Math Easy and Fun by Lynette Long; The Maya: Activities and Crafts from a Mysterious Land by Arlette Braman; Ancient Science: 40 Time-Traveling, World-Exploring, History-Making Activities by Jim Wiese; and The U.S. History Cookbook: Delicious Recipes and Exciting Events from the Past by Joan D'Amico and Karen Eich Drummond.
Zonderkidz greets the spring with God Loves You Very Much by Larry Libby, a story of comfort based on Scripture; Khalil and the Big Gulp by Eric Mataxas, a retelling of the Jonah and the Whale story; Marshmallow Clouds by Leslie Parrott, which illustrates that God's way is the best way; 2:52 Soul Gear: Weird & Gross Bible Stuff by Rick Osborne, a collection of Biblical facts; and The Edge Devotional Bible by Mark Littleton, Sandy Silverthorne and Marnie Wooding, a Bible for older readers.