Abrams steps into fall with Cirque De Soleil: A Parade of Colors by Patrisha Robertson, which takes a lyrical look at colors; The Twelve Days of Kindergarten by Deborah Lee Rose, illus. by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, a counting book; Babar's Museum by Laurent de Brunhoff, which turns a train station into a museum; Romare Bearden by Jan Greenberg, a biography; and Searching for Anne Frank by Susan Rubin with the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, which includes interviews with childhood friends of Anne Frank.
ALL ABOUT KIDS
All About Kids blasts off with A Lunar Christmas by Glen Sica, illus. by David Weber Merrell, about a boy's trip to the moon with Santa; Dillan McMillan, Please Eat Your Peas! by David Schneider, illus. by Jeff Shelly, in which a boy refuses a certain legume; Noshi's Special Gift by L.B. Manz, illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa, about the gift of music; Sarah's Invisible Brother by Helene van Rossum, a picture book about siblings; and My Brother and I by Brad Harris, illus. by Phyllis Harris, in which two brothers become friends.
ALL ABOUT KIDS/KEYHOLE
Keyhole Press peeks into fall with Shadowbox Hunt by Laura Seeley, a hide-and-seek picture book; and The Big and Little ABC by Sandra Ure Griffin, which showcases plants, flowers, insects and animals.
ALLEN & UNWIN
(Independent Publishers Group, dist.)
Allen & Unwin says 'boo!' with Tashi and the Haunted House by Anna Fienberg and Barbara Fienberg, illus. by Kim Gamble, a picture book adventure; and The Wooden Cow and The Golden Udder, two additions to the Storymaze series.
(Firefly Books, dist.)
Annick Press heads for Madison Avenue with The Teen Advertising Book by Shari Graydon, a title that informs readers about the influence of advertising; Cabbagehead! by Loris Lesynski, a collection of original poems; Escapes by Laura Scandiffio, a True Stories from the Edge title; The Dirt Eaters by Dennis Foon, a futuristic YA novel; and Certain Things About My Mother by Susan Musgrave, a collection of essays about the mother-daughter relationship.
Augsburg wraps up the season with Papa's Birthday Gift by Lynn Downey, illus. by Stacey Schuett; What Scares Me: And What I Do About It, edited by Jeff Kunkel, illus. by various children; God Created by Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, illus. by Jui Ishida; and two new Sing-It! picture-activity books, Go Tell It on the Mountain by Debbie Trafton O'Neal, illus. by Fiona King, and O, Christmas Tree by O'Neal, illus. by Ande Cook.
BAKER BOOK HOUSE
Baker Book House lights the way with The Candle in the Window by Grace Johnson, a Christmas picture book; and When Mother Was Eleven-Foot-Four: A Child's Christmas Memory by Jerry Camery-Hoggatt, an autobiographical holiday tale.
Bloomsbury walks the plank for Pirates by Celia Rees, a novel set on the high seas in the 1700s; The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, about a girl with a talent for talking to animals; The King of Capri by Jeanette Winterson, illus. by Jane Ray, a fairy tale that involves runaway laundry; The Three Grumpies by Tami Wight, illus. by Ross Collins, in which a girl manages to thwart the three grumpies with a secret weapon; and Bus-a-Saurus Bop by Diane Shore, illus. by Dave Clark, about a boy's unusual ride to school.
Candlewick buzzes into fall with The Bee-Man of Orne by Frank Stockton, illus. by P.J. Lynch, a classic story of discovering a meaningful life; The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, about a mouse's quest to save the human princess he loves; Ground Zero: New York, September 11, 2001 by Wilborn Hampton, featuring interviews with people who witnessed this tragedy first-hand; The Dot by Peter Reynolds, in which a teacher inspires a child's artistic abilities; and My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illus. by H.B. Lewis, about a boy's special Christmas gift.
Marshall Cavendish cuts a rug with Dancing Granny by Elizabeth Winthrop, illus. by Salvatore Murdocca, about a light-stepping grandma; Little Old Big Beard and Big Young Little Beard by Remy Charlip, illus. by Charlip and Tamara Rettenmund, in which two cowboys search for a lost cow; Don't Wake Up the Bear by Marjorie Dennis Murray, illus. by Patricia Wittmann, a tale of hibernation; Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, a look at foliage; and My Baby by Joyce Sweeeney, a novel about teen pregnancy.
Charlesbridge walks down the aisle with The Wedding by Eve Bunting, illus. by Iza Trapani, about an animal celebration; Big Blue by Shelley Gill, illus. by Ann Barrow, starring a blue whale; How Do You Raise a Raisin? by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illus. by Craig Brown, a rhyming text about how grapes become 'nature's candy'; Because I Could Not Stop My Bike by Karen Jo Shapiro, illus. by Matt Faulkner, an anthology of poems poking fun at some classic works by Poe, Burns and others; and Whale Snow by Debby Dahl Edwardson, illus. by Annie Patterson, a glimpse at a traditional whaling expedition.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
(Independent Publishers Group, dist.)
Chicago Review Press stretches the canvas for Salvador Dalí and the Surrealists: Their Lives and Ideas, 21 Activities by Michael Elsohn Ross, which explores this art movement.
CHILDREN'S BOOK PRESS
Children's Book Press plants a fall garden with bilingual English/Spanish books Xochitl and the Flowers/Xochitl y las flores by Jorge Argueta, illus. by Carl Angel, about a girl from El Salvador who finds something familiar in her new San Francisco neighborhood; Drum, Chavi, Drum!/Toca, Chavi, Toca! by Mayra Dole, illus. by Tonel, about a young conga player; Super Cilantro Girl/La superniña del cilantro by Juan Felipe Herrera, illus. by Honorio Robledo, an herb-inspired fantasy; Baby Rattlesnake/Viborita de Cascabel by Te Ata, adapted by Lynn Moroney, illus. by Mira Reisberg, a Chickasaw tale; and Come Home, Ami Chi by Truong Tran, illus. by Ann Phong, an English/Vietnamese story.
Chronicle says 'ooh la la' for Charlotte in Paris by Joan MacPhail Knight, illus. by Melissa Sweet, a picture-book follow-up to Charlotte in Giverny; The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jim LaMarche, a version of the Grimm fairy tale; 'Tis the Season: A Christmas Treasury, a Classic Illustrated Edition compiled by Cooper Edens; Sam's World by Yves Got, a first-word book; and Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Deitz Shea and Cynthia Weill, a counting book that introduces the traditions of the Vietnamese New Year.
CINCO PUNTOS PRESS
Cinco Puntos plans for a rich fall with Treasure on Gold Street by Lee Merrill Byrd, a story of the friendship between a child and a mentally retarded woman.
Clarion stuffs the ballot box with Vote! by Eileen Christelow, a look at the election process; My Big Boy Bed by Eve Bunting, illus. by Maggie Smith, about an important transition; Orville by Haven Kimmel, about a big dog; The Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park, illus. by Julie Downing, set in 19th-century Korea; and Words West: The Voices of Young Pioneers by Ginger Wadsworth, impressions of our country's westward expansion.
Darby Creek goes for the gold with Break the Tape: Women Athletes Who Ran Ahead by Karle Dickerson and Julia DeVillers, which profiles women who have broken barriers in the sports world.
Dial slithers into fall with Jimmy's Boa and the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk by Trinka Hakes Noble, illus. by Steven Kellogg, a basketball-dancing adventure; Sweet Briar Goes to School by Karma Wilson, illus. by LeUyen Pham, in which a skunk saves the day; Aesop's Fables, retold and illus. by Brad Sneed; Birds of Passage by Richard Peck, a Civil War-era novel; and A Cool Moonlight by Angela Johnson, about a girl who cannot be touched by sunlight.
Disney Press celebrates the Magic Kingdom with Disney's I Know My ABCs, a board book; Disney's Counting the Days 'Til Christmas by the Disney Storybook Artists, a collection of 24 mini Christmas board books; Disney's My Side of the Story: Snow White/Evil Queen, Cinderella/Evil Stepmother by Daphne Skinner, a two-books-in-one, flip-over title; Disney's Build Your Own Haunted Mansion, a storybook that assembles into the Disney theme-park attraction; and The Great Big Book of Everything by Griff, a reference book of facts and photos, inspired by the TV series Stanley .
DK surfs the 'net with DK's e-Encyclopedia, a print reference that works in tandem with a dedicated DK Web site; Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide, about Bugs Bunny and the gang; Baby's Day, first in a new line of DK Baby hardcovers; People, a look at lifestyles around the globe; and Fishy Tales, the debut title in the Pre-Level 1 level of DK Readers.
Dutton woofs it up with The Boy Who Spoke Dog by Clay Morgan, a novel about a shipwrecked boy who learns to speak the language of canines; Prep by Jake Coburn, a debut YA novel set in a New York City prep school; Creation by Gerald McDermott, the story from Genesis; Jag Tests the Water by LeAnn Rimes illus. by Richard Bernal, about a jaguar experiencing peer pressure; and Sherman Crunchley by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans, illus. by Tim Bowers, in which Sherman the dog can't say no.
Eerdmans weaves a fall list with The Moses Basket by Jenny Koralek, illus. by Pauline Baynes, about baby Moses's river escape via water-tight basket; I Wonder as I Wander by Gwenyth Swain, illus. by Ron Himler, the story behind this Christmas carol; Jubilee by Ellen Yeomans, illus. by Tim Ladwig, in which heaven is portrayed as a joyous family gathering; Abby's Chairs by Barbara Santucci, illus. by Debrah Santini, about a girl's acclimation to a new home; and Pip and the Edge of Heaven by Elizabeth Liddle, illus. by Lara Jones, a bedtime story.
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, dist.)
Enchanted Lion spans the globe for Venice by Renzo Rossi and London by Neil Morris, new titles in the Great Cities Through the Ages series.
FACTS ON FILE/CHECKMARK
Checkmark gets in the game with Winning Gymnastics for Girls by Drew Schwartz; Winning Lacrosse for Girls by Becky Swissler; Winning Weight Training for Girls by Gerry Green and David Porter; and Winning Track and Field for Girls by Porter.
Firefly keeps things on the QT with Top Secret by David Owen, a nonfiction look at espionage and spy technology.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
FSG sizes up the season with The Shape Game by Anthony Browne, about a family outing to an art museum; Father Fox's Christmas Rhymes by Clyde Watson, illus. by Wendy Watson, a companion to Father Fox's Pennyrhymes; Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clue by Jack Gantos, in which Jack Henry faces some new adjustments; Old Granny and the Bean Thief by Cynthia DeFelice, illus. by Cat Bowman Smith, an adventure starring a woman's favorite food; and The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle by Lynne Cherry, an exploration of the unique mangrove ecosystem.
Frances Foster Books takes wing with The Flyers by Allan Drummond, a story celebrating the Wright Brothers' achievements; Colibri by Ann Cameron, about the mysterious life of a girl in Guatemala; The Green Dog: A Mostly True Story by Suzanne Fisher Staples, a funny tale from the author's childhood; Tree of Life: Charles Darwin by Peter Sís; and Walk Softly, Rachel by Kate Banks, a YA novel about a girl who discovers secrets about her family's past by reading her deceased brother's journal.
Melanie Kroupa Books is all ears for The Sound of Day, The Sound of Night by Mary O'Neill, illus. by Cynthia Jabar, a picture book inspired by two poems; Alligator Sue by Sharon Arms Doucet, illus. by Anne Wilsdorf, a spirited tale set in the Louisiana bayou; Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming, illus. by Stacey Dressen-McQueen, in which an American girl sends boxes of everyday items-and friendship-to a Dutch girl during WWII; Rosy Cole's Worst Ever, Best Yet Tour of New York City by Sheila Greenwald, a picture book adventure; and When Catherine the Great and I Were Eight! by Cari Best, illus. by Giselle Potter, a companion to Three Cheers for Catherine the Great!
Fulcrum straps on its hiking boots with Rachel Carson by Thomas Locker, a picture-book biography of the naturalist; Women Writers of the West by Julie Danneberg profiles five visionary women; and The Elk in the Attic by Christopher Hoy tells of how wild animals and humans adapt to living near each other.
(Publishers Group West, dist.)
Greystone heads upstream with Salmon Forest by David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis, illus. by Sheena Lott, which highlights the magic relationship between water and land.
GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap revs up its sweet tooth for The Berry Merry Christmas, illus. by Laura Thomas and Tom Ungrey, the latest Strawberry Shortcake title; Rudolph Shines Again by Robert May, illus. by Lisa Papp; a reissue of the 1954 sequel to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; and A New Kind of Hero by Amanda Stephens, illus. by Flying Carnies, which joins the Liberty's Kids historical fiction series.
Harcourt casts a spell with The Wizard's Holiday by Diane Duane, a novel in the Young Wizards series; How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illus. by David Shannon, in which a boy gets homesick during a great adventure; Dinosailors by Deborah Lund, illus. by Howard Fine, about the travails of dinosaurs on the high seas; Big Brown Bear's Up and Down Day by David McPhail, in which Bear learns about friendship; and When We Were Saints by Han Nolan, about a boy who is told that he is a saint.
Gulliver looks to the night sky with Hang the Moon by Debbie Wiles, in which two cousins go on a road trip in search of Elvis; Little Buggy Runs Away by Kevin O'Malley, about Little Buggy's exploits; Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie by Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Christine Davenier, in which Iris is not fond of Walter's favorite cousin; and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Will Hillenbrand, about a piggy who wants to go back home on the first day of school.
Red Wagon gets things waggin' with Tails, a pop-up/pull-the-tab book by Matthew Van Fleet; Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep Gift Set by Joyce Dunbar, illus. by Debi Gliori, which includes a night light; and Who Is the Beast? and Quack and Count by Keith Baker, new board-book editions of these picture books.
Silver Whistle flips for Hey Pancakes! by Tamson Weston, illus. by Stephen Gammell, about a family breakfast; Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen, illus. by Kadir Nelson, an original tall tale; Little Pierre: A Cajun Story from Louisiana by Robert San Souci, illus. by David Catrow, a retelling of 'Tom Thumb'; Shining by Julius Lester, illus. by John Clapp, a coming-of-age story starring an African girl; and Amelia Earhart: Free in the Skies by Robert Burleigh, illus. by Bill Wylie, a graphic novel about the aviatrix.
HarperCollins trims the holiday tree with The Berenstain Bears Save Christmas by Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain, about how the Bear family rediscovers the true spirit of Christmas; Anne Estelle Stories: Queen of Christmas by Mary Engelbreit, in which the artist's popular character makes her picture-book debut; A Christmas Stocking Story by Hilary Knight, a newly illustrated reissue; The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, a larger-size edition reissued for the book's 40th anniversary; and Dangerous Girls by R.L. Stine, a YA novel about twin girls who are about to become vampires.
The Julie Andrews Collection sounds the alarm for Dumpy and the Firefighters by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton, illus. by Tony Walton, about the dumptruck's adventures; Simeon's Gift by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton, illus. by Gennady Spirin, about a Renaissance musician's search for inspiration; Grateful by John Bucchino, illus. by Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen, a celebration of life's simple joys; and Blue Wolf by Catherine Creedon, a middle-grade fantasy novel.
Avon gallops into fall with Desert Dancer and Gift Horse by Terri Farley, additions to the Phantom Stallion series; Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, a movie tie-in edition; the E.B. White Boxed Set containing paperbacks of Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little; and The Little House Collection Boxed Set by Laura Ingalls Wilder, rack-size paperbacks of the series.
Joanna Cotler Books is privy to autumn secrets with Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Harry Bliss, about a worm's daily routine; Little Lit: It Was a Dark and Silly Night, edited by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, an anthology of comics by children's book authors; I'm Mighty! by Kate and Jim McMullan, about a spunky tugboat; Granny Torelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech, a novel exploring friendship and family bonds; and Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block, a YA novel about how who we love is beyond our control.
Eos embarks on a fall quest with The Hunting of the Last Dragon by Sherryl Jordan, a blend of history and fantasy; Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, a debut futuristic novel and first in a trilogy; Fire-Us #2: The Keepers of the Flame by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher, second in the postapocalyptic SF trilogy; The Books of Magic 3: The Children's Crusade by Carla Jablonski, based on the graphic novels by Neil Gaiman and John Bolton; and Ragwitch, a paperback reissue of Garth Nix's first fantasy novel.
Festival falls in step with Autumn Walk and Winter Walk by Ann Burg and Kelly Asbury, leaf- and snowflake-shaped board books; the new Mucha Lucha line, which ties into the hit WB show; A Very Mice Christmas by Wendy Wax, a photo collage picture book; and The Not-So-Scary Monster Handbook by Dave Ross, a lift-the-flap joke book.
Laura Geringer Books has a big fall with Humpty Trouble by William Joyce, an egg-inspired tale; Brainboy and the DeathMaster by Tor Seidler, a high-tech mystery; Without You Book and CD by Sarah Weeks, illus. by Suzanne Duranceau, in which a father penguin cares for his chick; and a reissue of Poinsettia and the Firefighters by Felicia Bond, where the title character saves her neighborhood with some quick thinking.
Greenwillow homes in on the season with Baby Radar by Naomi Shihab Nye, illus. by Nancy Carpenter, in which a baby explores its world via stroller; Leon and the Spitting Image by Allen Kurzweil, a humorous first novel; Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes, a coming-of-age story set during a summer on Cape Cod; Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen, illus. by Brian Pinkney; and Doodler Doodling by Rita Golden Gelman, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, a picture book about a girl who doodles in class.
HarperTempest stares down fall with Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates, a follow-up to Big Mouth and Ugly Girl; Please Don't Kill the Freshman by Zoe Trope, a memoir of a high-school girl, expanded from an earlier novella; Inside Out by Terry Trueman, in which a boy with schizophrenia is involved in a crime; Out of Order by A.M. Jenkins, a humorous novel; and Nirvana's Children by Ranfulo, a debut YA novel about kids on the streets.
HarperTrophy puts autumn on the map with reprints of City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende, All-American Girl by Meg Cabot, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Abarat by Clive Barker and Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.
Holiday House rises and shines with Poultrygeist by Herman and Mary Jane Auch, in which a team of roosters tries to solve a barnyard mystery; In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America's Bill of Rights by Russell Freedman, a companion to Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence; A Kenya Christmas by Tony Johnston, illus. by Leonard Jenkins, a story set in East Africa; Up, Up, Up, It's Apple Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro, illus. by Kitty Harvill, about a family-run orchard at harvest time; and The Wrong Grandma by Ann Whitehead Nagda, illus. by Stephanie Roth, in which a girl discovers that she has much in common with her Indian grandmother.
Henry Holt shakes things up with Fault Line by Janet Tashjian, a novel about abuse in teen relationships; Terrible Times: Book Three in the Eddie Dickens Trilogy by Philip Ardagh, in which Eddie finds himself en route to America; Panda Bear, Panda Bear by Bill Martin Jr., illus. by Eric Carle, a picture book about endangered species; Buster by Denise Fleming, about the family dog's adjustment to the new family cat; and Oh, Harry! by Mark Gibbel, illus. by Sarah Massini, starring a busy family and their determined kitten.
(ISHK Book Service, dist.)
Hoopoe makes way for The Man with Bad Manners by Idries Shaw, illus. by Rose Mary Santiago, an tale from Afghanistan about a rude man's reformation.
Houghton Mifflin hopes for a purrfect fall with Calabash Cat by James Rumford, about a globe-trotting feline; American Boy: The Adventures of Young Mark Twain by Don Brown, a picture-book biography; On Sand Island by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illus. by David Johnson, a tale inspired by immigrants who settled on a small island in Lake Superior; Bad Bears in the City by Daniel Pinkwater, illus. by Jill Pinkwater, starring two polar bears living in a New Jersey zoo; and Henry Climbs a Mountain by D.B. Johnson, the latest Henry story, based on the life of Henry David Thoreau.
Walter Lorraine Books has faith in Mosque by David Macaulay, an exploration of the structure and social significance of a mosque; A Beginner's Mystery by Arthur Geisert, a mysterious picture book filled with artwork clues; Mystery at Mt. Mole by Richard Jennings, in which a disliked high school principal disappears; Something Might Happen by Helen Lester, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, about a worrywart lemur; and the tentatively titled The Sand Garden by Allen Say, in which a girl's dream is hampered by attitudes during the U.S. internment of the Japanese.
Hyperion gets piggy with it with Mary Had a Little Ham by Margie Palatini, illus. by Guy Francis, in which Stanley Snoutowski heads for Broadway; Battina's Ultimate Fashion Pop-Up by William Wegman, an interactive book starring Wegman's Weimaraners; The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, illus. by Brian Selznick, a sequel to The Doll People; My Pony by Susan Jeffers, about a girl's desire to own a horse; and The Stone Lamp: Eight Stories of Hanukkah Through History by Karen Hesse, illus. by Brian Pinkney.
Hyperion welcomes fall with Brundibar, retold by Tony Kushner, illus. by Maurice Sendak, which follows a boy and his sister as they triumph over Brundibar, a hurdy-gurdy grinder.
HYPERION/JUMP AT THE SUN
Jump at the Sun Books saddles up with A Wild Cowboy by Dana Kessimakis Smith, illus. by Laura Freeman, about a boy's wild world of make-believe; Jim Crow River by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Shane W. Evans, a picture book about race relations in the Jim Crow south; Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone: The Brown v. Board of Education Decision, edited by Joyce Carol Thomas, illus. by Curtis James, in which children's book authors speak about how this Supreme Court decision affected their lives; and Dancing the Ring Shout by Kim Siegelson, illus. by Lisa Cohen, in which a boy struggles with participation in a ring shout celebration.
Miramax Books gears up for fall with Mall of the Universe and Superstar Spies, two new Spy Kids Adventures based on characters created by Robert Rodriguez; Alphazeds by Milton Glaser, an alphabet book introduction to typography; and The Amulet of Samarakand, the first book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy about a young magician.
Volo stirs the cauldron with Beatrice's Spells by Paul Martin and Manu Boisteau, new to the Monster Manor series; Finding Meridian, the latest W.i.t.c.h. title, adapted by Elizabeth Lenhard; Double Dare by Laura Dower, which joins the Madison Finn series; three middle-grade tie-ins to the Disney Channel hit Lizzie McGuire; and a new line of Maurice Sendak's Seven Little Monster books by Sendak and Arthur Yorinks.
Illumination Arts dons shining armor for The Errant Knight by Ann Tompert, illus. by Doug Keith, in which a knight learns that there are many ways to be faithful to one's purpose in life; and Too Many Murkles by Heidi Schmidt, illus. by Ann Richardson, about a girl who shows her village how to see things in a new light.
Inspire Publications spells it out with My Name Starts with M and My Name Starts with J by Larry Hayes, illus. by Airlie Anderson, two alliterative books designed to enhance vocabulary development.
JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY
The Jewish Publication Society welcomes fall with Abraham Joshua Heschel: Man of Spirit, Man of Action by Or Rose, a biography of a noted rabbi, theologian and civil rights activist.
Kane/Miller bucks convention with Unique Monique by Maria Rousaki, illus. by Polina Papanikolaou, about a girl who hates her school uniform; Troy Thompson's Excellent Poetry Book by Gary Crew, illus. by Craig Smith, a fictional sixth-grade boy's poetry journal; Selma by Jutta Bauer, a tale about being grateful; and Dan's Angel by Alexander Sturgis, illus. by Lauren Child, in which an angel reveals to a boy the meaning behind many famous paintings.
Kar-Ben uses its noodle for Brainteasers from Jewish Folklore by Rosalind Charney Kaye, a collection of riddles; Tasty Bible Stories: A Menu of Tales and Matching Recipes by Tami Lehman-Wilzig, illus. by Katherine Janus Kahn; Lots of Latkes: A Hanukkah Story by Sandy Lanton, illus. by Vicki Jo Redenbaugh, in which a family delights in this traditional holiday dish; Too Much of a Good Thing by Mira Wasserman, illus. by Christine Mannone Carolan, which imparts a lesson about Havdalah; and It's Sukkah Time! by Latifa Berry Kropf, illus. by Tod Cohen, a photographic picture book that outlines the steps of sukkah-building to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot.
Kids Can goes into orbit with The Amazing International Space Station by the editors of Yes mag, illus. by Rose Cowles, a look at this station's construction and crew; The Jumbo Book of Art by Irene Luxbacher, featuring more than 200 pages of projects; Mr. Molsen's Mouse by Frank Asch, illus. by Devin Asch, in which a mouse outwits a hungry cat; America Votes by Linda Granfield, illus. by Steve Bjorkman, an exploration of the democratic process; and The Waiting Dog by Carolyn Beck, illus. by Andrea Beck, about a pooch's fantasy.
Kingfisher maps out a fine fall with The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia; The Kingfisher Illustrated Dictionary and Thesaurus, for upper-elementary and middle school students; The Eureka Moment by Richard Platt, about the moment of inspiration where genius meets invention; and Saints & Angels, which contains biographies of religious figures.
Lectorum puts out the welcome mat for Vuelve de nuevo el gato con sombrero (The Cat in the Hat Comes Back) by Dr. Seuss, trans. into Spanish by Yanitzia Canetti.
Lerner greets the day with Hello Sun by Hans Wilhelm, in which a young hedgehog achieves his dream; How Did You Grow So Big, So Soon? by Anne Bowen, illus. by Marni Backer, in which a mother and son remember milestone's in the boy's life as he prepares for the first day of school; It's Not My Fault by Nancy Carlson, a humorous picture book; Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. by Colin Bootman, a story about the Underground Railroad told from the viewpoint of a rag doll; and Picture Perfect by Elaine Marie Alphin, a YA novel in which a boy's friend goes missing.
Lerner scores with Ichiro Suzuki by Jeff Savage, a biography of the baseball player; Tony Hawk by Eric Braun, a profile of the skateboarding legend; Jeff Gordon by Jeff Savage, a biography of the racing champion; BMX by Chris Job, a look at this extreme cycling sport; and Rock Climbing by Chris Oxlade, an introduction to the history, equipment and techniques of this activity.
Little, Brown earns a treat with Hero Dogs: Courageous Canines in Action by Donna Jackson, a look at the roles canines play in humans' daily lives; Tell Me a Scary Story, but Not Too Scary by Carl Reiner, illus. by James Bennett, a slightly spooky tale; Little Brown Bear Won't Go to School by Jane Dyer, in which Little Brown Bear sets off to find a job; and D.W.'s Guide to Preschool and D.W.'s Library Card by Marc Brown, advice from Arthur the aardvark's little sister.
Megan Tingley Books looks somewhere over the rainbow for Oh, the Color/De colores by Ashley Wolff, a picture-book rendition of a Spanish folk song; One Grain of Sand by Pete Seeger, illus. by Linda Wingerter, an illustrated version of the lullaby; and The Question Song by Kaethe Zemach, a collection of verses about familiar childhood predicaments.
Llewellyn crafts a fall list with Teen Goddess: How to Look, Love & Live Like a Goddess by Catherine Wishart, foreword by Maya Magee Sutton, a guide to goddess mythology, magic and inner and outer beauty; The Magic Shades by Dotti Enderle, third in the Fortune Tellers series; The Witch Diaries by Megan Atwood and Jennifer Spees, stories and advice from real-life teen witches; and Blue Is for Nightmares by Laurie Stolarz, a YA novel in which a young witch is threatened by a killer.
(Baker & Taylor, dist.)
MichaelsMind blasts off for the North Pole with Rudolf the Rednose Rocket by Steve Tiller, illus. by Rob Cremeans, in which an alien crash-lands near Santa's workshop.
(Firefly Books, dist.)
Mikaya heads for the observation deck with The Empire State Building by Elizabeth Mann, illus. by Alan Witschonke, a profile of this building.
Milkweed steps back in time for The Trouble with Jeremy Chance by George Harrar, about a trouble-prone boy living in New England at the end of WWI.
Millbrook is teacher's pet with It's Back to School We Go! First Day Stories from Other Lands by Ellen Jackson, illus. by Jan Davey Ellis, a look at the first day of school in 11 different countries; Things to Make for Your Doll by Kathy Ross, illus. by Elaine Garvin; More Than Meets the Eye: Seeing Art with All Five Senses by Bob Raczka; and Case Closed?! Forty Mini-Mysteries for You to Solve by Jürg Obrist.
Roaring Brook takes aim with Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, a YA novel about a teenage boy who is raped; Atchoo, Bang, Crash: A Noisy Alphabet by Ross MacDonald, a humorous ABC book; The Conch Bearer by Chitra Divakaruni, the first volume of action-adventure-fantasy trilogy; The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein, about Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center; and Send It by Don Carter, an exploration of different methods of transportation.
Morehouse follows the path with Bless This Way by Anne Kitch, illus. by Carolyn Digby Conahan, a collection of rhyming prayers; Shout for Joy and Sing by Christopher Webber, illus. by Preston McDaniels; Thank God for Rocks by Esther Bender, illus. by Mary Anne Lard; and Me & God: A Book of Partner Prayers by Deb Lund, illus. by Carolyn Digby Conahan.
NEW WORLD PRESS/HJ KRAMER/STARSEED PRESS
Starseed greets fall with Thank You God by Holly Bea, illus. by Kim Howard, in which a child gives thanks for various blessings.
North-South raises the anchor for Pirate Pete Sets Sail by Jean-Pierre Jäggi, illus. by Alan Clarke, in which a boy's imaginary adventures help him deal with his family's move; The Fox and the Stork by Karl Rühmann, illus. by Alessandra Roberti, a retelling of the Aesop fable; Meredith and Her Magical Book of Spells by Dorothea Lachner, illus. by Christa Unzner, about a young witch sent back to witching school; The Smallest Circus in the World by Mariana Fedorova, illus. by Eugen Sopko, about two mice who befriend a retired circus clown; and an untitled interactive book featuring fold-out panoramas by Marcus Pfister.
Cheshire Studio gets ready for bed with Who Will Tuck Me In Tonight? by Carol Roth, illus. by Valeri Gorbachev, about a lamb whose mother is late getting home for the nighttime routine; The Friendly Beasts by Anna Vojtech, a picture-book version of the holiday song; I Like Cats by Patricia Hubbell, illus. by Pamela Paparone, a comical read-aloud; There Once Was a Puffin by Florence Page Jaques, illus. by Shari Halpern, a collection of nonsense verse; and Halloween by Harry Behn, illus. by Greg Couch, an illustrated rendition of a poem.
North-South decks the halls with We Love Christmas! by Marilyn Janovitz; and Rainbow Fish's Busy Day Coloring Storybook, Playtime with Rainbow Fish, Rainbow Fish's Favorite Places Coloring Storybook and Rainbow Fish and Friends: Hundredth Day Fun, all based on the character created by Marcus Pfister.
Michael Neugebauer Books adapts to fall with Chameleon's Colors by Chisato Tashiro, a picture book about this versatile animal; Good Bread by Brigitte Weninger, illus. by Anne Möller, in which a girl describes the steps involved in making bread; Halloween Circus by Charise Neugebauer, illus. by Robert Ingpen, a rhyming story; and Davy's Christmas Gift and Don't Fight, Davy!, two board books by Brigitte Weninger, illus. by Eve Tharlet.
SeaStar Books has visions of sugarplum fairies in its head with The Nutcracker, illus. by Michael Hague, a picture-book rendition of the Christmas tale; The Christmas Moon by Mahlon Craft, illus. by K.Y. Craft, an original holiday tale; Tour America by Diane Siebert, illus. by Stephen T. Johnson, a poetic journey around the U.S.; Ivanhoe, adapted by Marianna Mayer, illus. by John Rush, an introduction to Sir Walter Scott's novel; and The Alchemist's Cat by Robin Jarvis, first in a series of prequels to Jarvis's Deptford Mice trilogy.
Peachtree heads for the principal's office with Late for School by Mike Reiss, illus. by Michael Austin, a picture book about a boy who is always late for school; The Printer by Myron Uhlberg, illus. by Henri Sorensen, based on the true story of a deaf printer whose disability eventually proves an advantage; Someplace I've Never Been Before by Adrian Fogelin, in which a girl abandoned by her mother lives with her grandmother; and Shadow of the Truth by S.L. Rottman, a YA novel about a boy dealing with his brother's incarceration.
PENGUIN PUTNAM/ FIREBIRD
Firebird generates some heat with Firebirds, an anthology of original speculative fiction by various authors; a reissue of The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley; and a reissued trilogy by Pamela Dean: The Secret Country, The Hidden Land and The Whim of the Dragon .
Speak rocks the cradle with reprints of This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen; The Sands of Time by Michael Hoeye; Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes; and Spellbound by Janet McDonald; and a paperback reissue of The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson.
Philomel stokes the fireplace for One Winter's Night by John Herman, illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon, a Christmas tale; Loamhedge by Brian Jacques, the 16th Redwall adventure; Will Moses' Mother Goose by Will Moses, a collection featuring folk art; and Urso Brunov by Brian Jacques, illus. by Alexi Natchev, a tall tale about the thumb-sized title character, an amazing bear.
Pippin Press tips its tricornered hat to The Colonies Become a Nation by James Petrie; and an as-yet-untitled account of the Masai people of East Africa by George Hughes.
PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan puckers up for Hugs & Kisses by Jenny Miglis, illus. by Tammie Lyon, a collection of rhymes in a flipbook format; Wee Sing Mother Goose by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp, a book/cassette/CD package; Penelope Pretends: Princess Penelope by L.J. Goodman, illus. by Lucinda McQueen, starring Penelope the elephant; The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln by Mike Reiss, illus. by David Catrow, about a boy who resembles the 16th president; and Baby Mood Swings, a novelty book featuring more than 30 baby faces.
Puffin is sweet on Apples and Honey by Joan Holub, illus. by Cary Pillo, a lift-the-flap introduction to Rosh Hashanah; and reprints of More Parts by Tedd Arnold; Madeline Says Merci by John Bemelmans Marciano; and Journey to the River See by Eva Ibbotson.
Putnam marches into fall two-by-two with Noah's Ark by Jan Brett, the Bible story envisioned with African settings; The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann, about a lively baby chase; My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza, an original trickster tale; Trouble in the Barkers' Class by Tomie dePaola, in which the Barker puppy twins learn about making friends; and The Firefighters' Thanksgiving by Maribeth Boelts, illus. by Terry Widener, in which the neighborhood surrounding the fire station pitches in for a feast.
Random House gets dressed with Snap! Button! Zip! by Abigail Tabby, illus. by Barry Goldberg, a rhyming text that encourages these skills; Harry and the Dinosaurs Say Raaah! by Ian Whybrow, illus. by Adrian Reynolds, in which Harry and the dinosaurs go to the dentist; Junie B., First Grader: One-Man Band (Junie B. Jones #22) by Barbara Park, illus. by Denise Brunkus, about Junie's half-time performance at the kickball tournament; Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce, a YA fantasy; and The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing but the Seuss by Charles Cohen, a celebration of Theodor S. Geisel's career.
Crown lassoes the season with Cowboys and Longhorns: A Portrait of the Long Drive by Jerry Stanley, a look at cattle drives in the Wild West; It's a Girl Thing: Get Healthy by Mavis Jukes and Lilian Wai-Yin Cheung, an advice book for girls; Exploring Our Solar System by Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy, a guide to outer space; and The Daring Nellie Bly: America's Star Reporter by Bonnie Christensen, a picturebook biography.
Delacorte holds court with His Majesty, King James by Cecily von Ziegesar, about a fictional teenage prince who becomes king; Mondays Are Red by Nicola Morgan, a rework of the Faust story for YA readers; The Worry Website by Jacqueline Wilson, a collection of interconnected short stories about seven classmates' worries; Planet Yumthing's DIY: Create, Design, Reinvent, and Make It Yours! by Darren Greenblatt and Ela Jaynes, a craft/activity book for tweens; and Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott, a debut YA novel with a holiday setting.
RANDOM HOUSE/DELL DRAGONFLY
Dell Dragonfly checks things twice with reprints of Peter Claus and the Naughty List by Lawrence David, illus. by Delphine Durand; Alice and Greta's Color Magic by Steven J. Simmons, illus. by Cyd Moore; The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi; and Good Night, Monkey Boyby Jarrett Krosoczka.
RANDOM HOUSE/DELL LAUREL-LEAF
Dell Laurel-Leaf hangs ten with reprints of Island Boyz by Graham Salisbury; Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney; and The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglassby Philip Pullman.
RANDOM HOUSE/DELL YEARLING
Dell Yearling makes a fall escape with reprints of I, Houdini by Lynne Reid Banks; The Quigleys by Simon Mason, illus. by Helen Stephens; Tucket's Travels by Gary Paulsen; Harriet Spies Again by Helen Ericson; and Up On Cloud Nineby Anne Fine.
Disney gets a fall 'do with Curl and Twirl by Melissa Lagonegro, illus. by Atelier Philippe Harchy, a storybook with dress-up accessories; Monsters Get Scared of the Dark, Too! by Melissa Lagonegro, illus. by Atelier Philippe Harchy, a picture-book/sticker-book combo starring Mike and Sully of Monsters, Inc.; Pretty Princess Poems by Fran Posner, illus. by Daryl Baker; Pooh and You by Jennifer Liberts-Weinberg, a board book with built-in puppet; and a line of tie-in books to Disney's Home on the Range, the forthcoming feature film.
Doubleday has a recipe for fall fun with A Sweet Year: A Taste of the Jewish Holidays by Mark Podwal, which offers a calendar of the special days on the Jewish calendar; Reginald by Jeff Newman, about a cow that lives in the jungle; and The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Leonard Weisgard, a hardcover reissue.
David Fickling Books moves into fall one leg at a time with Pants by Giles Andreae, a humorous ode to underwear; and The Quigleys at Large by Simon Mason, illus. by Helen Stephens, starring a wacky British family.
RANDOM HOUSE GOLDEN
Golden lays out the blueprints for fall with Bob's Handy Hammer, a Bob the Builder board book; More Please: The Hungry Animal Book by Dorothy Kunhardt, a reissued interactive board book; Dan Yaccarino's Mother Goose by Dan Yaccarino, a new Little Golden Book; Rudolph's Bright Christmas, illus. by Don Williams and Artful Doodlers; and Tenggren's Golden Tales from the Arabian Nights, retold by Irwin Shapiro and Margaret Soifer, illus. by Gustaf Tenggren, a reissue featuring an introduction by Mary Pope Osborne.
Knopf gets squashed with Pumpkinhead by Eric Rohmann, a picture book about a boy born with a pumpkin for a head; Eragon by Christopher Paolini, first in the Inheritance fantasy trilogy; Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli, a novel set in a WWII Warsaw ghetto; My Grandmother's Stories: A Collection of Jewish Folktales by Adèle Geras, illus. by Anita Lobel; and You're a Bear by Mavis Jukes, illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, a flight-of-fancy picture book.
Wendy Lamb Books puts the pedal to the metal with Acceleration by Graham McNamee, a YA thriller; Maggie's Door by Patricia Reilly Giff, a companion to Nory Ryan's Song; and Blackwater Ben by William Durbin, a novel about lumberjacks in Northern Minnesota in 1898.
RANDOM HOUSE/READERS CIRCLE
Readers Circle turns an eye toward reprints of YA novels Counting Stars by David Almond and Dr. Franklin's Islandby Ann Halam.
RAVEN TREE PRESS
Raven Tree watches for May flowers with Cinnamon and the April Shower: A Solomon Raven Story/Canela y el aguacero de abril: Un cuento del cuervo Salomón by Amy Crane Johnson, illus. by Robb Mommaerts, in which Solomon Raven explains stormy weather to her friends; Oh, Crumps!/Ay, caramba! by Lee Bock, illus. by Morgan Midgett, about a sleepy farmer who agonizes over the day's chores; and Yelly Kelly (revised)/Kelly, el gritón by Nancy Rose Sweetland, illus. by Robert Sweetland, in which a girl yells about everything.
Reader's Digest heads for the orchard with Around the Apple Tree: A Story About Opposites; Take Two Pirates: A First Book of Addition, a storybook containing math concepts; Princess Jeweliana and the Sparkling Rainbow Ball, featuring foil-accented pages and a pop-out surprise; Counting, a Look, Lift & Learn concept book; and Jet Planes: Book and 3-D Models, latest in the Build It Books line.
Running Press is a good neighbor with The Mister Rogers Thank-You Box by Fred Rogers, a title to encourage 'the attitude of gratitude'; Steven Caney's Ultimate Building Book by Steven Caney, spotlighting nearly 200 notable building and architecture projects; At the Farm, a storybook game in the Hasbro series; Three Funny Friends by Charlotte Zolotow, illus. by Linda Bronson, a reissue of the picture book about a girl moving to a new home; and Magic Windows Trucks , new to the pull-the-tab Magic Window series.
Courage Books follows the yellow brick road with The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, illus. by Greg Hildebrandt, a picture-book rendition; The Classic Treasury of Bulfinch's Mythology, retold by Steven Zorn, illus. by Giles Greenfield; and The Classic Treasury of Mother Goose, illus. by Don Daily.
Scholastic roars into fall with The Beast: A Novel by Walter Dean Myers, in which a boy from Harlem attends a New England prep school; Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, a debut fantasy novel; You Are Special, Little One by Nancy Tafuri, a picture book starring baby animals; Max's Logbook by Marissa Moss, in which a boy named Max shares what's on his mind; and Old Turtle: The Broken Truth by Douglas Wood, illus. by Jon J Muth, a sequel to Old Turtle .
Blue Sky Press watches the clock with Cinderella's Dress by Nancy Willard, illus. by Jane Dyer, a reworking of the popular tale; Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1 and Part 2 by Dav Pilkey, the two latest adventures of this comic hero; Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl by Virginia Hamilton, illus. by James Ransome, a retelling of the trickster tale; and Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood, illus. by Bruce Wood, a playful ABC title.
Cartwheel guides its fall list with Lighthouse: A Story of Remembrance by Robert Munsch, illus. by Janet Wilson, in which a child deals with a family death; My First Taggies: Sweet Dreams, a fleece blanket cloth book; Patchwork Kids Poetry Books by Felicia Law, illus. by Paula Knight, a collection of poetry board books; Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano, illus. by David Diaz, a picture-book version of the popular song; and Can You See What I See? Dream Machine by Walter Wick, a picture riddle title.
Chicken House flits into fall with The Sheep Fairy: When Wishes Have Wings by Ruth Louise Symes, illus. by David Sim, a bedtime story about a sheep that dares to dream; The Book Master by Cornelia Funke, a novel in which Meggie learns the magical secrets of her book restorer father; The Book of Stars Trilogy #1: Qadehar the Sorcerer by Erik L'Homme, a fantasy; and Find-a-Saurus by Mark Sperring, illus. by Alexandra Steele-Morgan, about a boy determined to find a real live dinosaur.
Arthur A. Levine Books gets straight A's with Millicent Kwan, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee, in which a child prodigy discovers what it takes to make friends; Child of Destiny: The Life of Sacagawea's Son by Emily Arnold McCully, a nonfiction book for middle-graders; Baby Food by Saxton Freymann, featuring photographs of baby animals carved from vegetables; and The Story of the Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her How to Fly by Luis Sepúlveda.
Orchard House heads down the rabbit hole with Alice in Pop-Up Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illus. by J.otto Siebold; Grumpy Santa by Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, about a cranky Santa who rediscovers his ho ho ho; The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis, illus. by Steven Schindler, a rhyming read-aloud; K Is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo by Giles Andreae, illus. by Guy-Parker Rees, an alphabet book; and Shutting Out the Sky by Deborah Hopkinson, a look at immigrants' lives on the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century.
Believe it or not, Scholastic Paperbacks rolls out a fall list with Ripley's Special Edition 2004 by Mary Packard, a collection of fun facts; House Called Awful End by Philip Ardagh, illus. by David Roberts, the first volume in the Eddie Dickens Trilogy; The Beginner's Bible, as told by Phyllis Baecker, which presents 100 tales from the Old and New Testaments; The Beginner's Bible: Devotional by Sharon Wilson; and Ghost Class by Marcia Jones and Debbie Dadey, illus. by Jeremy Tugeau, which kicks off the Ghostville Elementary series.
Scholastic Reference visits the West Wing with The White House: The Official History for Young Readers by Catherine O'Neill Grace, with a foreword by First Lady Laura Bush, in collaboration with the White House Historical Association; Scholastic Dinosaurs A-Z: The Ultimate Dinosaur Encyclopedia by Don Lessem, illus. by Jan Sovak; Sports Illustrated for Kids: Year in Sports by the staff of Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine; Scholastic Book of World Records 2004 by Jenifer Morse; and We Are Americans: An Illustrated History of Immigration by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S takes a dive for I'm a Manatee by John Lithgow, illus. by Ard Hoyt, a rhyming picture book; Frannie K. Stein by James Benton, an irreverent chapter book; A Is for Abigail Adams: A Book of Amazing American Women by Lynne Cheney, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser; Li'l Dan: The Drummer Boy by Romare Bearden, a recently discovered story of the Civil War; and Turn! Turn! Turn! by Pete Seeger, illus. by Wendy Anderson Halperin, a picture book featuring the folksinger's adaptation of the text from Ecclesiastes.
Aladdin times it just right with A Three Minute Speech by Jennifer Armstrong, illus. by Albert Lorenz, about the Gettysburg Address. inaugurating the Milestone Books nonfiction chapter book series; The World of Alice (Boxed Set) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, featuring the first four titles in the Alice series; A Wizard Named Nell by Jackie French Koller, the first book in a new fantasy trilogy; and paperback reprints of The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow, illus. by C.F. Payne, and The Jacket by Andrew Clements.
Atheneum looks sunny-side-up with Two Eggs Please by Sarah Weeks, illus. by Betsy Lewin, a look at similarities and differences; Thirteen, edited by James Howe, an anthology of stories about being 13 years old; The Nobel Book of Answers by various Nobel Peace Prize winners, addressing 22 of life's most intriguing queries; Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by Marc Aronson, a look at this period of American history; and Breath by Donna Jo Napoli, a new twist on the story of the Pied Piper.
Richard Jackson Books waves the checkered flag for The Racecar Alphabet by Brian Floca, featuring race imagery; The Crying Rocks by Janet Taylor Lisle, a novel that incorporates Native American myth; Daisy 1,2,3 by Peter Catalanotto, in which all the dogs in obedience class have the same name; Penguin and Little Blue by Megan McDonald, illus. by Katherine Tillotson, about animals en route from Water World to an iceberg; and Fitch & Chip: New Pig in Town by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Frank Ansley, first in a humorous Ready-to-Read series.
Anne Schwartz Books chills out with The Snowflake Sisters by J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Lisa Desimini, in which two snowflakes hitch a ride with Santa; Olivia and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer, starring the precocious pig; It's a Miracle! A Hanukkah Storybook by Stephanie Spinner, illus. by Jill McElmurry; Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life by Candace Fleming; and My Big Sister by Valorie Fisher, a baby's view of an older sibling.
Little Simon gets cozy with Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy! 7 Animals to Touch and Tickle by Sandra Boynton, a large-format board book; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Classic Collectible Pop-up by Lewis Carroll, illus., adapted and paper engineered by Robert Sabuda; Classic Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Camel with the Wrinkled Knees by Johnny Gruelle, adapted by Melissa Eisler, paper engineering by Kees Moerbeek; Halloween Bugs: A Trick-or-Treat Pop-up Book by David A. Carter; and Chopper to the Scene, latest tie-in to the Matchbox Hero City toy line.
Margaret K. McElderry Books hops on a log with A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson, illus. by Joan Rankin, a silly-sounding concept book; Counting Christmas by Karen Katz, in which kids countdown to the big day; The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Demi, a picture-book biography of the legendary figure; Shadows on the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow, a mystery set in Maine during WWII; and Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse, a story of the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands during WWII.
Simon Pulse does a flying round-kick for The Book of the Sword, which begins the Samurai Girl teen series by Carrie Asai; Hard Cash by Kate Cann, first in a trilogy for teens; and reprints of America by E.R. Frank, A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt and Shattering Glass by Gail Giles.
Simon Spotlight dons a hard hat for the following Nickelodeon TV tie-ins: Bob the Builder: Bob's Toolbox, featuring three board books; Dora the Explorer: Swiper, No Swiping! by Chris Gifford, illus. by Jason Fruchter; SpongeBob SquarePants: Fish Happens! by Tricia Boczkowski, illus. by Caleb Meurer; and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: Scrambled Planets! by Adam Beechen, illus. by Natasha Sasic.
Paula Wiseman Books moo-ves into fall with Clorinda by Robert Kinerk, illus. by Steven Kellogg, in which Clorinda the cow heads for the big city for a role in the ballet.
Standard keeps the beat with God Rocks! Rockin' with the Rules; Surviving Middle School and Surviving When You're Home Alone by Sandy Silverthorne; and God Thought of Everything Wild & Wacky and God Thought of Everything Strange & Slimy .
Tricycle boards the emotional roller-coaster with Yesterday I Had the Blues by Jeron Ashford Frame, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, a story about feelings; The Jupiter Stone by Paul Owen Lewis, which charts the long journey of a single stone; CryptoMania! Teleporting into Greek and Latin with the CryptoKids by Edith Fine, illus. by Kim Doner; and Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen by Luba Tryszynska as told to Michelle McCann, illus. by Ann Marshall, the true story of the woman who saved the lives of 54 children in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during WWII.
Tundra makes a pit stop for Gear Head: The Book for the Car Crazy by Phil Edmonston and Maureen Sawa; Cool Woods by Jane Drake and Ann Love, an exploration of North America's boreal forest; Working Like a Dog by Gena K. Gorrell, about dogs and the work they do for humans; Morning Glory by Arlene Alda, illus. by Maryann Kovalski, a picture book inspired by the immigrant experience of a family living in a Lower East Side tenement in New York City; and From Head to Toe by Janice Weaver, a fashion book for teens.
Troll earns frequent flyer miles with A Dream to Fly: The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk by Lisa McCourt, illus. by Robert Goetzl, a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Kitty Hawk flight; The Most Thankful Thing by Lisa McCourt, illus. by Cyd Moore, in which a mom expresses thanks; The Christmas Bear by Anne Mangan and Joanne Moss, about a toy polar bear in search of an owner; Can You See It 2: A Jolly Holiday Adventure by Robert Rath and Pamela Roller, a hidden-picture activity book; and The Forbidden Forest by Carol Gaskin, first in a middle-grade fantasy series.
Viking stamps its passport with Unpacking My Bags: A Story Collection About Traveling, an anthology by 10 award-winning children's authors; Strange Mr. Satie by M.T. Andersen, illus. by Petra Mathers, the true story of this French composer; Restless by Rich Wallace, a YA novel set in sports-centered Sturbridge, Pa.; The Small World of Binky Braverman by Rosemary Wells, illus. by Richard Egeils, in which Binky finds some unusual playmates; and My Family Is Forever by Nancy Carlson, the story of an Asian-American girl's adoption.
Walker scares up a spooktacular list with One Witch by Laura Leuck, illus. by Steven Schindler, a creepy counting book; Straight to the Pole by Kevin O'Malley, in which a boy's imagination runs wild; I.Q. Goes to the Library by Mary Ann Fraser, about the class pet's attempt to get a library card; Liberty Street by Candice Ransom, illus. by Eric Velasquez, in which a slave girl risks attendance at a secret school; and Oh, Brother by Kathy Mallat, about a girl who discovers that siblings are a blessing and a curse.
Warne hippity hops into fall with titles inspired by Beatrix Potter's characters: It's Halloween Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit's Colors, Peter Rabbit's Christmas Shaped Board Book and Beatrix Potter's Nursery Rhyme Book and CD; and Flower Fairies Valentine's Day, based on the work of Cicely Mary Barker.
Watson-Guptill is on the case with Police Pups by Christopher Hart, in which three puppies foil a burglar; and Beauty: Lotion, Potions, and Spells for a Beautiful You.
Wiley makes the grade with Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Physics and Janice VanCleave's A+ Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave; Dr. Math Gets You Ready for Algebra: Learning Pre-Algebra Is Easy!, a q&a book; Outrageous Women of Civil War Times by Mary Rodd Furbee, profiles of women from the era; and American Heritage American Voices: Westward Expansion by David King.
Zonderkids minds its manners with Peas and Thank You! by Mike Nawrocki; Lintball Leo's Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body by Walt Larimore, illus. by Mike Phillips; The Personal Correspondence of Hannah Brown & Sarah Smith: The Underground Railroad by Nancy LeSourd; Tad's Glad-Sad-Mad, Glad Day by John Fornof, illus. by Bernard Adnet; and The 12 Days of Christmas by Helen Haidle, illus. by Laura Knorr.