Abrams buzzes along with Happy Bees by Arthur Yorinks, illus. by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, which includes a musical CD; Toulouse Lautrec by Robert Burleigh, a biography of this artist; and Git Along, Little Dogies: Thirty Songs for Singing While You Work by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, with songs and folk art.
Amulet calls it like it sees it with The Bitches by Lauren Myracle, a novel about high school’s chosen ones; and The Last Universe by William Sleator, set in a quantum garden.
BABY TATTOO BOOKS
Baby Tattoo digs Little Jordy Ray’s Muddy Spud by Gris Grimly, a picture-book fantasy about a potentially magic potato.
Bloomsbury straightens its tiara for The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, a novel about a girl training for royal duties; Stravaganza: City of Flowers by Mary Hoffman, third in a fantasy trilogy; The Voyage of Draco by V.A. Richardson, in which Adam defends his family’s fortune against enemies; The Little Sleepyheads by Elizabeth Provost, illus. by Donald Saaf, a bedtime counting book; and No Bed Without Ted by Nicola Smee, in which a girl seeks her teddy bear.
Candlewick sees stars with A Kick in the Head by Paul B. Janeczko, illus. by Chris Raschka, an exploration of poetic forms; Encyclopedia Prehistorica by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, a dinosaur pop-up; Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, first in a series spin-off starring Judy Moody’s little brother; Adam Canfield of the Slash by Michael Winerip, a middle-grade novel set at a school newspaper; and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver, adapted by Martin Jenkins, illus. by Chris Riddell.
Marshall Cavendish moves full steam ahead with Trains by Patricia Hubbell, illlus. by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy, a rhyming picture book; Lost in Eden by Kathleen Karr, a historical novel set in 17th-century America; Do Goldfish Pee? And Other Poems About Pets by Susan Pearson, illus. by David Slonim; Alphabet House by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, an ABC book; and Coco the Carrot by Steven Salerno, in which a carrot has big dreams.
Charlesbridge is abuzz with The Bumblebee Queen by April Pulley Sayre, illus. by Patricia Wynne, a look at the life cycle of a bumblebee colony; Fluffy, Scourge of the Sea by Teresa Bateman, illus. by Michael Chesworth, in which a pampered poodle becomes a pirate pooch; Picasso and Minou by P.I. Maltbie, illus. by Pau Estrada, featuring the artist’s pet cat; Amelia to Zora: Twenty-six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee, illus. by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy; and This Is America: The American Spirit in People and Places by Don Robb, illus. by Christine Joy Pratt.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
Chicago Review Press focuses a telescope on spring with Galileo for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities by Richard Panchyk; Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves as Told by Themselves by Yuval Taylor; and The Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities by Mary Kay Carson.
CHILDREN’S BOOK PRESS
Children’s Book Press lights up the season with Moony Luna/Luna lunita lunera by Jorge Argueta, illus. by Elizabeth Gomez, in which a girl faces her fears about beginning school; and Antonio’s Card/La tarjeta de Antonio by Rigoberto Gonzalez, illus. by Cecilia Alvarez, about a boy’s appreciation for his unconventional family.
Chronicle gets quizzical with Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse, illus. by Barbara Lavallee, a companion to Mama, Do You Love Me? set in Africa; Romeow and Drooliet by Nina Laden, in which Shakespeare’s play is recast with animals; Little Miss Liberty by Chris Robertson, the story of the Statue of Liberty; Nick Jr. On the Go! Stroller Books, rhyming books that attach to a stroller; and SeeMoreReaders: Giant Bugs by Seymour Simon, a nonfiction early reader.
Seuil takes a holiday with In the Country by Pittau and Gervais, a down-on-the-farm lift-the-flap; and Masterpieces Up Close by Clare d’Harcourt, which offers a fresh look at world-famous paintings.
Clarion doesn’t beat around the bush with Project Mulberry, a contemporary novel by Linda Sue Park; Up! by Kristine O’Connell George, illus. by Hiroe Nakata, a picture book; Author Day for Room 3T by Robin Pulver, illus. by Chuck Richards, about a surprising classroom guest; Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements, illus. by R.W. Alley, a tribute to fathers; and Bad Brother, Good Brother: The Story of John Wilkes Booth and Edwin Booth, a biography by James Cross Giblin.
Cook Communications tackles the Tough Stuff in a series that includes titles Daddy’s Working Again, I Don’t Have Time, Losing Fluffy and Get Outta My Face, all by Heather Gemmen.
Dial serves up Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford, a child’s view of the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement; I Saw Your Face by Kwame Dawes, illus. by Tom Feelings, the late artist’s last work; Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries by Donna Jo Napoli and Robert Furrow, first in a series starring a grade-school detective; Agnes Parker…Happy Camper? by Kathleen O’Dell, a novel featuring camp hijinks; and The Roundish Thing by Juli Kangas, a debut picture book about a mysterious egg.
Disney puts the kettle on for Disney Princess: Tea Time!, a die-cut board book set packaged with a tablecloth; Disney/Pixar 5-Minute Stories, starring Disney movie characters in new adventures; My Side of the Story: 101 Dalmatians/Cruella, a look at one story from two points of view; Disney Cartoon Tales: Out of This World, which interweaves stories from; Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet and Peter Pan and Disney Princess: Pretty Please, a book on manners that comes packaged with stationery and stickers.
Volo takes on a spring mission with Kim Possible Pick-a-Villain #1: Game On! first in a series starring the high school super-spy; A Very Lizzie Summer Super Special and Totally Stylin’, inspired by Lizzie McGuire; The Cheetah Girls: Scrapbook, based on the movie (and Deborah Gregory’s books) about a girl rock band.
Dutton gets out its little black book for 24 Dates in 7 Days by Alex Bradley, about a high-school senior who finds himself in a crazy social situation; Looking for Alaska by John Green, a novel about a tricky teenage romance; and Skippyjon Jones in the Dog House by Judy Schachner, in which a Siamese cat imagines himself a great sword fighter.
Eerdmans envisions a purrfect spring with Klimt and His Cat by Berenice Cappati, illus. by Octavia Monaco, a glimpse at the Viennese painter’s life through the eyes of his cat; At Jerusalem’s Gate by Nikki Grimes, illus. by David Frampton, a poetry collection that tells the Easter story; Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden by Jane Ray, an interpretation of the creation story from Genesis; Circles of Hope by Karen Lynn Williams, illus. by Linda Saport, in which a Haitian boy tries to plant a tree to honor his sister; and Call Me Marianne by Jen Bryant, illus. by David Johnson about a woman poet who encourages a boy to pursue his writing.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
FSG sends out a search team for The Missing Manatee by Cynthia DeFelice, a mystery; Boy2Girl by Terence Blacker, about the mysterious new kid at Bradbury High School; My Mom by Anthony Browne, a celebration of Everymom; and The Search for Belle Prater by Ruth White, a sequel.
Frances Foster Books casts a spell with Magic by the Book by Nina Bernstein, illus. by Boris Kulikov, about a magic book that transports a brother and sister to adventure; Peach Heaven by Yangsook Choi, about the Korean town of the author’s childhood; Summertime Waltz by Nina Payne, illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska, which describes the delights of a summer evening; Talk by Kathe Koja, in which a gay teen deals with his coming out and discovers his talent for acting; and That New Animal by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Pierre Pratt, about how the life of two dogs changes when a new baby arrives at the house.
Melanie Kroupa Books steals into spring with A Thief in the House of Memory by Tim Wynne-Jones, a YA novel; and Granite Baby by Lynne Bertrand, illus. by Kevin Hawkes, in which five sisters try to care for a baby that one of them has carved out of granite.
R&S Books does up its braids for Do You Know Pippi Longstocking? by Astrid Lindgren, illus. by Ingrid Nyman, introducing the independent redheaded girl who lives with a horse and monkey; A Crash Course for Molly by Eva Eriksson, in which Molly learns to ride a bike; and Good Night, Alfie Atkins and Very Tricky, Alfie Atkins by Gunilla Bergstrom, starring the rambunctious Alfie and his patient father.
GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap pirouettes into spring with Royal Ballet Diaries #1: Ellie’s Chance to Dance by Alexandra Moss, in which an American girl attends London’s Royal Ballet School; Camp Confidential #1: Natalie’s Secret by Melissa Morgan, about a girl’s summer away at camp; Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Fun Playhouse, illus. by Brian Oescha; Nova the Robot: Nova the Robot Builds a Friend by David Kirk, a board book about colors and shapes; and Meet Bozo the Clown and Friends, an activity book.
Groundwood takes a spin with Tricycle by Elisa Amado, illus. by Manuel Monroy, in which a girl’s bike is stolen; Mavis and Merna by Ian Wallace, about a friendship between an elderly woman and a girl; Sawdust Carpets by Amelia Lau Carling, an Easter story set in Guatemala; From Another World by Ana Maria Machado, about Brazilian slavery; and Adventure Week by Sofia Nordin, about a whitewater rafting trip.
Harcourt says, "Ready or not!" with Hide & Seek by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, a counting book; Hunwick’s Egg by Mem Fox, illus. by Pamela Lofts, about an unexpected friendship; zoo’s who by Douglas Florian, more animal poems; Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson, first in a humorous series starring three kids who foil evildoers; and The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter, about a librarian who struggles to save her war-stricken community’s collection of books.
Gulliver sizes up the season with Three Feet Small by Michael J. Rosen, illus. by Valeri Gorbachev, in which a little bear wonders when he’ll grow; Kitten’s Big Adventure by Mie Araki, about a kitten who realizes she needs her momma; Grandma’s Hurrying Child by Jane Yolen, illus. by Kay Chorao, in which Grandma hurries from far away to meet someone special for the first time; Iris and Walter and the Field Trip by Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Christine Davenier; and Each Little Bird That Sings, a coming-of-age novel by Deborah Wiles.
Red Wagon colors spring with board book editions of Little Green by Keith Baker and Time for Bed by Mem Fox, illus. by Jane Dyer.
HarperCollins puckers up for If We Kiss by Rachel Vail, a novel about a girl and the boy she wants to kiss; Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein, a collection of never-before-published poems; Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver, a first novel in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series; and 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle, in which ducks explore geography and early learning concepts.
Avon hits the rink with Sasha Cohen: Fire on Ice by Sasha Cohen, with Linda Stiegler and Kathleen Stafford, the official autobiography of the figure skater; Phantom Stallion #14: Moonrise by Terri Farley, a modern-day Western; Warriors #4: Rising Storm by Erin Hunter, starring feline hero Fireheart; Mediator by Meg Cabot, a humorous supernatural series; and Girls of Lighthouse Lane 1: Katherine’s Story by Thomas Kinkade, based on Kinkade’s paintings, set in the fictional town of Cape Light in the early 1900s.
Joanna Cotler Books gets down and dirty with Nasty Stories by Barry Yourgrau, a book about all things wicked and nasty; I Stink! Board Book, the tribute to garbage trucks by Kate McMullan, illus. by Jim McMullan; and Who’s That Baby? by Sharon Creech, illus. by David Diaz, a collection of poems about the arrival of a new baby.
Michael di Capua Books will reissue Bears by Ruth Krauss, illus. by Maurice Sendak.
Eos pours a tall cool one with Black Juice by Margo Lanagan, a collection of 10 dark fantasy stories; Garth Nix Short Story Collection by Garth Nix, which includes some new tales; Midnighters Book Two: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld, next in the trilogy about five teenagers with unusual powers; Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton, a fantasy with an environmental bent; and The Wizard Test by Hilari Bell, in which a teenager discovers that wizards and their tests are not what they seem.
Festival snaps an elastic waistband with How to Give a Wedgie/Bellyflop by Steve and Joe Borgenicht, a guide from the authors of theWorst Case Scenario Handbook; Five Little Ducks by Dan Yaccarino, a pull-tab counting book; Biscuit’s Fourth of July by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Pat Schories, starring the perky pup; Sophia & Benjamin Watch a Train Go By by Ruth Lubell and Ed Brodsky, a fold-out counting book; and Dinosaur! Board Book by Peter Sís.
Laura Geringer Books gets curiouser and curiouser with Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams, first in a series starring a 13-year-old super sleuth in a small town; The Midnight Diary of Zoya Blume by Laura Shaine Cunningham, a coming-of-age novel in which a girl confronts childhood fears; The Three Little Rigs by David Gordon, a comic picture book sequel to The Ugly Truckling; The Bebop Express by H.L. Panahi, illus. by Steven Johnson and Lou Fancher, a rhyming railroad adventure; and I’m a Pig by Sarah Weeks, illus. by Holly Berry, an ode to piggies.
Greenwillow walks the plank with The Giant Rat of Sumatra, or Pirates Galore! by Sid Fleischman, a swashbuckling tale set in 1846 San Diego; The Sphere of Secrets: Book Two of the Oracle Prophecies by Catherine Fisher, a fantasy-adventure; Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs! by Megan McDonald, illus. by Jane Manning, a picture book about a brave girl’s buggy challenge; Conrad’s Fate by Diana Wynne Jones, a new Chrestomanci novel; and A Maze Me: Poems for Girls by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Rayo spices up the season with Cubanita by Gaby Triana, about a teenager who resists her Cuban heritage until she experiences an epiphany before leaving for college; and the paperback reprint of Kingdom of the Golden Dragon by Isabel Allende.
Katherine Tegen Books draws up a spring list with The Neat Line by Pamela Duncan Edwards, illus. by Diana Cain Bluthenthal, in which an inventive line figures out how to fix the problems in Mother Goose nursery rhymes; Septimus Heap: Book One Magyk by Angie Sage, first in a lighthearted fantasy series; The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw, in which a girl must solve riddles and puzzles to save her mother from an ancient curse; The Orpheus Obsession by Dakota Lane, about a girl whose rock-star obsession leads her through an exotic underworld in New York City; and Begin at the Beginning: A Little Artist Learns About Life by Amy Schwartz, in which an artist overcomes a creative block.
Tempest stirs the cauldron with Witch’s Boy by Michael Gruber, a fantasy about a witch who makes sacrifices for her ungrateful goblin son; Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger, in which an "out" high school student finds himself in a messy love triangle; Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last by Susan Juby, about Alice’s new screenwriting career; Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates, a YA novel that explores betrayal, innocence and deception; and Georgia Nicholson 6, Louise Rennison’s latest title about the titular teenage character.
Trophy dives into spring with paperback reprints of Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes, Granny Torelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech, Molly Moon Stops the World by Georgia Byng, The Princess Diaries Volume V: Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot and The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson.
HCI ladles out Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul: Real Stories by Real Girls About Real Stuff and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul The Real Deal: School, additions to the company’s line of inspirational story collections.
Holiday House has something to cluck about with Chickerella by Mary Jane Auch, illus. by Herm Auch, a rendition of "Cinderella" starring some fashion-conscious chickens; Don’t Tell the Girls: A Family Memoir by Patricia Reilly Giff, which includes remembrances of the author’s Irish clan; Where Crocodiles Have Wings by Patricia McKissack, illus. by Bob Barner, a whimsical picture book about possibilities; The Naked Mole Rat Letters by Mary Amato, in which a girl tries to sabotage her father’s new romance; and "Say-Hey" and the The Babe by Neil Waldman, a picture book about baseball greats and stickball enthusiasts in New York City.
Henry Holt blows out the candles for The Birthday Fish by Dan Yaccarino, about a girl’s birthday wish; Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff, illus. by Sophie Blackall, a picture-book introduction of four smelly boar characters; Misery Moo by Jeanne Willis, illus. by Tony Ross, in which a cow can’t shake her nasty mood; Sea Surprise by Leo Landry, about an eel that tries to regain his zap; and Frog in Love by Max Velthuijs, a mini-book reissue.
Houghton Mifflin volleys with Venus and Serena: Serving from the Hip by Venus and Serena Williams with Hilary Beard, about these tennis champs; Smuggler by Carl Deuker, about a teen’s involvement in a smuggling ring; Little Stevie Wonder by Quincy Troupe, illus. by Lisa Cohen, a picture-book biography of the singer/musician with an accompanying CD; A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson, illus. by Philippe Lardy, a poetry collection; and Bad Bears and a Bunny by Daniel Pinkwater, illus. by Jill Pinkwater, the latest starring dimwitted polar bears Irving and Muktuk.
Graphia gets a hall pass for Confessions of a 10th-Grade Social Climber by Zoe Segal, in which former Texan Mimi shares insights about adjusting to life at an elite Brooklyn high school.
Walter Lorraine Books baits its hook for Going Fishing by Bruce McMillan, about an Icelandic fishing tradition; Prairie Lessons by Bonnie Geisert, in which Rachel discovers a painful family secret; Gooney Bird Green II by Lois Lowry, illus by Middy Thomas, more "absolutely true" stories and adventures of Gooney Bird Green; The Witch’s Watching Stick by Susan Meddaugh, in which characters wish on a magic walking stick; and Tales from the Zany Zoo by William Wise, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, a poetry collection.
Hyperion minds its p’s and q’s with Time to Say Please! by Mo Willems, a picture book on manners; Daddy’s Girl by Garrison Keillor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, a picture book celebration of Father’s Day by the radio personality; Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard to Swallow Stories from the Fifth Grade by Esme Raji Codell, is a memoir of a Chicago childhood; The Book with No Words by Avi, a novel of magic and greed set in medieval England; and Saint Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., illus. by Dennis Nolan, recounts the life of this saint.
Michael di Capua Books sends greetings with The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, illus. by Chris Raschka, about the special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.
HYPERION/JUMP AT THE SUN
Jump at the Sun has eyes for The Greatest Potatoes by Penelope Stowell, illus. by Sharon Watts, a legend about the invention of the potato chip; The School Is Not White by Doreen Rappaport, illus. by Curtis James, a true story of school segregation in 1965 Mississippi; Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialog by Julius Lester, in which a young slave is sold at auction; Hip, Hip, Hooray! by Kristina Evans, illus. by Bryan Collier, a picture book for children embarking on a new phase of life; and Baby Love by bell hooks, a book about the mother-baby bond.
Miramax weaves a tangled web with Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, the latest tale of the young criminal mastermind; The Mistmantle Chronicles #1: Urchin of the Riding Stars by Margi McAllister, first in a fantasy trilogy about the animals on the island of Mistmantle; Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, in which Percy discovers his father is the Greek god Poseidon; and paperback reprints of The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer and Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini.
Kane/Miller takes a spring road trip with Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester, about a family’s six-month journey around Australia in a campervan; Standing Up! by Marie-Anne Gilet, illus. by Isabelle Gilboux, in which a boy practices his urinating while standing; and Carry Me by Heleen van Rossum, illus. by Peter van Harmelen, about a mother and her son as they hop and skip their way home.
Kane Press gets caught looking with Strike Out! by Sarah Albee, illus. by John Nez; Lila the Fair by Laura Driscoll, illus. by Blanche Sims; Super Specs by Driscoll, illus. by Lynn Adams; No Rules for Rex! by Shana Corey, illus. by Jerry Smath and Which Way, Wendy? by Jennifer Dussling, illus. by Rebecca Thornburgh.
Kar-Ben lights the candles with The Seventh Day: A Shabbat Story by Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen, illus. by Melanie Hall; Noah and the Ziz by Jacqueline Jules, illus. by Katherine Janus Kahn, in which the mythological Ziz (a giant bird) helps Noah gather the animals before the flood; and It’s Purim Time! by Latifa Berry Kropf, illus. by Tod Cohen, a photo-essay.
Kids Can goes for appeal with The Boy Who Loved Bananas by George Elliott, illus. by Andrej Krystoforski, about a boy who may love this fruit too much; Into the Volcano by Donna O’Meara, a look at the world’s angriest volcanoes; A Treasure at Sea for Dragon and Me by Jean Pendziwol, illus. by Martine Gourbault, a book that teaches water safety; Media Madness by Dominic Ali, illus. by Michael Cho, a guide to the world of media; and Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff by Jessica Scott Kerrin, illus. by Joseph Kelly, stories starring eight-year-old Martin.
Kingfisher saddles up for spring with My First Horse by Joanne Bednall, an introduction to horsemanship; Traces: Framed and Traces: Lost Bullet by Malcolm Rose, the debut titles in a series about a teenage forensic investigator; Life in Ancient Rome by Simon Adams, new to Kingfisher Knowledge; and Deserts by Nicola Davies, which joins the Kingfisher Young Knowledge series.
Lectorum makes sweet music with Azúcar! by Ivar Da Coll, a biography of Celia Cruz, the late queen of salsa music.
LEE & LOW
Lee & Low lets in the sun with Mama’s Window by Lynne Rubright, in which a boy keeps alive his mother’s dream of a stained glass window for their church; The Have a Good Day Café by Frances Park and Ginger Park, illus. by Susan Kathleen Hartung, about a Korean-American family’s food business; The Lost Boys by Mary Williams, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, a story inspired by the plight of Sudanese boys orphaned by their country’s civil war; Poems to Dream Together by Francisco X. Alarcón; and Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds by Paula Yoo, a biography of Olympic Gold Medalist Sammy Lee.
Carolrhoda rides the rails with Choo Choo Clickety by Margaret Mayo, illus. by Alex Ayliffe, an introduction to vehicles; A Style All Her Own by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Sharon Watts, in which Isabelle Ashley thinks her flower girl dress is too drab; Mallory vs. Max by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Tamara Schmitz, about these siblings’ new puppy; Silver Child by Cliff McNish, a fantasy novel; and Iron Porpoise: Voyages of the H.L. Hunley by Sally Walker, a look at the technology of this war submarine.
LERNER/FIRST AVENUE EDITIONS
First Avenue Editions roars into spring with paperback reprints of Lions by Sandra Markle, Great White Sharks by Markle, Cesar Chavez by Ginger Wadsworth, illus. by Mark Schroder; Passover by Cathy Goldberg Fishman, illus. by Ann Marhsall and Chinese New Year by Judith Jango-Cohen, illus. by Jason Chin.
LernerSports is par for the course with biographies of Annika Sorenstam by Jeff Savage, Alex Rodriguez by Jeffrey Zuehlke, and Sammy Sosa and Marion Jones by Savage.
Frances Lincoln cracks open the season with Death in a Nut by Eric Maddern, illus. by Paul Hess, in which Jack discovers the rhythms of life and death.
Little, Brown blows a big kiss with The Dating Game by Natalie Standiford, a new YA series; Rich Dad’s Escape from the Rat Race: How to Become a Rich Kid by Following Rich Dad’s Advice by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter; Freddy and the French Fries in…Fries Alive! by David Baldacci, in which Freddy discovers a healthy fast-food sensation; Sakes Alive: A Cattle Drive by Karma Wilson, illus. by Karla Firehammer, about cows who go joyriding in the farmer’s car; and 47 by Walter Mosley, a YA novel set on a plantation.
Megan Tingley Books waits at the bus stop for Otto Goes to School by Todd Parr, about Otto’s first day in academia; You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Nursery Rhymes to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman, illus. by Michael Emberley; Far From Xanadu by Julie Ann Peters, a YA love story; and the paperback reprint of Peters’s Keeping You a Secret.
Tommy Nelson welcomes spring with God’s Little Princess by Sheila Walsh in which a girl discovers that she is God’s princess; and The Incredible World of Wally McDoogle #24: My Life as a Splatted-Flat Quarterback by Bill Myers, a novel about the trouble caused by gossip.
Peachtree flutters by with A Place for Butterflies by Melissa Stewart, illus. by Higgins Bond; Gold Miner’s Daughter by Jackie Mims Hopkins, illus. by Jon Goodell, a fractured fairy tale; Stumptown Kid by Carol Gorman and Ron Findley, a novel set in baseball’s Negro League of the 1950s; Play Ball Like the Hall of Famers by Steven Krasner, a collection of baseball tips from the pros; and Do You Know the Monkey Man? by Dori Hillestad Butler, a YA novel in which a teenager discovers the existence of the twin sister she believed had died as a child.
Pelican charts a course with Daniel Boone: Trailblazer by Nancy Kelly Allen, illus. by Joan Waites, a biography of the frontiersman; The Honest-to-Goodness Story of Raggedy Andy by Patricia Hall, illus. by Joni Gruelle Wannamaker, the story of how Andy joined his sister Annie in toy history; Step Up! Cathe Hahn, illus. by Bob Artley, starring three hardworking horses; Joshua the Giant Frog by Peggy Thomas, illus. by Cat Bowman Smith, a retelling of a tale about a humongous pollywog; and The Cajun Cornbread Boy by Dianne De Las Casas, a spicy spin on the "Gingerbread Boy."
Penguin is a late bloomer with The Ugly Duckling by Robert Ingpen, a new edition of the classic tale.
Razorbill reboots for The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez by Judy Goldschmidt, in which Raisin deals with her cross-country move by keeping a weblog for her friends from home; Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier, about a girl born to family with magical powers; Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder, a horror novel in which teenage babysitters wreak havoc in a small town; Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls by Bennett Madison, a mystery novel starring an anti-Nancy Drew type; and The Case of the Prank That Stank, first in the Wright and Wong series by Melinda Metz and Laura Burns.
Speak goes undercover for the paperback reprint of Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz, latest in the Alex Rider teen spy series.
Pippin Press goes historical with Children in Colonial America and How They Lived by Alice Morgan and an untitled account of the friendship between Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant by Samuel Plummer.
Philomel takes a spin with Carousel Cat by Robert J. Blake, about a heroic feline on the boardwalk; Hanne’s Quest by Olivier Dunrea, in which a hen tries to save her owner’s farm; Gnat Stokes and the Foggy Bottom Swamp Queen by Sally Keehn, a fantasy novel; Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz, featuring teen spy Alex Rider; and Olivia Kidney and the Exit Academy by Ellen Potter, in which Olivia discovers that ghosts are following her.
PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan tosses and turns with The Kid with Too Many Nightmares by Harland Williams, a rhyming picture book; Kyla May Miss. Behaves: Meet Kyla May, first in a series starring an imaginative girl; and Humpty Dumpty…After the Fall by Charles Reasoner, a board book.
Prometheus ponders Humanism, What’s That?: A Book for Curious Kids by Helen Bennett, which features a fictional discussion between a teacher and her students.
Puffin gallops into spring with Hoofbeats: Lara and the Silver Mare, Books 1-4 by Kathleen Duey, a new quartet featuring a horse-loving girl in 14th-century Ireland; The Real Slam Dunk by Charisse Richardson, illus. by Kadir Nelson, a basketball-themed chapter book starring African-American twins Marcus and Mia; and paperback reprints of Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett and The River Between Us by Richard Peck.
Putnam takes a bow with Stagestruck by Tomie dePaola, a picture book in which young Tomie remembers his first time on stage; A Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel, illus. by Dave Catrow, a story celebrating love and change; Where I Want to Be by Adele Griffin, in which two sisters on opposite sides of life and death struggle to move on without each other; Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty Birney, the adventures of a class hamster; and Princess Smartypants Rules by Babette Cole, a picture book.
Raincoast greets the season with Still There, Clare by Yvonne Prinz, a novel in which preteen Clare decides it’s time to leave her imaginary friend Elsa behind.
Random House shakes the family tree with The Five Ancestors: Book #1: TIGER by Jeff Stone, first in a series about five fighting monks in 17th-century China; Night Gate (Gateway Trilogy, Book 1) by Isobelle Carmody in which Rage Winnoway and her dogs pass through a magical gate to another world; Soft Tidings by Ariel and Joaquin Dorfman, a gritty coming-of-age tale set in New York City; Look Who’s Talking! On the Farm by Danny Tepper, illus. by Valeria Petrone, an interactive animal sounds book; and Whittington by Alan Armstrong, a tale narrated by a stray cat.
Bantam generates heat with Summer Love, Summer Lies and Summer Promises, a romance trilogy by Diane Schwemm, and the paperback reprint of Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry.
Delacorte delivers snap, crackle and pop with Girls for Breakfast by David Yoo, in which a Korean-American boy discusses the girls he loves, likes or couldn’t care less about; Hit the Road by Caroline B. Cooney about a teenager’s road trip with her grandmother; Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares, taking place the summer before the four protagonists leave for college; Bras & Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski, about a girl whose younger sister is a witch; and The Boyfriend List (15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs and me, Ruby Oliver) by E. Lockhart, in which teenage Ruby works through her lists of problems.
RANDOM HOUSE/DELL LAUREL-LEAF
Laurel-Leaf puts the pedal to the metal with paperback reprints of Acceleration by Graham McNamee, Garden of Angels by Lurlene McDaniel, The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry, Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt and I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan.
RANDOM HOUSE/DELL YEARLING
Dell Yearling is on the case with spring reprints of Clues in the Woods by Peggy Parish, Nate the Great on the Owl Express by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat, illus. by Martha Weston; Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception by Wendelin Van Draanen; Rodzina by Karen Cushman and The Tears of the Salamander by Peter Dickinson.
David Fickling Books rewrites history with The New World Order by Ben Jeapes, a revisionist look at the civil war in 17th-century England; The Light of the Oracle by Victoria Hanley, in which Bryn is selected to attend a training school for future priests and priestesses; The Curse of the Gloamglozer (Edge Chronicles #4) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, more adventures in the land of Sanctaphrax; Other Echoes by Adele Geras, in which 18-year-old Flora reflects on memories and events from her childhood; and Bing Go Picnic by Ted Dewan, in which Bing and Flip Flop’s picnic is rained out.
Golden Books slays the season with There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent, reissued as a board book; The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter by Evelyn Scott, illus. by Virginia Parsons, a reissue; Pat the Bunny: Daddy’s Scratchy Face and Pat the Bunny: Judy’s Flower Bed by Edith Kunhardt, a new hardcover series spun off from the classic; and Barbie Decade Books: Peace, Love and Rock ‘n Roll and Red, White and Blue Jeans by Linda Lowery Keep, a look at the fashion fads and history of the 1960s and 1970s.
Knopf explains the birds and the bees with Where Willy Went: The Big Story of a Little Sperm by Nicholas Allen, a picture book on human reproduction; Traction Man Is Here! by Mini Grey, a picture book starring the titular action-figure toy; I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, a novel about an underage cab driver’s mysterious mission; Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq by Mark Alan Stamaty, a picture book inspired by an Iraqi librarian’s work to save books from her town’s library before it was destroyed by war; and Shredderman: Enemy Spy by Wendelin Van Draanen, illus. by Brian Biggs, in which Nolan must decide whether to reveal his identity as a cyber superhero.
Wendy Lamb Books cracks the code with The Time Hackers by Gary Paulsen, in which two gamesters hack into a time-travel dimension; Siberia: A Novel by Ann Halam, about a girl and her mother living in one of the most isolated places on earth; Maya Running by Anjali Banerjee, a novel featuring fantastic elements of Indian lore; My Big Sister Is So Bossy She Says You Can’t Read This Book by Mary Hershey, a mystery; and an untitled YA novel by Melissa Lion set in Alaska.
Reader’s Digest leaps into spring with My Great Aunt Phibian by Sherry Gerstein, illus. by Mara Van Fleet, about a frog family’s eccentric relative; The Story of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, illus. by Lisa McCue; Bible Stories Movie Theater Storybook and Projector, adapted by Allia Zobel Nolan, illus. by Trace Moroney; Owen’s Way Home by Ruth Koeppel, illus. by Moroney, about an owl’s search for his house; and The Secret Fairy Garden by Nolan, illus. by Kathi Ember, a seek-and-find book.
ROARING BROOK PRESS
Roaring Brook prepares for spring with Too Many Bunnies by Matt Novak, in which rabbits try to solve a crowding problem; Had Gadya: One Little Goat, A Passover Song, illus. by Seymour Chwast, a cumulative story; The Story Goes On by Aileen Fisher, illus. by Mique Moriuchi, a look at the ongoing cycle of life in nature; and Vandal by Michael Simmons, a novel in which a 15-year-old shares the story of his violent, troubled older brother.
Running Press plans a party for A Lithgow Palooza! Are We There Yet? and I’m Bored! Give Me Something to Do! by John Lithgow, illus. by Adam McCauley, book kits that contain items to keep kids entertained.
Scholastic sets sail with Ghost Ship by Deitlof Reiche, in which two friends are caught up in a mystery involving a ship lost in 1772; Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth, about a wise panda that tells stories from the Zen tradition; Goodnight, My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri, a bedtime tale; Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix, third in the Keys to the Kingdom series; and Shadow Life: A Portrait of Anne Frank and Her Family by Barry Denenberg.
Blue Sky Press heads for the dojo with The Black Belt Club: The Seven Wheels of Power by Dawn Barnes, illus. by Bernard Chang, the debut of an action-adventure series; Oh, David! and Oops!, new Diaper David Books, a line of original board books by David Shannon; The Magic Rabbit by Richard Jesse, in which Rabbit appreciates his friends; and Once Upon a Cloud by Rob Walker, illus. by Matt Mahurin, an exploration of the many forms clouds take in the sky.
Cartwheel pulls on its overalls for Penelope at the Farm by Anne Gutman, illus. by Georg Hallensleben, a pull-the-tab barnyard story; and Girls Hold Up This World by Jada Pinkett Smith, photos by Donyell Kenndy-McCullough, a celebration of the strength and beauty of girls and women.
The Chicken House goes low-carb with No More Cookies! by Paeony Lewis, illus. by Brita Granstorm, in which a girl is determined to find more treats; A Fire Shall Be Woken by Stuart Hill, a fantasy about a girl warrior defending her homeland; Candy by Kevin Brooks, a YA love story in which Joe falls for a mysterious girl named Candy; and The Kazillion Wish by Nick Place, a debut novel about siblings on a quest to make a wish come true.
Arthur A. Levine Books takes wing with The Red Bird by Astrid Lindgren, illus. by Marit Törnqvist, in which a bird brings hope to two long-suffering orphans; Food for Thought by Saxton Freymann, which illustrates early learning concepts with veggie scultpures; The Animal Rescue Store by Elizabeth Swados, illus. by Anne Wilson, a collection of animal poems; Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp by Philip Pullman, illus. by Sophy Williams, a new retelling; and The Waterless Sea by Kate Constable, a fantasy novel.
Orchard Books makes a spring pit stop for The Wheels on the Race Car by Alex Zane, illus. by James Warhola, a rhyming text inspired by The Wheels on the Bus; TheQuiltmaker’s Journey by Jeff Brumbeau, illus. by Gail de Marcken, a prequel to The Quiltmker’s Gift; One Smart Goose by Caroline Jayne Church, about a witty goose who makes lots of friends; Avril Crump and Her Amazing Clones by Angela Woolfe, first in a trilogy starring a bumbling female scientist; and The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman, the debut title of a trilogy.
Scholastic Reference plays know-it-all with The Great Brain Book: An Inside Look at the Inside of Your Head by Harvey P. Newquist, illus. by Keith Kasnot; Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, which includes interviews with surviving members of Nazi Germany’s Hitler Youth groups; Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and their Times (Updated 2005) by David Rubel, which will include information on the 2004 election; Scholastic Atlas of Space; and Everything You Need to Know About American History, English, Geography, Math, Science and World History Homework.
Silver Dolphin slithers into spring with Reptiles, a Maurice Pledger Nature Trails title; Spacecraft in the Flight Test Lab series; Snappy Sounds Woof, a pop-up animal sounds book; Robotic Hornet, new to the Robotic series; and Fine Art Studio Painting.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster scores a knockout with Let George Do It by George Foreman, illus. by Whitney Martin, in which the boxing champs’ kids-all named George-plan a party for Dad; Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean: Why I Love (and Hate) My Brothers by Ray Romano with Richard and Robert Romano, illus. by Zak Pullen, a true story about the family’s trip to an amusement park; Little Quack’s Bedtime by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Derek Anderson, a ducky goodnight tale; Shrimp by Rachel Cohn, a sequel to Gingerbread; and Hover Car Racer by Matthew Reilly, a story of futuristic drag racing.
Aladdin endures no phone, no lights, no motor car with Castaways #1 by Catherine Hapka, which features a host of characters stranded on a desert island; Blast to the Past: Lincoln’s Legacy by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon, illus. by David Wenzel, first in a time-travel series; Childhood of World Figures: Anne Frank by Ruth Ashby, which launches a biography series; Guide to the World of Pendragon by D.J. MacHale, a companion to the Pendragon series; and the debut of Pack and Read Books, a new line of small, inexpensive paperbacks by noted children’s authors.
Atheneum takes out its reporter’s notebook for "So, what is it like to be a cat?" by Karla Kuskin, illus. by Betsy Lewin, in which a boy interviews his pet for a homework assignment; The Minister’s Daughter by Julie Hearn, a thriller set during the British witch trials of the Reformation; Secret Agent by Robyn Freedman Spizman and Mark Johnston, about a boy who tries to save his parents’ marriage; Chicken Boy by Frances O’Roark Dowell, in which Tobin deals with his wacky family and friends; and Cool Cat, Hot Dog by Sandy Turner, in which the family pets start to spat.
Richard Jackson Books rings in spring with Saving the Liberty Bell by Megan McDonald, illus. by Marsha Gray Carrington, a true story of 1777 told in tall-tale style; kitten red yellow blue by Peter Catalanotto, a picture-book primer on colors; While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat by Amy Reichert, illus. by Alexandra Boiger, a bedtime story; The Boys of San Joaquin by D. James Smith, in which some church collection money goes missing; and Stained by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, a novel about young adults grappling with love, faith and salvation.
Anne Schwartz Books cheers "Go Bucs!" with Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter, illus. by Raúl Colón, a picture-book biography of the Latino baseball star; Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. McKissack, illus. by Kyrsten Brooker, in which a girl fends off a trickster; Always Remember Me by Marisabina Russo, a true family story of Holocaust survivors; Hot Air by Marjorie Priceman, about the flight of the first hot-air balloon; and Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming, about an Indian boy adjusting to his new home in Wisconsin.
Little Simon walks the runway with Eloise Dresses Up by Marc Cheshire, illus. by Chris Hahner, a novelty spin-off title for Kay Thompson’s irrepressible Eloise; A Potty for Me! by Karen Katz, a lift-the-flap instruction manual; Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Jack Norworth, illus. by John Stadler, a pop-up version of the song; Dear Zoo: A Pop-Up Book by Rod Campbell, a new format for the bestselling title; and The Ark by Matthew Reinhardt, a woodcut-style Bible story pop-up.
S&S/LITTLE SIMON INSPIRATIONS
Little Simon Inspirations, a new imprint, has open arms for All God’s Creatures and Special Thanks, a touch-and-feel book and a book of simple prayers, both by Karen Hill; and reprints of Give Me Grace by Cynthia Rylant, Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field and Babies Are a Little Bit of Heaven by Joan Walsh Anglund.
Margaret K. McElderry Books pulls a list out of its hat with The Magician’s Boy by Susan Cooper, illus. by Serena Riglietti, in which a boy is transported to the land of story; Daddy Hugs 123 by Karen Katz, a counting book; Alpha Bravo Charlie: A Military Alphabet by Chris L. Demarest; Mother Theresa by Demi, a biography of this humanitarian and religious figure; and I, Dred Scott by Sheila Moses, a narrative of the slave who sued for his freedom in 1847.
Simon Pulse taps the keg with 21 by Jeremy Iversen, a coming-of-age story set during a fraternity party; The Party Room by Morgan Burke, in which a killer stalks teenagers on Manhattan’s Upper East Side; Uglies by Scott Westerfield, first in a fantasy trilogy about extreme makeovers; and reprints of Breakout by Paul Fleischman and the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce.
Simon Spotlight meets for tribal council with Survivor: Thailand by Erica Pass, a novel based on the TV show, where readers decide the fate of 10 castaway characters; Dora the Explorer: Best Friends by Lauryn Silverhardt, a plush book; Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks: Piggley’s Pals by Justin Spelvin, a novelty book tie-in to the TV show; SpongeBob SquarePants: What’s Cookin’, SpongeBob? by Tricia Boczkowski, illus. by Gregg Schigiel, a scratch-and-sniff board book; and Totally Spies!: Mix it Up! by Emily Sollinger, a novelty book based on the TV show.
Paula Wiseman Books tunes up the guitar for Buddy by Anne Bustard, illus. by Kurt Cyrus, the story of Buddy Holly; Angel’s Grace by Tracey Baptiste, in which a girl discovers a picture in a family photo album that leads her to her real father; Little Green by Chun Yu, a memoir of growing up in China during that country’s revolution; Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life by Jerdine Nolen, illus. by Kadir Nelson, about a family of giants; and Timothy Cox Will Not Change His Socks by Robert Kinerk, illus. by Stephen Gammell, in which a boy pledges to go a month without changing socks.
Simply Read Books holds court with The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin, illus. by Iassen Ghiuselev, a fairy tale; Cat and Fish by Joan Grant, illus. by Neil Curtis, about an unlikely friendship; and The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan, the story of a lost dog.
Standard Pubishing pulls up the covers with My Good Night Storybook by Susan Lingo, illus. by Kathy Parks; I’d Be Your Hero, a tale of the mother-son bond; The Best Thing Is Love, an interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13 by David Daley Mackall; The Severed Head, first in the Elijah Creek and the Armor of God series for tweens; and Red Card, debut title of the middle-grade Game On! series.
Starscape spins a spring list with The Web: GulliverZone by Stephen Baxter, a futuristic novel about an Internet theme park; Clabbernappers by Len Bailey, in which Danny discovers that the Winter Queen he seeks is actually an enormous chess piece; The Journals of Ven Polypheme #1 by Elizabeth Haydon, about a young shipwright who records his adventures with pirates; and reprints of Dragon and Soldier by Timothy Zahn and Beyond the Hanging Wall by Sara Douglass.
Tor Teen gets going with reprints of The Beginning Place by Ursula K. LeGuin, Flying in Place by Susan Palwick and New Magics by Patrick Nielsen Hayden.
Tricycle moooves into the season with The Adventures of Cow, as told to Lori Korcheck, photos by Marshall Taylor, which recounts the journeys of a miniature Holstein; Finklehopper Frog Cheers by Irene Livingston, illus. by Brian Lies, in which Finklehopper Frog encourages a friend; Doorknob the Rabbit and the Carnival of Bugs by Kevin Serwacki, featuring a rambunctious bunch of bugs; Edgar & Ellen #4: Pet’s Revenge by Charles Ogden, illus. by Rick Carton, starring twin siblings who investigate the mystery of the underground lab; and Winchell Cuts the Cheese by Peter van Dijk, illus. by Taylor Lee, in which Winchell’s friends, and readers, guess who stunk up the place.
Two-Can enters politics with America’s First Ladies: From Martha Washington to the Present Day by Julian Holland, a look at how each First Lady influenced the politics of her era.
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS
University of Nebraska Press gives a good growl for Big Jinny: The Story of a Grizzly Bear by Frank Linderman, illus. by Elizabeth Lochrie, a never-before-published nature story written in the 1930s.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO PRESS
University of New Mexico Press holds the reins on The Horse of Seven Moons by Karen Tascheck, a YA love story set in 1880s New Mexico; and Rabbit and the Wolves by Deborah Duvall, illus. by Murv Jacob, in which a wolf nearly tricks a rabbit into becoming a tasty dinner.
Viking needs a chaperone for Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson, in which a disinterested teen is recruited to help execute the school’s biggest dance; Guys Write for Guys Read by Jon Scieszka, a collection of guy-centric works by authors of note who appeal to boys; Leonardo Da Vinci by Kathleen Krull, which launches the Giants of Science biography series; and A Friend Called Anne by Jacqueline van Maarsen, a memoir from Anne Frank’s best friend.
Walker hangs ten with Girl vs. Wave by Scott Bass, illus. by Julie Collins, in which a young surfer faces her fear of wipeouts; The Driving Book by Karen Gravelle, illus. by Helen Flook, a guidebook for new drivers; Houdini: World’s Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King by Kathleen Krull, illus. by Eric Velasquez, a picture-book biography; and Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery by Kevin O’Malley, illus. by Patrick O’Brien, a serialized picture-book adventure.
Frederick Warne is in full bloom with How to Be a Flower Fairy, inspired by Cecily Mary Baker; Buttercup Goes to the Ball; Seedlings: Peter Rabbit’s I Love My Mommy and Seedlings: Peter Rabbit’s Springtime, two novelty books.
Wiley dons its lab coat for Kids Invent! A Handbook for Young Inventors by Susan Casey; African Heroes by Jim Haskins, stories of the continent’s greatest heroes; and The Coming to America Cookbook: Delicious Recipes and Fascinating Stories from America’s Many Cultures by Joan D’Amico.
Zonderkids hits the beach with The Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer; Dear God, It’s Me by Sue Buchanan and Lynn Hodges; Bob & Larry’s Silly Slides by Cindy Kenney; Hidden in Plain Sight by Auer; and Easter, Easter Almost Here! by Kathleen Long Bostrom.