Merlin and the Making of the King ($16.95) by Margaret Hodges, illus. by Trina Schart Hyman, retells three Arthurian tales. (All ages)
Asleep in the Stable ($16.95) by Will Hillenbrand. Mama owl teaches her baby all about the Nativity. (3-6)
Thanksgiving Is… ($16.95) by Gail Gibbons focuses on this holiday. (4-8)
Mañana, Iguana ($16.95) by Ann Whitford Paul, illus. by Ethan Long, gives a Mexican twist to the tale of the Little Red Hen. (4-8)
Two by Two ($16.95) by John Winch tells the story of Noah’s Ark narrated from the animals’ perspective. (4-8)
How to Trick or Treat in Outer Space ($16.95) by Kathleen Krull, illus. by Paul Brewer, reveals how Halloween is celebrated in the far reaches of the universe. (4-8)
Hazel Nutt, Alien Hunter ($16.95) by David Elliott, illus. by True Kelley, is a companion to Hazel Nutt, Mad Scientist. (4-8)
The Castle of the Cats ($16.95) by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Katya Krenina, retells this story of a boy who discovers a castle with a magical secret. (4-8)
Brave Santa ($16.95) by Nancy Poydar. Who does Jack find hiding behind a curtain when he visits Santa at the mall? (4-8)
Thank You Very Much, Captain Ericsson! ($16.95) by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge, illus. by Andrew Glass, centers on this Swedish-born engineer and inventor. (4-8)
Valley Forge ($16.95) by Richard Ammon, illus. by Bill Farnsworth, recounts this Revolutionary War battle. (6-10)
Three Kings Day: A Celebration at Christmastime ($16.95) by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, photos by Lawrence Migdale, is a photoessay celebrating this holiday. (6-10)
Crown Me! ($16.95) by Kathryn Lay. A history project teaches two students that being monarchs can be a regal pain. (8-12)
Poe Park ($16.95) by Agnes Martinez is a novel featuring a boy growing up in urban America. (8-12)
The Top Ten Ways to Ruin the First Day of Fifth Grade ($16.95) by Kenneth Derby introduces a boy whose goal is to be on late-night TV. (8-12)
Close Encounters of a Third World Kind ($16.95) by Jennifer J. Stewart. Annie’s family visits Nepal. (8-12)
Escape Across the Wide Sea ($17.95) by Katherine Kirkpatrick. In this historical novel, a family escapes to New York aboard a slave ship. (8-12)
George Washington: An Illustrated Biography ($24.95) by David A. Adler showcases this President’s life. (10-up)
Westward Ho! Eleven Explorers of the American West ($22.95) by Charlotte Foltz Jones focuses on 11 individuals. (10-up)
Stonewolf ($16.95) by Brenda Seabrooke centers on a boy being held captive in a secluded castle. (10-up)
Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices ($16.95) by Walter Dean Myers compiles poems celebrating Harlem. (12-up)
Holiday House Math Books adds Mooove Over! A Book About Counting by Twos by Karen Magnuson Beil, illus. by Paul Meisel ($16.95, 4-8). And new Holiday House Readers are Just in Time for New Year’s!: A Harry & Emily Adventure by Karen Gray Ruelle ($14.95, paper $4.95, 5-8); Dr. Clock-sicle by Martha Weston ($14.95, 5-8); and Cars by Nancy Smiler Levinson, illus. by Jacqueline Rogers ($14.95, 6-9).
Sweet Hearts by Jan Carr, illus. by Dorothy Donohue ($6.95, 2-6); Go to Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox, illus. by Paul Meisel; Horses! by Gail Gibbons; Poultrygeist by Mary Jane Auch, illus. by Mary Jane and Herm Auch ($6.95, 4-8); and Three Samurai Cats: A Story from Japan by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Mordicai Gerstein ($6.95, 5-8).
Paperback Series Reprints
Picture Book Biographies adds A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe by David A. Adler, illus. by Colin Bootman ($6.95, 4-8).
A Treasury of Christmas Songs ($19.95), compiled by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pairs 25 holiday songs with works of art. (All ages)
Brown Bear & Friends Gift Set ($49.95) by Bill Martin Jr, illus. by Eric Carle, contains three bear tales and a poster. (2-5)
My First Chinese New Year ($14.95) by Karen Katz. A girl experiences the festivities surrounding this holiday. (2-5)
T Is for Terrible ($15.95) by Peter McCarty is the tale of a Tyrannosaurus rex. (3-6)
Snowbear’s Christmas Countdown ($14.95) by Theresa Smythe. Snowbear counts down the days until Christmas. (3-6)
Animal Snackers ($15.95) by Betsy Lewin is a newly illustrated version of this look at creatures’ eating habits. (3-7)
Shall I Knit You a Hat? A Christmas Yarn ($16.95) by Kate Klise, illus. by M. Sarah Klise, is a story about the gift of friendship. (3-7)
The Moon Came Down on Milk Street ($16.95) by Jean Gralley illustrates the power of the human spirit during difficult times. (3-up)
Skeleton Bones & Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween ($16.95) by Amy Sklansky, illus. by Karen Dismukes, is a holiday poetry collection. (4-7)
Spike & Cubby’s Ice Cream Island Adventure ($16.95) by Heather Sellers, illus. by Amy Young, is a caper featuring dogs at sea. (4-7)
Knock! Knock! ($16.95) by Jan Wahl, illus. by Mary Newell DePalma, reveals what happens when a witch in Scotland hears a knock at the door. (4-8)
Dog Show ($15.95) by Elizabeth Winthrop, illus. by Mark Ulriksen. Will Fred finally win an event at the dog show? (4-8)
The Abominable Snow Teacher ($15.95) by Lisa Passen is a companion to Attack of the 50-Foot Teacher and The Incredible Shrinking Teacher. (5-8)
One Dark and Dreadful Night ($16.95) by Randy Cecil describes a theatrical production by orphans. (5-9)
Mozart Finds a Melody ($17.95) by Stephen Costanza. Mozart’s dog inspires a composition. (5-9)
Wee and the Wright Brothers ($16.95) by Timothy Gaffney, illus. by Bernadette Pons. A mouse takes off on the ride of his life. (5-9)
Faraway Grandpa ($16.95) by Roberta Karim, illus. by Ted Rand, is the tale of a girl whose grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease. (5-9)
Let’s Eat: What Children Eat Around the World ($16.95) by Beatrice Hollyer spotlights youngsters’ eating habits. (5-9)
Little Horse on His Own ($15.95) by Betsy Byars, illus. by David McPhail. Little Horse struggles to find his way home. (5-9)
Polar Bear Math: Learning About Fractions from Klondike and Snow ($16.95) by Ann Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel. Bears help teach fractions. (7-10)
Funerals and Fly Fishing ($16.95) by Mary Bartek tells of a 12-year-old who spends the summer with his undertaker grandfather. (8-up)
Hachiko Waits ($15.95) by Lesléa Newman, illus. by Machiyo Kodaira, introduces a dog whose loyalty knows no bounds. (8-up)
The Lovesick Salesman ($16.95) by Margaret Gray, illus. by Randy Cecil, is a "prequel" to The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool. (9-up)
Dollmakers and Their Stories: Women Who Changed the World of Play ($16.95) by Krystyna Poray Goddu, focuses on creators of familiar dolls. (9-up)
Nothing Here But Stones ($16.95) by Nancy Oswald. A family strives to make a home out of nothing. (10-up)
The Truth About Sparrows ($16.95) by Marian Hale is a first novel revealing the meaning of home. (10-up)
Unlikely Exploits welcomes Heir of Mystery by Philip Ardagh, illus. by David Roberts ($9.95, 8-up). And the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy adds Close Kin by Clare B. Dunkle ($16.95, 12-up).
Board Book Reprint
The Everything Book by Denise Fleming ($6.95, 2-6)
A Pocketful of Cricket by Rebecca Caudill, illus. by Evaline Ness ($18.95, 5-8); and Life on Mars by David Getz, illus. by Peter McCarty ($14.95, 8-12).
The Emperor Lays an Egg by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illus. by Joan Paley; and A Houseful of Christmas by Barbara Joosse, illus. by Betsy Lewin ($6.95 each, 4-8).
HOWELL CANYON PRESS
The Adventures of Melon & Turnip ($15.95) by Trisha Howell, illus. by Paul Lopez. Two friends who venture from their garden discover the value of hard work and of treating others with love. (4-8)
The Talia Adventure series issues Talia and the Tower by Trisha Adelena Howell, illus. by David Hohn ($11.95, 12-up)
HYLAS (NBN, dist.)
Girl, 13 ($22.95) by Starla Griffin portrays the lives of 13-year-old girls around the world. (10-up)
World-Wise Kids’ Guides debuts with Greece, Iraq, China and Brazil ($12.95 each, 8-up).
John’s Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon ($16.99) by Doreen Rappaport, illus. by Bryan Collier, portrays Lennon’s life. (All ages)
Dress Up Batty ($19.99) by William Wegman. This photographer’s Weimaraners play dress-up. (All Ages)
Baby Goose ($15.99) by Kate McMullan, illus. by Pascal Lemaître, collects nursery rhymes. (up to 3)
McDuff’s Wild Romp ($15.99) by Rosemary Wells, illus. by Susan Jeffers, offers a new McDuff caper. (2-5)
That’s What Friends Do ($15.99) by Kathryn Cave, illus. by Nick Maland, evokes the joys of friendship. (2-6)
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale ($15.99) by Mo Willems. Things go terribly wrong when Daddy’s in charge. (3-6)
Wow! City! ($16.99) by Robert Neubecker. Izzy visits the big city. (3-7)
Snow Dude ($16.99) by Daniel Kirk is a story starring an active snowman. (3-8)
Liberty’s Journey ($15.99) by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Richard Egielski. Lady Liberty goes on a road trip across America. (4-7)
Nonna’s Porch ($15.99) by Rita Gray, illus. by Terry Widener. The vistas from her home inspire the blanket Nonna knits for her grandchild. (4-7)
The Royal Mice ($16.99) by Loretta Krupinski. Mice attempt to chase a cat away from the castle. (4-8)
Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs ($16.99) by Bill Nye, with writing by Kathleen Zoehfeld, illus. by Bryn Barnard, is a guide to germs. (6-9)
The Million Dollar Strike ($15.99) by Dan Gutman. Two boys try to keep a bowling alley from closing. (8-12)
The Doll People Boxed Set ($24.99) by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, illus. by Brian Selznick, packages together The Doll People and The Meanest Doll in the World. (8-12)
The Illmore Chronicles: The Ratastrophe Catastrophe ($16.99) by David Lee Stone launches a fantasy trilogy. (10-14)
Friends, Enemies ($15.99) by Rosie Rushton. Things change between two best friends when a new girl moves into the neighborhood. (10-up)
Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle ($15.99) by Gordon Korman is a sequel to Son of the Mob. (12-up)
Baby Einstein adds four titles, concept by Julie Aigner-Clark, illus. by Nadeem Zaidi ($5.99-$9.99 each, 1 month-up to 18 mos.-up). Tales from the Odyssey offers The Final Battle by Mary Pope Osborne ($9.99, 8-11). And A Day That Changed America adds Earthquake! by Shelly Tanaka, illus. by David Craig ($16.99, 8-up).
Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell ($5.99, 8-12); Alex Ryan, Stop That! by Claudia Mills and The Sixth Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman ($5.99 each, 8-12); Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free by Kathleen Karr ($5.99, 10-14); Son of the Mob by Korman and Who Will Tell My Brother? by Marlene Carvell ($5.99 each, 12-up); and The Wind on Fire Trilogy Boxed Set by William Nicholson ($29.50, 12-up).
Paperback Series Reprints
Tales from the Odyssey reprints Return to Ithaca by Mary Pope Osborne ($4.99, 8-11).
HYPERION/JUMP AT THE SUN
Setting the Turkeys Free ($15.99) by W. Nikola-Lisa, illus. by Ken
Wilson-Max. The turkeys a boy creates in his artwork take on a life of their own. (3-6)
Skin Again ($16.99) by bell hooks, illus. by Chris Raschka, pays tribute to all that makes individuals unique. (4-8)
Santa’s Kwanzaa ($15.99) by Garen Eileen Thomas, illus. by Guy Francis, celebrates two holidays. (4-up)
Honey Bea ($15.99) by Kim Siegelson centers on a girl who is a slave on a Louisiana plantation. (4-up)
African Princess: The Amazing Lives of Africa’s Royal Women ($16.99) by Joyce Hansen, illus. by Laurie McGaw, presents portraits of six royal women. (8-up)
Two series debut with four titles each: Jump at the Sun Holiday Classics, illus. by Rex Perry; and Jump at the Sun Fairy-tale Classics, illus. by John Kurtz ($3.50 each, 3-7). Shanna’s First Readers adds two books by Jean Marzollo ($3.99 each, 4-6). And Willimena Rules! introduces two novels by Valerie Wilson Wesley, illus. by Maryn Roos ($3.99 each, 7-10).
Be Boy Buzz by bell hooks, illus by Chris Raschka ($6.99, 4-8).
The Golem’s Eye ($17.95) by Jonathan Stroud is the second volume in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. (10-up)
Buried Fire and Leap ($6.95 each) by Jonathan Stroud are fantasy tales. (10-up)
The Spud Murphy series debuts with The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer, illus. by Glenn McCoy ($12.95, 7-up).
The Amulet of Samarkand: Book One of the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud ($7.99, 10-up).
Sons of the Dark launches with Barbarian and Escape by Lynne Ewing ($9.99 each, 12-up). And Ewing’s Daughters of the Moon concludes with The Becoming ($9.99, 12-up).
Maurice Sendak’s Seven Little Monsters gains a pair of titles by Arthur Yorinks, illus. by Raymond Jaflice ($3.99 each, 5-7). Monster Manor adds Runaway Zombie! by Paul Martin and Manu Boisteau ($4.99, 7-10). And From the Files of Madison Finn by Laura Dower has two additions ($4.99 each, 8-12).