Abrams keeps it quiet with Secrets, Lies, Gizmos and Spies: A History of Spies and Espionage by Janet Wyman Coleman, in association with the Spy Museum; Paul Cezanne: A Painter's Journey by Robert Burleigh, in association with the National Gallery of Art, a picture-book biography; When Giants Come to Play by Andrea Beaty, illus. by Kevin Hawkes, about the effect giants have on a neighborhood; Eat Your Peas! by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt, starring Daisy and her long-suffering mother; and The Entrance Place of Wonders: Poems of the Harlem Renaissance by Daphne Muse, illus. by Charlotte Riley-Webb, a collection that includes such poets as Langston Hughes.
Amulet signs on for ttfn by Lauren Myracle, the sequel to ttyl; The Summer King by O.R. Melling, second in the Chronicle of Faerie trilogy; The Hour of the Cobra by Maiya Williams, sequel to The Golden Hour in which kids time travel to Ancient Egypt; and Plenty Porter by Brandon Noonan, a coming-of-age novel.
BABY TATTOO BOOKS
Baby Tattoo gives Mother Goose a fright with Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes II by Gris Grimly, a collection of demented rhymes and cautionary tales.
Bloomsbury shakes the family tree for The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Beanand Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats, two mysterious titles by Alexander McCall-Smith, illus. by Laura Rankin; Kiki Strike by Kristen Miller, starring a group of girls who explore New York City's underground "second city"; Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson, a British gothic tale; and Baby Shoes by Dashka Slater, illus. by Hiroe Nakata, featuring a bouncing baby boy and his footwear.
Blue Apple slithers into spring with A Snake Is Totally Tail by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Todd McKie, about the unique characteristics of various animals; Where Is My Friend? by Simms Taback, about animal buddies; Travels with Charlie: A Trip Through the Northeast by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Chuck Nitzberg, a look at geography; Flip-A-Shape: Things That Go by Sami, a concept book introducing shapes; and You Can't Build a House if You're a Hippo by Fred Ehrlich, about animal habitats.
Candlewick plays hide-and-seek with Where's Waldo? The Great Picture Hunt by Martin Handford, an all-new adventure; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Bagram Ibatouilline, about a china rabbit on the journey home to its owner; Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Beasts of the Sea by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, a pop-up of creatures; It's Not the Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends by Robie Harris, illus. by Michael Emberley; and Houndsley and Catina by James Howe, illus. by Marie-Louise Gay, a new series about friends.
Carolrhoda catches the wind with Sail Away, Little Boat by Janet Buell, illus. by Jui Ishida; Coriander the Contrary Hen by Dori Cacona, illus. by Marsha Gray Carrington; Go Back to Bed! by Virginia Guy Foglesong, illus. by James Bernarolin; In Business with Mallory by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Tamara Schmitz; and Silver City by Cliff McNish.
Charlesbridge hugs a tree with I Love Our Earth by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson, illus. by Dan Lipow, a tribute to nature; Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg, illus. by Judy Love, in which kids say goodbye to their teacher at the end of the school year; Mama's Wild Child/Papa's Wild Child by Dianna Aston, illus. by Nora Hilb, about animal families; The Patch by Justina Chen Headley, illus. by Mitch Vane, about a girl's explanation for her eye patch and eyeglasses; and When the New Baby Comes, I'm Moving Out by Martha Alexander, a reissued picture book.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
Chicago Review Press gets enlightened with Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities by Laurie Carlson; and River Wild: An Activity Guide to North American Rivers by Nancy Castaldo.
CHILDREN'S BOOK PRESS
Children's Book Press explores things that go bump in the night with The Closet Ghosts by Uma Krishnaswami, illus. by Shiraaz Bhabha, in which an Indian god helps Anu adapt to her family's new house, and rid her closet of ghosts; and in Lakas and the Hotel Makibaka by Anthony Robles, illus. by Carl Angel, friends band together to save a hotel slated for demolition
Chronicle makes a road trip with Tour America by Diane Siebert, illus. by Stephen T. Johnson, a sampling of the country's celebrated landmarks; Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston, illus. by Sylvia Long, a simple introduction to eggs of all kinds; Mom and Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman, illus. by Adam McCauley, a book of wordplay; Ivy and Bean by Annie Fiery Bellows, illus. by Sophie Blackall, starring a pair of unlikely friends; and I Heard It from Alice Zucchini: Poems About the Garden by Juanita Havill, illus. by Christine Davenier.
Clarion takes a bite out of spring with One Green Apple by Eve Bunting, illus. by Ted Lewin, in which a Middle Eastern girl finds a way to connect to her American classmates; The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman, about a girl growing up during the McCarthy era; In the Year of the Tiger by Linda Sue Park, featuring a surprise modern-day visit from an ancient Korean archer-king; Gotcha! by Jamie Gilson, about a school field trip; and Marimba! Animales from A to Z by Pat Mora, illus. by Doug Cushman, a bilingual tour of the animal kingdom.
Faith Kidz puts on a blindfold for My Friend You Can't See by Keffer, which explores the wonder of having an invisible friend; When It's Time by Shirley Gibbs, a comfort book for terminally ill children.
Dial visits Dickens past for Marly's Ghost by David Levithan, illus. by Brian Selznick, a remix of A Christmas Carolfor teens; Charlie and Lola: But Excuse Me That Is My Book by Lauren Child, featuring the TV stars of Playhouse Disney; The First Amendment by David Catrow, a zany illumination of this part of the Constitution; Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck, a historical comedy; and The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney, a new version of the fable.
Disney knows the answer with Disney Trivia Challenge, containing more than 900 questions; Winnie the Pooh: The Trouble with Honey, a storybook with pop-up picture frames; Disney/Pixar Cars Get into Gear!, a tie-in to the feature film Cars; Pirates of the Caribbean Vol. 1: The Curse of the Black Pearl Graphic Novel by Michael Stewart; and Disney Princess: My Secret Diary by Cinderella by Lara Bergen.
Disney Editions sends postcards from the zoo with Wish You Were Here in the Wild, about what goes on at the zoo when human caretakers go home for the night; The Missing Mermaid: A Never Land Island Book by Dave Barry and Ridley Scott, illus. by Greg Call, a spinoff of the Peter Pan-inspired Peter and the Starcatchers; and Disney's Wonderful World of Animals Encyclopedia by Donald Moore.
Smooch plays the dating game with Circus of the Darned by Katie Maxwell, a YA novel in which a girl becomes romantically entangled with a vampire.
Dutton rolls the dice with Travis and Freddy Go to Las Vegas by Henry Johnson and Paul Hoppe, a comic novel about the mob; Shelly by Margie Palantini, illus. by Guy Francis, a picture book about a shy duckling; Duckling Ugly by Neal Shusterman, third in the paranormal Dark Fusion series; Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate, illus. by Ashley Wolff, a farewell to the series about a kindergarten year; and But I Don't Want to be a Movie Star by Margaret Pinder, in which a girl helps her Hollywood star grandmother win a comeback role.
Eerdmans prepares a spring canvas for Marc Chagall by Bimba Landmann, a picture book inspired by the artist's autobiography; When God Made the Dakotas by Timothy Kessler, illus. by Paul Morin, a Native American creation story; Caedmon's Song by Ruth Ashby, illus. by Bill Slavin, about the first British poet; Call Me Marianne by Jen Bryant, illus. by David Johnson, a picture book biography of this poet; and To Everything There Is a Season, illus.by Jude Daly, an interpretation of a Biblical verse.
Enchanted Lion heads to the Coliseum with Inside Rome by David Stewart, illus. by John James, Mark Bergin and David Antram, a look at the history, culture and everyday life in Ancient Rome.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
FSG mixes it up in the laboratory with Inventor McGregor by Kathleen Pelley, illus. by Michael Chesworth, about one man's source of inspiration; The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine, illus. by Steve Cox, in which Tuffy the Cat defends himself against awful accusations; The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos, a YA novel set in western Pennsylvania; Time's Memory by Julius Lester, about a powerful African spirit that takes shape in an American slave; and Trading Places by Claudia Mills, in which twins find their lives turned topsy-turvy when their parents experience role reversal.
Frances Foster Books rounds up a fine spring with Sheep by Valerie Hobbs, about a young border collie; Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox, a debut YA novel about an alternate world of dreams; Hug, Hug, Hug! A Bea and HaHa Book by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Tomek Bogacki, a board book focused on early childhood play; Landed by Milly Lee, illus. by Yangsook Choi, chronicling the difficulties of Chinese immigrants to the U.S. before 1943; and The Room of Wonders by Sergio Ruzzier, about a pack rat who loses a special possession—as well as his enthusiasm for collecting.
Melanie Kroupa Books pedals into the season with Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best, illus. by Christine Davenier, about a girl's joy over her first bike; Grace for an Island Meal by Rachel Field, illus. by Cynthia Jabar, a new edition of Field's classic poem; Little Mama Forgets by Robin Cruise, illus. by Stacey Dressen-McQueen, in which Lucy shares memories wither abuela, who forgets things; and Maggie's Amerikay by Barbara Timberlake Russell, illus. by Jim Burke, about a young Irish immigrant in 1890s New Orleans.
GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap poises its pen for Flirt #1: Write Here, Right Now by Nicole Clarke, about teen girls at an ultra-glamorous magazine internship; Angelina
Ballerina: Angelina's Diary: #1 The Best Ever Sleepover by Katharine Holabird, illus. by Helen Craig, starring the dancing mouse; Flight 29 Down: #1 Crash Landing, a novelization of the first season of Flight 29 Down; Atomic Betty: Atomic Comics: Galactic Issue #2: Lost in Spa by Acton Figueroa; and Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends: Sunny Patch ABC by David Kirk.
Groundwood Books hits the highway for Travels with My Family by David Homel, illus. by Marie-Louise Gay, a novel about a family road trip; The Red Rock by Tomio Nitto, a graphic fable about protecting the planet; The Thumb on a Diamond by Ken Roberts, about an unlikely championship baseball team; and Climate Change by Shelley Tanaka and Genocide by Jane Springer, two Groundwork Guides focusing on major global issues.
Hachai ushers in the season with Shadow Play: A True Story of Tefillah by Leah Perl Shollar, illus. by Pesach Gerber, in which two Jewish messengers learn the meaning of prayer in their lives.
Harcourt goes on a search for MAMA: a TRUE story by Jeanette Winter, in which an orphaned baby hippo finds an adoptive mother—a giant male tortoise; Walk On! A Guide for Babies of All Ages by Marla Frazee, for little ones ready to make those first steps; The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen by M.T. Anderson, second in the Thrilling Tales series; The Waylord by Ursula K. Le Guin, a fantasy companion novel to Gifts; and Seeker by William Nicholson, first in the Noble Warriors trilogy.
Red Wagon puckers up for Goodnight Kisses by Barney Saltzberg, a novelty bedtime book; Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh, a lap-sized board book; and Let's Go Visiting: Lap-Sized Board Book by Sue Williams, illus. by Julie Vivas, about a child's visit to the farm.
HarperCollins flaps its wings for Fly By Night by Francis Hardinge, a debut novel about a 12-year-old girl on the run from her old life; Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas by Mary Engelbreit, a holiday alphabet; Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, about a girl who loves frills; Emeril's There's a Chef in My World! by Emeril Lagasse; and You, Maybe: The Profound Asymmetry of Love in High School by Rachel Vail, in which a girl falls in love with the wrong guy.
The Julie Andrews Collection hits the boards with The Great American Mousical by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton, illus. by Tony Walton, a spoof of the theater starring mice who live under Broadway; The Palace of Laughter by Jon Berkeley in which an orphan boy teams up with an angel for a magical journey; and Little Kisses by Jolie Jones, illus. by Julie Downing, about a girl and her pet dog learning the importance of following rules.
Avon wishes they all could be California Girls #1: Getting Lost with Boys by Hailey Abbott, a girl-meets-guy novel; Phantom Stallion #19: Secret Star by Terri Farley; Warriors: The New Prophecy #1: Midnight by Erin Hunter, a spin-off of the popular Warriors series; How to Do a Belly Flop! by Marc Tyler Nobleman, a step-by-step handbook for bored kids; and Summer in the City by Elizabeth Chandler, a teen beach read.
Joanna Cotler Books has the last laugh with Joker by Ranulfo, a reworking of Hamlet; Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block, in which myths help tell a delicate, free-verse story; Another NASTYbook: The Curse of the Tweeties by Barry Yougrau, billed as Alice in Wonderland meets Adam Sandler crossed with Manga comics; Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Katy Schneiderin which 16 dogs tell their own tales; and A Small White Scar by K.A. Nuzum, a debut novel about a young Colorado cowboy.
Eos is seeing double with Doppleganger by David Stahler Jr., a horror tale starring a shape-changing monster; The Prophecy by Hilari Bell, a middle grade fantasy novel; Snow, Fire, Sword by Sophie Masson in which Indonesian lore and technology blend in a YA story; So This Is How It Ends by Tui Sutherland, about teens in a post-apocalyptic future; and White Time by Margo Lanagan, a collection of haunting stories.
HarperFestival pulls over for The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Car Trip by Stan and Jan Berenstain, about a family's cross-country trek; My Little Pony: Valentine's Day... Up, Up, and Away!; Biscuit's 100th Day of School by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Pat Schories, a gatefold book; Happy Valentine's Day Little Critter by Mercer Mayer, about a classroom holiday party; and Tall Book of Mother Goose, illus. by Aleksy and Olga Ivanov.
Laura Geringer Books saddles up to run as fast as it can with The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires, illus. by Holly Berry, a Wild West retelling of a favorite tale; Behind the Curtain: An Echo Falls Mystery by Peter Abrahams, featuring the second adventure of 13-year-old super sleuth Ingrid; Jumping the Scratch by Sarah Weeks, in which a boy has a secret he wants to forget; Luck by Jean Craighead George, illus. by Wendell Minor, which tracks the migration of a sandhill crane; and Grandpa Has a Great Big Face by Warren Hanson, illus. by Mark Elliot, a picture book.
Greenwillow walks down the aisle with Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes, about the intrepid mouse's desire to be a flower girl; The King of Attolia by Megan Whelan Turner, companion to Newbery Honor novel The Thief; Warrior Girl by Pauline Chandler, a novel about Joan of Arc as told by her best friend; Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Cozbi A. Cabrera, a poetry collection about family and giving thanks; and Undine by Penni Russon, a literary fantasy.
HarperKidsEntertainment offers up a raft of tie-in books to the feature film Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, starring Manny the Mammoth, Sid the Sloth and Diego the Saber-Toothed Tiger.
Katherine Tegen Books puts the pedal to the metal with Born to Drive,first in the Otto Undercover chapter-book series by Rhea Perlman, illus. by Dan Santat; Araminta Spookie: My Haunted House, the debut title in Angie Sage's chapter book series; Septimus Heap, Book Two: Flyte by Angie Sage, in which Septimus hatches a dragon; Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2: Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver, Torak's second adventure; and The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, illus. by Anne Mortimer.
HarperTempest has its knickers in a twist for Georgia #7 by Louise Rennison, the as-yet-untitled seventh adventure of Brit Georgia Nicolson; Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke, in which three teen cheerleaders on a joyride attract the unwanted attention of some boys; Raiders Night by Robert Lipsyte, a novel that looks at the explosive world of high school football; and spring reprints of Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last by Susan Juby and Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sanchez.
HarperTrophy crowns the season with reprints of Princess Diaries, Volume VI: Princess in Training by Meg Cabot; Arthur and the Minimoys by Luc Besson; Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery by Peter Abrahams; Forest of the Pygmies by Isabel Allende and TheGame of Silence by Louise Erdrich.
Henry Holt packs extra water for Desert Crossing by Elise Broach, a YA novel about a brother and sister who discover a body in the desert; Moon Plane by Peter McCarty in which a boy decides to go to the moon; Boy on the Brink by David McPhail, about one little guy's dreamy adventures; Waiting for Gregory by Kimberly Willis Holt, a picture book about the arrival of a new cousin in the family; and Melvin Beederman, Superhero, in the Curse of the Bologna Sandwich by Greg Trine, first in a series about a recent graduate of a superhero academy.
Houghton Mifflin supersizes the season with Chew on This: The Unhappy Truth About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser, an adaptation of the author's Fast Food Nation; Move! by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, all about animal movement; Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman, a wordless tour through a museum exhibit; Stay With Me by Garret Freymann-Weyr, in which a teen tries to understand the suicide of her sister; and Meowrarf by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Michelle Berg, a blend of poetry and art.
Graphia is sweet on The Candy Darlings, a debut novel about a girl's coming of age; The Social Climber Digs Deeper by Laura Mechling and Laura Moser, tragicomic sequel to The Rise and Fall of a 10th-Grade Social Climber; Whatcha Mean, What's a 'Zine? by Mark Todd and Esther Watson, an irreverent guide to making underground comics and zines; and Cool Jobs, Hot Advice: Those Making It Young Share Their Secrets by Donna Hayden Green, in which a journalist explores how 10 young people found early success in their dream jobs.
Walter Lorraine Books revs up with Chuck's Truck by Peggy Perry Anderson, a rhyming picture book; Tales from the Zany Zoo by William Wise, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, a collection of poems filled with puns and silliness; Humpty Dumpty by Etienne Delessert; Groove by Erik Esckilesen, a YA novel set in the world of stock-car racing; and Wildfire by Taylor Morrison, a nonfiction look at fighting wildfires.
Hyperion gets a spring hazing with Freshman by Mike Gerber, a parody of one hapless student's first year at an Ivy League school; John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith, a look at the quirks of our founding fathers; Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems, featuring the return of the wheedling pigeon; The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child, photos by Polly Borland; and Abadazad by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog, a fantasy hybrid of fiction, illustration and comics.
Miramax gets shaken, not stirred, with Young Bond: Book Two by Charlie Higson, a pirate-spy adventure set in Sardinia; It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, a humorous look at teen depression; Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book Two: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, a modern-day adventure with a Greek mythology twist; and two Eoin Colfer reprints, Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deceptionand The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth.
Baby Einstein keeps its eyes peeled with Little Einstein's Scavenger Hunt by Susan Ring, a learning adventure; Little Einstein's Music in the Meadow by Susan Ring, about the interconnectedness of nature; and Baby Einstein: Things That Go by Julie Aigner Clark, illus. by Nadeem Zaidi, a look at locomotion.
HYPERION/JUMP AT THE SUN
Jump at the Sun keeps it real with Hip Hop High School by Alan Sitomer, a novel in hip-hop voice about a student who conquers the SATs; Pegonny Po: A Whale of a Tale by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney, in which a plucky sailor boy goes after a whale; and spring reprints of The Hoopster by Alan Sitomer and Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosoand Duke Ellington, bothby Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney.
HYPERION/ DI CAPUA
Michael di Capua Books clears the room with Smart Feller/Fart Smeller and Other Spoonerisms by Jon Agee, a picture book of wordplay.
Kane/Miller takes the outfield with Hit the Ball, Duck! by Jez Alborough; I'm a Pill Bug by Yukihisa Tokuda, illus. by Kiyoshi Takahashi, an introduction to this insect; Honey, A Present from Nature by Yumiko Fujiwara, illus. by Hideko Ise; and Sing, Nightingale, Sing by Françoise de Guiberto, illus. by Chiaki Miyamato, an illustrated guide to birds packaged with a CD recording of bird songs.
Kane Press goes unleashed for New Dog in Town by Gail Herman, illus. by John Nez; Palapalooza by Daphne Skinner, illus. by Jerry Smath; Sammie's Big Save by Laura Driscoll, illus. by Amy Wummer; Check It Out! by Nan Walker, illus. by Blanche Sims, all entries to the Social Studies Connects series; and The Moldy Mystery by Michelle Knudsen, illus. by Barry Gott, a Science Solves It title.
Kar-Ben roars into spring with Dinosaur on Passover by Diane Levin Rauchwerger, illus. by Jason Wolff, in which a prehistoric pal joins a family's celebration; A Grandma Like Yours/A Grandpa Like Yours by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum, illus. by Barb Björnson, an introduction to Jewish grandmothers and grandfathers; The First Gift by A.S. Gadot, illus. by Marie Lafrance, in which a boy talks about his first gift—his name; and The Numbers of My Jewish Year by Marji Gold-Vukson, illus. by Joni Oeltjenbruns, a concept board book.
Kids Can Press buckles up for Stanley's Wild Ride by Linda Bailey, illus. by Bill Slavin, in which Stanley the dog goes looking for adventure; Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt, about a fearful critter; Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? by Stanley Coren, which includes facts about man's best friend; My Childhood Under Fire: A Sarajevo Diary by Nadja Halibegovich, the author's wartime diary; and Star Jumper by Frank Asch, in which a budding inventor decides to build a spaceship to escape his annoying brother.
LEE & LOW
Lee & Low puts on its thinking cap for How We Are Smart by W. Nikola-Lisa, illus. by Sean Qualls, an introduction to the theory of multiple intelligences; George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor, illus. by Frank Morrison, about the invention of the potato chip; Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin by Michelle Lord, illus. by Felicia Hoshino, based on the true story of a Cambodian dancer who posed for Rodin; We by Alice Schertle, illus. by Kenneth Addison, a poetic portrait of the emergence of humankind from Africa; and When the Horses Ride By by Eloise Greefield, illus. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, a poetry collection about kids' perception of war.
First Avenue Editions uses a full palette for Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves by Bob Raczka, 14 self-portraits by famous artists; and All New Holiday Crafts for Earth Day by Kathy Ross.
Little, Brown gets starstruck for Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jennifer Calonita, about a teen movie queen; Art by Patrick McDonnell, a look at how lines, dots and shapes open imaginative worlds; Maximum Ride #2: School's Out—Forever by James Patterson, catching up the kids who can fly; Freddy and the French Fries #2: The Mystery of Silas Finklebean, a middle-grade time-travel tale; and In My Heart by Molly Bang, about the bond between parent and child.
Megan Tingley Books sets sail with Abigale the Happy Whale by Peter Farrelly, illus. by Jamie Rama, featuring an ecological message; The Grandma Bookand The Grandpa Book, bothby Todd Parr, celebrating these special intergenerational relationships; The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart, in which four gifted kids respond to an unusual newspaper ad; and Between Mom and Jo by Julie Ann Peters, about a boy coping with the dissolution of his two mothers' marriage.
LITTLE, BROWN/LB KIDS
LB Kids stands on its head for four new Cranium titles by Gary Baseman; the debut of the action-packed Princess Natasha series by Laurence Schwarz; and It's a Colorful Worldand Toddy's Silly Book of Shapes by Todd Parr, two lift-the-flap books based on Parr's ToddWorld TV show.
Millbrook Press hits the beach for Senses at the Seashore by Shelley Rotner, about how the five senses experience this environment; Written Anything Good Lately? by Susan Allen and Jane Lindaman, illus. by Vicky Enright, a tour through different types of writing; Rescues! by Sandra Markle, damatic descriptions of how lives are saved in the aftermath of disasters; Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym? by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable; and Rhyme and PUN-ishment: Adventures in Word Play by Cleary, illus. by John Sandy.
Tommy Nelson holds its nose for Stanley the Stinkbug by Max Lucado, latest in the Hermie & Friends series; Bible for Me, Easter by Andy Holmes, an introduction to the meaning of Easter; and Owen's Walk by Karen Hill, in which Owen's grandmother prepares him for a surprise-filled journey.
NORTH SOUTH BOOKS
North South is reeling with Spring Fever by Udo Weigelt, illus. by Sarah Emmanuelle Burg, about a crew of love-struck animals; Little Polar Bear and the Reindeer by Hans de Beer, in which Lars and his reindeer friends head south for the winter; Hugs and Kisses Touch-and-Feel Board Book by Christophe Loupy, illus. by Eve Tharlet; and One More Egg by Sarah Emmanuelle Burg, in which Chicken and Bunny search the farm for just one more egg.
Peachtree sees flashes of spring with Firefly Mountain by Patricia Thomas, illus. by Peter Sylvada, a picture book about an unusual natural phenomenon; Gold Miner's Daughter by Jackie Mims Hopkins, illus. by Jon Goodell, a novel; Jake's 100th Day by Lester Laminack, illus. by Judy Love, about the 100th day of school; No Bows! by Shirley Duke, illus. by Jenny Mattheson, in which an opinionated toddler expresses her likes and dislikes; and The Passage by James Kilgore, about a young man facing the horrors of the Civil War.