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 Bean and 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 Carol for 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 Deception and 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 Virtuoso and Duke Ellington, both by 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 Book and The Grandpa Book, both by 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 World and 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.
Pelican steers into the season with Texas Zeke and the Longhorn by David Davis, illus. by Alan Fearl Stacy, a reworking of "The Old Woman and Her Pig"; and Katherine Stinson Otero: High Flyer by Daggi Wallace, a biography of this woman aviator.
Firebird wings it with Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Sharyn November, containing works by Diana Wynne Jones, Charles de Lint and others.
Razorbill pulls a spring list out of its hat with Magic Lessons by Justine Larbalestier, the sequel to Magic or Madness; Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder, in which the popular clique at school literally stabs each other in the back; Thicker Than Water by Carla Jablonski, about a girl's involvement in the goth/vampire scene; Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox by Bennett Madison, in which Lulu must discover her mother's kidnapper; and Pucker by Melanie Gideon, about a teen boy trying to find his place in this world... or another.
Speak raises its voice with S.A.S.S.: The Sound of Munich by Suzanne Nelson, illus. by Jeanine Henderson, in which the kids in the Students Across the Seven Seas series explore Germany and Austria.
Philomel follows the breadcrumbs with Hansel and Gretel, illus. by Will Moses; Heat by Mike Lupica, about a 12-year-old pitching phenom; The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler, in which twins are spirited away on an enchanted airplane; Ark Angel: An Alex Rider Adventure by Anthony Horowitz, which pits Alex against eco-terrorists; and Hanne's Quest by Olivier Dunrea, about a hen who seeks the secret to laying golden eggs.
PIGGY TOES PRESS
Piggy Toes Press summons the sandman with Lullaby and Goodnight, illus. by Lucy Barnard, featuring a sound chip; Three Little Caterpillars, illus. by Margaret Spengler, a concept book; Our Princess Party, illus. by Maria Maddocks, which includes pop-ups and reusable cling form tiaras; Follow That Bee!, illus. by Claudine Gévry, with pull-tabs and ribbons; and Who Do I Love?, illus. by Melanie Mitchell, a touch-and-feel title.
PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan spells things out with B Is for Bunny by Tanya Lee Stone, illus. by Sue Rama; Crazy Games: Mah Jong; Curious George Mad Libs Junior; Letters from Camp Mad Libs by Roger Price and Leonard Stern, featuring 21 illustrated stories to fill in; and Birthday Girl by Salina Yoon, a board book containing stickers.
Puffin reissues paperbacks of Angelina and Henry and Angelina at the Fair by Katharine Holabird, illus. by Helen Craig; Puffin Graphics adds Dracula: The Graphic Novel, adapted by Gary Reed, illus. by Becky Cloonan and The Call of the Wild: The Graphic Novel, adapted by Neil Kleid, illus. by Alex Niño.
Putnam waddles into spring with I'm a Duck by Teri Sloat, in which a duck marvels at his ducky characteristics; Tersias, The Oracle by G.P. Taylor, about a blind boy with a gift for prophesy; My Almost Epic Summer by Adele Griffin, in which 14-year-old Irene waits for her "real life" to begin; What a Family! by Rachel Isadora, a tribute to family trees; and LBD: Friends Forever by Grace Dent, a chick-lit romp.
Random House fires up the grill for Two Hot Dogs with Everything by Paul Haven, a humorous middle-grade novel with elements of magical realism—and baseball; Babymouse #1: Queen of the World by Matthew and Jennifer Holm, a graphic novel series set in elementary school and narrated by a spunky mouse; Where Did Daddy's Hair Go? by Joe O'Connor, illus. by Henry Payne, in which a boy notice's Dad's baldness; Dude, Where's My Spaceship: Weird Planet #1 by Dan Greenberg, in which three alien kids crash-land on Earth; and Hugville by Court Crandall, illus. by Joe Murray, about a town that celebrates all things huggy.
Delacorte listens in with Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart, about a girl who becomes a fly on the wall in the boys' locker room; Small Steps by Louis Sachar, a novel about doing the right thing; The Killer's Tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux, about a boy torn between the affections of two men after his parents are murdered; and Gender Blender by Blake Nelson, in which a boy and a girl end up in each other's going-through-puberty bodies.
Dell tries the season on for size with a reprint of The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares.
RANDOM HOUSE/DELL/ LAUREL-LEAF
Laurel-Leaf turns upside down with spring reprints of Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Burning City by Ariel and Joaquin Dorfman, Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez and B Is for Buster by Iain Lawrence.
Yearling is on the prowl with reprints of Tiger by Jeff Stone, Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt, Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me by Katy Kelly and Shredderman: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen.
Disney changes lanes with Cars, a tie-in to the feature film; and Disney Fairies, a series of four chapter books starring Tinker Bell and friends.
David Fickling Books licks its chops with Don't Eat the Babysitter by Nick Ward, starring Sammy and Sophie Shark; Outlaw Varjak Paw by SF Said, illus. by Dave McKean, a new adventure for the Mesopotamian Blue cat, Varjak Paw; Freeglader: The Edge Chronicles #7 by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, more journeys in Edgeworld; The Quigleys in a Spin by Simon Mason, illus. by Helen Stephens, stories about the Quigley family; and Celandine by Steve Augarde, second in a fantasy trilogy.
Golden Books spins its wheels with I'm a Truck by Dennis Shealy, illus. by Bob Staake, an introduction to various types of trucks; Pat the Bunny Alphabet Book, a fuzzy ABC board book; and A Little Golden Book Collection: Inspirational Tales, which includes My Little Book About God and Noah's Ark.
Knopf is caught red-handed with The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, about the power of books to feed the soul; Corydon and the Island of Monsters by Tobias Truitt, first in a trilogy that re-imagines the Greek Myths; Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde, a story of two outcasts on a road trip; Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, a he-said/she-said story of heartbreak and hope; and The True Story of Stellina by Matteo Pericoli, about a couple who raised an abandoned finch in New York City.
Wendy Lamb Books turns the page on A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt, in which high schooler Simone is contacted by her birth mother for the first time; A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone, about the relationships between three girls and the same boy; Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop, a historical novel featuring photographer Lewis Hines; The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick, about a teenager in 1915 cursed with the power to see the future; and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Nineteen Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech) by Gary Paulsen, a journal-cum-bird-watching manual.
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade Books flock together with Duck and Goose by Tad Hills, featuring two argumentative birds; The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter, illus. by Giselle Potter, a tale celebrating language; Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by James Ransome, a look at the construction of this landmark; How High Can a Dinosaur Count?... and Other Math Mysteries by Valerie Fisher; and I'm Not a Baby! by Jill McElmurry, in which the baby of the family tries to grow up.
Reader's Digest prances into spring with My Little Pony: Dancing in the Clouds Storybook and DVD; Sesame Street Happy Healthy Monsters: Furry, Fit, & Fun, a novelty board book about exercise; Baby's First Bible Stories and DVD, featuring animation, activities and hymns; The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, illus. by Lisa McCue; and Nick Jr.: Dora the Explorer—Music Player Storybook.
Roaring Brook dons a tutu for Ballet of the Elephants by Leda Schubert, illus. by Robert Andrew Parker, a true story about a circus dance choreographed by George Balanchine for Ringling Brothers elephants; Vandal by Michael Simmons, about a 15-year-old boy and his annoying older brother; Jim Thorpe by Don Brown, a biography of the Native American athlete; Sally and Something by George O'Connor, about a girl and the slimy, slithery creature she befriends; and Dead Connection by Charles Price, a debut novel about a missing cheerleader and a mysterious loner.
ROARING BROOK/:01 FIRST SECOND
First Second packs it all in with Sardine by Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar, first in a graphic novel series about a girl and her pirate uncle; A.L.I.E.E.E.N. by Lewis Trondheim, an extra-terrestrial comic book published on Earth; The Lost Colony, Book One: The Snodgrass Conspiracy by Grady Klein, a graphic novel series set on an island; Deogratias, A Rwandan Story by Stassen, a graphic novel about the Tutsi massacre as experienced by a Hutu boy; and Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar, the romantic adventures of Ferdinand the Vampire and friends.
Scholastic walks the plank with The Night Pirates by Peter Harris, illus. by Deborah Allwright, a bedtime adventure starring girl pirates; Sir Thursday by Garth Nix, fourth in the Keys to the Kingdom series; Chicken and Cat by Sara Varon, in which best friends beautify their neighborhood; The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett, illus. by Brett Helquist, an art mystery sequel to Chasing Vermeer; and Do Not Open This Book by Michaela Muntean, illus. by Pascal Lamaitre, an interactive comedy.
SCHOLASTIC/BLUE SKY PRESS
Blue Sky Press breaks a board with The Black Belt Club: Night on the Mountain of Fear by Dawn Barnes, a graphic novel/ chapter book series about karate students; Good Boy, Fergus! by David Shannon, starring a Westie dog; The Journey: Stories of Migration by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Lambert Davis, which tracks animal migrations; and Ready, Freddy #7: Yikes! Bikes! by Abby Klein, in which Freddy and friends participate in a bike-a-thon.
Cartwheel steps up to the barre with Tina Ballerina's Ballet Class by Posey Christian, illus. by Jacqueline Rogers, packaged with a twirling doll; Can You See What I See? Seymour Makes New Friends by Walter Wick, a search-and-find storybook; Let's Count: A Hand Puppet Board Book, illus. by Michelle Berg; Bunny Book and Purse by Jill McDonald, board book in a purse format; and Stablemates: New Friends by Kristin Earhart, illus. by Lisa Papp, stories that feature Stablemates model horses.
Chicken House hippity hops into spring with Dear Bunny by Michaela Morgan, illus. by Caroline Jayne Church, a Valentine tale; The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks, in which two teens try to find the truth about their sister's savage death; Finding Alice by Alan Shea, about a girl with a "sixth sense"; The Daddy Goose Treasury by Vivian French, illus. by Ross Collins et al., a father's perspective on favorite nursery rhymes; and Where's My Sock? by Joyce Dunbar, illus. by Sanja Rescek, an exploration of that popular laundry mystery.
Arthur A. Levine Books goes to the drive-through with Fast Food by Saxton Freyman and Joost Elffers, a collection of food sculptures; In the Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer, in which Thomas sees Jesus, witches and angels that weep when his father hits his mother; Kiss Me Tomorrow by Susan Shreve, which finds Blister thrown for a loop when her best friend declares his love; The Tenth Power by Kate Constable, the finale to the Chanters of Tremaris trilogy; and Noodle by Munro Leaf and Ludwig Bemelmans, a reissue of a tale about self-acceptance and a lovable pup.
Orchard consults the color wheel for The Fuchsia Is Now by J. otto Siebold, in which Fuchsia receives a magical birthday surprise; Five Little Ducks, illus. by Ivan Bates; Dinosaur, Dinosaur by Kevin Lewis, illus. by Daniel Kirk, based on the jump-rope rhyme; The Revenge of the Shadow King, A Grey Griffins Book by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis, in which the wicked creatures from a card game come to life; and Children of the Lamp #2: The Blue Djinn of Babylon by P.B. Kerr, sequel to The Akhenaten Adventure.
Push hangs from a telephone wire with Dirty Liar by Brian James, in which a boy escapes abuse and dislocation and tries to build a new life with his father.
Scholastic Reference chills out with Trapped in Ice! by Martin Sandler, a true story of the world's largest whaling expedition; Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and A Librarian Who Made a Difference by Joanne Oppenheim; Up Before Daybreak: People and Cotton in America by Deborah Hopkinson; Bushnell's Submarine: The Best Kept Secret of the American Revolution by Arthur Lefkowitz; and George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S lands a knockout punch with Super Oscar by Oscar de la Hoya, illus. by Lisa Kopelke, which touts the virtues of exercise; Shug by Jenny Han, a debut novel starring a memorable 12-year-old heroine; Little Quack's New Friend by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Derek Anderson, in which Little Quack meets L'il Rabbit; Pendragon #7: The Killing Game by D.J. MacHale; and Among the Free by Margaret Haddix, the final volume in the Shadow Children series.
Aladdin is on the case with Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene, five books in a new chapter book series; The Black Dinosaurs series by Sharon M. Draper, revised and reillustrated; Spy Gear #1 by Rick Barba, which launches an adventure series based on the electronic game brand; Pet's Revenge, fourth in the Edgar & Ellen series about evil twins by Charles Ogden, illus. by Rich Carton; and a reprint of The Outcasts of Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg.
Atheneum is all wet with Click, Clack, Splish, Splash by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin, a counting book starring Duck and Farmer Brown's other charges; My Favorite Manny by Christian Burch, a novel about a family's male nanny; Copper Sun by Sharon Draper, about a slave girl's brutal life; My Very Big Little World: Presented by Sugarloaf by Peter Reynolds, about a little girl who accomplishes big things; and Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata, a look at friendship across a racial divide.
Richard Jackson Books hits the snooze button for Sleepy Boy by Polly Kanevsky, illus. by Stephanie Anderson, a lullaby for father and son; Joey and Jet in Space by James Yang, in which the boy and dog travels through space in search of Jet's bone; Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks, a novel about the SAT's; and The Constellation of Sylvie by Roderick Townley, the conclusion to the Sylvie trilogy.
Ginee Seo Books is in the zone with What Athletes Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven, a book of found-object portraits featuring sports stars; Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos, a look at the plight of illegal aliens in the U.S.; Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, illus. by Alexandra Boigner, in which spunky Roxie and some bullies from school are stranded together; and Just In Case by Judith Viorst, illus. by Diana Cain Bluthenthal, about a boy named Charlie who is always ready for anything.
Little Simon gets off on the right foot with Wiggle Your Toes by Karen Katz, an interactive pop-up title; Spa Di Da by Suzanne Weyn, illus. by Cathi Mingus, a take-along tote pack with recipes, activities and beauty treats; Little Quack's Bath Book by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Derek Anderson, which inclues a detachable floating duck; Spring Peeps by Cindy Eng, illus. by Salina Yoon, featuring marshmallow Peeps candy in book form; and Baby Farm Friend by Jeanie Lee, featuring a new twist-and-change format.
S&S/LITTLE SIMON INSPIRATIONS
Little Simon Inspirations counts its blessings with Dear God by Sophie Allsopp, a collection of letters; Jesus Loves Me: Nursery Rhymes, compiled by Stephen Elkins, a book-and-CD title featuring faith-based nursery rhymes; and Prayers for Little Girls and Prayers for Little Boys by Karen Hill, illus. by Maria Boldorini, a set of die-cut board books.
Margaret K. McElderry Books goes to the edge with Freaks by Annette Curtis Klause, an adventure-romance set in 1899; Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz, a hug-and-read book; Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, featuring a bashful newcomer to the forest; Golden & Grey: The Nightmares That Ghosts Have by Louise Arnold, focusing on the mystery of a missing ghost; and Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos, in which a boy watches his older sister struggle with anorexia.
Simon Pulse has just what the doctor did not order in Rx by Tracy Lynn, a novel about prescription drug abuse; Ella Mental by Amber Deckers, about a type-A personality run amok; Hazing Meri Sugarman by M. Apostolina, a debut novel about the intrigues and excesses of sorority life; Teens Ask Deepak: All the Right Questions by Deepak Chopra, illus. by Damien Barchowsky; and a paperback reprint of The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer.
Simon Spotlight channels Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network for the following media tie-ins: Dora's Rainbow Egg Hunt by Kirsten Larsen, illus. by Steven Savitsky; The Backyardigans: Meet Pablo! by Emily Sollinger, illus. by Zina Saunders; Meet the Deko Boko Friends by Wendy Wax, illus. by Patrick Spaziante; SpongeBob SquarePants: The Three Little Neighbors by David Lewman, illus. by Vince De Porter; and Totally Spies!: Mystery Messages by Sarah Wilson.
Paula Wiseman Books covers the bases with Play Ball by Jorge Posada with Robert Burleigh, illus. by Raul Colon, based on the Cuban childhood of the New York Yankee catcher; Monday the Bullfrog by Matthew Van Fleet, a preschool concept book; Amelia's Book of Notes and Note Passing by Marissa Moss, in which vicious notes appear in Amelia's locker; Theodore by Frank Keating, illus. by Mike Wimmer, a childhood biography of Teddy Roosevelt; and Plantzilla Goes to Camp by Jerdine Nolen, illus. by David Catrow, in which Mortimer must face a bully at camp.
Tricycle Press plants a spring list with The Everything Seed by Carole Martignacco, illus. by Joy Troyer, a picture book about interconnectedness; Amy & Ivan by Charise Mericle Harper, a lift-the-flap book; Chance to Shine by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, in which a boy learns that everyone has something to contribute to the world; Hush Little Digger by Ellen Olson-Brown, a trucker twist on "Hush Little Baby"; and Just Kidding by T.J. Ludwig, illus. by Adam Gustavson, an examination of teasing and bullying among boys.
Tundra Books greets the season with Did You Say Pears? by Arlene Alda, a photographic look at homonyms and homophones; Off We Go! by Beverley Abramson, a book about motion and how kids get from here to there; If I Had a Dog by Carolyn Jackson, illus. by Frane Frassard, which helps children understand how and when to approach a dog; Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage by Ann Love and Jane Drake, illus. by Mark Thurman; and Almost Eden by Anita Horrocks, in which a Mennonite girl tries to deal with her mother's mental illness.
Viking buys a corsage for Prom Anonymous by Blake Nelson, about three friends who decide to attend Prom; Rabbit Pie by Penny Ives, starring a large, happy rabbit family; Giddy Up, Cowgirl by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, featuring a would-be-helpful girl; The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson, a forensic mystery; and Klepto by Jenny Pollack, a debut novel about friendship, love and shoplifting.
Walker & Co. fluffs its fur for The Cat's Meow by Warren Kimble, a collection of folk-art cats; Hop! Plop! by Cory Rosen Schwartz and Tali Klein, illus. by Olivier Dunrea, featuring Mouse and Elephant's play date; Green Jasper by K.M. Grant, second in the fantasy trilogy begun by Blood Red Horse; Nailed by Patrick Jones, a gritty YA novel; and The Period Book, 10th Anniversary Edition by Karen Gravelle, revised and updated.
Frederick Warne & Co. gussies up for Flower Fairies Springtime Dance, inspired by Cicely Mary Barker; The Tale of Peter Rabbit: A Pop-Up Aventure by Beatrix Potter; Quack! Quack! with Peter Rabbit, inspired by Beatrix Potter; Peter Rabbit's Rainbow Colors, inspired by Beatrix Potter; Flower Fairies Dress Up Sticker Book, inspired by Cicely Mary Barker, featuring 80 reusable stickers.
Watson-Guptill gets crafty with KnitGrrl2 by Shannon Okey, a collection of knitting patterns; Hooked on Crochet by Kim Werker, an introduction to the craft via 15 projects; The Cardboard Box Book by Danny Walsh, featuring 25 things to make and do with a cardboard box; Kids Draw Manga Action by Christopher Hart; and The Janus Gate: An Encounter with John Singer Sargent by Douglas Reese, the latest in the Art Encounters series.
Zonderkiz sings a song of spring with Listen, Live & Laugh Bible Stories by Christine Harder Tangvald; The Beginner's Bible: Daniel and the Lions Board Book; The Roach Approach: Squiggz Rides the Storm; Sheerluck Holmes in the Hounds of Baker Street by Doug Peterson and FaithGirlz: Chick Chat by Kristi Holl.