Abrams sits right back to hear a tale with When I Grow Up by Tina Louise, illus. by Oliver Corwin, by the former Gilligan's Island siren; Water Boy by David McPhail, a picture book with an environmental message; Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild, illus. by Stephen Michael King, a companion to Piglet and Mama ; The Greatest by Alex Dorros and Arthur Dorros, illus. by Susan Guevara, a bilingual fable about teamwork; and Behind the Museum Doors: Poems on Art and Artifact by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by Stacey Dressen-McQueen.
Amulet chats it up with L8R G8TR! by Lauren Myracle, sequel to ttyl and ttfn ; The Sisters Grimm, Book Four: Once Upon a Crime by Michael Buckley, illus. by Peter Ferguson; The Chronicles of Fairie: The Light Bearer's Daughter by O.R. Melling, third in the fantasy series; and Such a Pretty Face: Short Stories by Anne Angel, a YA collection on the theme of beauty.
Bloomsbury tries on the season for size with Dragonskin Slippers by Jessica Day George, a fantasy about a girl who befriends a dragon; Amulet of Babel: A Drift House Voyage by Dale Peck; Alfred Kropp and the Seal of Solomon by Rick Yancey, sequel to The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp ; The Phantom Isles by Steven Alter, a mystery featuring three daring kids and a librarian; and Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell, a novel about sex, movies and growing up.
Candlewick goes web-slinging with The Amazing Spiderman Pop-up , paper engineering by Andy Mansfield.
Marshall Cavendish answers the call with Firefighters!: Speeding! Spraying! Saving! by Patricia Hubbell, illus. by Viviana Garofoli; Sleepover Larry by Daniel Pinkwater, illus. by Jill Pinkwater, in which Larry invites his brother and two friends for a sleepover at Hotel Larry; Three Cabritos by Eric Kimmel, illus. by Stephen Gilpin, a Southwestern Three Billy Goats Gruff ; The House Takes a Vacation by Jacqueline Davies, illus. by Lee White, in which a house goes on vacation when its inhabitants are on holiday; and The Cat Master by Bonnie Pemberton, a middle-grade fantasy.
Charlesbridge hitches a ride with Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins, illus. by Jamie Hogan, in which Naima discovers new roles for women in a changing Bangladeshi society; Vinnie and Abraham by Dawn Fitzgerald, illus. by Catherine Stock, about the teenage sculptor who created the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Capitol Rotunda; Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman, illus. by Kelly Murphy, in which a clever Irish girl challenges a leprechaun; Princess Justina Albertina by Ellen Dee Davidson, about a spoiled brat's search for a perfect pet; and Deep in the Swamp by Donna Bateman, illus. by Brian Lies, a swampy counting book.
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Chicago Review Press goes green with Organic Crafts by Kimberly Monaghan, a guide to earth-friendly art projects.
CHILDRENS BOOK PRESS
Children's Book Press howls on with Young Cornrows Calling Out the Moon by Ruth Forman, illus. by Cbabi Bayoc, about South Philly summers; and Chickens for Nana by Amada Irma Perez, illus. by Maya Christina Gonzalez, in which a family tries to cheer up after Abuelo dies.
Chronicle readies its spring crop of titles with A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Aston, illus. by Sylvia Long, a companion to An Egg Is Quiet ; Art of Ancient Egypt by Kelly Campbell-Hinshaw; Penguin Party by Bob Barber, an introduction to these animals; Counting with Grandpa Wayne by Susan Goldman Rubin, with art by Wayne Thiebaud; and Old Mother Bear by Victoria Miles, illus. by Molly Bang, a look at the life of a mother grizzly bear.
Clarion puckers up with Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems by John Grandits, a collection of visual poetry for teens; The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt, in which a seventh grader has weekly battles with his teacher; My Mommy Is Magic by Carl Norac, illus. by Ingrid Godon, about what makes Mommy special; Mother's Song , adapted by Ellin Greene, illus. by Elizabeth Sayles, an English folk lyric; and May I Pet Your Dog? by Stephanie Calmenson, illus. by Jan Omerod.
Dial gets the season just right with Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Caralyn Buehner, illus. by Mark Buehner; The Twin Princes by Tedd Arnold, a spoofy fairy tale about dueling chicken princes; Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis, a debut novel; The Little Red Fish by Taeeun Yoo, a picture book by a first-time author-illustrator; and On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck, inspired by the author's childhood in smalltown Illinois during WWII.
Disney Press follows the recipe for spring books with Disney/Pixar Ratatouille: Too Many Cooks by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Nate Wragg, a counting book; The Story of Jack Sparrow by Rob Kidd, which contains a picture viewer based on the character in Pirates of the Caribbean ; Disney Bunnies: Thumper Finds a Friend by Laura Driscoll, illus. by Lori Tyminski; High School Musical 2: The Junior Novel , tying into the Disney Channel phenomenon; and the Kingdom Hearts series of novels inspired by the video game of the same name.
Disney Learning blasts off with Wonderful World of Space , a Q&A book; Disney Sea Creatures , a look at aquatic life; and Discover Our World Globe Book .
Dutton signs BFF! for Dead High Yearbook , a graphic novel about eight doomed kids; Crazy in Love by Dandi Daley Mackall, a YA novel exploring first love, abstinence and sexuality; Little Moon Dog by Helen Ward, illus. by Wayne Anderson, about a moon dog that follows a flock of fairies to earth; Twelve , Lauren Myracle's follow-up to Eleven ; and Skippyjon Jones Up & Down by Judy Schachner, a board book about opposites starring the popular kitty.
Eerdmans dresses to the nines for The Elephant's Ball , illus. by Pauline Baynes, a story-in-verse about the greatest party the land animals have ever attended; The Attack of the Turtle by Drew Carlson, illus. by David Johnson, a middle-grade adventure about the invention of the first submarine; Piper by Emma Chichester Clark, in which an abused runaway dog seeks a new home; Sometimes Smart Is Good by Dena Fox Luchsinger, illus. by Karen A. Jerome, a bilingual English-Spanish book; and More Saints: Lives and Illuminations by Ruth Sanderson, a collection of portraits.
FARRAR, STRAUS GIROUX
FSG welcomes spring with Animal Poems by Valerie Worth, illus. by Steve Jenkins; Hear Us Out: Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress and Hope, 1950 to the Present by Nancy Garden; Way Down Deep by Ruth White, in which 12-year-old Ruby, a foundling as an infant, learns the mystery of her true identity; The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington's Slave Finds Freedom by Emily Arnold McCully, about a young slave's flight to New Hampshire; and Collected Poems for Children by Ted Hughes, illus. by Raymond Briggs.
Frances Foster Books tests its wings with Leaving the Nest by Mordicai Gerstein, a celebration of growing up; Daffodil, Crocodile by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Tomek Bogacki, a romp through the swamp; Anything but Ordinary by Valerie Hobbs, a YA novel about a teenage couple; Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox; and Fox by Kate Banks, illus. by Georg Hallensleben, about the rearing of a baby fox.
Melanie Kroupa Books scans the horizon for Sky Sweeper by Phillis Gershator, illus. by Holly Meade, in which a boy discovers a world of unending delight in a small garden; The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington, illus. by Shelley Jackson, about the pursuit of speedy Miss Hen; Me I Am! by Jack Prelutsky, illus. by Christine Davenier, a celebration of individuality; Rex Zero and the End of the World by Tim Wynne-Jones, a middle-grade novel set during the Cold War; and Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat, a memoir set in Palestine after the Six-Day War.
Getty outfits the Land Rover for My Travels with Clara by Mary Tavener Jones, illus. by Jon Cannell, the true story of Clara the Rhinceros's tour of Europe and the ensuing "rhinomania" in the 18th century.
FalconGuide roars into spring with Growing Up Grizzly: The True Story of Baylee and Her Cubs by Douglas H. Chadwick, photos by Amy Shapira.
Grosset & Dunlap packs a flashlight for Camp Confidential Super Special: #14 Hide and Shriek ; The Misadventures of Bartholomew Piff: #1 You Wish by Jason Lethcoe, first in a new fantasy series; Little Robots: Tiny's New Moon by Cindy Stierle, a robot adventure; Spring Is Here, Corduroy! based on the character by Don Freeman, illus. by Lisa McCue; and Strawberry Shortcake's Friendship Club: #1 Join the Club! , a new series for beginning readers.
Groundwood Books charms with Mee-An and the Magic Serpent by Baba Wague Diakité, a retelling of an African folktale; Pure Spring by Brian Doyle, the coming-of-age sequel to Boy O' Boy ; Circle or Square by Jill Hartley, first in a new series of Mexican-American—inspired board books; The Strongest Man in the World: Louis Cyr by Nicolas Debon, a picture book biography; and Tricycle/Triciclo by Elisa Amado, illus. by Alfonso Ruano, in which neighbors steal the bike of a girl in Guatemala.
Harcourt hoists the sails for Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long, illus. by David Shannon, in which young pirate Jeremy Jacob baby-sits his little sister; Wag a Tail by Lois Ehlert, an introduction to some lovable mutts; Moves the Symphony True by Deborah Wiles, third in the Aurora County trilogy; If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko, a treatment of identity issues; and Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce, a debut fantasy novel.
Red Wagon Books chirps about spring in Charlie Chick by Nick Drenchfield, illus. by Ant Parker, about an unusual young chicken; Hi, Blueberry! by Barney Saltzberg, an interactive book that waves "hi" and "bye"; as well as lap-sized board-book reprints of To Market, to Market by Anne Miranda, illus. by Janet Stevens, and Silly Sally by Audrey Wood, and a board-book edition of Babies on the Go by Linda Ashman, illus. by Jane Dyer.
HarperCollins plays gracious host to Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic, about a stray duck that becomes the houseguest who never leaves; Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan, a fantasy novel; Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who is heir to a mysterious fortune and her fully articulated skeleton mentor; Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, in which Nancy wants a fancy pet; and Goodnight Moon 123 , a counting book based on the classic by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Clement Hurd.
Amistad ushers in the season with God, Can You Hear Me? by Justine Simmons, illus. by Robert Papp, about the everyday questions kids bring to God; African Beginnings by James Haskins, illus. by Floyd Cooper, a picture book introduction to Africa's most ancient and advanced civilizations; Bronzeville Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks, illus. by Faith Ringgold, a reissue; and No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia, a novel about female circumcision and its effect on a friendship.
Collins is black and white and read all over with My Panda Board Book , a Smithsonian Collins book starring baby cub Tai Shan, the new panda at the National Zoo; Astronauts and Other Space Heroes FYI , a photo scrapbook; Baseball Q&A , a Smithsonian Collins book in a q&a, photo-illustrated format; Dinosaur Tracks by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, illus. by Lucia Washburn; and Our 50 United States and Other U.S. Lands: Time for Kids , a collection of facts in a large-sized format.
Joanna Cotler Books goes for the gross with Yet Another NASTYbook by Barry Yourgrau, a collection of wicked, sometimes grisly stories; Phooey! by Marc Rosenthal, a picture-book adventure; and Billy Creekmore by Tracey Porter, a Dickensian tale set in the coal mines of West Virginia.
Eos puts one foot in front of the other for The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones, a first novel about a girl who discovers she's a long-lost faerie princess; About a Beastly Beast and More by Garth Nix, a collection of four stories; Worldweavers #1: Gift of the Unmage by Alma Alexander, in which a girl is sent to a school for the magically incompetent and discovers her hidden talents; A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve, the conclusion to the Hungry City Chronicles; and Time of the Eagle by Sherryl Jordan, the sequel to SecretSacrament .
Laura Geringer Books checks into spring with Rooms of Desire by Rob Sharenow, about a family's secrets revealed when a stranger arrives at their New Orleans boarding house in the 1960s; The Silenced by James Devita, set in a futuristic dystopia; The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff, about a 10-year-old boy who finds strength in a friendship; Green as a Bean by Karla Kuskin, illus. by Melissa Iwai, imagining "what would you be if you weren't you?"; and a board-book package containing If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond.
Greenwillow crams its suitcases full for Our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins, a picture book; A Good Day by Kevin Henkes, showing how a bad day can be transformed into a good one; Clancy the Courageous Cow by Lachie Hume, about a wrestling-champion bovine; The Secret History of Tom Trueheart by Ian Beck, about a land where fairy tales are concocted; and Finn's Going by Tom Kelly, a debut novel starring identical twin boys.
Rayo knows the word for spring in Goodnight Moon 123/Buenas noches, luna 123 by Thacher Hurd, a bilingual counting book based on Goodnight Moon ; My Way/A mi manera , a bilingual story of friendship and sharing; and Spanish-language translations of 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle, I'm aBig Brother / I'm a Big Sister by Joanna Cole, illus. by Maxie Chambliss, and Young Zorro: The Iron Brand .
Katherine Tegen Books is ready for the royal treatment with The Tiara Club by Vivian French, about a private academy for princesses; Septimus Heap, Book Three: Physik by Angie Sage; Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Book Three: Soul Eater by Michelle Paver; Otto Undercover #5: The Brink of Ex-Tink-Tion by Rhea Perlman; and Here Comes T Rex Cottontail by Lois Grambling, illus. by Jack E. Davis, about a T. Rex trying to do the Easter Bunny's job.
Tempest is no liar with Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot, a teen novel about the summer before senior year in high school; The Crash Test Girl: A High Class Novel by Hobson Brown, Jardine Libaire and Taylor Materne, first in a series set at an elite boarding school; Summer Intern by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman, a look inside the world of high fashion in New York City; The Secrets of Peaches by Jody Lynn Anderson, sequel to Peaches , about three best friends; and Georgia #8 , latest in the Georgia Nicolson saga by Louise Rennison.
HarperTrophy takes a spin with Magic Pony Carousel #1: Sparkle the Circus Pony , a new series; and Super Goofballs #1: The Stinking Feeling , a series debut starring superhero roommates.
Holiday House gets cozy with Cat's Cuddles by Jane Cabrera, about a new baby brother; Coral Reefs by Gail Gibbons, a picture book; Fiesta Fiasco by Ann Whitford Paul, illus. by Ethan Long, in which a birthday fiesta goes comically awry; Big Is Big (and little little) by J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Bob Barner, a poetry collection for preschoolers; and A Porc in New York by Catherine Stock, in which a barnyard bunch visits New York City.
Henry Holt waves from the platform with Old Penn Station by William Low, a history of this New York City landmark; Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino, about the Friday morning breakfast ritual of a father and son; Skinny Brown Dog by Kimberly Willis Holt, illus. by Donald Saaf, starring a lovable stray; Oye, Celia! by Katherine Sciurba, illus. by Edel Rodriguez, a rhythmic picture book about Cuban salsa; and Daemon Hall by R.U. Tremblin, a YA title featuring Hitchcockian tale telling.
Houghton Mifflin takes cover with Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman, a wordless picture book; A Whole Herdof Trouble by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, sequel to Dairy Queen ; The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood and Saved Civilization by Daniel Pinkwater; Chicken Joy on Redbeam Road by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illus. by Melissa Sweet, a picture book set in Cajun country; and Dogs and Cats by Steve Jenkins, a flip-book featuring everyday facts about these animals.
Graphia aims high with All Hail the Social Climber by Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser, about scheming Mimi's exploits during a summer vacation in London.
Walter Lorraine Books gets attention with Alert! by Etienne Delessert, about a mole trying to protect his treasures; Gooney the Fabulous by Lois Lowry, illus. by Middy Thomas, another tale of second grader Gooney Bird Greene; How the Ladies Stopped the Wind by Bruce McMillan, illus. by Gunnella, sequel to The Problem with Chickens ; Tsunami by Taylor Morrison, a nonfiction book about this natural phenomenon; and Joe on the Go by Peggy Perry Anderson, about a boy who hears an exasperating "no" from everyone in the family but Grandma.
Hyperion delivers spring escape reading with Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Luttes and Nick Bertozzi, a graphic retelling of one of Houdini's greatest stunts; Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems, first in a new early reader series; Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher, a fantasy in which a stone pterodactyl comes to life; Dramarama by E. Lockhart, a YA novel set at a competitive theater camp; and The Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor, a novel to soothe the brokenhearted.
HYPERION/JUMP AT THE SUN
Jump at the Sun leads a spring cheer with Hip, Hip, Hooray! by Kristina Evans, illus. by Bryan Collier, a look at success; Ain't Nobody a Stranger to Me by Ann Grifalconi, illus. by Jerry Pinkney, in which a grandfather relates his experience escaping slavery; Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel by Patricia Storace, illus. by Raul Colón; and The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street by Sharon G. Flake, a middle-grade novel about friendship.
Miramax goes for the gold with Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Three by Rick Riordan, in which Percy and pals try to find Artemis, who has gone missing; Artemis Fowl Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer, illus. by Giovanni Rigano, a new rendition of the criminal mastermind's exploits; and Benny and Omar and Benny and Babe by Eoin Colfer, starring a young sports fanatic.
Kids Can rolls out a mat for Strike a Pose: The Planet Girl Guide to Yoga by Karen Birkmoe, illus. by Heather Collett; Goodnight, Sweet Pig by Linda Bailey, illus. by Josée Masse, a bedtime book; One Well by Rochelle Strauss, illus. by Rosemary Woods, a picture book; The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, illus. by Stéphane Jorisch, a new adaptation; and Time Jumper by Frank Asch, in which cardboard genius Alex invents a time machine.
Kingfisher looks to the stars for Zodiac Girls by Cathy Hopkins, a new series for middle-grade readers; Fire Monsters by Terry Deary, the last installment of the Fire Thief Trilogy; Hurricanes by Joseph Treaster explains a storm's formation and tracking; The Diary of Nefret, Her Handmaiden by Adèle Geras, a new title in the Lifelines series; and Access All Areas: Pirates , a look at all things pirates.
Lee & Low leads off spring training with Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer by William Wise, illus. by Bill Farnsworth; Hiromi's Hands by Lynne Barasch, the true story of a girl who became a sushi chef in her father's restaurant; Sharing Our Homeland by Trish Marx, illus. by Cindy Karp, a photo essay depicting Israeli and Palestinian children together at summer camp; and Capoeira by George Ancona, spotlighting this Brazilian martial art.
Carolrhoda gets an earful with Loudmouth George Earns His Allowance by Nancy Carlson; Coriander the Contrary Hen by Dori Chacona, illus. by Marsha Gray Carrington; Wolf's Coming by Joe Kulka, Mallory on Board by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Barbara Pollak; and Silver World by Cliff McNish.
Millbrook finds the perfect spot for Twenty Piggy Picnic by Trudy Harris, illus. by Andrew Harris; Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Betsy Snyder; What Is Growing Inside This Egg? by Mia Posada; and Slide and Slurp, Scratch and Burp: More About Verbs by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable.
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Frances Lincoln Books has a laugh with Silly Mommy, Silly Daddy by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, about efforts to brighten young Beth's mood; I Very Really Miss You by Jane Kemp and Clare Walters, illus. by Jonathan Langley, in which Sam sends a postcard to his brother, Ben, away on a school trip; Tulliver's Tunnel by Diana Reynolds Roome, illus. by Susan Winter, about a rabbit who ventures away from home; Miss Fox by Simon Puttock, illus. by Holly Swain, starring a too-good-to-be-true teacher; and Look! Seeing the Light in Art by Gillian Wolfe, which includes reproductions of some masterpieces.
Little, Brown gets back to the basics with The Gulps Go Green by Rosemary Wells, about a family of fast—food—loving bunnies; Every Year on Your Birthday by Rose A. Lewis, illus. by Jane Dyer, about some special celebrations shared by parents and adopted children; Atherton by Patrick Carman, a fantasy novel; Eggs by Jerry Spinelli, about an unlikely friendship; and Maximum Ride #3 by James Patterson.
LITTLE, BROWN/LB KIDS
LB Kids puts on its creativity cap with Cranium FunFolio Junior by Cranium, a keepsake filled with activities; Message from the Heart: Goodnight, Little One by Sandra Magsamen, a lift-the-flap cloth book; and Jungle Fun Bath Book & Squirter , Mother Goose Rhymes Finger Puppet Storybook and My First Princess Book & Craft Kit , three ALEX Toys book-plus titles.
Megan Tingley Books cuddles up with You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Scary Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman, illus. by Michael Emberley; The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, in which four children answer a cryptic newspaper ad; and GRL2GRL by Julie Anne Peters, a short story collection that explores teenage relationships and sexual identity.
Moody finds springtime joy with Gift of the Spirit by Yvonne Riley, illus. by David Riley, a biblical description of the many ways God's spirit works in people's lives; and My First Story of Jesus by Tim Dowley, a picture-book introduction.
Peachtree heralds the season with Grandfather's Trumpet by Jane Buchanan, illus. by Melodye Rosales, in which a girl and her ailing grandfather share a love of music; Firefly Mountain by Patricia Thomas, illus. by Peter Sylvada, about a naturally occurring insect phenomenon; Sweet Land of Liberty by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Leonard Jenkins, describing the events leading up to Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial; The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris, illus. by Brad Sneed, in which Melvin discovers the wonders of the library; and What Parents Do When You're Not Home by Jeanie Franz Ransom, illus. by Cyd Moore.
Peachtree Jr. gallops into spring with Gabriel's Horses by Alison Hart, a novel about a young African-American jockey during the Civil War; Saving the Griffin by Kristin Wolden Nitz, in which a girl and her brother hide a baby griffin from their family; The Goatnappers by Rosa Jordan, in which Justin decides to sell his pet goat; and Sam and the Colonel by Kathleen Bennett Duble, about a girl's vacation time spent with her grandmother and grumpy grandfather.
Firebird plays to win with The Game by Diana Wynne Jones, a novella in which a girl has the ability to visit the "mythosphere"—the universe of story and myth creation.
Razorbill grabs the garlic for Bloodline Book Two: Reckoning by Kate Cary, about Dracula's legacy; The One Where a Kid Nearly Jumps to His Death and Lands in California by Mary Hershey, a coming-of-age story; Magic's Child by Justine Larbalestier, the final chapter in the Magic or Madness trilogy; Will the Real Raisin Rodriguez Please Stand Up? by Judy Goldschmidt, about a girl in transition dealing with old and new friends; and Silent Echoes by Carla Jablonski, about two teenagers from different centuries who hear each other's voices.
Sleuth is on the case with Hannah West in the Center of the Universe , in which dog-walking entrepreneur Hannah tries to solve a rash of doggie disappearances.
Speak navigates tricky waters with S.A.S.S.: Swede Dreams by Eva Apelqvist and S.A.S.S.: Girl Overboard by Aimee Ferris, two new titles in the Students Across the Seven Seas series.
Philomel breaks out the noisemakers for What a Party! by Sandy Asher, illus. by Keith Graves, a picture-book celebration; Mars Needs Moms! by Berkeley Breathed, a look at mothers; The Longest Season by Cal Ripken Jr., illus. by Ron Mazellan, chronicling the Baltimore Orioles' 1988 losing streak; Thunder Bunny by Barbara H. Berger, a take on the beauty of being different; and The Case of the Left-Handed Lady: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer, more sleuthing adventures of Sherlock Holmes's younger sister.
Pippin spins the color wheel with Pale Pink by Selena Vasquez, a memoir of growing up in Lima, Peru; and an untitled title on global warming by Samuel Plummer.
Puffin wants to live forever with Fame School 1: Reach for the Stars and Fame School 2: Rising Star by Cindy Jefferies, a new series set at Rockley Park School for the Performing Arts.
Putnam gets in the swim with Eddie's Little Sister Makes a Splash by Ed Koch, a childhood tale from the former mayor of New York City; Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson, in which Franny's friend insists the new kid in their class is Jesus; The Curse of Salamander Street by G.P. Taylor, sequel to Shadowmancer ; The Big One-Oh by Dean Pitchford, about a boy planning his own 10th birthday party; and Trouble According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney, starring a helpful classroom hamster.
Random House gives chase with Maude March on the Run! by Audrey Couloumbis, new adventures of orphaned sisters Sallie and Maude March; Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson, in which 11-year-old Tom discovers an ancient tomb in an underground cave; I'd Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio, illus. by Dorothée de Monfried, about a scrawny crocodile's choice menu; a reissue of Never Tease a Weasel by Jean Conder Soule, illus. by George Booth; and a board-book edition of I Like Stars by Margaret Wise Brown.
Delacorte pins on a corsage for Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement Moore, in which Maggie tries to save her town from soul-crushing demons; Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares, the last summer of the Sisterhood and its pants; Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb, a novel about love, loss and family resilience; The Noah Confessions by Barbara Hall, in which Lynnie receives a special gift from her deceased mother for her 16th birthday; and Spells & Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski, about a girl whose magical powers kick in just before summer camp.
David Fickling Books looks for happily ever after with Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner, illus. by Mini Grey, a novel inspired by fairy tales; Hugo Pepper by Paul Stewart and Chris Ridell, third in the Far-Flung Adventures series; A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd, a YA novel about romance and strained family dynamics set in Ireland; and At the Firefly Gate by Linda Newbery, about a shy boy growing up in England during WWI.
Golden Books throws the first French fry with Foodfight! The Junior Novelization , a tie-in to the forthcoming film; and How Big Is Bunny? by Edith Kunhardt, a plush puppet book featuring the star of Pat the Bunny .
Knopf has a field day with Good Sports: Rhymes About Running, Jumping, Throwing and More by Jack Prelutsky, illus. by Chris Raschka; The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Best Buds by Maxwell Eaton II, a new series about two pals and a horse named Chuck; The Friskative Dog by Susan Straight, the first children's book from the National Book Award finalist; Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, a fantasy about dancing sisters set in Transylvania and the Other Kingdom; and The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance by Catherine Ryan Hyde, a novel that takes an unflinching look at addiction and recovery.
Wendy Lamb Books takes out its compass for The Navigator by Eoin McNamee, a fantasy about time shifting; Harmless by Dana Reinhardt, about a white lie that gets out of hand; Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission by Christopher Paul Curtis, more adventures of the Flint Future Detectives; Peach Hill by Marthe Jocelyn, about a teenage girl's role in her mother's scam as a Spiritual Adviser; and First Light by Rebecca Stead, a debut novel set in a frozen world deep inside Greenland's icecap.
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ WADE
Schwartz & Wade checks off 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill, illus. by Nancy Carpenter, a day-in-the-life look at a kid's experiences; Duck, Duck, Goose by Tad Hills, sequel to Duck & Goose ; The Police Cloud by Christoph Niemann, about a cloud that dreams of being a policeman; The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds by Marisabina Russo, a bedtime read-aloud; and How to Be a Baby... by Me, the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illus. by Sue Heap, a picture-book guide.
Reader's Digest straps on scuba gear for Ocean Life: Abalone to Zoanthid Book and DVD by Cindy Stierle, photos by Annie Crawley; Celebrate!: Your Amazing Achievements by Joanne Barken, illus. by Jane Cristy, a rhyming picture book; and I Love You the World by Allia Zobel Nolan, illus. by Susan Mitchell, about the depths of a mother's love.
Roaring Brook is sweet on spring with Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson, in which a girl must choose which parent to live with; Little Night by Yuyi Morales, a picture book about the child of Mother Sky getting ready for bed; Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel, illus. by Nick Bruel, in which Otto the worm is shocked to learn his pal Bob is a caterpillar; Dog and Bear by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, three beginning-reader stories about a dog and his stuffed friend; and Gone by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, a YA novel about a high school graduate living with his aging hippie aunt and uncle.
ROARING BROOK/FIRST SECOND
First Second packs its spring list with Sardine in Outer Space Volume 3 by Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar; and Tiny Tyrant by Lewis Trondheim, which imagines "what if a spoiled brat was the most powerful person in the country?"
Scholastic gets the formula right with The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, a blend of picture-book, graphic novel and film elements; Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, illus. by Kadir Nelson, in which a slave successfully "mailed" himself to freedom; Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers, a coming-of-age story set during the Harlem Renaissance; Lady Friday by Garth Nix, the latest installment in the Keys to the Kingdom series; and Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard, a debut picture book about a bird's efforts to shake a bad mood.
Blue Sky Press zooms off to dreamland with The Flying Bed by Nancy Willard, illus. by John Thompson, a tale of magical realism set in Florence, Italy; Black Belt Club: Beware of the Haunted Eye! by Dawn Barnes, illus. by Bernard Chang, a hybrid novel/comic book featuring karate; and Ready, Freddy! #10: Super-Secret Valentine by Abby Klein, illus. by John McKinley.
Cartwheel is en pointe with Ballet Sisters: The Duckling and the Swan by Jan Ormerod, in which Sylvie wants to be a ballerina like her big sister; I Love You Always and Forever by Jonathan Emmett, illus. by Daniel Howarth, about a mouse family; My First Taggies Book: Itsy-Bitsy Spider by Jill McDonald; LeapFrog: All About Animals , a wipe-off book; and My Little Miracle by J. Beck and J. Croydon, a board book featuring baby milestone moments.
Chicken House rides the tide with Waves by Sharon Dogar, a YA debut about a family drowning in sorrow; Dragonsdale by Salamanda Drake, illus. by Gilly Marklew, featuring a cast of magical flying dragons; Blade of Fire: The Second Book in the Icemark Chronicles by Stuart Hill; Being by Kevin Brooks, in which a mysterious scar on Robert's stomach helps him discover who he really is; and Ghosthunters #3 by Cornelia Funke.
Graphix thrills and chills with Goosebumps Graphix #2: Terror Trips by R.L. Stine, illus. by Jill Thompson, Jamie Tolagson and Amy Kim Ganter; Bone #5: Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border by Jeff Smith; and Breaking Up: A Fashion High Graphic Novel by Aimee Friedman, illus. by Christine Norrie, starring an artistic city girl.
Arthur A. Levine Books ditches happily ever after for The End by David LaRochelle, illus. by Richard Egielski, a backwards fairy tale; So Totally Emily Ebers by Lisa Yee, a middle-grade novel; Mother Goose's Storytime Nursery Rhymes by Axel Scheffler; Half a World Away by Libby Gleeson, illus. by Freya Blackwood, in which a best friend moves away; and A Second Is a Hiccup: A Child's Book of Time by Hazel Hutchins, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton.
Orchard claps its hands for If You're Happy and You Know It by James Warhola, a jungle version of the classic song; Lily Brown's Paintings by Angela Johnson, illus. by E.B. Lewis, in which painting sets a girl's imagination free; Emlyn's Moon by Jenny Nimmo, the second book in the Magician Trilogy; Grey Griffins #2: The Rise of the Black Wolf by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis; and Pierre in Love by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Petra Mathers, about Pierre's quest for the love of Catherine.
Scholastic Paperbacks shakes its pom-poms for The Accidental Cheerleader by Mimi McCoy, first in the Candy Apple line of chick lit for tweens; The Boy Next Door by Laura Dower, a Candy Apple title about middle-school romance; Happy-Go-Lucky by Kristin Earhart, first in the Big Apple Barn series about horses; Ferno the Fire Dragon , which kicks off the Beast Quest fantasy series; and Sister Magic by Anne Mazer, debut title of a series starring one super-organized girl and her scattered sister.
Point glams it up with Hollywood Hills by Aimee Friedman, about BFFs Holly and Alexa on a trip to L.A.; 21 Proms , edited by Daniel Ehrenhaft and David Levithan, a charity collection by top YA authors; Fireworks: Four Summer Stories by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, Niki Burnham and Erin Haft; and Last Summer: A Summer Boys Novel by Hailey Abbott.
PUSH creates a calling card with This Is PUSH: A PUSH Anthology of New Work by the PUSH authors; Magic City by Drew Lerman, in which Fight Club meets The Catcher inthe Rye ; and Hail Caesar by Thu Huong Ha, about the rise and fall of an egotistical teenager.
S&S oils its mitt with The Barnstormers: Tales of the Travelin' Nine: Game 1 by Phil Bildner, illus. by Loren Long, in which three kids travel the U.S. trying to unlock the secret of their magic baseball; Cupcake by Rachel Cohn, in which Cyd Charisse graduates from high school and comes to New York City; Mahalia Mouse Goes to College Book and CD by John Lithgow, illus. by Igor Oleynikov, an adaptation of the actor's Harvard commencement address; Wind Flyers by Angela Johnson, illus. by Loren Long, in which a boy longs to fly; and Angels on Sunset Boulevard by Melissa de la Cruz, in which teens discover the dark side of Tinseltown.
Aladdin unrolls its sleeping bags for Sleepover Squad by P.J. Denton, a new series about a sleepover club of third graders.
Atheneum gets things swaying with Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals by Ashley Bryan, a picture book adaptation; Cracker! Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata, about a soldier—German shepherd team during the Vietnam War; Someday by Alison McGhee, illus. by Peter Reynolds, a story about a mother's love; War, Women, and the News: How Female Journalists Won the Battle to Cover WWII by Catherine Gourley; and Bounce by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Scott Menchin, a picture book from the creators of Wiggle .
Richard Jackson Books holds the deck with In the Cards: Love by Mariah Fredericks, first in a three-book series; Lightship by Brian Floca, a trip aboard a floating lighthouse; The Red Thread: A Novel in Three Incarnations by Roderick Townley, featuring a 400-year-old murder solved in the present day; and The Traitors' Gate by Avi, illus. by Katrina Raude, a novel inspired by Charles Dickens's early years.
Little Simon peeks into the future with When I Grow Up! by Jeanie Lee, illus. by Geraldo Valerio, a picture-book look at several careers; Baby Eats the Moon and Baby Tickle Shakes by Abigail Tabby, illus. by Tiphanie Beeke, debut titles in the new Little Simon Baby book-and-gift line; That's Right, That's Wrong! by Alan Katz, containing brain-teasing trivia; and Holly Hobbie & Friends: A Day with Mom by Sonali Fry, packaged with two cookie cutters.
Little Simon Inspirations sends a postcard with Wish You Were Here! by Sonia Sander and Who's That Veggie? by Quinlan Lee, two Veggie Tales books; and Make a Wish by Sonali Fry, Favorite Nursery Rhymes and Kisses & Cuddles by Abigail Tabby, debut titles in the Land of Milk and Honey series.
Margaret K. McElderry Books steps up to the plate with Hey Batta Batta Swing! The Wild Old Days of Baseball by James Charlton and Sally Cook, illus. by Ross MacDonald; The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, first in an urban fantasy trilogy for teens; Ironside by Holly Black, the sequel to Tithe ; The Wave Walkers: Pirate Emperor by Kai Meyer, second in a fantasy trilogy; and How to Bake an American Pie by Karma Wilson, illus. by Raul Colón, a rhythmic recipe for what makes America and Americans.
Pulse accessorizes for spring with A Girl Like Moi: The Fashion-Forward Adventures of Imogene by Lisa Barham, illus. by Sujean Rim, exploits of a stylish fashion intern in New York City; In Their Shoes by Deborah Reber, which profiles women in various careers; Doing It Right by Bronwen Pardes, a contemporary book about sex for teens; and Private #3: Untouchable by Kate Brian, latest in this boarding school series.
ginee seo books is on the go with Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! by Candace Fleming, illus. by G. Brian Karas, the return of the bunnies from Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! ; If by Rudyard Kipling, illus. by Charles R. Smith Jr., a classic poem paired with photos; and Genesis Alpha by Rune Michaels, a debut novel addressing the clash of science, family and morality.
Simon Spotlight straps on its rescue pack with Diego's Animal Science Book by Kara McMahon; Dora's Special Delivery by Emily Sollinger, illus. by Dave Aikens, a new board-game format; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Movie Novelization , adapted by Steven Murphy; Meet Tyrone! by Irene Kilpatrick, illus. by Warner McGee, a hand puppet and cloth book, a Backyardigans title; and The Lost Shamrock , adapted by Alison Inches, illus. by Entara Ltd., a Jakers tie-in.
Paula Wiseman Books slides into spring with Stealing Home by Robert Burleigh, illus. by Mike Wimmer, about Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers; DOG by Matthew Van Fleet, photos by Brian Stanton, a picture book about canines; Annie and Snowball and the Dress Up Birthday by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Suçie Stevenson, a new series spun off from Henry & Mudge; Michael's Golden Rules by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan, illus. by Kadir Nelson, starring Michael Jordan as a Little Leaguer; and Amelia's Resolutions for the Best Year Ever! by Marissa Moss.
Sterling gets out the magnifying glass for I Saw an Ant in the Parking Lot by Joshua Prince, the tale of an ant's sticky situation; Tex and Sugar: A Big City Kitty Ditty by Barbara Johansen Newman, a picture book and Everybody Has a Teddy by Virginia Kroll, illus. by Sophie Allsop, about comforting fuzzy friends and two All-Action Classics, The Odyssey and The Wonderful Wizard ofOz , both by Ben Caldwell.
Tanglewood puckers up for A Kiss Good-Bye by Audrey Penn, illus. by Barbara Leonard Gibson, the second sequel to The Kissing Hand .
Starscape summons the sandman with Dreamquest: Tales of Slumberia Book One by Brent Hartinger, about a girl who wakes up inside her dream; True Talents by David Lubar, sequel to Hidden Talents , in which one of the gang is kidnapped by a shadowy government agency; Fantasms by Len Bailey, a second novel starring rodeo cowboy Danny Ray; and Dragonback #5 by Timothy Zahn, latest in the series.
Tor Teen heads for the future with Farseed by Pamela Sargent, sequel to Earthseed.
Tricycle renews its passport for Little Goose's Trip Around the World by David Wingfield, illus. by Anik McGrory, about the sights in Little Goose's world; Mama's Milk by Michael Ross, illus. by Ashley Wolff, a picture book featuring baby animals and humans nursing; Beach Babies Wear Shades by Michelle Colman, illus. by Nathalie Dion, a board book; and How the Children Stopped the Wars by Jan Wahl, in which a stranger inspires children to crusade against the wars that have affected their families.
Tundra licks its lips for Sweet! The Delicious Story of Candy by Ann Love and Jane Drake, illus. by Claudia Dávila; Directed by Kaspar Snit by Cary Fagan, the sequel to The Fortress of Kaspar Snit ; Wanda and the Frogs by Barbara Azore, illus. by Georgia Graham; and Little Squire: The Jumping Pony and Miskeen: The Dancing Horse , both by Judy Andrekson, illus. by David Parkins, two new True Horse Stories titles.
Viking rides an emotional roller coaster with Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, about a boy balancing family, school and romance; Girl of the Moment by Lizabeth Zindel, in which Jenny discovers that being an intern to an It Girl isn't so much fun; Rucker Park by Paul Volponi, about a young basketball star unintentionally tangled in a murder case; Pompeii by Kathryn Lasky, which depicts the final days of the doomed city as seen by an intriguing heroine; and Johnny Cash by Anne Neimark, first in the new Up Close: Twentieth Century American Lives biography series.
Walker Books crosses the finish line with Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Eric Velasquez, a picture-book account of this athlete's experiences at the 1936 Olympics; Why Do I Have to Eat Off the Floor? by Chris Hornsey, illus. by Gwynne Perkins, a humorous dog story; Pass It Down: Five Picture Book Families Make Their Mark by Leonard S. Marcus; Blaze of Silver: Book Three in the de Granville Trilogy by K.M. Grant; and Freaky Stuff by Richard Tulloch, illus. by Shane Nagel, another adventure with Brian Hubble, star of Weird Stuff .
Warne keeps on hippity hopping with Beatrix Potter's Selected Tales by Beatrix Potter, a treasury of four stories; Miss Potter The Movie Collection Book & CD: Tales of Peter Rabbit and Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter, read by Renee Zellweger, star of the forthcoming film about Potter's life; and Flower Fairies Friends: Fairy Whispers and Flower Fairies: Magical Moonlight Feast by Cicely Mary Barker.
Waterbrook has something to honk about with A Gaggle of Geese by Dandi Daley Mackall, illus. by David Hohn, celebrating God's creation of the world; and The Blanket Show , also by Mackall and Hohn.
Zondervan catches a wave with Clash and Burned by Rick Bunschuh, new to the Surfer Girl series starring real-life surfer Bethany Hamilton; One Lost Sheep by Rhonda Gowler, based on one of Jesus' parables; Noah and the Mighty Ark by Rhonda Gowler, a rhyming Bible story; and I Will Rejoice by Karma Wilson.