Abrams sews up spring with The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin, a look at the close-knit group of African-American women of Gee’s Bend, Ala., famous for its quilting; Babar’s Guide to Paris by Laurent de Brunhoff, in which the Francophile elephant explores Paris on his own for the first time; Starring Carmen by Anika Denise, illus. by Lorena Alvarez, about a big sister who learns to share the spotlight with an adoring (if annoying) little brother; and Red Cloud by S.D. Nelson, a biography of the Lakota warrior and hero, related from the Native American perspective.
Amulet buttons up its lab coat for Jack and the Geniuses by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone, illus. by Nicholas Iluzada, first in a mystery-science series starring Jack and his genius foster siblings; Frank Einstein: Book 5 by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Brian Biggs, in which Frank and his friends study the science of Earth; Finding Mighty by Sheela Chari, a mystery about an Indian-American girl and a mixed-race boy who learn how their secret family histories intersect; Noteworthy by Riley Redgate, featuring a girl who dresses like a boy to try out for her school’s all-male a cappella group; and The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer, the story of a pregnant teen girl who has no idea how she came to be in her condition.
Appleseed scans the stacks for Tinyville Town: I’m a Librarian by Brian Biggs, chronicling a day in the life of the Tinyville town librarian in search of a missing book; Fruits in Suits by Jared Chapman, the follow-up to Vegetables in Underwear, Charlie Rides by Bob Bianchini, in which Charlie and his dad check out various modes of transportation; and Find the Baby, a concept board book featuring six common facial expressions.
Algonquin offers Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy, a debut novel by the actor about one girl’s discovery of family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one’s way in the world; Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, an anthology edited by Kelly Jensen, featuring essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations from a diverse range of voices, including TV, film, and pop-culture celebrities; Love, Ish by Karen Rivers, the story of how one girl’s celestial-sized dreams for a future on Mars go awry when an unexpected diagnosis threatens her future; The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz, launching the Carmer and Grit fantasy series about a magician’s apprentice and a one-winged princess who must vanquish the mechanical monsters that stalk the streets and threaten the faerie kingdom; and Be True to Me by Adele Griffin, a romantic drama about the gilded lives of the super-rich on Fire Island in 1967, and the high price of fitting in.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
APA finds the best route with Mapping My Day by Julie Dillemuth, by Laura Wood, in which a girl illustrates her typical day with the maps she loves to draw; A World of Pauseablities! An Exercise in Mindfulness by Frank J. Sileo, illus. by Jennifer Zivoin, a rhyming guide that teaches children to take a quiet pause from activity and think about what they are doing; Priscilla Pack Rat: Making Room for Friendship by Claudine Crangle, about a girl who is encouraged to focus less on “stuff;” Someone to Talk To: Getting Good at Feeling Better by Paola Conte, Cheryl Sterling; and Larissa Labay, illus. by Claire Key, a guide for middle-grade kids about therapy; and Grown Up Real: Love, Sex, Romance; and Being a Teen Girl by Karen Rayne, which provides girls with practical, funbiased guidance about romantic relationships and sex.
ANDERSEN PRESS USA
Andersen holds its nose for Troll Stinks by Jeanne Willis, illus. by Tony Ross, in which Billy Goat and Cyril get a taste of cyber bullying; Elmer and Aunt Zelda by David McKee, a look at Elmer and Wilbur’s fun visit with their aging Aunt Zelda; I Want a Friend! by Tony Ross, about Little Princess’s first day of school; I’m Big Now! by Anthea Simmons, illus. by George Birkett, about a big sister who tries out being a baby again; and Jamal’s Journey by Michael Foreman, starring a young camel who gets help from a falcon when he loses his way walking in the desert.
Andrews McMeel will publish with the Knights of Boo‘Gar by Art Roche, featuring the plights of King Mewkus and Princess Phlema; Big Nate Collection Spring 2017 by Lincoln Peirce, more adventures of the sixth-grade renaissance man; Tucker Grizzwell’s Worst Week Ever by Bill Schorr and Ralph Smith, a graphic novel adaptation of the popular Grizzwells comic strip which features a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears; Tyrannosaurus Ralph by Nate Evans and Vince Evans, in which Ralph wakes up in the body of a T. rex after an encounter with a school bully; and Sherlock Sam and the Sinister Letters in Bras Basah by A.J. Low, a third outing for the kid detective and his robot.
Bloomsbury puts on a parka for Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren, a middle-grade fantasy debut focused on one sister breaking the other out of prison; The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, in which a teen struggles to cope with her mother’s cancer diagnosis; Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, a contemporary YA romance in which tough guy Declan finds one of the letters Juliet left at her late mother’s grave and decides to answer it; A Court of Thorn and Roses, Book Three (title TBD) by Sarah J. Maas, which finds Feyre facing old and new enemies; and Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser, the author’s debut fantasy title, set along the waterways of a magical world.
Boyds Mills wags its tail for Puppy, Puppy, Puppy by Julie Sternberg, illus. by Fred Koehler, featuring Baby and Puppy who are inseparable throughout their day; Percy, Dog of Destiny by Alison McGhee, illus. by Jennifer K. Mann, the dog park exploits of a rambunctious Jack Russell terrier and his friends; The Fleatastics by Lisa Desimini, in which Sarafleana longs to join the Fleatastics, the acrobatic troupe that tours the dogs in the local dog park; I Want to Grow by Ged Adamson, spotlighting a dinosaur’s humorous attempts to grow taller; and The Exo Project by Andrew DeYoung, about Matthew’s discovery of a captivating humanoid teenage girl on another planet when he crosses the galaxy in search of a new home for Earth’s population.
BOYDS MILLS/CALKINS CREEK
Calkins Creek puts spring into focus with Girl with a Camera by Carolyn Meyer, a biographical novel based on the life of groundbreaking photographer Margaret Bourke-White; The Enemy, Detroit, 1954 by Sara Holbrook, about a girl struggling with the aftermath of WWII and the threat of communism at the start of the Cold War era; Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights: From the Vote to the Equal Rights Amendment by Deborah Kops, profiling the suffragist who dedicated her life to the fight for women’s rights; and The Great American Foot Race: Ballyhoo for the Bunion Derby! by Andrew Spano, a look inside the 1928 transcontinental foot race between two men.
WordSong digs deep with Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen, illus. by Josée Masse, a peek at the secrets hidden beneath our feet, including animal burrows and subways; and Keep a Pocket in Your Poem by J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Johanna Wright, pairing 13 classic poems by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and others with 13 playful parodies by Lewis.
Candlewick polishes its tiara for Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, illus. by Brian Floca, in which a bored princess’s wish turns up a crocodile fairy godmother and a thrilling outdoor adventure; Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Ekua Holmes, featuring new original poems by Alexander, Chris Co Iderley; and Marjorie Wentworth that pay homage to 19 renowned poets who have inspired them; Matylda, Bright and Tender by Holly McGhee, depicting a girl’s journey through grief toward healing following her best friend’s sudden death; Yvain by M.T. Anderson, illus. by Andrea Offerman, the author’s first graphic novel, which reinterprets a 12th-century poem by Chrétien de Troyes drawn from Arthurian legend; and Poor Louie by Tony Fucile, focused on the family dog’s reaction to the impending arrival of twin human babies.
Big Picture Press has a green thumb with Botanicum by Katherine Willis, illus. by Katie Scott, a curated guide to plant life joining the Welcome to the Museum series; One Is Not a Pair by Britta Teckentrup, a seek-and-find concept book; and The Butterfly Book by Laura Weston, illuminating the life cycle of the monarch butterfly via lift-the-flap illustration elements.
Candlewick Entertainment ushers in the season with tie-ins to the following media properties: Shaun the Sheep, Peekaboo Barn, Peg + Cat, and Peppa Pig.
Nosy Crow flies away home with Where’s the Ladybug?, illus. by Ingela P. Arrnenius, a novelty board book featuring friendly bugs; Big Bug Log, illus. by Sebastien Braun, in which readers help Little Bugsy through puzzles, flaps; and mazes to reach his grandparents’ house; Dinosaur Pirate! by Penny Dale, in which finds friendly, intrepid dinosaurs go in search of buried treasure; and I Saw Anaconda by Jane Clarke, illus. by Emma Dodd, featuring a very hungry snake gobbling up all sorts of animals.
Templar sizzles with One-Hundred Sausages by Yuval Zommer, about a meat-loving dog who helps solve a butcher-shop burglary; The Whopper by Rebecca Ashdown, in which a boy’s guilt over telling a lie takes the form of the Whopper, a hungry monster; Rain by Sam Usher, featuring a boy and his grandfather who have a magical outdoor adventure despite the rain; The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster’s Gold by Jonny Duddle, the tale of how swashbucklers Matilda and the Jolley-Rogers get trapped in the belly of the Pirate Cruncher; and King of the Castle by Victoria Turnbull, a nighttime tale of imagination, friendship, and adventure.
CAPSTONE/CAPSTONE YOUNG READERS
Capstone Young Readers musters courage for The Fearless Traveler’s Guide to Wicked Places by Peter Begler, in which Nell journeys to save her mother who has been taken by witches; Fearless Food: Delicious Allergy-Free Recipes for Kids by Katrina Joregensen, containing simple, safe recipes kids can create on their own; Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport by Emma Carlson Berne, the accounts of Jewish children who were rescued from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940 and brought to new homes in the U.K.; and Dalmatian and a Digger by Rebecca Elliott, which explores the noises made by big construction vehicles.
Switch Press turns back the clock with Waking in Time by Angie Stanton, starring a girl traveling backward through time and a young man traveling forward through time who meet in the middle and fall in love; Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes, chronicling 18-year-old Eddie’s time as a reporter in a remote Alaskan town; and Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Natural Spa Products, a how-to guide for creating soothing concoctions.
Charlesbridge goes to the head of the class with Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education by Raphaële Frier, illus. by Aurélia Fronty, an illustrated biography of the Nobel Peace Prize winner; Lola Gets a Cat by Ann McQuinn, illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw, in which Lola researches cat care and practices with a stuffed toy before being allowed to rescue a cat from the shelter; The Language of Angels by Richard Michelson, illus. by Karla Gudeon, the story of how Ben Zion modernized the ancient language of Hebrew in 1885 so it could be commonly used; Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein, illus. by London Ladd, about a boy who sees black baseball player Elijah “Pumpsie” Green make his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox in 1959; and Karl, Get Out of the Garden! by Anita Sanchez, illus. by Catherine Stock, a picture book biography of Carolus (Karl) Linnaeus, who created the biological classification system known as binomial nomenclature.
Chouette gets a kick out of spring with four new titles starring the curious four-year-old, Caillou.
Chronicle checks its bags for London by Jennifer Adams, illus. by Greg Pizzoli, kicking off the My Little Cities board book series; Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Marc Boutavant, the early-reader adventures of a dog and his owner; Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld, featuring all the trucks working on a very big job; Pete with No Pants by Rowboat Watkins, an offbeat picture book about Pete’s quest to find out why he has to wear pants; and Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan, in which a Texas girl hopes to follow her dream of going to art school in New York City.
Handprint glows with Under the Silver Moon by Pamela Dalton, a collection of lullabies and good night poems.
Twirl feels the hustle and bustle with The Ultimate Book of Cities by Anne-Sophie Bauman, introducing the details of how cities work, via more than 60 tabbed moving parts to pull, lift; and explore.
Creston is on the case with Kate Warne, America’s First Woman Detective by Marissa Moss, illus. by April Chu, a picture book biography of famous lawman Alan Pinkerton’s first female hire; The Case of the Poached Egg by Robin Newman, illus. by Deborah Zemke, serving up a new mystery for missing food investigators Wilcox and Griswold; and Sweet Dreams, Sarah by Vivian Kirkfield, illus. by Chris Ewald, profiling Sarah E. Goode, the first African-American woman to own a patent, for her cupboard-bed invention.
Disney Press is all smiles for Tales from the Haunted Mansion: Volume II: Grim-Grinning Ghosts, featuring stories from Amicus Arcane, the Mansion’s resident librarian; Tales from Adventureland: The Perilous Polynesian Pendant by Jason Lethcoe, in which Andy searches for his missing grandfather who is a famous archaeologist and explorer; and some magical artifacts; and Star Darlings: Star-Charmed Summer by Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa, about the summer several Star Darlings spend on Wishworld (aka Earth).
Freeform steps into spring with The Takedown by Corrie Lynn Wang, a novel set in the near future, in which a popular student’s faked sex tape goes viral.
Hyperion rolls out the red carpet with Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals by Mo Willems, offering humorous advice to those awaiting a new baby; and The Good for Nothing Button: An Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book by Mo Willems and Charise Mericle Harper, in which Yellow Bird, Red Bird; and Blue Bird debate the merits of pressing a button that appears to do nothing; The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein, the chilling prequel to Code Name Verity; Kingdom Keepers: The Return, Book Three by Ridley Pearson, the finale of the spin-off series set in the early days of Disney theme parks; and Serafina, Book Three (untitled) by Robert Beatty, wrapping up the trilogy that finds Serafina fending off a sinister threat to Biltmore Estate.
Marvel Press celebrates the season with tie-ins to the following Marvel properties: Squirrel Girl and Guardians of the Galaxy.
DK breaks it down with The Elements Book, a visual guide to the 118 chemical elements that make up our world; 100 First Words, presenting basic vocabulary for babies and toddlers; and 100 Women Who Changed the World, portraits of the women and girls who have shaped the modern world.
Eerdmans hops into spring with Mrs. White Rabbit by Gilles Bachelet, presenting the backdrop for Alice’s adventures in Wonderland via the diary of the White Rabbit’s extremely busy wife; The Queen of the Frogs by Davide Cali, illus. by Marco Somà, in which one frog disrupts harmony in the pond when she finds a crown and is pronounced queen; The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler, celebrating the magical time after the sun sets and before the moon rises; Grandfather’s Whisker Table by Eun-jeong Jo, illus. by Bimba Landmann, spotlighting the world’s first bank, established in Seneca, Italy; and A Winter with Sam by Edward van de Vendel, illus. by Philip Hopman, about Kix’s search for his beloved dog Sam, who’s gone missing.
Flashlight packs up with The Day I Ran Away by Holly Niner, illus. by Isabella Ongaro, featuring a girl who recounts her tough day at bedtime, recalling how she had a tantrum and ran away.
Groundwood sizes up the season with Short Stories for Little Monsters by Marie-Louise Gay, comic tales with a subversive sense of humor; My Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwarz, illus. by Sydney Smith, depicting a boy’s life in a coal-mining community; Uncle Holland by JonArno Lawson, illus. by Natalie Nelson, about a troublemaker who learns to channel his energies into art rather than crime; The Goat by Anne Fleming, in which two children are determined to prove that a goat lives on the rooftop of their New York City apartment building; and Mary Anning’s Curiosity by Monica Culling, a historical novel about a 19th-century fossil collector who made her first major discovery at age 12.
HarperCollins tunnels into spring with Morris Mole by Dan Yaccarino, showcasing Morris’s efforts to gather food for the rest of the moles; Little Ree by Ree Drummond, illus. by Jacqueline Rogers, which launches a new series about a city girl turned country girl; Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern, recollections from a failed service dog about his bond with an autistic boy; The Almost Orphans by Christina Bake Kline, a young readers’ adaptation of the bestselling Orphan Train, about a troubled foster kid who befriends an older woman who rode an orphan train many years ago; and The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, the prequel to The Two Princesses of Bamarre, in which Peregrine discovers her true heritage.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER + BRAY
Balzer + Bray pirouettes into the season with Moo Moo in a Tutu by Tim Miller, spotlighting a cow pursuing his dream of becoming a ballerina; The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Adam Rex, which tells the origin story of this favorite childhood game; Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson, a debut graphic novel relating the parallel story of two middle school girls whose worlds collide when a love letter falls into the wrong hands; American Street by Ibi Zoboi, the author’s debut coming-of-age novel about immigration, class, love; and the American Dream; and Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr, which centers on two sisters living in poverty who make a desperate move when their father returns home for the first time in years.
HarperFestival has its eyes peeled with Let’s Investigate with Nate by Nate Ball, illus. by Wes Hargis, first in a new fiction/science hybrid picture book from the host of Design Squad, PBS’s reality show for young inventors.
Greenwillow grows with Egg by Kevin Henkes, Henkes’s 50th book, a graphic novel for preschoolers focused on hatching eggs; Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson, tracing the journey from seed to flower; I Do Not Like Al’s Hat by Erin McGill, about a rabbit fed up with getting pulled out of a magician’s hat; Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, a middle-grade novel told from four intertwining points of view; and The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig, in which Nix leads her crew to a mythical utopia to try and change her painful fate.
HarperTeen spills the beans with It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura, in which a Japanese-American girl struggling with questions of identity strikes up a relationship with a Mexican-American girl and discovers a secret about her parents’ marriage; Dreamfall by Amy Plum, about seven teens participating in a sleep experiment who get pulled into a dangerous dreamscape created from their nightmares; Midnight at the Electric by Jody Lynn Anderson, featuring three women from three different eras in history who are connected by their past; Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer, a debut fantasy novel starring two half sisters torn apart by a faerie’s curse; and House of Furies by Madeleine Roux, the debut title in a gothic series set in a 19th-century English boarding house.
Katherine Tegen counts down to spring with 100 Hours by Rachel Vincent, kicking off a trilogy about six teens on a spring break trip that takes a terrifying turn; The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey, first of a middle grade duology focused on siblings seeking haven from a society that believes one of them is a changeling; Outlaws of Time #2: The Song of Glory and Ghost by N.D. Wilson, another outing for misfit hero Sam and his memory-keeping sidekick Glory; #Famous by Jilly Gagnon, a contemporary romance from a debut teen author; and Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson, a YA debut in which a teen girl convicted of a crime at age nine reveals what happened in her past.
Walden Pond seals the hatch for Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson, launching a middle grade space opera in which humanity must find a new home among the stars; York by Laura Ruby, a middle grade adventure about a centuries-old puzzle laid into the streets of New York by its architects; Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive by Laurie Thompson and Ammi-Joan Paquette, presenting facts about the living world, though only two out of every three stories is true, while the third is fake; A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold, the kick-off of a young chapter book series starring a boy on the autism spectrum; and Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder, featuring nine kids who live on a mysterious island where each year a boat delivers a new child and takes the eldest one away.
Holiday House sets up the telescope for Caroline’s Comets by Emily Arnold McCully, profiling the 18th-century housekeeper-turned-world-famous-astronomer Caroline Herschel; My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis by Paul Meisel, confessions from a ravenous insect; Transportation by Gail Gibbons, exploring various modes of how people and things get from here to there; Noodleheads See the Future by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, illus. by Tedd Arnold, in which Mac and Mac pursue some delicious cake; and Viva, Rose! by Susan Krawitz, a debut historical novel featuring a girl in the encampment of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
HMH goes courtside for Swish!: Aim, Shoot, Rebound, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander, featuring poetry, inspirational lessons about basketball and life, and quotes from athletes and notable role models; Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor, a debut novel exploring issues of depression and teen pregnancy; Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank, offering a look at best friends’ experiences during the Los Angeles school system’s first year of integration in the 1970s; When Nobody Was Watching (tentative title) by Carli Lloyd, the middle-grade adaptation of U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team captain Lloyd’s memoir; and Frankie by Mary Sullivan, spotlighting a shelter puppy adjusting to his new forever home.
Clarion gets in the swim of spring with Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli, illus. by David Wiesner, a coming-of-age graphic novel about a young mermaid on display in a boardwalk aquarium whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a human girl; The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz, in which life-altering events force Sal to question his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family; One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn, the chilling tale of a bullied girl who dies during the flu epidemic of 1918 and returns to haunt one of her tormentors; And the Robot Went by Michelle Robinson, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier, presenting a cumulative story featuring animals building a robot; and Lint Boy by Aileen Leijten, the graphic-novel adventures of a boy made of “three buttons, a pluck of wool, and a ball of lint.”
Kane Press readies for launch with No Place Like Space, Alien in the Outfield, May the Votes Be with You; and Money Doesn’t Grow on Mars, four entries in the How to Be an Earthling series by Lori Haskins Houran, illus. by Jessica Warrick, starring alien kid Spork; and Albert Doubles the Fun, a book about adding doubles that joins Mouse Math by Eleanor May, illus. by Deborah Melmon.
KIDS CAN PRESS
Kids Can saddles up for spring with A Horse Named Steve by Kelly Collier, about a horse who strives to stand out in a crowd; The Last Tree by Ingrid Chabbert, illus. by Raúl Nieto Guridi, in which a boy relocates a sapling, believing it to be the last tree on Earth; The Thing That Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires, in which a girl struggles with her fear of climbing a tree; The Way Home in the Night by Akiko Miyakoshi, in which a bunny takes in the evening sights and sounds while walking home with his mother; and Dingus, a middle-grade novel by Andrew Larsen that follows a boy during the ups and downs of his summer “staycation.”
KCP Loft’s debut YA list kicks off with Keeping the Beat by Marie Powell and Jeff Norton, following the trail of a girl band from London to Los Angeles after they win an international competition; Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant, the story of a math genius with psychic abilities who can’t get a read on her latest and most interesting pupil; Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi, about a girl who is sent to a grief camp in the aftermath of her older sister’s suicide; and Textrovert by Lindsey Summers, in which an accidental cell-phone swap forces a boy and girl into an unlikely texting relationship.
Carolrhoda puts a kettle on for How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea by Kate Hosford, illus. by Gabi Swiatowska, in which an uppity queen travels the world in a hot-air balloon to find her perfect brew; Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka, illus. by Simone Shin, showcasing a boy’s abstract art; The Bolds to the Rescue by Julian Clary, illus. by David Roberts, new exploits for the family of hyenas-masquerading-as-humans; Vampires on the Run: A Quinnie Boyd Mystery by C.M. Surrisi, about two suspicious newcomers to town who claim to be the confidants of a vampire count; and Strangers in Atlantis by Matt Myklusch, latest in the Seaborne series starring reformed pirate Dean Seaborne.
Carolrhoda Lab pitches a tent with Camp So-and-So by Mary McCoy, set at a summer camp for girls where residents of each of the five cabins are mysteriously compelled to act out a version of a classic camp story; Pointe, Claw by Amber J. Keyser, in which an aspiring ballerina and a girl who is turning into a bear each embrace their inner wildness; Splinter by Sasha Dawn, about a girl who begins to wonder if her father is really innocent of her mother’s disappearance years ago; and What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold, about Nina’s realization that her mother heavily influenced her understanding of girls’ roles in society.
Darby Creek looks on the bright side with Life, Loss, and Lemonade by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Natasha Shaloshvili, joining the Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series; Mallory McDonald, Super Sitter by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Jennifer Kalis, a new Mallory title; Aftershock by Vanessa Acton, an addition to the Day of Disaster series about teens facing life-or-death situations; Blood Moon by Chris Kreie, part of the teen horror series Midnight; and At Top Speed by Kiersi Burkhart and Amber J. Keyser, a new Quartz Creek Ranch outing.
Graphic Universe floats into spring with The Ghosts in the Clouds by Katherine and Florian Ferrier, joining the Hotel Strange series; Smash! Exploring Mysteries of the Universe with the Large Hadron Collider by Sara Latta, illus. by Jeff Weigel, providing a graphic-novel tour of the world’s largest machine; A Perfect View by Cori Doerrfeld and Tyler Page, new to the Cici: A Fairy’s Tale series; and Andrew the Seeker by Lee Nordling, illus. by Scott Roberts, which launches the Game for Adventure series.
Millbrook spreads out the blanket for Porcupine’s Picnic: Who Eats What? by Betsy R. Rosenthal, illus. by Giusi Capizzi, a peek at the eating habits of Porcupine’s various animal friends; If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas, illus. by Jaime Kim, presenting a poem that imagines different scenarios for the moon; Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Nelson Maurer, illus. by Mircea Catusanu, featuring comments added to the text by the opinionated Webster’s ghost; and Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio, illus. by Charlotte Riley-Webb, the story of how the song “Strange Fruit” came into being and what role it played in Holiday’s life.
Hungry Tomato spins a spring web with Deadly Spiders by Matthew Turner, illus. by Santiago Calle, an addition to Crazy Creepy Crawlies; An Emperor’s Guide and A King’s Guide by Catherine Chambers, illus. by Ryan Pentney, kicking off the How-To Guides for Fiendish Rulers series; Prehistoric Ancestors of Modern Animals by Matthew Rake, illus. by Simon Mendez, which joins If Extinct Beasts Came to Life; and Plague! Epidemics and Scourges throughout the Ages by John Farndon, illus. by Venitia Dean, beginning the Sickening History of Medicine series.
Little Bee steps up to the starting line for Ready, Set, Build! by Meg Fleming, illus. by Jarvis, in which a dog designs and builds his own house; Ella and Owen #1: The Cave of Aaaaah! Doom! by Jaden Kent, illus. by Iryna Bodnaruk, introducing a new series starring adventurous twin dragons; Toucans, Too by Bethanie Deeney Murguia, paying tribute to word play and bird play; Heavy Metal Jam! by Cinder Slash, illus. by Captain Kris, a board book introduction to the instruments in a heavy metal band; and Mama, Look! by Patricia J. Murphy and David Diaz, which follows baby animals as they chronicle what they see in the natural world
Little, Brown twinkles with The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker, a debut middle-grade fantasy about a crew of sailors intent on capturing the constellations; Shine! by Patrick McDonnell, illus. by Naoko Stoop, in which a sea star longs to be in the sky amongst the brilliant stars; If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! by Elise Parsley, the third cautionary tale in the Magnolia Says Don’t! series; and Catstronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington, first in a new graphic novel series starring an elite group of cat astronauts on a mission to save the world.
Poppy marks the calendar for Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse, the story of the rise and fall of Sophia’s various friendships during her final days in Tokyo before she moves back to the States; and A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Linstrom, in which 16-year-old Mel balances bipolar disorder with friendship and love.
MACMILLAN/FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
FSG pops with Bubbles by Abby Cooper, about a 12-year-old girl who starts seeing thought bubbles above people’s heads; A New Friend for Sparkle by Amy Young, in which Sparkle worries that Lucy doesn’t care about him anymore; All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher, focused on a girl adjusting to her best friend moving away and her father’s illness; Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton, spotlighting the Ugandan civil war and its effects, including the founding of the acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans in 1999; and 123 Go by Chieu Anh Urban, a concept book featuring sliding vehicles on every page.
MACMILLAN/FSG/MARGARET FERGUSON BOOKS
Margaret Ferguson Books puckers up for When My Sister Started Kissing by Helen Frost, in which Claire feels left behind when her older sister starts hanging out with boys; Sad Perfect by Stephanie Eliot, about a girl who finds support to battle an eating disorder; Blue Ethel by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, featuring a cat who rolls in sidewalk chalk and turns blue; I Love You Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, a story set in 1969 about a girl’s class assignment to write a letter to the astronauts landing on the moon; and I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, the tale of how Desi Lee decides to tackle her flirting failures by watching the Korean dramas her father loves.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Feiwel and Friends keeps its eyes on the prize with Don’t Blink! by Tom Booth, in which a girl and her animal friends challenge the reader to a staring contest; The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom, the story of a bullied teen who searchers for her father who has disappeared; The Battlemage by Taran Matharu, the final adventure for the time-traveling students in the Summoner trilogy; Bear Grylls’ New Jungle Book Adventure: The Spirit of the Jungle by Bear Grylls, in which 13-year-old Mak separates from his parents during a monsoon in India; and What’s the Difference? by Doyin Richards, an exploration of diversity and acceptance.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS/SWOON
Swoon Reads logs on for Internet Famous by Danika Stone, about a teen blogger starting an IRL relationship with a fan; Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff, in which an unprepared understudy takes the stage with her crush; Traveler by L.E. DeLano, featuring a teen writer who discovers that every mirror is a portal into an alternate version of her life; Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, the story of two nerdy friends who navigate high school, Star Trek fandom, and being gay; and Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey, starring Miss Lydia Whitfield, who tries to keep her family’s reputation unsullied as someone goes after her fortune.
Henry Holt revs up for John Deere, That’s Who! by Tracy Nelson Maurer, illus. by Tim Zeltner, profiling the inventor of the steel plow; Bravo: Poems About Amazing Latinos by Margarita Engle, illus. by Rafael Lopez, paying poetic tribute to Latinos who have faced life’s challenges in creative ways; Out by Arree Chung, in which the long-suffering family dog is tasked with keeping a toddler out of trouble; The Art of Brotherhood: Vincent and Theo Van Gogh by Deborah Heligman, the true story of the relationship between the painter and his art dealer sibling; and Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios, about a girl whose friends help her leave an abusive relationship.
MACMILLAN/HENRY HOLT/CHRISTY OTTAVIANO BOOKS
Christy Ottaviano Books finds three’s a crowd with Romeo, Juliet and Jim by Larry Schwarz and Iva-Marie Palmer, in which Jim threatens to destroy the romance of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet by winning Juliet’s heart; Monkey Brother by Adam Auerbach, showcasing the sibling rivalry between a boy and his brother, who happens to be a monkey; Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illus. by Dow Phumiruk, a portrait of the designer of the Vietnam War Memorial; Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt, about a girl who attempts to brighten the lives of her cranky grandfather and the residents of his motel by planting a flower garden; and Boy, Stolen by April Henry, the sequel to Girl, Stolen in which Cheyenne sets out to save her former captor.
Imprint raids the fridge for Sleepover Surprise by Suzanne Selfors, in which Leilani, who longs to be popular, finds friendship among the least cool kids in school; Everywhere, Wonder by Matthew Swanson, illustrated by Robbi Behr, spotlighting a boy and his dog who travel the world seeing wonders of all sorts; Fix-It Friends: Have No Fear! by Nicole C. Kear, introducing a motley crew of problem-solving city kids; Bug Girl by Sarah Hines Stephens and Benjamin Harper, a series-starter starring a girl who develops amazing bug powers; and The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beatty, the story of a matchmaker’s apprentice who becomes a spy for the army and becomes entangled in a romance with a soldier.
Priddy Books greets the season with the following early concept books by Roger Priddy: A Parade of Animals and A Traffic Jam; two Picture Fit Board Books; and In the Garden and Under the Sea, two Look Closer titles.
Roaring Brook Press puts in its earplugs for Noisy Night by Mac Barnett, illus. by Brian Biggs, about the noisy residents of a multi-level city apartment building; A Perfect Day by Lane Smith, which finds Bert enjoying a perfect day in the backyard until Bear comes along; Spell Across America by Kris Hirschmann, illus. by James K. Hindle, a spelling-and vocabulary-filled road trip across the U.S.; Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick, the story of friends drawn into the violence of the drug war on the Mexican-American border; and Recess Warriors: Hero Is a Four-Letter Word by Marcus Emerson, spotlighting the battles between heroes and villains on the playground.
MACMILLAN/ROARING BROOK/FIRST SECOND
First Second sniffs out a good season with Making Scents by Arthur Yorinks, illus. by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline, about an orphaned boy raised as a dog and sent to live with a family that hates orphans and dogs; Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, illus. by Alex Puviland, in which teenage photographer Addy investigates a region either in the aftermath of an industrial accident or haunted by paranormal phenomena; Pigs Might Fly by Nick Abadzis, illus. by Jerel Dye, featuring a pig that must make a flight into the wilderness to save all of Hogkind; The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks, sequel to The Nameless City, which finds Rat and Kaidu trying to prevent war; and Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp, illus. by Mike Cavallaro, a YA tale set in a near-future dystopia.
MACMILLAN/ROARING BROOK/NEAL PORTER BOOKS
Neal Porter Books prepares for takeoff with Little Plane Learns to Write by Stephen Savage, starring a plane learning to sky-write; Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket, illus. by Lisa Brown, Goldfish Ghost’s journey to find the perfect home and the perfect friend; Now by Antoinette Portis, in which a girl takes readers on a tour of all her favorite things; Listen: A Song for Pete Seeger by Leda Schubert, illus. by Raúl Colón, celebrating the life of the legendary musician and activist; and Someone Like Me by Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Chris Sheban, in which a girl discovers what it might take to be a writer.
NorthSouth charts a path toward The Green Umbrella by Jackie Azúa Kramer, illus. by Maral Sassouni, in which Elephant’s peaceful walk with his green umbrella is interrupted by Hedgehog, Cat, Bear, and Rabbit – all claiming that they’ve had exciting adventures with his umbrella; A Time to Act: JFK’s Big Speech by Shana Corey, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, a picture book that details the former President’s childhood, his belief in the power of words, the Peace Corps initiative, his championing of space exploration, and his involvement with the civil rights movement; and Hold Your Temper, Tiger! by Carol Roth, illus. by Rashin, in which Little Tiger stomps his paws, cries, and growls when he doesn’t want to do something, but with his mother’s urging, realizes he has to make some changes.
Owl Kids opens wide for Bill Bowerbird’s Unbearable Beak-Ache by Tyler Clark Burke, a debut picture book about a bird who consults several friends for advice about his beak-ache; You Are Three by Sara O’Leary, illus. by Karen Klassen, which looks back on the highlights and milestones of a baby’s third year; Phoebe Sounds It Out by Julie Zwillich, illus. by Denise Holmes, focusing on a girl’s efforts to learn to read and write; and Moto and Me by Suzi Eszterhas, a first-person wildlife rescue story featuring an orphaned serval cat.
Peachtree leaps into spring with Prince Ribbit by Jonathan Emmett, illus. by Poly Bernatene, a twist on The Frog Prince; Leaving Mrs. McBee, Room 3 (working title) by Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan, illus. by Grace Zong, about students preparing to say goodbye to a teacher who is leaving; Dangerous Jane Gets a New Name (working title) by Suzanne Slade, illus. by Alice Ratterree, a picture book biography of activist Jane Addams; Flowers for Sarajevo, by John McCutcheon, illus. by Kristy Caldwell, the story of a boy who discovers the power of beauty and kindness in the midst of war; and King and Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler, the kick-off to an early reader series starring a sleuthing golden retriever.
PENGUIN YOUNG READERS
Penguin Young Readers makes way for Walter Wheels In and Max’s Bug by Rosemary Wells, two new outings for bunny siblings Max & Ruby; Spacesuits by James Buckley Jr., a Smithsonian nonfiction reader about what astronauts wear; and Scary Plants by Janet Lawler, a Smithsonian nonfiction reader spotlighting plants that sting, prick, trap, and poison.
Cartoon Network steps into spring with licensed books in various formats from the following TV properties: Adventure Time, Clarence, Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, and We Care Bears.
PENGUIN/KATHY DAWSON BOOKS
Kathy Dawson Books has all the answers for Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe, featuring a fourth-grade girl who sets lots of things in motion with a fib about her parents’ impending divorce; and Spellbook of the Lost & Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, a tale of memories gone missing and people returned from the past.
Dial blasts off with Life on Mars by Jon Agee, the exploits of a bumbling astronaut in search of life on the red planet; See You in the Cosmos, Carl Sagan by Jack Cheng, starring space-obsessed 11-year-old Alex and his dog, Carl Sagan; Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan, focused on Julia’s summer as a munchkin in a summer stock production of The Wizard of Oz; Ladybug Girl’s Day Out with Grandpa by David Soman and Jacky Davis, illus. by David Soman, which finds Lulu appreciating the wonder around her when she visits a museum with Grandpa; and Mama’s Kisses by Kate McMullan, illus. by Tao Nyeu.
Dutton swoops in with Crow by Lauren Wolk, centering in a girl’s search for the truth about her parentage and possible long-lost sibling; The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu, the story of the residents of the shortest, strangest street in Brooklyn who follow one rule—that girls must never fall in love; Ocean Beach by Nina LaCour, in which a college freshman confronts the grief and friendship she left back home when she spends holiday break on campus with her best friend; and Servant of Instinct by Stephanie Kuehn, about teenage backpackers forced to face choices of life and death, kindness and cruelty in the California wilderness.
PENGUIN/GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap has a trick up its sleeve with This Book Is Magic by Ashley Evanson, an interactive picture book that lets readers become magicians; I Love Mom with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, featuring animal moms; andbabies; and the famous Caterpillar; Relics of the Dark Crystal, second in a series of YA novels set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal; Girls Who Code: Untitled Fiction by Stacia Deutsch, the first in a middle-grade book series in partnership with organization Girls Who Code, starring four girls who join a coding club, become friends, and solve a coding mystery.
Nancy Paulsen lassoes the season with Lexie the Word Wrangler by Rebecca Van Slyke, illus. by Jessie Hartland, showcasing a girl’s roping and word-building skills; Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar, about a Cuban immigrant girl whose American dream is derailed by a car accident; The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra by Marc Tyler Nobleman, illus. by Ana Aranda, about three goats on a daring mission to prevent being eaten by the legendary monster; Ben’s Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick, illus. by Wendell Minor, the true story of some boys who inadvertently became players in the Revolutionary War, based on an episode from Phibrick’s adult title Bunker Hill; and Steppin’ Out: Playful Rhymes for Toddler Times by Lin Oliver, illus. by Tomie dePaola, a collection of 19 original poems inspired by familiar childhood activities.
Philomel crosses the moat for The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron, a middle-grade debut fantasy about siblings who discover that wishes can come true; Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine, the story of a daughter who reconnects with her father on his deathbed and learns they share more than a mutual love of art; The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr, the global phenomenon published in 11 languages about a girl with no short-term memory who tries to find the one boy who can penetrate her fractured mind; Winnie on Wednesdays by Lisa Graff, in which Winnie and her friends won’t leave Winnie’s treehouse until their families give into their demands; and What’s the Big Deal About Freedom? by Ruby Shamir, illus. by Matt Falkner, a book of history and trivia.
PENGUIN/PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan is programmed for spring with Raybot and Weebot by Adam F. Watkins, in which Raybot befriends a tiny robot he finds abandoned in the junkyard; and three additions to the Mad Libs line.
Putnam scans the night sky for My Little Half Moon by Doug Jennerich, illus. by Kate Berube, about a boy who sets out to befriend the lonely-looking moon; Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko, illus. by Dan Santat, in which Nicholas’s dinosaur helps him face his fears; Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis, the tale of a kingdom that may be destroyed by the girl no one can bear to sacrifice; Sometimes It’s Storks by L.J.R. Kelly, illus. by the Brothers Hilts, featuring a band of animals that carry a baby around the world before delivering him to his new home; and A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katherine Bayerl, a YA debut focusing on an abduction that changes the lives of three girls: one missing, one living and one rumored to be a saint.
Razorbill shimmers with Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead, second in the Glittering Court fantasy series; The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, which centers on 17-year-old Fallon’s journey from Celtic princess to legendary gladiator; Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, launching a fantasy-adventure series that follows a young princess in exile and her would-be assassin; and This Is Really Happening by Erin Chack, a personal essay collection by a BuzzFeed editor.
Viking ponders A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho, in which a girl returns to her small hometown to seek revenge for the death of her best friend; Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail, which finds Gracie helping Sienna compose clever texts to win A.J.’s heart; The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya, about a boy’s efforts to save his abuela’s restaurant and town using the poetry of Jose Martí; Girls Who Code by Reshma Saujani, a blend of how-to and life advice by the founder of the nonprofit Girls Who Code; and Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker, the blog entries of a boy accidentally fused with a fourth-dimensional being.
Puffin Canada tells it like it is with Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey by Johanna Skibsrud and Sarah Blacker, illus. by Julie Morstad, an animal-centric board book; The Bonaventure Adventures by Rachelle Delaney, in which Sebastian tries to find a way to modernize his family’s out-of-date traveling circus; and Mort Ziff Is Not Dead by Cary Fagan, featuring a family’s chance encounter with a famous, aging comedian.
Peter Pauper colors the season with Rosie and Crayon by Deborah Marcero, which tells the story of what happens to Rosie’s world when her dog Crayon dies.
Polis rumbles into spring with Thunder Road by Ted Dawe, which finds roommates Devon and Trace participating in a dangerous street race; The Boy She Left Behind by Gregg Olsen, second in the Vengeance thriller series; and City of Angels by Kristi Belcamino, the story of a destitute teenager investigating the disappearance of a girl in 1990s Los Angeles.
Pow enters the ring for Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza, illus. by Alyssa Bermudez, starring a young descendant from a line of Luchadora, the wrestling stars of Mexico’s lucha libre, who lets her confidence shine on the playground; Dustrats! Or, The Adventures of Sir Muffin Muffinson by Adrià Regordosa, in which baby Emma’s wild nighttime dreams transform her house into a magical land; Animal Colors and More by Katie Viggers, featuring a herd of friendly critters who introduce colors and patters from the animal world; and Baby to Brooklyn by Rajiv Fernandez, a pictographic board book inspired by the borough’s famous landmarks, hipster iconography, baby talk; and street slang.
Frances Lincoln starts nesting with 9 Months by Courtney Adamo and Esther van de Paal, illus. by Lizzy Stewart, a month-by-month family guide to pregnancy; Marie Curie and Agatha Christie by Isabel Sánchez Vergara, new to the Little People Big Dreams biography series; The Five Misfits by Beatrice Alemagna, a picture book that explores what it means to be perfect; and Deep in the Woods by Chris Corr, a retelling of a Russian folktale.
Moondance blows out the candles for Happy Birthday to You by Colleen Madden, a picture book version of the traditional song with additional lyrics and a sound button that plays the original song; Hey Diddle Diddle by Joe Rhatigan, illus. by Alejandro O’Kif and The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Joe Rhatigan, illus. by Carolina Farías, two Nursery Rhymes Retold books; and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Hunting for Treasure (A Modern Retelling) by Mark Twain, retold by Joe Rhatigan and Charles Nurnberg, illus. by Glenn Harrington and Around the World in 80 Days (A Modern Retelling) by Jules Verne, retold by Joe Rhatigan and Charles Nurnberg, illus. by Rosie Woods, picture book adaptations.
QUARTO/WALTER FOSTER JUNIOR
Walter Foster Junior controls the remote with 101 TV Shows to See Before You Grow Up by Erika Milvy, designed as a family reference book of classic and current programs; ABC Love by Christiane Engel, an alphabet book in which H is for Hug; and Cook Me a Rhyme by Brian Kozlowski, combining Mother Goose rhymes and simple recipes.
QUARTO/WIDE EYED EDITIONS
Wide Eyed Editions tunes up for The School of Music by Meurig and Rachel Bowen, illus. by Daniel Frost, presenting six professors and 40 music-making lessons; The History Detectives by Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley, illus. by Frances Castle, a quiz and puzzle title focused on history; Farm by Heather Alexander, illus. by Andrés Lozano, joining the Life on Earth lift-the-flap series; Science 100 by Lisa Jane Gillespie, illus. by Yukai Du, featuring the 10 discoveries that changed the world; and Nocturne by Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley, illus. by Hvass & Hannibal, about nocturnal animals in the world’s wildest habitats.
Random House taxis the runway with Where Do Jet Planes Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres, illus. by Christian Slade, an exploration of flying vehicles; 5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel, illus. by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller; and Boya Sun, launching a middle-grade graphic novel series featuring an unlikely trio on a quest to save a small galaxy; The Door Before by N.D. Wilson, prequel to his 100 Cupboards series, revealing how Henry’s parents captured the witch-queen; On the Spot: Countless Funny Stories by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Lea Redmond, illus. by Sanne te Loo, a read-and-play novelty book that allows readers to switch out story elements; and Drive a Truck! by Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, one of two new board books based on the StoryBots videos and app.
Crown waves with Goodnight Numbers by Danica McKellar, illus. by Alicia Padrón, featuring counting concepts hidden within a bedtime story; Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner, in which Carver suffers survivor’s guilt and anxiety when his best friends are killed in a car crash right after he sends them a text message; Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders by Raymond Arroyo, the return of Will who must protect the town of Perilous Falls from another ancient evil; Jake the Fake Keeps It Real by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, illus. by Keith Knight, the debut outing for comedian Robinson featuring a goof-off kid who has faked his way into the Music and Art Academy; and Missing by Kelley Armstrong, which focuses on Winter, who finds a boy beaten and left for dead in the woods, and wonders if all the teens who’ve left her dead-end town behind have done so voluntarily.
Delacorte rolls a strike with The Greatest Story Ever Bowled by Donna Gephart, in which Miles and Amy’s lives collide on the first day of eighth grade thanks to a stray bowling shoe; The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers, a coming-of-age story set in Mexico City and Los Angeles; One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus, McManus’s debut, a murder mystery in which five kids enter detention and only four walk out; And I Rise by Kiersten White, the follow-up to And I Darken, featuring the Dracul siblings; and The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares, the story of a bittersweet summer shared by the members of a privileged, dysfunctional family filled with secrets.
Doubleday sounds the alarm for If My Love Were a Fire Truck by Luke Reynolds, illus. by Jeff Mack, a rhyming bedtime love song between a father and son; Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro, illus. by Tatjana Mai-Wyss, in which Bunny and his forest friends sneak into the town library to borrow books; Even Superheroes Have to Sleep by Sara Crow, illus. by Adam Record, a rhyming reminder that everyone needs sleep, packaged with a sleep reward chart; Littles and How They Grow by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by AG Ford, which offers an ode to babies; and Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten by Candice Random, illus. by Christine Grove, chronicling Amanda’s disappointing first day of kindergarten and her subsequent plan to join her brother in second grade instead.
Knopf colors its spring list with Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, about two old friends who after a falling out find their way back to each other when they work in a bookstore and exchange letters between the pages of books; 10 Things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac, featuring Maeve, who struggles with anxiety and who falls in love with a fearless girl; Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves, first in a YA trilogy set in a world where social prestige hinges on a trifecta of blood, money; and magic; How to Raise a Mom by Jean Reagan, illus. by Lee Wildish, offering tongue-in-cheek guidance; and Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo by James Parks and Ben Costa, kicking off a graphic novel series starring a singing skeleton and his gelatin monster sidekick.
Wendy Lamb sees the glass half full with Optimists Die First by SusinNielsen, in which a girl who is fragile after a family tragedy meets a new friend in her mandatory art therapy group; Girl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone, in association with Girl Rising, an exploration of various barriers to education inspired by a film from the titular global campaign for girls’ education; and Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo, about a naturalist’s daughter who forms a special bond with an injured bear in Yellowstone National Park.
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade steps up to the plate with Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet by Jonah Winter, illus. by C.F. Payne, providing a look at the former New York Yankee legend; Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin, a wordless picture book set in a magical world deep in a forest; Emma and the Whale by Julie Case, illus. by Lee White, in which a girl helps rescue a baby whale that has washed ashore; A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Nancy Carpenter, written as a thank-you note to a special teacher from the student who never forgot her; and Go Sleep in Your Own Bed by Candace Fleming, illus. by Lori Nichols, about farm animals who, one by one, try to go to bed, only to find another animal in their place.
Razorbill Canada introduces Maud by Melanie Fishbane, chronicling the life of 14-year-old aspiring writer Lucy Maud Montgomery, who dreams of emulating her idol, Louisa May Alcott.
RIPPLE GROVE PRESS
Ripple Grove Press advances with Graduation Day by Piotr Parda, the wordless story of a girl who does something beautiful after being bullied at school; and Mr. Tanner by Harry Chapin, illus. by Bryan Langdo, a picture book adaptation of Chapin’s 1974 song about a dry cleaner from Ohio who loves to sing and who follows the urging of friends to try his hand at singing on stage in New York.
RUNNING PRESS KIDS
Running Press Kids tunes up with The Song Bird by Vern Kousky, in which a young songbird wants to sing along with her siblings – only she doesn’t yet know what special tune she can add to their chorus; Roar and Sparkles by Sarah Beth Durst, illus. by Ben Whitehouse, a story about a little dragon with first-day-of-school anxieties; When I Carried You in My Belly by Thrity Umrigar, illus. by Ziyue Chen, shows that the special bond between a mother and her child begins well before birth; Sesame Street 5-Minute Stories: A Treasury of Milestones and Manners, where using the bathroom, going to school, having a sleepover and other first-time experiences are made less scary with the help of Elmo and friends; and Noah’s Ark, a board book telling the story of Noah and his ark.
Second Story offers The Pain Eater, in which Maddy plans to use a class writing assignment to reveal the rape that she has not been able to tell anyone about.
Blue Sky Press heads to the pound with How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets? by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, in which the dinos shock their parents with outlandish pet selections; and Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisolm, illus. by Molly Bang, explaining the Earth’s water cycle and its global effects.
Cartwheel hops into spring with Snuggle Bunny by Kate Dopirak, illus. by Cori Doerrfeld, launching the StoryPlay line of books that include story-related games and crafts to extend early literacy learning; Are You My Cuddle Bunny? by Sandra Magsamen, joining Magsamen’s Heart-felt line of novelty books that have felt accents; and My Rainbow Surprise by Amy E. Sklansky, illus. by Anna Dunn, showcasing tiered foam pages.
Chicken House casts a spell with The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol, a debut novel about a witch banished to a remote island after failing her witch’s test; Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans, focused on a boy and a cast of Greek gods trying to defeat a vengeful mortal; Lifers by M.A. Griffin, in which Preston stumbles on a governmente experiment that would make prison permanent for teenage criminals; The Impossible Clue by Sarah Rubin, featuring math-whiz Alice who is trying to crack the case of a missing scientist; and Sound of Whales by Kerr Thomson, a YA thriller set on a Scottish island.
David Fickling Books flies high with The Icarus Show by Sally Christie featuring Alex, who finds a feather in his school bag accompanied by a note promising that a boy will fly; The Wrong Train by Jeremy de Quidt, in which a boy is told chilling tales to pass the time in a deserted train station; Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown, a nonfiction book introducing unusual creatures; and Wild Lily by K.M. Peyton, the story of a scruffy, confident girl growing up in the shadow of an English manor and its young heir.
Graphix has a bone to pick with Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey, in which the hero takes on the world’s fiercest feline felon; NewsPrints by Ru Xu, a debut graphic novel starring an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy during a war; Dream Jumper #2 by Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom, the return of Dream Jumper Ben and his pal Jake; Time Shifters by Chris Grine, following Luke on a journey through parallel worlds; and Cleopatra in Space #4: The Golden Lion by Mike Maihack, the continued exploits of Cleopatra as she heads to a freezing planet to locate a star with immeasurable energy.
SCHOLASTIC/ARTHUR A. LEVINE BOOKS
Arthur A. Levine Books does not pass ‘Go’ with Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King, introducing a middle-grade boy-meets-animal story with a modern twist; The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue, illus. by Caroline Hadilaksono, the travails of a large, diverse family coping with the judgmental grandfather who comes to live with them; Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg, the companion to Openly Straight that finds Ben facing new pressures and his passion for two different people; Hello, Mr. Dodo by Nicholas John Frith, spotlighting the friendship between a girl and a doughnut-loving bird; and Wordplay by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. by Jared Chapman, a sneaky grammar lesson couched within the story of Noun usurping Verb’s place on the playground.
Scholastic Nonfiction checks its battery life for Go Gaming!, a guide to the world of mobile gaming; and Lego Nonfiction Big Book of Animals, in which favorite Lego minifigures offer facts about the animals photographed in the book.
Scholastic Paperbacks scares up Monster Itch #1: Ghost Attack by David Lubar, in which Alex appears to be allergic to supernatural beings; Victor Schmud Does What He Wants #1: Let’s Do a Thing by Jim Benton, starring a super-confident kid who should not have said he was an expert in Interspace Battle Strategy; The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey, about Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake and Mr. Piranha who want to lose their bad reputations and be heroes; and Enchanted Pony Academy #1 by Lisa Ann Scott, the launch of a series about magical pony friends.
Scholastic Press has something to crow about with The Noisy Little Rooster by Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Eugene Yelchin, featuring a rooster who boldly defies his city’s no-singing ordinance; Frogkisser! by Garth Nix, in which a princess can break evil spells with magic lip balm; Billy Boo Is Stuck in Goo by Jennifer Hamburg, illus. by Ross Burach, which focuses on an exuberant rescue mission to get Billy Boo out of some goo; and The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, the story of a boy with severe OCD who rarely leaves his room but finds himself able to help solve a neighborhood crime.
Orchard climbs into spring with Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries by Mark Teague, a fractured fairy tale; Happy Dreamer by Peter Reynolds, inspiring readers to follow their dreams; Hats Off to You! by Karen Beaumont, illus. by LeUyen Pham, the follow-up to Shoe-La-La; and I Will Love You by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Lisa Anchin, celebrating unconditional parental love.
Point bets on Lucky in Love by Kasie West, about an 18-year-old girl who finds out who her true friends are when she wins the lottery; Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg, in which two girls’ friendship is tested when they fall for the same guy; and Worthy by Donna Cooner, in which a new app asks users if girls are worthy of their boyfriends.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S sees nothing but net with Point Guard by Mike Lupica, the third Home Team book in which Gus and Cassie wonder if they can be friends and teammates; Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han, the third book in Han’s series that began with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before; In Over Their Heads by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the follow-up to Under Their Skin that finds twins Eryn and Nick struggling with a choice that pits family against all humanity; We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner, illus. by Ben Clanton, an adaptation of children’s music star Berkner’s popular song; and Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs, new to the FunJungle series of animal mystery-adventures.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/ATHENEUM
Atheneum turns on the light for One Shadow on the Wall by Leah Henderson, a debut novel set in contemporary Senegal and laced with magical realism about a boy who struggles to keep the promise he made to his dying father; Antoinette by Kelly Dipucchio, illus. by Christian Robinson, featuring a special poodle; This House, Once by Deborah Freedman, offering a meditation on the history of a home; and The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats, in which young Jane is eager to help bring Civil War widows and orphans to Washington Territory.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/ATHENEUM/DLOUHY
Caitlin Dlouhy Books goes undercover with Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer, starring the beloved picture book pig who is eavesdropping for details about her birthday; Priscilla Gorilla by Barbara Bottner, illus. by Michael Emberley, about a girl who loves gorillas; Middle Place by An Na, in which 16-year-old Grace is hell-bent on finding a cure for the schizophrenia that caused her mother to run away from their family; Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann, featuring a small bulldozer taking on a big job; and A Place I Belong by Cynthia Kadohata, the WWII era story of a Japanese-American family that gives up its U.S. citizenship to move to the outskirts of post-nuclear-bomb Hiroshima after being placed in a Japanese internment camp in California.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/ALADDIN
Aladdin steps up to the plate for Baseball Genius by Tim Green and Derek Jeter, spotlighting an average kid with way-above-average talent for predicting baseball pitches; The Unwanteds Quests #1: Dragon by Lisa McMann, launching a new middle-grade fantasy series that serves as a sequel to The Unwanteds series; William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle by Bobbie Peers, in which William’s talent for being a code-breaking genius is revealed and puts him in danger; Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen, a middle-grade debut introducing a girl who discovers her boarding school is a cover for an elite spy ring and that her mother is a top agent; and The Emperor’s Treasure by Kat Zhang, which follows a Chinese-American girl on a summer trip to China who searches for a long-lost treasure.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/BEACH LANE
Beach Lane Books has ants in its pants for Shake a Leg, Egg! by Kurt Cyrus, celebrating the excitement and anticipation of a soon-to-be-born baby; We Love You, Rosie! by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Linda Davick, a day in the life of the family dog as she explores the concept of opposites; Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear by Jennifer Ward, illus. by Jing Jing Jsong, a peek at various animals’ natural outerwear; Secret Project by Jonah Winter, illus. by Jeanette Winter, which focuses on one of history’s most secret scientific projects—the creation of the atomic bomb; and Sea Lion by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Preston McDaniels, the seventh entry in the Lighthouse Family series, which finds the family looking after a baby sea lion.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/LITTLE SIMON
Little Simon gets tucked in with Good Night, My Darling Baby by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Annie Bach and Mama Loves You So by Terry Pierce, illus. by Simone Shin, two board books in the Stories to Start line of first stories for parents to share with babies; Once Upon a World: Rapunzel by Chloe Perkins, illus. by Archanna Screenivasan, presenting an Indian spin on the fairy tale; Five Cars Stuck and One Big Truck by David A. Carter, a novelty book about cars stuck in the muck; and Daisy Dreamer and the Totally True Imaginary Friend by Holly Anna, illus. by Genevieve Santos, kicking off a series about a girl, her imaginary friend, and their adventures.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/MCELDERRY
McElderry Books walks on the wild side with Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale, a dark, original fairy tale; The Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, continuing the adventures of Emma, Julian; and Mark in the Dark Artifices series; and The Heart of Everything That Is: Young Readers Edition by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the story of legendary Sioux warrior Red Cloud.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/SIMON PULSE
Simon Pulse releases When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, a romantic comedy told from alternating viewpoints, featuring Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married; The Adjustment by Suzanne Young, sequel to The Program, exploring the question of how to go back to a life you can’t remember; Confessions of a High School Disaster: Chloe Winter’s Diary by Emma Chastain, chronicling a year of high school life; At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson, in which Ozzie believes the universe is slowly falling apart as things he remembers are being erased from others’ memories; and The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, set in a New York City where magic is dying and starring a girl sent into the past when New York was run by a secret magical society to find help.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/SALAAM READS
Salaam Reads debuts with Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi, about a trio of friends from New York City who are sucked into a mechanical board game where they must dismantle the game and defeat its architect to save themselves; Yo Soy Muslim by Mark Gonzales, in which a parent encourages their child to find joy and pride in all aspects of their multicultural identity; and Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, focusing on a Pakistani-American Muslim girl who tries to blend in at school while still remaining true to her family’s culture.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/SIMON SPOTLIGHT
Simon Spotlight swaps hemispheres for Living in…Australia by Chloe Perkins, illus. by Tom Woolley, providing history, geography and culture from this country; Jade the Jaguar by H.K. Varian, sixth in the Changers series about four kids who can transform into mythological animals; and tie-in titles to each of the following media properties: Teletubbies, Smurfs, and PJ Masks.
SIMON & SCHUSTER/PAULA WISEMAN BOOKS
Paula Wiseman Books gets cozy with Mama’s Pajamas by Mara Van Fleet, a novelty title featuring two siblings’ nighttime ritual with fuzzy pajamas; If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden, illus. by Melissa Castrillon, in which a girl realizes how fortunate she is when she dreams of all the things in her world that make her happy; I Don’t Draw, I Color! by Adam Lehrhaupt, an exploration of creativity and color; Ribbit by Joey Hurley, showcasing the life cycle of a frog; and Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge by Kristin L. Gray, marking Gray’s debut and introducing a girl who tries to prove she’s responsible enough to get a dog so she can help her mom get over her grief.
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS
Sleeping Bear Press pricks up its ears for A Symphony of Cowbells by Heather Preusser, illus. by Eileen Ryan Ewen, in which a cow loses her bell and disrupts the harmony of the herd; Around the World Right Now by Gina Cascone and Bryony Williams Sheppard, illus. by Olivia Beckman, exploring the people and places found in all of Earth’s 24 time zones; Smell My Elephant by Tina DeBord, illus. by Kim DeBord, centered on a boy who learns why his stuffed elephant smells so special; Little Red Rolls Away by Linda Whalen, illus. by Jennifer Morris, following the journey of a barn saved from demolition and moved to a new home; and Mommy Loves You by Helen Foster James, illus. by Petra Brown, celebrating the special gift of a mother’s love.
Soho Teen gets goosebumps with Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon, a gothic retelling of Jane Eyre set in the high society of modern-day San Francisco; and The Free by Lauren McLaughlin, in which Isaac unexpectedly finds redemption in a support group of other convicts in juvenile detention and the literary journal they start for their fellow inmates.
Jabberwocky crafts a spring list with The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde, the Irish Book Award winner set in the city of Ark where language is limited to a box of cards containing only 500 words; The Dragon Hunters by James Russell, illus. by Link Choi, first in the Dragon Brothers picture book series, which finds Flynn and Paddy rescuing their dog from a dragon; How to Make a Triceratops: Dino Riders by Will Dare, launching a chapter book series about taming dragons in a wild frontier; Out of Bounds: The Soccer Sisters by Andrea Montalbano, the kick-off to a series featuring a group of friends and the lessons they learn via their love of the game; and Okefenokee by Nancy Cavanaugh, in which Elsie and her new dog Huck help catch hog bandits who have been stealing form local families.
Fire marks off 486 Days (working title) by Cyndy Etler, detailing the reality of the 16 months Etler spent in Straight In, a notorious “tough love” program for teens; The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, about a teen using her gift for necromancy in the face of dark forces; Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger, a debut romantic thriller, told via Twitter DMs and police transcripts, about a pop star and his #1 Twitter fan; The Sky Between You and Me by Carherine Alene, the story of a teen’s struggle with perfection while she and her horse train for Nationals, and Alene’s debut; and Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis, which follows a girl who is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Sterling cuts a rug with Dance Is for Everyone by Andrea Zuill, starring an new student in ballet class—an alligator; Thousand Star Hotel by the Okee Dokee Brothers, illus. by Brandon Reese, a picture book inspired by the folktale “The Fisherman and His Wife”; Caring for Your Lion by Tammi Sauer, illus. by Troy Cummings, in which a boy orders a kitten but is sent a lion; Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast: Case of the Stinky Stench by Josh Funk, illus. by Brendon Kearney, about Inspector Croissant and friends trying to find the source of a nasty smell in the fridge; and Dare and Do: The Story of Grace Hopper, Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark, illus. by Katy Wu, profiling the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in math from Yale and the developer of a computer language that uses words instead of binary.
Starscape gets wrapped up in Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World by P.J. Hoover, featuring King Tut, who takes the form of an immortal eighth-grader living in Washington, D.C.
Tor Teen sets up the whetstone for The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran, a historical adventure featuring a Christian princess and a Muslim assassin traveling to the court of Genghis Khan; To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough, in which a teen girl uses forensic science to solve the cold case murder of her mother; Roar by Cora Carmack, set in a land shaped by magical storms; Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin, a new entry to the Stranje House series that finds Lady Jane saving a brash American inventor from an ambush by minions of Napoleon; and Seeker by Veronica Rossi, returning to the world of Riders as Daryn leads the riders against Samrael, the last surviving demon.
Tundra rolls in with The Fog by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Kenard Pak, in which a bird’s human watching is obscured by a mysterious fog that the other animals don’t seem to notice; Monster by Shane Peacock, second in the gothic trilogy The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim; Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton, another adventure for pals Narwhal and Jelly; It’s Great Being a Dad by Dan Bar-el, illus. by Gina Perry, about Dad’s ability to set things right when a gang of mythical creatures goes awry in a magical land; and Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation by Ted Staunton, illus. by Mika Song, featuring siblings who make their own fun at home during their school vacation.
Zondervan pledges an oath with For Love and Honour by Jody Hedlund, in which a wealthy noblewoman and a desperate knight who harbor secrets that could doom their love and lives.
Blink charts a course with Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean, blending romance, thrills and the history behind a secret city beneath London and the highlands of Scotland; The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill, in which 17-year-old Piper searches the dark underbelly of 1920s Chicago to find her missing best friend; and It Started with Goodbye by Christina June, featuring Tatum who weathers some tough circumstances to try and start a graphic design business and get a first date with her crush.
Zonderkidz welcomes spring with Hello Stars! by Alena Pitts, an addition to the Faithgirlz series featuring Lena, who chases her dream of become an actress and model.
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