Compiled by Shannon Maughan)
Abrams tips its hat to Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau by Andrea Beaty, illus. by David Roberts; You & Me by Susan Verde, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, a tribute to friends and serendipity; You Are Not My Friend by Daniel Kirk, a friendship story; I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer, which proves girly girls can be brave and get their hands dirty; and Beautiful Moon: A Child’s Prayer by Tonya Bolden, illus. by Eric Velasquez, a celebration of prayer.
From Telephone, illus. by Jen Corace (Chronicle)
Amulet tests a theory with Frank Einstein and the Robot Army by Jon Scieszka, first in a new middle-grade series featuring science and sci-fi; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book Nine by Jeff Kinney; Origami Yoda: Book Six by Tom Angleberger, yolo by Lauren Myracle, in which the girls from ttyl head to college; and El Deafo by Cece Ball, a graphic memoir about growing up deaf.
Appleseed has autumn’s number with 100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz, a tribute to the quotidian; Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli, featuring pages shaped as numbers; Mini Myths: Be Patient, Pandora! by Joan Holub, illus. by Leslie Patricelli, a Greek myth reimagined as a modern-day tale for toddlers; I Am So Brave by Stephen Krensky, illus. by Sara Gillingham, part of a series of books about toddlers overcoming their fears; and In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek, illus. by Christine Roussey.
Albert Whitman has the season by a nose with Super Schnoz and the Snore Catchers (Book 2) by Gary Urey, illus. by Keith Frawley, in which aliens are harvesting Andy’s snores to power their civilization and destroy Earth; Madam Martine by Sarah S. Brannen, about a Parisian woman who takes her city for granted until she meets a dog who shows her a new view; The Night Before Christmas by Barbara Reid, featuring Plasticine animals and a cast of mice; The Hero in You by Ellis Paul, illus. by Angela Padron, which profiles 13 notable men and woman in history; and The Boxcar Guide to Adventure, created by Gertrude Chandler Warner, an activity book based on the Boxcar Children mysteries.
ALBERT WHITMAN TEEN
Albert Whitman Teen gets an attitude adjustment with A Different Me by Deborah Blumenthal, in which a teen who wants plastic surgery becomes online friends with two girls who share her obsession for different reasons; The Opposite of Love by Sarah Lynn Scheerger, about a boy trying to save the girl with whom he shares the common bond of a troubled family; and Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Perry, starring a teen adjusting to a new life with extended family after leaving the home of her abusive mother.
Algonquin Young Readers casts a spell with The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill, about a village boy who saves the kingdom from a bandit king; Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan, in which Leila struggles with her Persian-American heritage and developing sexual identity; Jackaby by William Ritter, a fantasy set in the late 19th-century offices of R.F. Jackaby, Detective of the Paranormal; Passenger on the Pearl: Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery by Winifred Conkling, which tells of sisters who were part of the largest slave escape in history, in 1848; and Three-Ring Rascals 3: The Circus Goes to Sea by Kate Klise, illus. by M. Sarah Klise, in which the animals of Sir Sydney’s Circus board the S.S. Spaghetti at the invitation of Flora Endora Eliza LaBuena La Pasta.
ANDERSEN PRESS USA
Andersen Press welcomes fall with A Big Day for Migs by Jo Hodgkinson, about shy Mig’s first day of school; Cat and Dog by Michael Foreman, a tale of an unlikely family unit of a dog, cat, and kittens; Elmer and the Monster by David McKee, a jungle adventure for the patchwork elephant; Those Magnificent Sheep in Their Flying Machines by Peter Bently and David Roberts, illus. by Roberts, in which some curious sheep accidentally find themselves part of an air show; and Tin by Chris Judge, featuring Tin and his dog Zinc, and their daring rescue of Tin’s sister Nickel, who has floated away with her balloon.
Bloomsbury stirs things up with Magic in the Mix by Annie Barrows, sequel to the time-traveling tale The Magic Half; Thursdays in the Ruins by Jessica Day George, which continues the origin story of Castle Glower; Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, Book 3) by Sarah J. Maas, more fantasy-adventure in Celaena’s court; There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake, a psychological thriller about a girl whose mother kidnaps her from the hospital; and Knightley and Son: K-9 by Rohan Gavin, second in a mystery-adventure series.
BOYDS MILLS PRESS
Boyds Mills follows the sun with By Day, By Night by Amy Gibsno, illus. by Meilo So, which shows the similarities between what people worldwide do in daytime and nightime; This Orq. (He Cave Boy.) by David Elliott, illus. by Lori Nichols, in which the title character wants a woolly mammoth for a pet; Hades Speaks!: A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead by Vicky Alvear Shecter, illus. by J.E. Larson, new to the Secrets of the Ancient Gods series; Alone Together by Suzanne Bloom, in which Bear hopes to enjoy some time by himself; and Operation: Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg, illus. by Johanna Wright, kicking off the Top Secret Diary of Celie Valentine series.
BOYDS MILLS/CALKINS CREEK
Calkins Creek walks the picket line with Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner, offering a look at the 1965 strike in California that paved the way for Cesar Chavez’s union to become a voice in farm labor relations; Ben’s Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of Franklin’s First Invention by Barb Rosenstock, illus. by S.D. Schindler, exploring Benjamin Franklin’s invention of swim fins; and Rory’s Promise by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols, which launches the Hidden Histories series with a story about sisters in a foundling hospital.
WordSong resounds with Voices from the March: Washington, D.C., 1963 by J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon, depicting the March on Washington and the voices of the many people who united that day to change history.
From If Kids Ran the World, illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon (Scholastic/Blue Sky)
C&T PUBLISHING/FUNSTITCH STUDIO
FunStitch gets crafty with Bandana-rama Wrap, Glue, Sew: 21 Fast & Fun Craft Projects—eHeadbands, Skirts, Pillows & More by Judith Cressy, a how-to title; and Stitched Paper Creations by Alison Benyon, a collection of 20 projects pairing a sewing machine with paper.
Candlewick sets off into the season with Quest by Aaron Becker, the next chapter in the wordless fantasy begun in Journey; Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire, a fantasy novel set in the time of the Czar; The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by L. Pichon, the debut volume in a series starring a creative storyteller and middle-school comedian; The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale, illus. by LeUyen Pham, in which Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and dons black to fight trouble; and Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen, a YA horror novel tinged with romance, which follows a teen who learns her school's handsome librarian is a demon.
CANDLEWICK/BIG PICTURE PRESS
Big Picture maps things out with Inside and Out: New York by Josh Cochran, a fold-out panorama depicting New York’s street life; Art for Baby Color Box by Yana Peel, four mini fold-out concertina concept books that feature works by noted artists; Information Graphics: Human Body by Simon Rogers, illus. by Peter Gundy, a visual compilation of facts about the human body; World Museum: Animalium by Jenny Broom, illus. by Katie Scott, which presents the animal kingdom in detailed illustrations; and The World of Mamoko in the Time of Dragons by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, a seek-and-find land landscape set in the time of maidens, kings, and courtiers.
Candlewick Entertainment reaches for the heights with Peppa Pig and the Day at Snowy Mountain, which features Peppa and her family playing outside on a snowy day; and Mossy Bottom Farm: The Flock Factor by Martin Howard, illus. by Andy James, starring characters from Shaun the Sheep in a talent show.
Nosy Crow swabs the deck for Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party by Lucy Coats, illus. by Chris Mould, featuring a smelly, messy pirate who’s an embarrassment to his crew; Just Right for Two by Tracey Corderoy, illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw, in which Dog thinks he’s fine on his own, until he meets Mouse; The Princess and the Presents by Caryl Hart, illus. by Sarah Warburton, about a spoiled princess overrun by birthday gifts; and Bizzy Bear’s Big Building Book, illus. by Benji Davies, a novelty book about building something special.
Templar goes big with Giant Vehicles by Rod Green, illus. by Stephen Biesty, a lift-the-flap title; Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle, featuring four dinosaurs on the lookout for a fearsome creature; Olive and the Embarrassing Gift by Tor Freeman, in which Olive receives a cringe-inducing hat from her best friend, Joe; Bear Hug by Katharine McEwen, an ursine tale of the changing seasons; and The Fairy Tale Handbook by Libby Hamilton, illus. by Tomislav Tomic, a novelty guide.
CAPSTONE YOUNG READERS
Capstone kicks off fall with Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl, illus. by Christina Forshay, a rhyming ode to the game; There’s a Mouse Hiding in This Book! by Benjamin Bird, a metafictional picture book starring classic cartoon characters Tom and Jerry; The Frankenstein Journals by Scott Sonneborn, illus. by Timothy Banks, about a misfit teen orphan who learns he’s the son of Frankenstein’s monster; The Teen Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Work, Wealth, and More by Kara F. McGuire; and Bewitched in Oz by Laura J. Burns, introducing a teen witch from Oz.
Switch pulls a sleight of hand with The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling, a Victorian mystery featuring a teen jewel thief; Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets by J.A. Buckle, which follows 15-year-old Josh’s embarrassments and triumphs; Grace and the Guiltless by Erin Johnson, a Western adventure about a girl seeking revenge on the gang that killed her family, and The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop, a narrative scrapbook of a contemporary teen’s life told via sketches, mini graphic novels, photos, and captions.
Charlesbridge shows off its green thumb with Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn, illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw, in which the title character tries to grow some flowers; Old Manhattan Has Some Farms by Susan Lendroth, illus. by Kate Endle, a look at various urban nooks where city-dwellers can grow food; Global Baby Boys by Maya Ajmera, a celebration of baby boys from around the world; Sydney & Simon: Full Steam Ahead! by Paul A. Reynolds, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, featuring mouse twins who love to ask questions and conduct experiments; and Breaking News: Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki, in which two bears have an adventure downtown, mistaking the townspeople’s terror for friendliness.
Chronicle shines with Flashlight by Lizi Boyd, an account of a boy’s nighttime adventures in the woods; Telephone by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jen Corace, a rendition of the message-passing game as played by birds on a wire; Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle, a follow-up to Flora and the Flamingo; Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt, a middle-grade novel in verse about one seventh grader’s journey from bully to victim; and The Spiritglass Charade: Stoker & Holmes Book II by Colleen Gleason, more exploits of the secret society of young crime solvers.
Handprint puts on a smock for Mix It Up by Hervé Tullet, a title about mixing, matching and making a mess with color.
Twirl dons a hardhat for The Ultimate Construction Site Book by Anne-Sophie Bauman, illus. by Didier Balicevic, introducing trucks and equipment via flaps and other interactive elements; Inside and Outside with Jojo by Xavier Deneux, in a rabbit hops through the seasons of the year; My First Touch-and-Feel Words Book by Xavier Deneux, an introduction to early vocabulary; and My Little Library by Eduard Manceau, a collection of six small concept board books.
CINCO PUNTOS PRESS
Cinco Puntos ushers in fall with Gabi, a Gordita in Pieces by Isabel Quintero, about a self-described fat girl who wants to find love but is struggling to deal with a raft of emotionally draining problems with friends and family.
Creston ducks and covers for Mira’s Diary: Bombs Over London by Marissa Moss, third in a series of time-travel adventures; Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck-Jacobson, a middle-grade debut about a girl whose father makes carriages in the age of the automobile; Lola Goes to the Doctor by Marcia Goldman, starring a Yorkshire terrier therapy dog; and Village by the Sea by Muon Van, illus. by April Chu, a glimpse at life in a Vietnamese fishing village.
Disney-Hyperion hits the campaign trail with Smek for President by Adam Rex, the sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday, which features more alien adventures; Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, which finds demigods fighting Gaea’s army of powerful giants; Animas by C.R. Grey, illus. by Jim Madsen, a series starter in which Bailey tries to awaken his all-important animal-human link while enrolled at Fairmount Academy; Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly, second in the Deep Blue series about Serafina’s travels to the ruins of Atlantis; and Lockwood & Co.: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, featuring continued investigations of creepy goings-on.
Marvel decks the halls for Happy Holidays! From the Avengers!, illus. by Ron Lim, in which Thor and Captain America have the holiday blues; and The Avengers Storybook Collection, a compendium of 20 stories featuring this superhero team.
Disney Press sees the signs with Zodiac by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore, illus. by Andie Tong, a superpower-inflected adventure story; Big Hero 6: Hiro and Tadashi, a tie-in to the forthcoming animated film starring this Marvel Comics superhero team; Henry Hugglemonster: Welcome to Roarsville by Sheila Sweeny Higginson, about a friendly monster; and Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy by Catherine Hapka, illus. by Grace Lee, in which Sofia opposes a once-exiled princess to save the kingdom of Enchancia.
DK Children puts on its safety glasses for Utterly Amazing Science, an interactive book with flaps and fold-outs spotlighting force, energy and other concepts; Star Wars in 100 Scenes, presenting iconic scenes from the six feature films; The Fashion Book, a blend of fashion history and biography; Lego: Ninjago Visual Dictionary, which profiles minifigures, vehicles, weapons and more; and Super Human, a visual exploration of how the systems of the human body work together.
Kane Miller holds a shell to its ear for Secrets of the Seashore by Carron Brown, illus. by Alyssa Nassner, a Shine-A-Light book that reveals hidden seashore habitats; Busy Trucks on the Go by Eric Ode, illus. by Kent Culotta, a rhyming look at working trucks from morning to night and through the seasons; The Boy on the Page by Peter Carnavas, an all-ages look at the meaning of life; I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, illus. by Ann James, a celebration of messiness; and Flippy Floppy Farm Animals by Anton Poitier, illus. by Sophia Touliatou, a lift-the-flap board book.
Eerdmans looks it up with The Right Word: Peter Mark Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illus. by Melissa Sweet, a picture book biography of the man who published the first thesaurus; Anna’s Heaven by Stian Hole, in which a girl and her father deal with the grief of losing their mother and wife; In Search of the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Bimba Landmann, a picture book biography; Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak, illus. by Philip Hopman, about a boy who learns to care for the family’s working donkey; and Crazy by Linda Phillips, a novel in verse set in the 1960s chronicling a teenager’s burden of keeping the secret that her mother is mentally ill.
Egmont is all smiles for Get Happy by Mary Amato, about a girl who discovers her long-absent father has been trying to keep in touch with her; Amity by Micol Ostow, featuring a house that manipulates its inhabitants to its twisted will; Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin, in which Sarah fights for her life in the hospital-turned-prison where a procedure to erase her memory goes awry; Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday, a gothic romance featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee; and Lug and the Dawn of the Ice Age #1 by David Zeltser, about an outcast boy who tries to save his clan from the coming ice age.
Enchanted Lion lines things up with Mr. Horizontal and Ms. Vertical by Noémie Révah, illus. by Olimpia Zagnoli, a graphic nursery rhyme; Wednesday by Anne Bertier, the story of a blue rectangle and an orange circle that play together; The World in a Second by Isabel Minhós Martins, illus. by Bernard Carvalho, in which each spread shows what is happening in the same second in different places around the globe; and Three Little Peas by Marine Rivoal, starring brave peas who go into the garden to discover the world and end up snug in an underground burrow.
Flashlight Press opens the door with Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt, illus. by Vin Vogel, in which Cecelia tries to help her friend Maddi, whose family’s refrigerator is empty.
GRAPHIC ARTS BOOKS/ALASKA NORTHWEST BOOKS
Alaska Northwest howls with Seasons of Little Wolf by Jonathan London, illus. by Jon Van Zyle, chronicling a pup’s first year; and Charlie and the Blanket Toss by Tricia Brown, illus. by Sarah Martinsen, about a boy overcoming his fears and gaining confidence.
Groundwood punches in for Work: An Occupational ABC by Kellen Hatanaka, an alphabetical tour through a variety of jobs; Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher, in which an elderly tailor sews the most wonderful suit of his career for a special customer; A Simple Case of Angels by Caroline Adderson, featuring a dog and her young owner who volunteer at a local nursing home; The Cat in the Wall, about an American teen who dies and comes back to life as a cat in the West Bank, and Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay, an explanation of this author’s creative process.
Harlequin Teen sharpens its claws for Talon by Julie Kagawa, first in a new series about dragons able to blend into society in human form, and the soldiers dedicated to hunting them to extinction; Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto, launching a series a girl who begins seeing spirits – again – after the loss of her mother; Lies We Tell Ourselves, a debut by Robin Talley set in 1959 Virginia that confronts issues of race and civil rights; The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter, the conclusion to the White Rabbit Chronicles; and Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout, which follows 17-year-old Layla, a half-gargoyle, half-demon.
HarperCollins walks the plank with The Terror of the Southlands by Caroline Carlson, second in the The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series starring new pirate Hilary Westfield and her rag-tag crew; The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volumes 1 and 2 by Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russell, illus. by various comic book artists, is a two-volume, four-color rendition of the Newbery Medal-winning novel; The Guardian Herd: Starfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, launching a new fantasy series about a rare black pegasus foal; Scavengers by Michael Perry, a middle-grade dystopian novel, and Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, illus. by R.W. Alley, a picture book adaptation of Stein’s bestseller for adults.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER + BRAY
Balzer + Bray roars into fall with Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch, illus. by Larry Day, in which a boy is looking for Lion, and Lion is looking for lunch; Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light, a debut picture book celebrating creativity; Creature Keepers and the Hijacked Hydro-Hide by Peter Nelson, illus. by Rohitash Rao, kicking off a series about a group of kids sworn to protect the world’s mythological beasts; Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raash, the first in a debut fantasy trilogy starring a teen helping her kingdom regain its source of magic; and Exquisite Captive (Book One of the Dark Caravan Cycle) by Heather Demetrios, a fantasy-adventure series starter set in Los Angeles and featuring a powerful teen jinni.
Greenwillow cracks open the season with Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins, a middle-grade novel featuring two squirrels who go to great lengths to rescue a friend snatched by a hawk; Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, a companion to Z Is for Moose; Falling into Place by Amy Zhang, a debut novel by high school student Zhang about a teenager clinging to life after crashing her car into a tree; Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann, which collects 50 free verse poems juxtaposing fairy tales with the life of a contemporary teen; and The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye, a middle-grade novel featuring a boy preparing to move with his family from Muscat, Oman, to Ann Arbor, Michigan.
HarperFestival fluffs the pillows for A Bed for Bear by Clive McFarland, a bedtime picture book; Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana by James Dean, in which Pete learns that one bad banana doesn’t spoil the bunch; Splat the Cat Goes to the Doctor by Rob Scotton, about Splat’s trepidation about this experience; A New Chick for Chickies by Janee Trasler which finds the Chickies welcoming a new brother; and Alien in My Pocket: On Impact! by Nate Ball, illus. by Macky Pamintaun, featuring Zack and Amp learning to soften a crash-landing.
HarperTeen brings the bling with The Jewel by Amy Ewing, a YA debut in which Violet is bought at auction by the Duchess of the Lake; Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick, a first novel, in verse, chronicling a teen’s 72-hour mandatory psych evaluation; The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard, first in a new series in which five girls are being framed for murder they didn’t commit; Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes, a debut YA work based on true events recounting one girl’s rejection by her high school’s hierarchy; and Made for You by Melissa Marr, a contemporary Southern gothic tale of romance, obsession, and murder.
Katherine Tegen Books makes a delivery with Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant, in which the titular force brings justice to those who do wrong; Septimus Heap: Todhunter Moon, Book One: Pathfinder by Angie Sage, beginning a new arc of the Septimus Heap series; Balance Keepers #1: The Fires of Calderon, kicking off a middle-grade fantasy series that takes place in an underground society at the center of the earth; The Swap by Megan Shull, centering on a tween girl tormented by mean girls who switches bodies with the most popular boy in school; and Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez, in which Valentina witnesses a murder ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend.
Walden Pond Press tracks down fall with Disappearance at Hangman’s Bluff: A Felony Bay Mystery by J.E. Thompson, in which clues from a dognapping lead to a cover-up involving stolen goods and a slave graveyard; and Guys Read: True Stories by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Brian Floca, a collection of 10 new nonfiction pieces by authors including Candace Fleming and Jim Murphy.
Holiday House grooms itself for Cats Are Cats by Valeri Gorbachev, a picture book about a kitten that doesn’t stop growing; Andrew Draws by David McPhail, which follows a young artist with magical artistic talents; Snow Joke: I Like to Read by Bruce Degen, in which animal friends learn the difference between good-natured fun and bullying; Nanny X by Madelyn Rosenberg, a comedic middle-grade novel about a babysitter whose job is a cover for her secret life as a crime-buster; and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Trina Schart Hyman, a 25th anniversary of the Caldecott Honor title featuring a new afterword by the author and publisher.
HMH BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
HMH does a sound check for Bats in the Band by Brian Lies, which celebrates music; The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg, featuring a hamster who escapes his cage and seeks a new home in the wild; Mortal Heart: His Fair Assassin, Book 3 by Robin LaFevers, which finds Annith fleeing the abbey when she learns the truth of her birth; Lots and Lots of Bots by C.J. Richards, an adventure series launch about mechanics whiz George’s efforts to save the day when the robots in town go wild, and Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle, illus. by Jill McElmurry, in which Little Blue Truck counts Christmas trees.
Clarion changes its spots with Leopardpox! by Orna Landau, illus. by Omer Hoffmann, about a family that takes extreme measures when their daughter turns into a leopard cub; Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, illus. by G. Brian Karas, a picture-book adaptation of the Newbery-winning The One and Only Ivan; Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo, about a fearful boy’s visit to his grandmother; Where I Belong by Mary Downing Hahn, featuring a boy who escapes constant bullying by retreating into a fantasy world; and The Perfect Place by Teresa E. Harris, centering on a family trying to come together again after their father has left.
Karadi Tales adjusts its crown for The Monkey King by Shobha Viswanath, illus. by Uma Krishnaswamy, a folktale about the battle over mangoes, the treasure of the monkey kingdom; The Blue Jackal by Shobha Viswanath, illus. by Dileep Joshi, a folktale in which a jackal wakes up with blue fur and takes advantage of the situation; and The Intergalactic Idol by Samit Basu, illus. by Malavika P.C., an outer-space adventure.
KTeen Books hungers for brains with Zomburbia by Adam J. Gallardio, launching the Zombie Apocalypse series about a girl determined to get to the suburbs before the zombies get her; Before You by Amber Hart, a love story about a girl with a seemingly perfect life; Beau, Lee, The Bomb, and Me by Mary McKinley, which features a group of teens facing timely issues; and Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer, the final volume in the Elemental series.
KTeen Dafina is swept into fall with Caught Up by Amir Abrams, centered on a good girl gone bad who is trying to turn things around; Put Your Diamonds Up by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams, new to the Hollywood High series; Love & Haters by Calvin Slater, launching the urban YA Coleman High series about a 15-year-old student trying to resist temptation; and Boy Trouble by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, new to the Rumor Central series.
Leapfrog is on the brink with Edge of Nowhere, featuring a teen and his dog who fall overboard from a commercial fishing ship and must survive for months as castaways.
Carolrhoda checks its list twice with Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka, illus. by Chuck Groenink, a collection of 25 haiku poems that offer a peek at Santa’s December preparations; Bug on a Bike by Chris Monroe, in which a bug leads a trail of animal follows on a ride through busy-world illustrations; The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, the story of the National Memorial African Bookstore founded in Harlem by Lewis Michaux; Fat & Bones (And Other Stories) by Larissa Theule, illus. by Adam Doyle, a darkly comedic collection of slightly supernatural tales, and Ghost Walls: The Story of a 17th Century Colonial Homestead by Sally M. Walker, which blends archaeology and American history to tell the story of a Maryland home.
Carolrhoda Lab takes wing with Lark Ascending by Meagan Spooner, the final volume of the Skylark trilogy; Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey, featuring a teen coming to grips with the childhood stories that made him famous and haunt his dreams; Knockout Games by G. Neri, in which the new girl in town gets caught up a violent local pastime; and Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian, following a high school senior whose solution to the lonely, useless future he fears is to join the military.
Darby Creek takes the field with Out of the Tunnel by Patrick Jones, kicking off the football-centric Red Zone series; Jack and the Wild Life by Lisa Doan, illus. by Ivica Stevanovic, new to the Berenson Schemes series, in which Jack gets caught in his parents’ get-rich-quick plans; Better Than Picture Perfect by Stephanie Perry Moore, launching the Sharp Sisters series about the daughters of an African-American mayoral candidate in Atlanta; All You Are by Elizabeth Karre, featuring urban teens with superpowers; and Barrier, new to the Alternative series starring characters struggling with mental and emotional health issues.
Graphic Universe tests for a new belt with The Championship! and Wild Animals!, which join the Tao, the Little Samurai series focused on martial arts; I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached, spotlighting memories of life after war and the refugee experience; BirdCatDog by Lee Nordling, illus. by Meritxell Bosch, launching the Three-Story Books series of wordless comics; and The Carnival by Brigitte Luciani, the latest in the Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox series.
Millbrook knows who it’s gonna call for Ghostly Evidence: Exploring the Paranormal by Kelly Milner Halls, which details what ghosts are, where they are found, and who hunts them; and Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks by Mia Posada, a fact-filled guessing game; and A Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare: More About Homonyms and Homophones by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Martin Goneau, an addition to the CATegorical series.
Little, Brown pulls on its pajamas for Bedtime in the Nut House by Eric Litwin, illus. by Scott Magoon, launching a picture book series about Mama Nut, rambunctious Hazel and Wally, and the whole Nut family; Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch, the debut volume in a new series set at a summer camp for wayward youth on a volcanic island; The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi, a contemporary thriller about a girl who begins investigating disturbing claims that an activist makes about her father’s business; and House of Robots: My Brother the Robot by James Patterson, which begins an illustrated humor series starring a boy whose home is full of working robots.
LITTLE, BROWN/LB KIDS
LB Kids makes a splash with Underwater Doggies Colors by Seth Casteel, a concept board book based on the author’s photos and books of dogs underwater; I Love You Snugglesaurus, a board book with lift-the-flaps inside; and My Little Pony: Tricks and Treats, featuring a celebration of a Halloween-like holiday in Ponyville.
From Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads, illus. by Lane Smith (Macmillan/Roaring Brook)
Poppy is at the top of the pyramid with Varsity’s Ultimate Guide to Cheerleading by the editors of Varsity and Rebecca Webber, a full-color handbook that include how-to’s, real-life stories, and advice; Penny Chic: A Guide to Looking Great on a Real Girl’s Budget by Shauna Miller, a budget-conscious style book from the creator of PennyChic.com; Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle, about a girl plucked from obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series; and Wildlife by Fiona Wood, about two girls who meet during a semester in the wilderness and help each other learn about first love, true friendship, and surviving high school.
Flux spells it out with Words and Their Meanings by Kate Bassett, in which Anna discovers mysteries of her family as she grieves her favorite uncle’s death; Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah, about a girl who must face up to secrets when she returns to her hometown to look for her sister who’s gone missing; Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell, a tale set in New Orleans, featuring a girl whose dreams serve as a portal to the past; and Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie, which follows a trio of teens who, after their car breaks down, stumble into the creepy town Purity Springs, ruled by a charismatic leader.
MACMILLAN/FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX
FSG cuts a rug with Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer, starring a cat who secretly loves dancing; Little Humans by Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the slice-of-life blog and book The Humans of New York; The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos, the fifth and final book in the series about the hyperactive everyboy’s exploits; Starry Night by Isabel Gillies, which explores the highs and lows of first love; and Spirit’s Key by Edith Cohn, featuring a 12-year-old psychic who teams with the ghost of her dog to solve a mystery.
Margaret Ferguson Books gets cozy with Tuck-in Time by Carol Gerber, illus. by Tracey Campbell Pearson, a playful bedtime story; And Two Boys Booed by Judith Viorst, illus. by Sophie Blackall, in which a boy must overcome his nervousness on the day of the talent show; Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt, the story of a brave bighorn sheep who leads his herd out of danger; and Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton, featuring an injured daredevil who must choose between the boy who wants to keep her safe, and the one who wants her to be her old self.
Frances Foster Books is seeing double with The Twins’ Little Sister by Hyewon Yum, in which twin girls who are used to having two of everything must learn to share their mother when their baby sister arrives.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Feiwel and Friends holds the anchovies for Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom by Dan Yaccarino, a novel in which a huge pizza chain tries to wipe out Luno’s intergalactic family pizza business; Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, first in a trilogy envisioning a different version of Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by women called Crucibles; and Mortal Beauty by Ann Aguirre, which begins a trilogy featuring a girl who makes a deadly deal with a secret society of immortals.
Henry Holt ignites the season with Firebug by Lish McBride, featuring a girl whose ability to start fires with her mind gets her in trouble with the local magical mafia; The Book of Three, 50th Anniversary Edition by Lloyd Alexander, with a new introduction by Shannon Hale; Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato, starring a polka-dotted elephant who lives in the city; The First Book of Dreams by Kerstin Gier, trans. by Anthea Bell, a romantic thriller launching the Silver Trilogy; and Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli, illus. by Tim Zeltner, about a pumpkin seed who can’t wait to grow up and be scary.
Christy Ottaviano Books hops on the tour bus for Rock and Roll Highway by Sebastian Robertson, illus. by Adam Gustavson, a profile of guitar legend Robbie Robertson; Island of Excess Love by Francesca Lia Block, a companion to Love in the Time of Global Warming that follows Pen as she searches for love among the ruins, using Virgil’s Aeneid as her guide; Katfish by Obert Skye, an entry to the Creature from My Closet series featuring a mash-up of Katniss Everdeen and the Little Mermaid; Pinocchio by Kate McMullan, illus. by Pascal LeMaitre, a retelling that kicks off the Cartoon Classics graphic chapter book series; and Ten Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti, starring a boy and his superhero action figure.
Priddy Books sails into fall with Fairytale Love Boat, a shaped board book featuring a sound chip, First 100 Animals Lift-the-Flap, a vocabulary book featuring photos and flaps, and Little Bag Books: Tool Box, a carry-along board book with die-cut cardboard tools, all by Roger Priddy; and Rudolph Lift-the-Flap Tab, a tie-in to the holiday TV staple.
Roaring Brook flashes its badge for Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea, illus. by Lane Smith, about a seven-year-old sheriff who puts a toad-ridden town to rights; The Graham Cracker Plot by Shelley Tougas, the story of a girl who tries to break her father out of prison using a miniature horse, a getaway truck, and a penny from 1919; Sleep No More by Caragh M. O’Brien, the first in a trilogy focused on an elite school where students are contestants on a high-stakes reality show; Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw, a memoir about living with spinal muscular atrophy; and Bed for Kitty by Yasmine Surovec, about Kitty’s search for the perfect place to sleep.
Neal Porter Books stands tall with Sequoia by Tony Johnston, illus. by Wendell Minor, an ode to one of the world’s largest living things; Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead, in which Sebastian takes flight in a balloon made of grandma’s quilts; Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales, illus. by Morales, photos by Tim O’Meara, a picture-book meditation on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo; The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Hadley Hooper, the story of how a boy from a dreary town became a world-famous artist, and The World According to Musk Ox by Erin Cabatigan, illus. by Matthew Myers, featuring a rambunctious tour of all seven continents.
Square Fish leads the way with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story: Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition by Thea Feldman, illus. by Erwin Madrid, an adaptation of the Christmas TV special; and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys by Brendan Deneen, illus. by George Kambadais, a graphic novel.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS
National Geographic Kids fires up the oven for National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure by Barton Seaver, a collection of healthy recipes; Try This!: 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You by Karen Ramano Young, a book of experiments ; Ultimate Bodypedia: An Amazing Inside-Out Tour of the Human Body by Patricia Daniels, a guide to how the body works and how to take care of it; National Geographic Collection of Animal Stories: Heartwarming True Tales from the Animal Kingdom by Jane Yolen, illus. by Jui Ishida; and How to Speak Cat by Gary Weitzman, a decoder to understanding feline creatures.
NorthSouth takes a deep breath for for Courage, Courage! by Lorenz Pauli, illus. by Kathrin Scharer, which follows the brave exploits of a mouse, a frog, a snail, and a sparrow; There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Rashin, an illustrated version of the familiar song’s lyrics; The Adventures of Findus and Pettson: Findus Disappears! by Sven Nordqvist, part of a Swedish series about a cat and a kindly, forgetful farmer; Happiness Is… by Marcus Pfister, which celebrates the simple joys of the seasons; and Lily, the Little Elf Princess by Stefanie Dahle, in which the title character seeks the right spell to coax the water lilies on Lake Magic to open their blossoms.
Orca goes undercover with Dirk Daring, Secret Agent by Helaine Becker, featuring a fifth-grade spy; The Seven Sequels by Eric Walters, John Wilson, Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Norah McClintock, Sigmund Brouwer, and Shane Peacock, a follow up to the Seven series; Unnatural Selections by Wallace Edwards, a picture book featuring fantastical hybrid animals; About That Night by Norah McClintock; and Lots of Kisses by Lorna Crozier, a photo-illustrated book of verse.
OwlKids comes out of its shell with Hatch, Little Egg by Édouard Manceau, about a crowd gathering to watch an egg hatch; Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas, in which six young ninjas turn Dojo Daycare upside down; The Flat Rabbit by Bardur Oskarsson, depicting how a dog and a rat contemplate helping the rabbit lying flat on the road; The Story Starts Here! by Caroline Merola, starring a bossy young wolf; and Tastes Like Music: 17 Quirks of the Brain and Body by Maria Birmingham, illus. by Monika Melnychuk, which explains supertasting and superior autobiographical memory.
Pajama Press salutes Bear on the Homefront by Stephanie Innes and Harry Endrulat, illus. by Brian Deines, the true story of a stuffed bear named Teddy who helped a nurse named Aileen Rogers comfort children escaping the WWII London blitz; Peach Girl by Raymond Nakamura, illus. by Rebecca Bender, a folktale twist featuring a girl born from a peach who sets out to make the world better; When Emily Carr Met Woo by Monica Kulling, illus. by Dean Griffiths, a nonfiction picture book about the relationship between painter Emily Carr and her monkey, Woo; and Revenge on the Fly by Sylvia McNicoll, a historical novel about an immigrant boy who joins his city’s fly-killing competition in the early 1900s.
Peachtree waxes up its skis for Claude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith, chronicling Claude the dog’s ski trip; Lilliput by Sam Gayton, featuring a three-inch-tall girl held captive in a city of giants; Reverse Play by Fred Bowen, in which Jesse steps in for the injured quarterback; Pig and Small by Alex Latimer, about Pig and Bug’s main obstacle to being friends; and Can I Come Too? by Brian Patten, illus. by Nicola Bayley, in which Mouse meets many friends on her search for the biggest creature in the world.
Dial gives chase with Catch That Cookie! by Hallie Durand, illus. by David Small, a riddle-filled gingerbread man hunt; I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, a contemporary YA novel about fraternal twins navigating first love and loss; The Life of Zarf by Rob Harrell, first in a graphic hybrid series about a troll negotiating middle school in a modern Shrek-like world; Ladybug Girl and the Halloween Dilemma by David Soman and Jacky Davis, in which the title character ponders her costume; and Skippyjon Jones Snow What by Judy Schachner, featuring the Siamese boy kitty in an irreverent fairytale with a wintry setting.
Dutton embraces the season with Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, concluding the romantic trilogy begun with Anna and the French Kiss; Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer, about a girl sent to a boarding school for “emotionally fragile and highly intelligent teens,” where she discovers a miraculous place where the untainted past is restored; and Dangerous Deception by Peg Kehret, in which Emmy finds herself in a criminal operation and in the hands of a dangerous man.
PENGUIN/GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap sneaks into the stacks with Haunted Library #1 by Dori Hillestad Butler, illus. by Aurore Damant, launching a chapter book series about a girl who lives above the library and her friend, a ghost boy; Phoebe G. Green #1 by Veera Hiranandani, illus. by Bay Alexandersen, in which Phoebe’s class welcomes a new French student; The Night Before Hanukkah by Natasha Wing, illus. by Amy Wummer, a celebration of holiday traditions; G&D Vintage: The Noisy Clock Shop by Jean Horton Berg, illus. by Art Seiden, first in a new line of books originally published in the 1940s and ’50s; and Octonauts Creature Report, a tie-in to the Disney Jr. animated TV series.
Nancy Paulsen Books unfurls its sleeping bag for Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi, featuring a bunny who wants to share winter with her best friend, Bear; Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, a collection of poems containing the author’s memories of childhood during the Civil Rights Movement; Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols, in which nature-loving sisters smooth over a rough patch in their relationship; Jack by Tomie dePaola, the tale of a boy’s quest to find a new home, featuring animal friends and nursery rhyme characters; and Ten Thank-You Letters by Daniel Kirk, a friendship story about showing gratitude.
From The Farmer and the Clown, illus. by Marla Frazee (S&S/Beach Lane)
Philomel makes its draft picks for Fantasy League by Mike Lupica, about a 12-year-old fantasy football prodigy’s rise to celebrity; Schizo by Nic Sheff, a psychological thriller about one teen’s descent into mental illness; Once Upon the Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers, a collection of stories and characters that illuminate the ABCs; Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long, a friendship story starring the popular tractor; and The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi, a debut novel set in contemporary Afghanistan and featuring a romance between teens of very different backgrounds.
PENGUIN/PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan grabs its gear for Monster Hunters Unlimited #1: The Undead and Water Beasts by John Gatehouse and Dave Windett, kicking off a series of tongue-in-cheek handbooks for hunting monsters; AdventureTime: A Christmas-Tastic Carol by Max Brailler, illus. by Emily Warren, a tie-in to the Cartoon Network series; Chinese New Year Activity Book by Karl Jones, illus. by Steve Simpson, featuring history, traditions and crafts; and Literally Disturbed #3: Romantically Disturbed by Ben H. Winters, illus. by Adam F. Watkins, third in the series of scary poetry books.
Puffin has a golden ticket for Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory by Lucy Mangan, a nonfiction book that explores the appeal of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, published 50 years ago; Oh, Rats: The Story of Rats and People by Albert Marrin, illus. by C.B. Bordan, a blend of science, history, culture, and folklore; and Merry Christmas Annie, a chapter book adaptation of the little orphan’s story.
Putnam jetés into fall with Firebird by Misty Copeland, illus. by Christopher Myers, the story of a budding ballet star; The Animals’ Santa by Jan Brett, a tale of rabbit’s first Christmas; Stolen, Heart of Dread, Book Two by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston, a sequel to the fantasy-adventure Frozen; Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson, a middle-grade debut set in a Grimm’s fairy tale world featuring a fairy drill sergeant; and The Young Elites by Marie Lu, launching a new fantasy series set in a Renaissance-like world.
Razorbill sees stars with Zodiac by Romina Russell, beginning a high-fantasy series that reimagines the astrological signs as 12 solar systems within a fictional galaxy; The 8th Continent by Matt London, in which a brother and sister must convert the Great Pacific Garbage Patch into a utopic eighth continent where their family can start anew; Gobbled by Ghorks by Robert Paul Weston, about the efforts to save all creaturedom from hungry Ghorks; Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes, the third title in the Falling Kingdoms fantasy series; and The Merciless by Danielle Vega, the story of an exorcism that spirals out of control.
Viking gives a hoot with Little Owl’s Day by Divya Srinivasan, in which Little Owl awakens while the sun is still up and gets a new view of the forest; Dove Arising by Karen Bao, a YA novel set in a lunar colony; Althea and Oliver by Cristina Moracho, which finds Althea starting to feel a romantic attachment to her lifelong friend Oliver; Sparkers by Eleanor Glewwe, the tale of two children racing to find the cure to a mysterious disease in a society ruled by magicians; and Unfriended by Rachel Vail, a novel exploring the role of social media in middle-school friendships.
Warne sends best wishes with Merry Christmas, Peter!, a holiday tie-in to the Nickelodeon TV program; The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson, based on the original tales by Beatrix Potter, illus. by Eleanor Taylor, in which Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny sneak into the fair; and Spot Goes Shopping by Eric Hill, about Spot’s trip to the grocery store with his mother
Pomegranate snorkels into fall with Charley Harper’s What’s in the Coral Reef?: A Nature Discovery Book by Zoe Burke, illus. by Charley Harper, an introduction to coral reef marine life,; and BirdWingFeather by Siri Schillios, featuring 12 paintings of birds that encourage readers to practice detail recognition.
Quirk visualizes the Oval Office with Kid Presidents by David Stabler, which collects true stories from the childhoods of American presidents; and Nick and Tesla’s Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith, a science-adventure sequel featuring a DIY gadget glove.
Random House swims along with The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm, a novel that finds Ellie wondering if her grandfather has finally found the secret to eternal youth; Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. by Brigette Barrager, about a unicorn who is certain that little girls exist; Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean by Jane Lynch, Lara Embry and A.E. Mikesell, illus. by Tricia Tusa, featuring the undoing of a schoolyard bully; Day Dreamers: Flights of Fancy by Emily Winfield Martin, which celebrates the dreams conjured up by the imagination; and Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss, which collects four stories that haven’t been seen in print for more than 60 years.
Crown can see forever with On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers, a futuristic YA novel featuring teens fighting oppressive corporations; Kate the Great… Except When She’s Not by Suzy Becker, a debut illustrated novel series-starter starring a flute-playing artist; Frostborn by Lou Anders, a fantasy debut featuring a half-human, half-frost giantess character; Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher by Jon Meacham, an illustrated adaptation of Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power; and The Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder, in which an elderly dragon and a 10-year-old girl team up to restore the balance of magic.
Delacorte keeps the light on for Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, first book in a comedic middle-grade series about a boy and his nightmare problem; King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman, the sequel to King Dork, which picks up in 10th grade; The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner, second in the Mortality Doctrine series; Waterfall by Lauren Kate, book two in the Teardrop series featuring a fantastical love triangle; and Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne, which kicks off a new series about a girl who relocates to a new school in Florida after her father’s death.
Doubleday counts on fall with The Twelve Days of Christmas, illus. by LeUyen Pham, a rendition of the carol; Pretty Minnie in Paris by Danielle Steel, illus. by Krisit Valiant, featuring a well-heeled Chihuahua in the City of Light; Honeyky Hanukah by Woody Guthrie, illus. by Dave Horowitz, a picture-book adaptation of Guthrie’s holiday song; and The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night by Peter Spier, a color-added new edition of Spier’s Caldecott Honor title.
Knopf is sweet on the season with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, illus. by Joseph Schindelman, a 50th-anniversary reissue of the original hardcover with artwork by the book’s first illustrator; All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, a YA novel about two teens who meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school and begin an unlikely relationship; Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen, a thriller featuring ex-governor Skink on a mission to help a boy search for his cousin who’s being held captive in the Florida wilderness; 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts by R. J. Palacio, which offers daily quotes and words of wisdom inspired by Palacio’s 2012 novel, Wonder; and Miss Brooks’ Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome) by Barbara Bottner, illus. by Michael Emberley, a celebration of storytelling.
Wendy Lamb Books peeks through the spyglass for Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan, a survival story set in Hawaii by a debut author; Hunt for Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury, a tale inspired by a true story about a teen sent from Hawaii to the Philippines to spy on the Japanese during WWII, and Nest by Esther Ehrlich, a debut novel about a family dealing with a parent’s serious disease in the 1970s.
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade makes a good guess with Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen, a middle-grade fantasy debut about a boy and a raven whose magical bond enables them to solve riddles that lead to the boy’s missing father; While You Were Napping by Jenny Offill, illus. by Barry Blitt, in which an older sister tells her little brother about all the amazing things he missed when he was taking a nap; Forget Me Not by Nancy Van Laan, illus. by Stephanie Graegin, about a girl coming to terms with her grandmother’s progressing Alzheimer’s disease; Rocket’s 100th Day of School by Tad Hills, in which the pup marks the popular milestone; and Here Is the Baby by Polly Kanevsky, illus. by Taeeun Yoo, featuring a day in a baby’s life.
RUNNING PRESS KIDS
Running Press Kids settles in with Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Egg-citing Farm Adventure by Lidia Bastianich, illus. by Renee Graef, in which Nonna Lidia and her grandchildren visit a local farm and later prepare a chicken and pasta dish; Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis, about a girl who wakes up one day to learn everyone thought she drowned three months ago; The Body of Cooper Mackay by Monica Ropal, a teen murder mystery; The Opal Crown by Jenny Lundquist, the conclusion to the fantasy-adventure begun in The Princess in the Opal Mask; and Oh My, Oh No! by Lisa Charrier, illus. by Agnes Domergue, featuring a girl’s sometimes-messy efforts to be just like Mommy.
Scarletta reaches for the highest bough with Monster Needs a Christmas Tree by Paul Czajak, illus. by Wendy Grieb, in which Monster’s holiday prep activities leave him short of time to find a tree; and You Won’t Believe It’s Allergy Free! by Nancy Tuminelly, a cookbook containing more than 40 allergy-free recipes that kids can prepare.
Blue Sky takes charge with If Kids Ran the World by Leo and Diane Dillon, the final collaboration from the husband-and-wife team; and Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm, illus. by Bang, an explanation of how fossil fuels were made and how accelerating our use of them is changing the delicate balance of our planet.
Cartwheel Books pulls into the garage with What’s in My Truck? by Linda Bleck, a lift-the-flap board book; Sweet Child of Mine by Caroline Jayne Church, a picture book about a parent’s love; Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks by Tedd Arnold, in which Fly Guy pulls out all the stops to put on a show; and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Lucille Colandro, illus. by Jared Lee, a rendition of the folk song.
Chicken House flits into fall with Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais, a debut novel about first love and innocence lost, written when the author was 18; Taken by David Massey, in which six extreme athletes (four disabled in combat) are kidnapped by a Congolese warlord; and My Friend the Enemy by Dan Smith, about a boy and girl who find a wounded German soldier in their English seaside town in 1941.
Graphix bundles up for Bird & Squirrel on Ice by James Burks, which finds Bird and Squirrel in the South Pole during a blizzard and trying to outsmart a hungry killer whale; Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, a companion to the author’s graphic memoir Smile, this time focusing on her relationship with her cranky younger sister; and Amulet #6: Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi, in which the war against the Elf King continues.
Arthur A. Levine Books needs an antacid for I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz, illus. by David Slonim, a holiday adaptation of the popular folk song; Love Is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson, a thriller featuring government conspiracy, a virus pandemic, and a dangerous crush; If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy, in which a teen receives letters containing advice from his father, who died in Afghanistan eight years earlier; Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers, about how twin girls, separated at birth, find each other on the Internet; and The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson, illus. by Axel Scheffler, celebrating the nuptials of Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay.
Scholastic Nonfiction catches a wave with Winter’s Hope: The True Story of Two Dolphin Friends by Craig Hartkoff, David Yates, Juliana Hatkoff, and Isabella Hatkoff, which tells of the rescued and tailless dolphins featured in the film Dolphin Tale; Whales & Dolphins in a Box by Gina Shaw, launching a new series that bundles a nonfiction and a fiction title as well as bonus materials; Scholastic Level 3 Reader: When I Grow Up: Sonia Sotomayor by AnnMarie Anderson, introducing a new biography series profiling inspirational figures; and Superstars of History by R.J. Grant, illus. by Basher, featuring fun facts about such figures as Archimedes, Henry Ford; and Abraham Lincoln.
Orchard Books takes the top bunk for The Night Parade by Lily Roscoe, illus. by David Walker, a bedtime book envisioning children’s imaginations before they fall asleep; and Noodle Magic by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illus. by Meilo So, in which Mei has to help Grandpa Tu make special noodles for the emperor’s birthday.
Scholastic Paperbacks collars the season with Shelter Pet Squad #1: Jelly Bean by Cynthia Lord, a new series starring a second grader who loves her work volunteering at the local animal shelter; I Survived Pompeii, 79 A.D. by Lauren Tarshis, in which a boy struggles to escape during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius; and Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #2: The 12 Screams of Christmas by R.L. Stine, which follows a group of kids who try to survive a creepy haunted house at Christmastime.
Point talks a good game with Famous Last Words by Katie Alendar, about a girl who fears she may be the next victim of a killer reenacting scenes from classic movies; and Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner; in which a girl famous for her online fashion videos struggles to mourn her sister out of the public eye.
Scholastic Press takes the stand for The Iron Trial (Book 1of The Magisterium) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, first in a series about a boy facing a reckoning with his own magical powers; The Cat, The Dog, Little Red, The Exploding Eggs, The Wolf, and Grandma by Diane and Christyan Fox, a twist on Little Red Riding Hood as told by Cat and Dog; My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth, illus. by Barbara McClintock, a new rendition of the folk song about a many-times recycled coat; The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis, the post-Civil War sequel to Elijah of Buxton; and Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier, the follow-up to Born Confused, in which Dimple Lala looks for love, friendship, and home.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S flips for Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell, in which a girl accustomed to life an African farm is sent to an English boarding school; Space Case by Stuart Gibbs, a murder mystery set on Moon Base Alpha in 2040; Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, a romantic thriller; and UnDivided by Neal Shusterman, the final book of the Unwind Dystology.
Aladdin goes off the grid with Rogue Knight by Brandon Mull, second in the Five Kingdoms middle-grade fantasy series; a yet-untitled Dork Diaries book by Rachel Renée Russell, in which Nikki dreams she and her friends are characters in fairy tales after a bump on the head in gym class; Island of Legends by Lisa McMann, joining the Unwanteds fantasy series; and Everblaze by Shannon Messenger, third in the Lost Cities fantasy series.
Atheneum sparks the season with Electricity by Cynthia Kadohata, about an 11-year-old boy struggling with his feelings about being adopted while his parents are adopting another baby; Hug Machine by Scott Campbell, a picture book with a cozy theme; Alexander, Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever by Judith Viorst, illus. by Isidre Mones, a companion to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Olivia’s ABC by Ian Falconer, an alphabet adventure starring the popular piglet; and Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson, the conclusion to the historical fiction trilogy begun with Chains.
Beach Lane Books snaps its elastic waistband for One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld, a sharing-and-counting picture book; Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox, illus. by Emma Quay, a picture-book lullaby featuring a comforting bedtime routine; Blue on Blue by Beth Krommes, which showcases a wild rainstorm; The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee, a wordless picture book; and Go, Shapes, Go! by Denise Fleming, a concept book starring saucy shapes and a mischievous mouse.
Little Simon polishes its armor for Dragon & Knight by Robert Sabuda, a pop-up in which the titular characters race through a book of fairytales; and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May, illus. by Antonio Javier Caparo, the original story in verse accompanied by new illustrations.
Margaret K. McElderry Books makes some noise with Rumble by Ellen Hopkins, a look at religion and atheism through the eyes of a damaged teen; Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, a concept board book starring Bear and his friends; Ambassador by William Alexander, in which Gabe becomes Earth’s ambassador to the universe; and The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare with Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan, featuring the 10 short stories about warlock Magnus Bane in a bind-up containing a new story.
Pulse waves hello to Visitors by Orson Scott Card, which concludes the Pathfinder fantasy trilogy; Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, a contemporary romantic thriller; and Compulsion by Martina Boone, kicking off the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy.
Simon Spotlight is ready to ride with How to Train Your Dragon: Book of Dragons by Maggie Testa, which gathers facts, figures, and secrets that the Vikings gleaned about dragons; The Book of Life by Cordelia Evans, a tie-in to the forthcoming Fox animated film about a boy who longs to be a musician despite his family’s expectations; Twelve Rabbids of Christmas by James Stern, a comedic parody of the holiday song; Daniel Tiger: Daniel Goes to the Potty by Maggie Testa, illus. by Jason Fruchter, which features a flushing sound; and Olivia: A Guide to Being a Friend by Natalie Shaw, starring Olivia the piglet.
Paula Wiseman Books sharpens its pencils for Draw! by Raúl Colón, a wordless picture book about a boy who draws and dreams when confined to his room; October the Octopus by Matthew Van Fleet, a novelty book featuring textures and emphasizing the months of the year; Fiona’s Lace by Patricia Polacco, the story of an Irish immigrant family that stays together with the help of Fiona’s talent for making lace; Please! Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. by Matthew Forsythe, in which monkeys ask readers to rescue them from the book by turning its pages; and Astrotwins by Mark Kelly, which follows two brothers, one good at science and one good at building things, as they create a spaceship in their father’s auto shop.
SIMPLY READ BOOKS
Simply Read takes the faceoff with My Granny Loves Hockey by Lori Weber, illus. by Eliska Liska, in which Granny fulfills a lifelong dream to take a shot on the ice; Eos and Mani by Lindsey Yankey, a picture book featuring the sun and the moon; Cardinal and the Crow by Michael Moniz, which finds the teasing Cardinal asking Crow for help; and The Yoga Game by the Sea by Kathy Beliveau, illus. by Denise Holmes, a book that challenges readers to guess the riddles that reveal yoga poses.
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS
Sleeping Bear hits the high seas with P Is for Pirate: A Pirate Alphabet by Eve Bunting, illus. by John Manders, an alphabetical examination of the history of piracy; I, Q Book 6: Alcatraz, the final episode in the series that finds Q on a race against time; Memoirs of an Elf by Devin Scillian, illus. by Tim Bowers, a chronicle of Santa’s days during the busiest time of year; Dozer’s Run by Debbie Levy and Rosana Panza, illus. by David Opie, the true story of a Goldendoodle that slipped out of his yard and joined the racers in a charity run; and Teach Me by Denise Brennan-Nelson, a rhyming, photographic look at how animal parents teach their offspring to hop, fly, run, and swim, among other skills.
SOHO PRESS/SOHO TEEN
Soho Teen charts a course with Mapmaker by Mark Bomback and Galaxy Craze, a thriller starring a teen who has an affinity for cartography and an internship at her late father’s digital mapping company; Hider, Seeker, Secret Keeper by Elizabeth Kiem, featuring a U.S. tour of Bolshoi ballerinas, one of them accused of brutally attacking a rival; I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil, a debut novel set in the 1960s Brill Building songwriting scene; The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller, a mystery in which an aspiring docu-journalist going through a difficult time helps search for a missing girl; and Boundary by Heather Terrell, second in the dystopian series The Books of Eva.
Fire aims its telescope for Night Sky by Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann, in which teens work to reveal a sinister threat and rescue a kidnapped child; The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco, featuring a boy from the U.S. seeking protection from a vengeful Japanese ghost; Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn, the story of a girl who gets caught up in the recent revolution in Egypt while visiting her grandmother in Cairo; Damaged by C.J. Lyons, about a teen being threatened by a hacker; and One Name a Week by Natalie D. Richards, in which a girl finds a notebook full of mutilated photographs and a list of fellow students’ sins.
Jabberwocky signs off with Always, Abigail by Nancy J. Cavanaugh, a novel about a sixth grader told via letters and lists; Somebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous by J.B. Cheaney, which weaves together the narratives of the nine kids on Mrs. B’s school bus; Danny’s Doodles: The Donut Dilemma by David A. Adler, the second volume in a chapter book mystery series; The Magician’s Fire by Simon Nicholson, spotlighting the exploits of young Harry Houdini and his buddies; and Hello, Airplane! by Bill Cotter, an introduction to these flying vehicles.
ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN
Griffin spins the bottle for Party Games by R.L. Stine, a terror novel that marks the author’s return to his Fear Street series; Feuds by Avery Hastings, in which a boy and girl must join forces to stop a deadly virus in an America divided into genetically superior and inferior groups; Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman, about a girl from New Jersey who finds herself in the spotlight after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Sway by Kat Spears, a YA Cyrano de Bergerac tale with a modern twist; and My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins, a collection of 12 holiday stories by 12 YA authors.
Sterling brings its rubber ducky for Time for a Bath by Phillis Gershator, illus. by David Walker, a messy bunny’s romp through the seasons of the year; Calvin, Look Out! by Jennifer Berne, illus. by Keith Bendis, starring avian bookworm Calvin, who needs glasses; Monster Party! by Annie Bach, a celebration with jiving, munching, and crunching; I Love You Near and Far by Marjorie Blain Parker, illus. by Henry Parker; and Dinosaur Farm by Frann Preston-Gannon, chronicling a typical day of chores on a dinosaur farm.
Sylvan Dell digs into fall with Dino Treasures by Rhonda Lucas Donald, illus. by Cathy Morrison, which reveals facts about these extinct creatures; Animal Partners by Scotti Cohn, illus. by Shennen Bersani, a whimsical look at symbiotic relationships; The Ghost of Donley Farm by Jamie Gardener Johnson, illus. by Laurie Allen Klein, about a red-tailed hawk determined to find the ghost she’s heard so much about; and Little Gray’s Migration by Marta Lindsey, illus. by Andrea Gabriel, in which Little Gray learns the importance of migrating with Mama from his lagoon to the food-filled sea.
Starscape joins the club with The League of Seven by Alan Gratz, launching an action-fantasy middle-grade series set in an alternate 1875 America; Tut: The True Story of My Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover, which imagines King Tut as an immortal eighth-grader living in Washington, D.C.; Tree of Water by Elizabeth Haydon, fourth in the Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme fantasy series; and The Black Stars by Dan Krokos, new to the middle-grade sci-fi series begun with The Planet Thieves.
Tor Teen puts its thumb out for The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp, a fairy tale-inflected YA debut; Aristeia by Kendare Blake, the second book in the Antigoddess series featuring Greek gods and goddesses fighting in contemporary times; and Revolution by Jenna Black, the conclusion of the sci-fi romance series that kicked off with Replica.
Walker battens down the hatches for Storm by Salina Yoon, in which Bear is comforted by his mother during a thunderstorm; The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman, about a family’s efforts to heal years after one of their children was abducted from their home; Mind Over Magic by Sarah Beth Durst, featuring a teen with telekinetic powers; Whisper of the Dead bv Alyxandra Harvey, second in the Lovegrove Legacy fantasy series; and Dragon’s Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori, about a dragon who adopts an abandoned egg.
Zest has its ear to the ground for The Next Big Thing: Boom-or-Bust Moments That Shaped the Modern World by Richard Faulk, a compendium of key inventions throughout history; Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince, the artist’s account of her early years when she grappled with identity issues; and Lulu to the Rescue: True Stories of Daring Dogs, Paramedic Parrots, and Other Animal Heroes by Jeff Campbell, illus. by Ramsey Beyer, which contains more than 50 real-life stories.
Blink faces fall with Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, the sequel to Doon, in which Kenna realizes she made a huge mistake leaving Doon – and Duncan – behind.