Abrams practices its smile for Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen, illus. by Dan Stantat, in which the elementary school ritual is turned on its head; Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illus. by David Roberts, a career-inspiring companion to Iggy Peck, Architect; The Fort That Jack Built by Boni Ashburn, illus. by Bret Helquist, a playful spin on the nursery rhyme; Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home by Daniel Kirk, which focuses on building renovation and what makes a home; and Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya Bolden, the true rags-to-riches tale of a girl whose government-bequeathed land in Oklahoma held valuable oil.
Amulet lines up the sextant for Explorers 2: The Lost Islands, an anthology of comics-style short stories; Origami Yoda: Book 4 (working title) by Tom Angleberger, more adventures of middle school friends fond of Star Wars-inspired origami fortune tellers; The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson, a final, posthumously published novel about a family of yetis; The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle, a study of first love’s trials and tribulations; and Unhinged by AG Howard, sequel to the Alice in Wonderland-inspired YA fantasy Splintered.
Appleseed organizes things to the letter with Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli, an ABC book with pages shaped like each letter; Santiago Stays by Angela Dominguez, starring a French bulldog and a boy; I Know a Lot! By Stephen Krensky, illus. by Sara Gillingham, a tribute to toddler empowerment; and I Can See Just Fine by Eric Barclay, about a girl’s need for glasses.
ANDERSEN PRESS USA
Andersen Press USA holds steady with Don’t Spill the Milk by Stephen Davies, illus. by Christopher Corr, in which Penda lovingly carries a bowl of milk up and down a steep mountain to her father in the grasslands; Can I Come Too? by Brian Patten, illus. by Nicola Bayley, about the animals a small mouse meets on its big adventure; Drat That Cat by Tony Ross, featuring Suzy, a feline who seems to always be on the outs with her family; Elmer and the Snake by David McKee, in which Snake lets Elmer know of the joke the other elephants play on him; and I Want a Sister! by Tony Ross, which finds the Little Princess initially upset – but then pleased – about the arrival of a new sibling.
Andrews McMeel serves up Desmond Pucket: Gourmet of Gore by Mark Tatulli, about a monster-obsessed 11-year-old prankster trying to make it through sixth grade without getting into trouble.
Bloomsbury aims the telescope for Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney, a star-crossed love story involving the beautiful muse trapped in a Renoir painting; the as-yet-untitled sequel to Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, in which Celaena is the King’s Champion and official assassin, but not loyal to the crown; Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange, a tale of the unlikely friendship between a high school bully and a man with Downs syndrome; A Question of Magic by E.D. Baker, which reimagines the Baba Yaga fairy tale, and Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry by Jennifer Mann, first in a new series starring Masha and her younger sister, Sunny.
BOYDS MILLS PRESS
Boyds Mills wracks its brain with Fox Forgets by Suzanne Bloom, in which Fox forgets to deliver an important message; Celie & Jo by Julie Sternberg, about nine-year-old Celie’s ups and downs with friends and her sister; Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green, first in a chapter book series about second grader Lola Zuckerman who’s always Z-for-Zuckerman last; Dear Santasaurus by Stacy McAnulty, illus. by Jef Kaminsky, a collection of 17 letters that Ernest hopes will land him on the Nice list; and Anubis Speaks!: A Guide to the Afterlife by the Egyptian God of the Dead by Vicky Alvear Shecter, illus. by Antoine Revoy, an exploration of mummification, burial rites, and monsters of the underworld.
BOYDS MILLS PRESS/CALKINS CREEK
Calkins Creek eases the line in The Kite That Bridged Two Nations by Alexis O’Neill, illus. by Terry Widener, about the 1848 contest to see whose kite string could span Niagara Falls and link the U.S. and Canada; Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barbara Rosenstock, illus. by John O’Brien, a tribute to the Founding Father’s love for books, and his collection, which forms the core of the Library of Congress; and The Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure by David Meissner and Kim Richardson, the adventures of two men’s search for fortune in the 19th-century gold fields in Dawson, Canada.
BOYDS MILLS PRESS/WORDSONG
WordSong flies in to fall with Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes, a novel in verse about a girl who turns her daydreaming into a strength.
Candlewick climbs aboard for How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton, illus. by John Rocco, which provides information on finding, keeping, and training a pet train; Journey by Aaron Becker, a wordless picture book about an unexpected friendship; The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal, a YA debut featuring a young seamstress and a royal nursemaid at the center of an epic power struggle; More Than This by Patrick Ness, a YA novel; and Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by K.G. Campbell, a genre-bending novel from the Newbery Medalist featuring black-and-white illustrations.
CANDLEWICK/BIG PICTURE PRESS
Big Picture Press launches its list with Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, a book of illustrated maps; Welcome to Mamoko by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, highlighting the adventures of a quirky cast of characters in the imaginary town of Mamoko; Nina’s Book of Little Things by Keith Haring, a new edition of a picture book by the late artist; The Goods: Vol. 1 by McSweeney’s, a literary anthology of games, puzzles, comics and other diversions from popular children’s illustrators; and Walk This World by Jenny Broom, illus. by Lotta Nieminen, which features a trip to a new country with every turn of the page.
Nosy Crow bundles up for Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day by Axel Scheffler, in which best friends try to decide what they’ll build in the snow; Dinosaur Rescue by Penny Dale, featuring emergency dispatches for fire engines, police cars, ambulances—and dinosaurs; Playbook Pirates by Corina Fletcher, illus. by Britta Teckentrup, a novelty book-and-play-mat title; Whizz! Pop! Granny, Stop! by Tracey Corderoy, illus. by Joe Berger, about a girl who wants to have her birthday the “normal” way—with no magic help from Granny; and Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy, illus. by Steve Lenton, in which two burglars decide on a positive career change.
Templar puts one foot in front of the other with Where My Wellies Take Me by Michael and Clare Morpurgo, illus. by Olivia Lomenech Gill, a collection of poetry, artwork and other treasures inspired by a girl’s adventures on a walk in the country; There, There by Sam McBratney, illus. by Ivan Bates, about the soothing comfort a hug can bring; Mesmerizing Math by Jonathan Litton, illus. by Thomas Flintham, a concept title with interactive flaps and tabs; Laika by Owen Davey, the story of the first astronaut dog and Olive and the Very Bad Mood by Tor Freeman, which shows how contagious a bad mood can be – and how to fix it.
TOON Books turns around with Otto’s Backwards Day by Frank Cammuso, illus. by Jay Lynch, in which Otto must solve a series of backwards puzzles to get his birthday presents back from a crook; The Big Wet Balloon by Ricardo Liniers, about siblings who learn to make the best of a rainy day; and Patrick Eats His Peas and Other Stories by Geoffrey Hayes, which continues the adventures of the titular teddy bear.
CAPSTONE YOUNG READERS
Capstone Young Readers heads to the Batcave with Batman Is Brave! by Donald Lemke, illus. by Ethan Beavers, which launches a series of board books starring DC Comics superheroes; The Big Hairy Secret by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, illus. by Stephen Gilpin, in which Furry and Flo find their apartment building flooded with monsters who need to be returned to their own world; Hit the Road Helen! by Kate McMullan, an entry in the re-launched Myth-O-Mania series featuring Hades’s version of famous Greek myths; Here I Am by Patti Kim, illus. by Sonia Sanchez, about a newly arrived immigrant boy trying to adjust to a busy U.S. city; and Falling Hard by Megan Sparks, a romance for tweens and teens with a roller derby setting.
Charlesbridge does time with Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi, a debut novel inspired by the true account of a 10-year-old boy imprisoned in 1885 after shooting a man who threatened his father; Yes! We Are Latinos! by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, illus. by David Diaz, which chronicles the Latino experience in the U.S. via profiles of 12 Latino and Latina young people; Volcano Rising by Elizabeth Rusch, illus. by Susan Swan, a detailed look at the science of volcanoes, including examples of famous ones from around the world; Alphabet Trucks by Samantha Vamos, illus. by Ryan O’Rourke, an alphabet concept book in which a different truck represents each letter; and Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween by David Biedrzycki, about a boy’s search for the perfect costume to help his dragon overcome Halloween jitters.
Peter Yarrow Books thumpety thump thumps for Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, illus. by Wade Zahares, a hardcover picture book packaged with a CD recording by Kenny Loggins of the holiday song.
Chronicle looks for clues with Ivy and Bean Take the Case by Annie Barrows, illus. by Sophie Blackall, the 10th book featuring the antics of two best friends; Little Red Writing by Joan Holub, illus. by Melissa Sweet, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood starring a brave red pencil who faces a ravenous pencil sharpener – the Wolf 3000; Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Dan Santat, in which Lion, Great White Shark, and Timber Wolf start a club to try and make friends with herbivores; The Templeton Twins Make a Scene by Ellis Weiner, illus. by Jeremy Holmes, in which twins Abigail and John move with their father – Professor Templeton – to a school for performing arts; and Stoker and Holmes: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason, the debut volume in a new vampire-hunting, mystery-solving YA series with protagonists Evaline (half-sister-of-Bram) Stoker and Mina (niece-of-Sherlock) Holmes.
Disney-Hyperion digs deep for The Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, in which the demigods must seal the Doors of Death and help Percy and Annabeth escape the Underworld; Lockwood & Co. Book 1: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, first in a new series of supernatural thrillers about the teen members of a Psychic Detection Agency; The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, new to the Heir Chronicles fantasy series; Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, a sequel to The Darkest Minds, which finds Ruby joining forces with an underground organization to seek justice for teens like her; and Gallagher Girls 6 by Ally Carter, the final book in the bestselling series about teenage spies.
Marvel Press hammers out Thor: An Origin Story by Rich Thomas Jr., illus. by Val Semeiks, in which the god of thunder learns humility; Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane by Thomas Macri, about Peter Parker’s (aka Spider-Man’s) crush on the cutest girl at Midtown High; Hulk Meets She-Hulk by Rich Thomas Jr., starring Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters, who has similar powers as the green guy; and 5-Minute Spider-Man Stories, a collection of short, action-filled tales.
Disney Press dons a sparkly apron for Disney Princess Cookbook by Cynthia Littlefield, a collection of recipes with step-by-step instructions and advice from the princesses; The Beast Within by Serena Valentino, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast from the perspective of the cursed prince; Holiday in Enchancia by Catherine Hapka, in which Sofia leads an expedition to find King Roland, who can’t get home for the holidays because of a snowstorm; It’s Jingle Belle, Doc! by Sheila Sweeny Higginson, in which Doc McStuffins discovers her favorite doll while unpacking holiday decorations; and Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Platypus by Scott Peterson, illus. by Alan Batson, a Phineas and Ferb-inspired twist on ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.
DK builds a fall list with LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle, a photographic history of the toy people from the first spacemen of 1978, packaged with three minifigures; LEGO Play Book, a collection of ideas to inspire LEGO builders of all skill levels; DK Knowledge Encyclopedia, which uses 3D images and high-tech design to illustrate the wonders of our world; History Year by Year, an illustrated timeline that connects historical events from across the world; and It Can’t Be True, an illustrated book of incredible facts.
Down East tidies up for The Christmas Visitors by Karel Hayes, in which the bears prepare to celebrate Christmas at a lake cottage – until the human owners show up as well.
DOWN EAST/SHOOTING SPORTSMAN BOOKS
Shooting Sportsman Books takes aim with The Gun Book for Girls by Silvio Calabi, Roger Sanger, and Steve Helsley, which uses example and anecdote to emphasize gun safety and proper usage and provide advice about gun maintenance.
Eerdmans takes a dip in A Pond Full of Ink by Annie Schmidt, illus. by Sieb Posthuma, an illustrated poetry collection; Little Naomi, Little Chick by Avirama Golan, illus. by Raaya Karas, which parallels the daily activities and adventures of a girl, and a chick in the barnyard; Ready and Waiting for You by Judi Moreillon, illus. by Catherine Stock, a lift-the-flap book about all the friendly people waiting at school to greet new students on their first day; Friends of Liberty by Beatrice Gormley, about two girls torn between their friendship and their families’ different loyalties in 1773 Boston; and The Colors of the Ghetto by Aline Sax, illus. by Caryl Strzelecki, a novel chronicling Misha’s efforts to help everyone in the Warsaw ghetto during WWII survive.
Egmont has a heart-to-heart with What I Came to Tell You by Tommy Hays, a middle-grade novel about grief, love, and redemption; Monster by Ilsa J. Bick, the conclusion of the apocalyptic Ashes trilogy; BZRK II by Michael Grant, sequel to the YA dystopian action-adventure BZRK; and Guinea Dog 2, featuring more antics from Rufus and his pet guinea pig that acts like a dog.
Enchanted Lion says ‘oui’ to fall with Emma in Paris by Claire Frossard, photos by Christophe Urbain, in which Emma the sparrow sees the sights while searching for her cousin; Romance by Blexbolex, a wordless story which unfolds in seven different sequences of images; The Hole by Øyvind Torseter, a graphic-novel-style title about a man who tries to find an explanation for the hole he discovers in his apartment; and Little Boy Brown by Isobel Harris, illus. by André François, a new edition of this picture book about a boy’s day in the country with his nanny.
Flashlight Press sticks to its list with Too Much Glue by Jason LeFebvre, illus. by Zac Retz, in which young Matty overdoes it in art class, covering himself with glue.
F+W MEDIA/MERIT PRESS
Merit Press is on the lam with Escaping Eden by Elisa Nader, about a girl who is at the mercy of her parents’ violent religious cult until a boy from the big city comes along with dreams of breaking away.
HarperCollins keeps on swimming with Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale, illus. by Guy Francis, featuring a shark whose big personality and enthusiasm is a bit too much for his friends at school; Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook by Victoria Kann, which includes recipes inspired by the Pinkalicious picture books; One Direction (untitled #2) by One Direction, more exploits of the boy band; Warriors: The Ultimate Guide by Erin Hunter, a companion book to the series about cat and Clans; and The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson, first in a trilogy featuring pirate wannabe Hilary, who joins a crew of misfit scallywags on a quest for magical treasure.
Amistad memorizes an alias for Fake ID by Lamar Giles, a debut YA novel featuring a boy in the Witness Protection Program who tries to solve the murder of a friend while staying undercover; My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III and AG Ford, a remembrance of the Civil Rights leader through the eyes of his eldest son; and He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander, about two very different teenagers who end up leading a school-wide social protest inspired by Dr. King’s model of civil disobedience.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER + BRAY
Balzer + Bray checks its watch for 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil, in which a girl switches places with her alternate universe doppelganger for a day; If You Give… #9 by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond, featuring the return of Mouse in his first new adventure in 11 years; Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, illus. by Gris Grimly, an abridged graphic adaptation of the novel; The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, first in a debut teen trilogy about an elemental mage and a deposed prince; and How to Love by Katie Cotugno, a debut novel about one couple falling in love, twice.
Joanna Cotler Books wants to set for a spell with Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech, in which a young couple’s lives are changed when they arrive home and find a boy sleeping on their porch.
Greenwillow plants a sapling with Tree Magic by Christie Matheson, an interactive picture book about the transformation of a tree over the course of a year; The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski, a debut novel about a teen who kidnaps his newborn son from a local hospital and takes him on a road trip to Grandma’s while telling the baby Greek myths; The Whatnot by Stefan Bachmann, the sequel to The Peculiar, set in the alternative Victorian England of the first book as well as the dark and wild Old Country; The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson, conclusion to the Girl of Fire and Thorns fantasy trilogy starring sorcerer queen Elisa; and The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes, which follows a spirited second grader through the school year.
HarperFestival renews its passport for Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon by Peter Lerangis, which finds the kids on the next leg of their quest – to uncover the secrets of the Hanging Garden in the ancient city of Babylon; Walking with the Dinosaurs, a series of titles including two paperback 8x8s and a full-color encyclopedia, which tie-in to the forthcoming BBC Worldwide 3D feature film; Nancy Clancy Sees the Future by Jane O’Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, second in the Fancy Nancy chapter book series, in which Nancy thinks she might be a clairvoyant; Love Is Real by Janet Lawler, illus. by Anna Broan, a picture book celebrating love and family; and Charlie the Ranch Dog: Charlie’s Snow Day I Can Read by Ree Drummond, illus. by Diane deGroat, about the basset hound’s discovery of the joys of sledding – and the pains of trudging back up the hill.
HarperTeen grabs a flashlight for Blackout by Robison Wells, a thriller in which a virus infects teens with impossible powers; Zits: Shredded by Jerry Scot and Jim Borgman, a fully illustrated teen novel based on the syndicated comic strip about Jeremy and his slacker friends; Pretty Little Liars #14 by Sara Shepard, in which A’s true identity and deadly plan will be revealed; Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White, starring Isadora, the human daughter of Egyptian gods who longs for a normal life far away from her crazy immortal relatives; and The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney, about a girl who, after falling to her death, wakes up in a bloody laboratory with an experimental heart ticking in her chest and terrifying new strength.
HarperTeen Impulse waits by the hearth for Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge, a romantic fantasy reimagining of Cinderella.
Katherine Tegen Books sets sail with The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons: Lucy at Sea by Barbara Mariconda, which finds Lucy in her magical house-turned-ship searching for her missing aunt, and for clues about a family curse; Tulip Loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Sarah Massini, in which Tulip finds the perfect dance partner in a dog named Rex; JFK by Jonah Winter, illus. by AG Ford, a personal profile of John F. Kennedy; Gravediggers: Terror Cove by Christopher Krovatina, second in the series about three kids who have a knack for attracting the undead, this time meeting up with zombies; and Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis, a teen novel set in a near-future world where water is more precious than gold.
HARPERCOLLINS/WALDEN POND PRESS
Walden Pond Press blasts into fall with Guys Read: Other Worlds, edited by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Greg Ruth, the fourth anthology in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading, featuring 10 SF and fantasy stories from such authors as Rick Riordan, Neal Shusterman, and Rebecca Stead; and The Real Boy by Anne Ursu, a fantasy novel about Oscar, a young magician’s apprentice who must try to save his village when it’s threatened.
Holiday House feels festive about the 75th anniversary edition of The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame, illus. by Ernest Shepard, introduction by Leonard S. Marcus; The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera, featuring singing snowmen and drumming dogs; Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel, illus. by Mike Wohnoutka, a revised edition of Kimmel’s The Chanukah Guest; Turkey Tot by George Shannon, illus. by Jennifer K. Mann, about a turkey who finds a clever way to procure berries that are just out of reach; and Thumpy Feet by Betsy Lewin, which captures a cat’s movement.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT/CLARION
Clarion sends out invitations for Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, illus. by Matt Phelan, in which the only panda at the zoo hosts an animal get-together; Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner, featuring a cat who ignores all toys but one – which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by aliens; Tallulah’s Nutcracker by Marilyn Singer, illus. by Alexandra Boiger, about a budding ballerina’s starring role; The Mesmer Menace by Kersten Hamilton, book one in a middle-grade historical fantasy series spotlighting a boy inventor, President Teddy Roosevelt, robots, and a dachshund named Noodles; and Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman, an account of the California island known as “the other Ellis Island,” the entry point for one million Asian immigrants in the early 20th century.
Graphia bucks protocol with Rogue by Gina Damico, the final installment of the trilogy about a teenage Grim Reaper; and The Outside by Laura Bickle, sequel to The Hallowed Ones, in which Katie must face the dangerous, vampire-infested world when she is kicked out of her Amish community.
Harcourt pricks up its ears for Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde, follow-up to The Last Dragonslayer, featuring Jennifer and the magicians of Kazam; How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks, the debut volume in a spooky trilogy set in an alternative Victorian London; The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer, new to the series begun with Life as We Know It, about Jon’s realization that he may have to escape to survive; Hero by Alethea Kontis, a companion to Enchanted, in which tomboy Saturday finds adventure, magic, and romance; and A Most Dangerous Deception: Palace of Spies, Book One by Sarah Zettel, launching a series that mixes espionage, romance, and historical fiction.
HMH Books gets tucked in with Sweet Dreams, Curious George by H.A. Rey, in which George looks for a starry solution to his bad dreams (glow-in-the-dark stickers are included); Curious George’s 5-Minute Stories by H.A. Rey, a collection of 13 simian adventures; Curious George Learns the Alphabet 50th Anniversary Edition by H.A. and Margret Rey, packaged with flashcards and downloadable audio; Little Blue Truck Farm Sticker Fun by Alice Schertle, illus. by Jill McElmurry, a sticker activity book starring Little Blue Truck and his friends; and Family Christmas Treasury with CD by H.A. Rey and others, an anthology that includes picture books by such authors as Tomie dePaola, illustrated carols, and a holiday music CD.
Houghton Mifflin reaches into the cookie jar for Heaven Is Paved with Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, a novel for middle graders about family secrets, first love, and the magic of Rome; Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta, a sci-fi YA debut novel in which Cade is stranded on a wasteland of a planet; Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau, second in The Testing series, in which 17-year-old Cia’s memory of her initiation to higher learning has been wiped by the government; The Animal Book: The Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest – and Most Surprising Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins, an illustrated animal almanac; and What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Pamela Zagarenski, a poetry gift book that offers strength for all kinds of moments.
Sandpiper maps out the season with Celebrating Arizona: Fifty States to Celebrate and Celebrating Virginia: Fifty States to Celebrate by Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by C.B. Canga, two new level 3 Green Light Readers starring Mr. Geo who shares fun facts about the titular states.
Immedium takes its stance for Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chronicles by Oliver Chin, illus. by Charlene Chua, in which the arrival of a new student throws off Julie’s concentration as she trains to earn her next belt; I’m the Scariest Thing in the Jungle by David G. Derrick, about a meeting between a Bengal tiger and a giant crocodile; and The Year of the Horse: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac by Oliver Chin, illus. by Jennifer Wood, a tale marking 2014 and starring an adventurous filly named Hannah and her friend, a boy named Tom.
Kane Press finds the key to fall with The Case of the Locked Box by Lewis B. Montgomery, illus. by Amy Wummer, the 11th Milo & Jazz mystery, which finds Jazz accused of stealing money and Milo trying to prove Jazz’s innocence; Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Martin Luther King Day, all by Barbara deRubertis, illus. by Thomas Sperling, new to the Holidays and Heroes picture book series; and a new Mouse Math book by Eleanor May, illus. by Deborah Melmon, in which mice Albert and Wanda learn about volume, 3D shapes, and other concepts.
KTeen Books puts on its shades for Sunblind by Michael Griffo, second in the Darkborn Legacy trilogy about Dominy, who is cursed to be a werewolf; Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep, the fourth Mythos Academy paranormal romance; Star Power by Kelli London, the latest of Charly’s Epic Fiascos; True Story by Ni-Ni Simone, a YA romance joining the Ni-Ni-Girl Chronicles; and Quarantine by James Phelan, the final installment of the apocalyptic Alone trilogy.
LEE & LOW
Lee & Low gets in the groove with Hula Hoopin’ Queen by Thelma Lynne Godin, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, about a girl who discovers that an elderly neighbor shares her passion for hooping; King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan, illus. by Christiane Krömer, starring a boy who hopes to capture the most kites during Basant, the Pakastani spring kite festival; Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash by Monica Brown, illus. by Sara Palacios, in which multiracial Marisol celebrates her birthday with a one-of-a-kind party; and Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illus. by Roth, highlighting the history of Puerto Rico and efforts to save the endangered bird.
LEE & LOW/TU BOOKS
Tu Books saddles up for Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac, a post-apocalyptic tale of space cowboys in the new Old West, inspired by Apache legend.
Carolrhoda goes for it with Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment by Carla Killough McClafferty, a look at the evidence showing the physical dangers of the game of football; Dino-Wrestling by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Barry Gott, a story of the clash between meat-eating and vegetarian dinosaurs; The Bramble by Lee Nordling, illus. by Bruce Zick, in which a boy who struggles to keep up with the older kids falls through a bramble and finds himself in another world, where his talents are appreciated; and Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Colin Bootman, a picture book inspired by the titular band, which formed in 1891 as the only black instrumental group organized in South Carolina at the time.
Carolrhoda Lab has faith in Believe by Sarah Aronson, about a girl who, as a small child, was the only survivor of a Palestinian suicide bombing in Israel that killed her parents; A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson, a reimagining of Hamlet from Ophelia’s perspective, set in a boarding school; Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian, in which Evan discovers that sex comes with consequences; and Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner, second book in the Skylark trilogy, in which Lark finally finds her brother.
Darby Creek revs the engine for Blind Curve: Honda Civic by Elizabeth Karre, new to the Turbocharged series of stories about teens and their cars; Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman, first of the Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair books about the ups and downs of a teen girl in Alabama; Leaping at Shadows by Megan Atwood, which kicks off the Dario Quincy Academy of Dance series about aspiring ballet dancers surviving supernatural threats; Closed Guard by Patrick Jones, which joins the Dojo series featuring teens learning mixed martial arts; and Box-Office Smash by Danielle Page, which joins the Opportunity series in which a media tycoon picks an African-American high school senior from his alma mater each year to spend a semester as an intern at one of his companies.
Graphic Universe lumbers into fall with Waluk by Emilio Ruiz, illus. by Ana Miralles, starring a young polar bear whose mother has left him alone in their icy den; A Bag of Marbles: The Graphic Novel by Joseph Joffo, illus. by Vincent Bailly, adapted by Kris, an adaptation of Joffo’s autobiographical account of how he and his brothers eluded the Nazis and fled occupied Paris; Welcome to the Tribe! by Grimaldi, illus. by Bannister, the first entry in the Stone Age-set Tib and Tumtum series; Snowball Truce! by Michel-Yves Schmitt, illus. by Vincent Caut, new to the Where’s Leopold? series; and The Tunnel by Lars Jakobsen, the fifth title in the Mortensen’s Escapades series about a time-traveling secret agent.
Millbrook doesn’t feel a thing with Numbed! by David Lubar, about two boys who get zapped of their math skills by a robot in a museum and must pass a series of challenges to get them back; A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It: A Book about Time by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable, a concept book in the Math Is CATegorical series; and Pre- and Re-, Mis- and Dis-: What Is a Prefix? by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Martin Goneau, which joins the Words are CATegorical series.
Cloverleaf Books takes an accounting of fall with Brody Borrows Money by Lisa Bullard, illus. by Mike Byrne, new to the Money Basics series, which presents financial literacy concepts including saving, spending, borrowing, and comparison shopping.
Little, Brown is off to a quick start with The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney, a picture-book companion to the Caldecott Award-winning The Lion & the Mouse; Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, in which proper Mr. Tiger finds there is an appropriate time for letting loose; Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi, a middle-grade novel about three boys who are on a stealth investigation when they discover that tainted meat from a local plant is sparking a zombie apocalypse; The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, featuring a girl’s race against the clock as the tries to save herself from a deadly fate; and The 100 by Mallory Kass, in which 100 teens take an epic journey from outer space to a barely recognizable Earth.
LITTLE, BROWN/LB KIDS
LB Kids snaps its reinforced waistband for Animals in Underwear ABC by Todd Parr, a humorous alphabet book; My Turn to Learn Colors by Natalie Marshall, first in a series of tabbed concept books; Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe by Matthew Reinhart, a collection of pop-ups that morph from robot to vehicle and back; Our Little Deer by Sandra Magsamen, a seasonal tale featuring bendable plush reindeer antlers that stick out of the top of the book; and My Little Pony: Holly Jolly Harmony by D. Jakobs, a level 2 reader in which the ponies put on a Hearth’s Warming Eve pageant.
Poppy shakes its pompoms for Game On: A Varsity Novel by Melanie Spring, first in a new series about high school cheerleading created in partnership with cheerleading brand Varsity; Jessica Darling’s It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness, and Perfection by Megan McCafferty, starring seventh grader Jessica, who readers first met in Sloppy Firsts; and License to Spill by Lisi Harrison, launching a new series in which someone has leaked the secret journal entries of the five most popular students at Noble High.
MACMILLAN/FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX BOOKS
Farrar, Straus and Giroux readies the Flexible Flyer for Big Snow by Jonathan Bean, in which a boy’s excitement for a big winter storm turns to frustration when the snow doesn’t fall fast enough; From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos, the sequel to Newbery Award-winning Dead End in Norvelt, which finds Jack and Mrs. Volker on a road trip; Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark, a debut novel about a teen coming to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum; Crewel World Book #2 by Gennifer Albin, in which Adelice travels to Earth; and Tumble and Fall by Alexandra Coutts, an account of what three teens decide to do with the time they have left after they learn the world will end in a week.
Margaret Ferguson Books trumpets the season with Elephant Story by Tracey Campbell Pearson, an alphabet romp about an elephant learning to spell; Dusk by Uri Shulevitz, a companion to Snow, featuring a boy and his grandfather on a walk one December evening when holiday displays illuminate the city; and Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter by Cari Best, illus. by Giselle Potter, in which Beatrice turns show-and-tell into show-and-spell by bringing her pet t-a-r-a-n-t-u-l-a to class.
Frances Foster Books plans a purrfect fall with City Cat by Kate Banks, illus. by Laurel Castillo, about a cat who follows a family from city to city as they travel through Europe; Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing by Leonard S. Marcus, an illustrated full-color biography of the illustrator, scholar, and children’s literature critic for whom the Caldecott Medal is named; and Wolf by Valerie Hobbs, a sequel to Sheep, in which Jack the dog must fight off a rabid wolf.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Feiwel and Friends files a flight plan for The Girl Who Flew to Fairyland and Back Again by Catherine Valente, illus. by Ana Juan, in which September returns to Fairyland for more adventures; I’d Know You Anywhere My Love by Nancy Tillman, a celebration of the love between parent and child; Finding Bigfoot: The Big Book of Everything by Animal Planet, a volume filled with photos, Sasquatch history, and tips from the stars of the Finding Bigfoot TV show; The Fallout by S.A. Bodeen, sequel to The Compound, in which Eli and his family are learning to acclimate to “normal” life; and Horde by Ann Aguirre, the finale of the apocalyptic Enclave trilogy.
Henry Holt has a game plan with Fall Ball by Peter McCarty, in which a boy and his friends celebrate the season by playing backyard football; The Greatest Dinosaur Ever by Brenda Guiberson, illus. by Gennady Spirin, comparing all sorts of dinosaurs; Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle, about a boy who moves in with his great uncle in the Sierra Nevada and learns how to track wild animals and make friends; Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier, the final volume in the Ruby Red time-travel trilogy; and Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee, a debut horror novel set in a rural village far from the dead and dying cities.
Christy Ottaviano Books turns up the heat with Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey in which Los Angeles has been destroyed by a massive Earth Shaker; Cool Creations in 35 Pieces by Sean Kenney, a step-by-step guide to building 75 different LEGO projects from the same 35 bricks; Einstein the Class Hamster by Janet Tashjian, illus. by Jake Tashjian, the first title in a new series about a very smart hamster and the one student who can hear him; Papa Is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost by Natalie S. Bober, illus. by Rebecca Gibbon, a picture-book biography imagined through the eyes of Frost’s oldest daughter; and Pinocula: The Creature from My Closet Book Three by Obert Skye, in which Rob’s closet produces a mash-up between Pinocchio and Dracula.
Priddy Books rocks the cradle with Bedtime Lullaby, a book of favorite bedtime tunes packaged with a toy bear and a CD; Baby Basics: My First Animals, a photographic board book; Alphaprints, featuring artwork consisting of finger- and thumbprints; A Is for Animal, a rhyming board book illustrated with photos of baby animals; and Play and Learn 123, which encourages preschool skills.
Roaring Brook Press plumps up the pillows for Jack Strong Sits Down by Tommy Greenwald, a spinoff of the Charlie Joe Jackson series, about a boy who stages a sit-in on his couch to protest the excess of extracurricular activities his parents have signed him up for; Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carlos Montalvan and Bret Witter, an adaptation of the adult book Until Tuesday, the story of the service dog that helped former U.S. Army Captain Montalvan overcome combat-related wounds; David McPhail: My Mother Goose by David McPhail, an illustrated collection of nursery rhymes, songs and concepts; I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec, featuring a girl who wants a cat so badly that she imagines she sees them everywhere; and Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci, a high-concept, action-filled novel.
MACMILLAN/ROARING BROOK/FIRST SECOND
First Second Books gets ready to rumble with Battling Boy by Paul Pope, in which Battling Boy’s warrior god father drops him in a world infested with bloodthirsty monsters; and Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang, a diptych, or two books that tell the parallel stories of two teenagers on opposite sides of the war during China’s Boxer Rebellion
Neal Porter Books has fall’s number with Musk Ox Counts by Erin Cabatingan, illus. by Matthew Myers, a counting book companion to A Is for Musk Ox; Hello My Name Is Ruby by Philip C. Stead, about a tiny bird in search of a friend; The Mad Potter of Biloxi by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, about the trials and tribulations of esteemed potter George E. Ohr; and The Crocodile and the Scorpion by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, in which a wily crocodile stands in for a frog in a retelling of an Aesop fable.
Square Fish gets playful with Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions by Don Wulffson, a revised and updated paperback edition with new material; and Sean Kenney Cool Creations by Sean Kenney, a compendium of three previously released LEGO building books, plus 20 pages of new material.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS
National Geographic Kids creates some buzz with Ultimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever by Nancy Honovich and Darlyne Murawski, a reference book featuring facts about and photographs of numerous insects; Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals by Donna Jo Napoli, illus. by Christina Ballit, an anthology that includes maps, a list of characters, and sidebars about Ancient Egypt as well as Egyptian culture and history; Angry Birds Playground Atlas: A Global Geographic Adventure! by National Geographic, in which the Angry Birds must use maps and brain power to hunt clues all over the globe to retrieve their stolen eggs; That’s Creepy: Spine-Tingling Facts That Will Test Your Creep-out Factor by Crispin Boyer, featuring the truth about haunted houses, UFOs ghosts, and more; Ye Old Weird but True: 300 Outrageous Facts from History by Cheryl Harness, which offers intriguing information from the past, such as the fact that medieval Chinese aviators flew on giant kites.
Owlkids flits into fall with Is This Panama?: A Migration Story by Jan Thornhill, illus. by Soyeon Kim, about a Wilson’s Warbler making his first seasonal trip from the Arctic Circle to Panama; Why Do We Fight?: Conflicts, War, and Peace Around the World by Niki Walker, which uses real world examples to demonstrate the complexities behind conflicts; Puberty by Kira Vermond, a look at the emotional and physical changes that arrive during this phase; The Lineup by Tomoko Omura, in which 50 named and numbered animals get in line to take a ride; and Anything Is Possible by Giulia Belloni, illus. by Marco Trevisan, about a dreamer of a sheep and her practical-minded wolf friend.
PANTS ON FIRE PRESS
Pants on Fire Press can take its fall list to the bank with I Am Currency by Whitney Grady, illus. by Natalia Nesterova, set in an post-apocalyptic world where knowledge is power and bookkeepers are invaluable; How I Became a Teenage Survivalist by Julie L. Casey, in which 15-year-old Bracken and his family must learn to get by without electricity after a solar superstorm; Resilient by Patricia Vanasse, about two teenagers who discover they are anything but normal – and the military that created them wants them back, and Starburst Juju by Monica Strang, illus. by Natalia Nesterova, starring Pepper, a 14-year-old girl living in the aftermath of an economically collapsed earth.
PENGUIN YOUNG READERS
Penguin Young Readers is on the launch pad for Clara and Clem in Outer Space by Ethan Long, in which Clara and Clem have an adventure after building a robot from blocks; Ladybug Girl: Who Can Play? by Jacky Davis, illus. by David Soman, marking Ladybug Girl’s first appearance in the early reader format; Miss Bindergarten and the Secret Bag by Joseph Slate, illus. by Ashley Wolff, in which Adam and Miss Bindergarten both have fun secrets to share with the class; In the Forest by Alexa Edwards, illus. by Candice Keimig, featuring three stories about what lives and grows in the forest; and Ocean Monsters by Nick and Chelsea Confalone, a nonfiction reader spotlighting some of the most deadly creatures of the deep sea.
Dial is checking its list for Little Santa by Jon Agee, a comedic tale of Santa’s origins; Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko, the final installment of the Alcatraz trilogy; The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell, a fantasy debut for middle graders; Landry Park by Bethany Hagen, a first YA novel that suggests Gone with the (Nuclear) Wind meets Jane Austen; and Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow by Jacky Davis, illus. by David Soman, in which Ladybug Girl and Bingo build snow forts, make penguin tracks, and battle snow giants.
Dutton flips a calendar page for Just One Year by Gayle Forman, the conclusion, from William’s point-of-view, to the duet that began with Allyson’s story in Just One Day; and The Grimmest Tale by Adam Gidwitz, the final installment in the loose trilogy of Grimm-inspired fairy tales.
PENGUIN/GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap ties on an apron for Recipe for Adventure by Giada De Laurentiis, illus. by Francesca Gambatesa, a globe-trotting series about a brother and sister whose great aunt, Zia Donatella, magically transports them to foodie cities around the world; Monster Juice by M.D. Payne, illus. by Amanda Dockery, a debut horror series for middle graders; The Treasure Chest #7: Alexander Graham Bell: Master of Sound by Ann Hood, illus. by Denis Zilber, featuring the time-traveling adventures of twins Maisie and Felix Robbins, who meet the inventor in Edinburgh; I Heart Band by Michelle Shusterman, a series that celebrates the fun and drama of being a seventh grade girl and band geek; and Sassy, a new line of interactive board books inspired by the Sassy line of infant toys.
Nancy Paulsen Books is ready for the harvest with How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor, featuring American landmarks and landscapes decorated for autumn; Strega Nona Does It Again by Tomie dePaola, in which Strega Nona has the perfect remedy for a spoiled houseguest who overstays her welcome; This Is the Rope: A Story of the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by James Ransome, portraying one African-American family’s journey north during the Great Migration; Shadows by Robin McKinley, a fantasy novel in which science and magic are at odds with each other; and Fractured by Teri Terry, the second volume in the Slated trilogy about a girl with a terrorist past.
Philomel stays in the pocket with QB1 by Mike Lupica, a coming-of-age story inspired by the real-life Manning family, about a freshman quarterback following in the footsteps of his older brother and famous father; Friends by Eric Carle, about a boy who will go to any lengths to find his friend when she moves away; An Otis Christmas by Loren Long, in which Otis and his shiny new horn help deliver a Christmas miracle; and Russian Roulette: An Alex Rider Novel by Anthony Horowitz, the final installment in the teen spy series.
Poptropica charts an island-hopping course with Poptopics: Mythology and Poptopics: Space Travel, two nonfiction titles that tie-in to the Poptropica.com online destination for kids.
PENGUIN/PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan is signed, sealed, and delivered with Hello, Mailman by Michael Escoffier, illus. by Matthieu Maudet, a board book in which a mailman makes some silly mix-ups; Day of the Dead Activity Book by Karl Jone, illus. by Steve Simpson, which includes stickers and crafts; Literally Disturbed: Tales to Keep You Up at Night by Ben H. Winters, illus. by Adam F. Watkins, a middle-grade collection of 30 creepy original poems and illustrations; and I Love You More than Chocolate by Laura Marchesani, a lift-the-flap board book featuring words of love and pictures of chocolates.
Puffin flings open the cage door for Humphrey’s Book of Fun Fun Fun and Humphrey’s World of Pets by Betty G. Birney, two spin-off titles inspired by Birney’s classroom hamster character; Stranded Book 3: Survivors by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts, starring four siblings from a blended family who are shipwrecked on a deserted island in the South Pacific; and Encyclopedia Brown’s Book of Wacky Cars and Encyclopedia Brown’s Book of Wacky Crimes by Donald J. Sobol, illus. by Ted Enik, collections of strange-but-true tales and trivia based on the adventures of the kid detective.
Putnam flies the coop with Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett, a twist on the fairy tale; Champion by Marie Lu, the final installment in the Legend trilogy; Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston, a new series blending magic and romance from the husband-and-wife author team; Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff, a novel about the mysteries of love and loss; and Ex-Calibur by Greg Pace, a reboot of a tale from Arthurian legend.
Razorbill fires up the oven for The Real Girl’s Kitchen by Haylie Duff, a cookbook containing recipes, tips, and anecdotes; The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead, fourth book in the Bloodlines series starring gifted alchemist Sydney; The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matt Ward, in which 11-year-old Arthur must find the person sabotaging his world-record-setting family; The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston, a middle-grade novel about Elliot and Leslie’s efforts to save the super-secret organization of the title; and Vitro by Jessica Khoury, in which headstrong Sophie seeks the truth behind a dangerous bio-experiment.
Viking cannot tell a lie with All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry, in which a young woman who has lost her ability to speak pours out silent confessions to the love of her life; an as-yet untitled novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, about a girl adjusting to life in high school after years of home schooling as well as to her father’s severe PTSD; The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Mariciano, illus. by Sophie Blackall, about Alexander’s experiment to extract eight extra lives from his cat to try them out for himself; A Gathering of Shadows by Carol Goodman, a YA magical mystery; and Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney, in which Llama Llama stands up to the goat who’s been teasing him, and makes an unexpected friend.
Warne uses some magic words for Spot Says Please by Eric Hill, as Spot and his friends learn to be polite; Peter Rabbit and the Pumpkin Patch, inspired by Beatrix Potter, an autumn bunny adventure; and The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson, illus. by Eleanor Taylor a holiday tale featuring Peter and Benjamin Bunny’s new friend William the Turkey – who unfortunately is destined to be Mr. McGregor’s supper.
Random House is wide awake for Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin, a debut picture by the creator of popular Etsy shop The Black Apple; A Christmas Wish by Lori Evert, photos by Per Breiehagen, a contemporary fairytale featuring a girl who finds her way to the North Pole with the help of a reindeer, a polar bear, and other magnificent beasts; Sky Jumpers Book 1: Through the Bomb’s Breath by Peggy Eddleman, first in a middle-grade dystopian series about a girl living in a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of WWIII; Dracomachia by Rachel Hartman, sequel to Seraphina, featuring dragons in the kingdom of Goredd; and Gated by Amy Christine Parker, in which 17-year-old Lyla, who has been living in an isolated cult with her family for 10 years, is starting to wonder about their leader.
Delacorte has laser focus on The Eye of Minds by James Dashner, kicking off The Mortality Doctrine series set in a world of hyper-advanced technology, cyber terrorists, and gaming; Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, in which David seeks to avenge his father’s death at the hands of the legendary, supposedly invincible titular character; Tandem: The Many-World Trilogy, Book 1 by Anna Jarzab, a sci-fi romance about a girl abducted from Earth to a parallel world where she is forced to assume the identity of someone who looks just like her; The Teardrop by Lauren Kate, a dark magic-tinged YA novel; and Fates by Lanie Bross, a debut novel about an otherworldly girl who must bring about the death of the boy she loves or risk banishment from her home forever.
RANDOM HOUSE/GOLDEN BOOKS
Golden Books follows a the lesson plan with Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow, a humorous guide that offers life advice – like “Be a hugger” – gleaned from 60 Little Golden Books illustrated by Richard Scarry, Eloise Wilkin, and others; and Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town and Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever by Richard Scarry, two reissued classics that celebrate Best Word Book Ever’s 50th anniversary and that are also first in a broader program to rebrand the author-illustrator’s work.
Knopf goes to the bench with Foul Trouble by John Feinstein, a novel exposing the dark side of college basketball recruiting via the experiences of an elite high school athlete; Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates, in which restless Dog turns to his beloved books for a bedtime adventure; Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt, the first volume in a trilogy starring a young sleuth whose parents have gone missing; The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman, a literary horror title about blood and madness descending on a quiet Kansas town;, and Loud Awake and Lost by Adele Griffin, about a girl recovering from brain trauma and memory loss who must piece together the truth about the car accident she was in.
RANDOM HOUSE/LICENSED PUBLISHING
Licensed Publishing blows out some candles for Happy Birthday, Chelsea (Barbie: Life in the Dream House) by Mary Tillworth, a Step into Reading Comic Reader based on Mattel’s Barbie: Life in the Dream House webisodes; Disney Frozen Big Golden Book, a tie-in to the Disney animated feature film Frozen, starring a Snow Queen in a kingdom of eternal winter; and Don’t Be a Jerk, It’s Christmas by Tom Kenny and Andy Paley, a hardcover story book based on the SpongeBob Squarepants stop-motion animation holiday special It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade Books wags its tail for Dream Dog by Lou Berger, illus. by David Catrow, in which Harry imagines a dog when his parents won’t get him a real one; Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka, the sequel to A Ball for Daisy which finds the pup experiencing the fear of being lost and the joys of being found; Season of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks, a teen novel that blends the supernatural with the psychological; Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illus. by Anne Wilsdorf, an autumn-inspired picture book about a girl who finds a squash that’s just the right size to love; The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair by Kate Bernheimer, illus. by Jake Parker, a cautionary tale replete with mice.
Roadrunner Press takes fall by the horns with The Bulldoggers Club: The Tale of the Tainted Buffalo Wallow by Barbara Hay, second in the series about four Oklahoma boys who, in this outing, deal with a tornado and the injury of their adult chaperone.
Running Press jumps on the bed with Pajanimals: Squacky and the Gift of Christmas by the Jim Henson Company, a picture book about the true meaning of the holiday; The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist, about an orphan teen who discovers she was separated at birth from her identical twin sister, the title character; Broken by Elizabeth Pulford, illus. by Angus Gomes, a YA novel in which Zara’s coma pulls her into the world of her brother’s favorite comic book, and she must try to draw her way out; Starry-Eyed, edited by Ted Michael and Josh Pultz, a collection of stories from 16 YA authors about the struggles, hopes, failures, and triumphs of young aspiring performing artists; and Dare Me by Eric Devine, featuring a boy who tackles a series of dares posted online with increasing risk and consequences.
SCHOLASTIC/BLUE SKY PRESS
Blue Sky Press stomps into fall with How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD! by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, the latest addition to the popular series; Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon, a comedic picture book about head lice; The Birthday Queen by Audrey Wood, illus. by Don Wood, featuring a custom-made party of a kid’s wildest dreams; and Freak the Mighty 20th Anniversary Edition by Rodman Philbrick, about the friendship between a troubled oversize boy and a tiny terminally ill genius.
Cartwheel Books can’t stop smiling about Giggle! by Caroline Jayne Church, a novelty book featuring babies and a sound button; Hug You, Kiss You, Love You by Joyce Wan, a board book gallery of baby animals and their mothers; Frosty the Snowman by Walter Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson, illus. by Sam Williams, starring the familiar wintry character; and Kiss Kiss, Good Night by Kenn Nesbitt, illus. by Rebecca Elliott, a padded board book featuring baby animals’ bedtime routines.
Chicken House howls at the season with The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable, a mystery set in the winterlands of Russia, featuring an orphan girl and an icy princess; The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher, a thriller in which Emily plays a dangerous game to find the truth about how Ashlee died; Torn by David Massey, set in battle-ravaged Afghanistan and featuring a British medic, an American Navy SEAL, and an Afghan girl is caught in the crossfire; Hitler’s Secret by William Osborne, in which refugees Leni and Otto are sent back to Germany as spies to capture the one person who can defeat Nazism; and Unfed by Kirsty McKay, a follow-up to the zombiefest Undead.
Graphix sends out a search party for The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth, starring Nate, who is plunged into a mystery about a boy who disappeared 60 years ago; and Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan, illus. by Nathan Fox, three stories that follow the adventures of canine war heroes and their soldiers through WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War.
Arthur A. Levine Books is all tied up with Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow, a YA fantasy set in a world of powerful magical women; The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb, a nonfiction account of the decades-long quest to find Adolf Eichmann, adapted from the author’s adult bestseller Hunting Eichmann; If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth, in which Lewis, who grew up on an Indian reservation, learns to navigate his white middle school with the help of a military kid and music of Paul McCartney; Cinderelephant by Emma Dodd, a twist on the fairy tale featuring a furry godmouse; and The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus, about a boy who tries everything to get permission to go to Author Camp with his best friend.
Scholastic Nonfiction takes stock with with Fact Attack!: 101 Mind-Blowing Lists by the editors of Mental Floss magazine, featuring facts and photos about pop culture, history, weather, and more; Bone Collection: Animals, an exploration of animal skeletons; I Am #7: George Lucas by Grace Norwich and I Am #8: Roberto Clemente by Jim Gigliotti, two additions to the biography series; and Profiles #6: Peace Warriors by Andrea Davis Pinkney, which joins this series profiling important figures in history and features six people per volume.
Orchard Books rides the rails with Train by Elisha Cooper, in which trains race across the country, coast to coast; Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox, illus. by Judy Horacek, a new bedtime book; When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris, illus. by Chris Raschka, about a child who faces his fear; and Snow Bunny’s Christmas Wish by Rebecca Harry, about the gift Snow Bunny most wants for the holiday.
Scholastic Paperbacks is on the set with Kiera the Movie Star Fairy by Daisy Meadows, new to the Rainbow Magic series; I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis, a historical fiction account that follows a boy living through the disaster; Goosebumps Most Wanted #5: Dr. Maniac Will See You Now by R.L. Stine, in which comic book characters escape into the real world; A Dog and His Girl Mysteries Book 3: Cry Woof by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens, starring Dodge, a retired K9, and Cassie, his mystery-loving girl; and Killer Species #2 by Michael P. Spradlin, about friends Emmet and Calvin investigating the appearance of genetically engineered predators off the Florida coast.
Point changes its password for Followers by Anna Davies, in which someone is live-tweeting murders on a high school campus; Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten, about two teens who create a fake Wikipiedia page for a bully, including an account of his death, and are horrified when the scenario comes true; and Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender, featuring an American teenager caught up in solving a series of murders while on a class trip to Paris.
Scholastic Press is getting very sleepy with The Hypnotists: Hypnotize Me by Gordon Korman, about a boy with extraordinary powers who finds himself at the heart of a conspiracy; Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins, an autobiographical picture book about the year Susie’s father is off at war in Vietnam; RAWR! by Todd H. Doodler, starring Rex, a big dinosaur with a big problem; The Lost Kingdom by Matthew J. Kirby, about a boy and a group of explorers on a journey to a wild American West filled with fantastical creatures and dangerous spies; and Hiding Phil by Eric Barclay, in which three siblings try to hid their new friend – an elephant – from their parents.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster dribbles into fall with Kicks: Sabotage Season by Alex Morgan, second in the middle-grade soccer series by the Olympic gold medalist; Spaceheadz: SPHDZ 4 Life! by Jon Scieszka, the conclusion to the Spaceheadz saga; UnSouled by Neal Shusterman, final volume in the Unwind trilogy; Case of the Time Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer, the debut title in a middle-grade series by the Oscar-winning actress, and Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, second book in the Burn for Burn trilogy, which explores what revenge has cost Lillia, Kat, and Mary.
Aladdin lets it rip with Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder Book #4 by Jo Nesbo, about the eccentric inventor and his young apprentices; Unwanteds: Island of Fire by Lisa McCann, third in the middle-grade fantasy series; Dork Diaries Journal by Rachel Renée Russell, an interactive journal containing art and quotes from Nikki Maxwell; and Exile by Shannon Messenger, new to the Lost Cities fantasy series.
Atheneum pulls into the station with Locomotive by Brian Floca, a look at the transcontinental railroad; Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin, which involves mice princess costumes; Always Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, the finale of the long-running series starring Alice McKinley; Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer, a sequel that arrives 11 years after The House of the Scorpion; and Bobo the Sailor Man by Eileen Rosenthal, illus. by Marc Rosenthal, the third adventure featuring the titular sock monkey.
Beach Lane gives a wave with My Octopus Arms by Keith Baker, which explores all the things we can do with our arms; Shapes on the Move by Denise Fleming, about a bunch of shapes ready to have some fun; Tree Lady by Joseph H. Hopkins, the true story of how Kate Sessions helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a place known for lush parks and gardens; and God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Marla Frazee, about a deity inspired to go out and experience human beings.
Little Simon goes under the sea for The Little Mermaid by Robert Sabuda, an elaborate pop-up rendition; and The KnitWits Make a Move by Abigail Tabby, about a family of knitted characters.
Margaret K. McElderry Books soars with Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper, a story of adventure and friendship between a Native American and a settler in colonial New England; Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson, in which Lewis Mouse is preparing his nest for winter; Smoke by Ellen Hopkins, a sequel to Burned, which finds Pattyn on the run and her father dead; and The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare, an illustrated guide to the Shadowhunter world of Clare’s Mortal Instruments books.
Simon Pulse is seeing things with Visions: Bang by Lisa McCann, second installment in the series about a teen girl’s recurring visions; Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick, a high-concept romantic mystery in which one moment splits the plot into two distinct storylines; and The Alchemist by Christopher Pike, new to the Witch World saga.
Simon Spotlight forecasts an antic fall with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3 by Judi Barrett, illus. by Isidre Mones, the first new Cloudy book in 15 years; and Ready-to-Read: Brownie & Pearl Hit the Hay and Ready-to-Read: Brownie & Pearl See the Sights by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Brian Biggs, two new adventures starring Brownie and her cat Pearl.
Paula Wiseman Books aims for nothing but net with Jump Shot by Tiki and Ronde Barber, a basketball novel by the identical twin NFL stars; Munch by Matthew Van Fleet, which uses tabs and textures to show how animals eat; Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, about monkeys, alligators and silliness; The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco, a prequel to The Keeping Quilt, the story of one family’s history; and Mousetronaut Goes to Mars by Mark Kelly, illus. by C.F. Payne, a tale of the power of small by a retired NASA astronaut.
SIMPLY READ BOOKS
Simply Read Books gets something going with Spark by Kallie George, illus. by Genevieve Cote, about a baby dragon who cannot control his fiery breath; Cozy Classics: War and Peace by Jack and Holman Wang, Tolstoy’s novel distilled into a 12-word, 12-page board book; Circles of Round by Signe Sturup, illus. by Winnie Ma, a picture book featuring a cast of shape characters; and Anna May’s Cloak by Christiane Cicioli, illus. by Susan Pearson, about how a girl’s favorite cloak is transformed through the years so she can always keep a piece of it with her.
SIMPLY READ/READ LEAF
Read Leaf hits the hay with Daydreams for Night by John Southworth, illus. by David Ouimet, a collection of seven very short stories by musician Southworth.
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky flies high with It is About a Little Bird by Jessica Lange, in which the actress-author tells a multi-generational story about two sisters’ visit to their grandmother’s farm; The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty, illus. by Thomas Docherty, about an elusive creature who steals everyone’s bedtime stories because he has no one to read to him; Danny’s Doodles: The Jellybean Experiment by David Adler, which shows how a fourth grader whose school year is changed by a quirky new student; The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole by Eric Pierpoint, in which a boy protects his sisters from natural disasters and outlaws on the Oregon Trail; and LuLu in La La Land by Elisabeth Wolf, about a down-to-earth girl who thinks she must change in order to get her A-List parents to her birthday bash.
Sourcebooks Fire fans the flames for Scorched by Mari Mancusi, about a teenager charged with protecting a baby dragon from soldiers from the future; Broken by C.J. Lyons, a thriller in which a terminally ill teen's first week in a mainstream school may be more dangerous than her illness; Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally, about a teen on a horse-racing farm falls for the owner’s son; Endless by Jessica Shirvington, fourth in the Embrace series; and TMI by Patty Blount, in which two teens discover what damage one little secret can do once it’s released online.
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS
Sleeping Bear heralds the season with Deck the Walls by Erin Dealey, illus. by Nick Ward, a food fight-themed twist on the traditional holiday carol; Stella Batts: Who’s in Charge by Courtney Sheinmel, illus. by Jennifer Bell, in which Stella’s dog-sitting experience has her doubting her capabilities; Boris & Stella by Dara Goldman, a holiday tale of two bears inspired by “The Gift of the Magi”; Freedom Statue by Steven Lapham and Eugene Walton, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, the story of the construction of the Statue of Freedom and the Capitol dome in Washington, D.C.; and The Legend of the Jersey Devil by Trinka Hakes Noble, a folktale based on the creature – with the head of a horse and wings of a bat – said to haunt New Jersey’s Pine Barrens.
Sterling is on the lookout for Animals Everywhere by Yvonne Deutch, illus. by John Woodward, a pop-up book featuring more than 100 animals and their habitats; Rufus Goes to School by Kim Griswell, illus. by Valeri Gorbachev, about a pig who wants to go to school and learn to read; If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman, illus. by Liza Woodruff, a sequel to Ten on the Sled; Arlo’s ARTrageous Adventure by David LaRochelle, a tour of an unusual art museum via more than 50 lift-the-flap elements; and Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise by Susan Blackaby, illus. by Carmen Segovia, about a groundhog ready for a long winter’s nap who is playfully interrupted by her friends.
Sylvan Dell tests its scuba gear for A Day in the Deep by Kevin Kurtz, illus. by Erin E. Hunter, a look at the habitats, food chains, and adaptations of deep-sea creatures; Anybody Home? by Marianne Berkes, illus. by Rebecca Dickinson, in which Polly Possum seeks a new home in which to raise her expected babies; A Butterfly Called Hope by Mary Alice Monroe, photos by Barbara J. Bergwerf, about Nana Butterfly’s guidance of a young caterpillar as it approaches transformation; Dino Tracks by Rhonda Lucas Donald, illus. by Cathy Morrison, a rhyming book about decoding information from fossilized tracks of dinosaurs; and The Fort on Fourth Street by Lois Spangler, illus. by Christina Wald, a cumulative rhyme about the tools and processes involved as Grandpa and grandchild build a fort.
WALKER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Walker waddles into fall with Penguin in Love by Salina Yoon, in which Penguin wonders about a perfect match; Calling the Shots by Simone Elkeles, first in the Wild Card series featuring football and romance; Regency Witches by Alyxandra Harvey, which launches a series about three young witches in Regency London; A Fiend in Need by Jamie Thomson, the second book in the Dark Lord series, which finds Dirk Lloyd able to cross back into his world; and Sweet Nothings by Sarah Beth Durst, a thriller starring a girl in the witness protection program who has survived a serial killer and now has strange powers.
Zest Books jumps in the big pond with Little Fish: A Memoir by Ramsey Beyer, in which a small-town girl becomes an independent, city-dwelling college student; How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide by Meghan Doherty, featuring retro Dick and Jane-style illustrations; Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy, an exploration of how date-worthy various figures from history really were; The Phobia Files: Fun Facts about 50 Fears (with Tips on How to Face Them) by Sara Latta, a blend of biology, psychology, history and pop culture; and Why?: Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions by Joel Levy, a collection of answers to such questions as “Why is the sky blue?”