Abrams slathers on the sunscreen for Babar on Paradise Island by Laurent de Brunoff, a tropical outing for the elephant family; Migrant: The Journey of a Mexican Worker by José Manual Mateo, illus. by Javier Martínez Pedro, which offers insight into the immigrant’s point of view; Sylvia Mendez (working title) by Duncan Tonatiuh, about the woman who helped end school segregation; May the Stars Drip Down by Jeremy Chatelain, illus. by Nikki McClure, a bedtime book; and Sally Goes to Heaven, a posthumously published title by Stephen Huneck about dealing with the death of a pet.
Amulet packs some kibble for Dog Beach by Lisa Greenwald, first in a middle-grade series about a group of friends who start a dog-walking business; The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier, a ghost story; Origami Yoda Book 5 (working title) by Tom Angleberger; West of the Moon by Margi Preus, a novel that draws from Norwegian folklore and history; and High and Dry by Sarah Skilton, a wisecrack-filled mystery that explores the dark side of teen life in a California town.
Appleseed swaddles up for Snuggle the Baby by Sara Gillingham, an interactive doll book; Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! by Tod Tuell, illus. by Tad Carpenter, a sibling adventure story; Lamby Lamb and three additional mini Thingy Thing books by Chris Raschka.
Black Sheep’s inaugural list welcomes Changers Book One: Drew by T. Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper, which kicks off a four-part series starring a boy who wakes up as a girl on the first day of high school; and Game World by C.J. Farley, in which Dylan enters a video game tournament and unlocks a real-life fantasy world inside the game he plays.
Albert Whitman checks its watch for Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge, a thriller set in Victorian England and starring feisty 13-year-old orphan heiress Penelope Tredwell; Welcome to Bermooda: Lost in Bermooda by Mike Litwin, the debut title in a pun-loaded chapter book series about cow-people; Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, a rhyming look at this part of New York City in the 1920s; Beauty and the Beast by Ursula Jones, illus. by Sarah Gibb, a new interpretation of the tale; and There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant by Helen Ketteman, illus. by Will Terry, a southwestern spin on the children’s song.
ALBERT WHITMAN TEEN
Albert Whitman Teen breaks an omerta for Mafia Girl by Deborah Blumenthal, about a student at an elite Manhattan prep school whose father is a mob boss; Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan, starring a boy with an eating disorder; and Used to Be by Jolene Perry, chronicling the romance between an amputee returned from Iraq and a recently diagnosed diabetic girl.
ALGONQUIN YOUNG READERS
Algonquin Young Readers packs its bags for Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood by James McMullan, an illustrated memoir depicting artist and picture-book creator McMullan’s boyhood in Asia; The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner, in which Francesca meets a four-year-old boy who bears in eerie resemblance to her younger brother, who drowned four years earlier; The Art of Secrets by James Klise, which explores the unexpected aftermath of the fire that destroys the Chicago apartment of high school student Saba Khan’s family; and The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth, a dystopian adventure about a boy who, trying to survive in a post-climate change world, comes to live in a sinister children’s home.
Bloomsbury is ringing the bell for The Chapel War by Lindsey Leavitt, in which a girl inherits a Las Vegas wedding chapel from her grandfather along with his instructions on how to save it from a competitor; Ruthie and the (Not So) Very Busy Day by Laura Rankin, stressing the importance of taking a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy family time; Untitled Sequel to Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George, starring Princess Celie, her family, and pet griffin Rufus; I Got the Rhythm by Consuela Morrison, illus. by Frank Morrison, a picture book celebrating the rhythms of music, dance, and life; and Fright Club by Ethan Long, about cute critters that want to join the monsters in their clubhouse for scary creatures.
BOYDS MILLS PRESS
Boyds Mills sidles up to the trough for Big Pigs by Leslie Helakoski, featuring sibling piglets each determined to prove he’s the biggest; The Greenest Thing You’ve Ever Seen by Peggy Gifford, illus. by Lisa Desimini, an environmentally themed picture book; The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle, illus. by Joan Paley, a glimpse at the life of the creatures that metamorphose into Tiger Moths; It’s Me – Celie: The Top Secret Diary of Celie Valentine by Julie Sternberg, in which Celie fills a new journal with tales of her life; and Hidden Shapes: Fractals in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell, illus. with photos by Campbell and Richard P. Campbell, introducing both familiar and unusual shapes found in the natural world.
BOYDS MILLS/CALKINS CREEK
Calkins Creek swings for the fences with The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero by Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Terry Widener, chronicling the baseball great’s 1941 hitting record, which still stands; Babe Conquers the Word by Rich and Sandra Wallace, a biography of multi-sport athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias; The Man Who Built Schools: Julius Rosenwald and the Education of African-American Children by Norman Finkelstein, a profile of the early 1900s-era philanthropist and activist; and Red Madness: How Orphans, Dogs, and Filth Parties Ended the Pellagra Epidemic by Gail Jarrow, which tracks the research and treatment for this disease.
Candlewick dives into spring with Swim That Rock by John Rocco and Jay Primiano, a coming-of-age story evoking coastal Rhode Island life; President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett, illus. by Chris Van Dusen, about a real-life presidential mishap; Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done by Stephan Pastis, more adventures at the Total Failure, Inc.; detective agency; The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, a debut literary novel; and Wild Things!: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter Sieruta, a collection of essays offering a behind-the-scenes look at favorite children’s books.
Big Picture grabs a trowel for Little Pear Tree by Rachel Williams, illus. by Jenny Bowers, a first book about the growth of a seed into a tree; Design Line: Things That Go by Chris Oxlade, illus. by Mike Lemanski, a comparative history of transport with a multidirectional timeline; Information Graphics: Animal Kingdom by Simon Rogers, illus. by Nicholas Blechman, featuring infographics about the animal kingdom; The World of Mamoko in the Year 3000 by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, a picture book that packs characters and visual storylines onto each page; and The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup, a seek-and-find title.
Candlewick Entertainment sharpens its knives for Fizzy’s Lunch Lab: Super Supper Throwdown by Jamie Michalak, illus. by Dave Schlaman, a cooking battle between healthy cooking professor Fizzy and Fast Food Freddy; Peppa Pig and the Great Vacation and Peppa Pig and the Vegetable Garden, two new outings for the Pig family starring in the Nick Jr. animated show; and Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman: Doggie Duties, showcasing the PBScartoon dog and his reality TV show.
Nosy Crow crosses the bridge for Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson, about a messy girl who trades places with a neatnick troll; Digger Dog by William Bee, illus. by Cecilia Johnansen, in which Digger Dog secures some help to dig up the biggest bone in the world; Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo! by Sebastien Braun, first in a series that introduces animal sounds; Flip Flap Farm by Axel Scheffler, an interactive book that mixes and matches animals; and Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog by Alex Scheffler, in which Posy forgets to bring her favorite bedtime toy to a sleepover.
Templar roars into spring with The Lion and the Mouse by Jenny Broom, illus. by Nahta Nój, a retelling with a contemporary twist; I Spy in the Sky by Edward Gibbs, featuring spy-holes for readers to use to spot birds; Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O’Neill, starring a clumsy giraffe; Panda-monium at Peek Zoo by Kevin Waldron, more adventures with zookeeper Mr. Peek; and Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks, a showdown between three hungry cats and one little penguin.
CAPSTONE YOUNG READERS
Capstone prepares the guest list for Perfect Parties by Jen Jones, a guide containing planning tips and recipes; Lois Lane: Teen Reporter: Black Flames Forever by Greg Cox, in which Lois takes on a secret society of mean girls; Sherlock and Me: The Dark Lady, showcasing a trio of not-yet-famous detectives including Sherlock Holmes; Because I Stubbed My Toe by Shawn Byous, a silly chain-of-events picture book; and Benji Franklin: Kid Zillionaire by Raymond Bean, illus. by Matthew Vimislik, about a boy’s rocket to fame after inventing an excuse-generating app.
Charlesbridge holds its nose for Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle by Cheryl Bardoe, illus. by Alan Marks, a close-up view of the insect’s world; Under the Freedom Tree by Susan VanHecke, illus. by London Ladd, the little-known story of the first “contraband,” or runaway-slave, camp of the Civil War; Oceans of Fire: The Burning of Columbia, 1865 by T. Neill Anderson, inspired by the devastating fire following the surrender of Columbia, S.C., to General Sherman; Wild About Bears by Jeannie Brett, introducing the world’s eight ursine species; and Leo Loves Baby Time by Ann McQuinn, illus. by Ruth Hearson, extolling the joys of a mother-child playtime.
Imagine introduces People You Gotta Meet Before You Can Grow Up by Joe Rhatigan, which offers advice on how to meet and learn from local politicians, doctors, newscasters, religious leaders, other community members.
Chronicle takes precautions for Here Comes Destructasaurus! by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Jeremy Tankard, in which a grumpy lizard lays waste to a city while an off-screen adult voice scolds him; Lately Lily by Michal Player, a globe-trotting tale based on based on the Lately Lily apparel brand; The Falconer by Elizabeth May, first in a YA series starring aristocratic faery assassin Aileana; The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern, a middle-grade debut about an overachieving 11-year-old dealing with middle school and helping her disabled father; and Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt, illus. by Shane Prigmore, which imagines starting kindergarten as an explorer’s expedition to another planet.
Disney-Hyperion ruffles feathers with The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems, in which the Pigeon resists getting cleaned up; The Accelerati Trilogy, Book One: Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman, the start of a middle-grade trilogy blending science and the supernatural via four kids caught up in a plan set in motion by Nikola Tesla; Kingdom Keepers VII by Ridley Pearson, the final book in the series, written with input from readers; The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz, kicking off an alternate-history series; and W.A.R.P., Book Two: The Hangman’s Revolution by Eoin Colfer, which finds FBI agent Chevie back in modern-day London after a trip to the Victorian age.
Marvel Press slings a spring web with Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane by Thomas Macri, about Peter Parker’s crush on classmate Mary Jane; 5-Minute Spider-Man Stories, a collection of very short tales; Thor: An Origin Story by Rich Thomas Jr., illus. by Val Semeiks, in which the god of thunder learns a lesson in humility; and Hulk Meets She-Hulk by Rich Thomas Jr., introducing Bruce Banner’s big, bad, green cousin, who has similar powers.
Disney Press gets deep with The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino, featuring the story of the Beast from the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast; and Star Darlings, Book Two: Arly’s Adventure by Ahmet Zappa and Shana Muldoon Zappa, illus. by Shannon Bonatakis, in which Arly heads from Starland to Earth to help make a dream come true.
DK dives into DK Adventures: Terrors of the Deep, a trip into the world’s deepest open trench, and the first in a narrative nonfiction series; 100 Inventions That Made History, a chronicle of the most influential innovations from around the globe; Do You Know Who You Are?, filled with reader questionnaires and analysis; Utterly Amazing Science Book, covering the major sciences and including a lift-the-flap periodic table; and Star Wars Angry Birds Character Encyclopedia, featuring profiles of the app characters.
Eerdmans settles down for The Book of Slumber by Giovanna Zoboli, illus. by Simona Mulazzani, a lullaby book about various animals taking time to rest; Two Little Birds by Mary Newell DePalma, in which two birds join huge migrating flock; Thomas the Toadilly Terrible Bully by Janice Levy, illus. by Bill Slavin and Experança Melo, in which Thomas tries to get attention by being a bully; and The Geese March in Step by Jean-Francois Dumont, about a bird who follows her own rhythm.
Enchanted Lion is in tune with Ballad by Blexboblex, a story told over seven sequences much like a song in verse; Winston & George by John Miller, illus. by Giuliano Cucco, starring a crocodile and his avian pal; Coyote Run by Gaetan Doremus, an homage to spaghetti westerns that advocates laying down arms and finding a better solution; and Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf, about a large motherless family and a tragedy that haunts the house to which they’ve moved.
Flashlight greets the season with Ben & Zip: Two Small Friends by Joanne Linden, illus. by Tom Goldsmith, in which small Ben tries to find tiny Zip on a crowded beach.
Amistad gets enchanted with Beauty and the Beast by H. Chuku Lee, illus. by Pat Cummings, a West African-inflected retelling of the.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER + BRAY
Balzer + Bray locks up spring with The Cage by Megan Shepherd, about a girl wakes up to discover that she and five others are in a human zoo kept by an otherworldly race; I Am Otter by Sam Garton, a debut picture book chronicling the adventures of a curious otter and her best friend; House of Secrets, Book 2 by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, in which the Walker siblings encounter gladiators and snow beasts; Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy, a first novel in which 16-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia and creates a take-no-prisoners bucket list only to find out she’s gone into remission; and Tease by Amanda Maciel, inspired by real events and told from the perspective of a teen facing criminal charges for bullying a classmate who later committed suicide.
Greenwillow goes all through the town with My Bus by Byron Barton, which follows a bus driver on his busy city route while introducing math concepts; It’s an Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall, a picture book about five curious ants and the creature of the title; Salvage by Alexandra Duncan, a debut teen novel set alternately in deep space, on an island of floating garbage, and in the Mumbai of the future; Illusionarium by Heather Dixon, an original fairy tale taking place in a world of aerial cities; and The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, a debut futuristic thriller about a teenager girl trained to fight, kill, and survive in the Florida Everglades.
Harper walks down the aisle with Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century by Jane O’Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, which captures Nancy’s excitement over her uncle’s pending nuptials; Eva & Sadie and the Worst Haircut by Jeff Cohen, a picture book based on a real-life sibling mishap; Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Adam Rex, continued exploits of the sneezing panda; Big Nate: In the Zone by Lincoln Peirce, in which everything is suddenly going Nate’s way; and Luck Uglies by Paul Durham, first in a fantasy adventure series for tween readers.
HarperFestival comes in on cat feet with Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by James Dean, containing stickers and a poster; Splat the Cat: Oopsie Daisy by Rob Scotton, about Splat’s gardening efforts; Fancy Nancy: Sand Castles and Sand Palaces by Jane O’Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, a beachy outing; Bedtime for Chickies by Janee Trasler, a bedtime story kicking off a board-book series; and Batman: Eternal Enemies by John Sazaklis, a faceoff between Batman and the League of Assassins.
HarperTeen takes calming breaths for Panic by Lauren Oliver, featuring teens in a high-stakes game that could give one of them the means to a better life; Sea of Shadows #1 by Kelley Armstrong, launching a fantasy/horror/romance trilogy; Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor, about two best friends and the illness that will change their lives forever; Uninvited by Sophie Jordan, starring a girl who tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome; and Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern, depicting the struggles of a girl with cerebral palsy and a boy with OCD.
Katherine Tegen Books looks south of the border with Vivian Divine and the Day of the Dead by Lauren Sabel, which finds a teen celebrity on the run to Mexico after receiving a death threat; Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu, in which a girl spills her deepest secrets to a website that may not be as anonymous as it seems; The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White, launching a middle-grade series set on an island world where magic is forbidden; Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam, a near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world; and Exile by Kevin Emerson, in which high school senior Summer discovers connections between the band she manages and a famous rocker who died under mysterious circumstances.
HARPERCOLLINS/WALDEN POND PRESS
Walden Pond Press is keeping secrets for Codename: Zero by Chris Rylander, a spy adventure/school story spotlighting a seventh grader who finds out there’s more to his sleepy town than meets the eye; The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Koslowsky, chronicling a boy’s journey to reunite with his missing father and learn about his grandfather’s mysterious magical life; Minion by John David Anderson, in which a supervillain-in-training questions himself when a new superhero arrives in town; The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy, closing out the comedic Hero’s Guide series; and Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, about the detectives’ efforts to stop a mysterious saboteur out to destroy the mayor’s reputation.
Heyday is on the map with The Bay Area Through Time by Laura Cunningham, exploring the San Francisco Bay area as seen in seven different eras, from the dinosaur age to a possible future.
Holiday House celebrates the season with The Story of Passover by David A. Adler, illus. by Jill Weber, a retelling for younger children; I Said, “Bed!” by Bruce Degen, featuring aliens and a boy reluctant to go to sleep; Fun in the Sun by David Catrow, in which a dog creates havoc at the beach; Freedom Summer, 1964 by Susan Goldman Rubin, recounting the historic summer when Civil Rights groups from across the country brought student volunteers to Mississippi to challenge voting discrimination; and Lords of Trillium, concluding the Nightshade Chronicles fantasy trilogy.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
HMH cheers for spring with Hooray for Hat by Brian Won, a debut picture book about generosity, friendship—and new headwear; The Disappearing Trick: The Lemonade War Series, Book 5 by Jacqueline Davies, which finds the Treski kids facing the reappearance of their long-lost father; Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey, in which 17-year-old Millie and a classmate investigate the murder of Coach Killdare; Morning Star by Laura Sullivan, a comedy of errors at an English country estate on the brink of WWII, and Graduation Day: The Testing, Book 3 by Joelle Charbonneau, in which the rebel alliance squares off against United Commonwealth.
Clarion makes the call with Screaming at the Ump by Audrey Vernick, starring a boy who lives with his father and grandfather at their family-run umpire school; Cold Calls by Charles Benoit, a mystery-thriller that explores bullying and culpability; Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin, illus. by Daniel Salmieri, introducing four monsters confronting their worst fear: bubbles; and Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider, in which the family dog is jealous of his owner’s new princess doll.
Kane Press digs into spring with The Case of the Buried Bones by Lewis B. Montgomery, illus. by Amy Wummer, the 12th Milo & Jazz mystery; Let’s Celebrate Columbus Day, Let’s Celebrate Presidents’ Day, and Let’s Celebrate Earth Day by Barbara deRubertis, illus. by Thomas Sperling, additions to the Holidays and Heroes series; and two new Mouse Math titles by Eleanor May, illus. by Deborah Melmon.
Karadi Tales grabs a shopping basket for The Wednesday Bazaar by Neha Singh, illus. by Sonal Gupta, in which Bela enlists friends to help her find her Ma at the market; The Fox and the Crow by Manasi Subramaniam, illus. by Culpeo S. Fox, an interpretation of the fable; and Thea’s Tree by Judith Clay, about a girl who lives in the city and longs to have a tree to sit under and to climb.
Dafina/KTeen takes a chance with Truth or Dare by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, joining the Rumor Central series about a teen’s syndicated gossip show; Beware of Boys by Kelli London, the latest Charly’s Epic Fiascos book, in which stardom gets too personal for 16-year-old TV reality star Charly; and Hollywood High #3 by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams, chronicling the exploits of celebrity offspring.
KTeen braces for Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep, the conclusion of the Mythos Academy series; Secret by Brigid Kemmerer, an addition to Elemental, focusing on the truth about Nick’s power; A Phantom Enchantment by Eve Marie Mont, new to Unbound and featuring Emma’s senior year abroad in Paris; Starfall by Michael Griffo, joining The Darkborn Legacy starring a teenage werewolf; and Splintered by Corrine Jackson, wrapping up the Sense Thieves fantasy trilogy.
Kingfisher snorkels into spring with Pop and Play: Under the Sea, a series starter spotlighting pop-ups of whales, dolphins, and a deserted shipwreck; Wow! I Didn’t Know That: Human Body, a volume of fun facts; Kingfisher Reader L1: Animals Colors, a peek at a rainbow of creatures; Basher History: Mythology by Simon Basher and Mary Frances Budzik, illus. by Basher, which explores key characters from Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythology; and Basher Science: Climate Change by Simon Basher and Dan Green, illus. by Basher, a guide to a fast-moving topic.
Carolrhoda steps up to the plate with Joy in Mudville by Bob Raczka, illus. by Glin Dibley, an update to Casey at the Bat with a girl protagonist; Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence by Gretchen Woelfle, illus. by Alix Delinois, the story of a Massachusetts slave from the Revolutionary War era who makes a legal case for her freedom; The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains by James Solheim, illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler, a tale of the friendship between two children named Alex; and Scarlatti’s Cat by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, illus. by Carlyn Beccia, profiling the inspiration for one of 18th-century composer Scarlatti’s sonatas.
Carolrhoda Lab spins into the season with The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman, about a teen trying to avoid the burden of living up to his potential; A Matter of Souls by Denise Lewis Patrick, which collects stories of the experiences of young African-Americans across generations; Returning to Shore by Corinne Demas, the story of a girl who bonds with her biological father in the wake of her mother’s remarriage; The Shibboleth by John Hornor Jacobs, new to the Twelve-Fingered Boy trilogy about a boy who can absorb the memories of others; and The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston, chronicling how young Owen and his bard saved much of Canada from a dragon infestation.
Darby Creek enters the ring for The Bix Fix by Nathan Sacks, and five additional titles launching the Bareknuckle series about an underground fighting club in 1870s New York City; Hit and Run and four more Mike & Riel Mysteries by Norah McClintock, featuring a teenager teamed with his history teacher, an ex-cop, to solve mysteries; Jack the Castaway by Lisa Doan, illus. by Ivica Stevanovic, debut title in the Berenson Schemes series starring a boy continually caught in his parents get-rich-quick schemes; and Frog Freakout plus seven more volumes in the S.W.I.T.C.H. series by Ali Sparkes, illus. by Ross Collins.
Graphic Universe breaks boards for Pranks and Attacks! and Clowns and Dragons! by Richard Lawrence, illus. by Nicolas Ryser, kicking off the Tao, the Little Samurai series centered around a martial arts school; My Amazing Dinosaur by Grimaldi, illus. by Bannister, new to the Tib and Tumtum series starring a cave boy and his dinosaur friend; and A Midterm Night’s Scheme by Trina Robbins, illus. by Tyler Page, added to the Chicagoland Detective Agency series.
Millbrook splashes out with Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas, illus. by Violeta Dabija, an exploration of water’s many forms and functions; -Ful and –Less, -Er and –Ness: What Is a Suffix? by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Martin Goneau, new to the Words are CATegorical series; and Be Aware!: My Tips for Personal Safety and five additional titles in the Cloverleaf Books series by Gina Bellisario, illus. by Renée Kurilla and Holli Conger.
Little, Brown goes to the head of the class with Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson, an illustrated novel about how band of misfit friends bridges the gap between warring cliques at their high school; My Teacher’s a Monster by Peter Brown, in which Bobby’s “monstrous” teacher may be nicer than he’d thought; This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld, featuring a moose who wants to be an astronaut; Space Taxi by Wendy Mass and Michel Brewer, an early chapter book starring eight-year-old Archie, who discovers that his father drives a space taxi; and Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones, a sci-fi adventure about a band of thieves with superpowers.
LITTLE, BROWN/LB KIDS
LB Kids saves the day with Transformers Rescue Bots: Meet Blades the Copter-Bot, a Level 1 reader; Baa Moo I Love You by Sandra Magsamen, an I Love Learning book that introduces animal sounds; My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Collectible Poster Book; The Muppets: The Official Tour Book, a photo-filled souvenir book from the Muppets’ international tour featured in their forthcoming feature film, and Dinotrux Go to School by Chris Gall, in which the Dinotrux overcome their apprehensions about the first day of school.
Poppy maps out the season with The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith, in which a couple meets in an elevator during a citywide blackout; Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita, a return trip to Whispering Pines summer camp, first introduced in Sleepaway Girls; Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin, a companion to Rules of Summer, set in ritzy East Hampton; License to Spill by Lisi Harrison, the second Pretenders novel, in which one of the most popular freshmen at Noble High exposes private journal entries; and Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker, first in a YA series starring a 16-year-old rising music star.
Flux sets the alarm for The Violet Hour by Whitney Miller, starring a girl consumed by visions of a violent, blood-soaked alternate reality; The Drowned Forest by Kristopher Reisz, in which Jane knows that a mud creature risen from the lake is really her thought-to-be-drowned best friend; Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose, a steampunk retelling of Arthurian legend; and In Case of Emergency by Helene Dunbar, about a boy dealing with PTSD and building a new life after his mother has killed three of his siblings and herself.
MACMILLAN/FARRAR, STRAUS GIROUX
FSG cuts a rug with Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer, starring a shy cat who rediscovers his love for dance; The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, a fantasy trilogy-starter about the forbidden love between a 17-year-old aristocrat and the slave she buys at auction; Riverman by Aaron Starmer, in which a 12-year-old boy is asked to write the life story of a neighbor who fears she may be the next victim of a stalker who steals children’s souls; Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel, a contemporary adventure inspired by Peter Pan that focuses on a love triangle between Wendy, Pete, and Hook; and The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, illus. by Dan Hanna, which finds Mr. Fish worrying about keeping up with his classmates.
Margaret Ferguson Books battens down the hatches for Dare the Wind by Tracey Fern, illus. by Emily Arnold McCully, an account of how Ellen Prentiss Creesy set a world record for speed while navigating a clipper ship around Cape Horn; Anna & Solomon by Elaine Snyder, illus. by Harry Bliss, the story of how the author’s grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Russia in 1897; Tuck-In Time by Carole Gerber, illus. by Tracey Campbell Pearson, a play-along bedtime book; Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills, illus. by Rob Shepperson, a Franklin School Friends tale in which three friends prepare for a school carnival; and Skies Like These by Tess Hilmo, featuring a girl who befriends a boy in the American West whom she believes is descended from Butch Cassidy.
Frances Foster Books declares checkmate with Grandmaster by David Klass, a novel set during a father-son chess tournament that reveals the game’s darker side; The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Story of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís, a picture-book biography; Queen on Wednesday by Gabi Swiatkowska, starring Thelma, who on a boring Wednesday decides to become a queen; The Twins’ Little Sister by Hyewon Yum, which shows what happens when twins used to having two of everything have to share their mother with a new baby, and Star Child by Claire A. Nivola, a look at the stages of human life, as told to a child who lives in the sky and observes Earth from afar.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Feiwel and Friends calculates spring with Bedtime Math: This Time, It’s Personal by Laura Overdeck, illus by Jim Paillot, a collection of math riddles based on everyday activities in kids’ lives; Hero by Sam Angus, in which a boy is determined to rescue the horse stolen from him during WWII; Oh So Brave Dragon by David Kirk, about dealing with fears; Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn, starring a teen girl who spends the summer pretending to be someone else; and Of Neptune by Anna Banks, the conclusion of the Syrena Legacy trilogy.
Henry Holt puckers up for The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, first in a trilogy about a defiant princess living in the ruins of a bygone world; My Country ’Tis of Thee by Claire Rudolf Murphy, illus. by Bryan Collier, a look at civil rights movements throughout U.S. history through the changing lyrics of the titular song; Jesus’ Last Days by Bill O’Reilly, an adaptation of adult title Killing Jesus, examining the political and historical circumstances of Jesus’ death; Arcady’s Goal by Eugene Yelchin, a glimpse into Soviet Russia through the eyes of a young orphan who dreams of playing with the Red Army Soccer Club; and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, concluding the Grisha trilogy begun with Shadow and Bone.
Christy Ottaviano Books kvells over My Yiddish Vacation by Ione Skye, illus. by Scott Menchin, in which two kids brush up on their Yiddish when they visit their grandparents; Edda: A Valkyrie’s First Day of School by Adam Auerbach, about a Valkyrie who learns to celebrate her unique identity; Arnie and the Aliens from Outer Spastry by Laurie Keller, in which Arnie the doughnut is abducted by alien pastries; The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach, illus. by Kelly Murphy, beginning the Masterpiece Chronicles, a chapter book series spin-off of Broach’s Masterpiece; and My Life as a Joke by Janet Tashjian, fourth in the My Life series.
Priddy Books revs up for spring with Lift the Flap Tab: On the Go, Smart Kids: Record Breakers, Toddler Town: Zoo, and First 100 Numbers Lift-the-Flap, all concept books by Roger Priddy; as well as Schoolies: Chalk Fun by Ellen Crimi-Trent, an activity book with chalk and a wipe-clean board.
Roaring Brook Press plans a purrfect spring with The Litty Bitty Kitty Committee by Laurie Cinotto, a photo guidebook for middle-graders featuring information and anecdotes about kitten care; Sekret by Lindsay Smith, a debut YA novel featuring a psychic spy, set in Moscow during the Cold War; Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carolos Montalvan and Bret Witter, photographs by Dan Dion, inspired by the adult title Until Tuesday, showing how a service dog helped former U.S. Army Captain Montalvan overcome his combat-related wounds; The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu, a YA debut in which small-town teens spread rumors about a former friend; and She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick, a thriller with themes of truth and destiny.
Neal Porter Books wags its tail for Bow-Wow’s Nightmare Neighbors by Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash, a wordless Halloween tale; Froodle by Antoinette Portis, which shows what happens when a bird tires of singing the same old song; Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Halloween stories showcasing the title characters; Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly, illus. by Lisa Brown, a picture book-graphic novel hybrid depicting a girl handling her parents’ separation through her love of art; and The Monsterator by Keith Graves, featuring a mix-and-match element with hundreds of possibilities for readers to make their own monsters.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS
National Geographic Kids renews its passport for National Geographic Kids Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas, containing maps, information, pictures, and games; National Geographic Kids Mission: Animal Rescue: Lions by Ashlee Brown Blewett, the story of a real-life lioness; National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide: All Things Adventure, Exploration, and Fun! by Nancy Honovich, which encourages children to get out of the house and explore; Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum, chronicling the brave deeds of this decorated military dog; and National Geographic Kids Weird But True!: Ripped from the Headlines Real-Life Stories You Have to Read to Believe, a collection of bizarre anecdotes.
Peachtree packs a cooler for Claude at the Beach by Alex T. Smith, a look at Claude and Sir Bobblysock’s first seaside vacation; The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff, illus. by Eliza Wheeler, in which the Grudge Keeper might be out of a job when a storm flings everyone’s grudges into the wind; Churchill’s Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu, featuring a pig whose perfect tail goes missing one day; Charlie Bumpers vs. the Very Nice Gnome by Bill Harley, illus. by Adam Gustavson, which finds Charlie cast in the class play in a role he doesn’t want; and Believarexic by J.J. Johnson, focusing on a girl who has to convince her family to realize she has an eating disorder.
Penguin has spring on a leash with Chip Wants a Dog by William Wegman, a story starring photos of the author’s Weimaraners; Woodward and McTwee by Jonathan Fenske, featuring a bird and a hippopotamus who are friends; Muddy, Mud, Bud by Patricia Lakin, illus. by Cale Atkinson, about a muddy car’s trip to the car wash; and Cork and Fuzz: Wait a Minute by Dori Chaconas, illus. by Lisa McCue, new exploits for the muskrat-possum duo.
Kathy Dawson Books scopes out the exit for No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz, the second installment of the mall quarantine trilogy; and The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage, a companion novel to Three Times Lucky.
Dial scratches its head for What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick, a romance full of expectation and hard questions; Landry Park by Bethany Hagen, a sci-fi/dystopian romance and YA debut; Under the Egg by Laura Max Fitzgerald, a debut middle-grade novel with an art mystery at its heart; and Still Life: The Books of Elsewhere, Vo. 1 by Jacqueline West, the series finale.
Dutton charts a course for spring with Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, a novel about the L.A. film scene and unexpected love; Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, in which Austin accidentally unleashes giant praying mantises on his Iowa hometown; The Life of Ty Book 2 by Lauren Myracle, more family and classroom adventures for seven-year-old Ty; and Inland by Kat Rosenfield, starring Callie, who is flooded with family secrets when she and her father move to the sea from the Midwest.
PENGUIN/GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap gathers ingredients for Recipe for Adventure #4: New Orleans! by Giada De Laurentiis, next in the food-centric chapter-book series; Just Jake by Jake Marcionette, illus. by Victor Rivas Villa, a diary-style novel about finding one’s way in a new school; Here’s Hank #1: Bookmarks Are People Too! by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, illus. by Scott Garrett, first in an illustrated chapter book spinoff series for Hank Zipzer; Core Concepts, launching a paperback picture-book program featuring titles that align with Common Core State Standards; and Treasure Chest #8: Amelia Earhart: Lady Lindy by Ann Hood, illus. by Dennis Zilber, continuing the time-travel adventures of the Robbins twins.
Nancy Paulsen Books listens up for Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver, illus. by Tomie dePaola, a collection about babies; Maple by Lori Nichols, introducing a nature-loving girl; Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall, about a girl who gets some funny answers to her question of where babies come from; Shattered by Teri Terry, wrapping up the Slated futuristic fantasy trilogy; and A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman, featuring an Indian teen’s determination to keep dancing after one of her legs is amputated.
Philomel files a patent application for Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer, which features revolutionary teens fighting the British Empire in a steampunk world; Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin, a fantasy novel in which Edmund must battle an ancient evil; Schizo by Nic Sheff, about a boy’s descent into mental illness and the mystery surrounding his missing brother; Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala, starring Talia, a 12-year-old girl forced to spend her summer in the Arctic Circle after her mother dies; and A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream Come True by Kristy Dempsey, illus. by Floyd Cooper, spotlighting Janet Collins, the first African-American prima ballerina.
Poptropcia saddles up for Poptopics #3: Wild West and Poptopics #4: Scary Monster, two nonfiction titles exploring the real-life inspirations behind several Poptropica islands.
PENGUIN/PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan gets down to nuts and bolts with R Is for Robot by Adam Watkins, a noisy alphabet book; Regular Show Mad Libs and three additional tie-ins to the Cartoon Network program starring a blue jay and a raccoon; The Amazing World of Gumball Mischief Manual and three other tie-ins to the Cartoon Network show about a Gumball the cat; two tie-ins to Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time comedy show; and a doodle book and journal in the Mr. Men/Little Miss series.
Puffin ditches the GPS for Follow Your Heart by Jill Santopolo, a choose-your-own-story book featuring 12 guys, one summer, and many possible endings; Mayday, in which Crow, who has died, is given a chance to come back and make things right; and Gabe & Izzy: Speaking Up for America’s Bullied by Gabrielle Ford, the true story of a young woman and her dog who travel to schools trying to break the cycle of bullying.
Putnam lowers down the pail for The Well’s End by Seth Fishman, a debut adventure novel about a fountain of youth whose waters can kill as easily as heal; Goldi-Rocks and the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton, illus. by Nate Wragg, a fractured fairy tale; Blue Sea Burning, The Chronicles of Egg, Book 3 by Geoff Rodkey, the finale to the misadventures of a boy named Egg; The 5th Wave Book Two by Rick Yancey, in which humanity is still on the brink of extinction; and Conversion by Katherine Howe, based on real events and offering a contemporary take on The Crucible.
Razorbill takes cover with The Storm by D.J. McHale, second in the SYLO end-of-the-world conspiracy trilogy; Space Rocks by Tom O’Donnell, a debut novel about the adventures of four kids abandoned on a asteroid; The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors, a series starter featuring first love and the star-crossed scions of two feuding families; and Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin, a middle-grade novel inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen tale about a girl with the gift of healing in her voice.
Viking slays the season with Lady Helen and the Darkdays Club by Alison Goodman, kicking off a trilogy featuring Regency demon hunter Lady Helen Wrexhall; Half Bad by Sally Green, set in a modern-day England populated by two warring factions of witches; The Last Wild by Piers Torday, a middle-grade adventure set in a world where animals who are almost extinct can communicate with a boy who may be able to help save them; Nelly’s Daddy Gnu by Anna Dewdney, starring Llama Llama’s best friend Nelly Gnu; and Boom Snot Twitty by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Renata Liwska, about a bear, a snail, and a bird.
Warne hops into spring with three tie-ins to the animated Peter Rabbit program on Nick Jr.: a pop-up storybook, a sticker-and-activity title, and a paperback picture book.
Quirk is charged up for Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage (Book #2) by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith, in which the brother-and-sister team must foil an amusement-park employee’s sinister plot.
Random House dons a hard hat for Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres, illus. by Christian Slade, presenting rhymed musings about the bedtime rituals of construction vehicles; Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt, illus. by Sarah Massini, a celebration of literature; My Magic Tree House Journal by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, in which Jack and Annie encourage kids to write about what they find in their backyard, town, world, and imagination; Muck Flats by N.D. Wilson, a middle-grade novel about families, football, and ancient evils; and Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, the sequel to Seraphina, about the continuing war between the dragons.
Delacorte takes wing with The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson, in which Piper rescues the broken objects that fall from other lands and makes them work again; ACID by Emma Pass, a survival story featuring Jenna Strong, framed for a crime and locked away by ACID, the most brutal police force in history; The Here and Now by Ann Brashares, about a teenage girl escaping a dying world who tries to blend into a suburban community; and Hexed by Michelle Krys, which find a cheerleader at the center of a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers.
Knopf plays tour guide with In New York by Marc Brown, a celebration of the Big Apple containing historical facts and sightseeing information; Skink by Carl Hiaasen, a thriller marking the children’s book debut of Hiassen’s ex-Florida governor character; Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Mary GrandPré, the story of one of the pioneering painter; How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan, illus. by Lee Wildish, a follow-up to role-reversal story How to Babysit a Grandpa; and Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee, a modern-day fairy tale set in a mysterious museum.
Wendy Lamb Books comes clean with What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn, a novel-in-stories following the experiences of an American girl in a British boarding school; Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick, set in 1900 Greenland, about an Inuit girl and her community’s assistance to the crew of Robert Peary’s ship; And Never Ending by Martyn Bedford, in which a girl who feels guilt over a friend’s unexpected death enters a clinic that uses unusual methods to help her face what really happened; The Summer I Saved the World…in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz, featuring a girl who pays it forward with random acts of kindness in her community; and We Are the Goodwins by Dana Reinhardt, a YA novel about a teenager’s clandestine affair with a teacher.
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade Books floats on the breeze with The Dandelion’s Tale by Kevin Sheehan, illus. by Rob Dunlavey, in which a sparrow befriends a fragile plant; Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills, catching up with the feathered friends on a sandy adventure; Sparky! by Jenny Offill, illus. by Chris Appelhans, featuring a girl with a pet sloth; Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, illus. by Brian Floca, long-distance swimmer Cox’s tale of a real-life elephant seal; and Lord and Lady Bunny—Almost Royalty! by Polly Horvath, illus. by Sophie Blackall, chronicling Madeline and the Bunnys’ trip to England.
RUNNING PRESS KIDS
Running Press Kids squares off for The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando, which finds a 12-year-old girl vying for her best friend’s attention when a new girl moves in across the street; Shadow Chasers by Elly McKay, in which two children discover and chase shadows in their yard as evening descends; How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker, featuring a reality show teen’s efforts to lose 50 pounds in 50 days for a million-dollar prize; The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu, the story of a high school senior who, asan undocumented immigrant, faces an uncertain future; and Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell, about a privileged teen working as a counselor at a rural summer camp for special-needs children.
Blue Sky Press ushers in spring with Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick, a novel featuring a boy and his dog who become trapped in New Orleans; and Smasher by Scott Bly, a debut thriller about two children who race to stop a futuristic villain who plans to unleash a deadly biological computer virus on the world.
Branches clucks about Kung Pow Chicken #2: Bok! Bok! Boom! by Cyndi Marko, about a star singer who is chicknapped; Princess Pink and the Land of Fake Believe #2: Little Red Quacking Hood by Noah Z. Jones, a twisted-fairy tale reader; Monkey Me #1: Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey by Tim Roland, first in a series about a boy who, after eating a radioactive banana, turns into a monkey when he gets excited; and Looniverse #4: Stage Fright by David Lubar, illus. by Matt Loveridge, spotlighting a play starring a hamburger, a moose, and a ninja.
Cartwheel pops an antacid for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Sticker Book! by Lucille Colandro, illus. by Jared Lee, an activity book based on the picture-book series; Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church, celebrating the wonders of a child; My Lucky Little Dragon by Joyce Wan, a board book tribute with glitter embossing and a mirror; Giraffes Can’t Dance: Number Rumba by Giles Andreae, illus. by Guy Parker-Rees, a novelty board book; and Best Friends Pretend by Linda Leopold Strauss, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, starring two BFFs using their imaginations to become princesses, astronauts, and more.
Chicken House hails spring with The Hit by Melvin Burgess, a thriller about the high a teen gets from the “death pill”; The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher, in which Emily plays a dangerous game to learn the truth about how her friend died; The Drowning by Rachel Ward, which finds Carl with no memory of how his brother died as paramedics take the body away from the lake; and Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Philip Webb, a tale set in the ravaged American West of the future, featuring girl who faces down aliens to find her father.
SCHOLASTIC EN ESPAÑOL
Scholastic en español builds its list with Las Leyendas de Chima: Comienza la leyenda (LEGO Legends of Chima: The Legend Begins); ¿Cómo dicen ESTOY ENOJADO los dinosarios? (How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?) by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague; Scholastic Explora Tue Mundo: ¡Cosas que andan! (Scholastic Discover More Reader Level 1: Things that Go!); Scholastic Explora Tu Mundo: Reptiles (Scholastic Discover More: Reptiles); and Escalafríos HorrorLandia #10: ¡Auxilio! ¡Tenemos poderes extraños! (Goosebumps HorrorLand #10: Help! We Have Strange Powers!) by R.L. Stine.
Graphix takes aim with Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack, in which Cleopatra is transported far into the future; and The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley, a graphic novel memoir about how Gownley became a self-published comic book artist at age 15.
Arthur A. Levine Books wriggles into spring with Superworm by Julia Donaldson, illus. by Alex Scheffler, introducing a worm superhero; The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan, which follows two brothers who uncover hidden truths about the season, with fantastical results; Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy, in which a single shot by a National Guardsman precipitates a second American Civil War; The Cracks in the Kingdom (Book 2 of The Colors of Madeleine) by Jaclyn Moriarty, the story of a secret coalition of teens who must open the crack between worlds to avert disaster; and The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson, in which reformed criminal mastermind Jackson Greene assembles a crack team to save the school election.
Licensed Publishing watches the clock for Tickety Tock: Pirate Time, a tie-in to a new preschool TV show on Nick Jr.; Pokémon: X and Y Handbook, showcasing the characters from the new X and Y region; LEGO: Legends of Chima: Chapter Book #5, based on the latest LEGO theme; LEGO Friends: Double Take, about starting school and signing up for activities; and Peppa Pig: My Mommy, a board book starring Peppa and her brother George.
Scholastic Nonfiction grabs a brush for What If You Had Animal Hair? by Sandra Markle, which uses facts, photos, and illustrations to answer the title question; When I Grow Up: Abraham Lincoln by AnnMarie Anderson, first in a new series of introductory biographies; Scholastic Discover More: Titanic by Sean Callery, featuring eyewitness accounts from survivors and specially commissioned artwork; Scholastic Discover More Reader: Petting Zoo by Penny Arlon, a Level 1 reader that also contains a free downloadable digital book; and I Am: Cleopatra by Grace Norwich, a narrative biography of the Queen of the Nile.
Orchard buzzes into spring with A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold, a picture book in which Buzz tries to help Fly Guy find the perfect pet; Show Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie by Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland, illus. by Shelagh McNicholas, in which the girls take part in their school talent show; Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower, about Lily getting her own kitten; A Bunny in the Ballet by Robert Beck, starring a rabbit reaching for her dreams; and Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! by Cynthia Lord, illus. by Derek Anderson, which finds Hot Rod Hamster saving the day at the country fair.
Scholastic Paperbacks barks for Puppy Powers #1 by Kristin Earhart, the debut of a series spotlighting puppies with magical powers; Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, set at Grimm Academy where best friends Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty try to save their school from the E.V.I.L. Society; Guardian Girl by Victoria Schwab, starring a girl who is a guardian angel; Secret Kingdom #1: Enchanted Palace by Rosie Banks, in which three friends discover a magical kingdom; and two books launching the Stay Alive series by Joe Monninger, each of which features a group of kids fighting to survive in an extreme situation.
Scholastic travels upstairs and down with Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore, which sees the lives of Lady Charlotte and kitchen maid Janie overlap in Edwardian England; Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, a romantic comedy that asks, “Can guys and girls ever really be just friends?”; Spectacle by Donna Cooner, in which a popular fashion vlogger starts over in a new town after her younger sister is killed; and Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten, featuring two teens who create a fake Wikipedia page for a bully, including an account of his death, and are horrified when the scenario comes true.
Scholastic Press stretches the season with The End (Almost) by Jim Benton, which stars a bear named Donut who wants the story to keep going just a bit longer; The Quantum League #1: Spell Robbers by Matthew J. Kirby, first in a new fantasy-adventure series that finds Ben recruited to join a “science camp” that is not what it seems; Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J Muth, starring Koo the panda and featuring 26 haikus about the four seasons; A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, a middle grade novel about a girl who must use her “word collecting” talent to break a curse; and A Home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley, illus. by Edwin Fotheringham, a portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
SEVEN STORIES/TRIANGLE SQUARE
Triangle Square plays host to Lizzie: A Novel by Maxine Kumin, illus. by Elliot Gilbert, a YA novel about a girl who moves from the north to a small town in Florida after an accident leaves her paralyzed; and The Third Chimpanzee for Young People by Jared Diamond, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff, which uses biology, anthropology, geography, and linguistics to offer a portrait of humanity’s success and potential for disaster.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S counts on spring with Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle, the sequel to Better Nate Than Never; Poached by Stuart Gibbs, a follow-up to Belly Up that is set at the FunJungle animal park; Boundless by Kenneth Oppel, in which Will embarks on the adventure of a lifetime; To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, which asks, “What if all your old crushes suddenly found out how you really felt?”; and The Blessed #2: Passionaries by Tonya Hurley, featuring three lost girls who battle for a mysterious boy’s heart while he struggles for their souls.
Aladdin gets pampered with Sparkle Spa #1: All that Glitters and Sparkle Spa #2: Purple Nails and Purple Tails by Jill Santopolo, which launch a chapter book series about sisters who open a mini nail salon for their friends; Moonbear’s Sunrise by Frank Asch, sunrise new Moonbear title; Pegasus #2: The New Olympians, featuring a winged horse and the gods of Olympus; and Five Kingdoms #1: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull, the start of a middle-grade fantasy series.
Atheneum soars into spring with Bird by Crystal Chan, a debut about entrenched secrets and mysterious spirits; Malcolm Little by Ilyasah Shabazz, illus. by A.G. Ford, a picture book biography that explores the childhood of Malcolm X; Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illus. by Evan Turk, written by a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and based on a true story; When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds, a debut novel about standing up for what’s right, even on the wrong side of the neighborhood; and Noggin by John Corey Whaley, a coming of age story about a boy who has a good head… on someone else’s shoulders.
Beach Lane Books strolls down memory lane with The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert, a look at the artist’s career; Junkyard by Mike Austin, a robot story that encourages community building; and Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward, illus. by Steve Jenkins, an exploration of the different kinds of nests birds build for their offspring.
Little Simon has no worries with Be Happy! by Monica Sheehan, an adaptation of the author’s adult volume be happy; Did You Know?: Chickens Don’t Fly and Other Fun Facts by Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot, which kicks off a new series; Greetings from Somewhere: Mystery of the Gold Coin by Harper Paris, illus. by Marcos Calo, the debut of a mystery series; The Kingdom of Wrenly: Lost Stone by Jordan Quinn, illus. by Robert McPhillips, which launches a new fantasy chapter book series; and Junior Genius Guide: Greek Mythology by Ken Jennings, illus. by Mike Lowery, which begins a series by former Jeopardy! champ Jennings.
Margaret K. McElderry Books colors in the season with Outside the Box by Karma Wilson, illus. by Diane Goode, a lighthearted poetry collection; The Offering by Kimberly Derting, the final book in the Pledge trilogy, a dystopian fantasy set in a country where classes are divided by language; The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely, a novel about a teen boy grappling with abuse by a prominent, trusted priest; and Dust Lands #3: Raging Star by Moira Young, which wraps up the Dust Lands fantasy trilogy.
Simon Pulse feels the chemistry with Spark #1 by A. Destiny and Catherine Hapka, kicking off a teen romance series about a first crush and a first kiss; Let the Storms Break by Shannon Messenger, the sequel to romantic novel Let the Sky Fall; Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle, a dark YA romance; Last Forever by Deb Caletti, a novel focusing on first love and loss; and The Treatment by Suzanne Young, the follow-up to near-future novel The Program.
Simon Spotlight puts on a cardigan for Daniel Tiger: Meet the Neighbors! by Natalie Shaw, an updated trip to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood via board book; and Kung Fu Panda: Two to Kung Fu by Tracey West, a tie-in to the TV show.
Paula Wiseman Books feathers its spring list with Nest by Jorey Hurley, a debut chronicling the first year in a bird’s life; Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton, starring a barnyard chick with a special gift—arms; Daisy and Josephine by Melissa Gilbert, illus. by Julia Kuo, the actress’s debut picture book featuring a shy girl and her dog; Fiona’s Lace by Patricia Polacco, a story about a young Irish lace-maker, inspired by the author’s family history; and Storm by Donna Jo Napoli, about a 17-year-old girl who stows away on Noah’s ark to avoid the flood.
SIMPLY READ BOOKS
Simply Read headlines the Big Top with Circus Girl by Clare Pernice, featuring a girl’s elaborate dress-up daydreams; Bluebird by Lindsey Yankey, about a young bird finding confidence; and Snow White and Rose Red, retold by Kallie George, illus. by Kelly Vivanco, an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale.
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS
Sleeping Bear spreads a blanket for Hotdog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic by Leslie Kimmelman, illus. by Victor Juhasz, in which the First Lady celebrates a visit from the King and Queen of England with an all-American picnic; S Is for Sea Glass: A Beach Alphabet by Rich Michelson, illus. by Doris Ettlinger, a seaside-themed ABC book; Stella Bats: Something Blue by Courtney Sheinmel, illus. by Jennifer Bell, a story capturing Stella’s excitement at being a flower girl in her aunt’s wedding, and I.Q.: The Windy City by Roland Smith and Michael Spradlin, which finds Angela and Q heading to Chicago, the next stop on the Match concert tour.
SOHO PRESS/SOHO TEEN
Soho Teen tells all with Before I See Another Day by Adele Griffin, a fictional take on the “oral history” celebrity bio genre; and Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington, a boarding school mystery in which a ghost must solve her own murder.
Fire wakes up to spring with Sixteen Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler, about a girl who finds out the father she thought was dead isn’t; I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strand, in which a self-proclaimed geek is shipped off to survival camp where the instructor is killed by gangsters; The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi, about a girl’s struggle with keeping her sexuality a secret; Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton, capturing the social hierarchy shakeup when an outsider is chosen to co-star in a hidden-camera reality show; and Dear Nobody by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, the diary of Mary Rose, who suffers addiction and abuse while battling a fatal illness.
Jabberwocky sneaks into the season with Ninja Librarians by Jennifer Downey, in which a girl falls through a passage in her library into the headquarters of a secret society of sword swinging, crime-fighting ninja librarians; Allagash by Cathie Pelletier, a slice of Maine life seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Roberta, determined to win the state science fair by communicating with aliens; Ava and Pip by Carol Weston, a diary-style book in which Ava uses her writing talent to help her older sister overcome her shyness; When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens, in which overprotected First Daughter Audrey finds the hidden diary of Alice Roosevelt and decides to recreate some of Alice’s antics; and The Unicorn Thief by R. R. Russell, second in the Unicorns of the Mist fantasy series.
ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN
Griffin whispers with Night Secrets—Reborn by C.C. Hunter, set at Shadow Falls camp where Della’s powers as a vampire are starting to grow; Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the fifth Chronicles of Nick book; Kalona’s Fall by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, which concludes the House of Night series; All the Rage by Courtney Summers, in which a girl’s attempt to blackmail a classmate results in her waking up on a dirt road with no memory of what happened and a partially erased message to herself about what transpired; and Stella by Helen Eve, a debut YA novel about friendship and rivalry set in a prestigious British private school.
Sterling rocks the cradle with Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by various artists, a lullaby collection that contains 11 previously unpublished works and one familiar story, packaged with a music CD; Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo, starring Itchingham Lofte, who has hidden radioactive rocks that MI5, scientists, and terrorists, are looking for; How Hippo Says Hello by Abigail Samoun, illus. by Sarah Watts, a salute to languages featuring greetings from around the globe; Puddle Pug by Kim Norman, illus. by Keika Yamaguchi, in which a pug and a pig with her piglets both covet the same puddle; and Tooth and Claw by Jim Arnosky, a nonfiction book that showcases animals’ features.
Sylvan Dell slips into spring with Sea Slime by Ellen Prager, illus. by Shennen Bersani, a nonfiction title introducing creatures that use slime to capture food, protect themselves, and more; Daisylocks by Marianne Berkes, illus. by Cathy Morrison, starring a seed looking for the place that is “just right” for her to grow; A Cool Summer Swim by Carrie A. Pearson, illus. by Christina Wald, a look at how animals cool down in the heat; Kali the Polar Bear Cub by Jennifer Keats Curtis, photos by John Gomes, a chronicle of a rescued cub’s stay at the Alaska Zoo, and A Busy Year for Beavers by Mary Holland, a photographic journal depicting beavers and their activities throughout the year.
Walker sways in the breeze with Island Girl by Jillian Cantor, about a teen girl raised in the South Pacific who must adjust to the real world – and truths about her childhood – when she moves to California; How They Choked by Georgia Bragg, illus. by Kevin O’Malley, a compendium of profiles of historic figures and some of their spectacular failures; When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan, starring a boy with Tourette’s who tries to accomplish a brief bucket list when he learns he is going to die soon; The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore, introducing fourth-grade sleuth Hazel and her partner Samuel as they track down a Russian spy who has infiltrated their small Vermont town during the McCarthy era, and A Thirst for Home: A Story About How Water Connects the World by Christine Ieronimo, illus. by Eric Velasquez, the tale of an Ethiopian girl adopted by an American family who never forgets her life and the mother who gave her up in her homeland.
Zest knows the secret handshake for Members Only: Unlocking the World’s Most Inscrutable Organizations by Julie Tibbot, covering the scandals, membership requirements, and famous members of these groups; 77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College by Halley Bondy, an edifying list for undergraduate students; Tomboy by Liz Prince, the author-artist’s account of her childhood and young adult years grappling with issues of identity; The Green Teen Cookbook by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElroy, featuring recipes and tips for health- and eco-concsious eating; and Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning After High School by Melissa Martin, aimed at helping students find their best options after completing high school.
Blink casts a spring spell with Merlin’s Nightmare by Robert Treskillard, in which Merlin guides Arthur as the teenager who becomes high king; The Safe Lands: Rebels by Jill Williamson, the finale of the Safe Lands series, which finds Mason and Omartrapped in Liberation and Jemma a pawn in the Safe Lands’ game; and Remnants: Season of Fire by Lisa Bernren, about the Remnants’ efforts to find their way back to the original mission after the battle against the Sons of Sheol.