Here we round up new and upcoming children’s titles, including a YA novel about a monster-slaying secret society, a graphic novel focusing on an unexpected friendship in a school band, a picture book about the big second luck of a circus performer, a feminist YA novel about protesting school dress codes, and many more.
Scout’s Honor by Lily Anderson. Holt, $18.99 (416p) ISBN 978-1-250-24673-8. Following the death of her best friend, Prudence Perry leaves the Ladybirds, a secret society of young women who protect the world from interdimensional monsters, but brings her back in this book about friendship, inclusivity and sanity. The YA book got a star-studded review from TP.
Scout is Not a Child of the Band: (a graphic novel) by Jade Armstrong. Random house graph, $20.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-5931-7622-1. In order to meet the creator of her favorite character at a music festival, Scout joins the school band (despite not playing an instrument) and falls into an unexpected friendship with the focused trombone chair. Merin.
The Great Zapfino by Mac Barnett, ill. by Marla Frazee. S&S/Beach Lane, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5344-1154-8. After running away during the big leap of his performance, circus artist Le Grand Zapfino gets a great second chance. The picture book received a star-studded review from TP.
Does my body offend you? by Mayra Cuevas and Marie Marquardt. Knopf, $18.99 (442p) ISBN 978-0-593-42585-5. When Malena is called out by the school administration for not wearing a bra in class, she and her new friend Ruby protest their school’s dress code, challenging the privileges and expectations of different body types. .
show the world by Angela Dalton, ill. by Daria Peoples. Viking, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-35139-0. A young black narrator walks through her neighborhood, showing through her friends the different joyful methods of self-expression.
Fine: a gender comic by Rhea Ewing. Liveright, $21 ISBN 978-1-63149-680-6. In Ewing’s early days, they conduct and draw dozens of interviews over a decade to demonstrate the diversity of experiences and personal relationships with gender within the trans community. The comic earned a star-studded review from TP.
very bad people by Kit Frick. McElderry, $19.99 (416p) ISBN 978-1-5344-4973-2. Calliope is about to join an exclusive secret society on campus dedicated to the fight for social justice, but when the society’s tactics escalate, she must ponder the definition of justice. The YA novel earned a star-studded review from TP.
A duo for the house by Karina Yan Glaser. Clarion, $16.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-544876-40-8. Following the unexpected death of her father, her mother’s subsequent silent retirement, and an eviction, viola June Yang and her Chinese-American family move to Huey House, a Bronx shelter for the homeless. The mid-tier book got a star-studded review from TP.
After the Buzz Comes the Bee: Flap Animal Sounds by Rachel Isadora and Robie Rogge, ill. by Rachel Isadora. Holiday Home, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-4920-0. In this flip book, 11 creatures announce their presence, each with their own distinctive noise at a preschool cast.
This book will put you to sleep! by Jory John, ill. by Olivier Tallec. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-374-31130-8. Directed via megaphone, an orange kangaroo wearing blue cowboy boots asks what would tire readers, then attempts to induce zzzs by engaging with possible answers to that question. The picture book received a star-studded review from TP.
Symphony of sorrow by Laekan Zea Kemp. Small, Brown, $17.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-31646-038-5. Baffling teenagers Aarón and Mia both seek entrance and scholarships at the Acadia School of Music, and bond over their shared passion for music and their grief after each losing a parent.
I Will Protect You: A True Story of Twins Who Survived Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor with Danica Davidson. Small, Brown, $17.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-316-46063-7. In a powerful narrative, the late Eva Mozes Kor (1934-2019) and Davidson provide as many history lessons as personal memories and calls for human rights.
The book of pronouns by Chris Ayala-Kronos, ill. by Melita Tirado. Clarion, $8.99 (26p) ISBN 978-0-358-65315-8. Through illustrations relaying the gender identities of a diversely inclusive audience, Ayala-Kronos helps young readers answer the question “How do you know what someone wants to be called?” »
She gets the girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick. Simon & Schuster, $18.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-5344-9379-7. College freshman Alex plans to get his ex-girlfriend back by helping fellow queer freshman Molly land the girl of her dreams in this YA romance.
This rebellious heart by Katherine Locke. Knopf, $18.99 (448p) ISBN 978-0-593-38124-3. In post-war Budapest, a Jewish typist plans to flee Stalin’s rule to Israel, but when news of revolutions around the world sparks talk of revolution in her own city, she must decide whether to stay or to leave.
I am ! : A Book of Reminders by Juana Medina. Versify, $14.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-358-62125-6. The second in the I Will series, Medina’s new picture book inspires young readers to verbalize the qualities they love about them.
Alone here by Riley Redgate. Disney-Hyperion, $18.99 (400p) ISBN 978-1-368-06472-9. In this futuristic lord of the flies story, students trapped on a prototype ship must learn to survive together as the outside world burns.
Breathe by Sujean Rim. Atheneum/Dlouhy, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5344-9253-0. With the help of his friends, Bob the Bird learns that before he’s ready to fly, he’ll need to take a few soothing breaths.
all you need by Howard Schwartz, ill. by Jasu Hu. Holiday Home/Porter, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-4329-1. In this picture book, a Chinese girl becomes a successful artist while learning to appreciate the small, rewarding things in life.
Magnificent Hotel by Emily J. Taylor. Little Penguin, $18.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-593-40451-5. Two sisters seeking a better life get hired at the magical Hotel Magnificent, only to find that everything they’ve learned about their new home is a lie. The YA book got a star-studded review from TP.
K’s car can go anywhere! by Jonathan Tune and Eleanor Doughty. Penguin Workshop, $17.99 (80p) ISBN 978-0-593-22206-5. Two amphibian siblings embark on a daring impromptu road trip that teaches the value of enjoying the unexpected.
Nothing burns as bright as you by Ashley Woodfolk. Versify, $18.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-358-65535-0. In a verse novel that captures the unbalanced experience of all-consuming love, two unnamed queer black teenage girls quickly move from estranged stranger to better protective friendship before becoming dysfunctional lovers and mutually destructive partners in crime. The YA book got a star-studded review from TP.
For more kids and YA titles on sale throughout April, check out TPFull calendar of sales.