Here are seven books for teens that will be released this month. They have plenty of buzz with a mix of starred reviews and large print runs.
Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg
A Phoenix Must First Burn by Patrice Caldwell
Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds
Thorn by Intisar Khanani
When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
Here are nine middle-grade titles releasing in March that caught my eye. They have lots of buzz with a mix of starred reviews and large print runs.
Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico, illustrated by Karensac
Bloom by Keith Oppel
Enchanter’s Child: Twilight Hauntings by Angie Sage
Mananaland by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
Wink by Rob Harrell
Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter
A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
Here are 15 new picture books releasing this month that have lots of buzz with starred reviews or large print runs!
Vamos! Let’s Go Eat! by Raul the Third
Amphibian Acrobats by Leslie Bulion, illustrated by Robert Meganck
Hello World! by Ethan Long
Hike by Pete Oswald
I Go Quiet by David Ouimet
Letters from Bear by Gauthier David, illustrated by Marie Caudry
Mama Baby by Chris Raschka
My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
The Nest that Wren Built by Randi Sonenshine, illustrated by Anne Hunter
Nesting by Henry Cole
An Ordinary Day by Elana K. Arnold, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
Southwest Sunrise by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Wendell Minor
Things That Go Away by Beatrice Alemagna
The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade
Ten children’s books have been selected by a panel of booksellers as the best debuts of the Winter/Spring season. Here are the titles:
Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
Mostly the Honest Truth by Jody J. Little
Nikki on the Line by Barbara Roberts
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Izzy + Tristan by Shannon Dunlap
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Nocturna by Maya Motayne
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
White Rose by Kip Wilson
XL by Scott Brown
The Scarecrow’s Wedding by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler has garnered some criticism from parents for having an evil scarecrow who smokes. Evidently, it’s not enough that the bad guy is the one smoking, nor that the other characters actually say out loud that smoking is bad, but just the image of a cigar is enough to cause concern for children.
I have a copy of the book and wanted to see what the fuss was about. I must admit I was surprised at how clearly smoking was dealt with as something bad and then that even the bad guy doesn’t really successfully smoke. I’ve taken a picture of the page in question, and honestly it is just a single page in the entire book. This way you can make up your mind if it’s appropriate for your school, library or children.
I also appreciate the fact that the cigar is actually part of the plot. When it falls from Reginald’s hand, it starts a fire that is important to the progress of the story.
So what do you think? Should children’s books have smoking in them? Is it ever OK?
Publisher’s Weekly has released their Spring 2015 sneak preview for children’s books. The list includes picture books, middle grade and teen. Listed by publisher, this is a great way to see the books long before they arrive, build your future must-read list, and start a list of books to keep an eye on for your library purchases.
The American Booksellers Association has a preview of their Spring Kids’ Indie Next List which features fifty titles picked by booksellers at independent bookstores from across the nation. They also select a top ten:
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Following Papa’s Song by Gianna Marino
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Secret Box by Whitaker Ringwald
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Sparky! by Jenny Offill
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Here are the top ten titles in the new Indie Next List just for children’s books. Head to the American Booksellers Association website to see more than the top ten. All of the books are selected from nominations from independent booksellers across the U.S.
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Journey by Aaron Becker
The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty
The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde