Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a YA novel about two lonely hearts, a picture book about a pregnant parent, and an irreverent and flatulent picture book.
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. Simon Schuster, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-0896-8. In her first novel, writer and reporter Choi sensitively shows the evolution of two lonely, complicated people who emerge from their shells to risk an intimate relationship. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Mama’s Belly by Kate Hosford, illus. by Abigail Halpin. Abrams, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-2841-9. In this picture book, a child with bouncy, brown curls lives with her serene, pregnant mother and attentive father in their lakeside cabin filled with handmade quilts.
Someone Farted by Eric Bruce Kaplan. Simon Schuster, $15.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-9063-4. A lot can be said about farts, but one thing is certain in Kaplan’s picture book about a flatulent family: they reveal character. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Running Through Sprinklers by Michelle Kim. Atheneum, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-9528-8. In this upper middle grade novel, two friends start to grow up and apart, while a local boy goes missing in their Vancouver, B.C. neighborhood.
Wallpaper by Thao Lam. Owlkids (PGW, dist.), $16.95; ISBN 978-1-77147-283-8. As a girl hides out in her bedroom, the many layers of wallpaper are peeling. In mostly wordless cut-paper art, Lam (Skunk on a String) makes each layer come alive in an extended fantasy sequence. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.
Franny’s Father Is a Feminist by Rhonda Leet, illus. by Megan Walker. Pow, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-57687-873-6. This picture book about a girl and her father forthrightly upends stereotypes about what it means to be a feminist.
One Day a Dot by Ian Lendler, illus. by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. First Second, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-62672-244-6. In a style evocative of a documentary film, Paroline and Lamb’s silkscreenlike artwork in quiet earth tones portrays the progression of creatures from simple to complex. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Moon by Alison Oliver. Clarion, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-328-78160-4. In this picture book, when an overbooked girl longs for a different kind of life, a wolf leads the girl to its pack, who show her “the wolfy ways.”
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Little, Brown, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-316-26228-6. Set in an impoverished Chicago neighborhood, this somber story blends history with current events. Jerome Rogers, a black 12-year-old, is playing outside with a toy gun when he is shot and killed by a white policeman who views him as a threat. Now Jerome wanders the earth with other “ghost boys” whose deaths are all connected to bigotry. The book earned a starred review from PW.
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