Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including picture books about finding true friends and also finding home, a jungle-themed exploration of the alphabet, and the launch of a YA science fiction series.
Neither by Airlie Anderson. Little, Brown, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-316-54769-7. Anderson (Cat’s Colors) tackles exclusion, difference, and identity in a sweet-tempered picture book fable.
Vincent Comes Home by Jessixa Bagley and Aaron Bagley. Roaring Brook/Porter, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-62672-780-9. Spouses Jessixa Bagley (Boats for Papa) and Aaron Bagley (Rocking Fatherhood) collaborate on a story set on a container ship that sails the world’s oceans, in which the ship’s resident cat discovers what a home is.
Walk and See: ABC by Rosalind Beardshaw. Nosy Crow, $7.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-9623-8. Two children—a pale redheaded boy and a girl with brown skin and curly hair—explore nature together in an alphabet book that quietly emphasizes independence and curiosity.
Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-257099-4. This YA science fiction series opener from Caine (The Great Library series) and Aguirre (The Immortal Game trilogy) encourages readers to stay curious, question authority, and fight injustice. The book earned a starred review from PW.
This Is M. Sasek: The Extraordinary Life and Travels of the Beloved Children’s Book Illustrator by Olga Cerná, Pavel Ryška, and Martin Salisbury, trans. from the Czech by Martina and Stuart Nicholson. Universe, $29.95; ISBN 978-0-7893-3427-5. Though written for an adult audience, this illustrated scrapbook pays homage to the work of midcentury illustrator M. Sasek (1916–1980), best known for his This Is… series of travel guides for children.
Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling. Algonquin Young Readers, $19.95; ISBN 978-1-61620-734-2. This comprehensive history geared for teens chronicles the almost 80-year battle for women’s suffrage. Conkling (Radioactive!) sketches the complex personalities of the women who fought for women’s right to vote, beginning with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car by Kate Dopirak, illus. by Mary Peterson. Beach Lane, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-8803-7. Dopirak (You’re My Boo) and Peterson (Dig In!) team up for a soothing and smartly executed vehicular riff on a familiar lullaby.
Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship by L.M. Elliott. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-267130-1. Elliott (Suspect Red) combines a flair for fiction with masterly research to create a dense yet eminently readable story about Peggy Schuyler, third daughter of Gen. Philip Schuyler, one of George Washington’s right-hand men. The book earned a starred review from PW.
How Mamas Love Their Babies by Juniper Fitzgerald, illus. by Elise Peterson. Feminist Press, $16.95; ISBN 978-1-93693-200-9. First-time author Fitzgerald writes about the work mothers do to care for their children and support them economically—work that is often unseen or ignored. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Ten Magic Butterflies by Danica McKellar, illus. by Jennifer Bricking. Crown, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-101-93382-4. Ten flowers ask a local fairy to help them achieve their dreams of flight; the fairy complies, turning them into butterflies. Actor, author, and math advocate McKellar uses the flowers’ story to touch on concepts of addition, subtraction, and regrouping.
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira. Harper Voyager, $14.99; ISBN 978-0-06-267608-5. Former journalist Pedreira’s debut novel is a sci-fi thriller set on the moon during an international crisis. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Holi Colors by Rina Singh. Orca, $9.95; ISBN 978-1-4598-1849-1. “My jaan, my life, my little one./ Let’s play holi. Let’s have fun!” So begins Singh’s photographic picture book tribute to the Hindu holiday of Holi, during which participants toss colorful powders on each other. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. First Second, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-62672-363-4. A talented seamstress and a prince with a secret take the stage in Wang’s graphic novel, which is set in a playfully tweaked version of 19th-century Paris and highlights identity, acceptance, and fashion. The book earned a starred review from PW.
For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of February, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.