The Truth About Max, written and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, ages 3-8. Wherever Max goes, mischief is sure to follow! He spends his days teasing, playing hide-and-seek, and prowling the barnyard. He's also keenly intelligent and independent, with his own private life that begins at night. An affectionate portrait of a pet who's both friend and hunter, from a luminary author-illustrator pair of American children's literature. “Utterly delightful.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Early Chapter Books
The Apartment House on Poppy Hill: Book One, written and illustrated by Nina LaCour, ages 7-10. Nine-year-old Ella considers herself the official greeter, tour guide, and is generally in charge of 1106 Wildflower Place, but the elusive Robinsons who live on the top floor are a mystery--one which Ella is determined to solve, and bring the elderly couple into the community of the apartment building on Poppy Hill. “Cozy and comforting… readers will want to move in here.” – Kirkus Reviews
Graphic Novels and Chapter Books (Ages 8-12)
The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom, written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Shawn Harris, ages 8-11. Award-winning creators Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris are back with the second volume in the bestselling The First Cat in Space graphic novel series! Secret tales of woe, hilarious new characters, and dangerous plans of sabotage will keep readers delighted and laughing until the thrilling climax. Perfect for fans of Dog Man and InvestiGators. “This volume continues the nonstop madcap fun; returning readers will not be disappointed, and new ones will quickly become avid followers of the world’s first feline astronaut.” – Kirkus Reviews
Graphic Novels and Chapter Books (Ages 10-14)
Alebrijes, by Donna Barba Higuera, ages 10-14. When thirteen-year-old Leandro takes the fall for his sister and is exiled into an ancient drone, he embarks on a perilous journey beyond the city's walls where he encounters mutant monsters, wasteland pirates, and fellow outcasts as he tries to save his sister and fellow Cascabeles from the oppressive regime.“High-stakes adventure... Beautiful, imaginative writing…. A wondrous addition to any collection." -- Booklist, starred review. SEVEN STARRED REVIEWS!
Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods, written and illustrated by Grace Lin, ages 8-13. Do you know the stories behind delectable dishes--like the fun connection between scallion pancakes and pizza? Or how dumplings cured a village's frostbitten ears? These tales--based in real history and folklore--are filled with squabbling dragons, magical fruits, and hungry monks. This book will bring you to far-off times and marvelous places, all while making your mouth water. And, along the way, you might just discover a deeper understanding of the resilience and triumph behind this food, and what makes it undeniably American. “An utterly delectable feast of history and storytelling.”-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review. FIVE STARRED REVIEWS!
Gwen & Art Are Not In Love, by Lex Croucher, ages 13-18. The descendants of King Arthur, betrothed since birth and archenemies, agree to keep each other's secret: that they are both queer, in this medieval YA romcom for lovers of A Knight's Tale, full of sword-fighting, found family, and the very best of romantic tension. "A wonderful expansion of the YA romance genre...Frankly a delight." -- Kirkus Reviews.
Available on November 28.
Illuminoceans: Dive Deep Into the Ocean with Your Magic Three-Colour Lens, written by Barbara Taylor and illustrated by Carnovsky, ages 5-10. The ocean is a big, mysterious place. With the magic three-color lens included in Illuminoceans, shed some light on the darkest depths of our watery world, and encounter the creatures, seascapes, and surprising underwater features of all of Earth's oceans.