Blankie (A Narwhal and Jelly BB) by Ben Clanton (Tundra) This charming board book celebrates the power of imagination and reusability.
Bubbles (A Narwhal and Jelly BB) by Ben Clanton (Tundra) When Narwhal accidentally bursts Jelly’s bubble with their tusk-tooth, Jelly is a little sad . . . until Narwhal shows him that there are lots of bubbles in the ocean!
> Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson (Putnam) 4-10 a poignant and timely picture book that’s sure to become an instant classic.
My Red Hat by Rachel Stubbs (Candlewick) 4-8 In a touching reflection on love between generations, a grandfather passes down a hat that has seen a world of moments—and carries a big piece of his heart.
> I Am a Bird by Hope Lim & Hyewon Yum (Candlewick) 4-8 On her daily bike ride with her dad, a bird-loving little girl passes a woman who frightens her—until she discovers what they have in common.
Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket by Sue Fliess & Annabel Tempest (Two Lions) 4-6 STEM With cheery rhyming text and quirky artwork, this is a story about dreaming big and reaching for the stars.
> Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World’s First Female Rabbi by Sigal Samuel & Vali Mintzi (Levine Querido) 9-12 Osnat was born five hundred years ago – at a time when almost everyone believed in miracles. But very few believed that girls should learn to read.
> Matzah Craze by Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh & Lauren Gallegos (Kar-Ben) 5-7 When Noa refuses to swap food from her lunch one day, her friends wonder why. She explains it’s because it’s Passover.
The Secret Fawn by Kallie George & Elly MacKay (Tundra) 3-5 Gorgeous cut-paper art illuminates this sweet, heartfelt picture book about how special being little can be.
Can You Whistle, Johanna? by Ulf Stark & Anna Höglund (Gecko) 7-10. There are plenty of old men who would do as a grandfather at the retirement home, Ulf suggests, when Berra wonders why he doesn’t have one.
Maya’s Big Scene by Isabelle Arsenault (Tundra) 4-8 Maya’s imagination sets the stage for her friends to act out her feminist play. Can she make room in her queendom for the will of the people? A funny picture book about leadership and fair play.
The Music Tree by Julia Valtanen (Starfish Bay) 3-8 A story about the rewards of effort and patience
> Happy Dreams, Little Bunny by Leah Hong (Little, Brown) 2-6 The Runaway Bunny for a new generation—a captivating flight of fancy that also helps children lull themselves into dreamland.
The Snail with the Right Heart: a true story by Maria Popova & Ping Zhu (Enchanted Lion) 6-10 Based on a real scientific event and inspired by a beloved real human in the author’s life.
Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor (B+B) 4-10 a tale about self-confidence and taking a leap of faith, starring an adorable, brave kingfisher.
Robert and the World’s Best Cake by Anne-Kathrin Behl (NorthSouth) 2-6 a delightful story about the big and little wonders of everyday life.
A Small Kindness by Stacy McAnulty & Wendy Leach (Running Press) 3-8 a solid pay-it-forward message to encourage kindness in young children
> Hello, Mandarin Duck! by Bao Phi & Dion MBD (Capstone) 5-8 A celebration of a vibrant, multicultural neighborhood that warmly welcomes newcomers from near and far.
Where Is the Dragon? by Leo Timmers (Gecko) 3-7 In this delightful story, three knights go looking for a dragon in the dark.
Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury) 3-8 Meesha can make lots of things, but she hasn’t yet learned to make friends.
The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer & Mariachiara Di Giorgio (Candlewick) 3-8 As darkness falls on the fairgrounds, the animals venture out of the woods for one magical, memorable night! An exhilarating wordless picture book.
Jack Gets Zapped! (A Jack Book) by Mac Barnett (Viking) 5-8 Jack finds himself trapped inside his favorite game, will he find a way out before it’s game over?
The First Case (Pup Detectives) by Felix Gumpaw (Little Simon) MYS/COM 5-9 the pup detectives of Pawston Elementary join forces to solve the crimes happening all around them. Can they nab the lunchtime bandit who’s been stealing all the best snacks from the cafeteria?
King & Kayla and the Case of the Gold Ring (series 7) by Dori Hillestad Butler & Nancy Meyers (Peachtree) MYS 5-8 another mystery starring lovable golden retriever King and his human girl, Kayla. Just right for newly independent readers.
Eva at the Beach (Owl Diaries #14) by Rebecca Elliott (Scholastic) Will Eva face her fears and maybe find some magic at the beach, too?
The Last Bear by Hannah Gold & Levi Pinfold (HarperCollins) DEBUT 9-12 about friendship, forging your own path, and doing what’s right, debut author Gold inspires fans of Pax and A Wolf Called Wander to make a difference in any way they can.
> Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca (Quill Tree) HF VERSE NOVEL 11-15 An #ownvoices novel in verse about an Indian American girl whose life is turned upside down when her mother is diagnosed with leukemia.
> The Magical Reality of Nadia by Bassem Youssef & Catherine R. Daly (Scholastic) 8-12 this rollicking, charming novel follows sixth grade Egyptian immigrant Nadia as she navigates the ups and downs of friendships, racism, and some magic, too!
> The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold (HMH) 9-12 HF/F In this magical middle-grade novel, ten-year-old Gabrielle finds out that America isn’t the perfect place she imagined when she moves from Haiti to Brooklyn.
Beyond Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson & Sibéal Pounder (Viking) SFF 8-12 Return to the magical world of Platform 13 in Sibéal Pounder’s new novel inspired by Eva Ibbotson’s classic, The Secret of Platform 13!
Claudia and the New Girl (Babysitters Club Graphic Novels 9) adapted by Gabriela Epstein (Graphix) Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class… until Ashley Wyeth comes along.
The Ash House by Angharad Walker (Chicken House) HORROR/MYS DEBUT 11-14 An unsettling, gripping middle grade debut about searching for a sense of belonging in the wrong places, and the bravery it takes to defy those who seek to control us.
Ground Zero by Alan Gratz (Scholastic) HF 9-12 a breathtaking, multifaceted, and resonant look at this singular event in US history — and how it still impacts us today.
My Ex-Imaginary Friend by Jimmy Matejek-Morris (CarolRhoda) 9-12 Eleven-year-old Jack thought he had outgrown his imaginary friend, George–until his dad also disappears from his life.
The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (As Told to His Brother) by David Levithan (Knopf) MYS/F 10-13 takes young readers on a twisting journey through truth, reality, and fantasy and belief.
The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant (Norton) SFF DEBUT 9-12 Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat.
The Barf of the Bedazzler (Fart Quest 2) by Aaron Reynolds & Cam Kendell (Roaring Brook) SFF 8-11 Fart and his friends take on a new belly-quaking quest
A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus (Holiday House) HF 12-16 Set against the backdrop of World War II, Anna, Edmund, and William are evacuated from London to live in the countryside, bouncing from home to home in search of a permanent family.
> The Poetry of Secrets by Cambria Gordon (Scholastic) HF Perfect for fans of Ruta Sepetys and Elizabeth Wein, this lyrical portrait of hidden identities and forbidden love is set against the harrowing backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition.
> Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado (Holiday) 14-18 DEBUT Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard.
The Project by Courtney Summers (Wednesday) MYS/THRILLER 14+ Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.
Muse (#1) by Brittany Cavallaro (KatherineTegen) HF/F set in an alternate history American monarchy where a girl grapples for control of her own life in the middle of a looming war.
> Love in English by Maria Andreu (B+B) 14-18 With playful and poetic breakouts exploring the idiosyncrasies of the English language, Love in English tells a story that is simultaneously charming and romantic, while articulating a deeper story about what it means to become “American.”
> A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen (Razorbill) ROM 13-18 a delicious rom com about first love, familial expectations, and making the perfect bao.
> Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson (Bloomsbury) 13-18 a love story about not only a romantic relationship but how a girl finds herself and falls in love with who she really is.
> Muted by Tami Charles (Scholastic) VERSE NOVEL 12-18 A ripped-from-the-headlines novel of ambition, music, and innocence lost, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo and Jason Reynolds!
City of Villains (bk 1) by Estelle Laure (Disney) SFF 12-16. Disney’s Villains meet Gotham in this gritty fairy tale-inspired crime series.
All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars & Teeth 2) by Adalyn Grace (Imprint) SFF 14+ To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost.
> Renegade Flight (Rebelwing 2)by Andrea Tang (Razorbill) SFF 14-18 Aurora Rising meets Top Gun, with the addition of cybernetic dragons, in this is the witty, romantic, and electrifying sci-fi novel
> Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson (Sourcebooks) SF/ROM LGBTQIA 13-18 A romantic, heart-felt, and whimsical novel about letting go of the past, figuring out what you want in your future, and staying in the moment before it passes you by.
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo (FSG) HORROR 14-18 a dark and thrilling novel about a teen girl who returns home to her strange, wild family after years of estrangement, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls.
This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria (Inkyard) SFF LGBTQIA 13-17 Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away.
> Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen (Mariner) A debut collection from an extraordinary new talent that vividly gives voice to the men and women of modern China and its diaspora
The Low Desert: Gangster Stories by Tod Goldberg (Counterpoint) With gimlet-eyed cool and razor-sharp wit, these spare, stylish stories from a master of modern crime fiction assemble a world of gangsters and con men, of do-gooders breaking bad and those caught in the crossfire.
> Prayer for the Living: stories by Ben Okri (Akashic) collection blurs parallel realities and walk the line between darkness and magic.
Wild Swims by Dorthe Nors [t] Misha Hoekstra (Graywolf) a series of intimate, psychologically acute portraits of individuals in states of emotional crisis.
> Milk Blood Heat: Stories by Dantiel W. Moniz (Grove) Set among the cities and suburbs of Florida, each story in Milk Blood Heat delves into the ordinary worlds of young girls, women, and men who find themselves confronted by extraordinary moments of violent personal reckoning.
A History of What Comes Next (BK 1) by Sylvain Neuvel (Tor) SF/H weaves a scfi thriller reminiscent of Blake Crouch and Andy Weir, blending a fast moving, darkly satirical look at 1940s rocketry with an exploration of the amorality of progress and the nature of violence
> Daughter of the Salt King (BK 1) by A.S. Thornton (CamCat) SFF As she finds herself drawn to the jinni for more than his magic, captivated by both him and the world he shows her outside her desert village, she has to decide if freedom is worth the loss of her family, her home and Saalim, the only man she’s ever loved.
> Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell (Tor) SFF LGBTQIA when it comes to light that Prince Taam’s death may not have been an accident, and that Jainan himself may be a suspect, the unlikely pair must overcome their misgivings and learn to trust one another as they navigate the perils of the Iskat court, try to solve a murder, and prevent an interplanetary war… all while dealing with their growing feelings for each other.
The Survivors by Jane Harper (Flatiron) MYS Coming home dredges up deeply buried secrets…
Best Laid Plans (BK 1) by Gwen Florio (Severn House) MYS In the first of a new mystery series, we meet Nora Best as she flees her old life, cheating husband and all, and takes to the road with an Airstream trailer.
Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan (Atria) MYS Celeste Ng’s enthralling dissection of suburbia meets Shirley Jackson’s creeping dread in this propulsive literary noir, when a sudden tragedy exposes the depths of deception and damage in a Long Island suburb—pitting neighbor against neighbor and putting one family in terrible danger.
> How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones (Little, Brown) A debut novel in the tradition of Zadie Smith and Marlon James, from a brilliant Caribbean writer, set in Barbados, about four people each desperate to escape their legacy of violence in a so-called “paradise.”
> This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith (Grand Central) a cathartic novel about the life-changing weekend shared between two strangers: a therapist and the man she prevents from ending his life.
> The Removed by Brandon Gibson (Ecco) Steeped in Cherokee myths and history, a novel about a fractured family reckoning with the tragic death of their son long ago
> My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead) An exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure – and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection.
> The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood (Doubleday) HF Following two families from Pakistan and Iraq in the 1990s to San Francisco in 2016, Bad Muslim Discount is a hilarious, timely, and provocative comic novel about being Muslim immigrants in modern America.
> Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon (St. Martin’s) ROM Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (Atria) HF Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife.
> Send for Me by Lauren Fox (Knopf) HF An achingly beautiful work of historical fiction that moves between Germany on the eve of World War II and present day Wisconsin, unspooling a thread of love, longing, and the ceaseless push and pull of family
> The Ardent Swarm by Yamen Manai [t] Lara Vergnaud (AmazonCrossing) a stirring allegory about a country in the aftermath of revolution and the power of a single quest.
The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (Berkley) HF The fates of these three women intertwine on the eve of the devastating earthquake, thrusting them onto a perilous journey that will test their resiliency and resolve and, ultimately, their belief that love can overcome fear.
Cormorant Lake by Faith Merino (Blackstone) DEBUT explores the shape of family, the enduring bonds of friendship, and the imperfections of motherhood—messy and beautiful, instinctive and learned, temporal but permanently life-altering.