1 | Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow By Jessica Townsend. $17.99. In this sensationally surreal tale, a cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world as mysterious as it is enchanting. First in series. Grades 3–7.

2 | This Is a Good Story By Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Magali Le Huche. $17.99. This clever lark of a meta-story references Plot, Conflict, etc. as part of the tale, and keeps changing, hilariously, as it’s being drawn. Grades K–2.

3 | The Antlered Ship By Dashka Slater, illustrated by The Fan Brothers. $17.99. A soulful fox voyages far to find “foxes with answers.” Instead, he finds unexpected friends. Gorgeous graphic, ink, and digital drawings. Grades K–2.

4 | Before She Was Harriet By Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome. $17.95. This soaring picture book bio introduces us to Harriet Tubman as a child, a young woman, a suffragist, a spy, and a liberator. Grades K–2.

5 | After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again By Dan Santat. $17.99. In this retelling of the story of the ill-fated egg, an acrophobic Humpty conquers his fears to get back the things he misses most. Grades K–3.

6 | Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat By Judy Sierra, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. $17.99. An inside look at how Dr. Seuss faced his biggest challenge: writing Cat solely with words from a first-grade list! Grades 1–3.

7 | Not So Different By Shane Burcaw, photos by Matt Carr. $17.99. With goofy candor, Burcaw answers questions like “Why is your head so much bigger than the rest of your body?” and takes us on a tour of his beautiful life. Grades 1–4.

8 | The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole By Michelle Cuevas. $16.99. This wildly original tale of a black hole named Larry who follows a grieving, science-obsessed girl home is both very funny and touching. Grades 3–7.

9 | Ruby & Olivia By Rachel Hawkins. $16.99. A shivery-good haunted-house mystery and fraught friendship saga in one, with authentic preteen voices, just enough sentimentality, and great pacing. Grades 4–7.

10 | The Red Bandanna By Tom Rinaldi. $17.99. This book about “the man in the red bandanna,” a 24-year-old broker who died rescuing countless people on 9/11, is a shining account of selflessness and courage. Grades 4–7.


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