1 | Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery By Sandra Neil Wallace, illustrated by Bryan Collier. $17.99. A compelling bio of a talented black athlete who wanted only to paint. Grades 1–3.
2 | Rot, the Cutest in the World! By Ben Clanton. $17.99. Rot, a mutant potato, is sure he can win the Cutest in the World contest. After trying on competitors’ “cute” identities, he winningly decides to just be himself. Grades K–2.
3 | In the Past By David Elliott, illustrated by Matthew Trueman. $17.99. Prehistoric creatures and poetry? Perfect match! Humorous but informative verse will be sure to inspire little word-loving scientists. Grades K–2.
4 | Elmore By Holly Hobbie. $17.99. Lonely Elmore’s spikes keep potential friends at bay, so the ingenious porcupine, with help from a wise uncle, comes up with a plan to gain friends and invent something useful. Grades K–2.
5 | Martin Rising: Requiem for a King By Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney. $19.99. Evocative watercolors illustrate soaring verse in this book, out in time for the 50th anniversary of King’s death. Grades K–2.
6 | Baby Monkey, Private Eye By Brian Selznick and David Serlin, illustrated by Brian Selznick. $16.99. In his signature Hugo style, Selznick (and co-creator Serlin) follow the cutest monkey private eye as he solves mysteries. Grades K–2.
7 | Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required By Brian Lynch, illustrated by Edwardian Taylor. $12.99. A hilarious defective-toys tale stars the intrepid Grumbolt. First in a new series by the screenwriter of Minions. Grades 1–4.
8 | Winterhouse By Ben Guterson. $16.99. An avid wordsmith and orphan finds herself in the mysterious Winterhouse Hotel for the holidays, thrust into solving both the mysteries of the hotel and her own identity. Grades 3–7.
9 | Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire By John August. $16.99. Another anointed boy hero copes with family upheaval and how to be loyal in a page-turning adventure set in the rugged, snowy landscape of Colorado. Grades 3–7.
10 | The Wonderling By Mira Bartók. $21.99. You’ll root like mad for tenderhearted fox-creature Arthur and his friends in this steampunk-infused tale that reaffirms the power of music and friendship. Grades 4–7.
Sidebar Photo: Courtesy of Bryan Collier