The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean
By Dean Robbins, illustrated by Sean Rubin. $17.99. Gr. K–3.
A unique entry in the slew of books around Apollo 12’s 50th anniversary, this is the story of astronaut and artist Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, who returns home to express his wonder through painting. For any scientist who loves art and any artist who loves science!
Stubby: A True Story of Friendship
By Michael Foreman. $17.99. Gr. K–3.
He shook the hands of presidents, tackled enemy spies, and was wounded. Stubby, a stray dog who endeared himself to U.S. soldiers during WWI, became a loyal comrade (even learning to salute!) and a hero upon his return home.
Away With Words: The Daring Story of Isabella Bird
By Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell. $17.95. Gr. 1–4.
A sickly child in Victorian England, explorer and writer Isabella Bird soared when set free to explore—the American West, Persia, Tibet, India. She barely survived some adventures (volcanic burns, near drownings), married at age 51, and held audience with the queen.
Ninita’s Big World: The True Story of a Deaf Pygmy Marmoset
By Sarah Glenn Marsh, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. $17.99. Gr. K–3.
Fall in love with Ninita, raised by conservationists after being abandoned. Readers will delight in discovering Ninita loves toothbrush massages, whipped cream, and Mr. Big, her first marmoset friend.
Can You Crack the Code?
By Ella Schwartz, illustrated by Lily Williams. $21.99. Gr. 3–8.
Logic, history, and math come together in this informational guide to ciphers and cryptography. Budding detectives will love cracking these codes. —Stacey Riedmiller, fourth-grade teacher, Reading, OH
Hey There, Earth Dweller!
By Marc ter Horst, illustrated by Wendy Panders. $19.99. Gr. 2–7.
A perfect book. Infographics catch your eye, and incredible facts ensure you’ll turn the pages. It covers everything from why we have time zones to providing a mnemonic for the planets, minus that dwarf planet Pluto! —Brian Smith, kindergarten teacher, Taylorsville, NC
Children of the First People: Fresh Voices of Alaska’s Native Kids
By Tricia Brown, illustrated by Roy Corral. $13.99. Gr. 3–7.
Alaska is a mythic land brought closer through stories of Native kids doing both familiar (basketball, playing trombone) and far-flung (seal hunting, dog sledding) things, in environments as disparate as the verdant south and the icy north.
Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue
By Marc Aronson. $17.99. Gr. 4–8.
In this riveting story of the rescue of 12 boys and their coach, we go inside the intricately choreographed multi-nation effort to save them. The cast includes the boys and their zenlike coach, the selfless divers, and the collaborative Thai leaders. Winding throughout is a message about coming together to achieve a near-impossibility.