1 | Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and BirutÃ© Galdikas
By Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Maris Wicks. $19.99.
This tri-part graphic novel recounts the lives of three key primatologists. Grades 3–7.
2 | Grandfather Gandhi
By Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk. $17.99.
A little boy strives to live up to his revered bapuji—and learns a surprising lesson about channeling his anger for good. Grades K–2.
3 | Bluffton
By Matt Phelan. $22.99.
Finely etched watercolors are set off by perfectly minimal text in this story of a boy and his fascination with the summer crowd—a young Buster Keaton and his vaudeville mates. Grades 4–8.
4 | This Is the Rope
By Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by James Ransome. $16.99. History can be told through the simplest of objects. A worn rope tells of the hopes and dreams of three generations. Grades PreK–1.
5 | The Tree Lady
By H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry. $16.99.
A tree-loving girl becomes the first woman science grad at UC, and transforms San Diego from desert town to leafy city. Grades PreK–1.
6 | Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World
By Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Oliver Dominguez. $16.99.
Move over, Edison. Tesla (he of the coil) is the illuminating hero of this biographical picture book. Grades 1–3.
7 | Sugar
By Jewell Parker Rhodes. $16.99.
Award-winning novelist Rhodes tells the story of a black child in post-slavery Mississippi who befriends two Chinese immigrants brought in to harvest the sugarcane. Grades 3–5.
8 | Dogs of War
By Sheila Keenan, illustrated by Nathan Fox. $12.99.
Canine heroes get their due in this boldly illustrated graphic novel that traces the faithful dogs’ valiant efforts in three American wars.
9 | In Disguise!: Undercover With Real Women Spies
By Ryan Ann Hunter. $17.99.
No more channeling James Bond. Girls can pretend to be WWII agent Virginia Hall or Crazy Bet, a daring Civil War mole. Grades 3–6.
10 | Staking a Claim: The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung
By Laurence Yep. $6.99. At the end of the gold rush, a Chinese immigrant boy struggles in the brutal world of 1850s mining in the American West. Grades 3–6.