1. Flora and the Penguin By Molly Idle. $16.99. The pushes and pulls of friendship are exuberantly illustrated in this wordless book about a girl and her pas de deux on ice with a penguin friend.
2. But... By Tim Hamilton. $16.95. The best-laid plans of a boy and his dog keep getting waylaid as they encounter a band of scurvy pirates. But…thanks to a cranky, sock-knitting aunt, all is well in the end. Grades K–2.
3. Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla By Katherine Applegate, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. $17.99. The Newbery-winning author sweetly and effectively makes the case for better animal welfare. Grades K–2.
4. Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar By Keith Richards, illustrated by Theodora Richards. $18. The Rolling Stones guitarist tells a heartwarming tale of the musical granddad who inspired him. Grades K–2.
5. Bad Magic By Pseudonymous Bosch. $17. This very funny book (first in a trilogy) about magic, volcanic islands, wayward kids, and, of course, llamas was penned by the popular Secret Series author. Grades 3–7.
6. Kinda Like Brothers By Coe Booth. $17.99. Award-winning author Booth is back with another gritty novel set in Newark, New Jersey. Jarrett is having a hard time coping with the new foster kid his mom has taken in. Grades 3–7.
7. Egg & Spoon By Gregory Maguire. $17.99. The author of Wicked wows with a magical tale set in the Russian countryside, complete with wisecracking witch Baba Yaga, she of Slavic folklore fame.
Grades 6 and up.
8. I Remember Beirut By Zeina Abirached. $9.95. A moving graphic memoir set in 1980s Lebanon by the author of A Game for Swallows. Black-and-white images convey the anxiety of life in a war zone.
Grades 7 and up.