1. The Hero in You By Ellis Paul, illustrated by Angela PadrÃ³n. $19.99.
From Rosa Parks to Chief Joseph to the freed slave who invented ice cream, these mini-bios in verse show many ways to be a hero. Includes music CD.
2. Nuts to You By Lynne Rae Perkins. $16.99.
How can you resist a book from Newbery winner Perkins described as “an Incredible Journey with squirrels”? We can’t. These critters are not only brave but hilarious.
3. Half a Man By Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Gemma O’Callaghan. $16.99.
Woodcut images powerfully illustrate a story by the War Horse author about a boy who finds out who his war--damaged grandfather really is.
4. Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century By Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Raul ColÃ³n. $17.99.
Soft mixed-media illustrations bring to life the story of a girl who overcame the Jim Crow South to reign at the Met Opera.
5. Flo & Wendell Explore By William Wegman. $17.99.
Wegman brings us another achingly adorable watercolor-and-photo book featuring his pups as Flo and little brother Wendell on a camping adventure.
6. I Don’t Want to Be a Frog By Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt. $16.99.
A forlorn frog wonders why he can’t be another animal, and finally concludes it’s okay to be “a wet, slimy, bug-eating, very lucky” frog.
7. Glamourpuss By Sarah Weeks, illustrated by David Small. $16.99.
Vain Glamourpuss is top cat until a Shirley Temple–esque Chihuahua appears to steal her thunder. Will the two rivals ever reconcile?
8. Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper By Lucy Coats, illustrated by Brett Bean. $5.99.
Teaching mythology? Toss the musty texts for this madcap graphic version with everyone from the Nemean lion to Heracles.
9. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. $15.99.
A boy brings electricity to his drought-stricken Malawi village in this true story of necessity as the catalyst for invention.
10. Sam & Dave Dig a Hole By Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen. $16.99.
Readers will slap their foreheads when they see what Sam and Dave keep just missing while digging a hole. Wittily written and illustrated.
Photo: Courtesy of Carole Boston Weatherford