1 | Saving Wonder By Mary Knight. $16.99. In this coming-of-age novel set in Appalachian coal country, a unique host of characters bravely cope with tragedy and find strength in the power of words. Grades 4–7.

2 | Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) By Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim Miller. $16.99. A mystery narrator and an alligator named Snappsy argue their way through an absurd narrative. Grades K–2.

3 | Here Comes Valentine Cat By Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda. $16.99. Cat deeply dislikes mushy Valentines and really doesn’t want to give one to Dog—until he throws her a bone and wins her over. Grades K–2.

4 | President Squid By Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Sara Varon. $16.99. Candi-date Squid is boastful, rude, and loose with the facts. Then he finds out how much work it takes to be president and declares himself king. Grades K–2.

5 | Super Happy Magic Forest By Matty Long. $17.99. Life is but a dream in the Super Happy Magic Forest until the Mystical Crystals of Life are stolen! Five mismatched heroes go a-questing in this trippy, twisty tale. Grades K–3.

6 | Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig By Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Charlotte Voake. $17.99. A smart, funny bio of little Beatrix, who was not so good at keeping her subjects alive. Grades 2–4.

7 | I’m an Alien and I Want to Go Home By Jo Franklin, illustrated by Marty Kelley. $16.99. Nothing’s going his way and Daniel is convinced he’s an alien. He’ll try anything, even bathtub cryogenics, to get back to Kepler 22b. Grades 3–5.

8 | Behind the Canvas By Alexander Vance. $16.99. Art history meets fantasy in this breathless tale of a girl entering the strange world within paintings—Rubens and Renoir, among them—to save her only friend. Grades 4–7.

9 | The Hueys in What’s the Opposite? By Oliver Jeffers. $17.99. Jeffers delights once again with his simple yet clever watercolor-washed drawings that explore the idea of opposites in humorous, and odd, situations. Grades K–1.

10 | Beetle Boy By M. G. Leonard. $16.99. Learn more about coleopterology than you thought possible from a middle-grade novel. A boy must enter an entomologist’s wonderland (and nightmare) to find his missing father. Grades 4–7.

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