Happy Book Birthday! New Picture Books, Middle Grade, and YA

Take a look at new Lerner books to read this February.

Picture books

Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright

Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright, biography and illustrations by Nina Crews

From watching a sunset to finding a beetle, Richard Wright’s haiku puts everyday moments into focus. Paired with the photo-collage artwork of Nina Crews, Seeing into Tomorrow celebrates the lives of contemporary African American boys.

Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright
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★ “This loving, welcoming introduction to one of the most important American writers of the 20th century centers young black boys as supreme observers and interrogators of the natural wonders that surround them.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

★ “A must for all children’s collections.”—starred, School Library Journal

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Honk! Splat! Vroom!

Honk! Splat! Vroom! by Barry Gott

Five mice race down a road—and meet all sorts of messy obstacles. Luckily, a friendly goose saves the day. Told in 53 simple words, this story will delight the youngest of readers!

Honk! Splat! Vroom!
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“On track to become a repeated favorite.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Middle grade


#3 The Wheel of Life and Death, written by Julian Sedgwick and illustrated by Patricia Moffett

In the final installment of the Mysterium series, Danny races to unmask the traitor within the Mysterium circus troupe and to discover the truth behind his parents’ death . . . before disaster strikes again.

Praise for the series:

“For fans of action-driven adventure set in the criminal underworld.”—School Library Journal 

“A clever mashup of crime drama and magical realism . . .”—Kirkus Reviews 

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Young adult

Disturbed Girl's Dictionary

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos

In NoNieqa Ramos’s debut novel, Macy is classified as “disturbed” by her school. But she isn’t interested in how others see her. She’s got more pressing problems: a volatile family, law enforcement, and a best friend who isn’t speaking to her.

★ “Ramos is a voice to watch; her exceptional writing and compassionate realism will draw many readers . . .”—starred, Booklist

★ “[A] story of will and determination against all odds.”—starred, Foreword Reviews

“These pages vibrate with Macy’s fury, beat with her enormous heart, and take flight. I wanted to burn down the whole damn world and build a new one worthy of her. Instead, I started the book over to witness again the alchemy that turns brokenness into a thing of beauty. Unforgettable.”—Ashley Hope Pérez, author of Printz Honoree Out of Darkness and The Knife and the Butterfly

Read a sample chapter, and view the title on Edelweiss.

Graphic novels

Whiskers Sisters

The Mystery of the Tree Stump Ghost: Book Two by Miss Paty

In the second book in The Whiskers Sisters series, the sisters go looking for their friend, Tim the fox, who mysteriously disappears around the haunted old tree stump. What spooky, kooky surprise is awaiting them?

#2 The Mystery of the Tree Stump Ghost

Praise for the series:

“[A] quirky starter comic for readers moving out of picture books.”—Publishers Weekly

“For fans of adventures in the vein of The Powerpuff Girls.”—School Library Journal

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