Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Nonfiction, and Graphic Novels

Check out today’s new releases from Lerner Publishing Group!

Picture books

The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems by Calef Brown

The Ghostly Carousel by Calef Brown

A zombie family reunion, a “Jekyll lantern,” a giggling undertaker, a telekinetic warlock . . . are you scared yet? Sure to induce shrieks and giggles in equal measure, New York Times bestselling author Calef Brown’s poems present a wonderfully creepy cast of characters. Richly detailed paintings add to the frightful fun!

Spread from The Ghostly Carousel
Spread from The Ghostly Carousel

Praise for The Ghostly Carousel

“[W]ickedly humorous and gently eerie.”—Publishers Weekly

“Brimming with macabre portraits and gross humor, Brown’s carousel emboldens young readers to find fun in things that go bump in the night.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A highly recommended purchase for Brown fans and those who relish poems that go bump in the night.”—School Library Journal

View this title on Edelweiss.

The Universe Ate My Homework, written by David Zeltser and illustrated by Ayesha L. Rubio

The Universe Ate My Homework by David Zeltser

Abby hates doing homework. In fact, she’ll do just about anything to get out of it. So when she discovers an amazing scientific recipe for creating a parallel universe where she’ll never have to do homework again, she’s ready to jump right in. There’s just one small wrinkle—she might not be able to find a way back.

Inspired by mind-bending modern physics, David Zeltser and Ayesha L. Rubio spin the tale of a hilarious girl in a truly out-of-this-world adventure.

Spread from The Universe Ate My Homework
Spread from The Universe Ate My Homework

Praise for The Universe Ate My Homework

“Don’t try this at home, just bring it home. The Universe Ate My Homework is totally safe (and delightful) to read.”—Robert Krulwich, NPR science journalist and co-host of Radiolab

“Even readers who don’t share Abby’s aversion to homework will be sucked in.”—Kirkus Reviews

View this title on Edelweiss, and read Art Director Danielle Carnito’s reflections on how Ayesha Rubio drew Abby here. Plus, watch the book trailer!


Crayola ® Colorology ™: Color in Science, Nature, Art, and Culture by Mari Schuh

Crayola Colorology

Explore color in the world around you with Crayola®! See how frogs use color to surprise predators, learn how your eyes see color, explore how artists use color to create feelings, and more in this vibrant celebration of the colors all around you.

View this title on Edelweiss.

Disney Coding Adventures: First Steps for Kid Coders by Allyssa Loya

Disney Coding Adventures

Computational thinking is the first step to coding. Kid coders can start on the basics in a fun and easy way by learning alongside favorite Disney characters in this four-book collection. No computer required!

View this title on Edelweiss.

The Magic of Our World: From the Night Sky to the Pacific Islands with Favorite Disney Characters by Paul Dichter and Larry Heiman

The Magic of Our World

Some things seem like magic—until we find the science behind them. Explore the science of our world with help from favorite Disney characters. Appreciate the northern lights with Anna and Elsa, and dive into the ocean with Dory and friends. Learn about cars with Lightning McQueen, and tour the Pacific islands with Moana. Solid nonfiction text infused with Disney magic will engage readers.

View this title on Edelweiss.

Graphic novels

The Epic Origin of Super Potato: Book 1 by Artur Laperla

Super Potato by Artur Laperla

Super Max has it all. He’s a superhero with a flashy uniform and a great head of hair. Sure, sometimes the evil Dr. Malevolent pops up to cause trouble. But Super Max has defeated the villain over and over again.

This time is different. This time, Dr. Malevolent’s plan works . . . and he turns the handsome hero into a tiny tuber! But there’s one thing the doctor didn’t count on. The potato still has powers, and justice takes many forms. Super Max may be gone . . . but it’s Super Potato’s time to fly!

Spread from The Epic Origin of Super Potato
Spread from The Epic Origin of Super Potato

Praise for Super Potato

★ “A zany, funny selection that will entertain kids and the adults who might be reading over their shoulders.”—starred, School Library Journal

“If Loony Tunes was in the superhero business, this is something it might have baked up.”—Booklist

“Laperla’s parody strikes an easy comedic tone from the first page, and its wackiness unspools effortlessly. . . . A promising start to a series with appeal to strong and reluctant readers alike.”—Publishers Weekly

View this title on Edelweiss, and read editor Greg Hunter’s post about the series here.

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