By Libby Stille, Publicist
Check out September new releases from Lerner Publishing Group!
Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen by Beth Mills
First grader Ella McKeen is the undisputed kickball queen until a new girl shows up—and shows her up at recess. Ella reacts by throwing a fit! Will she ever be able to play kickball again?
Praise for Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen
“Readers will close this emotionally intelligent book with strong feelings—and will likely ask to hear it again and again.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Emotions ring true in this relatable story. A good read-aloud choice to spark discussion.”—School Library Journal
Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready for Winter, written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Claudine Gévry
This charming nonfiction picture book shows how a variety of familiar, kid-friendly animals prepare for—and survive—winter in northern climates.
Praise for Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle
“Primary grade teachers may find this picture book a useful read-aloud choice to supplement units on animals in winter.”—Booklist
“A good choice for a late fall storytime.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Too charming to miss.”—School Library Journal
Thanku: Poems of Gratitude, illustrated by Marlena Myles and edited by Miranda Paul
This poetry anthology, edited by Miranda Paul, explores a wide range of ways to be grateful with poems by a diverse group of contributors, offering a wonderful alternative to traditional Thanksgiving books.
Praise for Thanku
“[T]his attractive and accessible collection should be popular with browsers and useful for creative writing classes.”—Booklist
“Lovely lyric lessons in appreciating the ordinary.”—Kirkus Reviews
“It is #OwnVoices at its very best!”—Dr. Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children’s Literature
Owl’s Outstanding Donuts by Robin Yardi
When an owl alerts Mattie Waters to suspicious activity near her aunt’s Big Sur donut shop, Mattie must rally her friends, face her fears, and try to save her new home.
Praise for Owl’s Outstanding Donuts
“An exciting conclusion will satisfy young mystery fans. . . . Yardi’s love for nature shines through in this quiet but quirky story about friendship, family, and of course, donuts.”—Booklist
“Doughn’t miss this earnest tale.”—Kirkus Reviews
“With an owl who likes strawberry iced doughnuts, an environmental crime, and a family business at stake, Robin Yardi has crafted a sweet mystery about the power of friendship and facing one’s fears.”—Jacqueline K. Ogburn, author of The Unicorn in the Barn
“Readers of all ages will be cheering—and hooting!—for Mattie and her friends as they track down the culprits in this brilliant, high-stakes mystery with heart. Owl’s Outstanding Donuts is, well, simply outstanding!”—Kristen Kittscher, author of The Wig in the Window
Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman
In this queer western adventure, acclaimed cartoonist Melanie Gillman puts readers in the saddle alongside Flor and Grace, a Latinx outlaw and a trans runaway, as they thwart a Confederate plot in the New Mexico Territory.
Praise for Stage Dreams
★”This charming and poignant queer romance set against a Civil War–era backdrop will resonate with readers.”—starred, School Library Journal
“An illuminating western with a refreshingly matter-of-fact queer romance.”—Booklist
“An engrossing escapade with a heart-stealing queer romance.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Melanie Gillman’s beautifully crafted YA graphic adventure reveals the hitherto little-known historic diversity of the Old West.”—Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters
“Stage Dreams is a delight. A fast-paced, charming adventure story told beautifully in colored pencil—a medium nobody knows better than Mel Gillman. Treat yourself to this book; your day/week/life will be better for it.”—Kate Leth, Spell on Wheels
Cassandra Steps Out: Book 1, written by Isabelle Bottier and illustrated by Hélène Canac
Cassandra has a gift: she sees what animals are thinking. After keeping her talent a secret, Cassandra decides to make a difference. Can she find a lost cat? Or will her first case be a flop?
Praise for Cassandra Steps Out
“[G]reat themes are packed in with loads of heart and excellent pacing. Any animal lover will devour this in two bites.”—Booklist
“Cassandra’s struggles and triumphs make this an entertaining series opener with broad appeal.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A good match for readers who enjoy stories about animals or psychic powers.”—School Library Journal
The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos
Fifteen-year-old overachiever Verdad is struggling to meet her Puerto Rican mother’s expectations and process her best friend’s death when she falls for Danny, a trans boy, and starts to question her own identity.
Praise for The Truth Is
“Ramos (The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary, 2018) creates an #OwnVoices protagonist in Puerto Rican Verdad and weaves her many intense feelings together in a way that never feels forced, from Verdad dealing with PTSD after the shooting to falling in love to discovering and then defining her queer identity.”—Booklist
“A coming-of-age novel about coming out and overcoming. . . . [P]owerful.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Ramos writes with intensity and poeticism in this fresh, painful, but ultimately optimistic coming-of-age novel. Notable for its up-to-the minute depiction of gender identity, sexual orientation, and race.”—School Library Journal
“NoNieqa Ramos’s unflinching voice and writing style continues to cement her as a force to be reckoned with in the YA world.”—Mia García, author of The Resolutions
“A brilliant, beautiful, moving story of ecstasy and loss and tragedy and hope, The Truth Is demands to be read.”—Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick, authors of Snowsisters
Read a version of NoNieqa Ramos’s speech to ALA librarians about her YA novels, diversity, and resisting the status quo here.
Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters by Carlyn Beccia
Could Dr. Frankenstein’s machine ever animate a body? Why should vampires drink from veins and not arteries? What body parts are best for zombies to eat? (It’s not brains.) Explore the fascinating history and science behind eight legendary creatures.
Praise for Monstrous
★”Informative and entertaining throughout for readers undead or otherwise.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews
We live in an era of misinformation. Updated to include a chapter on fake news, this book is a guide to critical thinking for young readers looking to find some clarity in a confusing world.
Praise for Debunk It! Fake News Edition
“In an era of fake news, click-bait, and viral media, this book demands to be read.”—Kirkus Reviews
“An essential book for our modern era.”—John R. Platt, editor, The Revelator
Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck: A Sesame Street ® Celebration of Food by Heather E. Schwartz
Introduce readers to food literacy with the help of Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster, Chef Gonger, and their foodie truck! Browseable layout includes recipes, the basics of healthy eating, where food comes from, and table manners.
Praise for Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck
“A lively and entertaining way to introduce cooking to youngsters and get them thinking about ways to keep their bodies healthy and strong.”—School Library Journal
Crayola ® Team Colors: The Wonderful, Colorful World of Sports by Jon M. Fishman
Why are soccer balls black and white? What do the colors on a team’s jersey mean? Explore colors in sports with Crayola! Photos and text celebrate colors in children’s sports as well as favorite professional teams.