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

by Libby Stille, Publicist

Check out February new releases from Lerner Publishing Group!

Picture Books

All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing after the Oklahoma City Bombing, written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Nicole Xu

After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, survivors shared experiences and began to heal. A nearby elm tree began to heal as well. Named the Survivor Tree, it stands as a memorial and symbolizes strength to people grappling with tragedy and loss.

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Praise for All of a Sudden and Forever

★“An affecting story of loss rooted in one specific tragedy.” – starred, Kirkus Reviews

Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z, written by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

This inspiring, poetic resource for middle graders is organized as a dictionary; each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy, or respect. Readers explore the words through poems, quotes, anecdotes, and activities.

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Praise for Dictionary for a Better World

“A creative and inspirational resource suitable for a broad range of ages and uses.”—Kirkus Reviews

★ “[C]reates multiple pathways for engagement.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

A Girl Like Me, written by Angela Johnson and illustrated by Nina Crews

Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews’s distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of color.

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Praise for A Girl Like Me

“A book to inspire the next diverse generation of girls to keep working toward breaking glass ceilings . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

“[A] celebration of individuality, guts, and sisterhood.”—Publishers Weekly


Our Colorful World: A Crayola ® Celebration of Color by Mari Schuh

Explore four favorite colors from a yellow school bus to a groovy green gecko to a bright red strawberry. High-impact photos paired with friendly text share the vibrant colors of natural and man-made materials all around us.

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Welcoming Words: A Sesame Street ® Language Guide for Making Friends by J. P. Press

©2020 Sesame Workshop®, Sesame Street®, and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved.

Become a smarter, stronger, and kinder friend with Sesame Street! Big Bird, Elmo, and their international friends help kids learn how to welcome others in six languages commonly spoken in the US, refugee camps, and resettled communities.

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©2020 Sesame Workshop®, Sesame Street®, and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved.

Graphic Novels

Super Potato and the Mutant Animal Mayhem (Super Potato #4) by Artur Laperla

Super Potato is back, and crime is running wild! When a giant chicken goes on a rampage, only a tiny potato can stop it. But is the bird’s mutation an accident or fowl play?

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Middle Grade

Red Menace by Lois Ruby

In 1953, thirteen-year-old Marty Rafner finds his life upended when the FBI suspects his parents of communist sympathies. As rumors fly, his friends turn on him, and agents track his every move, Marty questions what it means to be a patriotic American.

Praise for Red Menace

Red Menace is a compelling and engaging story of a tumultuous and painful time in our history.” –Clare Vanderpool, author of Navigating Early and Moon Over Manifest

“Readers will root for the protagonist as hard as he roots for his Yankees.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Young readers will find this compelling story sharply relevant…” – Booklist


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