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

By Megan Ciskowski, Assistant Publicist

Check out September new releases from Lerner Publishing Group!

Picture Books

Dino-Thanksgiving written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Barry Gott

Follow along as dinos go over the river and through the woods to join together with family. Lisa Wheeler’s bouncy, rhyming text and Barry Gott’s colorful illustrations invite readers to enjoy a festive, dino-style Thanksgiving!

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Middle Grade

Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters by Ginger Garrett

Twelve-year-old Lizbeth is determined to get rid of her dad’s new girlfriend and make friends at her new school—neither of which turns out to be as easy as she expects.

Praise for Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters

“Disasters averted in this realistic yet amusing take on sixth grade life.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fun, funny, and fully heartfelt. Everyone needs true-blue friends like Lizbeth’s. SuperChicken for life.”—Kristin L. Gray, author of The Amelia Six and Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge

“Lizbeth and her pod of “weirdos” will make you laugh then steal your heart. This hilarious and heartfelt gem is moving straight to my “favorites” shelf.”—Lisa Lewis Tyre, author of Last in a Long Line of Rebels and Hope in the Holler

“One of those books that explores difficult topics…with grace and good humor.” —Rebecca Petruck, author of Boy Bites Bug and Steering Toward Normal


Like Spilled Water written by Jennie Liu

Na has always been in the shadow of her younger brother, Bao-bao, her parents’ cherished son. But when Bao-bao dies suddenly, Na realizes how little she knew him. And he wasn’t the only one with secrets.

Praise for Like Spilled Water

“[F]ilters detailed depictions of filial piety, funeral rites, grief, romantic relationships, and parental support through a modern teenager’s perspective. . . . Will lead readers through a quiet revolution.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Full of suspense and honesty, Like Spilled Water is an illuminating and heartrending examination of cultural norms, gender roles, and the complexity of family relationships in China today.” —Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be and The Last to Let Go

“Family obligations, personal desires, and secret lives collide in this tense yet graceful novel about a girl seeking the truth behind her brother’s unexpected death.”—Amelia Brunskill, author of The Window

“[A]n immersive, riveting book…Liu weaves an inspiring story through compelling characters.”—Jennifer Moffett, author of Those Who Prey

Graphic Novels

Créele a tus ojos (Believe Your Eyes): Libro 1 (Book 1) written by Cori Doerrfeld and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld and Tyler Page

Cici’s parents are separating, her abuela’s moving in, and she just woke up with wings on. In this graphic novel—now available in Spanish—she must decide whether to accept her fairy side and special sight.

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Praise for Créele a tus ojos (Believe Your Eyes)

“The multicultural cast and universal themes make this a promising start to a series and a solid introduction to graphic novels.”—Booklist

“Latina Cici is wholly likable, and her real-life concerns play out well juxtaposed with her more whimsical ones. A thoughtful and entertaining mix of fantasy and real-world problems.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Doerrfeld and Page’s vivid cartoons are full of humorous details, while reflecting the deeply felt emotions of a family in transition.”—Publishers Weekly

“Refreshingly, Cici’s problems don’t magically go away by the end. . . . The illustrations are colorful and wonderfully explore the magical world. . . . A decent graphic novel addition.”—School Library Journal

Ever After by Olivia Vieweg

Stranded between safe zones, two young women, Vivi and Eva, trek across the zombie-infested German countryside. Together they’ll face their inner demons and dodge hordes of the undead.

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Praise for Ever After

” . . . Vieweg offers an art-house take on a normally gory and typically action-packed subject.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Both thoughtful and terrifying, and an unexpected take on a familiar premise.”—School Library Journal


Garfield’s ® Guide to Drawing the World’s Best-Looking Cat (and His Friends) by Scott Nickel

This hands-on guide for drawing favorite Garfield characters including Garfield, Odie, Jon, and more uses basic shapes and techniques. Clear step-by-step instructions are punctuated by fun asides from Garfield to deliver how-to-draw content with humor.

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Eye by Eye: Comparing How Animals See written by Sara Levine and illustrated by T.S Spookytooth

This playful picture book will keep readers guessing as they learn wonderfully weird and gross facts and find out how different animal’s eyes are like—and unlike—those of starfish, owls, slugs, and more!

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Praise for Eye by Eye

“[P]ictures of children with extra eyes, moving eyes, antennae, and animalistic pupils are intriguingly bizarre to look at and will likely keep curious children coming back to this book for stares and giggles.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Great Bear Rescue: Saving the Gobi Bears written by Sandra Markle

This fascinating look at Gobi bears—the rarest bears on the planet—reveals why so few of these bears remain in their native habitat in Mongolia. Discover what scientists are doing to help this critically endangered species.

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Praise for The Great Bear Rescue

★ “Markle clearly and efficiently introduces a bear unfamiliar to most North American readers . . . Not a story of salvation but a work in progress, ably explained.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Wild Style: Amazing Animal Adornments written by Jenna Grodzicki

What do a crab waving pom-poms, a bug with a backpack of dead ants, and a mud-spattered vulture have in common? They all have wild style! Learn how sponge crabs, lacewing larvae, and other animals’ wacky adornments help them survive.

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Genomics: A Revolution in Health and Disease Discovery written by Whitney Stewart

Since the completion of the Human Genome Project, the field of genetic studies has transitioned into an era of discovery. Explore the breakthroughs in research that inform our understanding of ancestry, inheritance, epigenetics, health, and medicine.

Praise for Genomics

“A clear, understandable, and well-sourced look at how advances in genomic medicine alter the treatment of diseases, with thought-provoking ideas to consider regarding the ethics of human genetic modification.”—Booklist

“High-quality, curiosity-sparking brain fuel.”—Kirkus Reviews

★ “An excellent bridge between real-world technology applications of biotechnology and what students learn in their biology classrooms.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kiyo Sato: From a WWII Japanese Internment Camp to a Life of Service by Connie Goldsmith

Kiyo Sato was one of many Japanese Americans to be moved to internment camps during World War II. This narrative biography, supported by informational sidebars, revisits a troubling part of America’s history through the eyes of a young woman who lived through it.

Praise for Kiyo Sato

“This informative biography sheds light on a dark chapter in American history.”—Booklist

“A moving, insightful portrait.”—Kirkus Reviews

She Represents: 44 Women Who Are Changing Politics . . . and the World by Caitlin Donohue

She Represents celebrates feminism and female contributions to politics and activism. Author Caitlin Donohue profiles forty-four leaders, shedding light on their motivations, goals, strengths, and even missteps. Readers will be inspired to pursue social change themselves.

Praise for She Represents

“A timely introduction for budding feminists.”—Booklist

“[T]his richly diverse and well-sourced work is conversational and lively. . . . A must-have title.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[H]ighlights a variety of prominent, international women leaders who have made major political and social contributions to their countries. . . . [E]specially useful for school projects or for those interested in politics. Recommended for purchase.”—School Library Journal

“[A] terrific introduction to how the world today is being shaped by womens’ voices, and how far we still have to go to achieve global equity in this regard. This 360-degree look at the influence and ideologies of these leaders will also inspire many young women—and others as well—to bravely fly a banner of their own.” — Marke Bieschke, author of YA titles Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States and Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens

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