It’s almost 2022, and we’re excited for readers to discover the many incredible books that will be released! Want a sneak peek at what’s coming? Check out video previews from our editors, get digital ARCs on NetGalley, and browse our new spring catalogs!
Watch: Lerner Editors Introduce Spring Books
The editors at Lerner are so excited to present the upcoming titles from the Carolrhoda Books, Carolrhoda Lab, Graphic Universe, Lerner, Millbrook, Twenty-First Century Books, and Zest Books imprints!
Read New ARCs on NetGalley
Who doesn’t like free books? All of these Spring 2022 titles are either currently on NetGalley or will be available to read on NetGalley through the end of January! Creating an account is quick and easy, and you can read upcoming releases before anyone else. Share what you loved about the book on NetGalley, Goodreads, and Amazon to help other readers discover the best titles for their bookshelves.
Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman’s Case for Equality and Respect by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Jeffery Boston Weatherford
Discover the story of Civil Rights activist Mary Hamilton, a Black woman who took a stand for respect—with a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States—and won.
“Carole Boston Weatherford provides unflinching narration . . . Collages made of photographs and fine-lined sketches on scratchboard by Jeffery Boston Weatherford, combined with boldly graphical book design, give the picture book a cinematic quality, placing due emphasis on Miss Hamilton’s landmark case.”—Publishers Weekly
Gold Mountain by Betty G. Yee
Growing up in 1860s China, Tam Ling Fan has lived a life of comfort. Her father, a magistrate, is wealthy enough to provide for his family yet nontraditional enough to spare Ling Fan from the debilitating foot-binding required of most well-off girls. But her life is upended when her brother, Jing Fan, dies and their father is imprisoned under false accusations. To earn the money that will secure her father’s release, Ling Fan disguises herself as Jing Fan and takes his contract to work as a laborer on the Transcontinental Railroad in America. Once there, she must face grueling work conditions, avalanches, treachery, and racism to save what is left of her family.
How to Be a Difficult Bitch: Claim Your Power, Ditch the Haters, and Feel Good Doing It by Halley Bondy, Mary C. Fernandez, Sharon Lynn Pruitt-Young, Zara Hanawalt
In the past, being a “difficult bitch” was bad. Girls weren’t supposed to call people out for their BS, stand up for themselves, or do their own thing. This book embraces the insult with irreverent humor, encouraging readers to be themselves no matter what, including an exploration of the ways this phrase can be interpreted differently among people of different backgrounds.
Sensational Senses: Amazing Ways Animals Perceive the World by Rebecca E. Hirsch
Humans have five senses. But some animals can perceive things we can’t thanks to their extraordinary senses. From science writer Rebecca E. Hirsch comes a fascinating book that introduces these animals and delves into the science behind their senses. Discover how animals use their senses to find food, navigate their environment, and communicate.
10 at 10: The Surprising Childhoods of Ten Remarkable People by Carlyn Beccia
Audrey Hepburn, Roberto Clemente, Albert Einstein—kids know the names, but do they know what some of history’s most famous figures were like at the age of ten? Carlyn Beccia presents ten brief and beautifully illustrated biographies to give young readers a fresh look at the lives of people they may only know through history books. Colorful timelines provide context and add additional details about these extraordinary lives.
True or false: Sloths are mysterious. Answer: True! Scientists are only beginning to discover how sloths live in the wild.
To learn more about these adorable animals, scientist Dr. Becky Cliffe attaches special, high-tech backpacks to sloths, which record daily diaries of the animals’ activities. Join author and photographer Suzi Eszterhas on a visit to the steamy Central and South American jungles where these adorable animals live—and find out how Dr. Cliffe is using her discoveries to help protect these incredible creatures.
Today Is Different by Doua Moua and illustrated by Kim Holt
Mai, a young Hmong girl, and Kiara, a young Black girl, are best friends. They do everything together—riding the bus, eating lunch, playing at recess. But one day Kiara misses school and Mai goes looking for answers. When she learns that her best friend is protesting an act of police violence against the Black community, Mai decides to join the protest too. Her parents at first want to protect her by keeping her at home, but she shows them that standing together makes all of us stronger.
We Belong by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Carlos Vélez Aguilera
You and I, we’re alike, / but we’re different too. / That’s not good. / That’s not bad. / It’s just what is true.
Rhyming text explores opposites while highlighting the value in each of us. Bright illustrations feature a diverse group of children, playing and learning in an urban setting.
Spring 2022 Catalogs
Do you need a bird’s eye view of what is coming up next? Visit the Lerner website to see the Spring 2022 catalogs and order your books today! Click the title of the catalog below to download a PDF.
See everything new in Spring 2022 for grades PreK-12 in this catalog: nonfiction series, YA novels, graphic novels, YA nonfiction, and more!
Check out new releases for readers grades 6-12.
See new trade titles, including picture books, graphic novels, YA fiction, and more.
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