by Jerry Pinkney
With a playful buoyancy and minimal words, Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney (The Lion and the Mouse) here tells of another triumphant underdog, this time in the American Southwest.
A dapper hare in a burgundy vest removes a black-and-white checked kerchief to serve as the flag indicating the start and finish lines. (In a clever touch, the final image shows the hare fastening that same scarf around the tortoise's neck, like a good sport.) "On your marks," says the fox, holding the flag. With the word "Go!" the
by Janis Ian, Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
Janis Ian's lyrics (commissioned for an album called Harbour of Songs for the 2012 Olympics) make an ideal debut picture book and cautionary tale upon which to build illustrations by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert (The Umbrella).
Ian's story of a tiny mouse who pines for adventure brims with his overlooked treasures, such as "a jack-in-the-box who popped every Sunday at five o'clock" (imagined as a cat's head in the Schuberts's illustration) and a clown with "a frown that was deafening," pictured on a bicycle.
Shelf Awareness is a free e-newsletter about books and the book industry. We have two separate versions:
For Readers: Discover the 25 best books coming out this week as selected by our industry insiders. (Tuesdays and Fridays.) Sign up now.
For Book Trade Professionals: Receive daily enlightenment with our FREE weekday trade newsletter. Sign up now.
by Jon Scieszka, editor
A tour of diverse worlds created by 10 story masters such as Rebecca Stead, Rick Riordan and Ray Bradbury.
by Sara Zarr
One family searches for a way to let their creative passions bring them together, instead of tearing them apart.
by Robin McKinley
A world built by Robin McKinley in tribute to the late Diana Wynne Jones, whose fans will also find this a treat.
by Frank Viva
The ideal blend of art history and inspiration for budding artists and architects of all ages.
by Bennett Madison
A perfect mix of contemporary romance and modern magical realism that will satisfy both teen and adult readers.
by Elizabeth Rusch, illus. by Oliver Dominguez
Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla and the role he played in electrifying the world.
by Robert Sabuda
Another pop-up tour de force from author-artist-paper engineer master Robert Sabuda.
by Paul Schmid
A boy, unable to face his fears, picks up an alligator to ingest them.
by Karen Harrington
One of the strongest middle grade novels of the year, thanks to good contemporary storytelling and great characters.
by Adele Griffin
A teenage girl struggles to recover her memories of a car accident that killed her fellow passenger.
by Aleksandra Mizielinska, Daniel Mizielinski
A visual extravaganza, with fascinating trivia presented in pages as spacious and luxurious as a classic road atlas.
by Elisha Cooper
An informative picture book journey with scrumptious illustrations that celebrates the many facets of train travel.
by Donna Jo Napoli, illus. by Christina Balit
Another glorious collection from the team behind Treasury of Greek Mythology.
by Aaron Frisch
An exemplary nonfiction series for young children that features accessible text and engaging photographs.
by Adam Gidwitz, illus. by Hugh D'Andrade
The final--and grimmest--installment in Adam Gidwitz's Grimm retellings.
by John Bemelmans Marciano, illus. by Sophie Blackall
The worst boy alive steals eight lives from his cat so he can beat his family's curse.
by Gita Wolf, illus. by Sunita Sunita
A gorgeous handmade gift with artwork original to the Meena tribe in Rajasthan, India, and a catchy cumulative text.
by Kate Green, illus. by Christopher Wormell
Ten bold and classic nesting blocks that trace a newly hatched chick's search for her family.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013On NPR's Fresh Air: Ben Bradlee, Jr., author of The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams (Little, Brown, $35, 9780316614351).
Monday, December 2, 2013On the Colbert Report: Daniel Goleman, author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence (Harper, $28.99, 9780062114860).
Wednesday, November 27, 2013On NPR's On Point: Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (Simon & Schuster, $40, 9781416547860).
Tuesday, November 26, 2013On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family (Beacon Press, $25.95, 9780807013199), and Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of 'Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage Is Transforming America (Oxford University Press, $24.95, 9780199873746).
Monday, November 25, 2013On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Thomas E. Patterson, author of Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism (Vintage, $15, 9780345806604).
On NPR's Fresh Air: James Tobin, author of The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9780743265157).