Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess
Harper: $17.99, ages 4-8
The author of "Coraline" pens a blessing for girls as they grow: "Let her tell stories and dance in the rain, somersault, tumble and run," bathed in the swirling illustrations of Charles Vess.
Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun
22 Super-Charged Science Projects for Kids
Michael J. Caduto
Storey: $16.95 paper, $26.95 hardcover, ages 8-13
Activities to get kids excited about renewable energy, such as using a bicycle to power a 12-volt battery or an umbrella cooker that harnesses the sun's energy to cook food.
Little, Brown: $16.99, ages 4-8
A flashy chameleon who likes to stand out learns that joining in can be just as much fun.
Charlie the Ranch Dog
Ree Drummond, illustrated by Diane deGroat
Harper: $16.99 ages 4-8
A cute little pooch introduces children—and urban canines—to the chores and challenges facing a dog living in the country, especially when the cows start grazing in Mama's vegetable garden. (now available)
Chike and the River
Anchor: $10 paper, ages 9-12
A tale of bravery and courage centered on an 11-year-old Nigerian boy's quest to cross the Niger River.
I'm Not Her
Sourcebooks Fire: $9.99 paper, ages 13 and up
Two sisters are different in every way, but when beautiful, sporty Kristina is diagnosed with cancer, everyone turns to brainy Tess, who finds herself bearing responsibilities she's never had before.
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Candlewick Press: $5.99 paper, ages 6-11
All her friends and family are leaving town for summer, and Judy Moody's stuck with boring Aunt Opal — until she comes up with one of her plans leading to adventures — and some trouble, of course.
Just Being Audrey
Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos
Balzer & Bray: 32 pp., $16.99
How the ugly duckling that was Audrey Hepburn growing up in Nazi-occupied Holland became the swan that lit up the screen and used her fame to help the world's needy children.
The Last Apprentice
Rage of the Fallen
Joseph Delaney, illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith
Greenwillow: $17.99 (13 & up)
Tom Ward has battled boggarts, witches and all manner of fiends in previous books in this series. But is he strong enough to handle what awaits him in Ireland, a land he was warned to never set foot on?
LaRue Across America
Postcards From the Vacation
Blue Sky Press: $16.99, ages 4-8
Ike the dog's correspondence from his road trip across America on which he is forced to bring two cats along as companions.
The Midnight Palace
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Little, Brown: $17.99, ages 12 & up
From the author of the blockbuster "The Shadow of the Wind" comes this story following the lives of twin teens born in Kolkata, India and kept hidden from a mysterious evil that hunts for them.
Queen of the Falls
Chris Van Allsburg
Houghton Mifflin: $18.99, ages 6-9
This story of charm school teacher Annie Edson Taylor's attempt to be the first person to ride down Niagara Falls in a barrel deserves a spot on the bookshelf alongside the author's earlier books "The Polar Express" and "Jumanji."
A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays
Gertrude Stein, illustrated by Giselle Potter
Yale University Press: $25, all ages
"Alphabets and names make games," wrote Gertrude Stein — modernist writer, expat and friend of Hemingway's — who provides an adventure in language for minds both young and old in the first illustrated edition of the book written more than 70 years ago.
Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps
Schwartz & Wade: $17.99, ages 4-8
The life of the famed English primatologist's studies of chimpanzees is brought to life with vivid colors and a clear, simple overview of her life.
We Are America
A Tribute From the Heart
Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers
Collins: $16.99, ages 4-8
Panoramic paintings are paired with free verse and historic sayings in this sweeping look at our nation's history and its people.
When Bob Met Woody
The Story of the Young Bob Dylan
Gary Golio, illustrated by Marc Burckhardt
Little, Brown: $17.99, ages 9-12
The early days of a young Bob Zimmerman as he follows his dreams from rural Minnesota to New York City, where he meets his idol, Woody Guthrie.
Tracy C. Read, photographs by Tim Fitzharris
Firefly Books: $9.95 paper
Sharp, vivid images of Old Faithful and other wonders in Yellowstone National Park give young readers a sense of its grandeur whether or not they're planning a visit.
You Can Count on Monsters
The First 100 Numbers and Their Characters
Richard Evan Schwartz
CRC Press: $24.95, ages 4-8
Math is more fun when monsters are along! This colorful illustrated journey through the factor trees of 1-100 features a different creature for each prime number to help take the scariness out of arithmetic.