The Door by the StaircaseKatherine Marsh’s forthcoming middle grade novel, The Door by the Staircase, has received a starred review from Kirkus, which noted that "Well-drawn characters, an original setting, and a satisfying resolution are the ingredients that make this carefully crafted middle-grade adventure a highly rewarding read." The book, which comes out in January, was also recently named a Junior Library Guild selection.
Planting ParsleyIn January, for the Jewish holiday Tu B'Shevat, PJ Library will mail Pamela Ehrenberg’s first board book, Planting Parsley (with illustrations by Constanze von Kitzing), to 15,000 two-year-olds in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. The book is shaped like a parsley pot and will be mailed with an accompanying packet of parsley seeds.
¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado/ Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud ForestLulu Delacre’s latest bilingual picture book, ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado; Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest, will be released in late February. The book has already received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and has been selected by the Junior Library Guild.
Going Where It's DarkPhyllis Reynolds Naylor dedicates her new book from Delacorte, Going Where It's Dark, to her late husband, a speech pathologist, because a therapist and a stuttering boy play a big part in the plot.  So do the limestone caverns in rural Southwest Virginia. Of the main character, Kirkus says,"When he sticks up for himself against the school bully, the retribution is swift and potentially deadly. Buck's hidden talents may be his only chance at survival. Naylor's signature ability to coax profound truths out of ordinary characters and familiar events shines. . . ."  A Junior Literary Guild selection.
Samurai RisingGareth Hinds’s new book, Samurai Rising (written by Pamela Turner), goes on sale February 2nd. It is an action-packed historical nonfiction title about one of Japan's most famous samurai warriors, appropriate for 7th grade and up, and has received 3 starred reviews.
Bella's New Baby

Sue Fliesss Little Golden Book, Bella’s New Baby, illustrated by Violet Lemay, will be released January 12. When Bella hears she’s going to be a big sister, she pictures all the fun she’ll have with a sweet baby girl. But the new baby turns out to be a boy! Bella is disappointed at first, until she holds him for the first time and imagines how wonderful life will be with a baby brother.

The Bug Book

Sue Fliess's book, The Bug Book, will be published by Grosset and Dunlap/Penguin Core Concepts on February 23.  Grab your bucket and join the search for all the cool bugs outside! This fun rhyming story lists all the bugs you can imagine—creep bugs, climb bugs, sticky-slime bugs! Discover the vast world of insects in this photo-filled book.

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