Two of the standouts for me in the Charlesbridge Publishing presentation was Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education because it’s gorgeously illustrated and because you can’t have enough books about Malala, a personal hero of mine. The other one was about a young Nina Simone but it doesn’t seem to be on their website yet.
I don’t usually discuss board books but Disney Book Group’s Feminist Baby is hilarious.
“Feminist Baby likes pink and blue.
Sometimes she’ll throw up on you!
Feminist Baby chooses what to wear
and if you don’t like it she doesn’t care!”
And Mo Willems has a board book called Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals that is his first one written specifically for the format, but again, not up on their site yet.
If you are unaware, there is a popular Marvel series of comics about a new superhero called Squirrel Girl. I am not making this up. Now Shannon Hale (yes, THAT Shannon Hale!) has a middle grade chapter book about her called Squirrel Meets World. I already had a favorite 5th grader read the ARC and she loved it (and she hadn’t heard of Squirrel Girl before this.).
Disney is also going to be putting out Elephant and Piggie “Biggies” which will be hardbound books with collections of five Elephant and Piggie stories each. Kind of like the George and Martha books. These will not be new stories, just collections of the books we already know and love.