Fall 2020 edition

A Note from the Ed/Lib Team

As anyone who has joined us in our offices over the years knows, we love hosting our seasonal previews to meet local teachers and librarians and introduce them to our upcoming titles and authors. We’re even more excited to be able to bring our previews to teachers and librarians around the country! From this page, you can learn more about preview speakers, download materials distributed at the event, and discover upcoming titles courtesy of S&S editorial staff. So sit back, get your TBR lists ready, and enjoy this preview of our Fall 2020 season from the comfort of your own home, school, or library. Excited about one of these books? Interested in what we’re reading? Tweet us at @SSEdLib using #SSKidsPreview.

Meet Fall 2020 Preview Speaker, Cozbi Cabrera!

Cozbi A. Cabrera, children's book illustrator, muñeca doll creator, and storyteller, talks to teachers and librarians about her most recent book: Me & Mama. Cozbi is introduced by her editor, Denene Millner. Me & Mama is published with Denene Millner Books, an imprint that publishes titles by African-American authors and illustrators for readers of all ages.

Preview Fall 2020 Titles by Imprint

Spend a few minutes with each S&S editor as they highlight a title from their Fall lists!

How Big Is Zagnodd?

Written and Illustrated by Sandra Boynton

How Big is Zagnodd? is a brand new board book from Sandra Boynton that dares to answer that exact question. And spoiler alert: Zagnodd is SO BIG. From there, we zip around outer space and meet a wild variety of aliens. Just to name a few—there’s Boknuk, Fleeb, and Igwak—who are LONG or FUZZY or BRIGHT. Told with Boynton’s one-of-a-kind witty charm, and featuring fun call-and-response text, this book is easily one of the funniest she’s ever done, and also—believe it or not—her first book about aliens ever! There’s a hilarious twist (that is way too good to give away), but I guarantee that everyone who reads this book will literally laugh out loud.

BB: 9781534482562; Now on sale; Ages 0 & up

Little Joy

Little Love

By Nadine Brun-Cosme • Illustrated by Marion Cocklico

In this adorable series of first feelings, the main character, Little One, learns what it means to feel full of joy and love—so much so that in each book, Little One actually transforms into Little Joy and Little Love. Little Joy highlights the feeling of being happy and bright, while Little Love highlights the deep love shared between any parent and child. What I love most about this series is the way that Little One physically transforms into each feeling, giving kids a visual representation of each emotion. A great way for parents, teachers, and caregivers to talk about important feelings with young children, these two books will help readers recognize what an abundance of joy and love looks and feels like.

Little Joy BB: 9781534477445; October 6, 2020; Ages 1–5
Little Love BB: 9781534477452; December 1, 2020; Ages 1–5

Polar Bear Fur Isn't White!

and Other Amazing Facts

By Thea Feldman • Illustrated by Lee Cosgrove

We have the third book in our new nonfiction series, Super Facts for Super Kids. The first two books in this series, Sharks Can’t Smile! and Tigers Can’t Purr! just went on sale at the end of July. This series is a fun and fresh take on nonfiction beginning readers about animals. Filled with engaging photographs, comic-style illustrations, and cool infographics, this nonfiction series is sure to flip, float, and fly off the shelves. In our books, we focus in on what makes each animal super, special, or unique and we feature infographics and comics-inspired speech bubbles and illustrations to make the book really fun and visually appealing for readers. Did you know that polar bear fur isn’t actually white? Or that polar bears often have twins, and clean their fur by rolling in snow? Readers will love learning about polar bears in this book that presents amazing facts in a highly visual way for young readers. A backmatter section dives into how climate change is affecting polar bear habitats and some things kids can do to help.

HC: 9781534476646; PB: 9781534476639; EB: 9781534476653; December 1, 2020; Ages 3–5

Interrupting Cow and the Chicken Crossing the Road

By Jane Yolen • Illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy

I am so excited to introduce you to the first book in a new series by Jane Yolen with laugh-out-loud illustrations by Joëlle Dreidemy, Interrupting Cow. Jane’s sidesplitting story (that’s also full of heart) is all about the misunderstood protagonist of the classic joke that all parents have had to endure over the years.

Knock, knock…
Who’s there?
It’s Interrupting Cow.
Interrupting Cow wh—!

Well, you know how the joke goes…or do you? Read this side-splitting book to discover the true, and surprisingly heartwarming story of the one and only Interrupting Cow!

This book just got a rave review in Kirkus. They said: “Yolen’s sidesplitting early-reader series opener cleverly personifies the misunderstood subject of the classic joke. Dreidemy’s full-color illustrations add to the hilarity with expressive cartoon character designs. With a total vocabulary of fewer than 200 words—including lots of synonyms—and at most nine lines per page, the text stays accessible to emerging readers. The most difficult word, “interrupting,” is even spelled out phonetically.” And we just got the good news that Interrupting Cow was selected by the Junior Library Guild. Look out for the next book in the series, Interrupting Cow and the Chicken Crossing the Road, in Spring 2021!

HC: 9781534481602; PB: 9781534481596; EB: 9781534481619; December 8, 2020; Ages 4–6

Marjory Saves the Everglades

By Sandra Neil Wallace • Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

Like Rachel Carson, Marjory Stoneman Douglas is an environmental hero who saved a precious American landscape – the Florida Everglades. When Marjory returned to her home in Florida after war time she hardly recognized the beautiful Everglades near her home. Developers saw the soggy swamp as a place to build the “World’s First Jetport for the Supersonic Age.” Marjory didn’t intend to save the Everglades, but she did, and today Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides home for rare and endangered species. We have Marjory to thank.

HC: 9781534431546; EB: 9781534431553; September 22, 2020; Ages 4–8


By Carole Boston Weatherford • Illustrated by Frank Morrison

No one can capture a life and legacy the way Carole and Frank can. They are simply two of the best artists working in children’s books, as this gorgeous celebration of Aretha Franklin proves. Told in the lively spell-it-out style of her famous song and illustrated in magnificent oil paintings that amplify every moment to its fullest, this is Aretha Franklin’s story, from her rise to fame as the Queen of Soul to performing at President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. It showcases her incredible legacy as an artist and as a Black woman breaking down barriers for so many others who have followed in her footsteps. Pitch perfect indeed.

HC: 9781534452282; EB: 9781534452299; Now on sale; Ages 4–8

Unicorns Are the Worst!

Written and illustrated by Alex Willan

Gilbert the Goblin is a bit salty about how much attention unicorns get. What's so great about them anyway? So they're magical and sparkly—goblins can do magic, too! In this hilarious picture book from Alex Willan, the unicorn craze gets a delightful cranky sendup from a goblin who, at the end of the day, just wants to share the attention and love. Unicorns Are the Worst is perfect for fans—or enemies!—of unicorns.

HC: 9781534453838; EB: 9781534453845; September 29, 2020; Ages 4–8

Music Is…

Written and illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson

Caldecott Honor artist Stephen Johnson is known for his innovative and beautiful books, and now, in an inventive accordion format, here is Music Is…. Experience the motion, energy, art, joy and exuberance of music though text action words and abstract art. See what music might look like—yes, look like—including ten types of music from classical to jazz. And on the back of the accordion card stock book is detailed nonfiction information on the different types of music.

POB: 9781416999508; October 27, 2020; Ages 4–10

Double the Danger and Zero Zucchini

By Betsy Uhrig

Take a Page from Betsy Uhrig Video available

This MG novel is a hoot. Our hero is Alex Harmon, who is saddled with that dreaded name “reluctant reader.” Then his aunt, who is writing a children’s book, decides to use Alex as a guinea pig; she pays him to point out the boring parts. The only problem: the whole book is boring. Alex tries to come up with exciting suggestions to make the book better: like adding danger, and suspense. But books can’t just be exciting, they have to be believable. So Alex starts acting out his ideas for dangerous scenes—and gets into all kinds of trouble, even while his friends are laughing their heads off. This book is written in short, short chapters that are really easy to digest—perfect for reluctant readers! And though Alex thinks he doesn’t like to read, all he really needs is some help from the children’s librarian to point him to the format that suits him!

HC: 9781534467651; EB: 9781534467675; Audio: 9781797113494; September 22, 2020; Ages 8–12

Tune It Out

By Jamie Sumner

Reading Group Guide Available

Last fall we published Jamie’s debut novel, Roll with It, and the response was everything we could have hoped for and more. Jamie got tons of fan mail from children living with disabilities who were so happy to see themselves represented in her book, and in a such a positive, vibrant way. Jamie’s new book Tune It Out is just as wonderful, with a girl you’ll root for, a beautifully nuanced mother-daughter relationship, and one of the best middle-school musical scenes ever. It’s the moving story of a talented singer named Lou who has to find her own voice after her world turns upside down, and in the process comes to understand how to cope with her sensory processing disorder. Music might just be the thing that gives Lou a new start in life—on her own terms.

HC: 9781534457003; EB: 9781534457027; Audio: 9781797112732; Now on sale; Ages 10 & up


By Tracy Deonn

This is a contemporary #ownvoices fantasy that a starred review from SLJ called “rich and explosive.” After Bree’s mother dies, an early-college program seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical demon attack. Soon she is mixed up with a secret society of students who call themselves Legendborn, and say they are descendants of King Arthur’s knights. And this society may have had something to do with her mother’s death. Now Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should take the society down—or join the fight. There’s so much to enjoy here: a secret society, sexy bad boys, a love triangle, mind-blowing twists, and a fresh take on the King Arthur legend. Bree is a Black girl at UNC-Chapel Hill, which is where the author went to school—and it’s a school that was built by slaves and still has confederate statues. So Bree is forced to navigate a world that was not made for her—and not just the university, but also the traditionally white legend of King Arthur.

HC: 9781534441606; EB: 9781534441620; Audio: 9781797113463; September 15, 2020; Ages 14 & up

The Black Kids

By Christina Hammonds Reed

Reading Group Guide Available

Hailed as "required reading" by Nic Stone, The Black Kids is an utterly absorbing debut novel by Christina Hammonds Reed, whose voice will grab you from the first page. Set against the backdrop of the beating of Rodney King and the Los Angeles riots of 1992, this story of Ashley Bennett, a Black teen growing up in a mostly white world of wealth and privilege, is unfortunately relevant today. Its approach to race and identity is insightful and resonant. Though it's incredibly thought-provoking, it's also a page-turning novel about crushes, friendship, and secrets and lies. With five starred reviews and buzz still building, this is a book people will be talking about for a long time.

HC: 9781534462724; EB: 9781534462748; Audio: 9781797112213; On sale now; Ages 14 & up

Spotlight on Audio

Enjoy an audiobook excerpt playlist from our children’s audio group. Many of these are clips of previous books from authors with new books on the Fall 2020 list.