Happy New Year! It’s officially 2020, and there’s no better way to kick off the new year than with some amazing new titles from Peachtree! This season, we’re excited to introduce an adorable bunny magician, a brave monster hunter, and some very distinguished lemmings. Also, be sure to look out for some series favorites as Stanley returns in two brand-new board books, Izzy Gizmo tackles her next great invention, and King and Kayla find another mystery to solve. So start your new year off the right way with these new titles, and let us know which books you’re most excited about in the comments!
New Board Books
This board book beginner’s guide offers a thoughtful first glimpse into the world of birds. Educator and author Cathryn Sill and John Sill deliver simple and clear descriptions of how birds look, where they live, what they eat, and how they move around, making this first title in the Discovering Nature series a dependable and informative beginning resource for learning about birds.
It’s another busy day with Stanley and friends! Stanley is helping Little Woo fix up his treehouse, but Stanley also has a surprise—what could it be? An early introduction to the practical function of tools commonly found at home, William Bee‘s newest board book will appeal to Stanley’s youngest tool-loving fans.
Stanley brings his paint box to paint a colorful castle with Little Woo, Sophie, and Benjamin. There’s red paint and blue paint and yellow paint and white paint. But what about the other colors? William Bee‘s early introduction to painting tools and art media is great for teaching primary and secondary colors.
New Picture Books
Meet Hattie the magician—she’s a natural performer, and you’re invited to her magic show. Can you guess what creatures will appear from her magic hat? Follow along as Hattie conjures up a parade of animals, and don’t miss the grand finale! From renowned author and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura, this humorous story is a delightful choice for audience participation.
Hard-working Jiva might not be the only one anticipating a delicious feast of peas from his garden. Every morning, Jiva works in his garden until the sun turns as red as a bride’s sari. But each time he is ready to pick the peas for his feast, they’re already gone. What has happened? From the award-winning author and illustrator team Kashmira Sheth and Jeffrey Ebbeler, this original story set in India features a deliciously amusing mystery about gardening, anticipation, hard work, and generosity.
Lali finds a little feather in the field and sets out to find it a home, but one bird after another rejects it. The feather is too small for Rooster, too slow for Crow, and too plain for Peacock. Once Lali decides to keep the little feather and discovers all the things she can do with it, the other birds begin to recognize its value. Farhana Zia’s charming tale reveals the importance of looking beyond first impressions, and illustrator Stephanie Fizer Coleman brings this delightful story of imagination and inspiration to life.
In this companion to the award-winning Izzy Gizmo from author-illustrator duo Pip Jones and Sara Ogilvie, Izzy Gizmo returns in a charming and eccentric tale of ambition, perseverance, and finding your inner strength. Izzy Gizmo has been invited to Technoff Isle’s annual convention where the inventor of the best machine will win coveted admittance to the Genius Guild, but with fearsome foe Abi von Lavish getting the best of her at every turn, can Izzy Gizmo and Fixer create the winning invention? This wonderfully exuberant story has serious points to make about the importance of make do and mend.
Mia and Ben are the very best of friends, and they love making paper planes together. They dream of one day being able to make a plane that can fly all the way across the lake! But Ben and his family are moving far away. How will he and Mia stay best friends if they’re going to be so far apart? And will flying paper planes ever be the same again without Ben? From author-illustrator duo Jim Helmore and Richard Jones (The Snow Lion), gorgeous illustrations accompany a gentle story about long-distance friendship that is filled with magic and imagination.
Once, there lived a little girl called Bo who wanted to be just like her brothers and capture a fearsome monster. Her brothers say she is too small to catch a monster, but Bo isn’t one to take no for an answer, so she sets off on a quest to catch a monster of her own. Author-illustrator Bethan Woollvin, the creator of the New York Times Best Illustrated Little Red, employs her signature style in this original fairy tale with a clever twist. Readers are sure to fall in love with Woollvin’s newest vibrant and sassy protagonist.
The Society of Distinguished Lemmings aims to be distinguished in absolutely everything, but Bertie has had quite enough of the Society and all its rules. After venturing outside, Bertie discovers a bear, who is very unlike a lemming. Will the Society ever accept Bertie’s new friend, or is the bear simply too big and clumsy of a creature to be distinguished? This hilarious tale from author-illustrator Julie Colombet features valuable themes of finding new friends, questioning the rules, and learning about the importance of staying true to yourself amidst pressure to conform.
New Illustrated Chapter Book
Thor has been accused of wrecking Mr. Gary’s yard—knocking over trash cans, eating the vegetables out of the garden, and pooping. But King and Kayla, with the help of some other neighbors, are determined to clear his name, using a wide variety of familiar and new detecting skills. With simple, straightforward language and great verbal and visual humor, the King & Kayla series from Geisel Honor Award-winning team Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers is perfect for newly independent readers.
New Middle Grade Books
Step right up and learn all about the lively participants in the Amphibian Acrobat show—from the agile Wallace’s flying frog to the bouncing Venezuelan pebble toad to the tricky salamander called the yellow-eyed ensatina. These show-stopping creatures hail from around the world and your own backyard! Author Leslie Bulion includes a science glossary, notes on poetry forms, and resources for information about these extraordinary animals. Witty drawings by Robert Meganck add another layer of fun to this humorous and informative exhibition starring some of the world’s most remarkable frogs, salamanders, and caecilians.
Nina Soni returns in the second title in a humorous series featuring a charming Indian-American girl and her family and friends. Nina is restless and hungry for a new project and aggravated with little sister Kavita’s embarrassing behavior. A fresh pile of dirt just delivered to the neighbor’s house for a landscaping project ends up being too tempting to resist. Can Nina fix Kavita and create something amazing at the same time? With her sister’s help, Nina launches a grand engineering project—with unexpected consequences. Readers are sure to relate to author Kashmira Sheth’s endearing Nina Soni, and illustrator Jenn Kocsmiersky brings this slightly scatter-brained heroine to life.
New Young Adult
The last thing sixteen-year-old Maisie Martin thought she’d be doing over vacation is entering a beauty pageant. Not when she’s spent most of her life hiding her body from everyone. Not when her Dad is AWOL and her gorgeous older sister has returned to rock Maisie’s already shaky confidence. And especially not when her best friend starts flirting with the boy she’s always loved. But Maisie’s got something to prove. As she writes down all the ways this vacation is going from bad to worse in her school-assignment journal, what starts as a homework torture-device might just end up being an account of how Maisie didn’t let anything, or anyone, hold her back. Jenna Guillame’s American debut features a relatable and charming plus-size protagonist with a compelling, funny, and authentic narrative voice.