The Too-Scary Story by Bethanie Deeney Murguia (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, $16.99, hardcover, 40p., ages 3-5, 9780545732420, June 27, 2017)
"One dark night, in a house on a hill," two children ask Papa to tell them a bedtime story. Grace, the older of the siblings, wants it to be a scary story. Papa begins... but "Too scary!" Walter, Grace's little brother, exclaims. Papa eases the fright factor and brings in the fireflies.
A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illus. by Thi Bui (Capstone Young Readers, $15.95, hardcover, ages 6-8, 9781623708030, Aug 1, 2017)
A Different Pond is a Vietnamese American boy's account of a pre-dawn fishing expedition with his father. They've made this trip before. When the boy asks his father, who has recently taken a second job, "Why do we still have to fish for food?" Dad replies, "Everything in America costs a lot of money."
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel, $19.99, hardcover, 48p., ages 2-6, 9780399167898, November 14, 2017)
Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers distills the basics of life, the universe and everything else into child-sized bites in an adorable reminder that "[y]ou're never alone on Earth."
Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illus. by Dan Santat (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99 hardcover, 40p., ages 3-5, 9781484767603, June 5, 2018)
A Thai-American boy is dropped off at his delighted grandfather's house for a visit. They try to chat at lunch but can't understand each other. It's not until the boy slips away to draw that they find common ground: Grandpa likes to tell stories through pictures, too! --Siân Gaetano, children's and YA editor