Why do critters feature in so many memorable kids books? Novels by Sharon Creech, Carl Hiaasen and more show once again how animals help us understand the world.
The latest from Jon Agee, Matthew Cordell and more present table-turning children, pants-wearing vegetables and even a touch of gastrointestinal humor.
David W. Blight talks about “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” and Bob Spitz talks about “Reagan: An American Journey.”
Finding and losing, playing and working, caring and staying true — dog books teach us about all those things while tugging at our heartstrings.
Beautifully illustrated and closely researched, these books tell fascinating stories about heroes, unsung and otherwise.
“The Letter for the King,” by the Dutch author Tonke Dragt, gets a new English edition 56 years after it first appeared. It’s a straightforward story with buckets of charm on its side.
These books for young vehicle lovers have it all: size, strength, speed — even kindness. And a dog.
In “Becoming,” she talked about suffering a miscarriage, relying on IVF to conceive and the challenges of being the first African-American first lady.
Take note, parents! If a kid likes a book, it’s almost a guarantee he’ll like the sequel. Here are new ones from Jennifer L. Holm, Tim Federle and more.
“Tales From the Inner City,” by the acclaimed Shaun Tan, uses weird, striking images to tell stories about how we share the earth with creatures.
Ben Schott reads and writes in a cozy room decorated like a Georgian-era gentlemen’s club. Just don’t try to light his fire.
Parents are no help at all as the young protagonists in new books by Matt Phelan, Kenneth Oppel and more battle dinosaurs, mutant cats and other foes.
The artist Gusti has created a picture book about how he came to embrace the richness of life with his special-needs son. Adults and children alike will be moved by “Mallko and Dad.”
Knockout illustrations and storytelling elevate inspiring books by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, Laura Lippman and Kate Samworth and more.
The futurist philosopher Yuval Noah Harari thinks Silicon Valley is an engine of dystopian ruin. So why do the digital elite adore him so?
A graphic retelling of the American poet’s ascent to stardom.
Lessons about war from the American Revolution, the Civil War, medieval Britain and West Africa.
A dead soul migrates from person to person in Martin Riker’s inventive debut novel, “Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return.”
A scholar, a World Bank economist teaming up with a novelist, and a fiery young activist attempt to write the next pages of the history of women’s rights.
Sisonke Msimang’s graceful new memoir reckons with the challenges of figuring out who you are and where you belong when you’ve grown up all over the world.


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