New in Paperback for 2023

Before we look ahead to new books coming in 2024, we wanted to remind you of all the beautiful new paperback books that we published this year. If you’ve been waiting for the paperback version, we’re thrilled that you can finally add them to your shelves!

Confucius: Great Teacher of China

Written and illustrated by Demi

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A beautifully illustrated biography of a man whose philosophy shaped the course of Chinese history: the great teacher Confucius.

The Crane Girl

By Curtis Manley
Illustrated by Lin Wang

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⭐ “The polished, full-color illustrations, strongly reminiscent of art by the fairy-tale illustrator Adrienne Segur, complement the lyrical text. Interspersed, color-coded haiku reveal the characters’ unspoken thoughts, adding an excellent dimension with potential for drama-group presentations. . . More from this team would be a welcome addition to folk-tale collections.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas familiares para cada día de la semana

By Francisco X. Alarcón
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

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⭐ “Reflects on traditions, special gatherings, and time spent with family. . . Gonzalez’s radiant illustrations (inspired by Mexican indigenous crafts, she notes) bring a sense of cosmic oneness to the pages, connecting the boy to his family, community, and the ever-spinning planet.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth

By Joan Schoettler
Illustrated by Jessica Lanan

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“Beautifully written, informative, and poetic. Ji-su’s hopes and dreams come alive on each page. A gorgeous book for readers of any age.” — Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree

Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony

Written and photographed by Richard Sobol

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This stunning photo-essay for children is a story of coexistence, focusing on Jewish, Muslim, and Christian families in a Ugandan village who created a Fair Trade Coffee Cooperative and learned to live and work together peacefully.

Galápagos Girl / Galapagueña

By Marsha Diane Arnold
Illustrated by Angela Dominguez

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This charming bilingual English & Spanish picture book introduces the fascinating creatures of the Galápagos Islands through the life of one very lucky girl.

Rebel Seoul

By Axie Oh

“Warning! Don’t start this book unless you have time to finish it in one sitting because you will not want to put it down! I read this book as fast as I could just so I could read it all over again! This is a heart pounding, wild action packed adventure with characters that you will fall in love with and that stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. It is one of the most vivid books I’ve read in a long time—it literally played like a movie in my head. Stunning.” — Ellen Oh, author of Spirit Hunters, founder and president of We Need Diverse Books