The Art of the Tantrum

Two new picture books find the charm in their characters’ terrible moods.

Strange but True

Two picture book biographies recount the lives of extraordinary men — one a scoundrel, one an unlikely paragon.

Bear Extraordinaire

A picture book tells the story of the real bear who inspired A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

Sketching Shakespeare

A graphic novel version of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” brings the story to life for young readers.

‘X,’ a Novel About Malcolm X

A young-adult novel based on the black leader’s early years, co‑written by one of his daughters.

A Laugh for Every Season

In the four mischievous stories in “A Wonderful Year,” Nick Bruel adds madcap humor to a trip through the calendar.

Ways of Seeing

In this picture book, a cheerful first grader — who happens to be blind — navigates through her day with her friends at her side.

Crazy All the Time

A new picture book from the cartoonist Roz Chast supplies a laugh for every hour of the day.

Reaching for Beauty

Picture-book biographies of the painter Benny Andrews and the soprano Leontyne Price trace their paths from African-American childhoods in the segregated South to international acclaim.

‘Isabel’s War,’ by Lila Perl

This novel’s 12-year-old heroine, growing up in 1940s New York, finds World War II a nuisance, until she meets a refugee.