Lore of Greek gods and tales of the impossible have captured the attention of countless generations of young readers; with his fresh retelling of a classic myth, author/illustrator Robert Byrd offers today’s children an exciting new door into this awe-inspiring world. Regarded as one of the earliest recorded chronicles of Greek mythology, the hunt for The Golden Fleece is on and Jason and the Argonauts (Dial, $17.99) set off on an epic journey for the prized Fleece and the reclamation of Jason’s throne. Told through vivid narration and detailed illustrations accompanied by informative side panels, Jason’s story is one of magic, adventure, and glory and should not be missed. Ages 8-10.
Rural Maine is a long way from the big city that Reena is used to, both in mileage and familiarity. Reena is excited about the change, however, and ends up embracing the opportunity to care for a cow named Zora under the supervision of an elderly and very particular neighbor. The bond that girl and cow form is undeniable, but when the prospect of entering Zora into the local agricultural fair arises, Reena isn’t sure that either of them is ready. But with the help of neighbors, friends, and family, perhaps anything is possible. Told in Sharon Creech’s striking and unforgettable verse, Moo (HarperCollins, $16.99) brings readers on a satisfying and heartwarming journey. Ages 9-12.
In Jennifer L. Holm’s hilarious and heartwarming companion to Turtle in Paradise, Beans Curry is used to dealing with lying adults and making his own luck—even if that means breaking a rule or two (or three or four). As the leader of a gang of barefoot and hungry kids in Depression-era Key West, Beans even becomes a sort of role model. When a group of men in straw hats shows up to turn Key West into a tourist destination, Beans is perfectly placed to recruit other children to help spruce up the deteriorating community. Full of Beans (Random House, $16.99) is a wildly entertaining tale about finding hope in the stickiest of situations. Ages 9-12.