Fall 2022 Preview

Illustrated images of kids participating in activities they love, like skateboarding, dancing, and playing basketball. Art from You Are Life by Bao Phi, illustrations by Hannah Li.


Welcome to our preview of the most anticipated books for fall! Among the books we’re most excited about include acclaimed poet Bao Phi’s picture book poem You Are Life and Jay Albee’s chapter book series launch of Riley Reynolds, both of which encourage readers to celebrate what makes them unique and to embrace their true selves. Take a sneak peek at highlights of Capstone’s Fall 2022 titles before they hit the shelves.

Diverse Voices Spotlight

Welcome to Capstone’s Fall 2022 preview celebrating diverse voices from underrepresented and marginalized communities. This collection features You Are Life from award-winning author and poet Bao Phi, the ¡Hola, Lola! series from debut author Keka Novales, Jalen’s Big City Life series from We Need Diverse Books Mentee Dorothy H. Price, and the Riley Reynolds chapter book series from authentic voices author and illustrator Jay Albee.

You Are Life

Reminds young readers through lyrical text and fantastical illustrations that who they are and what they love will always be enough.

You Are Life
By Bao Phi, illustrated by Hannah Li
Ages 5-7
Publishing September 1

You are . . .
You are . . .
You are . . .

Every child is full to bursting with amazing things! This joyful poem celebrates the wonderful and complex identity of children of immigrants and refugees, embracing all that they are—a dancer, a shining light, a K-pop song—and promising what they will never be: invisible. From award-winning picture book author and poet Bao Phi, whose debut picture book A Different Pond, won a Caldecott Honor, an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, a Charlotte Zolotow Award, Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, and many other book awards.

Book cover image and illustrated art of You Are Life by Bao Phi, illustrated by Hannah Li

Riley Reynolds Series

Gives representation to kids who don't identify with traditional gender structure, showing readers that being true to yourself is the most important thing you can do.

Riley Reynolds Crushes Costume Day
By Jay Albee
Ages 7-10
Publishing August 1  

It’s book week at school, and nonbinary fourth grader Riley and their best friends craft hard for the Dress Like Your Favorite Character Day. Colorful fabric! Paint! Glitter! They are ready to make the biggest and best group costume ever! But most of the other kids are having trouble coming up with costumes. Riley is ready to use their creativity and vision to help as many kids as possible so dress-up day will be a big success!

New series launch. Riley Reynolds loves crafting, music, and animals. They also love their family and friends. From making costumes to saving a park, Riley is always ready to help! Riley is nonbinary and loves that too, proving that you don’t have to identify as a boy or girl. You can just be yourself and be happy!

Book cover image and illustrated art of Riley Reynolds Crushes Costume Day by Jay Albee

STEM Spotlight

Capture kids’ natural curiosity and interest in the exciting world of science with Capstone’s favorite STEM titles! From the smart and punny tail of the fourth little pig who uses her engineering knowledge to stop the big bag wolf, to the inspiring, true story of Gustave Eiffel’s perseverance to save his famous tower from demolition, these fun STEM stories will engage readers.

Picture Books

Book cover image of Penny, the Engineering Tail of the Fourth Little Pig by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes, illustrated by Hannah Marks

Penny, the Engineering Tail of the
Fourth Little Pig

By Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes,
Illustrated by Hannah Marks 

Book cover image of Braver than Brave by Janet Sumner Johnson, illustrated by Eunji Jung

Braver Than Brave
By Janet Sumner Johnson,
Illustrated by Eunji Jung


Book cover image of Moving to Mars by Stef Wade, illustrated by Erin Taylor

Moving to Mars
By Stef Wade,
Illustrated by Erin Taylor 


Early Chapter Books

Book cover image of Lola and the New School, from the ¡Hola, Lola! series by Keka Novales, illustrated by Gloria Felix

Lola and the New School
By Keka Novales,
Illustrated by Gloria Félix 

Book cover image of Friendship Flowers, from the Jalen's Big City Life series by Dorothy H. Price, illustrated by Shiane Salabie

Friendship Flowers
By Dorothy H. Price,
Illustrated by Shiane Salabie


Book cover image of How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower by Emma Bland Smith, illustrated by Lia Visirin

How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower
By Emma Bland Smith,
Illustrated by Lia Visirin 

Book cover image of Elephants on the Move: A Day with an Asian Elephant Family by Lela Nargi

Elephants on the Move: A Day with an Asian Elephant Family
By Lela Nargi

Meet the Author!

We Need Diverse Books Mentee Dorothy H. Price brings authentic voice and experience to her early chapter book series, Jalen’s Big City Life. Perfect for early reader fans of Yasmin, Katie Woo, and Pedro, the stories in Jalen’s Big City Life center on realistic adventures in a city setting and teach important lessons including kindness, responsibility, sharing, and respect. Learn more about Dorothy and her debut series!

Photo of author Dorothy H. Price with illustrated image of Jalen, the lead character from her new early chapter book series Jalen's Big City Life