Gifts for growing readers

(By Ningeokuluk Teevee. Groundwood, $17.95)
Using images that shimmer like tide pools, emerging Cape Dorset artist Ningeokuluk Teevee tells a tale for young children in both Inuktitut and English, drawn from her childhood memories of the water’s edge, where she gathered clams with her grandmother.

(By Maurice Gee. Orca, $18)
Newly arrived on our shores is this first in a trilogy of gripping fantasy novels for young adults by the acclaimed New Zealand author, blending themes of racism and oppression into an action-packed, often dark adventure set in a dystopia bearing a strange resemblance to our own world.

Viva Zapata!
(By Emilie Smith and Margarita Kenefic Tejada, with illustrations by Stefan Czernecki. Tradewind, $16.95)
With the vitality and starkness of fable, simple black-and-white illustrations accompany a brief historical fiction for early readers about a run-in between horse thieves and a nine-year-old boy named Emiliano Zapata, who’s already acting on the egalitarian instincts that will one day turn him into a legendary Mexican revolutionary.

Oceanology: The True Account of the Voyage of the Nautilus
(Candlewick, $23)
The latest in the popular “Ology” series, this lore-jammed scrapbook—featuring maps, charts, foldouts, and diagrams—immerses readers six years old and up in an undersea world founded on the visions of Jules Verne, where the science of Charles Darwin meets the myths of Atlantis and the Kraken.

Creature ABC
(By Andrew Zuckerman. Chronicle, $24.95)
New York–based photographer Andrew Zuckerman turns the deeply vivid studio portraits of animals he’s known for into a fascinating recitation of the alphabet, capturing the gleam of the alligator’s scales that start the book and the minute bristles of the zebra’s stripes that end it.