Top Fives from Macmillan’s Winter/Spring 2017 #MacKidsPreview

missprinttopfivesLast week Macmillan hosted their Librarian preview for Winter/Spring 2017. The event was at Macmillan headquarters in the Flatiron Building and organized by Macmillan’s School & Library marketing department. The preview covered books from Farrar Straus Giroux, Feiwel & Friends, Swoon Reads, Imprint, Henry Holt, Roaring Brook Press and First Second.

I was on the 14th floor in their room themed after Game On. Which you can see on my Twitter:

(You can also browse the #MacKidsPreview tag and my own tweets to see more thoughts on the preview and what Macmillan has coming up.)

MICRO TREND ALERT: Duologies are still very much a thing. Also seeing lots of exciting non-fiction, more mainstream graphic novels, and thrillers.

Picture Books:

  1. Don’t Blink by Tom Booth: This interactive picture book centers around a staring contest between various animals and the reader! (June 2017)
  2. Go Big of Go Gnome! by Kristen Mayer, illustrated Laura K. Horton: Al the garden gnome can’t grow and compete in the annual gnome beard championship (inspired by a real event). BUT it turns out he’s a great beard stylist! (March 2017)
  3. Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey; illustrations by Dow Phumiruk: A picture book biography with lyrical, poetic text about the woman who designed the Vietnam War Memorial among other well-known projects. Illustrations by a new artists who, fun fact, is a full-time pediatrician. (May 2017)
  4. What’s Your Favorite Color? by Eric Carle and Friends: Artists talking about their favorite colors with accompanying illustrations. Eric Carle has been on a lifelong quest for the perfect yellow–a color that is notoriously difficult for artists to reproduce. Mike Curato likes mint because he loves mint ice cream. If you want to know more, you’ll have to read the book in May 2017.
  5. John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler: I don’t have much to say about this because the subtitle says it all and I got all Verklempt when I saw the illustrations. You need it. (March 2017)
  6. Now by Antoinette Portis: This contemplative picture book explores the joys of living in the now. Quote from the book: “This is my favorite now because it’s the one I’m having with you.” (July 2017)

Middle Grade:

  1. Game On: Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More by Dustin Hansen: A non-fiction book about the history and evolution of video games and their relationship to popular culture. Fast paced, short chapters, filled with illustrations and graphic sidebars. (November 2017)
  2. Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt: A modern day Heidi about a girl who is sent to live with her estranged grandfather after her parents die. (March 2017)
  3. Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle, illustrations by Rafael Lopez: This book includes poems, illustrations, and biographical information about a variety of historical figures including Tito Puente, Pura Belpre, and more. (March 2017)
  4. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin: Another stunning non-fiction picture book from Chin this time about the Grand Canyon. Includes Chin’s usual photo-realistic illustrations which are even more stunning with a double page spread and die cuts. (February 2017)
  5. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte: Cilla is 1/2 white and 1/2 Chinese and completely delightful in this debut series starter where Cilla is writing her memoirs before her new baby sister is born. Grace Lin said meeting Cilla was like meeting a new best friend. Comp to Ramona. (March 2017)
  6. Real Friends by Shannon Hale, art by LeUyen Pham: Four color illustrations highly this story about making and losing first friends. Gene Yang described it as “so many feels.” (May 2017)

Young Adult:

  1. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo: This one is a bit of a cheat because I already had it on my radar since the cover reveal (and even featured it on a YALSA list). But still excited! Want to know more? Here’s my annotation from that booklist: Desi Lee is a straight A student who knows CPR, car mechanics, and definitely has her application to Stanford well in hand. Love and flirting, however, remain a painful challenge. When Luca Drakos–probably the hottest guy ever–enters Desi’s life, she decides it’s time to improve her flirting game. And she knows exactly how to do it thanks to the Korean dramas her father loves. (May 2017)
  2. The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom: Thriller about a teenage girl searching for her kidnapped father. Compared to the Taken films. First in a duology. (February 2017)
  3. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: Another one I’ve been excited to read for awhile. Fantasy debut! Pirates! (February 2017)
  4. This one I’m cheating a little. I’ve been following Imprint since Erin Stein first introduced her new imprint at a preview last year. It’s been great watching Imprint grow and they have some awesome titles coming up including:
    • Freya by Matthew Laurence a contemporary fantasy about gods and goddesses who live among us. (March 2017)
    • The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty pitched as Jane Eyre with an espionage twist. First in a trilogy. (May 2017)
  5. Eye of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos:  Aronson and Budhos, husband and wife authors, team up to look at some of the creators of photojournalism (as photographers started looking past slogans for real human connection) in this picture-filled book. (March 2017)
  6. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman: This biography about Vincent and Theo Van Gogh, who wrote letters to each other for most of their lives is one of my most anticipated 2017 releases. (April 2017)