Top Fives: Macmillan Fall 2017 #MacKidsPreview

Macmillan hosted their Fall 2017 Librarian and Educator Preview on May 2. Below you can find my Top Fives from the preview. You can also check the #mackidspreview hashtag on Twitter and see my tweets from the preview for even more titles.

Picture Books

  1. Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Matt Davies: “Just because you thought it, doesn’t mean you should tweet it.” It’s never too early for social media literacy. Coming August 1, 2017.
  2. When’s My Birthday by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson: This rhyming book is a rollicking story about birthdays and fun. Coming September 5, 2017.
  3. How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild by Katherine Roy: A stunning non-fiction picture book that follows an elephant from in utero and beyond. Coming September 19, 2017.
  4. After the Fall (How Humpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat: What happens after all he kings horsemen put Humpty Dumpty together again? This gorgeous picture book is an ode to Santat’s wife who has faced her own struggle with anxiety. October 3, 2017.
  5. All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Mike Curato: Curato traveled to Cuba and stayed with Engle’s family to illustrate this charming picture book about a family’s road trip to Havana. Coming August 29, 2017.

Middle Grade

  1. Fallingwater by Marc Hashman & Anna Egan Smucker, illustrated by Leuyen Pham: Instead of focusing on architect Frank Lloyd Wright this non-fiction picture book centers the creative process behind the design and construction of his most famous building: Fallingwater. Coming October 17, 2017.
  2. Thornhill by Pam Smy: Debut middle grade novel in style reminiscent of Hugo Cabret with a combination of illustrations and text. Part mystery, part ghost story about two lonely girls separated in time.Coming August 29, 2017.
  3. Meet Cindy Sherman by Sandra Jordan and Jan Greenberg: The art history minor in me is freaking out. How cool is this book going to be?! I was so excited I don’t even have more information for you. Coming October 17, 2017.
  4. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani: This debut graphic novel is upper middle grade/younger YA that will appeal to fans of American Born Chinese. Coming October 3, 2017.
  5. We Are Party People by Leslie Margolis: When her boisterous parents go away, it’s up to shy Pixie to take center stage helping with the family’s party business (in, gasp, a mermaid costume). Coming October 3, 2017.

Young Adult

  1. Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu: Inspired by her mother’s Riot Grrrl past, Viv creates a feminist zine to take on (and maybe even take down) the sexist and misogynist culture at her high school. Coming September 19, 2017.
  2. Romeo, Juliet and Jim by Larry Schwarz and Iva-Marie Palmer: Love triangle, humor, and fashion intersect in this start to a YA trilogy. Shakespeare meets Gossip Girl. Coming June 6, 2017.
  3. Berserker by Emmy Laybourne: Norse mythology meets Ye Olde West in this genre-bender where Berserker Hanne and her brothers leave Norway to start a new life on the American frontier. Coming October 10, 2017
  4. The Midnight Dance by Nikkie Katz: The Red Shoes meets Pinocchio in this dramatic dance-centric story set in Italy. Coming October 17, 2017.
  5. You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins: Three generations of women from an Indian-American family tell this story of the immigrant experience. Coming September 12, 2017.