Here are the top five titles I’m excited about from the preview:
- Ocean Meets Sky by Terry and Eric Fan: Honestly all I needed to hear about this one is that it’s coming from the Fan Brothers. Comparisons to Wiesner and Van Allsburg are just an added bonus. May 2018.
- Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies by Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Jessia Sima: I love Sima’s illustrations and I am here for any and all Snow White retellings–especially one with ponies. August 2018.
- The Doll Hospital by Kallie George, illustrated by Sara Gillingham: As someone whose Molly doll headed to the doll hospital when I was a kid I’m excited for this behind-the-scenes look at Dr. Pegs’ doll hospital in this picture book with a retro feel. June 2018.
- Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James Ransome: This nonfiction picture book relates the story of Venus and Serena Williams from when they were children to champions. July 2018.
- It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! by Jody Jenson Shaffer, illustrated by Claire Messer: This is a great season for back to school books. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all the new ones. July 2018.
Usually I don’t pop out board books in these top five posts but Little Simon has some great ones coming that I had to point out!
- Here, George by Sandra Boynton, illustrated by George Booth: This board book is delightful. George is a dog who loves his family, food, and sitting. He’s also wild about dancing. But only you (the reader) knows that). May 2018.
- Wee Beasties: Roary the Lion Roars Too Loud by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Alex Griffiths: This is the first in a board book series teaching etiquette and manners to the littlest readers. May 2018.
- Celebrate the World: Dia de los Muertos by Hannah Eliot, illustrated by Jorge Gutierrez: This series featuring holidays around the world is always a winner. This latest one will be illustrated by Gutierrez (who was behind the film The Book of Life). July 2018.
- Sprindrift and Orchid by Emma Trevayne: Crenshaw meets Circus Mirandus in this new middle grade fantasy. May 2018.
- Thunder Girls: Freya and the Magic Jewel by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams: Everybody freak out! The dynamic duo behind the Goddess Girls series is starting a new series with figures from Norse mythology. May 2018.
- The Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang: Zhang makes her middle grade debut with this story about a girl hopes a silver eclipse can open a portal to bring her to a world where her mother is still alive. May 2018.
- The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast by Samantha M. Clark: The Graveyard Book meets Hatchet in this eerie debut where a boy is stranded on a mysterious beach. June 2018.
- Sprinkle Sundays by Coco Simon: Sprinkle Sundays, a new series from the author of the Cupcake Diaries books, follows tween best friends in an ice cream shop. May 2018.
- Tradition by Brendan Kiely: Kiely was the guest author for this preview and he talked about how he wants to write books with listening hearts and he hopes that this book can add to the conversation to help young men learn to be good feminists. May 2018.
- Save the Date by Morgan Matson: What happens when you plan the perfect wedding and it all starts to go wrong? June 2018.
- From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon: Aspiring filmmaker Twinkle shares her story in letters written to her favorite directors. I’m so excited for this one! May 2018.
- Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder: Parker tries to figure out how to cope with anxiety and be honest with herself while making a new relationship with her twin brother now that he is in remission. July 2018.
- Four-Letter Word by Christa Desir: Eight friends. One game. A dozen regrets.