Here are the top five titles I’m excited about from the preview:
- How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine by Amy Gugliemo, illustrated by Giselle Potter: was too engrossed in the pictures to take notes during this presentation! A picture book bio about Temple Grandin’s invention of the squeeze machine as a child. (This book also got Grandin’s blessing!) Publishing August 2018.
- Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert by Morag Hood, illustrated by Ella Okstad: Sophie Johnson is the world’s foremost authority on unicorns. But even Sophie can’t seem to find the unicorn right under her nose. Or can she? Publishing November 2018.
- Stop That Yawn! by Caron Levis, illustrated by Pham Leuyen: Whatever you do, don’t yawn while reading this silly and delightful new picture book. Pham Leuyen’s artwork was inspired by The Night Kitchen. She knew she had to do this project when her young sons cracked up while listening to it!
- An Inconvenient Alphabet: Ben Franklin and Noah Webster’s Spelling Revolution by Beth Anderson, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley: Nonfiction picture book about Benjamin Franklin and Noah Webster’s attempt to revolutionize the English alphabet. Publishing September.
- Imagine! by Raul Colon: Wordless picture book from Raúl Colón about art, imagination, and a magical museum visit. I think this might be the book I’ve been waiting for from this author/illustrator. Publishing September 2018.
- I’m Ok by Patti Kim: Ok is sure that he’s just one get-rich-quick scheme away from a life of luxury and helping his Korean family make ends meet in this funny and optimistic
#ownvoices about a boy who just keeps trying. Publishing October 2018.
- Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo: The Lightning Thief meets The Story Thieves in this middle grade debut inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian peninsula and Central and South America. Publishing October 2018.
- Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner: This graphic novel middle grade debut is follows a middle schooler who thinks he’s met a Bella only to discover she’s more of a Buffy—complete with the fight to save town! Publishing September 2018.
- Dear Sister by Alison McGhee: The story of two siblings. Told entirely in notes written by a boy to his younger sister explaining how annoying she is. Inspired by real letters McGhee found that her son had written to her daughter. Publishing October 2018.
- Your Amazing Skin From Outside In by Joanne Settel, illustrated by Bonnie Timmons: A nonfiction book about skin. Written as poems. Illustrated by Bonnie Timmons who used to illustrate for American Girl which yes is why I recognized her work! Publishing September 2018.
- Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton: Love, lies, and sacrifices loom large in Gratton’s newest YA fantasy. I had the best time gushing about how excited I am for this book with Tessa’s editor and I just can’t wait to read it. If Tessa Gratton isn’t on your radar yet, I think this is going to be the book that makes her a household name. Publishing September 2018.
- People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins: On any given day ninety-six people are killed by guns. Seven of them are children or teens. Violence narrates this story of six teens as they decide whether or not they will pick up a gun and fire. I’ll be honest, Ellen Hopkins isn’t always my bag but I think this verse novel is going to be timely and powerful. Publishing September 2018.
- The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody: One girl. One classic car that needs to be sold. One boyfriend who can drive it. One epic road trip about trading up and forgiving. Publishing October 2018.
- A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti: Can a girl outrun her demons? A timely and universal novel about the sense of helplessness in the face of violence and a girl forced into activism. Publishing September 2018.
- Annalee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes: A story about the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you want. Featuring a Cuban American girl into an MMOPRG! Publishing September 2018.
- 500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario: A verse novel about a girl who tries to save her reputation by writing college essays for her Ivy League obsessed classmates. Comped to Gayle Forman and Sonya Sones. Publishing September 2018.