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10 to Note: Winter Preview 2019

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New Year, new books. Here are 10 that I’m excited about this season. So excited, in fact, that I included 11 books instead of 10.

Picture Books

Lost Book

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The Lost Book by Margarita Surnaite

Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster) | February 5 | Grades K-2

A rabbit finds a book that sends him on a journey to the human world. I like the premise, I like the looks of the illustrations.


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Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer, illustrated by K-Fai Steele

Enchanted Lion | January 29 | Grades K-2

I interviewed the creators on the blog a couple weeks ago. Then I talked about it on our year-end episode of The Yarn. I will keep talking about it here because I think this book is so great. Mixing pasta, social commentary, and one fantastic (excuse me – phantastic) invention, this long form picture book is doing things you won’t see elsewhere.

Chapter Books

The Great Louweezie

The Great Louweezie (Arnold and Louise #1) by Erica S. Perl, illustrated by Chris Chatterton

Penguin Workshop | January 22 | Grades K-2

Aw yeah. I’ve been an Erica S. Perl fan for a while now, and I was happy to see that she has an early chapter book series coming. The format is reminiscent of your Mercy Watson and your Princess in Black, and I can’t wait to read it.

Mighty Meg


Mighty Meg

Mighty Meg and the Magical Ring (Mighty Meg #1) by Sammy Griffin, illustrated by Micah Player

Little Bee Books (Simon & Schuster) | January 29 | Grades 1-3

New series. Magic ring. Super powers. Yes.

Middle Grade


Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Atheneum | January 15 | Grades 4-8

Starred reviews are coming in. Recommendations from readers I trust are too. I’m looking forward to this debut.

The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu 

Walden Pond Press (HarperCollins) | January 23 | Grades 3-7

Sign me up for an Anne Ursu story about identical twins.

Graphic Novels


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Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce

Crown (Random House) | January 8 | Grades 3-7

The creator of Big Nate is starting up a new series about a kid who wants to be a knight. Max and his crew of friends set out on an adventure to rescue Max’s uncle. I expect humor and hi-jinx, and I will not be denied.

Bake Like a Pro

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Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! by Falynn Koch

First Second (Macmillan) | February 5 | Grades 3-6

In 2019, we have fully entered the era of nonfiction graphic novels. Comics about all sorts of topics are coming fast and furious. Does the world need a comic about baking? Are you kidding? This entry in the new Maker Comics series is bound to be popular with aspiring pastry chefs.

New Kid

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New Kid by Jerry Craft

HarperCollins | February 5 | Grades 3-7

A fish out of water story about a comic-drawing kid who’s heading to an academics-focused private school. I feel like this is going to have a similar appeal to books like All’s Faire in Middle School.


The Roots of Rap

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The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Little Bee Books (Simon & Schuster) | January 8 | K-4

This blog was created to highlight books like this. I’m a hip-hop fan and this book by two picture book pros is one of the most anticipated books of the winter for me.


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Rotten!: Vultures, Beetles, Slime, and Nature’s Other Decomposers by Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Gilbert Ford

HMH | January 22 | Grades 2-5

A completely fun (if you enjoy gross stuff) and uniquely illustrated bit of nonfiction for the kids.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Awesome list. I’m particularly eager to see these last two books–wonderful topics and intriguing art. Thanks for sharing these, Travis!

  2. Loving the list, and being a “cover girl,” my favorite is GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN. Just beautiful!