10 to Note: Fall Preview 2012
The quarterly war on sleep known as 10 to Note is complete. What follows are ten books publishing in September, October, and November that made me spontaneously become Flavor Flav and say “Yeeeah Boiii!”. Man, I hope this wears off soon.
This time out I also included the deleted scenes – a big batch of books that also look good, but didn’t end up in the group of ten.
Fiction Picture Books
Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
November 1 | Scholastic Press | Grades K-3
I was hoping Henry Cole would go back into A Nest for Celeste mode and I didn’t even know it. I first spotted Unspoken at the ALA Annual exhibits and it stuck with me. A wordless scene from the Underground Railroad in beautiful pencil illustrations.
Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
September 4 | Roaring Brook Press | Grades K-2
The first time out, husband/wife duo Philip and Erin Stead nabbed a Caldecott Medal with A Sick Day for Amos McGee (a book that just continues to grow in my estimation) – now they are back with another story that appears to have that same Steadsian timelessness. Steadsian is now an official word, by the way.
Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell
September | Kids Can Press | Grades K-3
BFFs embarrassment and humiliation feature prominently in this book about a bad-sweater sending cousin that just won’t quit.
Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell
September | Candlewick Press | Grades K-2
Cece Bell won me over with Bee-Wigged, a wonderfully absurd book about a bee wearing a tupee. Now she’s taken her humor talents and made an easy reader about a pair of unlikely friends.
Middle Grade Fiction
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
October 2 | Little, Brown | Grades 3-7
Advance word on this book has been positive all around – who am I to argue? Lin heads back to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon territory in Starry River of the Sky.
Who Could That Be at This Hour (All the Wrong Questions, Book 1) by Lemony Snicket
October 23 | Little, Brown | Grades 4-7
Lemony Snicket is back as author and main character in this, the first of a planned four-book series.
A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse written and illustrated by Frank Viva
September | TOON Books | PreK-2
It never fails – every season TOON Books puts out something that has be all jazzed. This time around it’s New York Times Best Illustrated Book winner Frank Viva with a graphic novel for young readers. I would tell you what it’s about, but the title kinda took care of that.
Unusual Creatures by By Michael Hearst
October | Chronicle Books | Grades 3-6
If there’s one think kids love, it’s weird – take a look at the circulations on your Ripley’s Believe it or Not books for supporting evidence. This look at the oddities of the animal kingdom will likely make a lot of young readers happy.
Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin
September 18 | Roaring Brook Press | Grades K-3
Jason Chin’s M.O. is straightforward and oh-so-difficult – do in depth research, draw amazing illustrations, and put it all together in a way that works for kids. He’s done it in the past with Redwoods and Coral Reefs – I’m expecting a similar result here.
What Body Part is That? by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton
November 13 | Feiwel & Friends | Grades 3-6
I feel this book is misplaced. I have it in the “Nonfiction” section of this post, yet it claims to be 99.9% fact free. The Griffiths and Denton team have brought a whole bunch of silliness before, with Killer Koalas, The Cat on the Mat is Flat, and more. This seems to be right in line with their previous work.
(or other very nice looking books publishing in September, October, and November presented with a complete lack of order)
Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac by Anita Silvey
October 30 | Roaring Brook Press | Adult
hello! hello! by Matthew Cordell
October 23 | Hyperion | Grades K-2
Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith
October 11 | Roaring Brook Press | Grades K-2
Jangles: A Big Fish Story by David Shannon
October | Blue Sky Press | K-2
Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee
October 2 | Beach Lane Books | K-2
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
November 13 | Philomel | Grades PreK-2
Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley, illustrated by Dan Santat
September | ABRAMS | Grades K-2
Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg
October | Appleseed | Grades PreK-1
Boxcar Children Beginning by Patricia MacLachlan
September | Albert Whitman | Grades 2-5
Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon
October | Walker | Grades PreK-2
A Perfect Day by Carin Berger
November 13 | Greenwillow | Grades K-2
Bedtime is Cancelled by Cece Meng, illustrated by Aurelie Neyret
November 6 | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Grades K-2
What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt
September 4 | Clarion | Grades 5-7
The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell
September 4 | Little, Brown | Grades K-2
Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DeCosta, illustrated by Ed Young
September 18 | Little, Brown | Grades K-2
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
October | Candlewick Press | Grades K-3
Otter and Odder: A Love Story by James Howe, illustrated by Chris Raschka
October | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martinez
October | Graphic Universe (Lerner) | Grades 4-7
Look for Winter Preview 2012-13 coming in November.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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