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10 to Note: Summer Preview 2015

Ho ho! Summer is nearly here folks. You know what summer has? Books. Warm weather and books. I surveyed the landscape and noticed titles arriving in June, July, and August that you might want to keep an eye out for – I know I will. Keep your shades on. Stay cool, summer. Never change.

Picture Books

One Word From Sophia by Jim Averbeck; illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail 

June 16, 2015 | Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) | Grades PreK-3

Should I be ashamed to admit that I was charmed by the poop joke in the above spread? No shame here, friends. This story about a girl looking to fulfill her One True Desire (to get a Giraffe) looks to be a charmer through and through.

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

August 11, 2015 | Flying Eye Books | Grades PreK-2

While Emily Hughes’ last book (Wild) had an edge this one is brings the sweetness. A timeless story about persistence with incredibly lush colored-pencil illustrations, it’s a book that will have a lasting effect.

Chapter Books

Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon

July 7, 2015 | Dial | Grades 1-3

Seeing as how Hanlon’s last effort – Dory Fantasmagory – was certified brilliant, I can’t wait to see what Dory gets into as she begins first grade.

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter; illustrated by Qin Leng

August 4, 2015 | Knopf | Grades 2-4

This is a new chapter book series about a girl who says everything that’s on her mind (for better or worse) and has something unusual in her front yard: a fairy tree. When trouble pops up at school, can the tree help?

Middle Grade Fiction

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

August 18 | Dial | Grades 3-7

Definitely not middle grade fiction in the typical sense – Hamster Princess combines words and pictures to create a comic-hybrid style (if you’ve seen Vernon’s popular Dragonbreath series, you know the deal. This new series is about a princess who finds the royal life lacking.


Women Who Broke the Rules: Sacajawea by Kathleen Krull; illustrated by Matt Collins

June 9, 2015 | Bloomsbury | Grades 2-4

Solid, interesting bios for younger readers are hard to come by – here’s hoping that this new series that shines a spotlight on important women in history is something to hang a hat on.

Boy, Were We Wrong About the Weather by Kathleen V. Kudlinski; illustrated by Sebastia Serra

July 7, 2015 | Dial | Grades K-3

This latest entry in the Boy, We Were Wrong series takes on weather. Looks like a book teachers should have at the ready.

Where Did My Clothes Come From? by Chris Butterworth; illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti

August 4, 2015 | Candlewick | Grades K-3

It’s a good question, isn’t it? It’s the kind of question worth digging into. This book shows every step in the process, from field to store.

Graphic Novels

Anna & Froga: Fore! by Anouk Ricard; illustrated by Helge Dascher

August 18, 2015 | Drawn & Quarterly | Grades 1-3

Readers looking for something a bit different in their graphic novels might take to Anna & Froga. This is the third book in this series and the offbeat hijinks continue.

Professor Brownstone’s Mythical Collection: The Urn of Uruk by Joe Todd Stanton

July 19, 2015 | Flying Eye Books | Grades 3-7

Collector Professor Brownstone tells the tale of his prized possession: The Urn of Uruk. I can see the right kind of reader being totally enthralled by this large-format graphic novel.

(Top Image: ‘cambria skies (explored #237–thank you)‘ http://www.flickr.com/photos/34209020@N02/8289450599 Found on flickrcc.net)

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.