10 to Note: Spring Preview 2016
Spring: not sprung. But that’s why they call it a preview, folks! As I wait patiently for the moles to wreak havoc on my yard (a spring tradition around here) I will kill time by sharing ten books that give me a case of the double-takes.
A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
March 15, 2016 | Simon & Schuster | Grades K-3
This is a good place to start because my level of anticipation about this book has been high for a while. Lion is hanging out with a group of cute little animals, no big deal. But slowly the cute little animals begin to disappear. The only one who seems to be sticking around is lion. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Nothing like a good ol’ cute and sinister combo. Looking forward to this.
The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi
April 5, 2016 | Kids Can Press | Grades PreK-2
After The Tea Party in the Woods (my review here), I’ve been looking forward to this next book from Miyakoshi. The Storm sounds a bit Wiesner-ian to me. Sad that a storm has ruined her beach day, a girl goes to sleep. But in her dream, the girl finds a way to make the storm go away.
It’s Me, Clover! by Lola M. Schaefer; illustrated by Susan Nees
April 12, 2016 | Blue Apple Books | Grades K-2
So many of the books in the early reader category are popular character cash-ins that when I see something fresh and I’m all:
The Jump-Into-Chapters series from Blue Apple Books has been putting out quality stuff for a couple years now, and I’m looking forward to this one about a girl (Clover), her big personality, and a day of school.
Bea Garcia: My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke
March 8, 2016 | Dial Books (Penguin) | Grades 1-3
Her best friend just moved to Australia. Bea Garcia is bummed. Thankfully, she has something that might help her situation. Her love of drawing. This heavily illustrated chapter book is being touted as a good choice for fans of Judy Moody and the like.
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager
March 8, 2016 | Candlewick Press | Grades 5-8
Carol, age 12, is helping her parents move her grandfather into an old folks home. He’s going crazy. Talking about a tree of immortality and an entire lake carried away by bees. But maybe gramps is more with it than everyone thinks. Here’s to magical realism! With two starred reviews and counting, be on the lookout.
Guts & Glory: World War II by Ben Thompson
March 1, 2016 | Little, Brown Books | Grades 3-7
In terms of student interest World War II is a topic that endures. This book is the latest in the Guts & Glory series by Ben Thompson, a man who writes like he only has one objective: tell a ripping good yarn.
From Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs by Hudson Talbot
April 12, 2016 | Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin) | Grades K-3
Dogs look like wolves. We all know that. Dogs used to be wolves? Tell me more. Giving readers a history of dog evolution, this looks to be some high-interest picture book nonfiction to me.
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka
March 8, 2016 | Roaring Brook Press | Grades 3-7
April is National Poetry Month – a good time to freshen up your collection. Concrete poems are poems in the shape of what they are about. This looks to be a good companion to books like Technically, It’s Not My Fault and A Poke in the I.
Night Air by Ben Sears
May 10, 2016 | Koyama Press | Grades 2 and Up
The tale of a self-described anti-hero and his level-headed robot on an alloy-nabbing mission to a creepy castle, this graphic novel has been described as “Indiana Jones as told by Hayao Miyazaki.” Consider my interest piqued.
Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers by MK Reed, illustrated by Joe Flood
March 29, 2016 | First Second | Grades 4-6
There aren’t a ton of high-quality nonfiction graphic novels out there. But if Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales has taught us anything, it’s that there’s an appetite for informational comics. Here’s hoping the new Science Comics series from First Second will fit the bill.
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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