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2016 is Foxy

The other day The Trend Whisperer (a new nickname I’m trying out for A Fuse #8 Production) mentioned that 2016 is the year of bears on rampages and blobfish. I can’t disagree.

But a recent conversation with Benji of Tales of an Elementary School Librarian had me thinking there should be another trend on our collective radar: foxes.

Why foxes? Two of the most talked about middle grade novels of 2016 not only feature foxes as characters, but go inside their little orange fur-covered heads.

Exhibit A:


Exhibit B:

Maybe a Fox

But the foxiness doesn’t end there. Here are exhibits C-P, all arriving before the end of the year:

Any I missed?

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. Foxheart by Claire Legrand is another one!

  2. Pam Campos says

    Couldn’t be happier. Foxes are awesome! I’ve already preordered 3 copies of You’re My Boo!

  3. I’ll take that nickname, you betcha!

    What about CRICKET SONG by Anne Hunter?

    And, of course, this year’s smash hit film ZOOTOPIA features a lot of discussions of foxes as well.

  4. I noticed that about foxes! Especially since, right after I finished Pax, I saw a couple foxes (first time ever) out my window.