Picture Book Biographies

Autumn is a major publishing season, so I have been busy going through the picture book galleys that will be out this fall. I’m always intrigued by the biographies of people I don’t know.  I minored in history in college and have always loved reading about people in the past—both fiction and nonfiction. But picture books authors seem to find the most interesting people that I have either forgotten about or never heard of!

How many of you play the piano? Do you know about Bartolomeo Cristofori?  I took piano lessons in elementary school, then in college, and again as an adult—I even have one in my house—but I didn’t know the name of the man who invented the instrument.

And is there anyone who does NOT like chocolate chip cookies? Who came up with the idea? There are several myths about their creation, but consensus is that Ruth Wakefield had something to do with it. Never heard of her!

Check out the biographies below; even if you know about these people, chances are you’ll find out something new!

Want to know about more fascinating people? Check out my 2016 post on picture book biographies and also one on persistent women.


Americaqn Gothic  Danza!  Fancy Party Gowns  Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos  Keith Haring

American Gothic by Susan Wood (ill. by Ross MacDonald). 9781419725333. September 2017. Gr K-2.
Danza! : Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico by Duncan Tonatiuh. 9781419725326. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Fancy Party Gowns : The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe by Deborah Blumenthal (ill. by Laura Freeman). 9781499802399. 2017. Gr K-2.
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown (ill. by John Parra). 9780735842694. September 2017. Gr K-2.
Keith Haring : The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring (ill. by Robert Neubecker). 9780525428190. 2017. Gr K-3.

Music of Life  Pocket Full of Colors  Shape of the World  Vincent Can't Sleep  World Is Not a Rectangle

The Music of Life : Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano by Elizabeth Rusch (ill. by Marjorie Priceman). 9781481444842. 2017. Gr K-3.
Pocket Full of Colors : The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville (ill. by Brigette Barrager). 9781481461313. 2017. Gr K-2.
The Shape of the World : A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright by K.L. Going (ill. by Lauren Stringer). 9781442478213. September 2017. Gr 1-4.
Vincent Can’t Sleep : Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky by Barb Rosenstock (ill. by Mary Grandpre). 9781101937105. October 2017. Gr PK-3.
The World Is Not a Rectangle : A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter. 9781481446693. 2017. Gr 1-4.



Long-Armed Ludy  Martina & Chrissie  Strong As Sandow

Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics by Jean L.S. Patrick (ill. by Adam Gustavson). 9781580895460. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Martina & Chrissie : The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports by Phil Bildner (ill. by Brett Helquist). 9780763673086. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Strong as Sandow : How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth by Don Tate. 9781580896283. 2017. Gr 2-4.



Balderdash!  Big Machines  Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider  Imagine That!  John Ronald's Dragons

Balderdash! : John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books by Michelle Markel (ill. by Nancy Carpenter). 9780811879224. 2017. Gr K-3.
Big Machines : The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker (ill. by John Rocco). 9780544715578. September 2017. Gr K-2.
A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider : The Story of E.B. White by Barbara Herkert (ill. by Lauren Castillo). 9781627792455. October 2017. Gr PK-3.
Imagine That! : How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat by Judy Sierra (ill. by Kevin Hawkes). 9780375974298. September 2017. Gr 1-4.
John Ronald’s Dragons : The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister (ill. by Eliza Wheeler). 9781626720923. 2017. Gr PK-3.

Miguel's Brave Knight  Someone Like Me

Miguel’s Brave Knight : Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote by Margarita Engle (ill. by Raul Colon). 9781561458561. October 2017. Gr 2-6.
Someone Like Me by Patricia MacLachlan (ill. by Chris Sheban). 9781626723344. 2017. Gr PK-3.



Chef Roy Choi  Dumpling Dreams  How the Cookie Crumbled

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin & June Jo Lee (ill. by Man One). 9780983661597. 2017. Gr 1-5.
Dumpling Dreams : How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge by Carrie Clickard (ill. by Katy Wu). 9781481467070. September 2017. Gr PK-2.
How the Cookie Crumbled : The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie by Gilbert Ford. 9781481450676. October 2017. Gr K-3.



Dangerous Jane  Ruth Bader Ginsburg  Schomburg

Dangerous Jane by Suzanne Slade (ill. by Alice Ratterree). 9781561459131. September 2017. Gr 2-4.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg : The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter (ill. by Stacy Innerst). 9781419725593. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Schomburg : The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford (ill. by Eric Velasquez). 9780763680466. September 2017. Gr 3-6.



Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call  John Deere, That's Who!  Karl, Get Out of the Garden!  Lines, Bars and Circles

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call by Mary Ann Fraser. 9781580897211. 2017. Gr 1-4.
John Deere, That’s Who! by Tracy Nelson Maurer (ill. by Tim Zeltner). 9781627791298. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Karl, Get Out of the Garden! : Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything by Anita Sanchez (ill. by Catherine Stock). 9781580896061. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Lines, Bars and Circles : How William Playfair Invented Graphs by Helaine Becker (ill. by Marie-Eve Tremblay). 9781771385701. 2017. Gr 1-4.


Keep Your Series Current: August 2017

Update your popular series with these books that will be published in August. Enjoy!


Ally-Saurus & the Very Bossy Monster  Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys  Creepy Pair of Underwear  Curious Cares of Bears  Dragon Riders  Duck & Goose, Honk Quack Boo

Ally-Saurus & the Very Bossy Monster by Richard Torrey. 9781454921233. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys by Ephyr Slobodkina & Ann Marie Mulbearn Sayer. 9780062499882. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds (ill. by Peter Brown). 9781442402980. 2017. Gr PK-3.
The Curious Cares of Bears by Douglas Florian (ill. by Sonia Sanchez). 9781499804621. 2017. Gr PK-1.
The Dragon Riders (Dragon Brothers, Book 3) by James Russell (ill. by Link Choi). 9781492648673. 2017. Gr K-3.
Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hills. 9781524701758. 2017. Gr PK-1.

Duck and HIppo Lost and Found  Here Comes Teacher Cat  Hooray My Butt Left the Bench  Joe and Sparky, Party Animals  Little Elliot, Fall Friends  Monkey with a Tool Belt

Duck and Hippo Lost and Found (Duck and Hippo, Book 2) by Jonathan London (ill. by Andrew Joyner). 9781542045629. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood (ill. by Claudia Rueda). 9780399539053. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Hooray! My Butt Left the Bench! (Here’s Hank, Book 10) by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver. 9781101995877. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Joe and Sparky, Party Animals! by Jamie Michalak (ill. by Frank Remkiewicz). 9780763682064. 2017. Gr K-3.
Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato. 9781627796408. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Silly School Mystery by Chris Monroe. 9781512430103. 2017. Gr PK-2.

Mouse House  Nerdy Birdy Tweets  See You When I See You  Sparkle Fairies and the Imaginaries

The Mouse House (Adventures of Sophie Mouse, Book 11) by Poppy Green (ill. by Jennifer A. Bell). 9781481494366. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds (ill. by Matt Davies). 9781626721289. 2017. Gr K-3.
See You When I See You (My Happy Life, Book 5) by Rose Lagercrantz (ill. by Eva Eriksson). 9781776571291. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Sparkle Fairies and the Imaginaries (Daisy Dreamer, Book 3) by Holly Anna (ill. by Genevieve Santos). 9781481491860. 2017. Gr K-2.



Bright Lights, Big Kitty  Friday Barnes No Rules  Great Escape  I Survived the American Revolution, 1776  Imagination Box Beyond Infinity  Long Way Home  Lucky Jars & Broken Promises

Bright Lights, Big Kitty! (Animal Inn, Book 4) by Paul Dubois Jacobs & Jennifer Swender. 9781481462334. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Friday Barnes : No Rules (Friday Barnes Mysteries, Book 4) by R.A. Spratt. 9781626726390. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Great Escape (Wild Ones, Book 3) by C. Alexander London. 9780399171017. 2017. Gr 4-6.
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived) by Lauren Tarshis. 9780545919746. 2017. Gr 2-5.
The Imagination Box : Beyond Infinity (Imagination Box, Book 2) by Martyn Ford. 9781101936313. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The Long Way Home (Adventures of Henry Whiskers, Book 2) by Gigi Priebe. 9781481465786. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Lucky Jars & Broken Promises (Penelope Perfect, Book 3) by Chrissie Perry. 9781481490887. 2017. Gr 2-5.

Murphy and the Great Surf Rescue  No Way Out  Royal Crush  Sydney & Simon to the Moon  Tiny Tim  Twinsanity

Murphy and the Great Surf Rescue (Puppy Academy) by Gill Lewis. 9781627798006. 2017. Gr 2-4.
No Way Out (Shadow House, Book 3) by Dan Poblocki. 9780545925525. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Royal Crush (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, Book 3) by Meg Cabot. 9781250111524. Gr 4-7.
Sydney & Simon : To the Moon (Sydney & Simon, Book 3) by Paul A. Reynolds (ill. by Peter H. Reynolds). 9781580896795. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Tiny Tim (Dog Diaries, Book 11) by Kate Klimo. 9780399551314. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Twinsanity (Zacktastic, Book 2) by Courtney Sheinmel. 9781585369362. 2017. Gr 2-5.



Battlesong  Bones of the Sun God  Forever Court  Middle School  Patina  Patrick Griffin's First Birthday on 1th

Battlesong (Icebreaker Trilogy, Book 3) by Lian Tanner. 9781250052186. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Bones of the Sun God (Pyramid Hunters, Book 2) by Peter Vegas. 9781481445825. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The Forever Court (Knights of the Borrowed Dark, Book 2) by Dave Rudden. 9780553523010. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Middle School : How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill (Middle School, Book 4) by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts. 9780316231756. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Patina (Track, Book 2) by Jason Reynolds. 9781481450188. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Patrick Griffin’s First Birthday on 1th (Patrick Griffin, Book 2) by Ned Rust. 9781626723443. 2017. Gr 5-7.

Thirteen Rising  Vanished  Venturess  Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy
Thirteen Rising (Zodiac, Book 4) by Romina Russell. 9780448493558. 2017. Gr 6-8.
Vanished! (Framed! Book 2) by James Ponti. 9781481436335. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Venturess (Mechanica, Book 2) by Betsy Cornwell. 9780544319271. 2017. Gr 7-10.
The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy, Book 3) by M.A. Larson. 9780399545719. 2017. Gr 5-8.



 7 Trees of Stone  Black Light Express  Broken World  Crystal Blade  Dazzling Heights  Dire King  Ferocious

7 Trees of Stone (13 Days of Midnight, Book 3) by Leo Hunt. 9780763691738. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Black Light Express (Railhead, Book 2) by Philip Reeve. 9781630790967. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The Broken World (Marked Girl, Book 2) by Lindsey Klingele. 9780062380364. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Crystal Blade (Burning Glass, Book 2) by Kathryn Purdie. 9780062412393. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The Dazzling Heights (Thousandth Floor, Book 2) by Katharine McGee. 9780062418623. 2017. Gr 10-12.
The Dire King (Jackaby, Book 4) by William Ritter. 9781616206703. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Ferocious (Vicarious, Book 2) by Paula Stokes. 9780765380968. 2017. Gr 9-12.

 Genius the Con  Hawkweed Legacy  Keep of Ages  Orphan, Agent, Prima, Pawn  Reunited  Sparks of Light

Genius : The Con (Genius, Book 2) by Leopoldo Gout. 9781250045829. 2017. Gr 8-12.
The Hawkweed Legacy (Hawkweed Prophecy, Book 2) by Irena Brignull. 9781602863149. 2017. Gr 8-12.
The Keep of Ages (Vault of Dreamers, Book 2) by Caragh M. O’Brien. 9781596439429. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Orphan, Agent, Prima, Pawn (Bolshoi, Book 3) by Elizabeth Kiem. 9781616956554. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Reunited (Reawakened, Book 3) by Colleen Houck. 9780399555688. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Sparks of Light (Into the Dim, Book 2) by Janet B. Taylor. 9780544609570. 2017. Gr 9-12.


Great New Easy & Fiction Titles for July 2017

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles that were published in July.


Different Pond  Emma's Circus  Giant of Jum  Hello Goodbye Dog  King Louie's Shoes  LMNO Pea-quel

A Different Pond by Bao Phi (ill. by Thi Bui). 9781479597468. 2017. Gr 1-4.
As a young boy fishes with his father in Minneapolis for food to feed their family, his father tells him about fishing in his homeland of Vietnam.

Emma’s Circus by Candace Fleming (ill. by Christine Davenier). 9780374399078. 2017. Gr PK-2.
With her family busy readying their farm for winter, Emma is sad that they can’t take time to see the circus parade. But she is surprised when the circus makes its way to her, one act at a time. This lively read-aloud is a cumulative and counting book all in one.

The Giant of Jum by Elli Woollard (ill. by Benji Davies). 9781627795159. 2017. Gr PK-2.
A hungry giant wants to eat Jack for a snack but is waylaid by other children who need his help.

Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari (ill. by Patrice Barton). 9781626721777. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Zara knows that her dog Moose hates to say goodbye to her as she goes to school in her wheelchair—because he sneaks his way to school every day! This becomes a problem, until Moose goes to dog therapy school and is welcomed at Zara’s school as a reading buddy.

King Louie’s Shoes by D.J. Steinberg (ill. by Robert Neubecker). 9781481426572. 2017. Gr K-2.
France’s King Louis XIV wanted to be seen as a great king, so he was unhappy to be so short. He had his royal shoemaker make him high-heeled shoes so he appeared taller. This was a great solution until the king tried to dance—and fell right on his bottom in front of the whole court. Would he become a laughingstock?

LMNO Pea-Quel by Keith Baker. 9781481458566. 2017. Gr PK-1.
The peas have illustrated upper-case letters, colors, numbers, and the months of the year. Now they are back, highlighting hobbies and careers again but this time with lower-case letters.

Marigold Bakes a Cake  Motor Goose  Now  Race  Stay

Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough. 9781524737382. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Monday is Marigold’s favorite day: baking day. But things don’t go well this day when a bunch of birds take over and make a mess of his kitchen. This counting book made me laugh as I recalled baking with my boys and, later, with my daycare kids—and would make an entertaining read-aloud.

Motor Goose by Rebecca Colby (ill. by Jef Kaminsky). `. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Young readers and listeners will love these Mother Goose rhymes retold with vehicle themes.

Now by Antoinette Portis. 9781626721371. 2017. Gr PK-1.
A little girl she describes all of her favorite things from the hole she is digging right now, to the tree branch she is currently swinging on, to the cloud she is watching right this moment.

Race! by Sue Fliess (ill. by Edwardian Taylor). 9781499802375. 2017. Gr PK-1.
In a race between big cars with strong engines, a tiny car squeezes in, hoping for the prize. The ending of this spirited read-aloud will probably surprise young listeners and readers, though adults should see it coming.

Stay : A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List by Kate Klise (Ill. by M. Sarah Klise). 9781250107145. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Eli the dog has been with Astrid since she was a baby. Now that Eli is getting older and slowing down, Astrid wants to make fun memories with him, but knows what is most important to Eli is the time he spends with Astrid.



Bubbles  Dash of Dragon  Jasmine Togunchi  Monsters Unleashed  Overboard  Pennybaker School Is Headed for Disaster

Bubbles by Abby Cooper. 9780374302900. 2017. Gr 4-7.
While trying to cheer up her depressed mother, twelve-year-old Sophie gets roped into doing a triathlon, as part of a school project on risk-taking, and discovers she can see people’s thoughts in bubbles above their heads.

A Dash of Dragon by Heidi Lang. 9781481477932. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Laila has learned to cook the best monster dishes, and is thrilled when her mentor decides to open a new restaurant and put her in charge. But her mentor had borrowed money from a loan shark and can’t repay it—and is in serious trouble. Laila is determined to raise the money. But her troubles don’t end there!

Jasmine Toguchi,  Mochi Queen (Jasmine Toguchi, Book 1) by Debbi Michiko Florence. 9780374304102. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Japanese-American Jasmine is so sick of her older sister always being able to do things—and Jasmine is told that she is too little, too young. This year her sister gets to help the women make the mochi balls, so Jasmine decides she is going to help the men and boys pound the mochi rice instead.

Monsters Unleashed (Book 1) by John Kloepfer. 9780062290304. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Freddie drew pictures of the biggest bullies in school as monsters, and then used the school 3D printer to make models of them. But the models came to life and are getting bigger and BIGGER. Now he needs to ask those same school bullies for help. This is the beginning of a new series.

Overboard! (Survivor Diaries, Book 1) by Terry Lynn Johnson. 9780544970106. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Travis and his family are watching whales from a boat off the coast of Washington when the boat capsizes. Can Travis and his sister survive the freezing cold water and the powerful waves?

Pennybaker School Is Headed for Disaster by Jennifer Brown. 9781681191744. 2017. Gr 4-6.
After Thomas accidentally makes a bit a magic from his grandfather’s potions, he is whisked away to Pennybaker School for the Uniquely Gifted. When the head of the statue of the school’s most beloved teacher goes missing, Thomas must find someone to help him prove his innocence.

Song from Somewhere Else  True Home  Unicorn in the Barn  You May Already Be a Winner

The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold. 9781681194011. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Frank’s summer couldn’t get any worse, but it does get weird when big, smelly, strange Nick Underbridge rescues her from a bully, and she winds up at his home. There, she realizes there is more to Nick than she thought. Nick and his family have an incredible secret, and they are accompanied by terrible danger. Now Frank has to figure out how to save Nick like he saved her.

A True Home (Heartwood Hotel, Book 1) by Kallie George. 9781484731611. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Mona the Mouse has taken a job working as a maid at the Heartwood Hotel, the most luxurious hotel in Frenwood Forest. When danger arrives, Mona is determined to protect the hotel that has become more than just a place to work and sleep—It’s become her home.

The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn. 9780544761124. 2017. Gr 4-7.
One night Eric thinks he has seen the legendary white deer that is supposed to live in the woods. Following it to the neighbor’s barn, he discovers that the creature is a unicorn, and the neighbor is a vet who takes care of animals both real and supernatural. The vet hires him to work with her daughter and help out at the clinic, where he learns more than just animal care.

You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee Ellis. 9781101993859. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Twelve-year-old Olivia tries to care for her younger sister, possibly make a new friend in the quirky and secretive Bart, and keep hope alive for her, her family, and her community of quirky neighbors at Sunny Pines Trailer Park.



 Almost Paradise  Apprentice Witch  It All Comes Down to This  Lights, Camea, Middle School  Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls  One for Sorrow

Almost Paradise by Corabel Shofner. 9780374303785. 2017. Gr 4-7.
After her mother is wrongly jailed for helping her boyfriend rob a convenience store, Ruby and her pet pig sneak off to find her mom’s estranged twin, Eleanor. Eleanor is a cantankerous nun living on a peach orchard, and she and Ruby don’t hit it off at first, but Ruby is convinced that with a little bit of patience, she can solve everyone’s problems and reunite her family.

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol. 9781338118582. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Because she flunked her test to become a full-fledged witch, Arianwyn is sent away in disgrace to a small town, worried that she will always be an apprentice. But her new home is not as boring as it first seemed, as magical creatures both large and small are sighted…as well as a sinister darkness that comes over her when she tries to cast spells. Will she ever get the hang of this?

It All Comes Down to This by Karen English. 9780544839571. 2017. Gr 5-8.
In 1965, twelve-year-old Sophie is the only black child in an all-white neighborhood. Her sister Lily encourages Sophie to make friends, even by doing things she might be uncomfortable with, like playing tennis. But when trouble erupts in a nearby town, Sophie finds out how complicated her life really is.

Lights, Camera, Middle School! (Babymouse Tales from the Locker, Book 1) by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm. 9780399554384. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Middle-schooler Babymouse is tired of materialistic mean-girls who think all girls should be like them, so she decides to join the film club in order to stand out. But making a cinematic masterpiece is harder than Babymouse thought, and her dream may turn into a nightmare.

Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen. 9781481490207. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Twelve-year-old Abigail is shocked to discover her elite boarding school is really a cover for a huge spy ring, and must undergo Spy Training 101 in order to save her mother, who happens to be the spy ring’s top agent.

One for Sorrow : A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn. 9780544818095. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Elsie has a reputation for being a tattletale and liar. So when Annie moves to town in September of 1918, Elsie is determined to make Annie her best friend. But Annie soon joins in teasing and avoiding her. When Elsie dies from the Spanish flu, her spirit lingers on, determined to be Annie’s best friend and get revenge against those who made her life miserable.

Refugee  Spirit Hunters  Trail  What Goes Up  Witchtown  Wrong Train

Refugee by Alan Gratz. 9780545880831. 2017. Gr 5-8.
In his timely novel, Gratz tells the stories of three refugees—a boy and his family fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s, a Cuban girl and her family trying to escape the 1994 riots in by taking a raft to America, and a Syrian boy whose family tries to leave the violence behind as they travel to Europe.

Spirit Hunters (Book 1) by Ellen Oh. 9780062430083. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Dangerous ghosts are haunting Harper’s younger brother, and she is determined to do whatever it takes to save him. They have just moved to a new house, and though she has never lived here before, there it something familiar about it—if only she could just remember.

The Trail by Meika Hashimoto. 9781338035865. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Best friends Toby and Lucas had make a list of awesome things they planned to do together, but now Lucas is gone. The only item left on the list is to walk the Appalachian Trail. Lucas is determined to do it by himself, until he comes upon two boys that desperately need his help. Give this book to fans of adventure and survival stories.

What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy. 9781619639126. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Hundreds of teens hope to be chosen for NASA’s top-secret mission, but only two students will be selected. As they go through the trials and competitions to decide the winners, something unexpected is happening that has all the scientists and astronauts worried. Though there is action and adventure galore in this near-future science fiction tale, readers will find plenty of humor, too.

Witchtown by Cory Putnam Oakes. 9780544765573. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Two witches, Macie nd her mother Aubra, travel from town to town stealing everything they can, then erasing the minds of those they’ve met. Arriving in a community of witches called Witchtown, Aubra promises Macie that Witchtown is the last one. But as she learns more about the town, Macie begins to realize that secrets may have more power than money.

The Wrong Train by Jeremy de Quidt. 9781338121254. 2017. Gr 6-9.
A boy jumps on the train as it pulls away, only to realize that it’s the wrong train. He gets off at the next station to wait for a return train…and waits and waits. A stranger and his dog walk up and the man sits down and starts to tell him stories, eerie tales that make the boy feel more and more worried. Is he doomed to sit here forever? Though these stories are quite creepy and spooky, they are not Stephen King-gory or violent, and middle-schoolers who read scary stories will like them.



All the Ways the World Can End  Because You Love to Hate Me  Everything All at Once  Flight Risk  Fragile Like Us  Gork, the Teenage Dragon

All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher. 9780374304256. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Lenny, sixteen, struggles to cope with her father’s cancer, her best friend moving across the country, and more, but in a sea of uncertainty, dreams of romance may become her anchor.

Because You Love to Hate Me : 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie. 9781681193649. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Thirteen BookTubers from YouTube challenge 13 YA authors to retell a particular story from the point of view of the oft-misunderstood villains. Baddies include Moriarty (from Sherlock Holmes), Medusa, a psychopath, and more.

Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno. 9780062493095. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Lottie has always been a quiet, cautious girl until her wild and beloved Aunt Helen dies. Aunt Helen was the author of the successful children’s books about Alvin Hatter. She leaves a stack of 24 letters to Lottie, letters that each contain a secret and a task for Lottie. The tasks draw Lottie out of her shell, and the secrets reveal Aunt Helen’s mysterious past and the inspiration for her books. Give this novel to fans of romance, mystery, and books about books.

Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn. 9781626727601. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Everyone knows that Robert has failed at almost everything he has tried. He has been labeled a juvenile delinquent and a loser. So he decides to steal and land a plane, resulting in the crash of not one, but THREE, planes—crashes from which he walked away unhurt. This book is inspired by true events.

Fragile Like Us by Sara Barnard. 9781481486101. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Caddy, the quintessential good girl, and Rosie, a free-spirited extrovert, are best friends whose differences complement one another. When Suzanne joins their small circle of friendship, Caddy decides to embrace the impulsive behavior Suzanne lives by, but her decision leads to an accident that could change Caddy’s life more than she ever imagined.

Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson. 9780375413964. 2017. Gr 10-12.
As dragons go, Gork is awkward and inept. He tends to faint, he has a huge heart, and his nickname is Weak Sauce. Before he graduates from high school tomorrow, he has to ask a female dragon to be his queen—her answer determines whether they will go to conquer a planet together or he will become a slave. The competition includes all the males in his high school class. Readers just might see their own adolescent behavior in this funny coming-of-age fantasy.

Hello, Sunshine  Lake Effect  Last Magician  Little Monsters  Lucky in Love  No Good Deed

Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland. 9781484725450. 2017. Gr 9-12.
After being rejected by every college she applied to, Becca decides to move to Hollywood for a year and try to make it as an actress. Then her boyfriend breaks up with her. She’s broke, she can’t find an agent, and she’s working as a waitress to pay the bills. When she and her friends post some short videos to YouTube, Becca is astonished at the outcome.

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan. 9780803740525. 2017. Gr 9-12.
In the summer after his senior year. Briggs leaves behind his family and girlfriend to take a summer job on Lake Michigan. But after arriving, je is subjected to a complicated series of events such as preparing for the death of elderly boss and meeting a curious girl named Abigail who resists Briggs’s charm.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. 9781481432078. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Esta, a talented thief with time-traveling capabilities travels back to 1902 to steal a valuable artifact used by an evil magician, This artifact had caused a rift in modern-day Manhattan which traps magic practitioners on the island. But 1902 is a dangerous time.  Nothing is as it seems, and Esta faces hard truths about her future which may require a betrayal of those in the past.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas. 9780553521498. 2017. Gr 9-12.
When Kacey moves with her father to Broken Falls to live with her new stepfamily, she is grateful for how easily she is accepted by everyone, despite her differences. But suddenly her new friends become distant—and then one of them disappears. As the search for the missing girl continues and suspicions fall on the “new girl,” Kacey discovers some disturbing secrets about the other girls.

Lucky in Love by Kasie West. 9781338058017. 2017. Gr 7-12.
On a whim, Maddie buys a lottery ticket, which is very out of character for her. She knows her family has financial problems, so she has worked hard during school to be eligible for college scholarships. Then she finds out that she has won the lottery! 50 million dollars! No more money worries for her or her family! But there are problems associated with her wealth, and Maddie wonders how to balance who she was with her new life.

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly. 9780385743938. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Ellie must qualify at the trials in England to be firmly on the road to Olympic glory in archery. But while touring Nottingham Castle, she takes a wrong turn and ends up in the Middle Ages. Disguising herself as a boy, Ellie is mistaken for Robin Hood. She searches for a way to return home without accidentally changing history!

Special Ones  Words on Bathroom Walls

The Special Ones by E.M. Bailey. 9780544912298. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Esther, a Special One, lives with three other girls in a farmhouse under constant watch from a mysterious cult leader, who broadcasts their lives to eager social media followers. If she ever forgets that she is Special, Esther knows she will be “renewed,” replaced by a new girl named Esther—and no one knows what happens to the renewed ones. Esther knows she is not special at all, but she vows to survive long enough to escape.

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton. 9780399550881. 2017. Gr 10-12.
Suffering from schizophrenia, Adam lives with a cast of characters who aren’t really there. While on an experimental drug trial, his visions go away, and he begins to hope he might be able to woo Maya, who thinks he is great if only the drug keeps working. When the drug starts failing, Adam will do anything to keep her from discovering his secret.



After Anatevka  At the Table of Wolves  Grace  Hook's Tale  Hum If You Don't Know the Words

After Anatevka : A Novel Inspired by “Fiddler on the Roof” by Alexandra Silber. 9781681774343. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
This novel focuses on Tevya’s second daughter Hodel, first as she gets to know and becomes engaged to the activist Perchik, and then as she searches for him when he is sent to a labor camp.

At the Table of Wolves (Dark Talents, Book 1) by Kay Kenyon. 9781481487788. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Alternative history meets espionage meets fantasy in this first book of the Dark Talents series. Kim, a young journalist in England, has a psychic gift (after the trauma of WWI, psychic talents suddenly appeared, called the bloom) that causes people to tell her their secrets. The Nazis are better at using these powers for their own ends, and Kim is drawn into a plan to prevent their invasion of England.

Grace by Paul Lynch. 9780316316309. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Cast out by her mother at the height of the Great Famine in Ireland, Grace dresses as a boy and travels with her younger brother, trying to survive.

Hook’s Tale : Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself by John Leonard Pielmeier. 9781501161056. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Captain James Cook, more infamously known as Hook, gives an entertaining and, in his opinion, entirely truthful memoir, letting the reader the real story behind this villain.

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais. 9780399575068. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
When her parents are killed during the violent days of the 1970s in South Africa, Robin is sent to live with a Xhosa nanny, whose daughter disappeared during a bloody student protest. Though both suffer from the separate tragedies, they start go grow closer to each other despite their racial differences.


Great New Nonfiction Titles for July 2017

These exciting nonfiction titles were published in July.


Food Like Mine  Plesiosaur  Someone Like Me

Food Like Mine (Children Just Like Me) by Dorling Kindersley. 9781465461353. 2017. Gr 1-4.
This latest addition to DK’s Children Just Like Me series shows how families all around the world use the same four basic ingredients of rice, wheat, corn, and potatoes to make very different meals. The book also includes recipes for 27 traditional foods from around the world.

Plesiosaur (Ancient Animals) by Sarah L. Thomson (Ill. by Andrew Plant). 9781580895422. 2017. Gr 1-4.
A worthwhile title for budding paleontologists about plesiosaurs and other sea creatures from prehistoric times. It focuses on family life, growth cycle, and food chains.

Someone Like Me by Patricia MacLachlan (ill. by Chris Sheban). 9781626723344. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Beloved author MacLachlan describes the qualities and adventures she had as a child that led her to become a writer.


Comics Squad Detention  Magic Tricks  Marti's Song for Freedom  Say Yes

Comics Squad : Detention! by Jennifer L. Holm (ill. by Matthew Holm). 9780553512687. Gr 2-5.
As in the earlier two Comics Squad anthologies, various artists present several different stories and views on school life, this time focusing on detention.

Magic Tricks with Coins and Everyday Objects by Jake Banfield. 9781682971512. 2017. Gr 3-5.
Author and magician Banfield shows readers how to do 50 different magic tricks using coins, rubber bands, playing cards, and other household items. He also explains how to put on a magic show and the importance of practice.

Marti’s Song for Freedom = Marti y versos por la libertad by Emma Otheguy. 9780892393756. 2017. Gr 3-6.
This bilingual picture book biography follows the life of Jose Marti. From a young age, Marti saw the slavery and injustice in Cuba. He realized that the island’s only hope for reform needed to begin with getting out from Spain’s rule and became an activist to accomplish this.

Say Yes : A Story of Friendship, Fairness and a Vote for Hope by Jennifer Castles (ill. by Paul Seden). 9781760294670. 2017. Gr 3-6.
This picture book describes events leading up to the 1967 Referendum which changed the laws in Australia regarding human rights.



Amazon Adventure  Cells  Our Story Begins  Two Truths and a lie  Women in Sports

Amazon Adventure : How Tiny Fish Are Saving the World’s Largest Rainforest by Sy Montgomery. 9780544352995. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Follow an expedition down the Amazon River as scientists discover how a small fish called the piaba effects the overall health of the river. It also describes the lifestyle of the native people, the wildlife, and conservation efforts.

Cells : Experience Life at Its Tiniest (Inquire and Investigate) by Karen Bush Gibson. 9781619305212. 2017. Gr 7-9.
In this STEM-focused title, readers will learn how scientists study the cell, which is called the building block al life, to learn more about health, forensics, agriculture, and more. The book includes hands-on activities as well as links to primary sources, videos, and websites that provide more information.

Our Story Begins : Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids edited by Elissa Brent Weissman. 9781481472081. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The title pretty much tells it all.

Two Truths and a Lie : It’s Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette. 9780062418791. 2017. Gr 4-7.
We hear a lot these days about people not being able to differentiate real and fake items in the news. This book teaches kids to do just that with stories from science. Each chapter includes three stories on a theme, e.g. plants; two of the stories are true and one is false. Readers can guess which one is false, and the authors explain how to determine the accuracy and show that false statements often have a bit of truth in them. Excellent title!

Women in Sports : 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky. 9781607749783. 2017. Gr 5-9.
Ignotofsky highlights the achievements of 50 female athletes in over 40 sports, from the

1800s to today. She discusses women who blazed the trails for others, those who became Olympic stars and broke world records. Put this title in the hands of young female athletes, but it can also inspire any young person who is fighting their own personal battles.



 Caesar's Last Breatj  Seized by the Sun  Sons and Soldiers

Caesar’s Last Breath : Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean. 9780316381642. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Sam Kean is well known for his informative and entertaining accounts of the history of research into DNA, chemicals, and the brain. Here he delves into the science of air and our atmosphere.

Seized by the Sun : The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude Tompkins by James W. Ure. 9781613735879. 2017. Gr 7-12.
World War II pilot Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins was the only one of thirty-eight confirmed or presumed dead “WASPs,” female pilots serving to transport planes across the country so they could be shipped out to either the Pacific or European theaters of the war. Her body has still not been found. This biography discusses her life from her early struggles with a stutter through her decision to become a pilot and her last-known location.

Sons and Soldiers : The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderson. 9780062419095. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Almost 2000 young Jews, called the Ritchie boys, were trained in interrogation techniques and sent to every European combat unit. Because of their flawless German, they questioned German POWs, gathering information crucial to the war effort. Most did not know whether their families were still alive, but all knew what would happen to them if they were captured.


Make Fall 2017 a Piece of Cake with These Must-Have Tech Tools!

I’m not gonna lie…this summer has been a bear. Actually more like a self-inflicted bear attack. For many, summer is a time of rest and renewal. But, because I am an incessant glutton for punishment, I have both taken and taught online graduate courses, presented at local (Northwestern) and national (ISTE) conferences, and attended a Google Summit, all while fulfilling an extended school contract. I’m like that last oyster cracker in a bowl of tomato soup…fighting to stay afloat while soaking in my surroundings. My brain is full. Thankfully there are such things as Facebook file saving and social bookmarking tools. If I had to rely on this 44-year old brain to retain all of this without such reminders, it would be hopeless.

Rachael_image7That said, I am so excited to begin another school year! At the end of May, most of us leave school looking like one of the evil Minions. By August, we are ready to start anew. It’s one of the things I love most about teaching and instructional coaching… the ability to start with a clean slate. I have spent significant time thinking of the top tools I want to introduce to new staff upon returning this fall. Lucky for you, I am sharing with you first!

Now before I share, if you’re new to my blog, let me reiterate my mantra. “It’s not about the tool; it’s about the learning!” If you go about technology integration with a focus on the tool or equipment, you’re doing it wrong. You (and hopefully your entire district) must have a framework by which you operate. As I teach my graduate technology courses, it becomes brutally apparent just how many schools have not adopted a framework for technology integration. SAMR, TPACK, and Triple E are all valid frameworks that are backed by research. If you aren’t aware….enlist the power of Google and come aboard.

Once you have an idea of what true tech integration is, you’re ready to start adding to your shopping cart. Teaching is like being a chef. Like any great recipe, there are many ingredients that need to be combined just right to help you create that delectable treat. Technology is just one ingredient. Once you bake a cake, the individual ingredients are no longer visible. They are stirred, sifted, folded, and baked in order to complete the right reactions needed to transform. Tech integration is no different. When melded with the other components of your curriculum, no one thing should stand apart. It should be seamless. It’s pretty easy to fall into the “Oohs” and “Ahhhhs” of a cool new tool or app. Run away from that trap. While it’s ok to be excited about trying some new thing, show your students that you’re excited for them to show what they know instead. Now, without further ado, here are a few suggestions to make the most of your school year.

Rachael_image6First ingredient: a social bookmarking site. There are so many out there, but I always resort back to Draggo . It’s easy to use, drag-and-drop interface and coordinating bookmarklet make it so easy to save sites. It even allows you to save to an inbox when you aren’t quite sure what category you want it in. My memory sucks, plain and simple. I am inundated with so many resources on a daily basis that I have no prayer of keeping up without a simple tool such as this. You’re welcome.


Second ingredient: a student work repository that can double as parent communication. There are a few I recommend here, primarily based on the age of your student and preferences. Class Dojo and Seesaw are my favorites for elementary. They are interactive, fun, and keep parents connected. Each has it’s own set of special features that set it apart from another. Dojo’s Mindset videos are pretty awesome and get rave reviews from the students I know who have viewed them. Both are free and come in web and app form. For older kids, I recommend Google Classroom. Parents can still be kept abreast of what’s happening, with the added independence of operating through a student’s school G-Suite account. Google Classroom can also be used in the elementary with ease, if even only for a simple way to get links, assignments, and information out to students!


Rachael_image5Third ingredient: video embedding resource. I shy away from calling it Flipped Teaching resources because video embedding resources can be used for so much more. Need to adapt assignments for special needs students? Done. Need to create a bilingual resource for an EL learner? Done. My favorite tools for this are Edpuzzle and Wizer. There are a ton out there that do similar things, but I suggest finding one and really digging into all of the features before expanding your horizons. With Edpuzzle, videos are at your fingertips and creating questions to ask within it is a task that does not require an advanced technology degree like some resources out there. Wizer, claims to be a digital worksheet maker (I really hate that tag line), but it makes up the bad advertising with some really inventive ways to get students digitally interacting with material. Both of these tools have a robust user-made collection from which to borrow ideas.

Rachael_image1Fourth ingredient: student interactive quizzing (self or simple correcting). Formative and summative assessments both have their time and place. These are tools I love for testing kids on progress and understanding. The first, Nearpod, can be both student and teacher-paced. Not only can you put videos, links, pictures, and text into Nearpod, but there are a host of pre-made Nearpods done by others that you can copy and tweak to fit your needs. I not about reinventing the wheel! The other one I want to bring to the forefront is Quizlet Live. Many of us have used Quizlet for years. However, within the last year or so, Quizlet Live was added to the mix (free!) and it adds an element of collaboration to the mix because students are grouped together in teams automatically, and the material that appears on each kid’s computer is different. Meaning, the definition to a term will be on one computer and the actual term will be on someone else’s in the group. Students must talk and share in order to make correct decisions. Quizlet Live also adds the element of competition on which students seem to thrive.Rachael_image10

Rachael_image9Fifth ingredient: digital citizenship material. There is a plethora of resources out there designed to educate our youth on Internet safety and proper use, most of which have been vetted by reputable experts. However, there are two teacher-friendly avenues I head toward every time. We don’t have time to figure out every little lesson and add that to already heaping full plates. The folks at Common Sense Education and ISTE have partnered with companies like Nearpod and Google to put together my two go-tos. Nearpod’s digital citizenship curriculum is already leveled, categorized, and covers 8 elements of digital citizenship well. We have implemented this in grades 1-12 in our school with much success. Even in its first year, we had a glorious collaboration between librarian, school counselors, and our MS/HS computer teacher to ensure that the material was being delivered. While we have tweaking to do this upcoming year, I see it as an essential tool for schools and teachers who like to save time and use high-quality products at a very low cost (there is a free lite version for each level). The second go-to is new, and I’m in love. The free game, from ISTE and Google is called Interland. It combines game-based learning with digital citizenship, and it’s, dare I say, FUN!?! I played it for awhile and quickly found myself immersed. Another win for Google with this encouragement to “be Internet awesome!”. Check it out here. Rachael_image8

This is, in no way, a complete list of sites I recommend for the school year. There are so, so many resources I use on any given day. However, by following the recipe (and adjusting and substituting when the need arises), you will set up your classroom for successful technology integration and your students for success. Best wishes on a fantastic start to your 2017-2018 school year!


Keep Your Series Current: July 2017

Update your popular series with these books that will be published in July. Enjoy!


Big Bad Woof  Grimelda and the Spooktacular Pet Show  Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream  Mad Scientist Academy  Perfect Pumpkin

The Big Bad Woof (Rider Woofson, Book 8) by Walker Styles (ill. by Ben Whitehouse). 9781481491891. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Grimelda and the Spooktacular Pet Show by Diana Murray (ill. by Heather Ross). 9780062264497. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream (Lola Levine, Book 6) by Monica Brown (ill. by Angela Dominguez). 9780316506427. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Mad Scientist Academy : 3 : The Space Disaster by Matthew McElligott. 9780553523836. 2017. Gr K-3.
Perfect Pumpkin (My First I Can Read! : Duck, Duck, Dinosaur) by Kallie George (ill. by Oriol Vidal). 9780062353153. 2017. Gr PK-1.

Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat  Second Grade Holdout  What This Story Needs Is a Vroom and a Zoom

Pug & Pig : Trick-or-Treat by Sue Lowell Gallion (ill. by Joyce Wan). 9781481449779. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Second Grade Holdout by Audrey Vernick (ill. by Matthew Cordell). 9780544876811. 2017. Gr PK-2.
What This Story Needs Is a Vroom and a Zoom (Pig in a Wig Book) by Emma J. Virjan. 9780062494313. 2017. Gr PK-1.



Baby Firebird  Darkness of Dragons  Dragonsitter Trick or Treat  Evil Pumpkin Pie Fight  Gabby Duran Multiple Mayhem  Ghost of a Chance

The Baby Firebird (Secret Rescuers, Book 3) by Paula Harrison. 9781481476140. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire, Book 10) by Tui T. Sutherland. 9780545685474. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Dragonsitter : Trick or Treat? (Dragonsitter, Book 7) by Josh Lacey. 9780316555821. 2017. Gr 2-4.
The Evil Pumpkin Pie Fight! (Ella and Owen, Book 4) by Jaden Kent. 9781499803716. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Gabby Duran : Multiple Mayhem (Gabby Duran, Book 3) by Elise Allen. 9781484709375. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Ghost of a Chance (100 Dresses, Book 2) by Susan Maupin Schmid. 9780553533736. 2017. Gr 4-6.

Land of Stories Worlds Collide  Look Out Ghost Mountain Below  Microsaurs  Molly's Story  Sands of Shark Island  Stick Dog Craves Candy

The Land of Stories : World Collide (Land of Stories, Book 6) by Chris Colfer. 9780316355896. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Look Out! : Ghost Mountain Below (Fantastic Frame, Book 4) by Lin Oliver. 9780448480930. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Microsaurs : Tiny-Raptor Pack Attack (Microsaurs, Book 2) by Dustin Hansen. 9781250090256. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Molly’s Story (Dog’s Purpose Novel, Book 3) by W. Bruce Cameron. 9780765394934. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The Sands of Shark Island (School Ship Tobermory, Book 2) by Alexander McCall Smith. 9780399554018. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Stick Dog Craves Candy (Stick Dog, Book 7) by Tom Watson. 9780062410948. 2017. Gr 3-6.

Super Turbo vs the Pencil Pointer  Welcome to Camp Woggle  Wilf the Mighty Worrier

Super Turbo vs. the Pencil Pointer (Super Turbo, Book 3) by Lee Kirby. 9781481494397. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Welcome to Camp Woggle (Oodlethunks, Book 3) by Adele Griffin. 9780545732918. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Wilf the Mighty Worrier : King of the Jungle (Wilf the Mighty Worrier, Book 3) by Georgia Pritchett. 9781681441238. 2017. Gr 3-5.



Buried Heart  Ends of the World  Monster's Daughter  Serafina and the Splintered Heart  Shadow City  Song of the Dark Crystal  Wandmaker's Apprentice

Buried Heart (Court of Fives, Book 3) by Kate Elliott. 9780316344418. 2017. Gr 7-10.
The Ends of the World (Conspiracy of Us, Book 3) by Maggie Hall. 9780399166525. 2017. Gr 7-10.
The Monster’s Daughter (Ministry of SUITS, Book 2) by Paul Gamble. 9781250076830. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina, Book 3) by Robert Beatty. 9781484775042. 2017. Gr 5-7.
The Shadow City (Five Elements, Book 2) by Dan Jolley. 9780062411679. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Song of the Dark Crystal (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, Book 2) by J.M. Lee. 9780399539817. 2017. Gr 6-8.
Wandmaker’s Apprentice (Wandmaker, Book 2) by Ed Masessa. 9780545861779. 2017. Gr 4-7.



 Ash and Quill  Dark Goddess  Forever in Love  Paradise Valley  Savage Dawn  Silence

Ash and Quill (Great Library, Book 3) by Rachel Caine. 9780451472410. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Dark Goddess (Alpha Goddess, Book 2) by Amalie Howard. 9781510709898. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Forever in Love (City Love, Book 3) by Susan Colasanti. 9780062307767. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Paradise Valley (Highway Quartet, Book 4) by C.J. Box. 9781250051042. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
The Savage Dawn (Feathers and Flame, Book 3) by Melissa Grey. 9780375991813. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The Silence (Six, Book 3) by Mark Alpert. 9781492648963. 2017. G4 8-12.

 Somebody's Baby  United Continuums  Unraveling  Vanguard  Vindicated

Somebody’s Baby (Losing Gabriel, Book 2) by Lurlene McDaniel. 9780385744232. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The United Continuums (Continuum Trilogy, Book 3) by Jennifer Brodi. 9781681622637. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Unraveling (Unblemished Trilogy, book 2) by Sara Ella. 9780718081034. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Vanguard (Razorland, Book 4) by Ann Aguirre. 9781250089823. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Vindicated (Emancipated, Book 3) by M.G. Reyes. 9780062289018. 2017. G4 10-12.

Adult Crossover Series

Adult Crossover Series Titles

A few months ago on our Mackin Books in Bloom blog, I posted a list showcasing adult crossover fiction (there’s also one for adult crossover nonfiction).  Most of those suggestions were stand-alone titles, and I’d like to expand that list here to focus on adult series that older teens will find of interest.

The top line of each entry has series information; the second line contains the title, ISBN, and DOP for the first book of the series. And though a few series began years ago, most of them are still ongoing or have just recently wrapped up. You’ll find fantasy, horror, mystery, and realistic and historical fiction. There’s even a series narrated by a dog.

If you have any other recommendations, let me know in the comments section!

All Souls Trilogy  Bill Hodges Trilogy  Bone Season  Chet and Bernie Mystery  Custard Protocol  Darker Shade of Magic

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Gr 11-Adult. (3 titles)
A Discovery of Witches. 9780670022410. 2011.

Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King. Gr 11-Adult. (3 titles)
Mr. Mercedes. 9781476754451. 2014.

Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Gr 10-Adult. (3 titles)
The Bone Season. 9781620401392. 2013.

Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn. Gr 10-Adult. (8 titles)
Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery. 9781416585831. 2009.

Custard Protocol by Gail Carriger. Gr 11-Adult. (2 titles)
Prudence. 9780316212243. 2015.

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Gr 10-Adult. (3 titles)
A Darker Shade of Magic. 9780765376459. 2015.

Dublin Murder Squad  Green Rider  Invisible Library  Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles  Joe Pickett  Name of the Wind

Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French. Gr 10-Adult. (5 titles)
In the Woods. 9780670038602. 2007.

Green Rider by Kristen Britain. Gr 10-Adult. (6 titles).
The Green Rider. 9780886778248. 1998.

Invisible Library Novel by Genevieve Cogman. Gr 10-Adult. (3 titles)
The Invisible Library. 9781101988640. 2016.

Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles by Tess Gerritsen. 11-Adult. (13 titles)
The Surgeon. 9780345447838. 2001.

Joe Pickett by C.J. Box. Gr 10-Adult. (17 titles)
Open Season. 9780399147487. 2001.

Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. 10-Adult. (3 titles)
The Name of the Wind. 9780756404079. 2007.

Kopp Sisters Novel  Long Earth  Maddaddam  Me Before You  Natural History of Dragons  Newsflesh

Kopp Sisters Novel by Amy Stewart. 10-Adult. (3 titles)
Girl Waits with Gun. 9780544409910. 2015.

Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter. 10-Adult. (5 titles)
The Long Earth. 9780062067753. 2012.

Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood. Gr 11-Adult. (3 titles)
Oryx and Crake. 9780385503853. 2003.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Gr 11-Adult. (I heard rumors of a third book!)
Me Before You. 9780670026609. 2012.

Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. Gr 10-Adult. (5 titles)
A Natural History of Dragons : A Memoir by Lady Trent. 9780765331960. 2013.

Newsflesh by Mira Grant. Gr 11-Adult. (4 titles)
Feed. 9780316081054. 2010.

Queen of the Tearling  Stalking Jack the Ripper  Strain Trilogy

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Gr 10-Adult. (3 titles)
The Queen of the Tearling. 9780062328090. 2014.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Gr 10-Adult. (2 titles)
Stalking Jack the Ripper. 9780316273497. 2016.

Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro. Gr 11-Adult. (3 titles)
The Strain. 9780061558238. 2009.







Great New Nonfiction Titles for June 2017

A helpful characteristic of nonfiction books is that their titles usually explain quite succinctly what they are about.  I’m taking advantage of that this month since I will be on vacation!

Check out these exciting nonfiction titles that are being published in June.


Around the World in a Bathtub  Can an Aardvark Bark  Girl Who Ran  Listen  Take a Picture of Me

Around the World in a Bathtub by Wade Bradford (ill. by Micha Archer). 9781580895446. 2017. Gr P-3.

Can an Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart (ill. by Steve Jenkins). 9781481458528. 2017. Gr K-2.

The Girl Who Ran : Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon by Kristina Yee & Frances Poletti (ill. by Susanna Chapman). 9781943200474. 2017. Gr K-2.

Listen : How Pete Seeger Got America Singing by Leda Schubert (ill. by Raul Colon). 9781626722507. 2017. Gr 1-3.

Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! by Andrea J. Loney (ill. by Keith Mallett). 9781620142608. 2017. Gr K-3.



50 Wacky Inventions  Apex Predators  Beginner's Guide to Coding  Chomp  Don't Bug the Insects  Quest for Z

50 Wacky Inventions Throughout History (Wacky) by Joe Rhatigan. 9781633222946. 2017. Gr 3-6.

Apex Predators : The World’s Deadliest Hunters, Past and Present by Steve Jenkins. 9780544671607. 2017. Gr 1-4.

A Beginner’s Guide to Coding by Marc Scott (ill. by Mick Marston). 9781681195407. 2017. Gr 4-6.

Chomp! : Fierce Facts about Bite Force, Crushing Jaws, and Mighty Teeth of Earth’s Champion Chewers by Brady Barr. 9781426328404. Gr 2-5.

Don’t Bug the Insects by Ben Richmond. 9781454921370. 2017. Gr 2-4.

The Quest for Z : The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon by Greg Pizzoli. 9780670016532. 2017. Gr 2-5.



Exploring Space  Quilts of Gee's Bend  Two Truths and a Lie  Voyager's Greatest Hits

Exploring Space : From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond by Martin Jenkins (ill. by Stephen Biesty). 9780763689315. 2017. Gr 4-7.

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin. 9781419721311. 2017. Gr 5-8.

Two Truths and a Lie : It’s Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette & Laurie Ann Thompson. 9780062418791. 2017. Gr 4-7.

Voyager’s Greatest Hits : The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space by Alexandra Siy. 9781580897280. 2017. Gr 5-8.



 American Eclipse  Be Free or Die  I Am a Secret Service Agent  I Was Told to Come Alone  Vacation Guide to the Solar System  We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled

American Eclipse : A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron. 9781631490163. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

Be Free or Die : The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero by Cate Lineberry. 9781250101860. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

I Am a Secret Service Agent : My Life Spent Protecting the President by Dan Emmett (with Charles Maynard). 9781250130303. 2017. Gr 8-12.

I Was Told to Come Alone : My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet. 9781627798976. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

Vacation Guide to the Solar System by Olivia Koski & Jana Grcevich. 9780143129776. 2017. Gr 9-Adult.

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled : Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman. 9780062654618. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.