Prepublication Reviews and Expertly Selected Title Lists

Fresh Reads for Kids – May 2013

The Fresh Reads for Kids list was designed to be a go-to resource for pre-publication titles written by the best and most popular children’s authors out there. The May list definitely lives up to that ideal! Below are just a few examples of some of the great authors on the list this month, but you can see them all on the list here.

Special Gift for GrammyA Special Gift for Grammy by Jean Craighead George
Newbery Medal winner Jean Craighead George tells the story of how Hunter’s imagination leads him to the perfect gift for Grammy in her heartwarming picture book, A Special Gift for Grammy. The illustrations are expressive, full-color art by the acclaimed team of Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. The book is ideal for prompting discussions about ripple effects and the power of imagination. Libraries should have this on the shelves, as it is one of the last books George authored before her recent passing. Learn more about this title here.

Oh SnapOh, Snap! by Walter Dean Myers
The fourth book in Walter Dean Myers’ Cruisers series, Oh Snap, finds the middle-school misfits gaining in popularity as their school newspaper has spread all the way to England. With his signature on-point pacing and whip-smart characters Myers delivers another awesome book about the Cruisers in what is quickly becoming his flagship series. As the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Myers is one author libraries need to have on their shelves. Learn more about this title here.

Stink It UpStink It Up!: A Guide to the Gross, the Bad, and the Smelly by Megan McDonald
They don’t call him Stink for nothing! Now kids can savor a smorgasbord of facts about smelly and vile stuff in honor of their favorite super sniffer. Stink has a nose for yuck and muck, and Stink It Up is full of it: moose poop festivals, mouse brain toothpaste, maggot cheese, and way more. Its pages are crawling with more than 200 facts, quizzes, and even recipes. This is the perfect companion title to have on shelves for fans of Stink’s adventures, as well as other similarly gross nonfiction for middle grades. Learn more about this title here.


Good Night Sleep TightGood Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox
In this sweet story just perfect for bedtime reading, Bonnie and Ben’s favorite babysitter tells them nursery rhymes at bedtime, but they enjoy the stories so much they don’t want to go to sleep; they want to hear each one again! Instead, the babysitter tells them new nursery rhymes until, finally, all three of them fall fast sleep. Judy Horacek, Fox’s contributor in Where is the Green Sheep?, captures the spirit of the timeless rhymes through her vivid illustrations. Learn more about this title here.


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