Summer 2019 edition

A Note from the Ed/Lib Team

As anyone who has joined us in our offices over the years knows, we love hosting our seasonal previews to meet local teachers and librarians and introduce them to our upcoming titles and authors. Now we’re even more excited to be able to bring our previews to teachers and librarians around the country! From this page, you can watch the preview speaker’s presentation, enter for the chance to win signed copies of their books, download materials distributed at the event, and discover upcoming titles courtesy of S&S editorial staff. So sit back, get your TBR lists ready, and enjoy this preview of our Summer 2019 season from the comfort of your own home, school, or library. Excited about one of these books? Interested in what we’re reading? Tweet us at @SSEdLib using #SSKidsPreview.

Meet Summer 2019 Preview Speaker: Matt Myklusch!

Middle grade fantasy/adventure writer and the creator of Seaborne and The Jack Blank Adventures Matt Myklusch talks about magic and his inspiration for his latest middle grade novel—Order of the Majestic.

Preview Summer 2019 Titles by Imprint

Editorial Speed-Dating

Spend a few minutes with each S&S editor as they highlight a title from their Summer lists!

Clever Little Witch

By Muon Thi Van • Illustrated by Hyewon Yum

Little Linh is the cleverest witch on Mãi Mãi island. She has everything a little witch needs: a trusty broomstick, a powerful spellbook, and a rare and magical pet mouse. She also has something she does not need: a baby brother. Maybe she can use her spellbook to change him into something nicer—like a goldfish. What could possibly go wrong? Follow Little Linh’s adventures with her bothersome baby bro in this witchy take on sibling rivalry with a fantastical Southeast Asian setting.

HC: 9781481481717; EB: 9781481481724; July 23, 2019; Ages 4–6

School of Fish

By Jane Yolen • Illustrated by Mike Moran

School of Fish is the first in a brand-new series from Jane, author of hundreds of books for young readers and most famously the How to Dinosaurs picture book series from Scholastic and the Caldecott winning picture book, Owl Moon. With more than 380 books to her name, it’s hard to believe it, but Jane is extremely underrepresented in the beginning reader space. We know Jane will take the beginning reading genre by storm with this book. School of Fish, a Level 1 reader, written in easy-to-read rhyme and featuring adorable illustrations by Mike Moran, perfectly captures the anxiety and triumph of the first day of school through the experiences of our lovable little fish narrator. Look out for more titles in this new beginning reader series on future lists.

HC: 9781534438897; PB: 9781534438880; EB: 9781534438903; July 2, 2019; Ages 4–6

If You Love Dolphins, You Could Be...

By May Nakamura • Illustrated by Natalie Kwee

If You Love Video Games, You Could Be...

By Thea Feldman • Illustrated by Natalie Kwee

If You Love is a new home-grown Level 2 Ready-to Ready series about aspirational dream jobs…with a twist. Existing series about careers often look at more traditional jobs like doctors and firefighters, but If You Love focuses on jobs that kids may not be aware of and that aren’t usually featured in books.

It’s all about giving kids an idea of how to turn their interests and passions into a dream job when they grow up! To choose the jobs, one of the things we looked at was a refresh of the classic board game, The Game of Life. They were adding new job titles to the card deck, and asked kids which jobs they would want. The response was huge, and they added sixteen new jobs, including fashion designer, chef, veterinarian, and more. Video Game designer was the overall most popular dream job chosen by kids from around the world.

We’re hoping to do the same kind of refresh using the If You Love series. Each book introduces beginning readers to a variety of different types of jobs related to a main theme, and we’re launching with two titles:

If You Love Video Games, You Could Be… is for kids who love gaming, and according to that board game survey, that’s most kids! If you love playing video games, you could be a video game programmer, animator, writer, and more!

If You Love Dolphins, You Could Be… is for beginning readers who love the ocean and marine life. If you love dolphins, you could be a marine biologist, an aquatic veterinarian, an underwater filmmaker, and more!

Each story features three careers as well as a glossary and a back matter section with even more cool jobs! We’re looking forward to future titles as well, including If You Love Fashion, You Could Be… and If You Love Cooking, You Could Be… coming soon.

DOLPHINS: HC: 9781534444690; PB: 9781534444683; EB: 9781534444706; May 7, 2019; Ages 5–7

VIDEO GAMES: HC: 9781534443990; PB: 9781534443983; EB: 9781534444003; May 7, 2019; Ages 5–7

Max Attacks

By Kathi Appelt • Illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan

Yeah yeah yeah. There are a load of cat books out there. Probably more than any other animal. There’s that one who wears the Hat, there’s Pete, Cheshire, etc. etc. etc.  But you need to meet Max. Max, well, Max is really truly, just the naughtiest. He’s SO BAD. Nothing stops him…or at  least, nothing stops him from TRYING…to attack things. From socks to strings to many a fish, attacking for Max is most delish. But how many things can he actually catch? Well, let’s just say it’s no even match. You see, Max is the kind of cat who looks in a mirror and sees a lion. But this lion isn't quite as fearsome—or coordinated—as he thinks. Kids will laugh their tails off seeing the hilarious results of Max's less-than-successful pounce-capades.

Newcomer Penelope Dullaghan is the illustrator, and her whimsical artwork perfectly captures Max’s larger-than-life attitude and Kathi Appelt’s sparkling rhyme—her style is fresh and bright and sunny and full of cat-itude…(had to say it)…and, this is her debut picture book!

HC: 9781481451468; EB: 9781481451475; June 11, 2019; Ages 4–8

How We Became Wicked

By Alexander Yates

A plague called Wicked is pulsing through the world; and in its wake, it’s dividing the population into thirds:

The WICKED: Already infected by the droves of Singers, the ultraviolet mosquito-like insects that carry the plague, the Wicked roam the world freely now. They don't want for much—only to maim and dismember you. But don't worry: They always ask politely first.

The TRUE: The True live in contained, isolated communities. They're the lucky ones; they found safety from the Singers. Or so they think…

The VEXED: The Vexed are the truly fortunate ones—they’ve survived the sting of the Singers, leaving them immune. But they’re far from safe. The Vexed hold the key to a cure, and there are those who will do anything to get it.

In this brilliantly realized novel by Alexander Yates, three teens—Astrid, Hank, and Natalie—start suspecting that the divisions of their world aren’t as clear as they seem, and are forced to question what being wicked truly means.

HC: 9781481419840; EB: 9781481419864; July 23, 2019; Ages 14 & up

If I Was the Sunshine

By Julie Fogliano • Illustrated by Loren Long

A lilting celebration of love and connection that truly feels like a classic in the making! In luminous illustrations and perfect, surprising comparisons, the unparalleled artistry of Julie Fogliano and Loren Long shine in this gorgeous book. If I was the sunshine and you were the day, I’d call you hello! And you’d call me stay.

HC: 9781481472432; EB: 9781481472449; May 7, 2019; Ages 4–8


By Jean Reidy • Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

School’s First Day of School meets Wemberly Worried in this story of a brave little tortoise named Truman. Truman is the size of a donut, and every bit as sweet. The day starts off like any other until his best friend Sarah puts on a particularly big backpack, a cute new bow, and gives him two more green beans than usual and boards the number 11 bus going south which she’s NEVER done before. After a thousand tortoise hours, she’s still not back! Can Truman make the seemingly ENDLESS and SCARY journey across the living room and beyond to find his best friend? This story has one of the sweetest pet-child relationships I’ve ever read, but best of all, it’s a first day of school story flipped on its head, from the perspective of the pet who stays at home. And yet, even through Truman, it still deals with those first day jitters of feeling small, being scared for new experiences, and learning to be brave. The inimitable Jean Reidy and Lucy Ruth Cummins are a match made in heaven, much like Truman and Sarah, and this funny, sweet twist on a familiar theme is sure to be a new favorite for readers – it certainly is for me!

HC: 9781534416642; EB: 9781534416659; July 9, 2019; Ages 4–8

The Trouble with Shooting Stars

By Meg Cannistra

Meg Cannistra’s debut novel is a mix of Mary Poppins and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. After a car accident that left her face broken and scarred and her dad in housebound in a wheelchair, the only time Luna feels comfortable is at night, when she’s drawing what she sees around her. Including the magical Italian family that moves next door, who begin to notice her watching them and eventually invite her up in their zeppelin to sweep the moon and stars. This story is cozy and soothing, with seven illustrations of what Luna draws—and a lovingly intrusive family I’ve fallen in love with.

HC: 9781534428966; EB: 9781534428980; August 20, 2019; Ages 8–12

Paper Mice

By Megan Wagner Lloyd • Illustrated by Phoebe Wahl

As a child, I loved books with unusual perspectives. One book I particularly liked was about mouse exploring a dollhouse, illustrated with photographs. So when I read the Paper Mice manuscript, I was immediately swept away into a dark house as two mice explored it. What would that be like? It seemed to me that mice might experience a dark house the same way a child might: with wonder, curiosity, and a little fear. But Paper Mice is really about how an experience changes when you have a friend. Something a little scary can suddenly become delightful. Author Megan Wagner Lloyd and illustrator Phoebe Wahl bring readers inside a house full of cozy and wonderful places to explore—made all the more fun with a friend. Enjoy the adventure!

HC: 9781481481663; EB: 9781481481670; May 21, 2019; Ages 4–8


By Anne Miranda • Illustrated by Eric Comstock

There are so many shapes that make up our world.  In Tangled, Anne Miranda tells the story of a group of shapes who help each other get untangled from a jungle gym. Like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom teaches letters, this jazzy picture book teaches shapes along with a fun story about friendship and lending a helping hand!

HC: 9781481497213; EB: 9781481497220; June 25, 2019; Ages 4–8

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

By Tanya Boteju

I am excited to present a book that we’re pitching as Judy Blume meets RuPaul’s Drag Race. On its surface, it sounds like a ridiculous combo, but it actually holds up! If you look at the intersection on the Judy Blume-RuPaul Venn diagram, you’ll find: lots of drama, lots of heart, and big questions about identity, love, and belonging. You’ll also find this gem of a novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju. The book follows a queer teen as she navigates first love, first heartbreak, and friendship while discovering the magical world of drag. But more than that, this book is plain ol’ feel-good time, one that will keep you simultaneously laughing and crying. Not to mention, this book was named an ABA Indies Introduce selection for Spring 2019, and we’re hoping the buzz continues to build for this exiting debut!

HC: 9781534430655; EB: 9781534430679; Audio: 9781508295730; May 7, 2019; Ages 12 & up

The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World

By Amy Reed

From award-winning author Amy Reed comes a novel unlike any she has written before. Think Andrew Smith meets Alice Hoffman for teens, by way of A.S. King and Nina Lacour, and set in the middle of Twin Peaks. I think we’ve all had that experience where a person enters our life and the universe seems to shift in significant ways, as if you were just meant to know each other. In the surreal world of this novel, a friendship formed between Billy and Lydia causes earth-shaking changes—not simply metaphorically. The story is set against a landscape of fog that never lifts, where ceilings of houses crumble in reaction to the lies told from people living under them, where impossible tornadoes touch down after shocking confessions are made, where unicorns and dragons seem to live just beyond reach in the woods. Amy seamlessly weaves together a well-realized sense of place in the unique town of Fog Harbor and a memorable cast of characters—including among others Billy’s Kurt Cobain-like uncle hiding in the attic post rehab, and Lydia’s sweet crush from her dance classes, Natalie. And at the heart of this breathtakingly atmospheric read is the powerful portrayal of what friendship can do.  Ultimately, this book is a gorgeous thesis for the importance of hope. I often say that hope is the thing with daggers, and that idea is definitely explored here. How scary it is to let yourself hope, how it makes you vulnerable to crushing pain. But ultimately hope is the thing we all need, as much as we need one another, and that’s the theme that shines through most in this one-of-a-kind novel described by Nova Ren Suma as: “Gritty, gutsy, and ferociously strange.”

HC: 9781481481762; EB: 9781481481786; July 7, 2019; Ages 14 & up

Spotlight on Audio

Enjoy an audiobook excerpt playlist from our children’s audio group. Many of these are clips of previous books from authors with new books on the Summer 2019 list.