April and May are FULL of new children’s book releases that I can’t wait to get my hands on! Here are some I think my kids will love:
The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol – Vera Brosgol is cranking out all types of wonderful books these days. She’s the author of Be Prepared (a middle grade graphic novel about summer camp) and quirky picture books like Leave Me Alone! (one of my very favorites). The Little Guys is out on April 2nd.
Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers – This one looks like the perfect bedtime book. It is a sweet rhyming story about what the next day might bring. Tomorrow Most Likely is out April 2nd.
A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo – My kids LOVE Mercy Watson – and this one looks really good. It’s the story of how Mercy came to live with the Watson family. A Piglet Named Mercy is out on April 2nd.
High Five by Adam Rubin – Adam Rubin has written some of the most beloved books in our home library. I’ve read Dragons Love Tacos at bedtime at least 647 times, and Those Darn Squirrels is a favorite too. High Five is out on April 16th.
Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins – I’ve seen this book all over Instagram and it seems like a great book to pair with a sweet and sticky craft project. Most Marshmallows is out on April 30th.
My Weird School Special: Bummer in the Summer! by Dan Gutman – It’s no secret that my all three of my kids love this series. And it’s my go-to recommendation for reluctant readers. This one looks like the perfect summer beach book! My Weird School: Bummer in the Summer! is out on April 30th.
A is for Elizabeth by Rachel Vail – I have a daughter in kindergarten – and we are always looking for feisty, fun girl characters like Dory Fantasmagory, Junie B. and Ramona. Elizabeth seems like she may fit the bill. A is for Elizabeth is out on May 7th.
Middle Grade Books
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles – Lots of buzz about this one. Two cousins want to make the most of their last day of summer vacation – but when a magical stranger freezes time – they are off on an adventure to save their town. The Last Last-Day-of-Summer is out on April 2nd.
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal by Jeff Kinney – The newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book is out this April! These books are immensely popular – and I’m sure this one will have my son laughing out loud. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid is out April 4th.
Spy School British Invasion by Stuart Gibbs – Spy School is another series my 10-year-old really likes. This is definitely landing in his summer reading pile. Spy School British Invasion is out on April 30th.
Up for Air by Laurie Morrison – There has been lots of Bookstagram chatter for this new release. It’s about 13-year-old Anabelle who is a star on her middle school swim team. When she is asked to move up to the high school team she is excited to step into the spotlight – but her success brings new challenges. Up for Air is out May 7th.
Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game (Mr. Lemoncello’s Library) by Chris Grabenstein – My fifth grader loves this series. The books are full of puzzles and escape room-type situations. Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game is out on May 7th.
Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt – Hunt is the author of NYT bestseller Fish in a Tree. Her newest book is about accepting the family you have – even if it doesn’t look like everyone else’s. Shouting at the Rain is out May 7th.
Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge – I read Kristi Wientge’s first book – Karma Khullar’s Mustache – and it really stood out to me as an excellent book about middle school. Her main character was really likable – and the friend drama seemed true-to-life (and the cover art was amazing!). I’m hoping Honeybees and Frenemies has the same elements! Honeybees and Frenemies is out on June 4th.
Middle Grade Graphic Novels
Camp by Kayla Miller – Another perfect get-ready-for-summer book. Ten-year-old Olive is back and heading off to camp. I really enjoyed Kayla Miller’s first graphic novel Click – which seemed to capture tween social problems while still maintaining a certain sweetness. Would be great to pair with Be Prepared by Vera Brogol (another stellar camp-themed graphic novel.) Camp is out April 23rd.
Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story by Raina Telgemeier – This seems like the perfect gift for a young fan of graphic novels. Telgemeier (author of Sisters and Smile, and illustrator of the first four Baby Sitters Club graphic novels) is out with this “interactive journal” that helps kids brainstorm and create their own illustrated stories. Share Your Smile is out April 30th.
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai – Another highly-anticipated middle grade graphic novel. This one is about two immigrant brothers who are having a hard time adjusting to their new home. Pie in the Sky is out May 14th.
Surfside Girls: The Mystery At The Old Rancho by Kim Dwinell – Kim Dwinell’s first graphic novel: Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point was part California-cool surf culture and part Scooby Doo caper. The second book in the Surfside Girls series is out June 11th.