ALA Annual Conference is one of my favorite events. It's a fabulous opportunity to meet up with friends, authors, illustrators, and publishers and celebrate books. I always say I will take more pictures and I still miss getting all of the pictures that I would like, especially pictures of the fabulous authors and illustrators that I got to spend time with. So, where I don't have a picture from the wild, I did add the cover image. The books are sorted by publisher but not in any particular order and this is not an exhaustive list. My goal was just to get you excited about some of the exciting titles coming out this summer and fall.
Boyds Mills Press
The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade; Illustrated by Stacy Innerst (September 2016)
Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace (September 2016)
Looking for a book to help support visual fluency, then you might want to track this book down in August 2016.
I found myself reading the F&G (advanced copy) of POOP DETECTIVES: WORKING DOGS IN THE FIELD one evening of ALA despite how tired I was. I was just fascinated by these service dogs. Look out for this book in October 2016.
HMH Books for Young Readers
I have no idea how Jenkins can release as many books per year as he does, but his second title with HMH for 2016 comes out November 2016.
If you don't have SOME WRITER! on your list to read this fall, you must add it. I have read it once but want to go back to read and savor it. Some of Sweet's finest work. Comes out October 2016.
This picture book introduces young children to the concept of how we get our food.
Rebecca E. Hirsch has two books out this fall. PLANTS CAN'T SIT STILL reminds me of Lois Ehlert's work but it will pair nicely with PLANTING THE WILD GARDEN and books about seed dispersal.
Kirsch's other book looks at how wind power and birds can co-exist without impacting the environment in negative ways.
Sandra Markle has a new book coming out in August 2016. I can't believe that I had a fabulous opportunity to spend the evening with Sandra over dinner and never got a picture of the two of us. I was fascinated by Sandra's adventurous spirit but her understanding of how to communicate her books with teachers blew me away. I was so thankful for the time we spent together. I also loved that Sandra created a special blog post about Little and Littler Monkey, when I asked about a nonfiction book to pair with Quick, Little Monkey! by Sarah L. Thompson (Boyds Mills Press, 2016).
Anne Rockwell and Floyd Cooper have created a picture book biography on James Lafayette. An incredible story out in November.
Though I didn't get to read this one, I did get to flip through the pages and it is beautiful. Can't wait to get my hands on it this fall.
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson (Carolrhoda Books, October 2016)
Macmillan Children's Publishing
Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams A Life in Nature by Cindy Jenson-Elliott; Illustrated by Christy Holt (September 2016)
Science Comics: Volcanoes Fire and Life by Jon Chad (October 2016)
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre; Illustrated by Steve Jenkins (November 2016)
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming; Illustrated by Eric Rohmann (September 2016) - This book pairs beautiful verse with gorgeous illustrations.
Simon and Schuster
I managed to snap a picture of this one but not get a chance to read it. Can't wait to get my hands on it.
Another one that I want to read just because Robin Page illustrated it.
And for the final title...a picture book biography on Stephen Bishop.
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