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Book Bounty: Spring & Summer 2019

Spring has sprung for Illinois SCBWI authors and illustrators and we’re sharing thier new titles for this season.  This issue covers books released between January 1, 2019 and June 30th, 2019. There’s a wide range of wonderful books and each time you read, review, and recommend these books, you create a literary experience that can last a lifetime. Click on a title to purchase your own copy today! Enjoy!

 

Picture Books

Fiction

Bear Out There

 

Bear Out There

Author/Illustrator: Jacob Grant
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
ISBN: 978-1681197456

 

Bear prefers to stay in his house, but when Spider’s kite flies away, he must venture into the messy forest to help his friend.

 

  • Bear and Spider return in another charming odd-couple friendship story.
  • A humorous example that everyone has their own perspective on the world.
  • Bear and Spider show readers that friends support each other, no matter what.

Getting to Know the Author/Illustrator

jacobgrantbooks.com

 

 

Crunchy, Not Sweet

 

 

Crunchy, Not Sweet
Author/Illustrator:  Amy Ward
Release:  March 4, 2019
KWiL Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9991437-2-8

Little Tree Dude if off on a taste-testing trek through the rainforest. He’s clinging and swinging and trying new foods, none of which taste like the prefect frog treat. Dude’s diet was boring, so he keeps exploring. Will he finally find something that’s crunchy, not sweet?

 

  •  “Ward’s mottled little frog, made in watercolor and crayon resist technique, is as snappy as the text, hopping and flipping all over the page…full of pep.” – Kirkus
  • A nod to concepts like diet and carnivore with a short glossary of “Frog Facts” makes this a STEM-themed book for the youngest of readers.  
  •  “Lively rhymes and swinging vines jump and flit about with humor as one curious amphibian hunts for the perfect meal, sampling sweets and treats along with monkeys, birds, and other creatures.” – Forward Reviews

Get to Know the Author/Artist

amyfrancesward.com

Dress Like a Girl

DRESS LIKE A GIRL

Author: Patricia Toht
Illustrator: Lorian Tu-Dean
Release date: January 22, 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
ISBN-10: 0062798928
ISBN-13: 978-0062798923

In beautifully illustrated pages, a diverse cast of slumber party participants considers the most time-honored traditions for how to dress. Uplifting and resonant, and with a variety of interests ranging from sports to science to politics, this book inspires young girls, instilling the idea that the best way to dress like a girl is the way that makes you feel most like YOU!

  • Promotes positive images of strong girls. Girl power!
  • Combats gender stereotypes for a wide variety of careers and      hobbies.
  • Celebrates friendships and fun.

Getting to Know the Author

www.patriciatoht.com

 

Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town

Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town
Author: A. LaFaye
Illustrator: Nicole Tadgell
Release date: January 2018
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
ISBN: 9780807525357

When Dede sees a notice offering land to black people in Kansas, her family decides to give up their life of sharecropping to become homesteading pioneers in the Midwest. Inspired by the true story of Nicodemus, Kansas, a town founded in the late 1870s by Exodusters—former slaves leaving the Jim Crow South in search of a new beginning—this fictional story follows Dede and her parents as they set out to stake and secure a claim, finally allowing them to have a home to call their own.

  • Historical Fiction about Exodusters, uncelebrated African-American pioneers from Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma
  • Features the all African-American community of Nicodemus, KS which is now a National Park
  •  Promotes community-building, setting goals, and working together as a family

Get to Know the Author

 www.alafaye.com

 

A Girl Named October

A Girl Named October

Author: Zakieh Mohammed
Illustrator: Andrea Tripke
Publisher: Ripple Grove Press
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
ISBN10: 0999024957

The title character, October, is ever present as the narrator navigates a life without realizing how even the smallest memories, interactions, and expressions can impact a very large, and often imposing, world. Touching the world is no longer an abstract idea, but a concrete action that reveals how everything we do affects everyone around us. Lighthearted in its approach, but powerful in its message, this book tells a story that will spur conversations with children and adults alike.

  • the social emotional theme
  • the dialogue/conversation that can be evoked aorund mindfulness from the words and images
  • the ability to utilize the text for self-awareness building 

 

Getting to Know the Author
zakiehamohammed.com

PEEKITY BOO–WHAT YOU CAN DO!

Peekity Boo–What You Can Do

Author: Heidi Bee Roemer
Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka
Release date: March 19, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt / A Christy Ottaviano Book
ISBN: 978-1-250-12232-2

Mommy gives Baby a bath, reads him a story and tucks him in bed with a kiss. But this is no passive baby! Baby finds plenty of opportunities to do things for himself, too.

  • Underscores the loving bond between parents and baby.
  • Supports the concepts of self-awareness, interpreting visual cues and predicting a sequence of events.
  • Silly nonsense words will make little ones laugh.

Getting to Know the Author

 

 heidibroemer.com

 

Picture Books

Non-Fiction

A Computer Named Katherine:How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon 

Author: Suzanne Slade
Illustrator: Veronica Miller Jamison
Release date: March 12, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0316435178
 
The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson who counted and computed her way to NASA, and helped put the first man on the moon!
* Inspiring STEM title which includes accessible science and math content

  • * Great for women’s history month!
  • * Kirkus STARRED Review – “An excellent way to introduce young readers to an African-American female mathematician who deserves to be remembered and celebrated.”

 

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

Author: Suzanne Slade
Illustrator: Alan Marks
Release date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Charlesbridge
ISBN:
 978-1580897730

A gorgeous picture book about the twelve brave men who have left footprints on the moon, just in time to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing!* Shares fascinating, little-known discoveries and adventures of all twelve astronauts who visited the moon

  • * Includes personal note from the fourth man on the moon, Alan Bean, about how it feels to walk on the moon
  • * Booklist STARRED review!

Getting to Know the Author


www.suzanneslade.com

 

 

Dancing Through Fields of Color:
The Story of Helen Frankenthaler

Dancing Through Fields of Color:
The Story of Helen Frankenthaler

Author: Elizabeth Brown
Illustrator: Aimee Sicuro
Release date: March 19, 2019
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
ISBN:  978-1-4197-3410-6

Young Helen Frankenthaler’s love of color, nature, and emotion come together to create Color Field painting, laying the foundation for her to become one of the major Abstract Expressionists of the 20th century.

  • a Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2019
  •  great for art and elementary education, with expansive back matter
  •  inspires children in their own art and other artistic pursuits

 

Getting to Know the Author

 www.elizabethmbrown.com

 

 

The Girl Who Named Pluto:
The Story of Venetia Burney

 

The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney
Author: Alice B. McGinty
Illustrator: Elizabeth Haidle
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: May 2019
ISBN: 978-1524768317

An empowering, inspiring–and accessible!–nonfiction picture book about the eleven-year-old girl who actually named the newly discovered Pluto in 1930.  “An inspiring and beautifully illustrated tale made all the better by its historical foundation.” —Kirkus Starred Review, Junior Library Guild Selection

  • Empowers young people, particularly girls, to participate in science
  • Connects science and story – STEAM Power!
  • Brings history to life in this touching story

Getting to Know the Author

www.alicebmcginty.com

 

 

 

I’m Very Ferris

 I’m Very Ferris
Author: Tess Kossow
Illustrator: Carla Castagno
Release date: 1/25/19
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-9772-0466-0

Meet Ferris, a baby boy who has an amazing, real-life story about his entrance into the world.  Told from a child’s point of view, I‘m Very Ferris gently explains infertility through in vitro fertilization and celebrates the miracle of Ferris’ birth in a beautifully illustrated rhyming book.

  •  1 in 8 couples experience infertility, yet there is nothing on the market for children to read about IVF.
  • Relatable for families of all types and sizes.
  • Gender friendly family picture book that children can follow along with Ferris on different adventures, as this is a series.

Get to Know the Author

tesskossow.com

 

 

JUST LIKE RUBE GOLDBERG

JUST LIKE RUBE GOLDBERG
Author: Sarah Aronson
Illustrator: Robert Neubecker
Release date: 3/12/2019
Publisher: Beach Lane Books, Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-4814-7668-3

Discover how Rube Goldberg followed his dreams to become an award-winning cartoonist, inventor, and even an adjective in the dictionary (without inventing anything at all) in this inspiring and funny biographical picture book. 

  • promotes creativity in STEM and the arts
  • a true story with a twist
  • Rube Goldberg inspires!

 

Getting to Know the Author

www.saraharonson.com

 

Pancakes to Parathas:
Breakfast Around the World

Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World

Author: Alice B. McGinty
Illustrator: Tomoko Suzuki
Publisher: Little Bee Books
Publication Date: February 2019
ISBN: 9781499807127

Wake up, world! It’s time for breakfast! Come along and explore what twelve countries around the world eat for the most important meal of the day.

  • Connect with other cultures and countries
  • Accessible, engaging, and FUN!
  • Discover wonderful breakfast time traditions!

Getting to Know the Author

www.alicebmcginty.com

Middle Grade

Fiction

Beyond Cabin Fourteen

Beyond Cabin Fourteen

Author: Kelly Polark
 Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release date: February 28, 2019

ISBN:  9781732711211

When Ellie discovers Bigfoot near her summer camp, she struggles with the dilemma of telling the truth to her best friend and attending her camp activities while secretly visiting the creature. Will Ellie be able to help her new acquaintance in time before others find him?

  • Mystery and adventure await at summer camp!
  • What would you do if you encountered Bigfoot?!
  • Exploration of moral delimmas

Getting to Know the Author

Kelly Polark’s Blog

Jagger Jones and the Mummy’s Ankh

Jagger Jones and the Mummy’s Ankh

Author: Malayna Evans
Illustrator: Tatiana A. Makeeva
Release date: April 30, 2019
Publisher: Month9Books
ISBN: 978-1-948671-62-0 

Jagger Jones, a thirteen-year-old whiz kid from Chicago’s South Side, falls thousands of years back in time, along with his little sister, Aria. Armed only with Jagger’s knowledge of history and a few modern objects mined from his pockets and Aria’s sparkly purse, the siblings are tasked with solving supernatural riddles in order to rescue the royal family of Egypt and get back home.

  • Egyptian themed middle grade adventure series, authored by a mom with a Ph.D. in ancient Egyptian history, is a fun and effective way to teach middle graders about history
  • Tackles diversity, both Jagger and Aria’s biracial identities and the diversity of ancient Egypt
  • Addresses the challenges one middler grader faces, being raised by a single mother and responsible for a little sister as he’s coping with an absentee father

 

Get to Know the Author

malaynaevans.com

 

The Wish List #4: Survival of the Sparkliest

The Wish List #4: Survival of the Sparkliest

Author: Sarah Aronson
Release date: 2/26/2019
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0-545-94165-5

Isabelle has finally made it to the last level of fairy godmother training! But a sparkly disaster throws Isabelle for a loop. Suddenly, her future as a fairy godmother isn’t looking like a wish come true. Is she destined for the Home for Normal Girls, after all?

  • the final book of a fun and funny seriesbreaks
  • the princess trope to smithereens
  • Happiness is serious business, right?

 

Getting to Know the Author

www.saraharonson.com

 

Middle Grade

Non-Fiction

Mind Blowing Science Facts
(Select Titles)

The Universe Began with a Bang and Other Cool Space Facts
Lakes in the Ocean & Other Cool Other Underwater Facts
Your Nose Never Stops Growing & Other Cool Human Body Facts
The World Was Once Covered by Giant Mushrooms & Other Cool Earth Facts

Author: Kimberly Hutmacher
Release Date: 1/1/2019
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: Space: 978-1-5435-5769-5
Underwater: 978-1-5435-5767-1
Nose: 978-1-5435-5766-4
Earth: 978-1-5435-5768-8

Did you know Earth is a giant magnet? Discover this and other mind blowing facts about Earth, space, bodies of water, and the human body in this new series from Capstone Press.

Why you will love these books:

  • Forget boring run-of-the-mill facts. These books present fun and interesting mind blowing facts!
  • The text is accompanied by colorful mind blowing photos!
  • These hi lo books are written at a 6th grade interest level and 2nd grade reading level They are perfect for struggling readers and will pique the interest of the most disinterested readers.

Getting to Know the Author

Kimberlyhutmacherwrites.blogspot.com