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What’s New in Children’s Literature

Whether you’re looking to add some titles to your classroom book nook, at-home library, or summer reading list, these 6 newcomers in children’s literature are sure to please.

Keeping up with the newest releases in children’s literature can be an overwhelming endeavor. Being well versed in the hottest new authors, series, and young adult publications can be a great way to connect with kids. Our look at what’s new on the children’s lit scene offers six new and upcoming titles that will allow teachers and parents to find the right picks for readers of any age or interest.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production – Fear not, Harry Potter fans! This summer will see the release of the 8th installment of this beloved series. Readers join Harry nineteen years after we left him at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Working at the Ministry of Magic, the now married father of three faces a whole new set of challenges, and his relationship with youngest son Albus is at the forefront. Author J.K. Rowling has partnered with two others in continuing the series with Jack Thorne adapting the story for the stage. Readers will delight as they uncover more of Harry’s story in a new format containing parts one and two of the script for this unprecedented stage production. The hardback edition will be available on July 31, 2016, Harry’s and Rowling’s birthdays.

It’s Ramadan, Curious George – Author Hena Khan takes H.A. Rey’s beloved, mischievous monkey on a learning adventure for young readers. A great first introduction to Ramadan or a wonderful way for children who celebrate the holiday to see it through George’s eyes. As the pages of this board book are turned, readers see George learning about Ramadan from his friend Kareem. Fasting, baskets for the needy, crescent moons, and Eid festivities are some of the traditions that the characters share in this easy to read explanation of the Muslim holiday.

Our Great Big Backyard – Former First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in this delightful picture book. A perfect summer read for connecting with nature and understanding the importance of putting down those screens and actually taking in the scenery. Readers follow a reluctant Jane and her family on a summer road trip to visit a variety of national parks. The beauty of nature and exploring the outdoors are revealed as Jane begins to find the wonder within her surroundings as opposed to wasting all her hours on electronics. A great tour of the country and lesson for limiting screen time.

Theodore Boone: The Scandal – Crossover author John Grisham has penned another gripping novel for his young adult readers. This sixth novel in the Theodore Boone series finds our young protagonist immersed in a standardized testing scandal at a local middle school. Theo’s insider information and his witty investigative skills put him at the forefront of the town’s scandalous case. Readers will be captivated by the fast-paced storyline and irresistibly likable protagonist in this latest installment of Grisham’s crime-solving series for teens.

The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle – Best-selling author Rick Riordan has done it again with the first installment of a new mythological series. In The Hidden Oracle, readers follow Apollo’s journey after he is cast down from Olympus and stripped of his immortality. As a regular teenaged boy on the streets of New York, Apollo must survive in a world unlike any he’s ever known. With the loss of his powers, he finds himself the target of many who wish to permanently destroy this son of Zeus before he can regain his father’s favor. In his quest for survival, Apollo heads to Camp Half-Blood, and readers find themselves enjoying the journey as characters new and old are encountered along the way.

Thunder Boy Jr. – Award winning author Sherman Alexie teams up with award-winning illustrator Yuyi Morales to delight readers with the story of Thunder Boy Jr. Named after Big Thunder, his father, our main character doesn’t want to spend his life as Little Thunder, and with his father’s help, he goes in search of a new and more befitting name that celebrates his unique personality and accomplishments. A beautifully crafted book with a blend of collage and mixed media, Little Thunder’s story of finding a name that represents his true self provides readers with a lovable father-son tale that will soon become a cherished favorite.

From classic characters to fresh and new faces on summer adventures, these 6 newly released and upcoming children’s books offer a variety of topics to appeal to a wide range of readers. We’ve got multiple subjects and grade levels covered with just a few selections. When finding that perfect book may seem daunting, try looking at What’s New for the right fit.

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