Must-read picture books and chapter books: Scholastic's Fall 2017 Online Preview (and a giveaway!)

Today, we launched the Scholastic Online Preview for Fall 2017! With presentations from more than 30 authors and editors, these videos are the perfect introduction to key titles from our Fall season.

Among the picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adults books are exciting debut authors, brand new series and of course, new titles from some of your favorites like David Shannon, Alan Gratz, R.L. Stine, Marc Brown and Maggie Steifvater!

In fact, we have so many great titles coming this fall that it just won’t fit in one OOM post – so today, we are going to talk about picture books and chapter books! (Just a quick note that you’ll want to read on to the end because we have a great contest where you can win advanced copies of these books!)


Where else can you find Italian motor cars, an overscheduled bee and a girl with magical sparkly curls in one fabulous picture book list? In addition to these, you’ll find a breathtakingly illustrated new book from Peter Sís, an adorable and predictably ‘SCARY’ new character from R.L. Stine and Marc Brown plus an aptly titled book that explores the fundamental question of Why Am I Me?

Watch the videos for all of our picture books here, or check out each title individually by clicking below:

Next, let's dive into: CHAPTER BOOKS!

For the first time, we are adding a separate chapter books category to the Online Preview We have three great titles to share this fall including a new addition to the I Survived series set in the American Revolution! See all of the videos here, or click on the title you're most interested in below:

But the fun doesn’t end with the videos!

**Edit: Giveaway closed! The winners have been notified as of 6/19/17**

We are giving 10 readers the chance to win a selection of 5 advanced copies of the books featured throughout the Preview. To enter here, leave a comment below telling us which book featured here you are most interested in reading. One entry per person. All entries must be submitted by 5pm ET on Friday, June 16, 2017. U.S. residents, 18 and over, please. See the complete legal rules here.


The little ones love to listen to picture books when I read to them at bedtime. The older ones are reading chapter books on their own. Thanks for the preview of upcoming books! We are looking forward to the new picture book by David Shannon as we are big fans of his!

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

I am looking forward to Robinson as I can't wait to examine the amazing illustrations!

Both my daughters are excited to read American Girl Like Sisters #1: Emma Moves in!!

I am super excited for All the Crooked Saints and Shadow House Fall.

I am most excited for the I Survived The American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis. I love the I survived series, as have many of my students. I am excited to have one on a topic we cover and my students love learning about. :)

I think many picture books are great to use even in middle school. I would like to read Love, Santa because it sounds like a great book to share with my students. Besides, I LOVE Santa!

My daughter would love to read the new I Survived book!

My daughter says she is interested in Hilda cracks the case & American girl like sisters.

My son LOVES the I Survived books!

I can't wait to see the new I Survived book.

I love all of David Shannon's books! I'm sure the new one will be no exception. My niece would love reading Mary McScary. All the new books look like they would be great additions to my classroom library. I am especially looking forward to Word Play and the new I Survived book.

I'm interested in Why am I Me?

Would love Refugee by Alan Gratz. A perfect middle grade novel for students in a sanctuary city--Chicago.

The I Survived Series brings much excitement and adventure to the library! Historical Fiction is such a wonderful way to teach kids about historical events. I Survived the American Revolution is sure to be a hit!

I loved R.L. Stine as a kid and hope to share with my daughter his new book Mary McScary!

I can't wait to see what L. Tarsus has done with I Survived the American Revolution!

My 11year old is a fan of the I Survived books, so I choose that one to be most interested in reading. Thank you for the chance!

My daughter absolutely loves the "I Survived" books so she can't wait to read the I Survived the American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis!

We love reading about history and would love to read "I survived the American Revolution".

I Survived The American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis - My son has been loving the "I Survived" books. It's wonderful to see him captivated by a book that takes him on a journey that not only teaches about the past but asking questions about the present and future!

I survived the American Revolution sounds like a good book. We have been enjoying a lot of books in the "I survived" series

It's not featured on this post, but I'm excited for Maggie Steifvater's new title. From the list on this post, I'm excited for Bizzy Mizz Lizzie!

Any of the picture books as I have a huge addiction to them. I am finish my Masters in Literacy Instruction at the end of July and will have so much free time on my hands. I am also interested in I Survived the American Revolution as I love historical fiction as did my third grade students.

I can't wait to read the next book in the I Survived series. Sounds like a great read.

I am most interested in reading "I Survived the American Revolution" by Lauren Tarshis. My oldest son absolutely loves the I Survived series of books and is beyond excited about a new addition. These are amazing books that we read together.

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

I would love to read I survived the American Revolution with my daughter!

My son loves the I survived series books! We try to get new ones when they come out!!

I'm most interested in reading I Survived the American Revolution. These books have been very popular among my 4th graders. I love the new topic too.

Buzzy Mizz Lizzie! It's a great story about slowing down and enjoying the little things. I feel children need to learn that everyday does not need to be so busy and chaotic! Love David Shannon! Princess Truly I am Truly comes in at a close 2nd. Girl power, determination, and encouraging story all rolled into one!!!

I think I'm most excited for the new I Survived book! I love American History and this sounds like an interesting read.

I'm excited to read American Girl Like Sisters Emma Moves In. It sound interesting.

Love, Santa sounds cute!

I am most looking forward to reading and sharing Why Am I Me? with my children.

I look forward to Word Play coming out to use with young readers and writers for understanding of parts of speech and basic sentence construction. I think it will give them concrete understanding of what sentences are made of!

I literally gasped out loud when I saw I Survived the American Revolution! I've been hoping for that to be a subject portrayed in that series! One way or another, that book will make it into my library!

The I Survived the American Revolution book!

"Silent Days Silent Dreams". I love Allen Say's books.

So many great choices!!! I'd love to read any of those titles!

Gaaaahhh!! Super excited for Word Play - looks adorable!

I can't wait to get my hands on Mary Mcscary and read it to my class!

I am looking forward to the new I Survived title!

I can't wait to read I Survived the American Revolution. My students can't get enough of the I Survived stoeies. I love how excited they get when a new one comes out.

Lauren Tarshis's I Survived the American Revolution is the book I am MOST anxious to get my hands on! We love the I Survived series already, and this book will be such a terrific curricular tie-in. Hooray!

My students love Goosebumps so of course Mary Mcscary!!!

Can't wait for the new I Survived!

I am most interested in reading R. l. stine's Mary Mcscary. I have been reading his different books for a long time. Whether it's Goosebunps, Fear Street, or his stand alone books.

My students fought over Sunny Side Up all year, so I'm anxious to get my hands (and theirs) on Swing It, Sunny!

I am most interested in Silent Days, Silent Dreams. The message sounds important for all students, one of overcoming adversity and not giving up. And I love Allen Say, he writes great Diverse Books!