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.


I would love to see Mary McScary, especially since I am teaching a Goosebumps summer school class this year. I know that these kids LOVE R.L. Stine!

The Witch Boy and Graveyard Shakes both look awesome!!'

The "I Survived" book- my son loves these books- high interest, and definitely goes with a popular American revolution theme!

Im most excited for the new I Survived American Revolution!

I would love to check out I Survived The American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis! I am teaching humanities (which means, American history) for the first time and this book would be a great additional to the historical fiction section of my classroom library :)

I am most excited about reading Disappeared. I know that this book would be an excellent addition to my classroom library. It would provide a window into a world most of my student only hear about on the news. For a small number of my students this book would be a mirror into their own lives and the lives of their family members. This book that could act as both a window and mirror for my high school readers would be a tremendous addition.

I love all the Allen Say books and after listening to his video about the new book, I am more intrigued than ever.

We are most excited to see "Robinson!" This sounds like a fantastic read, combing a classic tale of mine and the interests of my child's. We look forward to spottting this (and many more from this list) on the shelf this fall.

Very excited for "Word Play"!

I am so excited to read All the Crooked Saints! Anything with magic and I'm in!

My kids love the I Survived series. They will love the new edition!

I am interested in I Survived The American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis.

I love hearing stories explaining Christmas traditions and think this could be a fresh perspective!

It would be a rich joy to be one of the first readers of "All the Crooked Saints" by Maggie Stiefvater. Why? Simply because she carries with her a charisma both in her writing and persona that invites all readers. I want to answer that invitation. She has shown this from her countless great works.

I survived the American Revolution. My 5th graders would love this!

I Survived the American Revolution. I teach the Revolutionary War and have been eagerly awaiting this title!

I love the idea of discussing when too much is too much (Bizzy Mizz Lizzie) and introducing the idea of connectivity with students (Why am I Me?) Whether I win or not both books will be in my book of the day stack.

I'm in a new grade level next year, so I'm interested in the American Girl book and series.

We love David Shannon, especially Duck in a Bike and Duck on a Tractor. I would love to win his new book Buzy Mizz Lizzie. I am also very curious about the joint effort between RL Stine and Marc Brown.

We are most interested in reading "I Survived The American Revolution" by Lauren Tarshis. My kids have been watching videos recently about the American Revolution and this book would fit in well with their previous research on this topic.

It's so hard to narrow down to one! I'm most excited to read Swing It, Sunny & Refugee -both books are by authors that I love reading & sharing with my students! I'm also looking forward to the new I Survived book, too!

I am most excited to read "I Survived The American Revolution " because American history is part of our 5th grade Social Studies curriculum. And, my students love "I Survived" books!

My 9 year old son would love the " I Survived Series " !

I Survived the American Revolution

Anything by Lauren Tarshish is terrific and the I Survived books are no exception. I would also like to share "Why Am I Me?" with my students.

I love new books! But if I had to chose I'd say we are most excited about the new American Girl book or the new I Survived the American Revolution as my son just finished studying that in school

Robinson looks amazing! The illustrations are so lush and beautiful. What a wonderful way to introduce children to a character from another book they should read as adults.

I'm most excited to see Love, Santa, especially having my daughters at the age where this question has been asked.

Mary Mcscary

I am so excited for Hilde Cracks the Case! My students love the Branches books, and I always get really excited when I see there is a new one coming out!

Can't wait for the new I survived book!! My students love these books and so do I!!!

I would love to add "Why am I Me" to our library. I love the art in the preview.

I would love I Survived the American Revolution.

Looking forward to reading I Survived The American Revolution.

I can't wait for another I Survived book! I Survived : The American Revolution sounds awesome!

For my 5th grade class, I would love Lauren Tarshis' new book... hands down! I'd like to do a paired read with the classic My Brother Sam is Dead. Can't wait!

Dear santa,

I love all things xmas!

Why Am I Me?

American Girl Like Sisters #1!


Excited for how I survived the American Revolution. :)

silent days, silent dreams looks amazing.

I can't wait for I Survived the American Revolution! Great addition to my shelf!!

I survived The American Revolution! The I survived books are incrediblly poignant!!! I can't keep them on the shelves.

I am most excited about Princess Truly In I Am Truly and Why Am I Me?

I am most excited to read I Survived the American Revolution. My students love the series and have enjoyed the articles Ms. Tarshis has contributed to our Storyworks Jr MagaIne.

My daughter and, possibly my son, would be interested in the new I Survived book. She's liked those in the past and she has a new interest in the Revolution since getting hooked on Hamilton.