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 saw an interview with Hilde Lysiak a couple days ago. What a fantastic young lady. I can't wait to read her book. I love to read children's books and love recommending them to the children I meet while at work. :)

I survived the American Revolution is the book I simply can't wait to get my hands on!!! My students love this series and the American Revolution is my favorite social studies unit to teach! I can't wait to incorporate it into my unit!

Looking forward to adding Princess Truly to our bookshelves and our roster of amazing Princesses.

All of the books look great to me! I teach middle school and love reading picture books to students. You're never too old for a picture many great lessons come out of them!

We LOVE author & illustrator David Shannon!!

I am excited about the new I survived book, both my kids really enjoy and learn from those!

My daughter loves reading a variety of books but she will be very excited about the American Girl chapter books. She loves picture books too and has a passion for reading. Thank you for this opportunity.

If it is Lauren Tarsish, it is a must read. From Storyworks to I Survived and everything in between, Lauren Tarshis can turn non-fiction and historical fiction into high interest, must read texts that students crave.

I am always excited for a new I Survived book, but this one especially! I will be coaching a new teacher in the 5th grade that includes US history so this book would be perfect!

Definitely the new Lauren Tarshis book! Her I Survived series is a huge hit in my classroom!

I would love to read the ISurvived: American Revolution because I love reading about American history, especially to my elementary students.

I Survived the American Revolution!

I am most excited about the new I Survived. I will be teaching fifth grade next year, and this will be a perfect read aloud for Social Studies!

Since my daughter is obsessed with the American Girl Doll Series, this would be my vote.

Refugee by Alan Gratz... Such a timely read and discussion starter for middle school students!

I am most interested in Bizzy Mizz Lizzie.

I am most interested in the book- silent days, silent dreams,

I really like the "I survived" books. Each one has Been excellent.

Why Am I Me?

We would love to read the I Survived the American Revolution!

Mary McScary is the one I am looking forward to. I grew up on R.L Stine and Marc Brown so what a treat that they have made a book together. I think my son would love their book.


My students can't get enough of the I Survived series. I'm most excited for the I Survived the American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis.

I love anything by Allen Say and am anxious to read Silent Days, Silent Dreams. I am also intrigued by Word Play and can't wait to read it as well. Looks like a fun way to talk about sentence structure with my kindergarteners.

Love R.L so we would like to read Why Am I Me?
Thank you

My daughter loves mysteries, so I think she will love Hilde cracks the Case.

I Survived The American Revolution is one that I cannot wait for!

Wordplay! Looking forward to it!

I would love to read any of the picture books! Bizzy Mizz Lizzie looks so good!

I would love to have Mary McScary by the famous R.L. Stine and/or The Mouse and His Child. Any of the books would be an awesome surprise.

I'm most interested in reading the I survived the American Revolution. I am excited about this book because it ties in social studies content. I love learning about history. I also enjoy making it come alive for my students.

I love the I Survived series. It has spurred a love of reading in my fourth grade classroom. My choice is the I Survived the Revolutionary War.

I am excited to read Mary McScary to my kids!

I'm so excited to see Mary Mcscary! I grew up reading R.L. Stine and my girls love reading Goosebumps.

My oldest would love the American Girl Like Sisters #1 and my youngest would love WordPlay.

My students LOVE the I Survived series and we are all very excited for the I Survived the American Revolution book to come out!

I'm excited for the I survived American revolution :)

I'm stoked about the R. L. Stine picture book! I've been reading him since I was in third grade way back in the early 90s and it's awesome to see how well he's held up over the years! Kids still love him.

Bizzy Mizz Lizzie sounds really fun to read and it's a Caldecott book too! Of course any book featuring my daughter's name spelt the same way is a win to me. Maybe I can get my Lizzie to read this book to her little sister since my Lizzie is past picture books. lol. (She's 13)

I Survived the American Revolution is one I am looking forward to reading. My son is getting into that series now!

My kids would like "I Survived the American Revolution".

I love the American Girl books and am looking forward to reading American Girl Like Sisters!

Love, Santa because I'm wanting a way to share the beautiful truth about him.

Oh wow! I survived the American Revolution would be an adventurous read.

Robinson! It sounds like a great concept and my son and I love stories of adventures at sea.

I love the "I Survive" series of books and have introduced them to quite a few young readers. It is such a joy to hear them come to me and tell me (excitedly) that there is a new "I Survived" book out, and did I already read it! Bringing history to this age group can be difficult and I am very thankful for the wonderful talents of the author and her ability to make past events "come alive" for so many children and adults.

It is a really hard decision. I think the Allen Say book will be thought provoking and I am anxious to see how he puts it together. But my students love David Shannon and I know that would be their pick.

They all look great, but I'm most interested in Wordplay. Thanks!

American Girl Like Sisters #1:Emma Moves In

Two reason I want to red this book:
1: My granddaughter loves American Doll and her name is Emma.
2: I buy her books and she loves to read. We read Books together and on Skype.
I just bought her a new bookcase for all her books. She is only 5 and has two bookcases full!.