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.


Wordplay sounds fun!!

My students grades 3-6 would love all the chapter books especially I survived. Great selection. Can't wait to order them when I have our bookfair.

I am excited about so many of these books. 'Robinson', 'Silent Days, Silent Dreams' and 'Mary McScary' are a few I hope to purchase for our library.

Where do I begin? I made a list as I was watching... Bizzy Mizz Lizzie, Mama Lion Wins the Race, Robinson, Love Santa, Word Play, Why Am I Me, I Survivied the American Revolution, Swing It Sunny, Sparrow, and All About Mia. All books have been added to my infinite TBR stack! Cannot wait!

I'm definitely interested in reading Silent Days, Silent Dreams. Thanks for this neat giveaway, too!

This is hard to say book I look forward to more when you present - Peter Sis, Allen Say and Jennifer & Matthew Holmes. Hmmmm.... where do I start?

I am thrilled about the new I Survived book. My students in the library will be so excited. Everyone from second grade to ninth grade reads I Survived!

I am interested in using Wordplay in my classroom. It looks like a wonderful resource text for my students.

My daughter would love Bizzy Mizz Lizzie! Her name is Izzy. I often call her Busy Izzy because she's always doing something.

I can hardly wait for Maggie Stiefvater's book - All the Crooked Saints - I am a HUGE fan! It is already in my shopping cart :)

Love to read Lauren Tarshis! This new American Revolution will be great for my 8th graders who learn this topic in history.

Mary mcscary or Bizzy Mizz Lizzie - I love Picture books!

Refugee by Alan Gratz seems timely, amazing and exactly right for the students I work with. Plus I love a good read that ties multiple stories together!

We can't wait to read I Survived The American Revolution!

I am already haunted and mesmerized by Silent Days, Silent Dreams. Whenever I'm really "taken" by a book, my out-loud reading becomes so riveting to the students, they cannot help but beg to borrow it from the library!

I'm excited to see another I Survived coming out, that's one series that doesn't stay on the shelf!

I like Bizzy Mizz Lizzie and Robinson. They are interesting and have wonderful illustrations.

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

Love, Santa Looks like a great book for my four year old son. We Love Christmas and Santa.

Can't wait to read Bizzy Mizz Lizzie! David Shannon is an amazing author and I love the ending theme of taking the time to smell the roses, something all of us need to Do!

My son is entering third grade and loves chapter books! I think he would love to read "I Survived the American Revolution."

Can't wait to read "Word Play" to my library students. Sneaky lesson books are my favorites and the books description statng that it's in the vein of "The Day the Crayons Quit" grabbed me immediately!!!!
If I don't win, how quickly may I add this to a grant Wish List???

Lauren Tarshis's new book I Survived The American Revolution

*I am looking forward to Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say's wonderful new historical picture book about Idaho artist James Castle "Silent Days, Silent Dreams". I believe James Castle's life is such an inspiration; I am so glad that Allen Say has created a book that will tell Castle's story to inspire others.
*Again Lauren Tarshis has created another wonderful historical-fiction "I Survived" book that will get her fans in a frenzy of wanting to read it.
*David Shannon ;) can put a smile even on a "Bizzy" bee. I love reading his books aloud they are so much fun and I love his bee costume.

American Girl!

My son absolutely loves the I Survived books. Thank you!

I would love to read the American Girl book. We love American Girl and my daughter's name is Emma! Sounds like a great motivator.

I can't wait for the I Survived the American Revolution. My students LOVE that series!

Any of the chapter books look great! My kids are 9 and 7 years old and they would be excited to read these, especially my daughter. She would probably go for the American Girl Like Sisters.

Oh my, they all sound so good; but I really look forward to reading "I Survived the American Revolution" by Lauren Tarshis. I probably will read it first and then work my way through the rest that you have previewed here.

We are lovers of R.L. Stine in my house! I read Fear Street as a kid and both of my boys loved The Goosebumps series! I know my daughter will really enjoy Scary Mary!!

I'm most interested in reading I survived the American Revolution.

I survived the American revolution! Cannot wait. I teach 3-5 grade and my kids love the I survived series. They learn so much more from these books.

My son and I are excited for "I Survived the American Revolution"!!!!

I am most excited to read the new I Survived book. I met the author at a teacher workshop on how to engage struggling readers a few months ago and she talked a little bit about this new Revolutionary War book. My students and my own children are eagerly waiting for this release!

I Survived The American Revolution will be fascinating!

Our kiddos just wrote "I Survived " stories. Can't wait to read the latest on the American Revolution.

We are looking forward to the I Survived The American Revolution.KYZ6UN

For myself, I would be most interested in "I Survived the American Revolution", because I always get so much out of that series.
However, what I am most excited to see for my elementary school library is "Why Am I Me?" Because I love the approach to such an interesting and important topic!

My daughter is big time into americal girl and my little one is jnto picture books.
Would love to have any of these.

Tool School! I love the message about teamwork!

My son is highly interested in the history of America and would love reading the new "I survived" book.

I Survived the American Revolution, because my class (and I) love the"I Survived" series!

I am most interested in reading R.L. Stine's book, Mary McScary. I teach primary education and think it would great to introduce them to MY favorite author when I was growing up. I would love to see his writing in a picture book.

I enjoyed watching the previews. I am always on the lookout for new books for my kids. My kindergartener is excited about Tool School,and my 4th grader loves the I survived series and can't wait to read the American Revolution.

I'm interested in Mary McScary. The title hooked me immediately.

Our Family would LOVE any of these, but the Mary McScary looks so cute!!!! THank You for the chance!!!

This is a tough choice because they all will be read. I'd have to say Princess Truly In I Am Truly.

I Survived the American Revolufion.