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.


An overscheduled Bee! This is so obvious it's genius. Learn to relax and do nothing is a lesson to be learned. Looking forward to see how Lizzie gets through it.

I can't wait to read the "I Survived the American Revolution" I am sure my middles will also enjoy it!

I am super excited to read I Survived the American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis. We study that time period at the beginning of the school year AND my students love the I Survived series.

Mary Mcscary sounds like a fun book for my Kindergarten class!

All About Mia is my choice from the list. However, there are MANY that I'll order for my library and read this coming school year. It looks like we have some amazing titles to look forward to enjoying!

R.L. Stine!! My son LOVES Goosebumps books!

the two I am most interested in from the fall preview catalog is The Scarecrow Queen and The knowing.

"I Survived The American Revolution."

I am very excited for Mary McScary but I also loved and can't wait to see Zog and the Flying Doctors. The preview was great! Thanks so much!

We love to read Bizzy Mizz Lizzie! When my oldest child was little we read David Shannon books! She loved them! I just introduced my 23 month old to them and she loves them too! When my children out grown books we pass them along to other children and to our public schools and library! We do keep there favorites! But we believe that we can help other children to learn to love to read!

We would love Mary McScary. I was a huge rl stine fan growing up but my kiddos are still too young. This would be an awesome intro

Not only am I interested in the book I Survived the American Revolution, but my own children will be excited about this book! I can't wait to get this one in my classroom library for my students to read as well!

Mary McScary! RL Stine and Marc Brown together? Yes, please.

The illustrations in "Wordplay" look awesome!

Word Play

I Survived the American Revolution. The kids from our Library love this series!

I cannot wait to read Mary McScary to my elementary kids! The older ones are all RL Stine fans and this will turn on a younger group! The illustrations look fantastic!

I can't wait to see I Survived the America Revolution. My students can't get enough of the I Survived series.

My son would love I survived the American Revolution. He loves learning about history.

i most excited about reading Hilde Cracks The Case


Hard to choose just five! I'm thinking the latest I Survived, Robinson, Bizzy Mizz Lizzie, Why Am I Me?, and Silent Days, Silent Dreams

My girls, who are all grown up, grew up reading all the R.L. Stine books. Now, I have a 4 month old grandson and "Mary McScary" would be a great intriduction for him. Then, his aunt is named Lizzie so "Bizzy Mizz Lizzie" would be neat to have!

I would like Bizzy Mizz Lizzie because its sounds like me at the end of the school year.

I Survived The American Revolution

Why am I me looks to be the must read to me but so many of them look great!

My son would love "I Survived the American Revolution "! He loves history! What an awesome prize!!

I survived the American Revolution.

My daughter loves the American Girl books!

Hilde Cracks the Case

Mama Lion Wins the Race

I would like to read "I Survived the American Revolution" by Lauren Tarshis.

As a librarian, I can not wait to read all of these books to see which ones become favorites to them. Personally, I am looking forward to reading the new I Survived book!

Robinson, with Silent Days, Silent Dreams as a close seconds.

My girls would like the American Girl book and Hilde
Cracks the Case.

Mary Mcscary! And Why Am I Me?

I would like to have the I Survived the American Revolution book for my son. I think it would be interesting to read about history with him.

We are looking forward to Love, Santa

Wordplay looks like a cute book the kids would enjoy.

I have 4 boys which have all different taste in books. They are excited for picture books and love to read the I Survived Series. They are extremely estatic to learn that the I Survived The American Revolution and also R.L Stines Books. Big fans of the GooseBumps Series!

I survived the American revolution! That's what I'm excited for! My students love I survived!

I Survived! My son loves those books!!!

I'm really excited for many of these books. The one I can't wait to share with my students is Wordplay.

My daughter loves the American Girl books and I love the message of character that she is exposed to.

Looking forward to the new I survived book and Hilde Cracks the Case for my classroom. And We love picture books in our house so would love any of those too!

Mary McSary!!!!! Scholastic is the best. Thanks for always supporting book love!

I am most looking forward to the new I Survived book so that I can share it with my students. Love those books!