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 can't wait to get my hands on Tool School - I'm always looking for books about different experiences at school - to make the summer/school transition a little easier.

I'd love to read Wordplay to kinder kiddos!!!

I would love Why Am I Me? I know that my middle-grade students will want I Survived the American Revolution - that series is very popular in my school library.

I survived the American Revelution.

Love Maggie's books and can't wait to read ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS. I also love diversity in YA. For the longest time, I couldn't find YAs that reflected my own Latina culture or the ones of my bilingual students when I was teaching. I fell in love with SHADOWSHAPER and can't wait to read the latest book in this series-SHADOWHOUSE FALL.

I can't wait to read Kathryn Erskine's new book, The Incredible Magic of Being!

I am most excited and interested in I Survived the American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis! My students love this series and I cannot wait for more!

I love the sound of Bizzy Mizz Lizzie. And as much as my students adore David Shannon, I actually think he wrote a book that I can relate to more than they can!

Princess Truly in I Am Truly is my pick! Can't wait to read it.

im excited to read The Apprentice Witch the most

I'm very excited to read Bizzy Mizz Lizzie by David Shannon

My choice would be Wordplay - colorfiul illustrations, humor and fun in the story.

I am most excited about Silent Days, Silent Dreams!

I am most excited to read Silent Days, Silent Dreams. Allen Say is such a great children's book creator.

I cannot wait to read the new Maggie Stiefvater novel, All the Crooked Saints! The premise sounds fantastic but to be honest, I was sold on it when I heard "new Maggie Stiefvater novel"!!

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