There are a number of books that I am looking forward to this year and wanted to share some of my tops. What are you looking forward to this year in the world of children's literature? Let me know! :)
The Necromancer is the latest (4th) installment of the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Michael Scott has a style of writing that I find to be quite fun with pulling bits of fantasy and history together. All the books of this series have been fast paced and are the types of books that you simply want to put everything else on hold until you are done. It is not a surprise that this series is a New York Times bestselling. Make sure to read the others before May 25th because that will be the greatly anticipated release date. A few other popular series that I am obsessed with also have new books coming out. Artemis Fowl: the Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer will be the 7th in that series (COMING JULY 2OTH) and Keys to the Demon Prision (Fablehaven) by Brandon Mull will be the 5th and last (COMING MARCH 23RD - YEAH FOR SPRING BREAK!).
Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart team up to bring two new books to the Barnaby Grimes series. Chris's illustrations promise to be as fantastic as ever. I truly believe him to be one of the ultimate pen artists of ALL TIME. Team this up with the gripping writing of Paul Stewart and you get some pretty wicked stories. You may be familiar with this duo because of the Edge Chronicles series. While considering great illustrated chapter books, be sure to find The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi in September. A bit about the book from Amazon:
When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures—a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, ?WondLa.? Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children's literature in this totally original space age adventure: one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child's wish for a place to belong.
Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout reveal another dimension of Tony DiTrlizzi's vision, and, for those readers with a webcam, the book also features Augmented Reality in several places, revealing additional information about Eva Nine's world.
Flora's Very Windy Day comes out in August. The story looks like whimsical wonderfulness and Matt Phelan seems to have taken his illustrations up another notch with the great new line work.
Simply because I love LeUyen Pham's work. Such a great style! Amy Krouse Rosenthal provides an interesting twist on bedtime books which should also be fun.
Sheep! Wonderful sheep! Balloon! Big orange balloon! A sheep wanting to be that orange balloon. :) A gloriously silly idea that I find I can rather relate to at the same time . . . Jen Corace, of course, with her simple but awesome illustrations . . . sweet!
Who would have thunked that Mo Willems and Jon J Muth would be collaborating on a book? Unexpected and that sort of surprise makes me all the more excited to see how it came out. The natural humor that both men have should help.
Mirror by Suzy Lee actually has seen print before but it was a small printing. I look forward to seeing how Suzy Lee plays with the page break this time and the picture book format . . . something that was a lot of fun in her book Wave.
Many other books I am sure I will discover over the year as more books are announced. Yet, this is an incredible start as far as I am concerned. Happy reading, imagining, and creating!