The Best New Children's Books of the Month

Dive into the best new releases for May that kids, and families, will love.
May 26, 2023



The Best New Children's Books of the Month

May 26, 2023

With so many great new books hitting the shelves this month, there's no better time to encourage your child to build a reading habit. Whether your child is exploring picture books, graphic novels, or young adult books, there are plenty of titles they won't want to miss. These books, which cover important themes like self-esteem and kindness among others, are full of rich narratives and unforgettable characters. 

For instance, When You Can Swim is perfect for young readers, and will help boost your child's reading confidence and fluency just in time for summer. This sweet book will empower your little one to believe in themselves and their abilities as they learn to swim and have fun.

For graphic novel enthusiasts and fans of coming-of-age books, there's Four Eyes, a relatable story about sixth grader Rex who's the only one in his class who hasn't yet had a growth spurt, something his bullies won't let him forget. Adding to that, when he finds out that he needs new glasses, his family gets him the ugliest pair in the store. Will Rex be able to fit despite it all?

Meanwhile, animal lovers will adore the new and highly anticipated Owl Diaries #18: The Nature Club. This charming chapter book series, part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, features fun adventures and teaches kids about friendship and working together.

Shop the best new books of May for kids of all ages to read below! You can find more new releases and activities at The Scholastic Store

Board Books

Picture Books

Early Elementary Books

Middle Grade Books

Graphic Novels

Young Adult Books

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