1 | Planet Kindergarten
By Sue Ganz-Schmitt, illustrated by Shane Prigmore. $16.99.
Blast off to Planet Kindergarten—a mission both exciting and a bit scary: “We’re aliens from many galaxies....” Grades K–1.

2 | My Pet Book
By Bob Staake. $17.99.
Staake follows last year’s affecting wordless picture book Bluebird with another boldly graphic story that follows a boy and his beloved pet book on their adventures. Grades K–2.

3 | Little Elliot, Big City
By Mike Curato. $16.99.
Being big is relative. Little Elliot the spotted elephant intrepidly navigates the big city—and gets the object of his desire, with help from an even smaller friend. Grades PreK–1.

4 | If Kids Ran the World
By Leo and Diane Dillon. $18.99.
Get kids thinking about community with this multicultural imagining of a world where kids are in charge—and end up doing the right thing. Grades K–3.

5 | Some Monsters Are Different
By David Milgrim. $16.99.
Even though “some monsters like to talk and talk” and “some are quiet,” this book affirms that all are wonderful just the way they are. Grades PreK–1.

6 | Dog Days: The Carver Chronicles
By Karen English, illustrated by Laura Freeman. $14.99.
New kid Gavin wants to prove he’s cool, but it’s tough when hauling around a yappy, bow-wearing Pomeranian. First in a series. Grades 1–4.

7 | Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully
By Rachel Vail, illustrated by Matthew Cordell. $16.99.
We join Justin in fourth grade as he chronicles friendships, bullies, and taking tests. Third in a series. Grades 2–4.

8 | The Question of Miracles
By Elana K. Arnold. $16.99.
Reeling from the death of her best friend, Iris is miserable at her new school until a friend who’s a “medical mystery” helps her realize miracles can happen, too. Grades 4–7.

9 | The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
By L. Pichon. $12.99.
Fans of Wimpy Kid should thrill to the first Tom Gates book (of seven) to cross the pond. Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize—need we say more? Grades 3–7.

10 | Villainous
By Matthew Cody. $16.99.
An “ordinary” kid just might be the one to stop the sinister Supers from taking over the Academy for the Extraordinarily Gifted. Last book in a popular middle-grade trilogy. Grades 5–8.

 

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