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First Look at Fall Books

September might seem likes it’s ages away, but I already have my eye on some pretty great books coming up this fall. Here are some of my favorite new titles for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.

Kindergarten

Maya Was Grumpy by Courtney Pippin-Mathur

Sometimes you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Maya certainly knows what that’s like. She’s ready to grump, grouch, and scowl her way through the day, but Gramma might know just how to change Maya’s mood. 

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney

I must confess I have a soft spot for all llamas. But even without such a bias, Llama Llama is pretty hard to resist. In this book, Llama Llama and his friend, Nelly Gnu, are having a lovely time at school, but Gilroy Goat is being not so nice. Will this turn into a llama drama?

 First Grade

Elephant & Piggie: A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems

Elephant & Piggie is not only one of my favorite series, but also one of my favorite friendships! As an elephant, Gerald is a pretty big fellow. So when someone takes Piggie’s ball, Gerald is sure he can get it back. Oh boy, is he in for a surprise!

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

This picture book is a little absurd in the absolutely best way, and it quickly became one of my top choices for read-alouds. When a boy decides to host a taco party for a rowdy group of dragons, he knows that all he needs to do is avoid everything spicy. Easy, right? Better make sure to read all the labels.…

 

Second Grade

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat

The story of the Three Little Pigs has gone through so many retellings—some of them fantastic—that it’s hard to imagine another one standing out. But this one can pretty easily be defined as awesome. This time, the Three Little Pigs are learning to fight back—with aikido, jujitsu, and karate. The Big Bad Wolf won’t know what hit him! 

Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith

I’m a huge fan of Judith Viorst (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) and Lane Smith (Grandpa Green) individually. Together? They have created one of the best unapologetically (and wonderfully) bratty characters since Veruca Salt! Lulu is determined to earn money by walking dogs, but the dogs are making it almost impossible—and she has to put up with her obnoxious goody-two-shoes neighbor, who insists on trying to help!

 

 

Bio about Author: Catherine Alexander is a managing editor of online copy at Scholastic Book Clubs. She previously worked at Sesame Workshop. So yes, she has in fact met Big Bird.

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