It’s a magical thing when a kiddo starts to read chapter books. It won’t take long before you’ll find them lost in the pages and your house seems eerily quiet. We’ve found some just-released or soon-to-be released books to add to your stacks. Read on for the list.

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1. For the Classics Lover

Puffin has teamed up with Pantone to redesign some of your favorite childhood classics into bookshelf eye candy they’ll actually read! The set—which includes The Secret Garden, Treasure Island, The Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Heidi—released in early June. Each book corresponds with a Pantone color swatch and the spine looks like a Pantone color swatch. For book lovers and artists, these are the sweetest redesign we’ve seen this year. Future titles will include Alice in Wonderland (siilver) and Black Beauty (black). June, 2017. $9.99. Ages: 7 and up.

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2. For Goosebumps Fans

David Lubar brings together two unlikely subjects—allergies and the paranormal—in this humorous chapter book, the first in the planned series, Monster Itch #1: Ghost Attack. Meet Alex, a sensitive boy with an unexplained rash who turns out to be allergic to ghosts! Together, Alex and his cousin try to solve the mystery of who this ghost is and why this itchy rash won’t go away. From the author of Nathan Abercrombie: Accidental Zombie. June, 2017. $4.99. Ages: 7-10.

Grab your copy before it disappears.

3. For Spies & Secret Agents

Your kids may already be fans of Secret Agent Jack Stalwart so this new series—The Adventures of Jack and Max Stalwart—by Elizabeth Singer Hunt, is a no brainer. But even if you haven’t read the award-winning Jack Stalwart books, you’ll enjoy the new series. This time, nine-year-old Jack is joined by his older brother Max to travel the globe solving mysteries. Book 1: The Battle for the Emerald Buddha takes the brothers to Bangkok, Thailand to solve the mystery of who stole a precious statue from the Grand Palace. Book 2: The Adventure in the Amazon finds the boys trying to track down a scientist who has gone missing in the Amazon jungle. The books include facts about the country in which they are set, giving kids a geography lesson wrapped inside an adventure. Both books release on July 25, 2017. $5.99. Ages: 6-9.

Pre-order them both here.

4. The Princess in Black Is Back!

The newest book in the series, The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate, is on press and arriving in stores September, so mark your calendars! When a pet-eating monster interrupts a perfect playdate with Princess Sneezewort, the Princess in Black must avenge the harassed kitten. Will she discover who this monster really is? You’ll have to wait until September to find out! If you need to bide your time, you can try Real Friends, the latest book from Princess in Black author Shannon Hale, which released in May of 2017. It’s about two girls who have been besties since they were little but face that difficult moment when one of them befriends a popular girl in school and becomes part of The Group. (For ages 8-12). Good lessons in friendship, bullying and older elementary and middle-school issues. The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate is out Sep. 5. $14.99 (hardcover). Ages: 5-8.

Order in advance here.

5. For Fancy Little People 

The seventh book in the Fancy Nancy series is out and it’s as funny and charming as the six previous. In Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune, our young heroine seems to be thinking a lot about how great it would be to be rich, so she sets out to make her fortune. Not surprisingly, things don’t go exactly how she planned it. June, 2017. $5.99. Ages: 6-10.

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What’s your favorite new release in the chapter book world? Tell us in a comment below! 


—Amber Guetebier

featured photo: Brittany Randolph via flickr


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