SCBWI-MI 2015 New Releases

Silverman 2016The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Celebrate all year long with poems for 156 holidays, in English and in Spanish. Michigan author Buffy Silverman contributed poems about Passover and National Farmers' Market Week to this anthology.

Wolfe2Trail of Secrets by Laura Wolfe

The Foxwoode Riding Academy brochure hadn’t mentioned anything about the girl who vanished four years earlier. While the other girls laugh over the story of the dead girl who haunts Foxwoode, Brynlei senses that the girl—or her ghost—lurks in the shadows. Someone soon discovers Brynlei’s search for answers and will go to any length to stop her. As Brynlei begins to unravel the truth, she is faced with an impossible choice. Will she protect a valuable secret? Or save a life?



CrumUh-Oh! by Shutta Crum
From the team behind the critically acclaimed picture book Mine!  (Shutta Crum & Patrice Barton) comes a book celebrating the wonders of a day at the beach and that other favorite word of any young child, "Uh-Oh!" Perfect for toddlers, this is a tale of two friends and the events that lead up to one really big "Uh-Oh!"


the-passover-surprise-janet-heller-chapter-book_small1The Passover Surprise by Janet Ruth Heller

Lisa and her little brother Jon enjoy collecting stamps. But when their father holds a contest to decide who will get a new stamp album, Lisa has to solve a difficult problem. This middle-grade fiction chapter book takes place around 1960 and includes details about Jewish soldiers’ experiences during World War II and early stages of the Civil Rights Movement. The Passover Surprise (Fictive Press, 2015) by Janet Ruth Heller ( also portrays a Jewish family celebrating Sabbath and Passover. A Discussion Guide enables families and classes to discuss related issues: sibling rivalry, bullying, favoritism, discrimination, and Jewish traditions.


CheerForChlorineCover2Cheer for Chlorine! Discovering Chlorine's Many Uses, illustrated by Mallette Pagano

Summertime has arrived and Jay is ready to hit the pool. He dives in but is surprised by how much his eyes hurt. Jay asks Kayla, his big sister, about the stinging and learns all the ways that chlorine makes a difference in the world. The everyday language and fun activities in Cheer for Chlorine! help kids understand this important element and encourage kids to be excited about chemistry.



Cross-Dragon FireDragon Fire by Gilbert B. Cross

The Elvin King, Ereborn, is dying from a poisoned spear thrust.  His only chance of recovery is a magical cauldron, which cures all wounds but has not been seen in many years. The wizard, Zugjans, has found an ancient prophecy stating only a mortal youth can guide them to the cauldron. He sends for Bryan, son of Sîon.  Zugjans believes the cauldron lies in the hoard of the fearful dragon, Huzdraka.  Bryan must recover it.  A group of elves has also been recruited by the wizard but, although they have special skills, it cannot be said that they are the most friendly of comrades.


Dismondy - chocolate milkChocolate Milk, Por Favor by Maria Dismondy

Johnny is a big fan of school but that all changes when the new kid, Gabe arrives. Gabe doesn’t speak any English, and that doesn’t stop Johnny from going out of his way to be unkind. What will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Will he join in the fun of making a new friend or turn the other way? Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story where empathy and inclusion teach us that actions speak louder than words. Read to find out how chocolate milk plays a major role in the discovery of the real universal language.


BastianNain Rouge: The Red Legend by Josef Bastian

The times are hard and getting harder by the minute. An urban legend tells of the Nain Rouge, who appears as a harbinger of doom. The sightings are growing more frequent every day. What will two unsuspecting teenagers do when they come face to face with source of all this trouble? What will Elly and Tom do when they meet the mysterious and dangerous Nain Rouge? Is it too late to save the city and themselves?


Noel-Grumpy BullThe Grumpy Bull by Adrienne Noel

The Grumpy Bull follows a bull as he makes fun of every animal that is different from him. In the end, he learns a valuable lesson. This story has a wonderful message for children as well as adults. Everyone is different and special in their own way. You do not have to be the same as everyone else. It is all right to be different. That is what makes you unique!




GoodDeed - NoelA Wish of One Good Deed by Adrienne Noel


A Wish of One Good Deed is about doing a good deed and asking to pay the deed forward.  It is written in rhyme and colorfully illustrated.  It begins with a squirrel's wish and the story comes full circle.  The squirrel can not believe his wish came true!




Taylor-GeekThe Young GeEK's Guide to Getting Outside by Lori Taylor


Get kids wild and into the dirt with ten-year old HOLLY WILD as she and her pals take young cousins on an alphabet adventure into their WILD BACKYARD! This rhyming read-aloud, perfect for naptime or playtime, is for young Geo-Explorers ages 2—6! Packed with fun body smart prompts, Backyard BINGO Scavenger Hunt and more, this HOLLY WILD picture book will be sure to get lil GeEKs outside and INTO scat, tracks, and DIRT!




Eslick - WEstwardWestward to Oregon illustrated by Lori Eslick


The main character finds out in a hurry that she had practiced a powerful skill when on the wagon trail her parents found in a medical emergency all hands need to help, regardless of their age. Skills and talents as well as having a tough character built up helped the new settlers Westward to Oregon wagon trains .
Eslick - CardinalHow the Cardinal Got His Red Feathers illustrated by Lori Eslick
Being teased for being a plain brown color, a cardinal started to wash the brown off of his body with a red stain. And found that by helping others, he found that there was a helpful solution to change his colors too.
Eslick - GirlThe Girl Who Would Not Listen to Her Elders illustrated by Lori Eslick
The title of this folktale tells something about the main character. She does not listen to her elders, or grown-ups, and that gets her into trouble.

Flores2I See Reality, including a story by Patrick Flores-Scott

Patrick's story, The Good Brother, is included among a collection of twelve original short stories by top authors exploring real issues for real teens. Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories for young adults ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, I See Reality will resonate with today's teens long after the last page has been turned.


HooyengaFaded by Melanie Hooyenga

Biz didn’t think life could get worse after the tragic events that surrounded her last flicker, but when she accidentally flickers on her eighteenth birthday after doing shots of vodka—she’s forced to face the consequences of her actions in a way she never imagined. When an anonymous email threatens to reveal her secret, Biz must decide if flickering is all it’s cracked up to be, or if she needs to stop. Forever.



kathleenvincenzOver the Falls in a Suitcase by Kathy Vincenz

During a visit to Niagara Falls with their mom for a girl's weekend, Lindsey's indecision and her sisters' constant bickering lead them into mishaps, including hidden dogs, stolen hats, and cute boys. Finally, Lindsey learns to take charge and keep her family together.




WheelerDino-Swimming by Lisa Wheeler

The Land Sharks take on the Algae Eaters in a dino-swimming showdown! Raptor and Stegosaurus start it off in the individual medley, while the Ptero twins battle it out in the butterfly race. Then Galli and Diplo wow the crowd with their flips and tricks off the diving board! But which team will win the swim meet? It comes down to the last event, the backstroke. Both Stego and Galli think they'll take the prize. Let's hope these dinos remembered their goggles this swim meet is bound to make a splash!


AllenShow Me Happy by Kathryn Madeline Allen

Show Me Happy “shows” early learners simple actions and concepts that all children learn as they begin to socialize and communicate. Lively, charming photos by Eric Futran illustrate real kids doing common activities like helping and sharing or pushing and pulling. The brightly-colored picture book is a delightful read-aloud that makes any story time with preschool or early-elementary children expressive and fun.


KraegelThe Song of Delphine written and illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel

A lonely servant girl finds solace in song—and unexpected long-necked friends at her window—in an utterly charming tale of kindness rewarded.




Pele_e-cover_2015Pele by LeAnn Mathis
A mysterious woman appears at the Place of Refuge with no memory of her past. The priest, Lono, wants to help her, but the chief, Hala'api just wants her for himself – especially after he sees her affinity to fire. As priest turns against chief, the Island chills. 
Writing and ADHD_e-cover_2015Writing and ADHD by Stephanie Neilan
From coming up with ideas to final edits, tips and advice to help any writer finish their projects. Even those with ADHD.
Kindergartners Read_e-cover_2015Kindergartners Read! by Stephanie Neilan
Fictional Short Story Collection – Each story uses "sight words" (words a Kindergartner should know by sight by the end of the year) and emphasizes  a specific "word chunk" (letters that are often grouped together). Questions are included with each tale to test comprehension and make connections between their lives and what they read. 



HansenHens for Friends illustrated by Amelia Hansen

Can a hen be a boy’s best friend? Aarón thinks so! Hens are sweet and smart, as Aarón explains in this picture
book about his loving relationship with Margaret, a Rhode Island Red hen.
Young readers will find out that chickens can solve problems and recognize people they’ve met, and will also learn about the benefits and obligations of responsible stewardship of backyard hens.







EntwistleHalle Weenie by Amiee Entwistle

Halle Weenie is a story about a beautiful sweet toothed witch who dreams of having green icky teeth.  She will go as far as to take candy from a sweet little boy named Eliot.  But when Halle realizes the error of her ways, she repays Eliot with a special gift for all the candy she ate and promotes healthy eating for all little ones.




Backyard Witch : Book #1 : Sadie’s Story illustrated by Deborah Marcero

A chapter book for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean and Clementine. The first of a new series, starring three young girls and a mysterious visitor who appears exactly when you need her—with just the right amount of magic.



Van-ArkThe Boy Next Door, by Katie Van Ark

Maddy Spier's been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls. How can she make him realize that they can be partners off the ice as well?


FanningBlood Stitches, by Erin Fanning
Nineteen-year-old Gabby and her best friend Frank travel to the Mayan underworld to destroy a series of magical tapestries, knitted by Gabby’s sister, capable of an apocalyptic disaster.
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Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna (January 2015)
In this mini-adventure board book, Mr. Fish gets ready for bed.  It’s a short and simple story (just twelve pages long, with a few words per page) and is meant for babies and young toddlers. 
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Kiss, Kiss, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna (December 2015)
In this mini-adventure board book, Mr. Fish learns that there are plenty of ways to express love. It’s a short and simple story (just twelve pages long, with a few words per page) and is meant for babies and young toddlers. 
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Hide-and-Seek, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna (January 2015)
In this lift-the-tab board book for toddlers, Mr. Fish plays hide-and-seek with all his friends in the ocean.  The pages have tabbed edges, and each set of pages has multiple flaps to lift. 
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The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna (September 2015)
In this holiday picture book, Mr. Fish goes in search of perfect gifts for all of his friends.  When his shopping efforts are unsuccessful, Mr. Fish is certain he has let all his friends down.  But, with a little help, Mr. Fish makes presents, and he discovers that the best gifts of all come straight from the heart. 
Greene-FirebearsFirebears The Rescue Team board book  by Rhonda Gowler Greene   
The hard-working firebears at Fire Station Number Eight have a very(!) busy day rescuing a scaredy cat stuck up a tree, putting out a blaze at a store on Poplar Street, and also squelching a house fire.  These humble heroes are… “always ready at the scene– Firebears the rescue team!”   
Greene-KittenOnly God Can Make a Kitten by Rhonda Gowler Greene   
In this warm-hearted and lyrical story, a little boy, full of wonder, asks his mama who makes a tiny seed, a curled-up kitten, the salty sea, the plip-plop rain, a purple plum, the sparkle stars, and more.    
TrolenbergFlight of Megizzewas by Karen Trolenberg
This delightful children’s picture book follows a day in the life of a bald eagle named Megizzewas as he soars above iconic Northern Michigan scenery. The lush landscape, colorful birds and woodland animals are beautifully illustrated by award-winning wildlife artist, Christopher Smith. As Megizzewas returns to his nest for the night, settle into your own cozy bed and sleep well… dreaming of your favorite Michigan locations and holding your fondest Michigan memories in your heart.
AshburnI Had a Favorite Hat  by Boni Ashburn, illustrated by Robyn Ng





The narrator of this charming picture book loves her summer hat, but as the seasons change, her hat isn’t always appropriate for every occasion. She must use her crafting skills to turn the hat into a work of art, perfect for every season and holiday. Featuring the same characters from the first book, I Had a Favorite Dress, along with the hip, eye-catching art style that won it so many fans, this book is perfect for young crafters and their stylish parents.


SheepGoToSleep-resizedSheep Go to Sleep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple

The adventurous sheep have sailed a pirate ship, blasted into space, and driven a jeep. This time they're tucked in for the night, but they can't settle down. A trusty collie wanders by and knocks himself out helping them. A hug, a lullaby, a quilt–it's a countdown to dreamland.