New releases for June

It’s June and the summer book releases are underway! Below is a list of middle grade titles releasing this month.  Check back here every month to find out about the latest MG titles.

♦ AMELIA BEDELIA BAKES OFF (Greenwillow) – Herman Parish. Nephew of Peggy Parish, who wrote the original Amelia books, continues his aunt’s tradition.

♦ A PLACE WHERE HURRICANES HAPPEN (Random House) – Renee Watson.  Free verse picture book about Hurricane Katrina told from the point of view of four friends.

♦ AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS (HarperCollins) – Sarah Weeks. Author of the popular SO B. IT.

♦ CRISPIN, THE END OF TIME (Balzer and Bray) – Avi. Conclusion to Crispin’s adventure series.

♦ EMILY’s FORTUNE (Delacorte) – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Newbery-award winning author’s tall tale about an orphan named Emily.

♦ IMAGINALIS (Katherine Tegen) – J.M. Dematteis. Characters from a girl’s favorite book series come to life but threatened by an accompanying villain unless she can rescue them. Watch a video of Dematteis discussing his book.

♦ INVASION FROM PLANET DORK (MELVIN BEEDERMAN) (Holt) – Greg Trine. The last book from the humorous, superhero series.

♦ HONEY BEES: LETTERS FROM THE HIVE (Delacorte) – Stephen Buchmann. Beekeeper and assistant professor of entomology shares the fascinating history of bees and our relationship with them.

♦ LOVE AND POLLYWOGS FROM CAMP CALAMITY (Wendy Lamb) – Mary Hershey. Third book about fourth grader, Effie Mahoney adventures at camp.

♦ MACKENZIE BLUE – FRIENDS FOREVER? (HarperCollins) – Tina Wells. Part of a humorous series for girls.

♦ MAGIC BELOW STAIRS (Dial) – Caroline Stevermer. Young boy from orphanage becomes footboy to a wizard with a family curse.

♦ ONE SMART COOKIE: BITE-SIZE LESSONS FOR THE SCHOOL YEARS AND BEYOND (HarperCollins) – Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Rosenthal’s morsels of wisdom mixed with the delicious illustrations of mother-daughter duo Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer.

♦ ROCKY ROAD (Knopf) – Rose Kent. A girl’s eccentric mom opens a family ice cream shop after they move from Texas to a small town in New York. Watch the book trailer.

♦ RULES TO ROCK BY (Walker) – Josh Farrar. Indie-rock coming-of-age tale about 12-year-old bassist who yearns to form a rock band in her new town of Providence, RI.

♦ SAMIRAH’S RIDE : THE STORY OF AN ARABIAN FILLY (Feiwel & Friends) – Annie Wedekind. Eight year old Arabian mare and the girl who raised her run away to escape from the rumor of the impending sale of the family ranch.

♦ SIR CHARLIE: CHAPLIN, THE FUNNIEST MAN IN THE WORLD (Greenwillow) – Sid Fleischman. Entertaining, illustrated rags-to-riches story about the comedian, Charlie Chaplin, by the late Fleischman.

♦ STRAVAGANZA – CITY OF SHIPS (Bloomsbury) – Mary Hoffman. The latest installment in the Stravaganza series transports readers to a world where magic and piracy come to life in the Italian town of Classe.

♦ SUNSHINE PICKLELIME (Random House) – Pamela Ferguson. The up and down life of PJ Picklelime.

♦ THE ACCIDENTAL ADVENTURES OF INDIA MCALLISTER (Holt) – Charlotte Agell. Fourth-grader, India McAllister, adopted as a baby from China, searches for identity in a small Maine town.

♦ THE ELEPHANT’S TALE (Dial) – Lauren St. John. Conclusion to THE WHITE GIRAFFE series.

♦ THE GECKO AND STICKY (Knopf) – Wendelin Van Draanen.  The Gecko and Sticky in their fourth dangerous encounter with treasure hunter Damien Black.

♦ THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART (Delacorte) – Sundee T. Frazier. From Coretta Scott King award recipient, biracial twins enter an African-American pageant.

♦ THE REINVENTION OF MOXY ROOSEVELT (Dial) – Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. Boarding school story starring an ordinary girl with an unordinary name who tries to reinvent herself.

♦ The SHADOWS (Dial) – Jacqueline West. Described as Roald Dahl meets Neil Gaiman. First in a series.  Watch the trailer.

♦ ZOMBIEKINS (Razorbill) – Kevin Bolger. Shy, bullied fourth-grader empowered by zombie teddy bear. Author of Sir Fartsalot.

Please note that this list has been created as a resource for those searching for new titles and doesn’t represent our endorsement of any one book.

Authors, do you have a middle-grade book coming out in the near future? Send us an email at with your name, title, and publisher, and we will include your title in our list of upcoming releases. All books must be published by a traditional publisher as listed in the latest Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. Fiction and non-fiction welcome.

Please allow us a one-month lead time. We also ask that you do not send ARCS or books for reviews since we do not post reviews on our site. However we will gladly accept an ARC or book donated for one of our book giveaways.

  1. Good idea to list upcoming titles. Keeps the fans on the edge of their seats…

  2. This is brilliant! I love that we have a list every month of new releases!


    It's perfect!

  3. I’ve been waiting for Rose Kent’s new book. I loved her other MG book, Kimchi & Calamari.

  4. exciting list! zombie teddy bears? must. read. now.

  5. I’m so glad this list will be helpful! 😀 I certainly had fun learning about them.

    Sheri – thank you for highlighting us on YALitChat.

    Melina – I’m curious to know what you think of the Mackenzie Blue/ Friends Forever book!

    Parker – I agree that the trailer for The Shadows is awesome. I had to watch it several times myself!

  6. Thanks for sharing this list! I was just pledging (on my blog) to seek out NEW MG books to review, and here you are! 🙂

  7. Wow, I see a lot of good reading in my future (and my customers’). Rocky Road is really a good one, and I can’t wait to see the new Phyllis Reynolds Naylor!

  8. The trailer for The Shadows is one of the best I’ve ever seen! Really fun. I’ll have to look for the book now.

    I really want to read Magic Below Stairs, too, but my local store isn’t carrying it. I told them they should since it’s a companion to a great series. I’m going to order it online.

  9. I love that you’ve posted this list of releases! Excellent!

  10. Yay for all those great new middle-grade books coming out! Wow, I don’t know which to read first.

  11. A lot of great looking books. Time to go shopping! 🙂

  12. Wow, that is a long list. They all sound great.

    The ones that catch my eye the most are “As Simple as it Seens,” “Magic Below Stairs,” “Rocky Road,” “Rules to Rock By,” “The Other Half of my Heart,” “Moxy Roosevelt,” and “The Shadows.” See, I said they all sound GREAT!

    The Mackenzie Blue book is being sent to me to review. I haven’t read the first books, so they are sending all of them. I can’t wait to read them.

    Karen – my brother is 8 and he would like the zombies too. Boys!

  13. What a great list. Quite a few caught my attention and probably my wallet! I am most intrigued by THE REINVENTION OF MOXY ROOSEVELT. I love this kind of story, especially because of the self-discovery usually involved.

  14. That’s a huge list! We will, of course, start with the zombies. That is what happens when your 8 y.o. son chooses the MG books.

  15. These all sound wonderful. Thank you for the list. Love, love, love this new blog!! Way to go. I’ve highlighted you on YAlitchat under MG Lair and on my blog!

    I’ve got to pickup ZOMBIEKINS…that sounds awesome!