Reader's Roundup: May Releases

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Looking for an age-appropriate new read for you children? In our “Reader’s Roundup,” we compile synopses of all the latest releases, with reviews, release dates, and buying information. Read on to find your kids’ next favorite book.

Ages 0-5

Mousequerade Ball: A Counting Tale by Lori Mortensen, Illustrations by Betsy Lewin

Beautifully illustrated rhyming tale of the grand mouse ball and the cat who comes to dance. Bloomsbury Children’s. Hardcover, $16.99. Available May 17.

 Frankie the Blankie, written and illustrated by Jennifer Sattler

Doris the Gorilla’s jungle friends thinks she’s getting too old for her blankie Frankie, but Doris finds a way to show them how special he is. Bloomsbury Children’s. Hardcover, $16.99. Available May 10.

Ages 2-5

Blue Boat, by Kersten Hamilton. Illustrations by Valeria Petrone

The follow-up to Red Truck and Yellow Copter, Blue Boat is the third rhyming book by this writer/illustrator team. Is Blue Boat the rough, tough tugboat strong enough to rescue the sailboat in a storm? Find out in this installment, available in two formats. Penguine Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $16.99. A shorter board book of the same story is $7.99.  Available May 24.

Ages 3-6

My Grandpa is a Dinosaur, by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

Wanda realizes that her Grandpa is very different from the rest of the family, but no one else seems to notice. Sky Pony Press. Hardcover, $16.99. Available May 17.

How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow, by Monica Sweeney, Illustrations by Feronia Parker Thomas

When best friends Sun and Clouds have a falling out, it’s up to a box of crayons to bring back the colors their friendship used to create in rainbows. Sky Pony Press. Hardcover, $16.99. Available May 3.

Ages 3-7

Pretty Minnie In Hollywood, by Danielle Steel, Illustrations by Kristi Valiant

Best-selling author Danielle Steel’s story about Minnie, her teacup Chihuahua and her adventure in Hollywood. Random House Children’s Books. Hardcover, $17.99. Available May 3.

Douglas, You Need Glasses!, written and illustrated by Ged Adamson

By the very nearsighted author/illustrator comes the story of Douglas, the very nearsighted dog, whose misadventures earn him a trip to the eye doctor. Sweet illustrations and a link for your kids to post a pic of their bespeckled selves. Random House Children’s Books. Hardcover, $16.99. Available May 17.

Ages 4-6

A Dark, Dark Cave, by Eric Hoffman. Illustrations by Corey R. Tabor

A brother and sister go 'cave exploring' in this rhyming tale of adventure, but when Dad discovers the spelunkers, the readers find out where this cave actually is. Cute story with fun illustrations. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $17.99. Available May 24.

Ages 5 and up

Diana's White House Garden, by Elisa Carbone. Illustrated by Jen Hill

The true story of 10-year-old Diana Hopkins, daughter of White House Chief Advisor Harry Hopkins who advised President Roosevelt during the second World War.  Diana tried to help with the war effort in some not-so-successful ways, but when Roosevelt suggested the Victory Garden, Diana found the right project. With the help of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Roosevelt's dog Fala, the new-found farmers inspired the nation. An estimated 20 million gardens were planted because of the Victory Garden program, and these gardens produced between 9 and 10 million tons of food. Over 40% of all the produce eaten in the U.S. at that time came from Victory Gardens. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $17.99.

Ages 8-12

Save me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

The story of Joe and Ravi, two boys who think they have nothing in common until they find a common enemy: the class bully. Scholastic Inc. Hardcover, $16.99. Available May 10. Also available in audio and ebook formats.

Rising Above, How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars, by Gregory Zuckerman

A collection of true stories of some of the most famous athletes, including Jim Abbott, Dwyane Wade, and Lebron James, and the obstacles they overcame to achieve their goals. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $17.99. Available May 3.

The Firefly Code, by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Middle-grade utopian novel from the acclaimed author of The Water Castle tells the story of five friends who must change the course of the future. Bloomsbury Children’s. Hardcover, $16.99. Available May 3.

Ages 14 and up

Highly Illogical Behavior, by John Corey Whaley

A highly anticipated young adult novel from the National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner comes the story of an agoraphobic Trekkie and his unlikely friendship with a former classmate who is hoping to ‘fix’ him. Inspired by the author’s struggles with anxiety. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $17.99. Available May 10.