• BabymouseMiss Communication (Babymouse Tales from the Locker) is out July 24.
  • Bad Guys The Bad Guys in Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?! Special Edition releases August 28.
  • Ballpark MysteriesSubway Series Surprise: Super Special #3 is out August 7.
  • Chicken SquadBear Country is out August 14.
  • DogmanLord of the Fleas Dogman #5 is out August 28.
  • Dork DiariesTales from a Not-So-Happy Birthday is out August 21.
  • Fancy Nancy Fancy Nancy and the Quest for the Unicorn is out August 21.
  • Ivy + Bean One Big Happy Family Book 11 is out August 28.
  • Jedi AcademyThe Principal Strikes Back releases July 31.
  • Llama LlamaLlama Llama Gives Thanks is out August 15.
  • Magic Tree HouseHurricane Heroes in Texas is out August 7.
  • Never GirlsFinding Tinker Bell #3: On the Lost Colony releases July 24.
  • Owl DiariesEva’s Big Sleepover (Owl Diaries #9) is out August 28.
  • PAW PatrolChase’s Loose Tooth is out July 3 along with Good Night, Adventure Bay.
  • Pete the Cat Pete the Kitty and the Baby Animals is out August 28.
  • Star WarsStar Wars Maker Lab is out July 2.
  • Thomas the Tank EngineThomas & Friends: Full Steam Ahead is out July 3 and Thomas & Friends Character Encyclopedia is out July 24.
  • TreehouseThe 104-Storey Treehouse is out August 23.
  • Who Was…? Who Was Selena? is out August 7 along with Who Was the Tuskegee Airmen?

Chicken Squad
Bear Country, releasing in August, will be the sixth book in the Chicken Squad series. The Chicken Squad, made up of four chicks, Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie, learns there is a headless bear on the loose and the Chicken Squad’s caretaker, Barbara, is missing. Introduce yourself to this hilarious series and see how many books are on the shelves in your library.


  • Fancy Nancy now has her own TV show. The Fancy Nancy TV series on Disney Junior premieres on Friday, July 10 at 11am. This series stars the six year old, Nancy, and her little sister, Jo Jo. I am sure the show will be ‘fancy’.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine heads to China in a new feature film, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie. This movie releases on July 20 in China after its premiere in Great Britain on July 7. The story is about Thomas the Tank Engine leaving his island home of Sodor exploring Africa, South America, US, and China. Check out the Thomas and Friends website for more information on when the movie will be available on the Nick Jr. channel.
  • For fans of the Who Was? series you can stream the 13 episodes on Netflix. The series, The Who Was? Show debuted on May 11. Watch a trailer of the show here.
  • For Thomas the Tank Engine fans the exhibit at Kennywood in West Mifflin, PA is nearly complete. You can get a sneak peek at the new rides here. There is no official date for the grand opening announced yet.

LS2 Kids just added 10 new series, making a grand total of 225 series. Here are the ones added and a little bit of information about them. Check them out in YOUR library and if you don’t see them, ask your librarian to order them.

  1. Alien in My Pocket – The main character, Zack McGee, has an alien named Amp crash into his bedroom window. Seems like Zack needs to protect Amp from the world. There are 8 books in this series.
  2. Bunjitsu Bunny – You don’t want to mess with this bunny! Isabel is the best Bunjitsu artist in her school, kicking higher, throwing farther, hurting harder.
  3. Chicken Squad – The squad, made up of Dirt, Sugar, Poppy and Sweetie, solve the mysteries of their backyard friends.
  4. Dyamonde Daniel – The new third grader in school, Dyamonde, makes a place for herself both in school and in the neighborhood.
  5. Girls Who Code – If you liked The Babysitter’s Club, you will enjoy this series. There are plans for 13 books about five girls who’ve joined their school’s coding club.
  6. Jasmine Toguchi – Eight year old Jasmine loves flamingos, tree climbing, and making a mess. If you love Ramona, you are going to love Jasmine.
  7. Jedi Academy – If you are a Star Wars fan, you‘ll enjoy this series. Roan dreams of leaving home to join Pilot Academy, but gets sidetracked and ends up at Jedi Academy instead.
  8. Maud the Koala – This series is just getting started, but who won’t like the adorable Maud?
  9. Notebook of Doom – Alexander Bopp finds a notebook filled with monster drawings after just moving to a new town. Soon things start to happen. This series is sure to be a page turner.
  10. The Time Warp Trio – After Joe gets a magic book, he and his two friends are transported back in time. This series looks interesting!

Finally, it’s summer time! Time to kick back and take it easy, sleep in late, have burgers on the grill, swim in the pool, and my favorite thing to do, read in my hammock under a shade tree with a tall glass of lemonade. So many libraries are offering the Libraries Rock! Reading Program where you can win prizes just for reading books. How cool is that?

Do you have a reading log you’re keeping with all of the books you read this summer? There are sooo many books and sooo little time. Have a great summer of reading!