Fall 2023 Preview
Welcome to our Fall 2023 Preview!
Welcome to our preview of the most anticipated books for fall! Among the books we’re most excited about this season include Rachel Werner’s rich, multi-ethnic history of The Fillmore District in Moving and Grooving to Fillmore’s Beat, and the debut of Capstone’s ISTE Young Innovators picture book collection, created in collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education, with superstar librarian Shannon McClintock Miller’s book Sonia’s Digital World. Also new this season is Ali the Great, an early chapter book series perfect for beginning readers from beloved Yasmin author Saadia Faruqi. Take a sneak peek at highlights of Capstone’s Fall 2023 titles before they hit the shelves.
Moving and Grooving
A celebration of inclusivity, music, and culture
Moving and Grooving to Fillmore's Beat
By Rachel Werner
Illustrated by Jerrard K. Polk
From music to art to poetry, creativity filled the air in the Fillmore District. The creativity and inclusion brought communities together—with no exceptions. In this beautiful, lyrical story about the historical Fillmore District in San Francisco, author Rachel Werner touches on themes of inclusivity and culture with an overt celebration of diverse representation within artistic fields.
Sonia's Digital World
Created in collaboration with ISTE
Sonia's Digital World
By Shannon McClintock Miller
Illustrated by Clara Reschke
We are all connected in so many ways! Find out how with a bird’s-eye view as Sonia, her friends, and her community chat, create, and play together with digital tools. Whether face to face or far away, find out how Sonia—and you!—are part of the digital world! This delightful picture book created in collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education and written by award-winning superstar librarian Shannon McClintock Miller celebrates the many digital opportunities for kids.
Books Aren't For Bears
By Mark Barry
Illustrated by Katy Halford
Sense of Play
By Dana Meachen Rau
Illustrated by Doruntina Beqiraj
By Corey Rosen Schwartz and Kirsti Call
Illustrated by Erin Taylor
Who Made This Mess?
By Laura Gehl
Illustrated by Aleksandar Stojsic
Ali the Great
New from Yasmin series author Saadia Faruqi
Ali the Great and the Market Mishap
By Saadia Faruqi
Illustrated by Debby Rahmalia
Meet Ali the Great! Ali Tahir is a Pakistani American second grader whose big ideas sometimes land him in a little trouble—but his even bigger heart always comes through stronger in the end. Join in on his many adventures and discover how you can always count on curious, clever Ali! This charming chapter book series from Saadia Faruqi, author of the well-loved Yasmin series, will resonate with young readers who believe that every problem has a creative solution—you just have to find it!
Explores what it means to be proud of who you are
The Magic Lunch Box
By Hanna Kim
Illustrated by Emily Paik
Fourth-grader Ben Lee is anxious to make new friends at his new school in Michigan. But on his first day, things take a turn for the worse. The other kids act grossed out by the homemade kimbap in his lunch box. Embarrassed, Ben makes an impulsive wish, and soon strange things start happening. A ham sandwich appears in his lunch box inside instead of Mom’s homemade mandoo. At first, Ben is thrilled. But soon the magical switcheroos start happening regularly and to other things—like Ben's favorite Korean cartoon, Tobot V. How far will the lunchbox magic go? And how far will Ben go to set things right?
Early Chapter Books & Middle Grade
Betty the Yeti Hates Spaghetti
By Mandy R. Marx
Illustrated by Antonella Fant
By Carol Kim
Illustrated by Ahya Kim
Paloma's Song for Puerto Rico:
A Diary from 1898
By Adriana Erin Rivera
Illustrated by Eugenia Nobati
Created in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Latino
The Fantastic Freewheeler
Positive representation highlighting main character with a disability in the hero role
The Fantastic Freewheeler, Sixth-Grade Superhero!
By Molly Felder
Illustrated by Scott Brown
Author Molly Felder brings an authentic voice to this full-color graphic novel series that stars Drew Daniels, aka the Fantastic Freewheeler, a kid superhero with cerebral palsy. On his twelfth birthday, Drew Daniels receives a chunk of alien spacecraft. It’s the coolest present ever. But then a Martian secretly comes to take the piece back and gives Drew an even more amazing gift in exchange: the power to absorb information through touch! Will Drew keep this brain boost ability to himself, or will he take up the path of a superhero and help a classmate who loses something precious?
By Kimberly Gee
By Jessica Gunderson
Illustrated by Jessi Zabarsky