2017 represents a landmark year for a spate of children’s books. From a decade in print for Cassandra Clare’s YA fantasy City of Bones series, the 75th anniversary of the picture book classic The Little House, to the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the following books for young readers have plenty to celebrate with new editions being issued throughout the year.


By Leo Lionni (Jan. 17, Random House/Dragonfly, hardcover, $17.99, 978-0-394-81040-9).

For the 50th anniversary of Lionni’s Caldecott winner, the book is reissued with a new introduction written by Leonard S. Marcus. In addition to a hardcover reissue, Frederick, as well as two of Lionni’s picture books, Swimmy and Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse, will all be reissued in paperback editions this year as well.

The Little House on the Prairie

By Laura Ingalls Wilder (Feb. 7, HarperCollins, hardcover, $12.99, 978-0-06-247072-0).

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday would have been February 7 of this year, and in celebration of that milestone, Harper is rolling out a keepsake book filled with quotes from the series, The Little House Book of Wisdom (978-0-06-247078-2), as well as reprints of three volumes from the series: The Little House on the PrairieFarmer Boy (978-0-06-247073-7), and The Little House in the Big Woods (978-0-06-247072-0). The new editions include introductions by former First Lady Laura Bush, “Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond, and author Patricia MacLachlan.

Farmer Duck

By Martin Waddell, illus. by Helen Oxenbury (Mar. 14, Candlewick, hardcover, $16.99, 978-0-7636-8918-6).

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the picture book, which follows a duck who does all the work on a farm.

The Mysterious Benedict Society

By Trenton Lee Stewart, illus. Carson Ellis (May 2, Little, Brown, hardcover, $18.99, 978-0-316-46491-8). The book that launched the bestselling series is reissued for its 10th anniversary, with new material including quizzes, jokes, an interview, and more.

Where’s Waldo?

Where’s Waldo?

By Martin Handford (May 16, Candlewick, paperback, $7.99, 978-0-7636-9579-8).

Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!

By Martin Handford (Nov. 14, Candlewick, hardcover, $19.99, 978-0-7636-9726-6).

Candlewick celebrates the 30th anniversary of the most elusive man in children’s literature, with two new editions. The books will contain new material, including a letter from Waldo and new puzzles. 

Library of Doom

By Michael Dahl (Aug. 1, Capstone, paperback, $6.25, reinforced library binding $23.99).

For the 10th anniversary of the middle grade series about the Librarian who keeps the world’s most dangerous books, Capstone rereleases all six volumes—Attack of the Paper Bats (978-1-4965-5537-3; 978-1-4965-5531-1), The Beast Beneath the Stairs (978-1-4965-5536-6; 978-1-4965-5530-4), The Book That Dripped Blood(978-1-4965-5535-9; 978-1-4965-5529-8), The Eye in the Graveyard (978-1-4965-5534-2; 978-1-4965-5528-1), Poison Pages (978-1-4965-5533-5; 978-1-4965-5527-4), and The Smashing Scroll (978-1-4965-5532-8; 978-1-4965-5526-7)—with never-before-seen content.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

By Sherman Alexie, illus. by Ellen Forney (Sept. 19, Little, Brown, hardcover, $20.99, 978-0-316-50404-1).

A decade after its original release, Alexie’s National Book Award-winner is being reissued from Little, Brown with new material. An introduction from Jacqueline Woodson, an interview with Alexie, and an excerpt of the forthcoming companion novel will all be included in the new edition. Alexie will tour major cities this fall to support the release.

Goosebumps 25th Anniversary Retro Set

By R.L. Stine (Sept. 26, Scholastic, box set, $29.99, 978-1-338-14908-1).

The 25th anniversary of the bestselling horror series is marked by Scholastic with this tin boxed set, including reprints of the five bestselling volumes of the series with their original covers. Coinciding with the anniversary is the launch of a new series, SlappyWorld, featuring the recurrent character Slappy.

The Mouse and His Child

By Russell Hoban, illus. by David Small (Sept. 26, Scholastic, paperback, $9.99, 978-0-439-09827-4).

Hoban’s classic story about a wind-up mouse, who is discarded when he breaks, reaches its 50th year in print. Scholastic will reissue the book with new illustrations by award-winning artist David Small.

I Capture the Castle

By Dodie Smith (Sept. 26, Wednesday Books, hardcover, $18.99, 978-1-250-14669-4).

A longtime bestseller as a coming-of-age novel for adults, memorialized in film in 2003, Smith’s (The Hundred and One Dalmatians) book is now packaged as a YA novel, with a new introduction from author Jenny Han

Pecos Bill: The Greatest Cowboy of All Time

By James Cloyd Bowman, illus. by Laura Bannon (Oct. 1, Albert Whitman, paperback, $9.99, 978-0-8075-6376-2).

The 1938 Newbery winner and tall tale about the best cowboy in the West is reissued in a new paperback edition, with an updated foreword by the editor.

The People Shall Continue

By Simon J. Ortiz, illus. by Sharol Graves (Oct. 15, Children’s Book Press, paperback, $9.95, 978-0-89239-125-7).

The 40th anniversary of this picture book, which documents the history of the indigenous peoples of North America, is reprinted with an aim to release it at the Returning the Gift Conference, a festival of North American Native Writers.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William Mckinley, And Me, Elizabeth

By E.L. Konigsberg (Oct. 2, Simon and Schuster, paperback, $9.99, 978-1-4169-4975-6; 978-1-4169-3396-0).

The Newbery winner and the Newbery Honor book each celebrate 50 years in print this year. S&S will reprint the titles, though no new material is included.


By Gary Paulsen (Oct. 3, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $9.99, 978-1-4814-8629-3).

The Newbery-Honor book gets a new faux-leather water-resistant cover for its 30th anniversary, as well as additional material from Paulsen and a series of illustrations by Drew Willis.

The Little House

By Virginia Lee Burton (Oct. 10, hardcover, $17.99, 978-1-328-74194-3).

Seventy-five years ago, this book won a Caldecott Medal, and it is relevant as ever as the concern of urbanization remain a contentious issue even today, where cities confront growth, sprawl, and new developments in the place of historic buildings. A reissue of the picture book bestseller includes stickers and a download of an audiobook.

The Boxcar Children

By Gertrude Chandler Warner, illus. by Anne Yvonne Gilbert and Gretchen Ellen Powers (Nov. 1, Albert Whitman, hardcover, $34.99, 978-0-8075-0925-8).

The book that launched the bestselling series gets a new hardcover edition with full-color illustrations for its 75th anniversary.

City of Bones

By Cassandra Clare (Nov. 7, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $24.99, 978-1-5344-0625-4).

A new hardcover edition is being released for the 10th anniversary of the launch of this bestselling YA fantasy series. The new edition is redesigned with gilded edges, illustrations, and includes four companion short stories.