Check out some of the best new books on Epic for July!
Many of you know that we’ve got over 40,000 books for kids in our digital library, but did you know we’re constantly adding popular, high-quality books and educational videos to our platform?
Each month, we’re sharing some of the top children’s books new to Epic, from picture books for early readers, to audiobooks and nonfiction series like National Geographic Kids. Here are 11 new books on Epic this month. All available on Epic Unlimited and free for educators on getepic.com.
Check out the best books on our reading app below, available on web, iOS and Android!
New Books on Epic
Clive’s Jobs: Clive is a Nurse
Written by: Jessica Spanyol
Illustrated by: Jessica Spanyol
In this humorous series, Clive and his playmates learn about different jobs through roleplaying. This time, Clive explores nursing and the caring, challenging responsibilities that nurses take on throughout their days. This book inspires toddlers and preschoolers to explore their own roles, while boosting language skills, building confidence and developing social skills.
All About Rosa: Rosa Loves Cars
Written by: Jessica Spanyol
Illustrated by: Jessica Spanyol
This series follows Rosa, a playful tot who loves to share her toys with friends. This latest inclusion on the Epic platform is a celebration of inclusivity, gender equality and the uniqueness of every child.
And Then Came Hope
By: Stephen Savage
Based on the true story of the S.S. Hope hospital ship, this picture book tells the story of a harbor filled with boats who aren’t feeling so good. First Barge goes down, then Submarine, then Ferry, Dory and Aircraft Carrier. They send out an S.O.S. for help, and then a ship called Hope comes to their aid. The brightly-illustrated book also includes a textual account of the real-life S.S. Hope and its humanitarian aid achievements.
My Cat Looks Like My Dad
By: Thao Lam
Dad may be more like the cat, but the narrator is more like Mom. This whimsical, uplifting picture book teaches kids that family is what you make it. Through humorous comparisons between Dad and the household pet, it explores some silly dynamics of a nontraditional family. A surprising twist at the end reveals the narrator’s identity, and it shows that love comes in all forms, no matter how unusual it looks. The simple, witty text makes this the ideal book for a read-aloud.
Written by: Farhana Zia
Illustrated by: Stephanie Fizer Coleman
In this charming, delightful tale, Lali finds a little bird feather in the field and wonders, where did it come from? She sets out to find the feather a home, but none of the birds will accept it. It’s too small for Rooster, too slow for Crow and too plain for Peacock. So she decides to keep it and explore all the different things she can do with it, and eventually the other birds begin to recognize its value.
The story shows kids that there’s often more to things than first impressions might reveal, if you have a little imagination.
Lulu & Rocky in Rocky Mountain National Park
Written by: Barbara Joosse
Illustrated by: Renée Graef
Junior rangers Lulu and Rocky are visiting Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and there’s so much to see and do. Hiking? Check. Camping? Check, check. This fifth book in the Lulu & Rocky series follows the duo as they pack up their bags and explore this majestic gem. Factual tidbits and educational narration offer fascinating info about the park and its history.
The World’s Most Pointless Animals: Or are they?
By: Philip Bunting
This quirky, colorful book offers fascinating, kid-friendly facts about some of the world’s silliest animals. From familiar to the exotic and obscure, this book covers fun facts such as why koalas spend up to 18 hours a day asleep and how dumbo octopuses flap their ears to move around. With funny text, bright illustrations and helpful diagrams, the book celebrates diversity and differences in a way that engages kids while imparting some fun, important knowledge about our planet and its creatures.
Play Like the Pros: Do Gymnastics Like Simone Biles
By: JJ Bryant
In this installment of the popular Play Like the Pros series, your kid can learn about the greatest gymnast of all times: Simone Biles. Declared the most decorated gymnast in World Championships history in 2019, Simone won 5 titles and 25 world medals. The book highlights her accomplishments with interesting factoids, a timeline and a glossary of gymnastic terms.
A Wilder Magic
By: Juliana Brandt
Sybaline Shaw’s family home, situated in an enchanted valley in the Appalachian Mountains, is about to be flooded. Instead of fleeing, she decides to stay behind with her cousin Nettle. Using age-old family magic,they build an invisible wall around their home. But as the water rises, they realize the water will keep rising, eventually forcing them to live beneath the lake, trapped in the valley forever. This beautiful, lyrical tale will mesmerize your young reader and teach them about what it means to choose between holding on and giving up what we love most.
The Candy Mafia
Written by: Lavie Tidhar
Illustrated by: Daniel Duncan
This hilarious middle-grade mystery follows 12-year old private detective Nelle Faulkner as she navigates a shady underworld of sweets smugglers. In a city where candy is illegal, she’s busy solving cases in her mom’s garden shed when candy gangster Eddie de Menthe asks for her help finding a missing teddy bear. She’s on the case, until her notorious client goes missing. Can she unmask the faces behind the candy smuggling ring and find the missing teddy bear? Your kid will love this zany, action-packed mystery chapter book.
The Secret Garden: A Graphic Novel
Written by: Mariah Marsden
Illustrated by: Hanna Luechtefeld
What’s more enchanting than a sprawling garden, complete with lush greenery and locked secrets? When orphan Mary Lennox is sent to gloomy Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, she feels scared and hopeless until she meets disabled, housebound Colin.
At first he seems like just a spoiled, unhappy boy afraid to leave his bedroom. But through the discovery of a mysterious, abandoned garden, together they come to embrace life and all of its joys.
A staple in the world of English kids’ lit, this graphic novel version stays faithful to the classic kids’ book that has stood the test of time for over a century.
Ready to start reading some more recent Epic books? Check out our post from last month, “What’s New on Epic for June,” for more recommendations for every age and reading level.