“In this sequel to NIGHT ANIMALS, the nocturnal creatures return, searching fruitlessly for a space that’s sufficiently dark and silent so they can catch some shut-eye…”
The stars of Gianna Marino’s Night Animals know what makes kids laugh in this hilarious spin on the bedtime book…
“Marino’s cumulative tale is a satisfying slapstick romp; each new fright hilariously sets off some animal’s defenses (an acrid, smelly poooooooofffft from Skunk, whirlpooling eyes and a catatonic state in Possum) that will trigger a new round of giggles in readers. Add in the text’s sound effects and large gouache-and-ink illustrations, and you’ve got a lively storytime pick. Reverse the book jacket for bonus animal facts.”
“Marino’s illustrations of Possum and company—struggling to stay awake, playing dead, and running for their lives—are hilarious and endearing, as is her dialogue. Beaver: “Oh, Possum! I am so sorry you’re dead!” Bear: “He does that sometimes.” Brief facts on the nocturnal animals depicted appear on the inside of the dust jacket. A midday bedtime book that will keep readers laughing.”
“Emerging readers will love the accessibility of this picture book as they increase their independence, while still in the arms of their parents.”
(Viking Books for Young Readers)
A Kirkus Best Book of 2015 a “giggle-inducing new gem.”
will “light up the room with smiles.”
An Indie Next Selection Also available as a board book
And there’s more
good news for Gianna!
No dejes que desaparezcan (by Chelsea Clinton/Philomel)
In addition to being named a 2020 Bank Street Best Spanish Language Picture Book…
…it’s also been included in the Tejas Star Reading List for 2020-2021.
Happy Book Birthday
ORDINARY ELLA illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell
(by Amber Hendricks/Amicus ink)
And she will discover just how extraordinary ordinary can be!
Click above image to view trailer. Trailer by Luciana Illustration, voice Amaya Lustig
Luciana and author Amber Hendricks are hosting a 30 days Kindness “chELLAnge”:
Click here for a FREE printableKINDNESS JOURNAL/CERTIFICATE
for your classroom, library, or home.
Make kindness who you are
and not only what you do.
Make kindness an ordinary part
of who you are. An extraordinary ordinary part, that is!
Happy Book Birthday
IN A BLUE ROOM by Jim Averbeck (illustrated by Tricia Tusa/Purple House)
Jim Averbeck’s debut picture book, In a Blue Room (originally published by HMH), was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book for outstanding writing.
Now it’s BACK IN PRINT!
“If bedtime books were dances, this one would be a pas de deux: prose and pictures partner each other effortlessly all the way to the last page.”
“This dreamy bedtime book doesn’t have a single unnecessary word.” –SLJ, starred
“Charming text. Artistic magic.” –Booklist
Stay tuned for:
LOVE BY SOPHIA Jim Averbeck illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail (Margaret K. McElderry Books/
Simon & Schuster)
Polysyllabic SOPHIA play with Kate Prosswimmer @ S & S and Jim Averbeck – the 3rd book in the Sophia trilogy
– LOVE BY SOPHIA –
is STEAM-ing to you in June.
And Happy Book Love too!
For the week of 2/17,
Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama I Love You
was the #1 book in America
according to Bookscan…
…and was featured on 3 bestseller lists (PW & Amazon at #1)
#1 (as of 02/24/20; 6th week)
#1 (on 02/09)
#4 (as of 02/20/20; 27th week)
Speaking of LLAMA LLAMA…
Happy Book Birthday
VERY BUSY SPRINGTIME (Penguin Young Readers Licenses/PRH)
The seventh NETFLIX media tie-in
8×8 based on Anna Dewdney‘s bestselling
Llama Llama plans a bit too much for one day,
but comes up with a solution and learns
important lessons along the way.
Did you catch this on The Today Show: a World Read Aloud celebration of LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA!
Other February bestsellers:
PETE THE CAT
is a very COOL #5 on the NYT Bestseller List
14 weeks total 2.22.20
Marking East/West’s249th week on bestseller list!
Also a PW and a USA Today Bestseller –
along with James Dean‘s
I LOVE PETE THE KITTY (Harper Festival)
More PETE THE CAT news:
Happy Book Birthday to Kimberly and James Dean’s
PETE THE CAT
FIVE LITTLE BUNNIES
Think “Five Little Monkeys”—
with a hippity hoppity twist!
UNDER THE BROKEN SKY Mariko Nagai (Christy Ottaviano Books/
Henry Holt /Macmillan)
TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS illustrated by Dow Phumiruk,
written by Pathana Sornhiran and Susan Hood
JACOB’S ROOM TO CHOOSE Sarah and Ian Hoffman,
illustrated by Chris Case
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies
2020 Trade Books
Nagai’sUNDER THE BROKEN SKY
Poems of Gratitude (Millbrook/Lerner)
An anthology edited by Miranda Paul,
illustrated by Marlena Miles, including haiku by Megan Elizabeth Hoyt
were named 2020 Notable Books
for a Global Society.
And there’s more!
JACOB’S ROOM TO CHOOSE also made an appearance on the
Rainbow Book List
Gayle E. Pitman‘s THE STONEWALL RIOTS:
COMING OUT IN THE STREETS (Harry N. Abrams)
Happy Book Birthday
DICTIONARY FOR A BETTER WORLD:
FROM A to Z
Illustrated by award-winning Mehrdokht Amini (by Charles Waters and Irene Latham/
The power of words is celebrated here in A-Z entries that include poetry, memoir, and action steps to empower, educate, and inspire readers to make the world a better place.
This inspiring resource for middle-grade readers is organized as a dictionary; each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy, or respect.
‘Awash in attempts to help cool
our fevered world, we
begin simply with words.’
“Each term in this unconventional dictionary receives a four-part exploration alongside Amini’s eclectically illustrated spreads: a poem, an inspirational quote, a first-person anecdote from the authors, and suggested ‘Try It!’ actions. The approach creates multiple pathways for engagement. Extensive supplementary materials include an index of poetic forms.”
“A creative and inspirational resource.”
“…Amini’srich illustrations, rendered in acrylic, digital painting, collage, and photography, thoughtfully complement each entry. Each poem includes a note about the form used, adding to the collection’s potential as a mentor text for young poets. …VERDICT…this inclusive, thought-provoking anthology offers a number of entry points for exploring concepts and issues related to identity, social justice, and making a difference. Recommended.“
“Charles: I wanted to reach across the ocean to give Mehrdokht a high-five! What an artist! I’m officially a permanent member for her fan club. She took our words and lifted them to the cosmos with her artistry. This book is so, SO much better because of her. #mehrdokhttheimmortal #aminipower
“Irene: WOW WOW WOW! I was just overwhelmed with how Mehrdokht’s vibrant creativity elevates the text. It still overwhelms me.”
“May this book help fuel our readers to make even one positive choice on their way to making a better world. Every small kindness can reach someone.”
OPERATION FROG EFFECT by Sarah Scheerger (Random House; Listening Library)
“A heartfelt novel with complex characterswho realize that to promote change in the world, they first have to change how they see each other.”
John David Anderson, author of MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY
NOW available in paperback!
“Mrs. Graham is not your typical teacher. First, she makes the students stay in the same seat all year to “build community.” Second, she expects them to change the world. When one of her groups takes that inspiration too far, Mrs. Graham’s class must use what they have learned to make real change in their local community in order to save Mrs. Graham’s job. A wonderful story told in multiple points of view and multiple formats.”
Art by Gina Perry.
Happy Book Birthday
THE LAST AIRBENDER
Legacy of Fire Nation (Illustrated by Sora Medina/Insight Editions)
by Primetime Emmy & Annie Award
A scrapbook set in Nickelodeon’s AVATAR universe focusing on Uncle Iroh and the Fire Nation.
By the co-author of the debut MG, a rollicking action/comedy for kids,
Partial Fall 2020 COVER REVEALS Click on images to pre-order!
Coming September 1, 2020 by Lauren H. Kerstein
illustrated by Nate Wragg
The companion volume to
Coming October 6, 2020 by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
(Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins/March 2020)
debut MG by Ernesto Cisneros is on the
Another star in the sky – this one from Booklist!
“Cisneros’ debut offers a vivid glimpse into the difficult, tenuous lives of immigrant families, succinctly communicates the heartbreaking impact of deportations, and demonstrates the resiliency of those affected, all grounded in the perspective of a relatable protagonist. This timely middle-grade novel will not only open dialogue with children on the issue of immigration but also encourage conversations on the subjects of kindness, empathy, and activism. A moving novel perfectly pitched to its audience.”
–Booklist, Esmeralda Majors
And the stars are shining brightly!
“The power of Portis’s poems, and the surprise each page turn allows, lets readers experience familiar moments with awakened senses, offering them nothing less than a new world filled with fresh experiences.”
More Great Reviews…
And check out these advance accolades for Sarah Lynn Scheerger’s upcoming YA HOW TO LIVE ON THE EDGE (Carolrhoda Lab, May 2020)
“Teenagers Cayenne and Saffron barely remember their mother, who died from breast cancer when they were young… The sisters’ complex journeys result in an interesting, informative narrative whose focus on the BRCA gene mutation marks it as an important addition to young adult literature.“
–Booklist (Jeanne Fredriksen)
“A teen reckons with her family’s genetic curse… (a) sweeping bildungsroman… a revealing study in personal growth and sibling relations… An engaging tale of vulnerability and control.“
And check it out!
Scholastic Book of the Week:
MAYA LIN: ARTIST-ARCHITECT OF LIGHT AND LINES, by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
(Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt) – featured by Judy Newman at Scholastic Book Clubs
In the East –NYC–of course!
There’s no napping at THIS house – at HMH Kids with Caldecott honor award-winning illustrator, Don Wood (THE NAPPING HOUSE, written by Audrey Wood).
Look for GREAT things from this team –
Cat Onder (L), Alessandra Preziosi (R), and Caroline Fraser.