A great introduction to the library from everyone's favorite
Who knew reading could be so cool?
Includes over 30 groovy stickers!
Speaking of PETE THE CAT: look for the first book
based on the Amazon Prime Video original series, next month! Click image above to view
Episode 1 for free.
Where's East/ West?
Congrats Brian Bowes, who accepted a position as professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Bowes' work is part of an exhibit celebrating the 150th Birthday of libraries in Santa Cruz, CA.
Deborah Warren wowed participants of SCBWI Illinois' Prairie Writers and Illustrators Day and teamed up with debut author, Eileen Meyer
(THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN / Charlesbridge)
on a panel about revision.
What do you do when your home country treats you like an enemy?
"Crystal-clear prose poems paint a heart-rending picture …engaging…earnest, impassioned… [A] vividly wrought story of displacement.”
“Nagai does a wonderful job examining what it means to Mina and her family members to be American while not being treated as true citizens.”
"[A]n honest and thoughtful exploration of a complicated chapter in American history, and the book’s strong narrative voice and solid imagery will help contemporary readers understand those complexities." —BCCB
"Nagai's writing is spare and rhythmic—it's real poetry."
—Horn Book Magazine
“Nagai’s crystalline phrases, stanzas, lines that barely cover 120 pages prove gorgeously resonating.” – Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
“Poignant … compelling and thoughtful … accessible and important.” — International Reading Association
2015 CCBC Choice Selection
Best Older Fiction of 2014
– Chicago Public Library
“An important and powerful work that should be on the reading lists of middle-grade educators and librarians.”
Mariko Nagai is an Associate Professor of creative writing and Japanese literature at Temple University, Japan Campus in Tokyo, where she is also the Director of Research. She also serves as Co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan.
The classic LLAMA LLAMA HOLIDAY DRAMA, now in board book format!
“This story is as familiar as a favorite ornament (and the cover glitters). Llama fans and newcomers alike will be charmed.”
We love this trailer,
with a special reading by
Happy Book Birthday
Mindy Baker/ Zonderkidz
Dow received theSCBWI Inaugural Narrative Art Awardin 2017
Dow Phumiruk * pronunciation:
Dow rhymes with "wow!" 🙂
Phumiruk has a sneaky silent h: Poo' mee ruck.
Dow's art from COUNTING ON KATHERINE (Becker; Christy Ottaviano Books) willbe featured at the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, in the Museum of American Illustration from November 7 through January 5.
Her art from MAYA LIN: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines (Jeanne Walker-Harvey; Christy Ottaviano Books)is on display at the Library of Congress Youth Readers Center!
Lynne Marie was never the Star in the Christmas Play, but enjoyed playing an angel and singing with the choir!
The author of HEDGEHOG GOES TO KINDERGARTEN, illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic) and HEDGEHOG'S 100th DAY OF SCHOOL, illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic), she is an on-staff writer for Jon and Laura Bard's Children's Book Insider, a book reviewer, and was a 2016 Cybils Awards panelist/ picture book category.
Join the challenge:
Take a photo in your favorite bookstore and post to social media November 10 – 16
with the hashtag #loveyourbookstore
October Book or Treat
Congrats to Shiho Pate, co-winner of SCBWI’s recent “Draw This” I’m Scared prompt.
She’sfeatured in our debut issue of East/West's Illustrator Highlight,
a monthly e letter in which we will share the talent of E/W's amazing illustrators
with #kidlit art directors and publishers,
edited by East/West author Ana Crespo.
Look for Luciana Navarro Powell in next month's Highlight.
BOATS ON THE BAY by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illus. by Grady McFerrin/ Cameron & Co., made the NCIBA Best Seller list. 10.14.18.
Jeanne has been full-speed-ahead at SF Bay Area book store events lately!
CONGRATS Patricia Newman, who accepted her SECOND Green Earth Book Award from the Nature Generation, this time for her Sibert Award winning SEA OTTER HEROES (Millbrook/ Lerner). And look who's on her own deck of trading cards! The NatGen event wraps up a busy month for Newman, from the NatGen award dinner –and some cool school visits–in Virginia, to talking STEM on a panel at the National Science Teachers Assoc. conference in Reno, NV;
Breaking news: EAVESDROPPING ON ELEPHANTS (Millbrook/ Lerner), the “inviting introduction to biologists at work” (Booklist), just won Eureka GOLD at the California Reading Association's PDI conference.
Congrats also to Eureka Gold winner Thomas Gonzalez,
Illustrator of COUNTDOWN–2979 DaysToThe Moon,
who rendered “vivid mixed-media illustrations that stun.”
(PW; starred). (Slade/ Peachtree)
Listen to Newman on this recent podcast withReading With Your Kids " "Patrica Newman reminds us that scientific teams need people with diverse talents."
"[ONE TRUE WAY[ is one of the sweetest and most honest books about young queer love I have ever read. Hitchcock perfectly paints the infatuation of a first crush with the frustration of having to hide because the crush is between two girls. The backdrop of the book is a 1970s southern town soaked in religion. But 7th graders Sam and Allie challenge politics, disapproval, and fear by clinging to their feelings for each other."
Henry Herz had a marine biologist (cephalopodiatrist?) help him explain HOW THE SQUID GOT TWO LONG ARMS (Pelican) at Birch Aquarium.
“Sarah Scheerger is the fifth grade whisperer. With her OPERATION FROG EFFECT, it feels as if a classroom of children have shared with her their deepest and most secret thoughts. It’s truly funny and genuine. Students, parents and teachers will all recognize themselves. Not only is this delightful and poignant middle grade novel filled with authentic voices, it offers the best parts of a graphic novel, some poetry, the very cool science of frogs, and most importantly a whole lot of heart. Kids will be hoppy to have this book! It’s sure to be loved by boys and girls alike.”
— Hillary Homzie, middle grade author of Queen of Likes and
professor of children’s writing and literature, Hollins University
“OPERATION FROG EFFECTis like ‘The Breakfast Club’ for middle schoolers. It’ll make you laugh, cheer, and strive to be a better person.”
— Shannon Hitchcock, author of Ruby Lee & Me and One True Way (Scholastic)
Erin Dealey (and Charlie) joined Sacramento's Walk4Literacy.
Selected 2019 Picture Book Previews:
HOW DO YOU DO? by L. Theule, Illustrated by Gianna Marino (Bloomsbury)
"The story is serious about its shift from glum to optimistic, but the background colors and the animals' humorous expressions keep it light throughout—anyone who's needed this kind of intervention will relate." –KIRKUS
HOW TO READ A BOOK by Kwame Alexander (Harper Collins, illus. by Melissa Sweet)
HEY, WATER! by Antoinette Portis (Holiday House/ Neal Porter) JUST LIKE MY BROTHER by Gianna Marino (Viking)
CHOMP by Michael Paul (Crown BFYR) WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER
by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr. / illus. by German Blanco (Imprint/ Macmillan)
PINKY GOT OUT! by Michael Portis (Crown BFYR / illus. Lori Richmond) MITZVAH PIZZA by Sarah Lynn Scheerger (Kar-Ben/ illus. by Deborah Melmon)
ISABELLA, ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE by Jennifer Fosberry (Sourcebooks/ illus. Mike Litwin) SEA OTTERS, SNAILS, AND TADPOLE TALES Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper
(Eric Ode/ Kane Miller)
GRANDMA'S FAVORITE and GRANDPA'S FAVORITE by Erin Dealey & Luciana Navarro Powell (Kane Miller/ Indie book release);