This piece from Antoinette Portis' NOW / Neal Porter Books / Roaring Brook
is featured at the Carle Honors auction, Sept. 27th.
As for Portis' latest title…
"For some delicious mischief, there’s Antoinette Portis’s Best Frints at Skrool, her follow-up to Best Frints in the Whole Universe. What a treat to have the chance to return to the alien world of planet Boborp, where “childrinx go to skrool, just like here on planet Earth.” As with her 2016 release, Portis playfully devises a Boborp vocabulary, and she leaves ample room, and provides helpful context, for students to discover the word meanings themselves. At its heart, this is a story about friendship (and even standing up to the lunchroom bullies), and it includes a wonderful, raucous 'spewd fight.'"
Portis' BEST FRINTS AT SKROOL was also featured in
"What am I doing at KIRKUS this week…"
as well as…
"Ready, Set, it's time for school" / Bookpage:
“There’s no better way to usher in a new school year than this laugh-out-loud tale
of life in an intergalactic classroom.”
(Boborpian smile emoji)
SLJ ~ BEST FRINTS AT SKROOL
We all have a best frint—one that we go to skrool with, read bloox with, and even share healthy spewds with. But what about sharing that best frint?…Bold, colorful illustrations accompany the equally bold narrative. VERDICT An excellent and engaging read-aloud with a smart, timely message. A perfect selection for the beginning of school that will be requested all year long.
–Amanda C. Buschmann, Carroll Elementary School, Houston
Cover reveal and early praise for Sarah Scheerger's debut MG novel,
OPERATION FROG EFFECT, coming from Penguin/Random House in February:
"An authentic, heartfelt novel that bounds from voice to voice and page to page. Scheerger's debut rewards readers with a rich cast of complex characters who 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 (Walden Pond Press)
Ingram held a giveaway to celebrate the NYT Best Seller, THE KISSING HAND's 25th anniversary.
Cheers to author Audrey Penn and Ruth E. Harper.
Dow Phumiruk's art from Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines (Jeanne Walker-Harvey) is on display at the Library of Congress Youth Readers Center!
James Dean's \ PETE THE CAT–Rocking My School Shoes is among Imagine Forest's 12 Hilarious Back to School Picture Books to Excite Your Kids.
Pete the Cat: FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS hit the PW Best Seller list (9.16.18)
Pete the Cat: 5 MINUTE PETE THE CAT STORIES was on the PW list in August:
James Dean's Pete the Cat: TRICK OR PETE is also a USA Today Best seller.
Counting on Katherine (Becker/ Henry Holt) Illus. by Dow Phumiruk is featured in #AMightyGirl's
"Picture Books About Mighty Girls Who Love Math" – and
"Hidden Figures" Mathematician Katherine Johnson at 100: A Life Told in Children's Books
Also from #AMightyGirl:
DUST OF EDEN by Mariko Nagai / Albert Whitman, which releases in paperback Oct. 1st, is featured in 'Dangerous Americans': Mighty Girl Books About The Internment of Japanese Americans
Celebrating a Love of Reading: 35 Mighty Girl Stories about Books, Libraries, and Literacy features Jennifer Fosberry's Isabella–Star of the Story / Sourcebooks.
Hitchcock's ONE TRUE WAY is featured in
"This 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."
Kudos to all who painted piggy banks for the BINC. Foundation
BANK ON BOOKSELLERS auction this month, including…
Don and Audrey Wood Gianna Marino
Prime Party featured a Pajama Party with all the Llama Llama trimmings!
“I have a kid with a mohawk,” continues Gorman. “I’m writing a story about being an outsider, being ‘the other,’ essentially about him, and was trying to figure out how to relate to this kid that I’m making the hero of my story.”
Upcoming Belly dates:
Sept. 28: Philadelphia @ Union Transfer
Sept. 29: Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Oct. 4: Madison, Wis. @ Majestic Theatre
Oct. 5: Minneapolis @ Fine Line Music Cafe
Oct. 6: Chicago @ Vic Theatre
Full article here.
Check out the Brightly interview with Chris Gorman.
New and Noteworthy:
"The drummer for the Grammy-nominated band Belly writes and illustrates a picture book about a young boy whose fauxhawk and leather jacket make him stand out from his peers — until he finds a group of similar misfits who make him feel less alone."
BRIGHTLY'S 14 Books to Help Kids Get Ready for the New School Year: