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Cover Reveal and Interview: This is a Sea Cow by Cassandra Federman

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Ms. Cassandra Federman is on hand to answer a question or ten about the creature in question and her own book. Along the way she clarifies for me the difference between a manatee and a beluga whale, the trend of 4th wall busting characters, and her own history of rescuing manatees.

Review of the Day: Spy Runner by Eugene Yelchin (bonus interview included)

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Here’s an idea: Why not take the idea of a world gone mad and give it a jolt of lightning to the veins? Set your book in another era when America went a little crazy, then liven things up with spies, car chases, murder attempts, gunshots, traitors, double agents, and that’s just the first few chapters! A book for the kids that want to read a response to our age that will thrill them to the core, and maybe plant a couple of seeds of rebellion in their craniums at the same time.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Back Cover Reveal

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I get a query the other day from Abrams. Would I have any interest in revealing the back cover of the new upcoming Wimpy Kid spin-off Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal (out April 9th)? Here’s the reveal, done live with real kids, flying jelly beans, and (naturally) a fancy scroll.

Top Five Alice: A Wonderland Ranking

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If you had to rank your Top Five illustrated versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, what would you choose? My choices are fairly standard, all things considered.

Newbery / Caldecott 2020: Spring Prediction Edition

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This is roundabout the time of year when I start stretching the old award-season muscles. I’m going to pull out the books for you that I think have a darn good chance. At the very least, they’re contenders, if not outright winners. Something to guide your reading then.

10 in 2019: Upcoming Picture Book Titles

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Tooling about the internet yesterday, I ran across Travis Jonker’s recent blog post 10 to Note: Spring Preview 2019. Here then is my own list of upcoming 2019 titles that I simply adore. All of these are Picture Books. Thank you for the idea, Travis!

Review of the Day: The Happy Book by Andy Rash

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You have other books about emotions that you love, I have no doubt, but seriously consider supplementing them with Rash’s latest. A loving little book unafraid to be happy, sad, angry, scared, and supremely good.

Walking and Talking with . . . Jerry Craft!

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As Steve wrote me, “Jerry Craft came to our local bookstore last week to talk about New Kid, and I nabbed a quick interview for the comic.” Perfect! I don’t know about you but we’re all big time New Kid fans at my library. Haven’t seen it yet? I recommend you remedy this situation, pronto. In the meantime, here’s Jerry.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber

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You see, there’s a bit of a problem with old Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. Most people remember the title of the second book in the series, but are we to ignore Book #1? I gave Kate the chance to decide which one to do, so what did she decide? To do both, of course!

Press Release Fun: The 2019 Mathical Book Prize Winners Announced!

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From the inspiring true stories of the Apollo 8 astronauts and a pioneering woman mathematician to tales of a middle school girl struck by lightning and a young elephant who loves to build towers of wooden bricks, this year’s Mathical Book Prize winners offer young readers a glimpse of the exciting—and sometimes unexpected—ways that mathematical ideas fit into the world around them.

Review of the Day: Sweet Dreamers by Isabelle Simler

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Simler has previously wowed American audience with such books as Plume and the magnificent The Blue Hour. Now, thanks in part to the elegant translation by Sarah Ardizzone, she has crafted a new kind of bedtime book. One rooted in poetry, dreams, seasons, fuzzy noses, lilting words, and a type of scratch art never before made possible.

Guest Post: “… doing our very best only.” Marc Aronson and the Global Cooperation of the Thai Cave Rescue

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Today I am pleased to be hosting Marc Aronson, the writer, editor, publisher, speaker, and historian. This post discusses his new work Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue which, in a starred review, Kirkus said his, “Solid writing preserves the natural rising suspense and astonishing details of this rescue.”

The Quintessential Librarian Stereotype: Wrestling With the Legacy of Anne Carroll Moore

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Folks, it’s time to have a reckoning when it comes to Anne Carroll Moore.

Cover Reveal – King of the Tightrope

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First off, there’s a book about Charles Blondin? Yes indeed. As of October 2019, you’ll be seeing Donna Bowman and Adam Gustavson’s King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara.

Review of the Day: Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

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Gracefully switching between text and comics, comics and text, author Remy Lai feeds breadcrumbs (or, more accurately, cake crumbs) of humor and sequential art to kids, luring them towards a storyline with a deeper, darker meaning. For the kid that avoids serious stories like the plague, Pie in the Sky is the perfect gateway drug.