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Review of the Day: Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon

If you have kids looking for outright, down and out, horror horror (the ones who’ve watched Stranger Things but balk at the heft of a Stephen King novel) this little book is an answer to your prayers. Prayers / nightmares.

Fauja Singh Keeps Going: An Interview with Scholar and Activist Dr. Simran Jeet Singh

When a 100-year-old athlete in a turban popped up in an Adidas ad, Dr. Simran Jeet Singh immediately wanted to know more. In the end, he wrote a picture book biography of the world’s oldest marathon runner. We talk ageism, Sikh representation in picture books, and more.

Girls Who Build: An Interview with Katie Hughes

With so many parents (like myself) facing a near future of continued remote learning, a book that encourages home construction projects with girls in mind is undeniably enticing. I talk with creator Katie Hughes about where the book came from and how she envisions its use.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Imogene’s Antlers by David Small

On this week’s show we discuss the strength of Imogene’s neck muscles, you get to hear an impromptu jingle for the Emergency Hat Service, I manage to work in a tiny reference to Gregor Samsa, and we marvel at Imogene’s good nature.

Review of the Day: All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, ill. Bryan Collier

There are plenty of inspiring picture books out there for kids. Few understand their purpose as perfectly as this book does.

A Brand New Jon Klassen Picture Book Cover Reveal. Because We Deserve Something Nice.

In dire need of good news? Let today’s cover reveal provide a soothing balm.

Why Does He Draw Like He’s Running Out of Time? R. Sikoryak Discusses Constitution Illustrated

Who can draw a mean imitation of Bone, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield, Dog Man, and so many many more? Who harbors a deep-seated love of Muppet Babies? I interview R. Sikoryak about his latest, greatest, endeavor.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto, ill. Susan Guevara

When we consider classic Latinx picture books that would qualify as #ownvoices, only a few have been covered on this show. Today’s book seeks to add to the canon of children’s literature.

Saying Goodbye to Bank Street Bookstore

I say farewell to an old friend.

Excellent Black Lives Matter Picture Book Bios (Some Pre-BLM)

There have been Black picture book biographies coming out for years and years and years. Often their publishers either wouldn’t or couldn’t put the marketing dollars behind them that they so clearly deserved, and so these books would sink from view and be forgotten. Today, I want to revisit some of these books, just in case someone had a hankering to rediscover them.

Review of the Day: A Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted

Gorgeously wrought and tenderly rendered, this feels like a labor of love that will snuggle itself deep into the hearts and minds of kids everywhere. Regardless of whether or not you even like cats, you will find much to admire and love (not necessarily in that order) in this gutsy little book.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

Between its shiny Sydney Taylor Book Award on its cover and a storyline that has aged magnificently over the last 32 years, Kate and I discuss one of Patricia Polacco’s best known works.

Camp Candlewick: Get to Know Ghetto Cowboy

I never attended a real sleepaway camp as a kid. Truthfully? I didn’t really want to. But the end result was that I never had the experience of so many other teens of being a camp counselor. Well, that STOPS today! Meet your new counselor Ms. Bird. It’s all part of Camp Candlewick, an online […]

Two Birds on a Line: An Interview with James Bird and His New Book, The Brave

Today I sit down with James Bird (no relation) to talk about his latest middle grade novel, screenwriting vs. novels, and what he’s up to next.

Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Naomi Klein Writes a Book for Kids

Naomi Klein has written a book for kids, so sit back and enjoy an excerpt from the book’s Introduction and a cover reveal to boot.