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Review of the Day: A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese

It’s a mystery. It’s a game. It’s filled with puzzles and riddles and clues. It’s funny, and it’s deadly serious. Parts are evocative and parts are heartfelt and parts are completely unforgettable. Having a rough day/week/month/year? Cuddle up to this. Challenging enough to intrigue you. Enticing enough to keep you.

Video Premiere: The Making of Nerp

“Fancy monster foods inspired by 1950s recipes.” Today I share Sarah Lynne Reul’s new behind-the-scenes video on the complex creation of her latest picture book, Nerp!

Prance Through Your Days Like Randy the Badly Drawn Horse: A Q&A with T.L McBeth

What kind of confidence does it take to get through this cruel cold world? I interview T.L. McBeth about his newest character : An overly self-confident horsey.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Today Kate and I dig deep into a book that certainly contains the world’s most short-sighted escape plan. The Great Escape, this is not.

Cover Reveal & Interview – Leah Henderson’s Together We March: 25 Protest Movements That Marched into History

Twenty-five groundbreaking protest movements in one book? You won’t be able to take a look at it until January of 2021. Fortunately I have author Leah Henderson on hand to answer some questions, and a cover of her latest book to reveal.

Review of the Day: See the Cat by David LaRochelle, ill. Mike Wohnoutka

You can hand today’s book to a kid learning to read, absolutely. Just be warned that their read may be punctuated with interjections of a highly voluble nature. In other words, this is laugh-out-loud funny.

Newbery/Caldecott 2021: Summer Prediction Edition

If you’re anything like me, 2020 hasn’t been a great year for reading. That’s okay. This isn’t a great list for predicting (but it’s fun). See what may or may not win big in 2021!

Frog and Toad Were More Than Friends: A Guest Post by Kyle Lukoff

“While I don’t want queerness to always be relegated to the shadows, overhead lighting doesn’t do anyone any favors, either.” Kyle Lukoff tells us tales of Frogs and Toads, secret rooms, and the longstanding tradition of queer values in children’s literature.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop and Kurt Wiese

If you were born in the late 70s or early 80s, the odds are good that somebody you know read today’s book to you. This all ties in quite closely to current discussions of picture books with racist elements that sit blithely on shelves in children’s rooms anywhere.

Review of the Day: Rescuing the Declaration of Independence by Anna Crowley Redding, ill. Edwin Fotheringham

The true story of the man responsible for keeping key American documents out of the hands of the invading British in 1812. A book about the rescue of ideas put to paper.

Meet the Newest Niblings!

Today we are pleased as punch to announce that we are adding two additional women to our Niblings group. Meet them for yourselves!

Amber and Clay: A Laura Amy Schlitz Cover Reveal

The Newbery Award winning author returns with a book set in ancient Greece full of snarky gods and fearsome goddesses, slaves and masters, mothers and philosophers. And I have the cover reveal.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, ill. Patrick Benson

In spite of the fact that I didn’t really want to have a whole conversation with Kate about owls’ elongated eye tubes, that’s the price you pay when you talk about Martin Waddell’s best known book. But is it a “classic”?

Chance: Escape From the Holocaust – An Excerpt of the Latest Book by Uri Shulevitz

Today I offer a brief glimpse of the latest book by 1969 Caldecott Award winner Uri Shulevitz.

Nerd Culture, Fandom, and the Middle Grader: An Interview with Sam Maggs

Why should I interview Sam Maggs about her latest book? I dunno. Maybe because nerd culture, now so prevalent, still needs its champions. Particularly those folks that can speak to representation and gender equality. A talk.