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Press Release Fun: Nominate 2020 Titles for the Green Earth Book Award!

The Nature Generation is accepting nominations for the national 2021 Green Earth Book Award October 1 through December 15, 2020.

Review of the Day: A Thousand No’s by D.J. Corchin, ill. Dan Dougherty

If you think the process of creation is sometimes painful and collaborative and ultimately fun, this book is the first that I’ve ever seen to express that idea. You want to get to yes? Then you gotta slog through no.

Meeting a Need: An Interview with Christine Mapondera-Talley, Founder of Global Kidz House

“I want my children and their friends to be able to read stories set in a big city like Lagos, Nigeria, a small-town high school in Norton, Zimbabwe, a suburban playground in Cairo, Egypt, a beach town or even a rural town anywhere.” A talk with Christine Mapondera-Talley, founder of the publisher Global Kidz House.

Above the Rim: An Interview with Jen Bryant and Frank Morrison

At a time when athletes take a stand by sitting or kneeling down, this biography of Elgin Baylor, the first NBA to boycott games, has rarely been so timely. I talk with its creators about the quiet man that effectively changed the sport of basketball.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach (with Special Guest Erica S. Perl)

“Some days you’re the girl in the soup and some days you’re the chicken under the chair.” Special guest Erica S. Perl joins us this Yom Kippur to discuss what should be considered the official picture book of 2020.

Trailer Premiere & Interview: Becoming a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

She writes for children. She writes for adults. She writes and she writes and she writes. Now she has a new book out and a new trailer. I talk to Sy Montgomery about what it really takes to be a “good creature” in 2020.

Space Operas and Feline Martial Arts: An Interview with Yehudi Mercado

In a publishing market where I can count all the Latinx comic creators for kids on one hand, artists like Yehudi Mercado are more needed than ever. Now he has two books out in 2020 with more on the way, and I just gotta ask the guy one thing: Star Wars or Star Trek?

Author Fan Face-off: A Steve Sheinkin Video Production

Librarian Stacey Rattner and author Steve Sheinkin bring you the game show we’ve all been waiting for. Now answering the ultimate question: Who knows their books better? Authors? Or fans?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman

This week, Kate delves real deep into the marital status of dear Mr. and Mrs. Bird here (including Mr. Bird’s “extracurricular activities”, if you get my gist). We discuss how this is like a “very small version of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds” (their reign of terror is swift and tiny). We wonder about color layering, and we get to sing the “Toldja So” song.

Review of the Day: I Wish by Toon Tellegen, ill. Ingrid Godon, translated by David Colmer

I Wish isn’t going to sit quietly in a category. It’s the kind of book that would rather wander off and make up its own categories, expecting you to follow dutifully behind. And you will, because it is strange and wonderful and ultimately very very memorable. Can many other books out there say half as much?

The Zhou Brothers: When You Have the Chance to Paint Your Own Story

“People think that collaboration is about harmony, but that’s wrong.” A book release party like none other, I attend the celebration for Flying Paintings by Amy Alznauer and The Zhou Brothers.

Cover Reveal & Interview Extravaganza: Stroller Coaster, illustrated by Raúl the Third & Elaine Bay

Are you ready for a ride? Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay have illustrated the 2021 title Stroller Coaster, and set it in a town that’s, “equal parts El Paso and Boston with a bit of Toon town thrown in for a splash of impossibility.” Check out the cover and read an interview about creating a book for pint-sized speed demons.

Return of the Classics: An Interview with Don and Audrey Wood

“They’re not arguing. They’re writing.” Two classics by Don and Audrey Woods are out this year, remastered entirely. An unflinchingly honest look at publishing in the past, republishing today, and the logistics of remastering a beloved classic or two.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson & Ryan Elizabeth Peete, ill. Shane W. Evans

I can say with complete confidence that this was the first picture book about a Black kid on the autism spectrum I had ever seen when the book was first published in 2010. Recently Kate saw a list from Black Education Matters listing several books that featured Black children with disabilities and she asked if any were possible for our podcast. And lo and behold, we found one,

Review of the Day: Planet Omar – Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, ill. Nasaya Mafaridik

Let’s hand Omar to as many kinds as we can name. Because as far as I’m concerned, funny books that also prove to be smart and socially conscious (not to mention anti-racist) might help us get out of the mess this world is in.