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Cover Reveal: How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk, ill. Sara Palacios

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We’re taking a lovely, leisurely stroll in the park when you turn to me and say, “Betsy, why don’t you write more about coding on your blog?” And I shuffle my feet a bit, maybe kicking a stray acorn. I avoid eye contact with you as I mumble something indistinct about it being scary and […]

Cover Reveal (and Interview!): The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr

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I don’t know about you but I haven’t read nearly enough fantasy novels this year. It’s so funny that I’ve been so bad, since fantasy was the genre I loved the most when I was a kid. Remember when they released those Dragonriders of Pern books starring Menolly as children’s middle grade novels (Dragonsong, Dragondrums, […]

Cover Reveal: The Story Pirates Present – Stuck in the Stone Age by Geoff Rodkey, ill. Hatem Aly

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When I lived in New York City I cultivated the usual roster of brigands, ne’er do wells, shifty eyed squatters, and general layabouts. In other words, actor friends! One of them, a good one, joined at one point with an organization called The Story Pirates. And though I never saw them perform in my particular […]

Cover Reveal: Fairy Spell by Marc Tyler Nobleman, ill. Eliza Wheeler

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Fake news.  It’s not exactly new. From the moment humanity created the idea of news they also saw the vast potential that comes with “tweaking” it, shall we say.  As librarians one of our jobs is to help turn out children into savvy skeptics. You can understand then why I’m always on the watch for […]

Cover Reveal: The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet

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Last year I went a little bit gaga over a book that I truly thought was a standout. And while Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet didn’t get any of the Newbery love I so craved for it, my admiration for Ms. Nesbet’s work is, was, and ever more shall be through the roof.  Fast […]

Cover Reveal: Tiny and the Big Dig by Sherri Duskey Rinker, ill. Matt Myers

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When I moved to Evanston, Illinois I had a whole new landscape of authors and illustrators to explore.  It is often said that more authors and illustrators of children’s books live in NYC (specifically Brooklyn) than anywhere else in the country.  I have little doubt that this is probably true, but take a gander at […]

Cover Reveal: The 11:11 Wish by Kim Tomsic

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Today the American Library Conference in Chicago begins. It is the one of those rare times when casual observers can watch librarians running around like crazed chickens with their heads cut off. Tis a glorious sight. That said, I’d bet good money that a bunch of you are not attending and are, instead, in desperate […]

Cover Reveal: Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton

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It stands to reason. I mean, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Author Chris Barton has specialized in the un-specializable.  From the moment his career began he has maintained an unerring love for stories that haven’t just been untold in the realm of children’s nonfiction books, but adult nonfiction as well.  Remember […]

Cover Reveal: Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

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You’ve got your cover reveals, and then you’ve got your cover reveals.  Sometimes I’ll get asked to do a reveal and it’ll be for a book that I already have in my possession.  In those cases the book jacket reveal isn’t really all that surprising at all.  In some cases I’ll be asked to reveal […]

Cover Reveal: Longburrow – Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

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Strong with the cover reveals is this one. Okay, so I’ve a new technique with these reveals. Covers are nice, absolutely. Who doesn’t like a good old fashioned book jacket straight from the designer’s table? But when you run a blog like this one you want to shake it up a little. After all, don’t […]

Cover Reveal: The Mermaid by Jan Brett

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It may be a personal opinion but I’ll stand by it; Children’s books need more octopuses.  The reason is simple.  The octopus is a truly fascinating creature.  Now in 2017 a couple of my favorite illustrators have already tackled the octopus in all its tentacular glory.  David Wiesner, for example, has a picture book out […]

Cover Reveal: Now With Additional Animal Countdowns!

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On occasion a publisher will ask me to do a cover reveal of a middle grade novel. They’ll also ask if I’m interested in doing a Q&A with the author and usually I’ll say nope. Not so much. Thanks anyway. But this time around I had an idea. Today we are premiering the book jacket […]

Cover Reveal: Miguel’s Brave Knight by Margarita Engle, ill. Raul Colon

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When I worked in the Donnell Central Children’s Room I got used to handling all kinds of interesting reference requests.  One that I got frequently was parents looking for child-friendly versions of Don Quixote.  The pickings were, to say the least, slim.  There was Eric A. Kimmel’s Don Quixote and the Windmills and one other […]

Cover Reveal: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

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When I look at the wide swath of books published each and every year it’s a marvel to me that any new children’s book authors are able to claw their way out of the pack to distinguish themselves at all.  Consider adult author Lauren Wolk.  In 2016 her debut children’s book Wolf Hollow became one […]

Cover Reveal: One Shadow On the Wall by Leah Henderson

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So often a cover reveal is just that.  A reveal.  Here’s your cover, batta bing, badda boom. Today is different. Today, we’re shaking things up a tad.  But a little backstory first. About half a year ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Conference in Frederick, Maryland.  I like doing SCBWI Conferences.  […]