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The Podcast/Book Hybrid: Diving Into the Story Seeds Imagination Lab Activity Book

Looking for a summer reading giveaway or something to give you programming ideas? One of my podcasts may have a solution.

The Rare Live Interview: Anastasia Higginbotham & I Talk “What You Don’t Know”

A transcript of my discussion with Anastasia Higginbotham about her latest book What You Don’t Know: A Story of a Liberated Childhood. Alert: May contain Billy Porter.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: One Grain of Rice by Demi

Hope you like math and shiny things, because today’s book has both. We consider Demi and whether or not her book attains “classic” status.

Prescient: Why the Netflix Version of A Series of Unfortunate Events is a Trump-Era Time Capsule

My family is currently watching the Netflix adaptation of the famous series. But does it have more to say to kids who lived under Trump than we suspect?

Review of the Day: Sylvie by Sylvie Kantorovitz

Early 70s France never looked so good. A new middle grade graphic memoir comes to us. A perfect new addition to every bookshelf looking for something familiar and odd all at once.

Pawcasso! An Exclusive Excerpt of the New Graphic Novel by Remy Lai

Today I premiere an 11-page excerpt of Remy Lai’s new middle grade graphic novel, Pawcasso!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

How about we consider a book with positive portrayals of Asian-American families on our podcast for a change? I snag Grace Lin’s first picture book and we talk soup, seeds, and greedy neighbors.

Cats and Dogs . . . Together? Talking with Elisha Cooper About the Sublime Yes & No

Picture books, puppies, and preternaturally attractive cats. It’s interview time with Elisha Cooper about his latest title Yes & No. Hope you like pets!

Review of the Day: Root Magic by Eden Royce

A smartly plotted dip into the Gullah-Geechee culture of early 60s rural South Carolina, this book weaves family, history, and spooky stuff together like a braid.

What We Need in Here Are Some Comics! A Brief 2021 Round-Up

Whether you want nanobots in your lemonade, secret agent cats, ghostly detectives, memoirs, or pirates, there’s something for everyone in this year’s crop of stellar comics for kids.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

It never won a single official children’s book award (not really) and yet it may well be the most famous Kevin Henkes book out there. Today we finally tackle it!

Review of the Day: Wishes by Mượn Thị Văn, ill. Victo Ngai

In all honesty, I don’t think I can do this book justice when I tell you about it, but I can at least give it my best shot. It deserves only the best.

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature

Today I return to an old series where we look at titles written for adults that have some connection to the wide and wonderful world of books for kids. There are some true beauties on the roster today, so let’s dive in!

An Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn Interview with Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Are you ready for the cute? Are you ready for the kitty? Are you ready for the unicorn? Then sit right here with me while I ask Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham about their latest collaboration.

Book Trailer Reveal: No Pants! by Jacob Grant

It’s pantless picture book trailer premiere #2 this week! Jacob Grant brings us the story of a boy and his love of going pants free.