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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Blast Off by Linda C. Cain and Susan Rosenbaum, ill. Leo and Diane Dillon

We consider this “Seamless amalgam” of the hands of Leo and Diane Dillon and the timeliness of this recent reprint.

When Carrot Met Cookie: Book Trailer Premiere!

Like book trailers? Like googly eyes? Then, baby, you’re going to love today’s premiere from Erica Perl and Jonathan Fenske.

Review of the Day: Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, ill. Loren Long

Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long have given us a title that is filled up to the brim with dignity. Dignity for the people who actually put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the places and objects we so desperately need to live.

Saving American Beach: An Interview with Author Heidi Tyline King

Our shelves are fairly empty of books about Black environmentalists. Heidi Tyline King brings to life the story of a woman who fought tirelessly for what she loved and believed in.

A True Wonder: Talking With Kirsten Larson About Wonder Woman’s Real Origins

What do we owe Wonder Woman? Where did she come from? Author Kirsten Larson joins me today to discuss the true origin story of the Wonder Woman character and her cultural impact as well.

Beautifully Me: A Talk With Nabela Noor

Nabela Noor joins us today in a discussion of body positivity and her new book BEAUTIFULLY ME.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Pinkerton, Behave! by Steven Kellogg

Defenestration abounds in our consideration of both the original 1979 and its 2014 update.

Review of the Day: Race Against Time by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace

A thoroughly rousing story, deserving of wider acclaim. The package may be lacking but the contents are gold.

Guest Post: Nonfiction for the Win! Choosing Books Kids Will Love by Melissa Stewart, Cynthia Levinson, and Jennifer Swanson

Melissa Stewart was kind enough to answer my questions about her book 5 Kinds of Nonfiction last week. Now she returns with Cynthia Levinson, and Jennifer Swanson to discuss a recent news article that had some real gaps.

NINA: A STORY OF NINA SIMONE – An Interview with Author Traci N. Todd

Today I talk with author Traci N. Todd to discuss her new picture book biography of Nina Simone and the art of reducing a life to its essentials.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Stop That Ball! by Mike McClintock, ill. Fritz Siebel

Take a trip back in time with us to 1959 where Ball Boy and Stalker Sally go on a series of misadventures as his ball attempts to destroy itself in a myriad number of ways.

Review of the Day: The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo, ill. Sophie Blackall

Pairing with the utterly lovely Sophie Blackall, Kate DiCamillo presents us with a story that has all the trappings of a fable, and all the reality of a thoroughly thrilling tale.

Adrianna Cuevas Is Back with CUBA IN MY POCKET: The Interview

Adrianna Cuevas joins us today to give us the thorough backstory to her new middle grade novel CUBA IN MY POCKET as well an explanation of why writing historical fiction is “like eating soup with a fork”.

Nonfiction on Display: Melissa Stewart Dishes on the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction

What is it about Melissa, author of more than 180 science books for children, and her work that taps so directly into where we are in 2021 and the current state of informational books for kids? Her new book, 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, seems to offer some answers. So too does this interview.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

Keeping our Into the Woods quotes to a bare minimum we look at Paul O. Zelinsky’s first major award winner.