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Free Will and Destiny in Middle Grade Fiction: A Talk With Karla Arenas Valenti of Lotería

Let’s talk free will and destiny! I am beyond delighted to be hosting author Karla Arenas Valenti today, creator of the lovely new middle grade novel Lotería!

Cover Reveal & Interview: ARMADILLO ANTICS by Bill Martin Jr & Michael Sampson w/Art by Nathalie Beauvois

Today I am pleased to announce that we are providing exclusive interview/first look/cover reveal for ARMADILLO ANTICS, by Michael Sampson, illustrated by Argentinian artist Nathalie Beauvois.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, ill. Axel Scheffler

This week’s choice of book for the Halloween season has appeared year after year on the Bestseller Lists here in America. Never read it? Never fear!

Review of the Day: Chunky by Yehudi Mercado

Chunky doesn’t really look or act like any of the other comics out there today. It’s good-natured, peppy, dealing with some serious issues but with a light hand.

Interview for the Year 2022: Bryan Collier Discusses Music Is a Rainbow

Bryan Collier stops by to discuss a 2022 book that owes much of its existence to (amongst other things) Quincy Jones, Robert Frost, and Maya Angelou. Come see why!

Talking Glorious Battle Strategies with the Barb the Last Bezerker Team

Book creators Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson answer my questions about comics, berzerking, and how one conjures enough general mayhem to retain the interest of today’s jaded youth.

Happy Book Birthday, Long Road to the Circus (now with crafts!)

It’s the book birthday of LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS! Come for the info, stay for the crazy craft my librarians cooked up for this book.

Hello, Star. A Talk With Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

“Reading children’s literature — even if they don’t have children — can keep adults connected to their childhood in a way that fosters empathy and understanding.” Today I talk with Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic about her latest picture book title HELLO, STAR.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate #200!: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss

For our 200th episode we consider the controversy surrounding Dr. Seuss and his most famous cat.

Review of the Day: Much Ado About Baseball by Rajani LaRocca

It is truly rare to find a book like Much Ado About Baseball where math not only propels the plot forward, but also contains perfectly normal, sportsy characters for whom loving math is just one aspect of their personality. Add in baseball, Shakespeare, magic AND snacks and you’ve got yourself a unicorn of a book.

Mr. Watson’s Chickens: A Highly Illustrated Back and Forth Interview Between Jarrett Dapier and Andrea Tsurumi

Today illustrator Andrea Tsurumi engaged author Jarrett Dapier in conversation. She then put it all together in this marvelous, complex, witty and highly illustrated sequence. Enjoy!

Evicted: An Interview on a Timely Topic with Alice Faye Duncan

I speak with Alice Faye Duncan about EVICTED!: THE STRUGGLE FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE, coming out this January. Learn more about this too little discussed moment in history.

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.