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Review of the Day: niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile by María José Ferrada, ill. María Elena Valdez

Oddly sweet, melancholic, and peaceful, this is poetry as remembrance as well as healing. It is also very much one of a kind.

The Cover Reveal of Long Road to the Circus by Betsy Bird, ill. David Small

The cover reveal and the story behind the book. Where do authors get their ideas? Here’s one answer.

Long Road to the Circus (by Betsy Bird) 7-Day Cover Reveal: Day Seven!

Sidesaddle, as a form of riding, is a bit peculiar. Considered a more “ladylike” way of riding, watching it in action can be a bit terrifying. Here, I’ll show you what I mean.

Long Road to the Circus (by Betsy Bird) 7-Day Cover Reveal: Day Six!

Generally speaking, if you want to ride a homicidal ostrich, you need to take some precautions. And what could be simpler than this method?

Long Road to the Circus (by Betsy Bird) 7-Day Cover Reveal: Day Five!

Many of the images I shared with you this week had a lot of flash and pizzazz. Today’s is quieter.

Review of the Day: Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

The publisher sold this book to me as Doll Bones with a trans narrative and maybe that’s the best description you should hope for. Smart. Original. Necessary. Thank god we have this book now.

Long Road to the Circus (by Betsy Bird) 7-Day Cover Reveal: Day Four!

Today’s picture depicts the scene where the Madame is showing Gaucho who is in charge. Because even a tall ball of feathers knows when he’s beat.

Long Road to the Circus (by Betsy Bird) 7-Day Cover Reveal: Day Three!

“Horses may have souls, but ostriches? They do not. No more than giant chickens would.” Gaucho takes center stage again as I continue to count down to my final cover reveal!

Long Road to the Circus (by Betsy Bird) 7-Day Cover Reveal: Day Two!

Today, I’d like you to meet one of the heroes of my book. Many of the characters in it are based on real people. And, in one case, a real bird. An ostrich, to be precise, so ornery that he made dinosaurs look peaceful in comparison.

Long Road to the Circus (by Betsy Bird) 7-Day Cover Reveal: Day One!

Why do a single cover reveal when you can lead up to it for a week? Starting today I’m revealing interior spot art for my novel Long Road to the Circus, illustrated by David Small.

Review of the Day: 13 Ways to Eat a Fly by Sue Heavenrich, ill. David Clark

Funny and gross, this book is an honestly inventive way of spelling out how the simultaneously disgusting and delicious (eh?) fly is an integral part in not only the food chain but also the world as we currently know it.

Review of the Day: Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña, ill. Christian Robinson

Read this book to a child when you yourself need to remember that the world is full of horrible, wonderful, complicated people and that there are millions of their stories out there just waiting to be learned.

Review of the Day: Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz, ill. Julia Iredale

This is a book positioned to impress, that then sneaks over and steals your heart. Hermes would be proud.

Review of the Day: Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable, ill. Stephanie Yue

Created by the crackerjack team of Venable and Yue, this daring duo introduces the world to small, furry New York City superheroes and the catsitter that gets caught up in the action.

Newbery/Caldecott 2021: Final Prediction Edition

The Newbery and Caldecott Awards are almost upon us. What will win? It’s the final prediction edition!