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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

Having already covered the recently departed legend Eric Carle, we figure it only makes sense (and is fair) to mention the other recently departed legend, Lois Ehlert with this delicious entry.

Dorothy the Brave Cover Reveal: A Q&A With Meghan P. Browne

Why children’s writers are sometimes the first ones to sing for the unsung? I discuss Meghan P. Browne’s upcoming picture book bio Dorothy the Brave with her and reveal its cover.

I Am Smoke: A Cover Reveal and Q&A with Author Henry L. Herz

Stand aside, water cycle! There’s a new cycle in town and it’s darn smoky. I speak with author Henry L. Herz about his upcoming title I AM SMOKE.

Review of the Day: Borders by Thomas King, ill. Natasha Donovan

This is a story that stands out and apart from all those other comics being published right now. It assumes a certain level of intelligence on the part of the child reader. It’ll frustrate some, baffle others, and completely fascinate the lot of them.

2021 Poetry: Versification for the Masses

Today’s list is not particularly long, but it’s a fun encapsulation of some of the Can’t Miss Poetry of 2021. Take a gander and then read ’em up for yourselves.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, ill. John Schoenherr

Cool off from these hot summer days with this cool nighttime excursion. Kate and I make weird owl noises and debate why we don’t eat them for food (amongst other things).

Review of the Day: The Wild Huntsboys by Martin Stewart

This is the fun, fast-paced, witty, and not too long adventure novel you’ve been searching for. Chock full of jokes and characters you grow to love.

Cover Reveal and Interview: SOFÍA ACOSTA MAKES A SCENE with author Emma Otheguy

“…sometimes, it’s okay to make a scene.” We’re talking with author Emma Otheguy today about immigration, her own family history, and her brand new middle grade novel out in 2022. It’s a cover reveal day!

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature

Today we look at a wide variety of adult titles with tangential connections to children’s books.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger, ill. Michael Hays

A simple case of cultural appropriation or something a bit more complicated? There are all kinds of twists and turns in our discussion of Pete Seeger’s ABIYOYO, and it doesn’t always go in the direction you’d expect.

SHE RAISED HER VOICE: A Cover Reveal and Interview with Jordannah Elizabeth

Today we interview Ms. Jordannah Elizabeth about her sweeping anthology of Black women that made their mark on our musical history. Come for the interview AND the cover reveal!

Review of the Day: Off-Limits by Helen Yoon

Writing, timing, art, and humor. What’s not to love? One thing’s for certain, though. Kids absolutely adore it, and that’s not the kind of thing you can fake.

Newbery/Caldecott Summer Prediction Edition 2022

It’s summertime and that means a second round up of potential winners of the 2022 Newbery/Caldecotts!

Review of the Day: Timelines From Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies by D.K. Publishing

This book is NOT the only book on the subject that will ever be written, but right now it appears to be the only book so far. And I’m just relieved that it was good to begin with. A beautifully designed supplement.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

We’re back! And just in time to honor Eric Carle with a brand new book. What better one to do than the one that’s been banned several times around the country? We talk nudity, sassy suns (or lack thereof), and Kate selects a new potential tattoo. Listen in!