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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.

Book Trailer Reveal: Something’s Wrong! by Jory John and Erin Kraan

Today, it is my infinite pleasure to help reveal the brand new book trailer for New York Times-bestselling author Jory John (The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, etc.) and illustrator Erin Kraan’s brand new picture book Something’s Wrong! (on sale March 23).

Review of the Day: The Snail With the Right Heart by Maria Popova, ill. Ping Zhu

Today we discuss a book that takes risks, makes mistakes, and comes out memorable in the end. The right snail with the right heart in the right book for the right reader.

Gimme Gimme That Sweet Title IX: Helaine Becker + Dow Phumiruk Discuss An Equal Shot and All That That Entails

“Ugh, the gymsuits!” Author Helaine Becker and artist Dow Phumiruk reveal the secrets behind the informational picture book that delves deep into the history of Title IX (and all that that entails).

Newbery/Caldecott 2022: Spring Prediction Edition

What has a chance to win it all as the next Newbery and Caldecott Award winners? Join this FAR too early listing of some of the marvelous titles of 2021 thus far.

Where in the World is Angus Yuen-Killick? The Coming of Red Comet Press

Many of us have fantasized about starting our own boutique publishing company. What if you actually did it, and had loads of experience to boot? Angus Yuen-Killick has done precisely that! I pepper him with questions to explain how it all works.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting / Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott

Kate asked for a St. Patrick’s Day classic, so I handed her TWO! Her preference? The one with physical violence and bodily harm. Can you blame her?

Review of the Day: Jo Jo Makoons by Dawn Quigley, ill. Tara Audibert

Funny and smart, with a sly sense of humor that’s entirely its own, prepare for a series that you’ll want to see much more of in the future.

Extra Extra! Viral Video Sparks Middle Grade Debut! A Q&A with Dwayne Reed of Simon B. Rhymin’

Chicago time! I interview viral sensation Dwayne Reed and get a peek at life with his scholars, his writing, and his love for The Windy City.

The Genius Under the Table: A Cover Reveal and Q&A with Eugene Yelchin

You’re in for a treat today. Eugene Yelchin’s memoir of his boyhood growing up behind the Iron Curtain is as funny as it is gutting. I talk with the man about how he managed to own a pair of Baryshnikov’s blue jeans and reveal his new cover.

Amina Returns! A Q&A with Hena Khan About AMINA’S SONG

When Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan was released in 2017 it had oodles of charm. Today the sequel, Amina’s Song, is out nationwide, so I sat down with its author to discuss all manner of things.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

When we heard that the Dr. Seuss estate was pulling six relatively obscure Seuss titles from publication due to offensive content, we thought we might try one on for size. So here’s the first book Seuss ever made for kids.

International Video Day: I Wish by Toon Tellegen, ill. Ingrid Godon

A video interview with the author, illustrator, and fans of the strangest, most charming, Dutch import of 2020.

Review of the Day: The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer, ill. Mariachiara Di Giorgio

This book is an utter joy. One of those titles that lives up to, and then proceeds to exceed, the hype. Heck, I’ll say it. One of the best wordless books I’ve ever read. Full stop. Period.