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Review of the Day: A Tree for Mr. Fish by Peter Stein

Exceedingly simple with an equally simple message (message: Don’t be rude and loud) you wouldn’t expect A Tree for Mr. Fish to be as wackadoodle as it is. And yet, here we are.

Beowulf, Viking Pigs, and the Hustle of Comics in 2021: An Interview with Alexis Fajardo

A ribald, in-depth conversation not simply about the art of creating comics in the 21st century, but also the history of the form for kids, the publishing industry, and more. I interview Alexis Fajardo on the publication day of his fourth Kid Beowulf release.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: I’ll Fix Anthony by Judith Viorst, ill. Arnold Lobel

Could you publish a book today, originally, where a sibling relationship is anything other than sunshine and roses by its end? Kate and I consider the recently re-published I’ll Fix Anthony.

Review of the Day: How to Find a Fox by Kate Gardner, photos by Ossi Saarinen

Deftly capturing the majesty, mystery, and downright good looks of foxes, this book is a rarity. Photographs galore highlight the mysterious world of the fox.

Steve Sheinkin Returns! A Deep Dive Into the FALLOUT

Steve Sheinkin swings by to discuss his latest historical thriller FALLOUT: SPIES, SUPERBOMBS, AND THE ULTIMATE COLD WAR SHOWDOWN. And like his other multi-award winning books, it promises to be a hoot.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier, ill. Sheldon Cohen, translated by Sheila Fischman

We dive deep into Canada’s most beloved picture book. In other words, an extended allegory of the relationship and tensions that exist between francophones and anglophones. Fun!

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature: Now Extra Jolty!

Today we consider the books written for adults that have some sort of link, however tangential, to children’s literature.

Review of the Day: Too Small Tola by Atinuke, ill. Onyinye Iwu

In the new chapter book series Too Small Tola, Atinuke has turned her book into a small masterpiece. Read these books, ye other mighty authors, and despair.

Choosing Brave: Emmett Till’s Mother Has Her Own Book – An Interview

I discuss an upcoming Fall 2022 book about the mother of Emmett Till with its author, Angela Joy, and illustrator, Janelle Washington.

Stowaway With Me: A Talk With Author John David Anderson

“I think what science-fiction does better than any genre is provide a sneaky, backdoor, often allegorical—or at least metaphorical—approach to commenting on the concerns of the present day.” We’re talking with John David Anderson today about his latest title: Stowaway!

You Are Officially in Weird Kid Territory: A Greg van Eekhout Interview

“If you can have zombies or aliens or robots in a story, why wouldn’t you?” We’re talking with Greg van Eekhout today about science fiction, his latest book, and the mortification of uncontrollable shape shifting. You know. Middle school.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Meet Danitra Brown by Nikki Grimes, ill. Floyd Cooper

With the recent death of Floyd Cooper, we consider the “classic” status of one of his best. Added Bonus: Nikki Grimes!

Cover Reveal: Climb On by Baptiste Paul, ill. Jacqueline Alcántara

Tt is my supreme delight to introduce the latest book from power picture book duo Baptiste Paul and Jacqueline Alcántara.

Review of the Day: The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld

Smart fairytailing that’s tonally on point? More of this, please.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Napping House by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood

We try another Audrey & Don Wood title above and beyond King Bidgood’s In the Bathtub. It’s a cumulative tale that has continued to remain in print for the last 37 years.