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June 19, 2019

It's our final week of school and I cannot stop thinking about books. I'll be in a new library next year with new students and a new-to-me collection of books. What new books will we add? What books will I discover are my new readers' favorites? What favorites do I thi...

May 28, 2019

Jacob Grant joins me today to share the book trailer for BEAR OUT THERE, the sequel to his 2018 picture book BEAR'S SCARE.

Here's a synopsis of the upcoming BEAR OUT THERE:

Bear's favorite place is inside. He loves sharing his tidy home with his friend Spider. Spider lov...

April 29, 2019

Oh my word there are SO MANY excellent books coming out! What an excellent time to be a reader.

Today I'm excited to welcome Marcie Colleen to the blog! Marcie is the author of the SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS series, along with LOVE, TRIANGLE (illustrated by Bob Shea) and P...

February 10, 2019

Celebrating friends is kinda the best.

Katrina Moore and I opened an elementary school 6 years ago. I still remember going out to lunch with colleagues over the summer prior to the school's inaugural year and being introduced to Katrina as "a fellow author" that I shoul...

January 5, 2019

Sometimes you start a conversation with a stranger and you have no idea where it might take you.

June Smalls is an author I met on Twitter back in 2016. She reached out because she was working on a blog series about the many, many hands that touch a picture book from co...

December 21, 2018

Keith Negley and I first connected on the podcast a full two years ago (back when it was still called the Let's Get Busy podcast!) when his debut, TOUGH GUYS (HAVE FEELINGS TOO!) was just coming out. Today we're celebrating the upcoming release of MARY WEARS WHAT SHE W...

December 15, 2018

Today it is my great pleasure to welcome author and friend of the podcast (episode #444) Mitali Perkins and illustrator Sara Palacios to the blog to share a first reveal the cover of their new picture book, BETWEEN US AND ABUELA: a Family Story from the Border....

December 6, 2018

Today it is my great pleasure to welcome author illustrator Tina Kügler to the blog to share a first look at the newest installment in her Geisel-honored early reader series, SNAIL AND WORM ALL DAY. 

I invited Tina to finish my sentences. After reading her res...

November 13, 2018

Sara O'Leary (This is Sadie, The Boy and the Blue Moon) and Jacob Grant (Cat Knit, Through with the Zoo) have a book coming out together! It's called OWLS ARE GOOD AT KEEPING SECRETS and in it Sara divulges little known secrets of the animal kingdom while Jacob all the...

November 5, 2018

Today I'm welcoming author Maryann Macdonald and illustrator Rahele Jomepour Bell to the blog to share the cover of their upcoming picture book, entitled PLAYDATE

First, let's take a look at the book description:

A picture book with minimal text and maximum impact, as...

October 19, 2018

Today it is my great pleasure to welcome author illustrator Evan Turk to the blog to share a first look at his newest work, YOU ARE HOME.

Here's a quick summary of the story:

Award-winning author and illustrator Evan Turk showcases the beauty and importance of the N...

October 16, 2018

Today it is my pleasure to welcome author illustrator Lynn Curlee to the blog today to share a first look at his newest work THE GREAT NIJINSKY: GOD OF DANCE.

Here's a quick summary of the story:

Dance prodigy, sex symbol, gay pioneer, cultural icon--Vaslav Nijinsky rose...

October 13, 2018

I am so excited to welcome illustratorDebbie Ridpath Ohi to the blog today to share a first look at her newest picture book with Michael Ian Black, I'M WORRIED.

Here's a quick summary of the story:

Potato is worried. About everything.

Because 
anything might happen.

Whe...

September 28, 2018

Today I'm welcoming author Barry Wittenstein and illustrator Keith Mallett to the blog to share the cover of their upcoming picture book, entitled SONNY'S BRIDGE: JAZZ LEGEND SONNY ROLLINS FINDS HIS GROOVE

First, let's take a look at the book description:

This groovy,...

September 13, 2018

I am so excited to welcome author Cathy Breisacher to the blog today to share the cover of her upcoming picture book, entitled CAVEKID BIRTHDAY

The book's description reads as follows:

For Caveboy and Cavegirl, gift giving during the Stone Age rocks!  After all, they a...

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