Category: Authors and Books

Sakamoto’s Swim Club: How a #Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory + 4 Qs for Julie Abery = HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

Julie Abery’s new narrative nonfiction picture book, SAKAMOTO’S SWIM CLUB: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory Kids Can Press / Illus. Chris Sasaki released TODAY, May 4th, 2021! A vibrant, original picture book. ―Booklist, starred review Exudes inspiration and dedication. – Kirkus Reviews Julie Abery has visited the blog several times this… Read more »

Happy (almost) Book Birthday Karen Yin WHOLE WHALE = 8 Qs + Inclusion + STEM

I’m thrilled to help celebrate the Book Birthday of WHOLE WHALE on the blog today, the wonderful debut picture book by Karen Yin, Illustrated by Nelleke Verhoeff / Barefoot Books / releasing SOON! Time for some questions! Q 1.     What was the inspiration for WHOLE WHALE? Karen Yin: I love wordplay, so when the words “whole whale” popped into… Read more »

Happy Almost Book Birthday BALLOONS FOR PAPA + 8 Qs for author Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia

Today’s #kidlit interview is with Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia, whose book, BALLOONS FOR PAPA (Illus. Erika Meza / Harper Collins), releases next week: April 27th. This important story of connection through sadness is beneficial to children and adults alike. — SLJ  *STARRED REVIEW A skillful reminder that kids can be the bright spots amid their caregivers’… Read more »

Happy Book Birthday KINDNESS IS A KITE STRING + 5 Qs for poet~author Michelle Schaub!

Time to celebrate! Michelle Schaub’s latest book, KINDNESS IS A KITE STRING: The Uplifting Power of Empathy, releases April 1st, Illustrated by Claire LaForte (Cardinal Rule Press ) AND today is her actual BIRTHDAY! We have some questions for her. But first, let’s check out her book: How can YOU lift others with kindness? KINDNESS… Read more »

6 Qs with Julie Abery + Writing (and pitching) a Board Book series = Happy Book Birthday x 2

Happy Book Birthday to TWO new Little Animal Friends board books with Amicus Ink / March 2021 / Illus. Suzie Mason by Julie Abery: LITTLE PENGUIN Review: Delightfully heartwarming. LITTLE PENGUIN is the latest addition to the lovely board book series, Little Animals. The story journeys with Little Penguin as he explores the frosty world… Read more »