Hi, Kid Lit friends!
I’m so thankful for Margaret for covering my last two newsletters! With every book that I write, I feel like it should get easier…but news flash — it does not! With looming deadlines plus the final Vanderbeekers book coming out in September, it is really nice to have a little bit of extra time to focus on deadlines. And Margaret, as always, has been bringing great content.
Over the weekend, I visited my older daughter at music camp and stopped into a super cute bookstore in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, called Boswell’s Books. They have the most adorable store cat (the store is named after the cat — as it should be). Check out their website for that great Boswell content.
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Throw Pillow with Book Pocket by WillowTreeCraftingUS
This is a wonderful gift for that young bookworm in your life who loves to read the same book over and over at bedtime. $26+
When Rubin Plays by Gracey Zhang
I love this book for two reasons. First: GRACEY ZHANG. What an incredible writer and illustrator. Two: the violin! If you follow me, you know that my older daughter is a talented violinist. (Quick pause to mom brag — her youth orchestra won a GRAMMY this year for best orchestral recording!). In this sweet picture book, Rubin loves the sound made by orchestras, and he wants to make that same beautiful sound on the violin. But it’s difficult to make the violin sound good, so he retreats into the forest to practice, where he discovers a very supportive audience. So sweet!!!
Legends of Lotus Island: Into the Shadow Mist by Christina Soontornvat, illustrated by Kevin Hong
The adventure continues with three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Christina Soontornvat’s exciting chapter book series Legends of Lotus Island! Plum and her friends travel to Bokati Island to study with Guardian Master Em, who watches over the ancient trees. But when the trees start dying, can Plum and her friends help before it’s too late? I love Christina’s ability to infuse her fantasy stories with a mix of childhood concerns and real-life problems.
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I am a HUGE fan of U.S. women’s soccer. I go to my local football club’s live games (Go Gotham FC!), I wear the merch, and I try to catch as many of the National Women’s Soccer League games on streaming every weekend. So you can bet I’m very closely watching the Women’s FIFA World Cup! Are you a fan of soccer? Here are some awesome soccer-related books!
The Flip Out by Sam Kerr, illustrated by Aki Fukuoka
Written by one of the world’s best soccer players, this adorable chapter book series is inspired by the author’s own experiences. It addresses common childhood experiences like bullying, taking risks, and following your dreams.
Merci Suárez Plays It Cool by Meg Medina
I just ADORE Meg Medina (our National Ambassador for Children’s Literature!!!) and her Merci Suárez series. In this third and final book trilogy, Merci is in 8th grade. That means a new haircut, experiencing the ups and downs of being a teenager, and lots of football (soccer) games. And while she might not be the captain of her football team, might she be befriending the actual captain, super popular Avery?
All Heart: My Dedication and Determination to Become One of Soccer’s Best by Carli Lloyd with Wayne Coffey
Oh hi, Carli Lloyd, who scored three goals in the first 16 minutes in the World Cup finals in 2015! As one of the best soccer players in history, I loved this deep dive into her life and the hard work she put into this sport. She is such an inspiration!
One Life: Young Readers Edition by Megan Rapinoe
I listened to the adult edition on audiobook through Libro.fm (and loved it), and my younger kiddo (who plays soccer) read the young readers edition (and loved it). How could we not? Megan Rapinoe is a soccer icon, but she also uses her platform to fight for equity and justice. I love her determination to fight for equal pay in her field. As an American, I am proud that she represents our country.
What are you reading these days?
Yesterday, my husband, Lalo, and I were in the car for eight hours, traveling from one kiddo’s summer camp to the other kiddo’s summer camp and then back home again. Then Lalo had his annual checkup this morning. He is tuckered out!