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Book Annotation Kit, New Releases, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

Last weekend my husband and I got into the car and drove up to western Massachusetts. As city people who love the outdoors, we oohed and ahhed over the gorgeous gardens and trees and the wildlife! We saw not one, but two bears! We also saw plenty of rabbits and a gaggle of geese crossing the road. It was a very lovely weekend!

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Book Annotation Kit by LemonHoneyCraftsStar

My fourteen-year-old daughter has been annotating her books lately. This summer she is committed to reading Shakespeare and Austen, and this is the perfect kit for her reading adventures. Filled with sticky notes, highlighters, washi tape, and page tabs, this is a nice package to keep with your current read. $22.

New Releases

The Boy Who Met A Whale by Nizrana Farook

This story begins on the beach of Sri Lanka where Razi looks out at the sea where newly hatched turtles are running into the sea. Then, a plain boat comes into sight and nears shore. Razi is startled to discover a young boy in the boat, and even more surprised to discover that there are people after the boy. Can Razi help him escape to safety?

Dear Student by Elly Swartz

Autumn begins middle school with a feeling of dread. Her best (and only) friend has moved, and Autumn struggles with social anxiety. But she soon befriends Logan and Cooper, and things are looking up. But when she is selected to be the secret voice of the advice column, she finds herself right in the middle of a dispute between Logan and Cooper! Can Autumn give others – and herself – the right advice?

Riot Recommendations

Do you love indie bookstores? Of course you do! This summer, I hope you have the opportunity to visit a new bookstore in a town you’re passing through. It’s one of my very favorite things to do.

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The I Wonder Bookstore by Shinsuke Yoshitake

This is delightfully silly take on a very unusual bookstore where the owner only sells books about… books! Read about how to grow books on trees, a town where the clouds rain books, and the once in every five year phenomenon where all the animals can read. I am a huge fan of Yoshitake’s artwork which is filled with humor and heart.

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The Book Itch by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

This is a story about a bookstore that began in Harlem in the 1930s. Started by Lewis Michaux Sr., he named it the National Memorial African Bookstore. It became a gathering place for people in the neighborhood as well as people from around the world. It was a special place to share ideas and culture.

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Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Yan Imamura

Okay, this is not a bookstore book, but it’s so beautiful that I had to include it in this collection. Set during World War II at a War Relocation Center in the Desert, Tama works in the prison camp’s tiny library. There she meets George who waits by the entrance every morning with an armful of books. Tama has no idea how he can read so much! Or is he coming for another reason? I just love this book!

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Good Night Little Bookstore by Amy Cherrix, illustrated by E.B. Goodale (September 13, 2022)

Bookstore lovers will surely welcome this sweet bedtime book into their collection. Walk through the end-of-day rituals of a beloved local bookstore – saying goodbye to the customers and saying goodnight to the bookstore cat and the boxes of new arrivals. The illustrations are so sweet and inviting.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at   KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,
Karina

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Books about Swimming, a Book Clutch, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

It truly feels like summer here in New York City. I see kids wearing camp t-shirts heading to the pool and people sunbathing in Central Park. This past Monday, I went for an evening run and there were so many people who set up portable grills. I hope you are enjoying summer wherever you are!

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Pride and Prejudice Book Clutch by WellReadCompany

My fourteen-year-old has really gotten into Jane Austen and is reading all of Austen’s books this summer. What is your favorite Austen book? This adorable purse comes in small and medium. Starts at $62.

New Releases

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Mae Makes a Way by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, illustrated by Andrea Pippins

Published in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, acclaimed author (and amazing human being) Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and award-winning illustrator Andrea Pippins tell the true story of Mae Reeves, the first Black woman to own a business on South Street in Philadelphia where she created unique and one-of-a-kind hats.

The Queen in the Cave by Julia Sarda

This beautifully illustrated modern fairy tale follows three sisters who venture into the forest at the end of their garden to find a marvelous queen in a dark cave. Each page turn is a delight with plenty to explore in the gorgeous illustrations.

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Riot Recommendations

It’s summer, so let’s dive into some summer-related books!

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Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker

Anna Walker is one of my favorite illustrators, and this picture book is so charming! Lottie goes to swim lessons every Saturday, but she never gets into the pool because she’s convinced a shark wants to eat her up. Then Walter appears, and he likes singing and reading books and bubble baths. Can their friendship encourage Lottie to face her fears?

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Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas

I know fans of graphic novels will be thrilled to pick up Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas. This is the story of Bree who starts a new school where she’s forced to take swim lessons. Bree hates the water and does everything she can to avoid class until she learns that her neighbor Etta was a former swim captain and is willing to give Bree lessons. As she grows in confidence, Bree joins the swim team and finds friendship among her relay team.

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Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

Fans of Hena Khan’s Amina’s Voice and Jasmine Warga’s Other Words for Home will love Unsettled! When her dad gets a job in America, Nurah has to adjust to life in Peachtree City. She finds solace in the pool where she wants to win medals like her brother. But when she is complicit in an attack on her brother, Nurah has to re-examine what kind of person she wants to be.

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Up for Air by Laurie Morrison

Thirteen-year-old Annabelle feels at home in the water. She’s the fastest swimmer on the middle school swim team, and when she’s asked to join the high school team, she is thrilled. But as she abandons her old friends for new ones, and then she gets caught in a prank gone wrong, Annabelle finds herself lost. This is a lovely coming-of-age story that I think so many young teens will relate to.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at  KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,
Karina

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Immigration Stories, New Whatever After Book, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

It has been quite a week, and as we approach Independence Day in America, I just wanted to send love and gratitude to all of you. I know so many of you are committed to providing book access to children across the world, and I’m grateful for your work and the difference you make every day.

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Blind Date with a Book

These sweet packages come with a mystery book plus little gifts for the book lover. This is a great gift for someone else or as a little self care package for yourself! $45

New Releases

Just Dance (Whatever After #15) by Sarah Mylnowski

Abby and Jonas are back, and they discover a fairy named Maryrose living at their house! She sends them through a magic mirror and into the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses where the siblings have to find the enchanted object that will give Maryrose her fairy powers back. I love this series!

Kapaemahu by Himaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson, illustrated by Daniel Sousa

When four Mahu sail from Tahiti to Hawaii and share their gifts of science and healing with the people of Waikiki in the 15th century, the islanders return this gift with a monument of four boulders in their honor. The Mahu imbue with healing powers before disappearing. This story is based on the Academy Award–contending short film and can be viewed at kapaemahu.com.

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Riot Recommendations

The United States of America is a land of immigrants, and today I have four picture books centered around immigration stories.

Playing at the Border by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Teresa Martinez

This beautiful picture book tells the story of extraordinary human Yo-Yo Ma, who picked up the cello at age four and honed his amazing talent over decades. His music became a reflection of his own life between borders, cultures, disciplines, and generations. On April 13, 2019, as part of his multi-continent “Bach Project” tour, he performed at the US-Mexico border at the Rio Grande to prove a point—through music, we can build bridges rather than walls between different cultures.

Areli is a Dreamer by Areli Morales, illustrated by Luisa Uribe

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration policy that has provided relief to thousands of undocumented children, referred to as “Dreamers,” who came to the United States as children and call this country home. This is the true story of Areli Morales, a Dreamer whose DACA application was eventually approved and what her life was like leading up to being an American citizen.

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung, illustrated by Chris Sasaki

This gorgeous picture book tells the story of Tyrus Wong, a young man who traveled from China to America with only a suitcase and a few papers. He then did everything he could to pursue art, eventually taking a job as a janitor while enrolling at an art institute in Los Angeles. He ended up working for Disney and came up with the iconic backgrounds of Bambi. The art in this book is stunning, especially that last spread.

I Am An American by Martha Brockenbrough with Grace Lin, illustrated by Julia Kuo

This is the story of a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court (the Supreme Court has been in the news a lot lately). When American-born Wong Kim Ark returns home to San Francisco after a visit to China, he’s stopped and told he cannot enter: he isn’t American. After being imprisoned on a ship for months, Wong Kim Ark challenges the Supreme Court for his right to be an American citizen and won, confirming birthright citizenship for all Americans.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,
Karina

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New Imprint from Linda Sue Park and HarperCollins!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

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Some exciting news in the publishing world this week! Linda Sue Park is launching a new imprint with HarperCollins called Allida. Named for the Korean word that means “to inform, announce, or make known,” this new imprint will encourage marginalized writers and artists to explore the stories they’re most passionate about and craft narratives that defy expectations. Led by the wonderful Linda Sue Park and Anne Hoppe, look for titles coming in early 2023. I’m so excited!

Storybook "Eatable" Cupcake Toppers

Storybook “Eatable” Cupcake Toppers by MerryGoSweets

How adorable are these edible mini children’s books? These would be perfect for a baby shower or birthday party or book launch! $15 – $25 for a set of 12.

New Releases

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American Desi by Jyoti Rajan Gopal, illustrated by Supriya Kelkar

I love this celebratory picture book about what it means to grow up first and second generation Indian American. In this story, a young girl straddles two cultural worlds. I love how illustrator Supriya Kelkar incorporates both American and Indian fabrics in her artwork!

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The Fort by Gordon Korman (June 28, Scholastic)

This book marks Gordon Korman’s 100th published book!!! How amazing is that?

When a hurricane goes through the town of Canaan, there is widespread destruction. When eighth grade friends meet to look at the wreckage, they find a strange trap door that’s appeared in the middle of the woods — the door to an old bomb shelter, unearthed by the hurricane. They vow to keep the place a secret, but it’s harder than they think…

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Riot Recommendations

In celebration of Linda Sue’s new imprint, here are some of my favorite books by her!

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A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (middle grade)

I love all of Linda Sue’s books, but this one holds a special place in my heart. My family listened to this as an audiobook while on a road trip many years ago, and I still remember being so absorbed in the story as we traveled mile after mile. Set in 12th century Korea, an orphan struggles to pay off his debt to a master potter.

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The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng (chapter book)

I adore heavily illustrated books, and this one is a winner. The story begins when a teacher asks her class what one thing they would save in an emergency. This sets off a very lively discussion about what each person holds dear.

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Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee (picture book)

This cheerful book about a young girl helping her mom make bee-bim bop is one of my favorite picture books! I love how this story walks the reader through all the steps of preparing a delicious meal. A recipe is included!

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at  KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,
Karina

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Picture Books Celebrating Fathers, New Charlie Thorne Book, Indie Bookstores, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Let’s talk about one of my favorite topics: independent bookstores! I’m so grateful for my local independents— they truly support authors and communities in a meaningful and integral way. They host festivals and authors, and sometimes even arrange for schools to have visiting authors (for free!). The people who work at indie bookstores are passionate about books and spend their free time reading advance copies so they can recommend books to customers. In celebration of indie bookstores, a group of middle grade authors will be shouting them out through the summer through #Indie500Books. Follow them using the same hashtag and also make sure to follow the American Booksellers Association @ABAbook !

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Library Card Earrings by LizaandLulus

Show off your love for libraries with these adorable earrings. This lightweight wood pendant comes with a sweet, vintage library checkout card and sterling silver french wire tops. $24

New Releases

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Luli and the Language of Tea by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Hyewon Yum

New from award-winning author Andrea Wang comes the story of how a class of ESL students bond over the shared language of tea. I love Hyewon Yum’s cheerful illustrations, especially the teacups featured in the end papers.

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Charlie Thorne and the Curse of Cleopatra by Stuart Gibbs

The Charlie Thorne series continues in this third book by prolific author and fantastic and hilarious human Stuart Gibbs. After tracking down incredible discoveries by Einstein and Darwin, Charlie the genius is back. This time, the great ruler Cleopatra has left behind an extremely valuable and powerful treasure, its location encoded on an ancient stone tablet. Can Charlie solve the two-thousand-year-old mystery to prevent the most powerful treasure of the ancient world from falling into the wrong hands?

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Riot Recommendations

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, granddads, and father figures out there! These four picture books give me all the feel— check them out!

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Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Zuri’s hair is beautiful and it also has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Daddy is in charge of styling it for an extra special occasion, and he will do his best to make Zuri feel amazing.

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Daddy Speaks Love by Leah Henderson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

This book celebrates all the ways that dads all over love their kids. Whether it’s answering a million questions, scaring away imaginary monsters, or being honest about how to confront the real ones, too, daddies can encourage their young ones to fight for a better world. With the comfort of knowing their dads are right beside them, they can do anything.

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Eyes that Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho

When a friend at school creates a hurtful drawing, a young boy turns to his family for comfort. He realizes that his eyes are like his father’s, his agong’s, and his little brother’s, and he realizes that his eyes hold history and love. Inspired by the men in his family, he recognizes his own power and strength from within.

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My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Pena

This is one of my favorite picture books! I just love the color palette and the joy and connection between daughter and father and community. Even though her neighborhood is changing, Daisy Ramona knows that the love she feels for her dad and their community will always be there.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at  KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Karina

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Books about Magic School, Summer Reading, Carrying Case for E-Readers, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

It’s June, which means Summer Reading! As always, there are so many great summer reading programs. Check out your local library, local bookstore, or countrywide programs like the KidsPost Summer Book Club, Scholastic, and the Book It! program (I did that one when I was young! Free pizza!).

E-Reader Carrying Case by CPickeringCo

This adorable carrying case is perfect for e-readers. I’m such a huge fan of e-readers when I’m traveling because I can have a ton of books without having to pack them all into my luggage. $13.50+

New Releases

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Step by Deborah Ellis

This wonderful collection of short stories for middle grade readers takes place as children all over the world turn 11. These kids are all embarking on different journeys as they step out into the world and learn that people and life are much more complicated than they once seemed.

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The Supervillain’s Guide to Being a Fat Kid by Matt Wallace

It’s Max’s first year of middle school and eighth-grade bully Johnny Pro torments Max relentlessly. In desperation, Max writes to imprisoned supervillain Master Plan, a “gentleman of size.” With Master Plan’s help, Max gets even with Johnny Pro… but is there a price to pay for getting help from a supervillain?

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Where Wonder Grows by Xelena Gonzalez and Adriana M. Garcia

In this beautiful picture book, a grandmother takes time to wonder with her granddaughters as they look over their collection of rocks, crystals, seashells, and meteorites to see what marvels they have to show.

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Riot Recommendations

Magic schools! There is something so captivating about reading a book about such a familiar environment but set in a magical world. Check out these middle grade books set in magic schools!

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Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Emily Jenkins, and Lauren Myracle

This great series for younger middle grade readers has been made into a Disney movie (which is so fun!). In the series, Nory and her friends in Dunwiddle Magic School’s Upside-Down Magic class don’t have typical magic and are placed in a separate class. But together they learn that their magic is amazing, even if it is unpredictable and a little out of control!

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The Witchlings by Claribel Ortega

In the magical town of Ravenskill, Witchlings participate in the Black Moon Ceremony and are placed into covens. Twelve-year-old Seven Salazar can’t wait to be placed in the most powerful coven with her best friend. But on the night of the ceremony, Seven isn’t placed into the most powerful coven. In fact, she isn’t placed into any of the five covens. She’s a Spare, which means she is less powerful and is looked down on by everyone. Can Seven prove herself and preserve her magic?

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The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton

In this wonderful middle grade fantasy book, 11-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute. This magic school in the clouds is a place where Marvellers from around the world practice their cultural arts. But when the Ace of Anarchy escapes prison, Ella is the prime suspect.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,
Karina

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Children’s Books for Pride Month, Great New Releases, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

It’s been a heavy few weeks for all of us. I have been thinking so much of teachers and educators and students, and I am sending love to all of you.

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Customized Silver Spoon Bookmark by TheWoodsyWay

A beautiful way to keep your page! This is a great gift for the bookworm in your life. $16

New Releases

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Big as a Giant Snail by Jess Keating, illustrations by David DeGrand

I love Jess Keating’s wonderful nonfiction books featuring weird animals. In this nonfiction picture book, Jess gathers the world’s most gigantic animals such as a moose, a cassowary, a harpy eagle, and (of course) a giant snail. This book is full of interesting and informative facts!

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Baby, Sleepy Baby by Atinuke, illustrated by Angela Brooksbank

I adore beautiful bedtime picture books, and this one is so lovely with lyrical words and terrific illustrations that capture the love between a caregiver and a baby.

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Solimar by Pam Munoz Ryan

Pam Munoz Ryan is an auto-buy for me. This middle grade fantasy features a soon-to-be princess named Solimar who encounters monarch butterfly magic and a greedy king prepared to do anything to overtake her kingdom.

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Riot Recommendations

Happy Pride Month!

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‘Twas the Night Before Pride by Joanna McClintick, illustrated by Juana Medina

On the night before Pride, families everywhere are getting ready. As one family packs snacks and makes signs, an older sibling shares the importance of the march with the newest member of the family. This picture book includes historical events such as the Stonewall Riots and the AIDS marches.

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Calvin by JR Ford and Vanessa Ford, illustrated by Kayla Harren

Inspired by the authors’ family, this picture book begins when Calvin tells his family that he is a boy in his heart and his brain. Quick to support him, his loving family takes Calvin shopping for the swim trunks he’s always wanted and back-to-school clothes and a new haircut that helps him look and feel like the boy he’s always known himself to be. 

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Answers in the Pages by David Levithan

I am a huge fan of David Levithan’s books, and his new middle grade book is terrific. Told in multiple voices, this unique book talks about tough topics like book censorship and school board meetings. This is truly a timely book given all that is happening in our country right now.

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Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender

Caroline Murphy was born during a hurricane. This is considered unlucky, and twelve-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately. But when a new student named Kalinda arrives, Caroline’s luck begins to turn around. Kalinda becomes Caroline’s first and only friend— and the person for whom Caroline has begun to develop a crush.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at  KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,
Karina

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A Perfect Gift for Teachers, Coming-of-Age Stories, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

The weather has been pretty wild here, fluctuating between beautiful late spring days, huge thunderstorms, and high humidity and heat waves! I hope you are all doing well, staying safe, and having lots of time to read!

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Custom Book Embosser

This personalized book embosser would be such a great teacher or graduation gift!

New Releases

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Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee

I loved this middle grade book by Lisa Yee. When Maizy and her mom leave their home in Los Angeles to head to Last Chance, Minnesota to spend time with Maizy’s ailing grandfather, Maizy works in the family restaurant and learns more than she could imagine about her family history.

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Miosotis Flores Never Forgets by Hilda Eunice Burgos

In this sweet middle grade story, Miosotis is much more excited about fostering dogs than doing schoolwork. But her papi wants her to excel at school, so he strikes a deal: if Miosotis improves her grades in two classes, she can adopt a dog of her own in the summer.

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Ten Blocks to the Big Wok by Ying-Hwa Hu

This counting picture book features a young girl and her uncle as they travel ten blocks through Chinatown and encounter various scenes along the way: one giant panda ride, two lion statues, three swimming turtles, four bonsai trees, five tai chi practitioners… Chinatown in New York City is one of my favorite places, and I loved seeing a picture book set in a Chinatown!

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Riot Recommendations

As a parent of two middle schoolers, I am so grateful for books that explore middle school troubles. Here are some wonderful books to check out!

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Grow Up, Tahlia Wilkins! by Karina Evans

This book is about twelve-year-old Tahlia Wilkins and her very first period and how it affects all of her summer plans. I’m so thankful for more and more books discussing this important topic.

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Checked by Cynthia Kadohata

This is such a fantastic book, one written with honesty and heart. When Connor has to put aside hockey lessons so they can afford chemo treatments for his dog Sinbad, he wonders if hockey is the only thing that makes him special. Booklist, in a starred review, said it’s “a vivid, memorable portrayal of a boy within his family, his sport, and his gradually broadening world.”

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Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence

Jenna Sakai is not having a great school year. She gets dumped by her boyfriend Elliott, her parents get a messy divorce, and her main competition for a big journalism scholarship is none other than her ex. Jenna thinks that distancing herself from relationships is the best option, but someone comes along who makes her want to change her mind. Jenna has to decide whether letting people in is a risk worth taking.

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Free Lunch by Rex Ogle

This nonfiction account of the author’s efforts to navigate his first semester of sixth grade―who to sit with, not being able to join the football team, Halloween in a handmade costume―is a story of hardship threaded with hope and moments of grace. I think many kids will relate to parts of Rex’s book.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,
Karina

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Delightful New Releases, Personalized Bookends, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

I hope everyone is having good weather and getting some sun. It’s been a pretty soggy couple of weeks where I am in NYC, but the sun is out today and I’m grateful. Things I am enjoying right now: azaleas, peonies, and impromptu dance parties. Things I am not enjoying right now: running in high humidity and COVID outbreaks. How are you all doing these days?

Personalized Bookends

Personalized Bookends

These adorable bookends can be customized with your preferred color as well as personalized with a loved one’s name! These would be adorable in a nursery or children’s bedroom!

New Releases

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One Sun and Countless Stars: A Muslim Book of Numbers by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

I love this collection of books by author Hena Khan and illustrator Mehrdokht Amini which celebrates the many diverse traditions of the Muslim world. Their previous book collaborations include Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns and Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets. This one focuses on counting and numbers.

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Juna and Appa by Jane Park, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino

This sweet picture book story is set in Juna’s father’s dry cleaning store where Juna helps every Saturday. When an expensive jacket goes missing, Juna tries to help her father locate it and ends up embarking on fantastical adventures along the way. I found the watercolor illustrations beautifully reminiscent of picture books I loved growing up.

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My Own Lightning by Lauren Wolk

This sequel to the Newbery Honor Winner Wolf Hollow follows life after the tragic events set in motion by bully Betty Glengarry. When searching for her brother’s missing dog, Annabelle is reunited with Andy Woodberry, who was complicit in Betty’s most terrible acts. This coming of age story is all about learning that life is always more complicated than it seems.

Riot Recommendations

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I’d Like to Be a Window for a Wise Old Dog by Philip Stead

I am a huge fan of all the books that Philip Stead creates, and this one is no exception. This book really sets your heart on an adventure of imagination and delight as the author poses questions such as, “Will I ever be the dawdle of a penguin? Will I ever be the waddle of a snail? Will I ever be the tumble of a honeybee? Will I ever be the bumble of a whale?” A great read aloud!

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Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

In this delightful chapter book by Erin Entrada Kelly, Marisol Rainey attempts to confront her fears, enjoy her summer with her best friend Jada, get annoying Evie Smythe to leave her alone, and get the courage to climb a tree she has named Peppina. This is a great first chapter book for young readers with delightful illustrations on nearly every page.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,
Karina

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Magical New Releases, Cute Bookish Fabric, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

It is May, and this month for children’s book authors means lots of school visits! As the academic year ends, there are lots of events celebrating reading and getting students excited about summer reading. Last week I was in Ohio, and the librarian hosting me was fantastic! (Hi, Annie Ruefle!) It made me think about what a gift librarians are and how much creativity and energy they pour into young people. Let’s celebrate our librarians today and every day!

Bookish Fabric

If you are like me and enjoy making things, this adorable bookish fabric is perfect for all sorts of projects: floor pillows, tote bags, book covers, quilts… the possibilities are endless!

New Releases

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Hope Wins edited by Rose Brock (middle grade anthology)

This incredible anthology features a cast of awesome middle grade writers such as Tom Angleberger, Max Brallier, Christina Soontornvat, Janae Marks, Sarah Mlynowski, James Ponti, Hena Khan, R.L. Stine, Gordon Korman, Karina Yan Glaser, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Rex Ogle, Pam Munoz Ryan, and more! Check out these nonfiction stories of resilience and hope.

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The Witchlings by Claribel Ortega (middle grade)

Who doesn’t love a magical school story? In the town of Ravenskill, Witchlings who participate in the Black Moon Ceremony are placed into covens and come into their powers as full-fledged witches. But when Seven Salazar isn’t placed into a coven, she becomes a Spare and risks losing her powers altogether. Can she come together with the other Spares and reclaim their powers?

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That Thing About Bollywood by Supriya Kelkar (middle grade) (paperback new release)

I love this hilarious story about eleven-year-old Sonali who wishes life could be more like Bollywood films where people sing and dance and everyone seems happy. Parents in Bollywood films don’t fight like Sonali’s parents do. But when Sonali goes on a field trip, she finds herself breaking into a song and dance routine and all of her feelings and emotions are out for everyone to see. And the next day, life shifts into full Bollywood mode! Can Sonali figure out what’s going on before it’s too late?

Riot Recommendations

Last week, the book recommendations didn’t load into the newsletter for some reason, so we’re going to try again! According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, a staggering 2.5 million children experience homelessness every year. Here are some children’s books that address this issue.

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Pigeon and Cat by Edward Hemingway (picture book) (Little Brown, June 21, 2022)

Cat lives in a box in an abandoned lot in the city. He only leaves the lot to get food and scratches any animal that gets near him. Then one day he discovers an abandoned egg, and to his surprise out comes Pigeon! Cat takes care of Pigeon, and once Pigeon learns to fly, Pigeon brings back all sorts of gifts to Cat. But Pigeon doesn’t come back one day. Will Cat get the courage to leave his safe, comfortable home to find his friend?

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Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki (picture book)

This sweet picture book details the work that goes into preparing food for a community meal. As someone who volunteers regularly at my church’s soup kitchen, I loved this book and how it celebrates food, full bellies, and community.

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A Duet for Home by Karina Yan Glaser (middle grade)

This middle grade book is told from the perspective of two sixth graders, one who is just entering a family homeless shelter and one who has lived there for three years. When a harmful government policy threatens the shelter, they need to work together to enact change for their community. (Disclaimer: I wrote this book!)

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,
Karina

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