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Five Fantastic Pictures Books Coming this Fall

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Here in New York City we are enjoying a brief reprieve from the hot weather. This morning I took a walk with the dogs and it was seventy degrees! The dogs happily trotted alongside me instead of dragging behind as they normally do in the summer.

A couple of days ago I was opening box after box of books releasing this fall from publishers. The books coming in are GORGEOUS! I thought I would select some picture books releasing this fall to share with you all. I know you’re going to want to keep these on your radar.

cover image of Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long showing a drawn Black girl  with a guitar

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long (September 21, 2021)

Wow wow wow. This is the perfect picture book for read alouds. Gorgeous poetry, gorgeous words, gorgeous illustrations. This anthem is a triumphant call to action for everyone to use their abilities to make a difference. “I am just what the world needs,” proclaims the children, their beautiful smiles radiating from the page. “There is love where my change sings.”

cover image of Where Three Oceans Meet by Rajani LaRocca, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan showing three generations of Indian women: a grandmother, a mother, and a young girl

Where Three Oceans Meet by Rajani LaRocca, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan (August 24, 2021)

At the southern tip of India, three oceans meet. But when Sejal travels there for a trip, the three oceans aren’t the only thing she’s excited about. With her are Sejal, Mommy, and Pati, each with their own style and food preferences and languages. This lovely book captures the love and wisdom that can only be passed down through generations.

cover image of Playing at the Border- A Story of Yo-Yo Ma by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Teresa Martinez showing a cartoon drawing of Yo Yo Ma playing cello in front of a small audience

Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Teresa Martinez (September 28, 2021)

I adore this book about Yo-Yo Ma, an incredible cellist who has personally inspired me and my family with his gorgeous music. Born in France to Chinese parents and raised in America, Yo-Yo picked up the cello at an early age (because double bass was too big). After a life of learning and performing around the world, he ended up at the Rio Grande on April 13, 2021, playing music at the US-Mexico border as part of his multi continent “Bach Project” tour.

cover image of Mr. Watson's Chickens by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi showing a drawing of people playing band instruments being followed by a lot of chickens

Mr. Watson’s Chickens by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi (October 5, 2021)

This is such a fun and silly book, and I especially love Andrea Tsurumi’s illustrative style that reminds me of the illustrators I loved as a child. Mr. Watson starts out with three chickens, but pretty soon they multiply until chickens are everywhere! Mr. Nelson finally puts his foot down – the chickens are a problem! – but what should Mr. Watson do? My favorite page spread is a cross-section of the house – so fun!

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Goodnight, Ganesha by Nadia Salomon, illustrated by Poonam Mistry (August 31, 2021)

You know when you read something and it takes your breath away? This book did that to me. Seen through the eye of two children as they settle down for the night, they say goodbye to everything around them in their grandparent’s house: the bowls of fresh marigolds, the droning planes, the gecko in the curtains. Each page spread is a feast for the eyes!

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

Until next time!

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Children’s Books About America

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My mailbox has been filled with beautiful books centered around what it means to be American, and I thought this would be a perfect time to do a little round-up. A couple of these books release this fall but I wanted to get them on your radar now!

America, My Love, America, My Heart by Daria Peoples-Riley

This beautiful picture book examines a question that the author herself asked when she was a child: Do you love me? Do you love me from the inside out? Do you love me from the outside in? The book continues to ask questions that I believe all young people ask themselves. Does their country love them? Does their country love them even when they stand in, stand up, and stand out?

I Am An American: The Wong Kim Ark Story (11/2/21, Little, Brown) by Martha Brockenbrough with Grace Lin, illustrated by Julia Kuo

One of the qualifications to be an American citizen is to be born on American soil, but did you know that a Supreme Court Case decided that? When American-born Wong Kim Ark returns home to San Francisco after a visit to China, he’s stopped and told he cannot enter because he isn’t American. After being imprisoned on a ship for months, Wong Kim Ark takes his case to the Supreme Court and argues any person born in America is an American citizen.

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise (9/28/21, HarperCollins)

I loved this picture book in verse by Ibi Zoboi that is gorgeously illustrated by Loveis Wise. The book tells the journey of African descendants in America by connecting their history to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. This book is perfect to read aloud so young readers can deepen their understanding of African American history in relation to their own lives and current social justice movements.

Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca

This middle grade book in verse tells the story of Reha. At school she is the only Indian American student but at home she is surrounded by family, Indian culture, and customs. Reha feels especially estranged from her mother, who has high expectations for her. But when Amma gets sick, Reha knows she has to do everything she can to make her mom better, even if it means doing everything she can to be the perfect Indian daughter.

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

This incredible picture book won the Caldecott Medal as well as the Newbery Honor, and it’s no surprise because it’s a fantastic book. A love letter to Black life in the United States, it highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes.

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

Until next time!

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Children’s Books About the Pandemic

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The pandemic has touched every aspect of our lives, and I constantly think about how the past year and a half have affected children in particular. As schools begin to plan for a new academic year, I thought I would round up some recent books that touch on the pandemic. I hope these books will lead to deep conversation among our young people.

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac (middle grade novel-in-verse)

Malian is visiting her beloved grandparents on a Wabanaki reservation when suddenly all travel shuts down. Her parents aren’t able to pick her up, so Malian stays where she is. Everyone is worried about the pandemic, but Malian knows how to keep her family and community safe: She protects her grandparents, and they protect her. And when Malsum, one of the dogs living on the rez, shows up at their door, Malian’s family knows that he’ll protect them too. This is a gorgeous novel-in-verse that belongs in the hands of every middle grade reader.

Keeping the City Going by Brian Floca (picture book)

When New York City abruptly shut down in March 2020, the normally bustling streets transformed overnight. Author Brian Floca observed these changes in the city landscape and started painting what he saw. The paintings eventually became this gorgeous picture book honoring all the essential workers who kept the essentials operating so the rest of the city could shelter in place during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the World Turned Upside Down by K. Ibura (11/2/21, Scholastic) (middle grade)

When the pandemic hits New York City, nobody expects a little virus to change the whole world in such a big way. But when school closes to keep everyone safe, Shayla, Liam, Ai, and Ben struggle to adjust to life in quarantine. As time goes by, they discover they are not alone: their apartment building is full of people who need their help. Working together, they begin to see that there is power in numbers. When they cooperate, they can ease each other’s challenges and help their neighbors through tough times.

Dr. Fauci: How A Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor by Kate Messner, illustrated by Alexandra Bye (non-fiction picture book)

Meticulously researched, author Kate Messner conducted interviews with Dr. Fauci himself and recounts his Brooklyn beginnings through medical school and his challenging role working with seven US presidents to tackle some of the biggest public health challenges of the past fifty years, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Extensive back matter rounds out Dr. Fauci’s story with a timeline, recommended reading, a full spread of facts about vaccines and how they work, and Dr. Fauci’s own tips for future scientists.

There is a Rainbow by Theresa Trinder, illustrated by Grant Snider (picture book)

This sweet and hopeful picture book was inspired by the multitude of rainbows found in the windows of homes around the world following the COVID-19 lockdown. The rainbows are reminders that despite the fact that we are separated by distance and might feel alone, we are all just on one end of a rainbow—connected by all that color and light, there is always something, or someone, waiting for us on the other side.

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

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Books Featuring Stand-Up Comedians

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Happy first day of August! I hope this summer is going wonderfully for all of you. I wonder what kinds of books you’re reading this summer? Feel free to drop me a line to tell me what you’re enjoying – my email is at the bottom of this newsletter.

I’m a big fan of comedians and often listen to comedy podcasts while I’m doing errands around the house. I love Trevor Noah, Paula Poundstone, Hasan Minhaj, and all the panelists on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. It’s been interesting to read some of the recent books highlighting kids who want to go into comedy; it’s made me realize how much work it is to be a great comedian! Unfortunately, despite the steady increase in authors of color writing children’s literature, there aren’t as many middle grade books on this topic written by diverse authors. I hope with time, that will change! In the meantime, here are a few middle grade books that I’ve enjoyed that are about stand-up comedy:

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

Yumi Chung has a secret dream: to have a Netflix stand-up special. She wants nothing more than to spend her summer studying her favorite YouTube comedians, but then her mom enrolls her in a tutoring class so she can be eligible for an academic scholarship. Instead of going to class, she stumbles into a comedy class taught by one of her favorite comedians. A case of mistaken identity later, Yumi finds herself ditching tutoring for comedy. But how long can she keep this a secret? And how much damage will it create between her and her family if Yumi follows her dreams?

Click by Kayla Miller

Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade even though she doesn’t have a “best friend”. She convinces herself that it’s fine, but then people start pairing up for the school’s variety show and Olive is left out. When funky, green-haired Aunt Molly invites her over for an aunt-niece sleepover, they spend the night watching old TV variety shows. Olive is so inspired by the witty hosts and hostesses who introduce and banter with the acts on their shows and dreams about taking on that role herself on a variety show. Can she convince her friends and family that this is the right fit for her?

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter

Eleven-year-old Billy Plimpton has a dream to be a stand-up comedian. He wants to deliver perfect punch-lines and have his audiences hang on his every hilarious word. He knows he can do it, but one thing holds him back. He has a stammer. How will he find his voice, if his voice won’t let him speak?

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Children’s Books About Pilots

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Every Memorial Day weekend, there is an air show on Long Island in New York. We’ve gone a few times in the past, always marveling at the fact that humans have invented machines that allow us to fly. That leads me to today’s topic: pilots! I love reading stories about people who had the courage to reach for the sky.

The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee by Julie Leung, illustrated by Julie Kwon

I love this biography of Hazel Ying Lee who, as a young girl, was not afraid of anything. The moment she took her first airplane ride, she knew where she belonged. When people scoffed at her dreams of becoming a pilot, Hazel wouldn’t take no for an answer. She joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, becoming the first Chinese-American woman to fly for the U.S. military.

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jeffery Boston Weatherford

This beautiful book in verse follows the dreams of a young Black man in 1940 who, when Uncle Sam asks for his service, is determined to serve his country from the cockpit of a plane. From training days in Alabama to combat on the front lines in Europe, this is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the groundbreaking African-American pilots of World War II. Art by Jeffery Weatherford adds a haunting beauty to this book.

Thirty Minutes Over Oregon by Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Melissa Iwai

The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, drew the United States into World War II in 1941. Few are aware that several months later, the Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita dropped bombs in the woods outside a small town in coastal Oregon. This was the only moment during the war when bombs were dropped on the continental United States. While the bombs didn’t do much damage, Fujita was consumed with guilt for years after the war ended. Then, twenty years later, Fujita returned to Oregon, this time to apologize.

Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin, illustrated by Bijou Karman

Master of nonfiction, Steve Sheinkin turns his meticulous eye for research to female pilots. Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women’s air race across the U.S. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who made headlines when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge at the age of seventeen. 

The Amelia Six: An Amelia Earhart Mystery by Kristin L. Gray

This delightful fiction middle grade book follows eleven-year-old Amelia Ashford—Millie to her friends. When she’s given the opportunity of a lifetime, to spend the night in Amelia Earhart’s childhood home with five other girls, Millie jumps at the chance. Once at Amelia’s house in Atchison, Kansas, Millie stumbles upon a display of Amelia’s famous flight goggles. She can’t believe her good luck, since they’re about to be relocated to a fancy museum in Washington, DC. But, her luck changes quickly when the goggles disappear and Millie was the last to see them.

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Cover Reveal for Remy Lai’s New Non-Fiction Graphic Novel Series!

Hi Kid Lit friends,

I’m so thrilled to introduce you to Remy Lai’s new non-fiction graphic novel series for younger readers! I have found that young readers particularly love this genre, and there aren’t enough books out there to satisfy their thirst. 🙂 That is why I was so thrilled to hear that Remy’s new books will hit bookstores and libraries next year. And if you haven’t heard of Remy yet, please look at her books! Her illustrations are full of mischief and fun and whimsy. Check out Pie in the Sky, Fly on the Wall, and Pawcasso.

Here is my interview with Remy about her new nonfiction series:

1. Your new young reader graphic novels all have a conservation message. Is conservation something you have always been passionate about?
Because I love animals, I have always loved reading National Geographic since I was a kid, especially their features on animals. I also watched plenty of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. While I know a little about animal conservation, I don’t think I’m doing enough about it, but I’m trying!

2. Each graphic novel follows a species whose habitat is being threatened. How do you decide which animal to feature?
The idea for the series came about when I decided I wanted to write something inspired by a true story I had read about some years back. It was about a few elephants who lost their homes due to deforestation and swam across an ocean to another island. That story naturally became the first book. The second book is about a koala trying to survive a bushfire because I live in Australia, and the summer of 2019-2020 was one of our most severe bushfire seasons. For the third book, I decided we should have a change of scenery and head to the ocean, especially because the health of our oceans has a great impact on us.

3. How many books do you plan to make in this series?
Currently, there are 3 books planned.

4. What type of research goes into each book?
I read up all I could on the true stories that inspired the books. I also had to read up facts about the different animals—for example, their habitats, whether they’re territorial, and if and when they leave their herd. Even though the books are fiction, and some of the animals’ thoughts and actions are anthropomorphized, I wanted the core of the stories, the heart of what drives the animals to do what they do, to be as true as possible.

5. What message do you have for young people who are growing up in a world that is being harmed by climate change, habitat destruction, and species elimination?
To have hope. While we are destroying the earth, we are also working hard to save it. Every little bit we do counts!

Look for Remy Lai’s Surviving the Wild series on April 5, 2022! The books are designed by Lisa Vega and Sharismar Rodriguez.

Surviving the Wild: Star the Elephant by Remy Lai

Star the Elephant and his herd are searching for a new home. But when Star is separated from his family, he must journey alone into the great unknown. He’ll come face to face with giant spiders, the vast ocean beyond his island, and strange humans. Can Star find his way back to his family?

Surviving the Wild: Rainbow the Koala by Remy Lai

Rainbow the Koala is ready to go off and live on his own―or so his mom says. But Rainbow is scared! The kookaburra bird cackles at him and he struggles to find a tree to call his home. As scorching heat takes hold and Rainbow runs out of water, he’ll soon face his most dangerous test: surviving a bush fire.

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Fantastic New Nonfiction Books for Children (and Adults!)

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

I know I just did a nonfiction picture book post a couple of months ago, but there have been such great new ones that I had to share more!

Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott and Brie Spangler, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

This book is a gift. Filled with gorgeous art and illustrations, the book tells the story of Judith Scott, who was born with Down Syndrome, was deaf, and never learned to speak. Institutionalized until her sister grew up and brought her to live with her family, she then was enrolled in art classes and discovered her passion and talent for mixed media.

Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman by Sharice Davids and Nancy K. Mays, illustrated by Joshua Manyeshig Pawis-Steckley

This new picture book tells the story of one of the first Native American women to be elected to Congress as well as the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas. When she began her campaign, many people doubted that she could win because of how she looked, who she loved, and where she came from. But Sharice persisted, and this is her story.

Dr. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor by Kate Messner, illustrated by Alexandra Bye

This great biography begins with Anthony growing up in Brooklyn, delivering prescriptions via blue Schwinn bike to customers from his father’s pharmacy. When he went to college, he studied medicine and then went on to serve under seven presidents, tackling some of the most challenging public health crises. This informative and interesting book is an excellent introduction to the man who became famous during the COVID pandemic.

She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner by Rita Williams-Garcia and Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

This chapter book is the perfect story to read leading up to the summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Considered the fastest woman of all time, Florence Griffith Joyner, also known as Flo Jo, set two world records in 1988 that still stand today. But getting there wasn’t easy, and Flo Jo had to overcome many challenges along the way. Her story is sure to inspire young readers to pursue their dreams.

Unforgotten: The Wild Life of Dian Fossey and Her Relentless Quest to Save Mountain Gorillas by Anita Silvey

This fantastic book follows the life of Dian Fossey, who in 1963 spent all her savings and took out a loan to to go to Africa. While she had no formal science training, she happened to meet paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey, who helped her pursue her goal of studying animals in the wild. Fossey set up a research camp and threw herself into tracking and observing mountain gorillas. Over the next 18 years, Fossey got closer to gorillas than any human ever had before.

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Children’s Books About Body Image

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

I hope you’re all enjoying the middle of summer! It’s been so hot here in New York City this last week – it truly feels like July. I’ve been thinking about what books to share with you today, and what immediately came to mind was books about body image. There are some wonderful ones, and I thought I would share some here with you.

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

The incomparable Debbie Allen pens a semi-autobiographical picture book about Sassy, a young ballerina who worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream. She tries to impress a big director who comes to her class with big jumps and a bright leotard, but her efforts go unappreciated at first. But Sassy doesn’t give up, letting no one get in the way of her big dreams.

Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder

I love this new picture book that celebrates all bodies! From different skin tones to hair textures to body shapes, this sweet and joyful book is one way to introduce young readers to how bodies may be different but are always cool.

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho

This beautiful picture book celebrates the shape of Asian eyes. A young girl realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother’s, and her little sister’s. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. A sweet, tender book about family and self-love.

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

This book stole my heart! (It also stole my 11-year-old daughter’s heart who both laughed and cried when she read it.) It’s a stunning middle grade book-in-verse about Ellie who has been bullied about her weight since she was five. Her mother and sister are constantly commenting about her size, and the only relief she finds is in the pool where she can take up all the room she wants. With the help of her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, Ellie begins to love who she is.

Taking Up Space by Alyson Gerber

This honest and compelling middle grade book explores disordered eating and the pressure and confusion that comes with a changing body. Sarah loves basketball more than anything, but recently her body hasn’t felt like her own and she isn’t playing the way she used to. With confusing food messages from her mom and health teacher, Sarah tries to figure out how to be her best self on the basketball court. With the help of new and old friends, Sarah discovers that true strength comes from finding the courage to feel good about yourself.

All of Me by Chris Baron

This is another wonderful middle grade novel-in-verse! All of Me follows Ari, a boy who is going through a lot of change. His family just moved to a new place and he is trying to meet new people all while dealing with body image issues. Relentlessly bullied for his weight, Ari also struggles to talk to his parents who are so busy they don’t notice he is struggling. This tender and honest novel is a must-read.

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Wonderful Children’s Book Trilogies

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Hello from New York City, where it is incredibly hot and humid. I hope the weather is better wherever you are and that you are enjoying the beginning of summer! For today’s newsletter topic, I thought I would gather some children’s book trilogies for you. I love a good trilogy!

The Farmer Books by Marla Frazee

Recently, Marla Frazee released the third and final book in a picture book series that began with The Farmer and the Clown. These wordless picture books are gorgeous and filled with heart and humor. The first book was published in 2014, so I imagine Marla has been working on these books in some way or another over the past decade. I love thinking of her sitting in her studio and tinkering with sketches of these indomitable characters. The final book in the series, The Farmer and the Circus, is just as wonderful as the first, full of humor and heartwarming moments. The complete series order is: The Farmer and the Clown, The Farmer and the Monkey, and The Farmer and the Circus.

Journey Trilogy by Aaron Becker

Another fantastic wordless picture book trilogy is by Aaron Becker. His illustrations are so luminous that the illustrations appear to glow from the page. In these books, children find portals to worlds filled with kings and adventure and sinister emperors. Each book stands alone yet are connected to each other in style and story. The complete series order is: Journey, Quest, and Return.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Another trilogy I love is Grace Lin’s fantasy middle grade series that began with Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. These gorgeous and lyrical books are linked together in surprising ways, crossing generations and using Chinese folklore to tell a beautiful story of family and bravery. The complete series order is: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky, and When the Sea Turned to Silver.

The Gaither Sisters Trilogy by Rita Williams-Garcia

As you probably know, I am a huge fan of Rita Williams-Garcia, and her middle grade series about the Gaither sisters is both fun and thought-provoking. In the first book, 11-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, visit their kin during a time when the nation is rapidly changing. The complete series order is: One Crazy SummerP.S. Be Eleven; and Gone Crazy in Alabama.

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March Trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

For upper middle grade readers, The March series by the late John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell is a fantastic graphic novel trilogy about John Lewis’s life during the Civil Rights movement. The books are a wonderful opportunity to see history through the eyes of someone who was there on the front lines. The series as a whole is called March, and each book is numbered.

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

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Boredom Busting Activity Books

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

Summer is here, and you might be wondering what types of activities can keep your kids occupied that don’t remind them of school worksheets. Here are some fun ones that I’ve noticed recently!

Print, Pattern, Sew by Jen Hewett

I used this book with my daughter last summer and we learned how to carve blocks and then how to stamp on fabric and create simple patterns for sewing. I would suggest adult supervision with these projects, but they are super fun to do and a great activity to do as a family!

Give This Book A Title by Jarrett Lerner

I love this collection of fun, open-ended writing and drawing prompts by Jarrett Lerner. For example, in the Finish This Comic section, young writers are inspired to write and illustrate a six-panel story. Following How to Draw instructions will encourage kids to find their own drawing styles. This book is filled with activities that will keep kids entertained and busy.

Kwame Alexander’s Free Write: A Poetry Notebook by Kwame Alexander

Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander shares his writing tips for anyone who wants to discover the power of poetry. This book is bursting with cool activities, poetry starters, inspirational quotes, and lots of space to create.

The Ultimate At-Home Activity Guide by Mike Lowery

This is such a fun book filled with endless possibilities of activities to do at home, including throwing a virtual party, holding family Olympics, learning a magic trick, making a flip book, and many more. Doodles, jokes, and entertaining tips enliven the crafts, games, adventures, projects, and creative boredom-busting activities the whole family will enjoy. Most call for common crafting gear and household items, ensuring hours of fun at the tip of your fingers.

Illustration School: Let’s Draw! by Sachiko Umoto

This book was created by one of Japan’s most beloved artists and contains a book with simple step-by-step instructions for drawing the cute animals, plants, and people in this book. There is also a pad of paper in this easily transportable set that is bound together with a thick elastic to keep everything together. I love this illustration style.

How Do You Doodle?: Drawing My Feelings and Emotions by Elise Gravel

I adore Elise Gravel’s books and her quirky and fun illustrations (one of my favorites is If Found...Please Return to Elise Gravel). How Do You Doodle? has over 40 doodle games for you to doodle, scribble, and draw out your thoughts, emotions, and feelings. I love that Elise encourages you to draw or write whatever you want in this book — cute drawings, silly drawings, even ugly drawings – there is no judgment, only an encouragement to express yourself.

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