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Kidlit Deals for August 25, 2021

Hey kidlit pals! I hope your pencils are sharpened and you’ve got plenty of hand sanitizer on hand, no matter what your school year looks like! I’ve got a pile of great new book deals that will hopefully take the sting out of having to return to school! As always, grab them before they expire!

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Have you heard the news? From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks is in development at Disney…and it’s just $2!

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan is a great school-set novel for just $2!

Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes is a great novel for any animal-loving kid, and it’s $5.

Looking for a new lovable character that’s a cross between Pippi Longstocking and Anne of Green Gables? Look no further than Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr for $1!

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle is a great series-starter for just under $5!

Love historical fiction? Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm is one of my faves, and it’s just $5.

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson is a must-read middle grade family mystery for just $2. Plus, grab Johnson’s The Great Greene Heist for $3!

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen is a great series starter for just $2!

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park, a great historical MG novel, is still on sale for $3!


Happy reading!
Tirzah

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New Children’s Book Releases for August 24, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another batch of new releases!

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld

In this enchanting picture book, a king and queen unable to have children are gifted a son and daughter in the form of a wooden robot and a log princess. But the log princess turns back into a log each night, and when she’s accidentally taken away, the robot takes off to find her. Along the way, both robot and princess must rescue one another.

War by José Jorge Letria, André Letria and Elisa Amado

While this is far from lighthearted fare, this is a powerful and moving picture book about the anguish of war. For anyone looking for a way to start a conversation about it, especially considering the current crisis in Afghanistan, this may be a good starting point.

Where Three Oceans Meet by Rajani Larocca and Archana Sreenivasan

In this sweet picture book, a mother, daughter, and grandmother take a trip to the end of the earth, the southern tip of India, where three oceans meet. Along the way they reconnect with old friends, revisit memories, and experience new sights.

Bad Panda by Swapna Haddow and Sheena Dempsey

In this funny book, Lin is a cuddly, cute panda whose adorableness makes her a star at the zoo. But all she really wants is to return to the panda sanctuary where her brother is. Lin reasons that if being a good panda landed her in the zoo, being a bad one would ensure her return to her brother so she sets off a plan to be a bad panda but finds her cuteness may be insurmountable.

Elvis and the World As It Stands by Lisa Frenkel Riddiough and Olivia Chin Mueller

Elvis is a Calico kitten recently adopted by Georgina. Elvis misses his sister, Etta, left behind, and Georgina is still struggling after her parents have split. As Elvis looks for a way to reunite with Etta, he begins to admire Georgina and her intricate Lego builds, and they both begin to consider they may be able to build a world that they love even if its not what they’d have first chosen for themselves.

Until next week!

Chelsea

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time!
Karina

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Kidlit Deals for August 18, 2021

Hey there, kidlit pals! It’s time for another round of great book deals! I have a nice bunch of picture books this round, plus some nonfiction and fiction for older readers! As always, grab these book deals before they expire!

Agnes’s Place by Marit Larsen and Jenny Løvlie is a lovely book about home, for just $5.

Alexander the Great by Demi is a beautiful picture book bio for $4.

For another great picture book bio, pick up Our Lady of Guadalupe by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and Tonya Engel for $4.

The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas by Andrea Warren is also $4!

Looking for a cozy caper? A Dog-Friendly Town by Jospehine Cameron can be yours for $3.

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All Together Now by Hope Larson is the second book in the Eagle Rock graphic novel series, and it’s $3!

My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope is the young reader’s version of the memoir In This Country We Love by Diane Guerro, and it’s $3.

Spark and the League of Ursus by Robert Repino is a fun series starter for $2!

Juniper Kai: Super Spy by Laura Gehl and Alexandria Neonakis  is about a kid who is destined to become a spy! It’s just $1.

Looking for something spooky? The Slither Sisters, which is the second book in the Lovecraft Middle School series, is on sale for $1, as are the sequels!

Happy reading!
Tirzah

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New Children’s Books For August 17, 2021

Hey readers!

I’m back with another week of new children’s books.

Poultrygeist by Eric Geron and Pete Oswald

In this funny, spooky picture book, a chicken crosses the road and wakes up as a ghost on the other side. Surrounded by new ghost animal friends, the poultrygeist learns how to be scary.

Big Apple Diaries by Alyssa Bermudez

This graphic memoir follows author Alyssa Bermudez through her own seventh grade diary entries. As Alyssa copes with the usual middle school concerns, from friends to her divorced parents to being mistreated by kids at school, the novel accelerates toward 9/11, where Alyssa’s dad works in the World Trade Center.

The Smashed Man of Dread End by J.W Ocker

In this creepy novel, Noelle learns her family’s new home houses the terrifying Smashed Man. Alongside her new friends, Noelle must figure out a way to defeat the Smashed Man for good.

Tia Lugo Speaks No Evil by Danette Vigilante

In this middle grade thriller, Tia witnesses a murder outside her window, and the killer sees her. Though she’s determined to stay quiet and her friends and grandmother comfort her, the killer’s threats mean Tia can’t ignore it.

Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Veronica Chambers

This book serves as an educational introduction to the Black Lives Matter movement. It retells how the organization’s founders came together as well as the stories of victims of police brutality such as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and George Floyd, discussing systemic racism and the civil rights movement.

Until next week!

Chelsea

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Children’s Books About America

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

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 KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time!
Karina

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Kidlit Deals for August 11, 2021

Hey kidlit pals! Are you ready for another round of great book deals? I’ve got series starters, fantastic biographies, and even a graphic novel and some classics you’ll want to snatch up! As always, grab these deals quickly because they never last long!

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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (the author behind Escape from Mr. Limoncello’s Library!) is just $2!

This is a beautiful omnibus edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, illustrated by MinaLima for $2.

Speaking of classics…here is a fun graphic novel fairy tale retelling! Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke is $3.

Dog Days by Karen English is the first in a series, for just $2.

House Arrest and Knockout by K.A. Holt are on sale for $1 and $2 respectively–that’s a steal for this series!

It’s a Prince Thing by Philippa Gregory is the second in a middle grade series, but it’s only $1.

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull and Yuyi Morales is a beautiful picture book bio for $3.

For another nonfiction picture book, A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson and illustrated by Philippe Lardy is an essential book that’s $2.

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Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter is on the case in this middle grade mystery set in the 1920’s, by Beth Fantaskey. Grab it for $2!

Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Work by Victoria Ortiz is a great middle grade biography of the Notorious RBG! It can be yours for $3!

Happy reading!
Tirzah

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New Children’s Book Releases for August 10, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another week of children’s new releases!

I Can Help by Reem Faruqi and Mikela Prevost

This sweet picture book follows Zahra, a helpful girl who begins to feel self-conscious about her generosity when her classmates tease her about it.

Brayden Speaks Up by Brayden Harrington and Betty C. Tang

This picture book bursts with positivity and can-do optimism. It centers around Brayden Harrington, the young boy who came to realize his stutter is one of his greatest attributes, leading to speaking at the Democratic National Convention and at President Biden’s inauguration.

Catastrophe: A Story of Patterns by Ann Marie Stephens and Jenn Harney

This picture book is a bright and energetic introduction to patterns. Nine kittens go on a boating adventure and stumble into a variety of surprises.

Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

There’s something so satisfying about summer being when all the new kids’ horror and other spooky season works start hitting the shelves. This one is the third installment of Katherine Arden’s series that began with Small Spaces that finds Brian and his friends stranded on a haunted island.

The Renegade Reporters by Elissa Brent Weissman

This savvy mystery follows three friends, the Renegade Reporters, as they stumble upon a mystery about their school newsroom’s partnership with a media company infringing on student privacy.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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Children’s Books About the Pandemic

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

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 KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time!
Karina

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Kidlit Deals for August 4, 2021

Hey, kidlit pals! I hope you’re enjoying your August, and that you’re getting the most out of summer before heading into back-to-school season! If you need some more great books to get you through these final weeks of summer, then don’t miss this selection! As always, remember to grab them before they’re gone since these deals never last!

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Holes by Louis Sachar is a modern classic, and it’s just $3 for a limited time!

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen is a perfect read for a tween reader, about a young runner who loses her leg in a car accident and must heal and figure out a way forward. It’s just $2.

Gathering Blue, the second book in the Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry, is $3.

The River, the sequel to Gary Paulsen’s The Hatchet, is a steal at $2.

The most recent Printz Award winner, Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri, is $3!

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park is an incredible historical novel perfect for fans of classics like Little House on the Prairie, and it’s just $3.

The Magic Misfits is the first in a series by Neil Patrick Harris (yes, that Neil Patrick Harris!) and it’s $2.

Not to be confused with Misfits by Jen Calonita, a magical tale that is also on sale for just $1!

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Betty Before X is a fictionalized take on Malcolm X’s wife Betty’s girlhood, co-written by her daughter Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson! Snag it for $3.

How to Write a Story by story master Kate Messner is a great picture book guide, illustrated by Mark Siegel. Grab it for $2!

Happy reading!
Tirzah