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Kidlit Deals for February 24, 2021

Hey kidlit, pals! I can’t believe that it’s the last week of February already. I hope that you’ve managed to keep warm and safe during this very cold month. I have a collection of book deals that I hope you’ll love, so stock up on some great middle grade novels and picture books! As always, these book deals don’t last long, and you should get them while they last.

The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and LeUyem Pham is just $1! And if you haven’t already read this fun series, most of the books are under $5.

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama and Loren Long is a lovely picture book that’s just $5.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin is a funny picture book about some barnyard animals who discover a typewriter. I love this book–it’s my favorite baby shower gift–and it’s $5.

The Misadventures of Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Fletcher is a fun modern family middle grade novel! Grab it for $5.

Want an entertaining mystery heist novel? The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson if $4.

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez is a heartwarming chapter book for under $5.

Looking for an award winner? Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes is another great book just under $5.

House Arrest by K.A. Holt is just $1, a steal for a middle grade novel about a kid who made a mistake and must learn how to deal with the consequences.

Award-winning author Cynthia Lord’s Half a Chance is $4.

May B by Caroline Rose Starr is a beautiful historical novel in verse about a girl who is inadvertently abandoned on a Kansas farm in the middle of winter, for just $5.

Happy reading!
Tirzah

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New Children’s Book Releases for February 23, 2021

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

G My Name is Girl by Dawn Masi

For alphabet lovers out there, this fun picture book takes readers on a journey across the globe and introduces them to a different girl from every country.

Home Is In-Between by Mitali Perkins and Lavanya Naidu

This is a sweet picture book about finding oneself across two cultures. Shanti misses India, and is trying to adjust to life in America. At home, it feels just like being back in India, even if everything outside is different, and Shanti begins to wonder what her home really is.

JD and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard and Akeem S. Roberts

For chapter book readers, this is a fun new series following third grader J.D. When his mom gives him a home haircut, J.D is the target of all kinds of teasing from his classmates. So J.D decides to cut his own hair and finds he’s pretty good at it, even good enough to start his own barbershop. But J.D’s drawing away clients from the only other barbershop in town, and the owner intends to shut J.D down so they compete in a great barber battle to determine who’s the best.

Latinitas by Juliet Menendez

This is a colorful collection of biographies of inspiring Latina women. This includes handpainted artwork and biographies of famous women such as singer Selena Quintanilla, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and author Isabel Allende to educate and inspire.

How to Change Everything by Naomi Klein and Rebecca Stefoff

This guide for young readers introduces kids to ways to get involved in the preservation and protection of our planet. This both shows where we are in the fight for climate justice and also how other kids are leading the charge in the climate movement.


Until next week! – Chelsea

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Picture Books Celebrating Winter

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

I love picture books set in the winter that are unrelated to the holidays. There is something very beautiful about the quiet of winter, a time for hibernating and being cozy. Here are some of my favorite picture books set in the winter season.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

This quiet book is set on a late winter night when a young girl and her father go looking for owls. The father makes an owl call, but there is no response. Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t an owl, but sometimes there is.

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak

Siblings take a walk through their town, taking the time to observe the changes in the seasons and to greet the coming winter. This is part of a four picture book series from author-illustrator Kenard Pak who has a book for each season. I love reading these books as the weather changes!

Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee

This charming picture book captures the joy of snow and exploration. A young girl heads out to explore to the new snow, following tracks that she does not know if her own. This book and its beautiful illustrations transport the reader to those quiet winter days.

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones

At the first sign of snow, all the animals need to get ready by storing up food or migrating to warmer weather or growing a thicker coat. But fox is unsure what to do until he finds his friend who has the perfect idea to celebrate the snowfall.

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis

Oh how I love this book! Newbery Medal Winner Susan Cooper’s evocative poem is laid out in picture book form and beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor winter Carson Ellis. The words capture the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before, and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. 


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 February 17, 2021

Happy Wednesday, kidlit pals! We are more than halfway through February, but we’ve still got loads of great deals on books, including a bunch by Black authors for Black History Month. Now is a great time to stock up for some amazing reading throughout the year, with a big dose of amazing nonfiction. As always, snag these deals while you can because they won’t last long!

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington is a memoir for young readers about what it was like growing up Black in an adoptive white family, and it’s only $3.

The young readers edition of Proud: Living My American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad, an Olympic fencer, is $2.

Newbery winner Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse is $4.

For a joyful picture book, grab Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy and illustrated by Ekua Holmes for $3!

Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13 by Tod Olson is a great book for fans of I Survived, and it’s $4.

For just $1, pick up The Radium Girls: Young Readers’ Edition: The Scary but True Story of the Poison that Made People Glow in the Dark by Kate Moore.

How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons is a moving middle grade novel set in the 1940’s about a young girl moving between the North and South and discovering the truth about her family. It’s just $2.

Happy reading!
Tirzah

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New Children’s Book Releases for February 16, 2021

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

Tale of the Mandarin Duck by Bette Midler, photographed by Michiko Kakutani and illustrated by Joanna Avillez

Do you remember that duck that had New York City in a tizzy back in 2018? Well, if you forgot there’s a book about it now, written by Bette Midler. This is a modern fable about recognizing the remarkable things right in front of them.

Shy Willow by Cat Min

This whimsical picture book follows a shy cat whose favorite place to be is inside a mail box where she’s nice and safe. But when a letter is delivered, addressed to the moon and asking it to shine brightly the next day, Willow ventures out beyond her mail box to deliver it.

I See, You See by Richard Jackson and illustrated by Patrice Burton

This sweet picture book follows sibilings Maisie and Jonah, along with their dog Tinker, on a walk through their neighborhood that intertwines reality and imagination.

My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huynh Kim Lien

This beautiful picture book follows An, a young Vietnamese boy on a journey across the Mekong Delta. With a backpack and a single oar, An sets out for his first day of school.

The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan

This novel-in-verse follows Stevie, an 11-year-old who has found that knowing as many facts as possible helps her anxiety feel more in control. But for all the things Stevie understands, what she’s struggling to make sense of are new feelings for her friend Chloe.


Until next week! – Chelsea

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Books to Read for President’s Day

Hi, Kid Lit Friends!

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend, and hopefully some of you have President’s Day off from work!

There has been so much interest in Presidents and the Presidential office in the last year given the election, so I thought I would round up some great books, most of them released in the past couple of months (and one coming out next month!).

Exploring the White House by Kate Andersen Brower

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is one of America’s most iconic buildings, but how much do you know about what goes on inside? Who helps keep this historic house running? This informative book covers everything from its Residence workers, first ladies, presidential pets, and even a couple of ghosts (!!!). The book also includes photos and fun facts.

Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Laura Freeman

When Kamala was growing up in Oakland, California, her family marched for justice. And when Kamala went to school, she fought for the use of a soccer field in middle school. And after she graduated law school, she fought for the people in her home state of California in Congress. Now, Kamala uses her voice as the first woman to hold the office of Vice President of the United States. This stunning book tells Kamala’s story.

Champ and Major: First Dogs by Joy McCullough, illustrated by Sheyda Abvabi Best

This truly charming book follows the lives of Champ and Major, the first dogs of the United States of America. While Champ is used to the White House from his time there when his dad was the Vice President, Major was adopted afterwards and Champ has a lot to teach him! Watch how Major prepares Champ for his role as First Dog!

Michelle’s Garden: How the First Lady Planted Seeds of Change by Sharee Miller (Little, Brown, 3/2/21)

Former First Lady Michelle Obama wanted to grow the largest kitchen garden ever at the White House, but there was one problem. She had never gardened before. But every big project takes a village, so she enlisted help from local students, the White House staff, and even her husband, President Barack Obama. Her mission to inspire young people to adopt healthy eating habits continues now with her new Netflix show, Waffles + Mochi!

Joey: The Story of Joe Biden by Dr. Jill Biden, illustrated by Amy June Bates

Joe Biden grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four children. He struggled with a stutter growing up, so he read aloud every day to overcome it. When he moved to Wilmington, Delaware, he become one of the youngest state senators to ever be elected at age 29 and later become Vice President under President Barack Obama. Now, he is the current President of the United States!

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long

This beautiful book is Barack Obama’s tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans who have inspired and shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children. Loren Long’s gorgeous illustrations bring the book to life!


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 Book Deals for February 10, 2021

Hey there kidlit pals! Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and this week I am feeling all the pink hearts and smiles with this catch of book deals! If you need a Valentine’s Day read to get you through the week, I’ve got them! And if you’re not so big on Valentine’s, that’s okay–I have some great award winners and heartfelt reads as well. As always, grab these deals quickly because they won’t last long!

First up, the Valentine’s Day picks:

Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by James Dean is on sale for just $3.

You always remember your first! Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parrish and Lynne Avril is $2.

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer by Jane O’Connor is a humorous tale of what happens when Nancy decides to play matchmaker. It’s $2.

The classic Arthur’s Valentine by Marc Brown is just $1.

This Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins and Lucy Ruth Cummins is just $2. Read it and judge for yourself!

For the non Valentine’s Day picks this week…

Before the Ever After, the award-winning novel by the incomparable Jacqueline Woodson, is just $3.

Looking for a book to help you learn more about Black history? Walter Dean Myers’ Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage is just $2.

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson is a middle grade novel about a young girl living during the murder of Emmett Till and the ensuing trial, and it’s $3.

What Stars Are Made Of by Sarah Allen is a novel about a young girl who wants what’s best for her sister and her new niece or nephew, and it can be yours for $3.

Any Avatar: Last Airbender fans in your house? North and South, Part Three is just $3.

Happy reading!
Tirzah

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Children’s New Releases for February 9, 2021

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

We Wait for the Sun by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie Mccabe; illustrated by Raissa Figueroa

Dovey Mae and her grandmother traverse the woods in the early hours of the morning to find the sweetest blackberries. This picture book takes a beautiful snapshot of a Roundtree’s life with her grandmother and how they managed to find moments of happiness even in the Jim Crow south.

Anonymouse by Vikki Vansickle, illustrated by Anna Pirolli

This fun picture book takes an animal spin on artist Banksy. A mysterious mouse dots a city with art, inspiring the other animals to create art of their own.

Dreyer’s English (Adapted for Young Readers) by Benjamin Dreyer

Adapted for kids from the original, this is a smart, witty guide to writing and all that goes along with it: grammar, punctuation, spelling, all presented in a way as entertaining as it is instructive.

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith

For kids looking for more anthologies is this one of stories and poems celebrating the voices of Indigenous writers from the U.S and Canada. The stories balance personal struggles with joy and humor and feature stories from varied nations.

Simon and Chester: Super Detectives by Cale Atkinson

In this fun graphic novel, ghost Simon and human child Chester decide to become detectives. Though they have trouble finding clients, they do discover a dog in their house and get to work unraveling the mystery of where it came from.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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Beautiful New Board Books!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

One of my favorite things to do is select board book gifts for my friends who have just had babies. I just sent out a package to dear friends who recently adopted an infant. Here are the board books I selected for them!

Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

I love Brendan Wenzel’s striking art, which I think will draw the attention of the youngest readers. This board book edition contains the same gorgeous illustrations as the original picture book, introducing readers to the striped tiger and the spotted leopard and the lovely patterns found on tortoise shells and pangolin backs.

Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe

This great board book has a lovely graphic illustration quality, showing Black hairstyles including a ‘fro-hawk, mini-twists, crisp cornrows, cool curls, waves, and afros. With every page, the words proclaim, “I am born to be awesome!” Can you think of a better sentence to be reading to a brand new human?

I Am! Affirmations for Resilience by Bela Barbosa, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

This rainbow-filled board book has a wonderful message on every page. Ten relatable emotions are each followed by a centering exercise and a positive affirmation to be recited, as a practice in mindfulness. Young readers are encouraged to find their inner strength by recognizing and addressing their emotions, instilling a sense of power and self-confidence.

Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy People by Richard Scarry

When I was young, I loved examining each page of Richard Scarry’s wonderful books. There is so much to take in, and I love Scarry’s humorous drawings and how he conveys a sense of motion and movement. Little ones are sure to love this durable board book version of his busy people series.

TouchThinkLearn: Build! by Xavier Deneux

This inventive board book gives young readers much to touch and explore with kid-safe puzzle-like play pieces and bold shapes and colors.


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 February 3, 2021

Happy February, kidlit pals! I hope you’re staying cozy amidst all the winter storms that are sweeping the country. February is a month of love, and it’s also Black History Month, so today’s deals are full of books that celebrate both. Of course, every month is a great time to read a wonderful book by a Black author, but here are a bunch that you’ll want to load up on!

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter is a series starter and a great thriller, for just $3!

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée is a great middle grade about a girl learning about the #BLM movement, and it’s $2.

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston is a cute book about a girl who wants to follow in her idol’s footsteps, and becomes determined to run for class president. It can be yours for $2.

Misfits by Jen Calonita is a great adventure for fairy tale fans for $2.

Need a fun and creepy new series? The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, and its to sequels, are $2 each!

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes is about surviving Hurricane Katrina, and it’s also $2.

Want a sweet picture book for Valentine’s Day? Love Is by Diane Adams and Claire Keane is just $2.

Donavan’s Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross is a beautiful easy chapter book about a boy who collects words, and it can be yours for $2.

Looking for a great nonfiction title for kids about Black History Month? March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals is a beautiful memoir of a civil rights activist, and it’s also $2.

The Next President by Kate Messner and Adam Rex is a fun picture book about history and future of the American presidency! It’s a perfect pick, especially since we have a new president. Snag it for $2.

Happy reading!
Tirzah