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New Children’s Book Releases for August 3, 2021

Hey readers!

I’m back with another week of new releases!

I Am the Subway by Kim Hyo-eun and Deborah Smith

This is a translation of a bestselling Korean picture book, set on the bustling Seoul subway, about the magic of shared experiences and humanity’s variances.

A Song of Frutas by Margarita Engle and Sara Palacios

In this charming picture book, a little girl visits her grandfather in Cuba. A singing street vendor, she helps him sell his fruit, and even when they’re apart they sing to each other across the distance.

Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence

Newly heartbroken Jenna, already nursing the wounds of her parents’ divorce, decides relationships are too risky to pursue. While competing with her ex-boyfriend at newspaper club, and her best friend busy with her own boyfriend, Jenna falls in with new kid Rin and begins to realize that being alone is actually very lonely.

Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch by Julia Abe

The second book in the adorable Eva Evergreen series is out, featuring another tale of now Novice Witch Eva. With her new title in hand, Eva must turn her sights to exposing the truth about the violent storm threatening the land.

Hide and Don’t Seek by Anica Mrose Rissi

For those horror lovers is this story collection that features a bunch of spine-tingling stories that include scary summer camps, creepy dolls, extended games of hide and seek, and more.

Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood by Kwame Mbalia

This versatile collection of stories is edited by Kwame Mbalia (author of the Tristan Strong series) and features stories, comics, and poems from other Black male and nonbinary authors that range from school stories to universe-saving tales.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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Books Featuring Stand-Up Comedians

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

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?


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 July 28, 2021

Hey kidlit pals! I hope you’re enjoying your last week of July and blowing past all of those summer reading goals! This week’s book deals include a nice bunch of backlist and award-winning books, so let’s dive in! As always, remember to snatch it up if you see something good because these deals never last long!

The classic fantasy So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane is just $3!

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Little Bear’s Big House by Benjamin Chaud is a gorgeously illustrated and detailed picture book for just $2!

Snag the first book in the Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer, The Case of the Missing Marquess, for just $3.

Fins: A Sharks Incorporated Novel by Randy Wayne White can be yours for $3.

Mike Jung’s Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities is a fun superhero themed middle grade for just $4!

Have you been meaning to start the Ivy and Bean series? Grab the first one for just $4 and many of the sequels are the same price or lower!

Shannon Hale’s beloved Princess Academy is under $5!

Arcade and the Triple T Token by Rashad Jennings is a fun adventure for just under $5!

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina is still just $1!

They Threw Us Away by Daniel Krause is a great new start to a middle grade series for just $3, perfect for fans of Holly Black.

Happy reading!
Tirzah

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New Children’s Book Releases for July 27, 2021

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

I Can Make a Train Noise by Michael Emberley and Marie Louise Fitzpatrick

At a coffee shop, a little girl imagines being aboard a train by making train noises, transforming the shop into a great train ride.

(Backlist Bump) The Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse by Chantel Acevedo

For the mythology lovers out there, this fantasy is out now in paperback. After Callie accidentally turns her best friend into a pop star, she learns she’s one of the muses from Greek mythology. As the newest muse of poetry she is tasked with protecting humanity. For her first assignment, Callie must not only inspire her classmate, Maya, but also save her from Sirens determined to destroy her destiny.

Lucy in the Sky by Kiara Brinkman and Sean Chiki

When Lucy discovers her parents’ old records, she’s catapulted into a summer of Beatlemania. Inspired, she starts a band with her friends, Vanessa and Rupa. They still need a drummer, and Georgianna could be perfect for it, but she doesn’t exactly click with Vanessa and Rupa. Check out this graphic novel to learn how Lucy’s efforts to form an all-girl rock band go.

Super Sidekicks: Ocean’s Revenge by Gavin Aung Than

In this second installment in the Super Sidekicks series, the sidekicks are settling in nicely to their new headquarters. But, the Mother of the Seas, sick of the oceans being treated so horribly by humans, is out for revenge.

(Backlist Bump) Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julia Abe

Now out in paperback is this fun fantasy about Eva, a young witch determined to gain the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen. Unfortunately for Eva, her magic amounts to little more than a pinch. The coastal town she arrives in expects a full-fledged witch, not a mildly magical girl, but Eva opens up a shop to prove her worthiness. When a storm threatens the town, Eva has to rally all the magic and smarts she can to save the town she loves.

Until next week! – Chelsea

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Children’s Books About Pilots

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

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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Kidlit Deals for July 21, 2021

Hey there, kidlit pals! I hope you’re wringing the most fun out of summer, because it won’t be long until we’re headed into back-to-school season! I spent my last weekend at the beach with a book, and it was pretty much perfection. I have a nice mix of kidlit deals for you this week, including some picture books, but as always, make sure to grab them before they’re gone as these deals won’t last long!

Hudson and Tallulah Take Sides by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant is about a cat and dog who find that they don’t have to be on opposite sides, and it’s just $2.

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90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis is the heartrending novel based on the author’s own life, about two brothers sent from Cuba to Miami to a new, unfamiliar life. It’s just $3.

Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz is about a young girl whose life is turned upside down after tragedy, for just $3.

The latest Charlie and Mouse book, Charlie and Mouse: Even Better by Laurel Snyder and Emily Hughes is just $2!

Looking for a great series that will appeal to a pre-teen girl? The first two books in the Real Mermaids series, Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings and Real Mermaids Don’t Hold Their Breath by Hélène Boudreau are both under $5!

My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey by Jean Walker Harvey and Elizabeth Zunon is a gorgeous picture book bio for just $1!

Award-winning author Cynthia Lord’s novel Rules can be yours for $4!

Ann M. Martin is best known for the Baby-sitter’s Club books, but her award-winning novel A Corner of the Universe is on sale for $5.

Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff is a moving book about a kid dealing with anxiety after the death of her brother, and it’s just $4.

Looking for a mystery? The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg is under $5!

Happy reading!
Tirzah

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New Children’s Book Releases for July 20, 2021

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

The Mysterious Sea Bunny by Peter Raymundo

This fun (and informative!) picture book follows a group of children on the hunt for a sea bunny, a one-inch long sea slug that crawls along the ocean floor.

Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima

It’s July so you know what that means? New Halloween books! I am a forever fan of Jessie Sima (if you haven’t already read Harriet Gets Carried Away, please do) and this marks their first Halloween book about a house only growing more and more anxious about its creepy appearance and the effect it has on any prospective inhabitants.

My Body Is A Rainbow by Malika Chopra and Izzy Burton

This picture book explores feelings through color, offering meditative exercises to help children work through big feelings.

Kalamata’s Kitchen by Sarah Thomas and Jo Kosmides Edwards

As she prepares to start at a new school, Kalamata and her alligator Al Dente, turn to their magical kitchen for comfort, traveling to a far off land for ingredients.

Jillian vs Parasite Planet by Nicole Kornher-Stace and Scott Brown

Jillian’s always wanted to join her parents on a space mission, and she finally gets her chance with Take Your Child to Work Day. When they crash land on an alien planet, Jillian has to protect herself and her parents until they can make it back home.

Until next week! -Chelsea

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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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Kidlit Deals for July 13, 2021

Hey there, kidlit pals! Another summer week, another dash of sunshine in the form of book deals in your inbox! I hope you’re all keeping happy and healthy and hydrated in addition to well-read, but reminder to grab these book deals ASAP because they won’t last long!

Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas is a perfect adventure read for fans of Rick Riordan Presents! It’s just $3.

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Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai is about a kid who goes on an adventure to the other side of the world to prove he can to the family who is overprotective, for just $3.

Need a series starter to keep you busy? Malamander (The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Book 1) by Thomas Taylor is a steal at $1.

This one goes on sale fairly often, but Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina is on sale again for $1!

Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs is a creepy adventure series starter for under $5, and you can get the sequel The Beast for the same price!

This is a graphic novel that’s perfect for that awkward in between MG and YA stage, and it’s an award winner! This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian and Tamaki is $3.

For a heartwarming picture book, pick up Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes, and Scott Magoon!

Have you seen the Flora and Ulysses movie yet? If not, catch the book by Kate DiCamillo for just $2!

Happy reading!
Tirzah

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New Children’s Releases for July 13, 2021

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

El Cucuy Is Scared Too by Donna Barba Higuera and Juliana Perdomo

Ramón and his family have recently moved, and with them has come Ramón’s boogeyman, El Cucuy. But with all the anxieties that come with a new place, new school, and new people Ramón can’t find it in himself to be scared of El Cucuy. But Ramón finds he and El Cucuy actually share a lot of the same fears.

Listen by Gabi Snyder and Stephanie Graegin

This cute picture book encourages a sensory experience as a girl goes about her day, trying to hear each sound in her busy world.

Vivi Loves Science by Kimberly Derting, Shelli R. Johannes and Joelle Murray

If you’re a fan of the series that started with CeCe Loves Science, you’ll also love this one which is, just in-time for summer, beach themed. On a school trip to the beach, Vivi and her friend/lab partner learn about aquatic creatures, tide pools, and more.

The Verdigris Pawn by Alysa Wishingrad

This charming middle-grade fantasy takes place in the Land, where the heir to the throne learns the Land he calls home isn’t what it seems sets off, alongside two other children, to make things right.

Until next week!

Chelsea