Maria Gianferrari’s beautifully written nonfiction book, Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story, is a lyrical pleasure full of science facts. *** About the book: Stunning illustrations and gorgeous haikus lead young readers through the dramatic life cycle of one of America’s most beloved wild animals. Pip. Pip. Pip. Poking A hole. Cracking. Cracking. Out … More Q & A with author Maria Gianferrari with a spotlight on Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story…plus a GIVEAWAY!
Guest Post on the writing process by Doug Wilhelm Every book has been different, but it always has been a multi-phase process. I think that’s important — as you go through rewrite after rewrite you find things, develop characters, and even discover what something in the story really is about. Sometimes I’ve counted how many … More Guest Post & YA Spotlight: Author Doug Wilhelm with an excerpt from STREET OF STORYTELLERS and a giveaway!
Food for Thought… Winter is buzzing by! Time for my fourth blog post focusing on eco-themes for teachers/educators and pairing them with some of the nonfiction picture books I use with my students to highlight the material. The eco-themes are based on the wonderful Sustainable Intelligence curriculum offered by EcoRise, an organization with a school … More Educator Resources: Eco-Theme #4: Food (with non-fiction PB titles)
About The Book Title: FAIRY MOM AND ME: UNICORN WISHES (Fairy Mom and Me #3) Author: Sophie Kinsella, Marta Kissi (Illustrations) Pub. Date: January 28, 2020 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Fairies, unicorns and magical wishes combine in this third book of the Fairy Mom and Me series from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella! Ella’s one wish is … More Middle Grade Spotlight & Excerpt: Fairy Unicorn Wishes by best-selling author Sophie Kinsella…plus a giveaway!
About The Book: Title: FISH OUT OF WATER: A Little Mermaid story (The Girl Without a Phone) Author: Jennifer Sommersby Pub. Date: December 6, 2019 Publisher: Young Actors Project (YAP) Be who you were born to be … Marina Andersen’s structured life is ruled by the Three S’s: Swim. Study. Succeed. But all this routine and order leaves little time for what she really wants … More YA Spotlight & Excerpt: Fish out of Water: A Little Mermaid Story by Jennifer Sommersby…plus a giveaway!
Guest Post from Janet Gurtler, the Editor of You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories I think my biggest concern with this book is that caregivers or educators will be afraid to give a book like this to teens to read, because it is a hard read at times. I’m worried caregivers will think … More Guest Post & YA Spotlight: You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories by various authors and edited by Janet Gurtler…with a Giveaway!
Every Breath We Take… Time for my third blog post focusing on eco-themes for teachers/educators and pairing them with some of the nonfiction picture books I use with my students to highlight the material. The eco-themes are based on the wonderful Sustainable Intelligence curriculum offered by EcoRise, an organization with a school based program aiming … More Educator Resources: Eco-Theme #3: Air (with non-fiction PB titles)
HEIR OF LIES (Black Dawn #1) Author: Mallory McCartney Pub. Date: April 21, 2020 Publisher: MM Books “Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw … More YA Spotlight & Excerpt: Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney with a GIVEAWAY!
THE MONSTER HYPOTHESIS by Romily Bernard Pub. Date: December 10, 2019 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Welcome to Bohring-home to 453 people, 2,053 alligators, and one monster curse. Correction: home to 454 people, now that Kick Winter is living in the swamp Hollows with her Grandma Missouri, the town (fake) psychic. Bohring is anything but boring for Kick … More MG Spotlight & Excerpt: The Monster Hypothesis by Romily Bernard with a GIVEAWAY!
CHARLIE HERNANDEZ AND THE CASTLE OF BONES (Charlie Hernández #2) Author: Ryan Calejo Pub. Date: November 12, 2019 Publisher: Aladdin Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a … More Middle Grade Spotlight & Excerpt: Charlie Hernández & The Castle Of Bones by Ryan Calejo with a Giveaway!