Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Susan Stockdale

Susan Stockdale, author and illustrator of Stripes of All Types, Fabulous Fishes, and Bring on the Birds (@PeachtreePub), stops by to talk about her background in textile design, muscular verbs, and having a book selected for the PA One Book.

Episode Notes
Susan Stockdale's homepage
Children's Book Guild
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Purchase Susan Stockdale's books from your local independent bookstore

Purchase locally whenever possible.

National Book Festival presentation:

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New from Candlewick Press (Aug. 2014)

Lots of great books came across my desk from Candlewick over the past few weeks. Now these books are fresh on the shelves. Check for them at your local independent bookstore.

Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif (August 26, 2014)
When no one was around, Frances Dean loved to dance and dance. You know children like this, don't you? Fingers always twirling. Toes always tapping. But when in a crowd, the urge to dance is overwhelmed by the feeling of eyes fixed on you. Building confidence in what people might see when they take notice is no small task. Better to work your way up to humans by starting with birds and cats and dogs. Sif's illustrations of a wide-eyed girl cautiously taking in the world around her play well on the up and down feelings of being alone in your play and being noticed. White space and crowded scenes contribute equally to Frances' mood and confidence. Less "dance like no one's watching" and more "love the way you dance so you don't need to worry about who's watching."

Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif, Birgitta Sif (Illustrated by)
On Sale Date: August 26, 2014
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
32 pages

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies (August 26, 2014)
Swapping microscopic photography for some beautiful watercolor illustrations, Davies presents a look at microbes, the infinitely small organisms that do some of the planet's biggest jobs. The text is plainly stated and draws on some easy-to-grasp comparisons, making the topic accessible to a wide audience. The illustrations look aged and also ageless, blending seamlessly with the text and allowing both to carry the weight of the book's content together. Whatever it is about this Tiny Creatures that makes it appeal to me so, I like it very much indeed. 

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies, Emily Sutton (Illustrated by)
On Sale Date: August 26, 2014
Ages 5 to 8, Grades K to 3
40 pages

Always by Emma Dodd
More and More by Emma Dodd (August 26, 2014)
Foil-embossed illustrations bring an extra glimmer to these sweet, sweet stories, and even I had trouble not running my fingers across the pages. (So I did. Every time.) Always is a love letter from a parent to a child, reminding the child that no matter what you say or do, you will always be loved. Opposite words help to emphasize the wide breadth of love the parent has for the child (ie. clean and dirty, brave and scared), and my little mancub was moved to ask, "Even if I'm a little dirty? Or what about when I'm a lot bit dirty?", on more than one occasion. Similarly, the voice of a parent in More and More shares all of those things to love more and more each day about the child. The rhyming text brings a musical feel to the words, and the honesty of loving the child through the things that are easy to love (smiles, games, kisses, and cuddles) and those which are more trying (fusses, fidgets, and messes) makes it all the more endearing. Two excellent bedtime stories that are so cuddle-worthy I make sure they make it onto our nightly to-read pile as often as possible.

Always by Emma Dodd, Emma Dodd (Illustrated by)
On Sale Date: August 26, 2014
Ages 2 to 5
24 pages

More and More by Emma Dodd, Emma Dodd (Illustrated by)
On Sale Date: August 26, 2014
Ages 2 to 5
24 pages

Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels (July 22, 2014)

See the sites of New York and learn a ton about the city along the way. This pop-up is like have a virtual tour guide on hand to tell you about anything you see. While some of the most iconic and memorable architecture, locations, and tourist attractions pop off the page, caption text accompanies each stop either alongside of on the backside of each building. It's a clever way to pack the book with tidbits of information and I can see lots of kids turning and lifting and manipulating the book to discover things about this great city. It's evident Maizels cares a great deal about detail and creating a book that can be explored and returned to at great lengths by her readers.

Pop-up New York by Jennie Maizels, Jennie Maizels (Illustrated by)
On Sale Date: July 22, 2014
Ages 5 to 9, Grades K to 4
12 pages

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Let's Get Busy with illustrator Isabel Roxas

Isabel Roxas (@StudioRoxas), illustrator of the The Case of the Missing Donut (@PenguinKids), stops by to talk about Nordic murder mysteries, illustrating the found works of Margaret Wise Brown, and growing up in the Phillipines.

Episode Notes
Isabel Roxas' homepage
National Donut Day (First Friday in June)
Isol (Marisol Misenta)
Book Trailer for Goodnight Songs (Margaret Wise Brown)
Purchase The Case of the Missing Donut from your local independent bookstore

Purchase locally whenever possible.
Goodnight Songs book trailer and illustrator interviews

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let's Get Busy with cartoonist Frank Cammuso

Frank Cammuso (@FrankCamusso), author of the Salem Hyde graphic novel series (@abramskids), stops by to talk about writing political cartoons, creating comics for both kids and parents, and, of course, more dodgeball!

Episode Notes
Frank Cammuso's homepage
The Post Standard (Frank's series of political cartoons)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Take a visit to GreenRow Books

Remember back in July when we were trying to help my local pal and fellow Nerdy Book Club member Beth Panageotou open an independent bookstore in Ellicott City, MD? (See "Let's Open an Indie Bookstore! (#LGBpodcast with Beth Panageotou)")

Well... It happened!

Welcome to GreenRow Books! Can I give you a tour?

We're greeted with a literary quote and some featured books and items of interest.
GreenRow's slogan is Read Local. I love the play off Eat Local, Shop Local, and other slogans promoting local business.
Picasso said it best: "Everything you can imagine is REAL." Picture something in your mind, then make it so.
The children's book wall has best sellers, new discoveries, and contemporary classics from picture books
Another phrase that's commonplace around GreenRow: Nourishing Readers.
There's a creating corner for young readers equipped with writing and drawing supplies, paper, and an easel for working on large scale works of art. The shelves directly behind the creating corner hold the teen and young adult books as well some cool literary-themed games and crafts.
An Indiebound poster is proudly on display alongside a giant paintbrush, hanging over the creating corner.
There is a great selection of cookbooks and adult novels.
And there's always a spot to sit and read.

The store is quaint and it's got lots of room and opportunity to grow. And that's where we can help!

If you're local, shop at GreenRow!

If you're a local school librarian and you're planning an author visit, purchasing books from GreenRow can save you money while at the same time spreading the good word about your local indie. Encourage your students and families to join the upcoming events and do so yourself. These are opportunities to meet authors, discover awesome books, and be a part of the Main Street Ellicott City community.

If you're an author, add GreenRow to your stops for an upcoming book tour. You may even get to be among the first to sign the Picasso wall!

All of this is to say that I am over the moon that we finally have an independent bookstore in my backyard. AND it's run by one of the coolest and best literacy advocates I know.

Support your friends. Support local business. Support authors telling amazing stories and the bookstores who get those stories into our hands.

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