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1. Ivy and Bean Take Over New York!

IVY AND BEAN OCTOBER 18-NOV 9 



IVY + BEAN, THE MUSICAL
book, lyrics & music by SCOTT ELMEGREEN
based on the books by ANNIE BARROWS
illustrated by SOPHIE BLACKALL
directed by ALISON BEATTY
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am
1 hour, no intermission. Best for ages 4 and up.

Based on The New York Times best-selling children’s book series by author Annie Barrows
 and Illustrator Sophie Blackall, Ivy + Bean, The Musical is the story of an unexpected friendship 
between two very different second graders. The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy 
knew they would never like each other. Bean is loud and wild and goofy. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas.
 But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, and needs a place to hide, Ivy comes to the rescue. 
When the two become a team, there’s mischief and laughter at every turn—along with lessons 
to be learned about the challenges and joy of family, friendship, and love.

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2. Can Second Graders Appreciate a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal?


Check out these second graders at Daniel!


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3.






Rise and Shine

Americans tend to lack imagination when it comes to breakfast. The vast majority of us, surveys say, start our days with cold cereal — and those of us with children are more likely to buy the kinds with the most sugar. Children all over the world eat cornflakes and drink chocolate milk, of course, but in many places they also eat things that would strike the average American palate as strange, or worse.

Here is one highlight from the article-

Tiago Bueno Young, 3 years old, São Paulo, Brazil
Tiago likes chocolate milk and often wakes up asking for it, but sometimes even that is hard to get excited about at 7 on a weekday morning when his mother, Fabiana, has already left for work and he still has to get ready for kindergarten. Cold cereal is the favored breakfast food of the three Young sons. Here, Tiago, the middle child, sits before cornflakes, banana cake and bisnaguinha, a sweet white bread popular with Brazilian children and served with a mild cream cheese called requeijão.

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4. More School Librarians For New York City!

State ed chief rules city must put more librarians in middle and high schools

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5. Bulk of Sendak Collection Leaving Rosenbach


The Sendak trustees have served notice that they are exercising an option in a 1969 agreement between the author and the Rosenbach to reclaim all items owned by the estate - 98 percent of the Sendak collection housed at the Rosenbach. Sendak items will begin the migration to Connecticut in October in a process that may continue through the end of the year, said Rosenbach director Derick Dreher.

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6. Please Don't Feed The Pigeons!


 I don't think Mo Willems pigeon would be a fan of this sign located all over a parking lot in Jackson Heights, New York. However, he might just walk right past it to visit this bakery steps from the sign.

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7. OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS Q and A with Jessica Verday


Jessica Verday is the New York Times best-selling author of The Hollow trilogy. She wrote the first draft of The Hollow by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of The Haunted took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. The Hidden took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. She lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, with her husband.  You can visit her online at www.jessicaverday.com.  She was happy to take some time to answer questions about her new book Of Monsters and Madness.







Q&A - OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS (I asked the questions in red).  

1.      I really enjoyed your book Of Monsters and Madness.  How did you come up with this title? - I’m so glad you enjoyed OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS! I’m not really sure where the idea for this title came from. I was thinking one day about the book overall, and how it was sort of a mash up of mad scientists mixed with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and that made me think of monsters. Then the title just kind of popped into my mind. Originally, EDGAR & ALLAN was the title when I wrote the book, but it was changed after I had a discussion with my publishing team and we agreed that the title drew too much attention away from Annabel, our leading lady.

2.       Why did you choose Edgar Allan Poe’s writing to connect with your ideas for this book?  Do have a personal connection to any of his stories? - Like a lot of people, I grew up reading Poe and would be hard pressed to name just one or two stories that were my favorites, but I was always particularly drawn to Annabel Lee. The funny thing is that when I first had the idea for this book I was imagining what would happen if Edgar Allan Poe had been inspired by real life events to use as fodder for his dark stories. Once I had that idea, the connection to Annabel Lee came from there.

3.       There are lots of unexpected moments in the book and surprise turns.  Is there one part that you enjoyed writing the most? - I really enjoyed writing the medical scenes that took place in Father’s basement laboratory. They took me really far out of my comfort zone and I’m quite proud that I was able to write them. (Usually, I’m so squeamish that just the sight of blood makes me feel queasy!) But there was something uniquely fascinating about watching these scenes unfold.

4.       Is there any hidden meaning behind Annabel wearing the scarf?Ahh, very astute of you to pick up on this. There most definitely is a hidden meaning to Annabel wearing the scarf and while you see the reason why she wears the scarf at the end of this book, book two reveals even more!

5.       I read you write all your books by hand using lots of notebooks and pens.  Did you also write Of Monsters and Madness by hand?  How many notebooks and pens did it take?  Do you then type the whole thing? - OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS was initially started in a notebook, and then I switched to a computer as my deadline drew closer. I only used one notebook and three pens.

6.       Do you want to share any ideas that you are developing for the sequel? - The sequel (tentatively titled OF PHANTOMS AND FURY) picks up where book one left off, and introduces another fantastic literary character -- Dorian Gray. Not only does he have quite the impact on Annabel’s life, but she learns more about her background and who she truly is. Book two was a really exciting book to write and I hope you like it as much as OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS.

7.       Are there any other literature characters or authors you would like use in future stories? - I do have one famous author in mind that I’m working on a story for, but I can’t give it away just yet... I’m always on the lookout for interesting stories that can be retold or famous people to write about. I keep a running list of future stories to tell.There are so many to choose from!

 Come back for more about this new title on September 11 and enter for a copy below.

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 Check out the review stops all next week!




Monday, September 08, 2014
Book Briefs
Guest post and giveaway
Bookaholics Ananymous Online
Review and giveaway
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Mundie Moms
Review and giveaway
The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Guest post and giveaway
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Live to ReadGiveaway only
Jump Into Books
Review and Giveaway
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Miss O’s Library Land
Q&A and giveaway
Write All the Words
Guest post for Banned Books Month
Friday, September 12, 2014
Pamela Thompson’s Blog
Guest post and giveaways
The Book Beacon
Review and giveaway
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Curling Up with a Good Book
Q&A and giveaway
The Children’s Book Review
Guest post and giveaway
Sunday, September 14, 2014
A Backwards Story
Review and giveaway
Monday, September 15, 2014
Pinky’s Favorite Reads
Q&A and giveaway

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8. Grandparents Day - September 7, 2014

This Sunday is Grandparents Day.   

"The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day"


This year you might need to celebrate again in early October with the release of a new title Grandma and her Chocolate Labrador by P.J. Fischer.   In this touching story, Grandma's family moves away and she misses them dearly.   She takes a visit to the attic to relive her childhood memories.  In the attic, Grandma tries playing with a number of different things, but something still seems missing.  Then Grandma thinks to herself, "I just miss my old dog Buddy".   Grandma thinks to herself  she is too old for a new dog,  However, her neighbor has a special surprise for her and Grandma gets a new friend.  As the saying goes, "dog is man's best friend" or in this story "dog is grandma's best friend".  

Look for this title in early October from Minted Prose publishing.  Make sure you celebrate by reading a special story with your grandparent on Sunday! 

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9. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Sesame Street to Celebrate Beloved Show's 45th Season with Behind-The-Scenes Exhibition | The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Sesame Street to Celebrate Beloved Show's 45th Season with Behind-The-Scenes Exhibition | The New York Public Library








FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
6:30 p.m.Muppet Master Class with Martin P. Robinson
Adults
MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014
1 p.m.Sesame Street Family Day
Children,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Families,
Children
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014
6 p.m.Sesame Street: Making Learning a Funny Affair
Adults
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014
3 p.m.KID'S FILM - Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird
Families
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014
6 p.m.FILM - The World According to Sesame Street
Adults
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014
6 p.m.Sesame Street: A Digital Playground
Adults

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10. NOT JUST A DOT by Loryn Brantz





This new picture book looks at a small dot that is feeling unimportant.   The author uses a number of different pictures to look at all the uses for a small dot.    

Dots have all sorts of purposes. "How can this little girl ask for ice cream without you on the question mark?"   The author makes the dot realize how important it is in the world.

The reader learns that the whole world is seen as a dot if you go high enough.

This book takes a modernistic approach to explaining something simple and the illustrations do the same.  The cover is a combination of New York City and Outerspace.   The illustrations take me back images of the Jetsons. 
There are many books about dots and this title comes just in time for the International Dot Day Celebration on September 15.  Check out this new title

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11. Floating Library on the Hudson!



The Floating Library is a pop up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City. It will be open September 6- October 3.




"The library afloat on water is always on the verge to sail into the distance just as books contain the magic to transport our minds to unknown terrains. A reader is a dreamer/traveler/pirate as to open a book is to embark on an adventure into the wider world as well as dive deeper into oneself. Given this, the Floating Library celebrates boats and books to map a path towards a waking life, self-organization, citizen autonomy and fertile imagination."  -  Lilac Museum

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12. I am taking the Great Ivy and Bean Reread Challenge!


THE GREAT IVY + BEAN REREAD CHALLENGE

Parents, get your reader on board with the Great Ivy + Bean Reread Challenge! This year’sInternational Ivy + Bean Day is on Saturday, October 18th. And boy, have we got some treats (no tricks!) in store for your little reader.
We’re kicking things off today with The Great Ivy + Bean Reread Challenge! Encourage your reader to take the challenge and reread all 10 Ivy + Bean books in the 10 weeks leading up to Ivy + Bean Day–then enter your email address for a chance to win a prize for your Ivy + Beanie.
Each week we’ll randomly choose a winner to receive a prize. Weekly prizes might include an Ivy + Bean personalized lunchbox, an Ivy + Bean Button Factory, a set of Ivy + Bean mini-notes, or an Ivy + Bean personalized folder.
How does that sound? Is your little reader ready for the challenge?
On your mark…get set…yow!

Here is a week-by-week breakdown:
Week 1, August 4th, 2014 : Ivy + Bean (Book 1)
Week 2, August 11th, 2014: Ivy + Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go  (Book 2)
Week 3, August 18th, 2014 : Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record (Book 3)
Week 4, August 25th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (Book 4)
Week 5, September 1st, 2014: Ivy + Bean Bound to be Bad (Book 5)
Week 6, September 8th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Doomed to Dance (Book 6)
Week 7, September 15th, 2014: Ivy + Bean What’s the Big Idea? (Book 7)
Week 8, September 22nd, 2014: Ivy + Bean No News is Good News (Book 8)
Week 9, September 29th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Make the Rules (Book 9)
Week 10, October 6th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Take the Case (Book 10)

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13. Telephone by Mac Barnett Illustrated by Jen Corace



Telephone Wires With Birds on Top?
Not unusual in the City!


There is a new book called Telephone by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Jen Corace that uses this idea to tell a delightful story.  The book takes a spin on the old childhood game called Telephone where children whisper a message and it usually gets all mixed up.   

In this book the author and illustrator have created colorful birds and fun messages.  The Mama bird starts the message by telling a red birdie - Tell Peter: Fly Home For Dinner. 

The message continues from bird to bird and bird and gets a little more mixed up each time.   



The question is can the correct message reach Peter?   Children will enjoy this title and will probably want to play a game of telephone just like the birds.  

Pick up a copy on September 9.   On a side note check out the Bird Call Lady who knows 146 bird calls.



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14. Back to School Special - Why Lunch Ladies Are Heroes!


Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch…and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a thank you can be.



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15. International Night

Every year schools everywhere hold an International Night.  I am always thinking to myself can the school get a new idea.   Today, my interest in International Night event was renewed at a booktalk on a new release called International Night by Mark Kurlanksky and his daughter Talia Kurlansky.  Kurlanksky expressed during the talk that the title had to be International Night because it was inspired by a game his family played by the same name.  No other title would work.  They game involved spinning a globe once a week and where ever Thaila's finger landed they would cook a meal from that place on Friday.  For each country in the book(Hawaii and New Orleans are also included) they made an Appetizer, Main Course, and Dessert and Drink.   Her father took notes and soon discovered this could be an idea for a book.   Mark Kurlankshy work as a journalist has also allowed him to travel to many of the countries in the book and he loves to share stories about the countries which are included in the book.  


 
 

This is a great way to introduce a child to many different types of food.  It is also a fun way to introduce a food project to a class.   Thalia expresses in her introduction to the book, "It is adults that think children cannot enjoy sophisticated cuisine.  Restaurants often give children a "kids menu."  She hopes children will be able to taste these foods as they learn about the cultures. 




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16. Is This The Future For Libraries?

New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library









Kathryn Miller, director of FPU’s library, in The Commons
Photo courtesy of Florida Polytechnic University





As for the electronic-only aspect of the library resources, Miller emphasized that it’s the information that’s key, not its form, and the student’s appropriate use of it. “We want our students to recognize when they have an information need,” she says, “and be able to locate the relevant information to apply it in a scholarly and, ultimately, professional way.”

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17. CONSTRUCTION by Sally Sutton Illustrated by Brain Lovelock


Construction by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Brain Lovelock.   This is the third book by these creators following Demolition and Road Work.  There are millions of books about building and children seem to love them all.  Children love seeing a tall crane at work or a hole being dug in the street.   Everytime I read a construction book I think of this catchy tune When I Build My House.  This book is not just about building a house.  There is a very special place built at the end(I will let it be a surpise).  This author uses lots of action words like Thonk, Clonk and Clap that kids will love acting out.  Plus a full follow-up page at the end on machine facts.  Children who are building fans will enjoy this title and they will love the place that is build at the end of the story.  

Get your copy September 9.  In the meantime enjoy the following tune -

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18. I GEEK the Library!

GEEK the library has changed the meaning of Geek to a verb.  

 Whatever you geek, the public library supports you. Join Geek the Library in spreading awareness about the value of libraries and the critical funding issues they face.  Here is one of the fun videos from the site -


geekVERB

  1. To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for.
  2. To express interest in.
  3. To possess a large amount of knowledge in.
  4. To promote.

 
Here is an article called Geek is the New Cool!

What do you GEEK?

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19. Summer Dining! Oh Wait Summer Reading!


ALL FOUR STARS  BY TARA DAIRMAN!

This new title- All Four Stars by Tara Dairman explores the world of cooking through the eyes of a sixth grade girl named Gladys.  Gladys cooks in secret but lands herself in trouble from her parents when the kitchen almost burns down.  After that Gladys parents do not want her to cook.  However, she needs to write a essay for a school contest about her future.   Gladys tries to write about another topic, but the teacher convinces her and inspires her to write about cooking.  This leads to her contest entry getting mixed up and her being asked to be a professional freelance reviewer for The New York Standard.   Alot of adventure occurs, but she does get her review done and published! 

A delightful read about the impact of a great teacher and a sixth grade girl with strength and personality.  This is a light read for the summer.   Make sure you have a great dessert to eat while you are reading.  If you get inspired by the cook the author listed recipes for the desserts on her site.


Here's to looking back on an older post from my blog for another foodie related titled called The Tea Shop Girls.

Also kids are inspired by creative teachers and creative progams.  Plus they never forget them.   Take a look at one of my first library cooking programs!

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20. Soon to Be Famous Author Winner, School Librarian Joanne Zienty

Soon to Be Famous Author Winner, School Librarian Joanne Zenty

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21. COOKING AND CRAFTS CONTEST- TWO NEW BOOKS TO CELEBRATE SUMMER!

CONTEST! CONTEST! CONTEST! 

Leave me a good cooking or craft tip for children and teens as a comment or email to enter to win!  Can also send recipes and craft ideas to do with children and teens.   Winners will be announced August 15.  



Zestbooks has donated two of there latest titles for my summer blog giveaway.   Cooking and Crafts are two of the best ways to pass the relaxing weeks that are left of summer. The Green Teen Cookbook is a new cooking title and Sticky Fingers is a new craft title from Zestbooks.
Both books are up for grabs for yourself, your pre-teen or teen child or to add to your school library.

The Green Teen Cookbook by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElvoy has a range of different recipes.  They range from simple snacks, to cultural recipes to yummy desserts.   As I saw flipping through the book at first glance the recipe Crepes with Orange Sauce caught my eye.  




This recipe is by Jules Allarie who learned how to make crepes from his dad and celebrates Crepe day by flipping a crepes with a coin in his hand.  If the crepe lands in the pan, you will be prosperous all year.   

 It also highlights different greenmarkets to visit, including my favorite the Union Square Greenmarket.  It also lists a number of food websites including one written by a teen called 17 and baking


If cooking is not for your teen, then maybe a Sticky Fingers crafts project is for them.   This book is written by Sophie Maletsky.  Check out her Sophie's World site to see some of the cool creations.  All you need is a roll or two of duck tape from any craft store.  The book has an At School section which is perfect for back to school projects.  School librarians will want to check out Project 43 which is a Bookmark with Tassel. 




CONTEST! CONTEST! CONTEST! 

Leave me a good cooking or craft tip for children and teens as a comment or email to enter to win!  Can also send recipes and craft ideas to do with children and teens.   Winners will be announced August 15.  







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22. BIG BAD BUBBLE

How Could This Perfect Bubble Be Scary?


This new title, Big Bad Bubble is by picture book power duo Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri.   They are known for Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party.    The cover grabs your attention right away with a yellow monster with sharp teeth falling over at the sight of a tiny bubble.   They reader learns that bubbles do not disappear when they pop. Instead they reappear in La La Land where monsters live.  The monsters are terrified of bubbles. One monster is most frightened of all and thinks the bubbles will kill them.  However, all the monsters soon learn the joy of bubbles.   This fun story will have the attention of young readers who have faced a fear and they will be delighted at the end when the monsters learn to face the fear and love bubbles.  

Children will want to play with all sorts of bubbles after reading this title.   Check out the book trailer below and order your copy today.  

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23. New York Public Library Opens Outdoor Reading Room « CBS New York

New York Public Library Opens Outdoor Reading Room « CBS New York

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24. At Your Service (Sounds Like Something a Librarian Would Say!) by Jen Malone





After reviewing All Four Stars by Tara Dairman I received a bunch of promotional materials for upcoming books.  Among the pile was a bookmark for At Your Service by Jen Malone.  They say don't judge a book by its cover.   I guess in this case don't judge a bookmark on a future release.   However, I am glad I did. There was something about this title that called out to me and Simon and Schuster send me a review copy.  


The book is set in a upscale hotel in New York City, similar to Eloise in the Plaza (the books author makes a slight reference to her in the book).   This book is about 13 year old Chloe who has a dad that works at the Hotel St. Michele as a concierge.  After impressing a young guest Chloe earns the the job of junior concierge.   She gets a big assignment when King Robert of Somerstein and his family including the Queen and their three royal children, Princess Alex 14, Princess Sophie 12 and Princess Ingrid 9 decide to visit New York.  The assignment gets harder than she imagines when Princess Ingrid goes missing during the tour. None of the children want to get in trouble so they decide to find her themselves.  What they do not know is that Chole's dad and the King are alerted that she is missing.  A great adventure discovering all the highlights of New York City (my hometown) takes place while they are searching for Princess Ingrid.  Some of the most unexpected things happen, but isn't this when some of the best moments occur.  



Check out some New York City highlights in the book trailer below and author Jen Malone's Website. She has a hedgehog in the bottom of her homepage which links to an activity related to the book.  Get your copy August 26.   Want a little more? Then you can read the first chapter on her website


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25. Start Spreading the News Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato is Coming in Late August!


New York New York



They say if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere.  Well Little Elliot Big City  by Mike Curato is about to take over New York.   Little Elliot is an elephant who is trying to make his home in the big city.  However, being small makes it hard for him to do everyday city things.  He even gets ignored when he tries to buy a cupcake.   Then he meets a mouse who is facing the same problem.  Elliot knows just the right thing to help the mouse.  The next day the mouse is able to help Elliot.   In helping each other they become friends.

Here's to Elliot's success in the Big City starting August 26! 
Go Elliot!
Check out the upcoming book trailer below. 

As they say in New York First Come First Serve.   I missed out on the official blog tour, but I did get a review copy so check out these other blogs for prizes during the tour.  From Mike Curato site- 
Elliot and I have been lucky enough to make a bunch of new friends who are super excited about Little Elliot, Big City. Some of them happen to be some pretty awesome bloggers who are each going to have a special Elliot post the week of the book release, August 26th! Not only will you learn some cool stuff about Elliot’s journey to your bookshelf, you might even win a free give-away! Be sure to check out the blogs on the dates below to find out how you can get a free copy of Little Elliot, Big City, a limited edition tote bag, and stickers!
LITTLE ELLIOT BLOG TOUR
Tuesday, August 26           Librarian in Cute Shoes | @utalaniz
Wednesday, August 27     Teach Mentor Texts | @mentortexts
Thursday, August 28         Read. Write. Reflect. | @katsok
Friday, August 29               Kit Lit Frenzy | @alybee930
Saturday, August 30          Daddy Mojo | @daddymojo
Sunday, August 31             The Trifecta:
Sharp Reads | @colbysharp
Connect. Read. | @mrschureads
Nerdy Book Club | @nerdybookclub
Monday, September 1      Miss Print | @miss_print
Also, be sure to tune into the Let’s Get Busy podcast on August 26th for a full hour-long interview!!

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