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26. Stingray City, Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians #3 – Cover Reveal

Soon–May 1, 2016–STINGRAY CITY, book 3 in the Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians ocean fantasy series will finally be available. Until then, here is a nice peek at the cover for Stingray City. Stingray City, is located in a real place actually called Stingray City. Why Stingray City? Because when the boat pulls up near …

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27. 2015 Kids’ Reading Guide Released – Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

The annual Kids’ Reading Guide has been released! Handpicked and reviewed by Australia’s leading booksellers, the Kids’ Reading Guide showcases all the very best recent-release, in-stock books for kids. It’s a fantastic guide for Christmas Gifts! Follow the links below to order your books from Boomerang Books today: Use the promo code krg15 to receive FREE […]

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28. Christmas Charity Anthology for Children!

Out today on Smashwords published by Crimson Cloak Publishing, soon to be released on Amazon Kindle then in paperback. Charity anthology of children’s stories, including two short tales of mine! ALL proceeds to charity. Makes a lovely stocking filler.

Santa's Little Helpers Anthology-Cover

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29. Happy Halloween!

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30. #767 – Blue Whale Blues by Peter Carnavas

Blue Whale Blues Written and Illustrated by Peter Carnavas Kane Miller       9/27/2015 978-1-61067-458-4 32 pages      Ages 4—8 “When Penguin hears Whale singing the blues, he tries to help. But how exactly do you stop a blue whale from feeling blue? A delightful story about a whale with bike trouble and …

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31. #766 – The Year of the Monkey: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac by Oliver Chin & Kenji Ono

The Year of the Monkey Series: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac (Book 11) Written by Oliver Chin Illustrated by Kenji Ono Immedium      12/15/2015 978-1-59702-118-0 36 pages      Age 4—8 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. “Max is the son of the famous Monkey King and Queen, who have very high expectations. …

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32. Book Title Mashup: Lee & Low Edition

Book title mashups are when you take two book titles, put them together and create a synopsis based on the title. We took some of our favorite Lee & Low and Tu Books titles to come up with some new and fun stories!

Etched in Ink and Ashes( Etched in Clay + Ink and Ashes): Claire Takata never  WRITING 101knew her father. When she stumbles upon a basement full of clay pots inscribed with poems that he wrote detailing his daily life and his dedication to the abolishment of slavery worldwide, she discovers that there may be more to the Takata family than she realized.

Elephant Shopping (Elephant Quest + Sunday Shopping): What kind of elephant are you in the market for?

Finding the Hula-Hoopin’ Queen (Finding the Music +The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen): Reyna and her best friend Kameeka love to go hoopin’ around their block. One day they receive a mysterious invitation to a hula-hoopin’ contest from none other than the Hula-Hoopin’ Queen. She leaves hints around the neighborhood so they can find her whereabouts.

The Monster in the Attic (The Monster in the Mudball + Poems in the Attic): When Charles is assigned the attic during his family’s spring cleaning, he discovers a very special surprise!

Sixteen Years at the Flea (Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds + Grandma and Me at the Flea): Luisa’s hunt for the perfect pair of socks at the flea market becomes much more than she bargained for.

Trail of Witches (Trail of the Dead + Hammer of Witches): Lozen flees with her family from a deadly hunter. She must pick her way across a hidden trail created by witches.

Parrots Over the Mudball (Parrots Over Puerto Rico + The Monster in the Mudball): Jin and Frankie are parrots living in the Puerto Rican rainforest. Their habitat is being destroyed by a mud ball monster and they don’t know what to do! Then the mysterious Mizz Z appears and tells them she can help, but on one condition: they have to join her team, the PRPRP, and dedicate their life to conservancy and recovery efforts of the rainforest!

Summer of Galaxy Games (Summer of the Mariposas + The Galaxy Games: Odilia and her sisters are swimming in the Rio Grande one afternoon when they chance upon a dead body. When they examine it closer, it turns out it’s a robot from another galaxy inviting them to go on a scavenger hunt across the universe.

Twelve Miles in Uncle Nacho’s Hat (Love Twelve Miles Long + Uncle Nacho’s Hat): Will Mina’s hair ever survive?

Call Me Cat Girl (Call Me Tree + Cat Girl’s Day Off): Natalie Ng is your typical high schooler: she plays sports, has a close-knit group of friends, and loves pizza. One day, she decides to take a yoga class, only to discover that it’s in the middle of a forest. Full of cats. Natalie is weirded out and vows to never return, but she soon discovers that she’s drawn to the class, as well as the cute yoga instructor who seems to have an uncanny ability to communicate with the cats…

My Very Own Bagel (My Very Own Room + Where on Earth is My Bagel)Sharing isn’t always caring.

Monster in the Ashes ( The Monster in the Mudball + Ink and Ashes): On the anniversary of her father’s death Claire Takata discovers an urn with his ashes. A monster summoned by her father’s enemies, the Japanese mafia known as the yakuza, starts hunting her and her family. Claire has to figure out how to stop it before it’s too late. . .

How would you mash up your favorite book titles? Let us know in the comments!

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33. #765 – Ketzel, the Cat who Composed by Lesléa Newman & Amy June Bates

Today is National Cat Day! In celebration of this day and the four-legged, furry creatures it honors, I would like to introduce you to a famous cat; one who changed a man’s life and possibly a few classical music fans as well. Here is Ketzel, a cat who actually composed music. Enjoy! . Ketzel, the Cat …

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34. #764 – George Ferris’ Grand Idea: The Ferris Wheel by Jenna Glatzer and Stephanie Dominguez

George Ferris’ Grand Idea: The Ferris Wheel Series: The Story Behind the Name Written by Jenna Glatzer Illustrated by Stephanie Dominguez Picture Window Books    8/01/2015 978-1-4795-7161-1 32 pages    Age 7—10 “You’ve heard of a Ferris wheel (you’ve probably even ridden one!), but do you know who designed the first one? Who had the idea? …

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35. Sermon sketch notes, Mr Tumus and tiny dancers....

Sermon doodles on Keeping our Focus on Jesus.....
Thinking on Mr. Tumus....a fawn....
Tiny dancers, warm ups and trys.....

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36. Laundry Time Turned Reading Time!

It’s always nice when we see our books being shared! Too Small
to Fail, an early literacy initiative of the Clinton Foundation posted a
video that shows children reading Red Socks (by Ellen Mayer,
illustrated by Ying-Hwa Hu) and having fun together in an unusual place,
a laundromat! This initiative turns an everyday task such as a trip to
the Laundromat to help lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning
that turns laundry time into reading time. This initiative will equip
5,000 laundromats in communities with resources for families
to engage in language-rich activities. Make sure to check out the video
to learn more! Our fabulous illustrator, Ying-Hwa visited the
laundromat and had a fun time reading Red Socks to children.  

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37. All the college kidlit conferences (as of October 2015)

Or, more formally, “A Comprehensive List of U.S. College- and University-Sponsored or -Hosted Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conferences, Festivals, and Symposia.” (All of them that I could find, anyway). A few years ago, I was looking for such a list, wondered why I couldn’t find one, and decided to just go ahead and make […]

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38. #762 – My Wild Family by Laurent Moreau

My Wild Family Written and Illustrated by Laurent Moreau Chronicle Books   11/03/2015 978-1-4521-4423-8 32 pages     Age 4—8 “Sometimes there is more to family than meets the eye . . . An older brother is strong and respected, just like an elephant. A mother is stately and beautiful, but she prefers not to …

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39. #760 – The Monster Who Ate the State by Chris Browne

The Monster Who Ate the State Written and Illustrated by Chris Browne South Dakota Historical Society Press      9/25/2014 978-0-9860355-9-3 32 pages        Age 5+ “ROAR! Soozy the dinosaur is awake and HUNGRY! “Bang, bang, tap, tap—the scientists at an underground laboratory in South Dakota are busy with their experiments. A creature …

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40. Jonathan Lopes – Children’s Book Publishing Interview

I have known Jonathan a number of years as he is married to one of my best friends (author, Marcie Colleen.) I had the joy of attending their wedding just over twelve months ago in Gowanus (Brooklyn.) When I first … Continue reading

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41. #759 – That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant

That’s Not Mine Written by Anna Kang Illustrated by Christopher Weyant Two Lions     9/01/2015 978-1-4778-2639-3 32 pages      Age 4—8 “Two fuzzy creatures both want to sit in the same chair. The trouble is, they can’t agree who it belongs to. “Mine. “Mine. “They get madder and madder, until . . . …

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42. Diversity in Children’s Picture Books [Infographic]

Diversity in Children’s Picture Books [Infographic]

Ten Groundbreaking Books: 1920 – 1969

The debate about lack of diversity in children’s literature sparked my interest in a very personal way. Confessions of a white author – well, not really – anyone can see I’m not a person of color. Okay, that’s out of the way. So, why am I responding curiously to the diversity dearth facts? Because maybe, just maybe, the facts hit a raw nerve. Behind the data are stories of authors and illustrators whose picture books broke new ground for depicting children and families of color when the mainstream/buying public had little interest in multicultural content.

Continue reading Diversity in Children’s Picture Books [Infographic] at Story Quest.

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43. #758 – Ninja Baby by David Zeltser & Diane Goode

Ninja Baby Written by David Zeltser Illustrated by Diane Goode .                  .          .Chronicle Books   11/01/2015 .                        . 978-1-4521-3542-7 .                        . 32 …

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44. #752 – 53 – I Can Dance and I Can Play by Betsy Snyder

I Can Dance & I Can Play Written and Illustrated by Betsy Snyder Chronicle Books       9/01/2015 978-1-4521-2929-7 and 978-1-4521-2905-1 14 pages     7” X 7”     Age infant—2 “Readers make dancers disco, tap, or pirouette and athletes splash, sprint, or score just by wiggling their fingers. But wait! There’s even more …

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45. The 50 States Fun Fact Blog Tour - Oregon

You already know I love books. Did you also know I love maps? I do! Whether they're for places real or imagined, I love maps because they help you visualize the shape and the history of everywhere, especially the places you've never been. 

Coming up on the holidays, I'm always on the lookout for cool bookish gifts to give to the inquisitive young people in my life. I know just the youngsters who'll be getting this from me. It's The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan, illustrated by Sol Linero. Available now from Quarto Knows, it features a fact-filled landscape that's as fun as it's educational.

Today I get to shine the spotlight on Oregon--one of my favorite states and at the top of my list of places I'd like to visit! 

Click on the image to see a bigger version of the two-page spread.

Click on the image to see a bigger version of the two-page spread.

Here are some of my favorite facts from the book (used with permission!)

Can you guess why?

Did you know...

The “Ramona” author grew up in Yamhill: a town so small it didn’t have a library—so her mom started one!

Nearly 700 volunteers work each year to bring the Bard’s plays to life.

The creator of The Simpsons was born in Portland.

A recent study found over 1,000 coffee shops brewing in Oregon!

is the largest bookstore in the world!

Here you can savor a bacon-maple doughnut bar and even get married!

Give up? They're all related to books somehow! Powell's, the largest bookstore... Matt Groening, who got his start with the self-published comic book Life in Hell... Beverly Cleary who wrote many of my childhood favorite tales... Shakespeare... who didn't write books, he wrote plays, but close enough--I'm willing to wager many book lovers have a shelf just for Shakespeare. He was just that prolific. Ok, yeah--it takes a special dexterity to drink coffee and eat donuts while reading without getting glaze all over the pages, but it's a great skill to have. I'm just saying.

That's it for our state spotlight. What other states would you like to see? Comment below and I'll try and find out who on the tour is featuring your state! (Check back for list updates!)

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46. #754 – Turkey Trick or Treat by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper

Turkey Trick or Treat Written by Wendi Silvano Illustrated by Lee Harper Two Lions    8/11/2015 978-1-4778-7503-2 32 pages       Age 4—8 “Everyone loves Halloween candy—even Turkey. But how can he and his barnyard friends get any when the farmers only give it out children? With a costume, of course! As his pals …

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47. #755 – Otter Loves Halloween by Sam Garton

Otter Loves Halloween! Written and Illustrated by Sam Garton Balzer + Bray     7/21/2015 978-0-06-236666-5 32 pages    Age 4—8 .               .           .            .“Hi! I am Otter. “Halloween is the best holiday ever! It is also a …

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48. #756 – Scaredy Cat by Charles Reasoner

Scaredy Cat Series: Charles Reasoner Halloween Books Written by Charles Reasoner Picture Window Books   8/01/2015 978-1-4795-8501-4 12 pages    6″ X 6″    Age 0—2 . “BLACK CAT, SCAREDY CAT. WHERE WILL YOU GO? As you prowl beneath The moon’s spooky glow? “Don’t let Halloween Kitty spook you! A black cat is anything but …

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49. #757 – Kerfuffle by Karla Oceanak & Karla Spanjer

Kerfuffle Series: Aldo Zelnick Comic Novels Written by Karla Oceanak Illustrated by Kendra Spanjer Bailiwick Press      9/15/2015 978-1-934649-53-4 160 pages     Age 8—12 . “HEAR YE, HEAR YE!” “The Dana Elementary 5th grade Medieval Faire approacheth! We get to dress like knights and kings and damsels, plus play games, drink from gold …

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50. There's Just Something About Those Ducks

Make Way For Ducklings, By Robert McCloskey. It is such a simple idea. Such a simple storyline. I think that is way people love it so much. Hey you know you have a great story when a whole city dedicates a memorial to it. I have to say Boston is great like that.

I've always loved Boston. It's a beautiful city. But the story isn't about Boston. It only takes place in Boston. Make Way For Ducklings is more than just about ducks though too. It is about people. People who make time during their busy day to realize what is important.

Many of us forget what is important. We rush around all day working, cleaning, running errands, cooking, etc.. doing all sorts of things that distract us from what is important. And what is important? You actually have to ask? It's people/animals taking the time to care of each other.

In the story the mother guides her family through the busy streets of Boston. Now most of us know as humans this is not an easy thing to do anywhere, but in a busy city it is even harder. So now imagine you are an animal, a duck, a cat, a rabbit any animal will do and try to image navigating your brood through a busy city street. Not fun, not easy, and very stressful. But when you have the help of others what may seem impossible becomes possible.

You know the term, :"it takes a village" well, when taking care of a family, when taking care of each other; it does take a village. How else does a village thrive? When we care for each other, we all thrive. It really is that simple and it really shouldn't be that hard to remember. But we are human and sometimes we need the innocence of animals (like the lovely ducklings) to remind us to stop, look around and take care of what is important. Each other. Thank you Mr. McCloskey for a wonderful, inspiring story we can happily hand down for generations to come.

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