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Come along on our quick twirl around the world of kids’ books, as presented during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in June 2019

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Astronaut Annie Read to You by…an Astronaut! From Space!

Astronaut Annie cover

Several months ago, we alerted you to the very exciting project Tilbury House Publishers, author Suzanne Slade, and illustrator Nicole Tadgell were quite literally launching courtesy of NASA’s Space Station Explorers Story Time from Space project. After Astronaut Annie was published, printed, a copy of it cleaned and packed into a delivery capsule to be launched along with other supplies for the crew aboard the Space Station, we waited through a couple of launch postponements, blast off, and then the trip out into space. And then Annie had to be unwrapped, astronaut Anne McClain did some practice reading (as every … Continue reading

Picture Books Celebrating Emotional Intelligence in the Face of Adult Sadness

A recent and welcome mini-trend we’re seeing is the art of featuring children who recognize and respond appropriately to adult sadness.  Since virtually all small children do have significant adults in their lives and since all of us as humans of any age sometimes experience sadness, the real life reality is that kids do see adults who are feeling sad or, not much less frequently, even depressed. Instead of sweeping these occasions under the cultural rug of saying nothing, these picture books offer positive models for kids in such times. From Pajama Press, Paula Knows What to Do, by author/illustrator Sanne Dufft, … Continue reading

The Southern Hemisphere and Beyond in World Kid Lit

This is the fourth in a series of four posts with which we ask you to join us in celebrating World Turning to the Southern Hemisphere to explore new books for World Kid Lit Month, we have to start with Gecko Press, New Zealand’s award-winning children’s publisher.  It seems fitting, for the theme here, to give a particular shout out to the new picture book they’ve published by Ulrika Kestere, Otto Goes North. The protagonist is a ring-tailed lemur, the author/illustrator is Swedish, the journey involves heading to the Northern Lights…but wait, this book is from the Southern Hemisphere. Now that’s an … Continue reading