ALA 2020 Virtual Booth

Welcome to the Publisher Spotlight Booth at this year’s Virtual ALA Annual! We are delighted to be able to bring you author signings, book giveaways, and more wherever you are right now! We continue to be a discovery spot for books by and about BIPOC and other marginalized publishing communities.

Thank you, library community members, for being beacons of hope and affirmation in these challenging times. We salute you for responding to your community’s desire for access to information, and to support kids and teens looking to your library to discover their stories.

Read well,
Ellen


Featured Publishers

Discover new and forthcoming books from these publishers on Pinterest!

Audiobooks
Live Oak Media  ◆  What on Earth Books

Children’s Books:
Barefoot Books  ◆  Blue Dot Press  ◆  Boyds Mills Kane  ◆  Cassava Republic  ◆  Cicada Books  ◆  Eerdmans  ◆  Floris Books  ◆  Gecko Press  ◆  Karadi Tales  ◆  Kube Publishing  ◆  NubeOcho  ◆  Pajama Press  ◆  Readers to Eaters  ◆  Reycraft  ◆  The School of Life ◆ Tiger Tales  ◆  Tiny Owl Books  ◆  What on Earth Books

Graphic Novels
Papercutz  ◆  Manga Classics  ◆  Toon Books  ◆  Udon

Health and Education
Free Spirit Publishing  ◆  Mayo Clinic


Book Buzz & Booth Tour

Book Buzz

Watch the official ALA Publisher Spotlight Book Buzz any time and see new and forthcoming children’s books from around the world. Featured publishers include Barefoot Books, Blue Dot Kids Press, Boyds Mills Kane, Cicada Books, Eerdmans, Free Spirit Publishing, Live Oak Media, Papercutz, Peachtree, Readers to Eaters, Reycraft, Tilbury House, and What on Earth Books. Also, check out our Book Buzz Pinterest board.

Booth Tour

Missing the booth walkabout experience? Join Ellen Myrick as she shows off some of the gems in our virtual booth, as captured in our Nashville, Tennessee office. Warning: our office cat Bruno was highly interested in the proceedings! Check out Read Aloud Favorites, Graphic Novels, New Nonfiction, Health Books, SEL, Board Books, and Books That Wow Us!

Board Books

Graphic Novels


Health Books

New Nonfiction


Read Aloud Favorites

WOW! Books


Social & Emotional Learning


Author Interviews & Booksignings


Shabazz Larkin
Author/Illustrator/Narrator
The Thing About Bees
Readers to Eaters/Live Oak Media
Request a signed CD and Book set!
(Quantities are limited, please one signed item per librarian)

Jessica Spanyol
Author/Illustrator
Rosa’s Big Experiments
Child’s Play
Request a signed book!
(Quantities are limited, please one signed item per librarian)


Jo Ellen Bogart
Author
The Little Blue House Beside the Sea
Tilbury House
Request a signed book!
(Quantities are limited, please one signed item per librarian)

Mylo Freeman
Author
Princess Arabella at the Museum
Cassava Republic
Request a signed book!
(Quantities are limited, please one signed item per librarian)


Read It Now!

Children’s Nonfiction

Black Heroes of the Wild West
By James Otis Smith and introduction by Kadir Nelson
TOON Graphics
Exploring American history and finding diversity at its roots! This graphic novel by James Otis Smith celebrates the extraordinary true tales of three black heroes who took control of their destinies and stood up for their communities in the Old West.
Read it now!
Black Heroes of the Wild West
Happy, Healthy Minds
By The School of Life
Happy, Healthy Minds is a guide designed to help children become more aware of their emotional needs and examines a range of topics that might give their minds difficulties.

Read it now!

Happy Healthy Minds

How I Survived
By Serapio Ittusardjuat
Inhabit Media
This harrowing first-person account of four nights spent on the open sea ice–with few supplies and no water–shows young readers the determination and strength necessary to survive in the harsh Arctic climate.
Read it now!
How I Survived

The Teachers March!: How Selma’s Teachers Changed History
By Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace, illustrated by Charly Palmer
Calkins Creek
Demonstrating the power of protest and standing up for a just cause, here is an exciting tribute to the educators who participated in the 1965 Selma Teachers’ March, featuring evocative illustrations and eyewitness testimonies.
Read it now!
The Teachers March
Blood and Germs: The Civil War Battle Against Wounds and Disease
By Gail Jarrow
Calkins Creek
Acclaimed author Gail Jarrow, recipient of a 2019 Robert F. Sibert Honor Award, explores the science and grisly history of U.S. Civil War medicine, using actual medical cases and first-person accounts by soldiers, doctors, and nurses.
Read it now!

Blood and Germs

Arithmechicks Take Away: A Math Story
By Ann Marie Stephens
Illustrated by Jia Liu
Boyds Mills Press

This playful picture book demonstrates key math concepts to children in a merry story featuring the Arithmechicks, ten math-loving chicks.

Read it now!

Arithmechicks

Picture Books

Calvin Gets the Last Word
By Maro Sorenson and illustrated by Mike Deas
Tilbury House
Calvin totes his portable dictionary to the breakfast table, school, baseball practice, and home again, looking for the perfect word to attach to his annoying older brother. It isn’t exactly revenge, mayhem, bewilderment, subterfuge, pulverize, or even retaliation, though all those words are close and tempting. Read it now!
Calvin Gets the Last Word
Up and Down Mom
Illustrated by Summer Macon
Child’s Play International
Living with Mom is a bit like a roller coaster ride. At times, she is excited and full of energy, but at others, she is tired and withdrawn. But she’s always my mom, and we’re sharing the ride.

Read it now!
Up and Down Mom

I’ll Be the Water
By Alec Aspinwall and illustrated by Nicole Wong
Tilbury House
Joshua and his grandfather love spending time together, mostly to fish. But Grandpa gets sick, and he and Joshua share one more fishing adventure. Grandpa promises Joshua that he will always be near.

Read it now!

I'll Be the Water


LillyBelle: A Damsel NOT in Distress
By Joana Pastro, illustrated by Jhon Ortiz
When faced with the danger of giants, ogres, and witches, other damsels might quake with fear…but not LillyBelle!
Read it now!
LillyBelle

For Older Readers

The Inkberg Enigma
The Inkberg Enigma
By Jonathan King
Gecko Press
Miro and Zia live in Aurora, a fishing town nestled in the shadow of an ancient castle. Miro lives in his books; Zia is never without her camera. The day they meet, they uncover a secret.
Read it now!
The Inkberg Enigma
Music for Tigers
By Michelle Kadarusman
Pajama Press
“Incorporating themes of diversity and environmental preservation into her adventure, Kadarusman (Girl of the Southern Sea) creates a story straight out of adolescent daydreams….Compassionate and endearing, Music for Tigers hits all the right notes.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review
Read it now!
Music for Tigers
The Reindeer Girl
By Holly Webb and illustrated by Simon Mendez and Doodlers Artful
Lotta loves to hear Great-grandmother Erika tell stories of her childhood, herding reindeer in the snowy north of Norway. Lotta dreams of having such adventures, too. Little does she know that her wish is about to come true.
Read it now!
The Reindeer Girl

 


Celebrate Audiobooks

Do you and your patrons enjoy reading with your ears? Be sure to check our audiobook pinterest board and watch—and listen!—to the audiobooks below!

Christopher Lloyd
Author/Narrator
Absolutely Everything
What on Earth Books
Diane Zahler
Author
The Marvelwood Magicians
Live Oak Media
Shabazz Larkin
Author/Illustrator/Narrator
The Thing About Bees
Readers to Eaters/Live Oak Media

 

Discover SYNC: two free audiobooks for teens each week throughout the summer!It’s easy! Just download the SORA app and download the audiobook! You only get to have it for 99 years, though!

The June 25-July 1 selections are:


 

Keep up with the fast-paced world of audiobooks, discover important new works, and celebrate the best the format has to offer with Audiofile Magazine. Check out the Golden Voices and find your next great listen!

AudioFile


Staff Picks

Emerson Heflin

Emerson Heflin

Night Wishes
Night Wishes
edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated Jen Corace
Eerdmans

“How would a clock, nightlight, or teddy bear say good night? In this enchanting poetry collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and thirteen other poets image the wishes whispering through a young girl’s bedroom as she falls asleep. Soothing words of today’s children’s poets and warm blue hues of whimsical illustrations make me want to curl up in bed with a warm blanket.”

The Day Saida Arrived
The Day Saida Arrived
by Susana Gomez Redondo, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
Blue Dot Kids Press

“What happens when a new friend arrives who doesn’t speak your language? A young girl searches for the words to help her friend feel welcome and happy in her new home, while learning about differences and similarities in countries and words. This is a beautiful story demonstrating the power of language to build bonds beyond borders. This book is a great introduction to immigration and shows young readers that all a friendship needs to bloom is a little understanding.”

Jamie Schmitt

Jamie Schmitt

Legend of the First Unicorn
The Legend of the First Unicorn
By Lari Don and illustrated by Natasa Illinic
Floris Books

“Scotland is full of magic and mystery… and unicorns? In this delightful new story from Floris Books, The Legend of the First Unicorn by writer Lari Don and illustrator Natasa Illinic create a unique origin story for one of the world’s favorite mythical creatures and Scotland’s national animal. This is one of my favorite books this season because it truly captures the magic of Scotland with an adventure story that is all about kindness and friendship.”

Bluebeard
Bluebeard: A Feminist Fairytale
by Metaphrog
Papercutz

“I always find myself drawn to fairy tale stories and feminist stories, so when Bluebeard, a Feminist Fairytale found its way into my life, I immediately fell in love. Papercutz and author/illustrator Metaphrog turn this dark fairy tale into a battle against the patriarchy. I love the message and how the creators created a feminist spin on the classic tale. The art is absolutely breathtaking, and I’m thrilled to pitch this book to librarians and educators everywhere.”

Sara Lentsch

Sara Lentsch
My Favorite Memories
My Favorite Memories
by Sepideh Sarihi, illustrated by Julie Volk, and translated by Elisabeth Lauffer
Blue Dot Kids Press

“When our young protagonist learns that she is going to move to a new country, she makes a list of all the things she wants to bring with her such as her favorite tree, the ocean, and her best friend. Soon she realizes that she can’t carry all these things with her physically but there may be another way to keep them close to her heart. My Favorite Memories from Blue Dot Kids Press has become one of my favorites with its stunning illustrations and gentle reminders that even if we have to leave behind the people and things we love, we can hold on to the good memories.”

Calvin Gets the Last Word
Calvin Gets the Last Word
By Margo Sorenson, illustrated by Mike Deas
Tilbury House

“Calvin loves to head the dictionary, and he’s always looking for the perfect word for every situation. All-day long, Calvin finds words to fit everyday life, like mayhem for the morning bus ride, but try as he might he can’t find the right word to describe his older brother. It isn’t bewilderment, or subterfuge, or even pulverize. What could it be?”

The Library Bus
The Last Bus
By Bahram Rahman
Pajama Press

“The Library Bus is the perfect combination of international stories, girl power, and the way books can change lives and the world. The library bus doesn’t have seats, instead it has books. It’s Pari’s first day helping her mama run the library bus to spread books in a country where girls still struggle to get an education. The author has firsthand experience and is currently a senior policy advisor at the Ministry of Health in Ontario. He this book to document the struggle for education experienced by girls and women and to draw attention to the barriers that still exist for millions of children, especially girls, living in war torn countries today.”

Becca Hampton

Becca Hampton

The Bread Pet
The Bread Pet: A Sourdough Story
By Kate Depalma, illustrated by Nelleke Verhoeff
Barefoot Books

“When Cora’s uncle leaves her in charge of his ‘bread pet,’ she learns that keeping it alive is a lot more involved than she expected! I love that this story has a fun STEM element, but my favorite part is Cora’s sourdough starter and baking class that brings her community together. This story is just is very warm, and I love that it includes a sourdough starter recipe! Add in the fact that Cora’s uncle calls her ‘Butterbean,’ and this book is suddenly one of my favorites.”

5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime
Britannica 5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime
Britannica Books/What on Earth Books

“I have never seen a nonfiction 5-minute bedtime story book, so this one’s really special! The 30 true stories and beautiful illustrations in this brainy book make it one I’ll always reach for and suggest for anyone seeking a great bedtime book. Short stories about interesting facts, like Galileo’s study of the sky and lullabies from around the world, make this one both children and parents will enjoy.”

Scruff
Scruff
By Alice Bowsher
Cicada Books

“With warm, ‘scruffy’ illustrations and bold colors, this funny story touches my dog-loving heart. I think we all see a little bit of ourselves in our pets and this celebration of a pup with a quirky personality to match his human friend will definitely tug at your heartstrings—even if you’re a cat person. Anyone who owns a pet will love this quirky story of a pup and his best friend.”



Art Gallery
Migrants by Issa Watanabe
Gecko Press

“Each spread in this wordless picture reveals another beautiful and detailed image that I can get lost in. Each one could be its own writing prompt. So many questions we each get to answer.”—Ellen

Migrants interior

I Am Darn Tough by Maine Diaz
Tilbury House

“The illustrator perfectly captures this runner’s strength, grace, and resilience.&—Sara

I Am Darn Tough, illustrated by Maine Diaz

Woodpecker Girl illustrated by I-Tsun Chinag
Reycraft

“The true story of a child with cerebral palsy who learns a way to communicate through art with a paintbrush affixed to her forehead. Artist Chinag’s illustrations are inspired by the actual art of the protagonist, giving the book a unique beauty and authenticity.”—Ellen

Woodpecker Girl


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