NAEYC 2021 Virtual Booth

Welcome to the Publisher Spotlight NAEYC Showcase! From author interviews to digital downloads, from free guides to themed booktalks, you’ll discover a range of resources for new books sure to enlighten and engage young children.


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NAEYC Meet the Author

Get to know these authors and publishers, pick your favorite, and even request a physical copy! Please note that quantities are limited.

Claire Laties Davis
150 First Words
(Merriam-Webster Kids)

Claire E. Laties-Davis MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who works with toddlers and their parents on early speech development. Listen as she gives us a tour of this multi-layered first words book that meets children where they are.

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Kira Willey
Breathe Like a Bear
(Random House/Rodale Kids)

Kira Willey is an award-winning children’s music artist, author, kids’ yoga and mindfulness expert, TEDx speaker, and creator of Rockin’ Yoga school programs. In this NAEYC conversation, Kira tells us about Breathe Like a Bear and her Mindfulness Moments books for kids.

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Kathryn Otoshi
Lunch Every Day
(KO Kids Books)

A boy takes another kid’s lunch when unexpected kindness turns his life around. Based on a true story. (Ages 4-8)

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Motomitsu Maehara
Ocean Animals
(Blue Dot Kids Press)
Motomitsu’s collage artwork has won awards all over the world and is now featured in the new “Words of the World” board book series that features the animal and plant names in six languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Esperanto, French, Hindi, Spanish.

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Philip Lee
Our School Garden
(Readers to Eaters)
Have you ever wanted to create a school garden? This contemporary classic from Readers to Eaters will help you get started. Check out their other titles for more ideas on what to plant including Zora’s Zucchini and Sylvia’s Spinach which are available in both English and Spanish and in audio!

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Reem Faruqi
I Can Help!
(Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

A kind-hearted child helps a classmate and then lets herself be drawn away by her peers. Based on her own childhood, Reem Faruqi (Lailah’s Lunchbox) shares a story that models true friendship.

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Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell
Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell
Things We Do
(Pomelo Press)

Watch the video, part 1
Things We Do by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong is a poetry anthology featuring a “Who’s Who” list of poets PLUS new poets we need to know. In this Part 1 of two videos, Sylvia and Janet talk about it and share poems, too.

Watch the video, part 2
In this Part 2 of two videos about Things We Do, Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong talk about the need for more diversity and inclusion in books for our youngest readers and share information about the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.


NAEYC Read it Now

Amara’s Farm Amara’s Farm
By JaNay Brown-Wood and Samara Hardy
(Peachtree Publishing Company)
Ages 2-5+

A young girl searches for pumpkins on her farm in this joyful celebration of cool-weather fruits and vegetables, from the new Where in the Garden? series.

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Not LittleNot Little
By Maya Myers, illustrated by Hyewon Yum
(Holiday House)
Ages 2-5

Just because you’re really small doesn’t mean you can’t have a big heart. When the diminutive Dot stands up to a bully on behalf of an even smaller friend, she proves how big she can truly be.


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We All PlayWe All Play
By Julie Flett
(Greystone Kids)
Ages 2-5
At the end of this joyous new book about playtime, animals and children gently fall asleep after a fun day of playing outside, making this book a great bedtime story. This book also includes a glossary of Cree words for wild animals in the book and a pronunciation guide and link to audio pronunciation recordings.Read it Now

Little Bird’s DayLittle Bird’s Day
By Sally Morgan, illustrated by Johnny Warrkatja
(Blue Dot Kids Press)
Ages 3-7

★ “Pairing a lilting text and culturally resonant illustrations, this striking work soars."—Starred Reiew, Kirkus Reviews

This heartening read-aloud shares a day in the life of Little Bird, who sings the world alive, flies with Cloud, travels with Wind, nestles with Moon, and dreams of flying among the stars. Poetic language and sensitive artwork combine to make this a beautiful, distinctive publication with global appeal.

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I Hear You, ForestI Hear You, Forest
By Kallie George, illustrated by Carmen Mok
(Greystone Kids)
Ages 3-7

A child steps into the forest with her mother. Her ears are open and her heart is too. As she moves through the forest, she listens carefully and hears marvelous things, like the rustling of the leaves sharing their secrets, or a beetle balancing on a branch. I Hear You, Forest encourages imagination, awareness, and empathy with all living things.


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In My NeighborhoodIn My Neighborhood
By Oscar Loubriel, illustrated by Rogero Coelho
(Tilbury House)
Ages 3-7

A search for one’s place in the world provides the storyline: The narrator, a drum, feels like an outcast because he alone–unlike his family and friends–cannot play a melody. Like all kids growing up, he must find out where he fits. Loubriel’s story of bravery and identity, infused with Latin rhythms and joy, provides a fine vehicle for Coelho’s vibrant technique and palette. Coming in audio from Live Oak Media in 2022.


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My Monster MoofyMy Monster Moofy
By Annie Watson, illustrated by Eric Zelz
(Tilbury House)
Ages 4-8

★ “The cleverly over-the-top text utilizes a variety of literary devices to describe Moofy’s colorful life and personality, organically and effectively introducing young children to concepts like metaphor, simile, alliteration, allusion, hyperbole, and rhyme. The protagonist is endearing, and their affectionate perspective renders Moofy’s antics delightful to behold."—Starred Review, Kirkus (Grades K-3)

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Santa in the CitySanta in the City
By Tiffany Jackson, illustrated by Reggie Brown
(Penguin)
Ages 3-7

It’s two weeks before Christmas, and Deja is worried that Santa might not be able to visit her—after all, as a city kid, she doesn’t have a chimney for him to come down and none of the parking spots on her block could fit a sleigh, let alone eight reindeer! But with a little help from her family, community, and Santa himself, Deja discovers that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in her city.


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Solitary Animals: Introverts of the WildSolitary Animals: Introverts of the Wild
By Joshua David Stein, illustrated by Dominique Ramsey
(Penguin)
Ages 3-7
This lyrical, nonfiction text honors animals who live in solitude, in contrast to others who live in groups. Against a backdrop of the specific names of various animal tribes (a parade of elephants, a tower of giraffes, a dazzle of zebras), Stein shines a spotlight on those animals who go through life on their own. With nature at his back, Stein invites readers to draw strength and comfort from the behaviors of fellow animals.
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Somewhere

Somewhere
By Robie Harris
(Candlewick Press)
Ages 3-7

A young girl and her father walk through familiar streets on a brilliant, sun-drenched day. Brought to life in soft, vibrant watercolors by renowned Cuban artist Armando Mariño, this lyrical story by Robie H. Harris captures the magic of a child finding her inner strength and curiosity—and discovering somewhere new all on her own.


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Big Truck, Little IslandBig Truck, Little Island
By Chris Van Dusen
(Candlewick Press)
Ages 3-7
When a big truck and its big load get stuck on a narrow road, traffic on the little island comes to a halt. Some cars need to go south and some have to travel north. How will Meg get to her swim meet? What about Barry’s ballet class? Luckily, the kids come up with an ingenious solution: why not just swap cars?


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NAEYC All About Audio

5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime
5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime: 30 Amazing Stories: Featuring frozen frogs, King Tut’s beds, the world’s biggest sleepover, the phases of the moon, and more
Narrated by Joann Lumley
(Britannica Books)

“What better way to induce drowsiness in young pillow plumpers than short, fascinating introductions to the bedding-down behavior of creatures?"&mdashKirkus Reviews (Ages 5-8)

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We Are Still Here
We Are Still Here
By Traci Sorrell, narrated by a full cast
(Live Oak Media)

From the creators of Odyssey Honor-award We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga comes this companion book of truths about the history, contemporary laws, polices and struggles, and victories of Native Americans, presented by children and adults of Cherokee, Navajo, Choctaw and Chickasaw heritages. And all with the powerful refrain: We Are Still Here!

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Sound Learning

Soundlearningapa.org has research and resources for audio literacy.
Find the latest research along with selection lists for each grade at https://www.audiopub.org/sound-learning.




NAEYC Booktalks

Let us share our favorites with you in these themed booktalks!

Best Board Books

We are truly in a golden age of original board books! Check out just a few of the brightest offerings in this short video. Warning—you will want to get your hands on these soon!

Board Books for Diversity, Empathy, and Affirmation

You can never start too young to help children grow their empathy and self-esteem. These board books will guide them on the path to being caring, confident people.



Concept Books

From ABCs, to opposites, to shapes and colors, these new releases provide fun and innovative ways to help kids understand basic, and not-so-basic concepts.

Celebrate New SEL Titles

The pandemic has taken a toll on children in so many ways. These books focus on Social-Emotion Learning and help them flex their empathy muscles.



Diverse and Inclusive Picture Books

There has been an explosion of new books that reflect the diversity of our wonderful world. Here are some of the best for you to consider adding to your classroom shelves.

Weird and Wonderful Read-Alouds

Sometimes, we just need to giggle. And think. And have a shared experience of story. This collection will give you and your colleagues plenty of choices for storytime sharing.


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Check out all the books in our booth in thematic groups as well as by publisher on Pinterest.

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NAEYC Educator Resources

Check out all the books in our booth in thematic groups as well as by publisher on Pinterest.

Abrams

Abrams

Previews & Catalogs
Abrams Fall 2021: Download catalog.
Abrams Spring 2021: Download catalog.

Dreamscape Media/Tilbury House

The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story
Teacher’s Guide: The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story (guide created by Marcie Colleen)
Download guide.

Greystone Kids

I Hear You, Forest
I Hear You Forest: A Companion Guide for Teachers and Parents
Download guide.

Candlewick


Author Video and Demonstration: The More, the Merrier.
David Martin, author of The More the Merrier, and his stuffed animal menagerie demonstrate how you can have an everyone-dancing-their-own-way party at home!

Author Video: When We Say Black Lives Matter
In a powerful, poetic missive, award-winning author-illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke celebrates the meaning behind the words Black Lives Matter.

Holiday House

Bright Star

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales
Event Kit: Download kit.
Educator’s Guide: Download guide.

Holiday House

Toasty

Toasty by Sarah Hwang
Educator’s Guide: Download guide.
Activity Kit: Download kit.

Readers to Eaters

The Thing About Bees
The Thing About Bees: A Cultural Representation Reflection by teachingbooks.net. Read the reflection.

Zora’s Zucchini: Story Map Multi Leveled lesson by teachingbooks.net. See the lesson.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Author Video: Jenny Mei Is Sad
Author-Illustrator Tracy Subisak presents her new beautifully illustrated, empathetic picture book.

Author Video:Hair Twins
Author Raakhee Mirchandani presents her charming and inclusive new father-daughter picture book, Hair Twins, illustrated by Holly Hatam.

Minedition


Ready, Set, Draw with Dan Yaccarino on KidLit.TV
Author/illustrator of The Longest Storm
Activity Sheets: How to Draw Emotions
Download activity sheets.

Book Trailer: Antonia: Journey to a New Home

Random House

The Reading House
The Reading House is a new learn-to-read program for kids ages four to eight. The new system teaches children letter recognition and phonemic awareness on their journey to independent reading. With recurring characters and stories, kids are able to recognize words and understand meaning due to context clues and familiarity. Find out more.

Random House

Dr. Seuss Workbooks
Dr. Seuss Workbooks: Learn and play with Dr. Seuss in these multi-subject, curriculum-based workbooks developed by experts and designed to give little learners a well-balanced education. Children will learn essential skills for school and life—while having fun with familiar Dr. Seuss characters that reinforce school lessons and ensure success in and out of the classroom. Find out more

Tilbury House

Before We Eat
Before We Eat Teacher’s Guide
Milk doesn’t just appear in your refrigerator, nor do apples grow in the bowl on the kitchen counter. Before We Eat has been adopted by the USDA’s Agriculture in the Classroom program.
Download the guide.

The Arabic Quilt Teacher’s Guide
Arab American Book Award 2021 winner; Children’s Africana Book Awards 2021 Honor book ; Charlotte Huck Award 2021 recommended book; SLJ Starred Review
The story of how a beautiful quilt helps a Muslim girl from Egypt find acceptance in an American school. Download the guide.

Peachtree

Stanley Activity Kit
Stanley Activity Kit
Download the kit.

Simon & Schuster

Simon guide to SEL books
A Guide to Sharing Emotions and Feelings
From Simon & Schuster
Download the guide.

Penguin

SEL Guide to Corinna Luyken Books
Bring SEL into your class or library with Corinna Lyuken.
Download the guide.

Sourcebooks

Guide to the I Feel series
Educator’s Guide to the I Feel Series.
Download the guide.


teachingbooks.net
Kidlit TV at home


NAEYC Staff Picks

Christina Moorehead, Publisher Liason

Christina Moorehead
Rosa's Workshop: Rosa’s Big Sunflower Experiment
Rosa’s Workshop: Rosa’s Big Sunflower Experiment
Written and illustrated by Jessica Spanyol
Child’s Play
Ages 2-5
“This wonderful STEM-focused book sparked so many happy memories of my many years guiding my PreK and Kindergarten students as they planted sunflower seeds, discovering the beautiful science behind beautiful flowers just like Rosa and her friends. This multi-layered book serves as both a fun story and as a seed-planting and nurturing guide. I especially appreciated the use of a font designed to be inclusive of dyslexic and other differently-abled readers. A perfect addition to any STEM-focused lesson or program!”

Check out our interview with Jessica Spanyol.

Pizza in His Pocket
Pizza in His Pocket
Written by Zain Bhikha, illustrated by Natalia Scabuso
Kube Publishing
Ages 2-7
“Appreciating the good things we have and sharing what we have with others are character-nurturing concepts that can be introduced to children even as young as 3 years of age–as can the idea that these concepts are valued across many different beliefs and cultures. Pizza in His Pocket is a bright and delightfully delicious tale of an Islamic boy who loves to eat food from all over the world, but soon realizes that not everyone is as lucky as he is. This story-with-a-message is a perfect read-aloud (or sing-along with the available Youtube video by author Zain Bhikha) for young Islamic children, AND can be a gentle first-introduction to Islam story for non-Islamic children as well. But be aware: you will probably need a snack after following this food-loving tot on his edible global travels!”

Jennifer Watson, Marketing Manager

Jennifer Watson
The Wall and the Wild
The Wall and the Wild
Written by Christina Dendy, illustrated by Katy Rewse
Lantana
Ages 4-7
“As someone who is neurodiverse, I spend so much of my time trying to be perfect, secretly discarding the imperfect parts and only nurturing the perfect. The Wall and the Wild reminds me that those imperfect parts are also beautiful and should be embraced, not discarded. This book will be a life-long favorite.”

Sylvia’s SpinachSylvia’s Spinach
Written by Katherine Pryor, illustrated by Anna Raff
Readers to Eaters
Ages 3-7
“I have many stories from when my children were little of times, they either refused to eat vegetables or were so eager to try it, only to be disappointed. They are funny to remember, but with books like Sylvia’s Spinach, it would’ve allowed me to discover new ways to introduce produce, such as growing a garden.”

Tracy Gallagher, Special Projects Librarian

Tracy Gallagher
Kalamata’s Kitchen
Kalamata’s Kitchen
Written by Sarah Thomas, illustrated by Jo Kosmides Edwards
Random House
Ages 4-7
“Kalamata is about to start a new school and is nervous about making new friends. While Mama is cooking dinner, Kalamata and her stuffed alligator, Al Dente, take a magical memory filled trip to the spice market from under the kitchen table and remember that being brave is exciting and delicious! The book includes both a recipe for Dal and some nice backmatter on India’s food. It also includes a Taste Bud Pledge which will be used in our house going forward to encourage adventurous eating.”

Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket

Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket
Written by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Annabel Tempest
Two Lions
Ages 4-7
“A fun rhyming text keeps this story moving along nicely as our protagonist, Sadie Sprocket, chooses her crew, builds her rocket, and takes her trip to Mars. Simple drama keeps young listeners on the edge of their seat as all turns out well and Sadie introduces her next goals. I love how it encourages us to dream big and explore widely. Backmatter includes facts about Mars and women in space.”

Francisca Goldsmith, Consulting Librarian

Francisca Goldsmith
Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Written and illustrated by Liniers
Toon Books
Ages 3-7
“Toon Books continues to produce just right graphic novels for beginning readers. New this season is Liners’s third wonderful title inspired by his affection for his young daughters. Wildflowers combines nature, storytelling, sisters who really enjoy each other’s company, and heaps of colorful imagination. Make sure you take this one to outdoor storytimes as well as featuring it for summer library-visiting kids on the prowl for new kids comics.”

Covered in Adventures
Covered in Adventures
Written and illustrated by Gillian Hibbs
Child’s Play
Ages 3-7
“As much as Sasha’s dads plead with her to let them wash her favorite sweater, Sasha refuses to take it off. For Sasha, her sweater isn’t just a piece of clothing—it’s a journal of her adventures! Readers follow Sasha as she describes each adventure that added its own special stain, rip, or sticky spot to her beloved sweater. So how will her dads EVER convince her to change out of her beloved sweater and into something clean? Vivid, detailed illustrations offer a wealth of details for young readers to discover, as well as subtle, powerful nods to inclusivity—a Child’s Play trademark. With so much to discover this is a book that will surely become a requested favorite read-aloud!”

Rebecca Gibson, Logistics Coordinator


Cat & Dog: A Tale of Opposites
Cat & Dog: A Tale of Opposites
Written and illustrated by Tullio Corda
Red Comet Press
Ages 3-6
“Cat and Dog are as different as can be, but still find a way to relate and get into all sorts of adventures together. This clever story of two unlikely friends has just 32 words – my kids used to love memorizing books like this when they were pre-readers. Simple and engaging, with expressive illustrations, this book caps off the action with a reassuring ending.”

I Say Please and Thank You: Lift-The-Flap Manners
I Say Please and Thank You: Lift-The-Flap Manners
By Rachel Isadora & Robie Rogge, Illustrated by Rachel Isadora
Holiday House
Ages 4-8
“Flaps make everything more fun! Fanciful illustrations by Caldecott honoree, Rachel Isadora, will keep little ones eager to learn more about manners as they lift the flaps to reveal a cute surprise on each spread. Adorable animals mingle with the children on every page, and readers are sure to giggle at the age appropriate scenarios and quirky creatures. Learning about manners doesn’t have to be boring – a little fantasy keeps things fresh in this beautiful and sweet book.”

Stacey Ashby, VP, Operations

Stacey Ashby
School is Cool
School is Cool
Written by Sabrina Moyle, illustrated by Eunice Moyle
Abrams Appleseed
Grade range Pre-K-K Ages 3-5
“The first day of school can be both exciting and scary. With whimsical illustrations and upbeat, rhyming text, this picture book helps ease first day jitters by speaking to common fears and reassuring kids that “school means new friends” and lots of fun. Readers will be drawn to the expressive main characters, rhino, platypus, and dog, who tackle their first day of school and learn about following new rules, making friends, and growing in knowledge. Vibrant colors and smiling, encouraging faces throughout make this book a truly joyful read!”

Claire Mitchell, Intern

Claire Mitchell
Milo Imagines the World
Milo Imagines the World
Written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Penguin Random House
Ages 4-7
“Join Milo and his sister as they ride the subway. Milo fills the time by drawing beautiful illustrations as he imagines what the other passengers on the car are like outside of this brief interaction. The story concludes with Milo and his sister visiting his mother and he shares an extra special drawing of the three of them together again. Milo Imagines the World is a wonderful story that features a different family structure than that which is typically displayed in children’s books, but one that is important to acknowledge and include so all children can see themselves represented in the books they read.”


NAEYC Featured Publishers

Abrams ◆ Amazon Crossing Kids/Two Lions/Brilliance Audio ◆ Berbay Books ◆ Blue Dot Kids Press ◆ Candlewick ◆ Charlesbridge ◆ Child’s Play ◆ Cicada Books ◆ Creston ◆ Diamond Book Distributors ◆ Disney ◆ Dreamscape Media ◆ Floris Books ◆ Greystone Kids ◆ Holiday House ◆ Inhabit Media ◆ KUBE ◆ Live Oak Media ◆ Merriam-Webster Kids ◆ Miniedition ◆ NubeOcho ◆ Peachtree Publishing Company ◆ Penguin Young Readers ◆ Pomelo Press ◆ Random House ◆ Readers to Eaters ◆ Red Comet Press ◆ Simon and Schuster ◆ Sourcebooks ◆ Tapioca Stories ◆ Tiger Tales ◆ Tilbury House ◆ Tiny Owl Publishing ◆ TOON Books ◆ What on Earth/Britannica Books

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