NCTE 2021 Virtual Booth

Welcome to the Publisher Spotlight NCTE 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 your students.

NCTE 2021 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.

Alison Green Myers
A Bird Will Soar
(Dutton Children’s Books)

A heartfelt and hopeful debut about a bird-loving autistic child whose family’s special nest is in danger of falling apart.

Download the educators’ guide and listen to a sample of the audiobook.

Register here for an opportunity to win a copy of A Bird Will Soar.

Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey
The First Blade of Sweetgrass
(Tilbury House)
Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey both draw on their tribal roots and traditions in this story of a modern Wabanaki girl learning how to harvest sweetgrass for basket-making. Suzanne Greenlaw is Maliseet and a citizen of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. Gabriel Frey is Passamaquoddy and a citizen of Passamaquoddy at Sipayik.

Register here for an opportunity to win a copy of The First Blade of Sweetgrass.

Joyce Sidman, Author
Hello Earth: Poems to Our Planet
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Joyce Sidman’s imaginative poems encourage boundless curiosity, and Miren Asiain Lora’s stunning paintings capture the beauty of Earth’s ecosystems, creatures, and powerhouse plants. The book concludes with extensive scientific material to foster further learning about how the earth works, from water cycles to plate tectonics to the origin of ocean tides.

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Register here to win a copy of Hello Earth.

Janet Wong and Sylvia VardellJanet 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.

Register here for an opportunity to win a copy of Things We Do.

Kathryn Otoshi
Lunch Every Day

(KO Kids Books)

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

Register here for an opportunity to win a limited edition F&G of Lunch Every Day.

Bruce Coville
Nothing but the Truth
(Full Cast Audio)

Avi’s Nothing But the Truth continues to be one of his most-taught and best-selling books of all time. Hear about how this full cast audio version came to be and more in this conversation with the producer/director. Listen to a sample here.
Register here for an opportunity to win a copy of the Nothing but the Truth audiobook.

NCTE 2021 Pinterest Board

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

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NCTE 2021 Read it Now

OOnly Margaret: A Story about Margaret Wise BrownOnly Margaret: A Story about Margaret Wise Brown
By Candice Ransom, illustrated by Nan Lawson
(Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
Grades K-2

From smuggling rabbits onto trains, to scribbling stories about island whispers, Margaret embraced adventure in life and on the page. This whimsically illustrated biography shares how an independent, fun-loving woman became a trailblazing pioneer of the picture-book form.

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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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I Begin With SpringI Begin With Spring
By Julie Dunlap, illustrated by Megan Elizabeth Baratta
(Tilbury House)
Grades 2-4

Beginning each season with quotes from Thoreau’s schoolboy essay about the changing seasons, I Begin with Spring follows him through the fields and woods of Concord, the joys and challenges of growing up, his experiment with simple living on Walden Pond, and his participation in the abolition movement, self-reliance, science, and literature.

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Saved by a WhiskerSaved by a Whisker
By Krysten Rybandt, illustrated by Ken Haeser
(Dynamite Entertainment)
Grades 2-5

This illustrated chapter book based on the incredible true story of a cat who lost his family, and the long journey it took to reunite them.

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By Nadja Spiegelman
(TOON Graphics)
Grades 2-5
Blancaflor, a superb graphic storytelling of a classic Latin American folktale, showcases the invisible labor of women and the contributions of Indigenous cultures.Raised by a mean ogre of a father who eats his opponents for dinner, Blancaflor is often told not to show off her own considerable powers for fear of scaring off suitors. When a prince falls from the sky and wakes up in her lap, she is spellbound and moves heaven and earth to help the endearing, yet not so clever, young man, all while trying not to let him know.

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Ninos: Poems for the Lost Children of ChileNinos: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile
By Maria Jose Farrada, illustrated by Maria Elena Valdez
(Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
Grades 3-8

Featuring gentle, emotive poems and soft, pastel-toned illustrations, Niños is an unforgettable tribute to the children of Pinochet’s Chile and all those threatened by political violence across the world.

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Merriam-Webster's 366 Words of the DayMerriam-Webster’s 366 Words of the Day
Edited by Sue Macy
(Merriam-Webster Kids)
Grades 4-7

Delightfully challenging and surprising words will convert even the most vocabulary-resistant middle schoolers (and grown-ups, too) into passionate logophiles.

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Baby TeethBaby Teeth
By Meg Grehan
(Little Island Books)
Grades 9-12
A unique verse novel of queer love, lust, and vampires from the award-winning author of The Deepest Breath. It starts when Claudia offers her a yellow rose.

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Romeo and JulietRomeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
(Manga Classics)
Grades 9-12
This full text manga edition of Shakespeare romantic tragedy helps many students engage with the story more readily.
Now also available: A Modern English Adaptation that includes much of the original vocabulary but now more accessible.

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NCTE 2021 All About Audio
We Are Still HereWe Are Still Here
By Traci Sorell, 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!

Listen to a sample of the audiobook here.

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Rise: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya AngelouRise: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People
(Live Oak Media)
Narrated by Cherise Booth
Written by Bethany Hegedus
AudioFile Earphones Award “This concise audio biography is a special tribute to acclaimed writer, poet, and Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou. Narrator Cherise Boothe’s beautiful, clear voice evokes Angelou’s spirit and embodies the power of the spoken word. …The hardcover picture book’s full-page illustrations, with layers of color and symbolism, make a stunning accompaniment.”

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Sound Learning has research and resources for audio literacy.
Find the latest research along with selection lists for each grade at

NCTE 2021 Book Buzz
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NCTE 2021 Thematic Booktalks

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

Graphic Novels & Manga

From Noir Is the New Black to an middle grade Elizabethan witchy romp to a modern English adaptations of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, find out about what is new and cool from the sequential art world. Featured publishers include Manga Classics, Fairsquare, Magnetic Press and more.


Poetry is everywhere as evidenced by this collection of current books including a feminist poetry/graphic novel anthology (!), mindful haikus, Live Oak Media’s audiobook edition of the new Maya Angelou verse biography, a queer vampire novel in verse, and the newest from poetry superstars Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell.

Weird & Wonderful

Wordless picture books, stunning narrative nonfiction, delightful chapter books, and an Australian classic making its first US appearance are presented here.

Books That You Will Want People to Give to You

We could have said “Gifts for English Teachers” just as easily. These are the books you will want to have at hand to fill five minutes of random class time or to have on your nightstand just for fun!

NCTE 2021 Educator Resources

Blue Dot Kids Press

Little Bird’s DayLittle Bird’s Day
By Sally Morgan, illustrated by Johnny Malibirr Warkatja
A heartening read-aloud about 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.

Download the educators’ guide.

Find more educator resources from Blue Dot Kids Press

Britannica Books

Factopia: Follow the Trail of 400 FactsFactopia: Follow the Trail of 400 Facts
By Kate Hale
Find a range of resources at

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Ninos: Poems for the Lost Children of ChileNinos: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile
By Maria Jose Farrara, illustrated by Maria Elena Valdez

Download a poetry multi-leveled lesson.


Geeky Fab Five: It's Not Rocket ScienceGeeky Fab Five: It’s Not Rocket Science
By Liz Lareau, Lucy Lareau, and Ryan Jampole
Download a multi-leveled story map created by

Download a teacher-created guide

Find Papercutz educators’ resources

Pomelo Books

Good Luck Gold and Other PoemsGood Luck Gold and Other Poems
By Janet Wong
(Pomelo Books)
Newly updated with additional content.

Interview with the author from
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Tilbury House

The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant StoryThe Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story
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 educators’ guide.
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NCTE 2021 Staff Picks

Emma Schneider, Publisher Liaison

Home of the Wild
Home of the Wild
Written by Louise Greig, illustrated by Júlia Moscardó
Floris Books
Grades K–2
On a walk through the forest, a boy finds an orphaned fawn that he takes under his wing and cares for until she grows strong. He calls her ‘Alba’ and together over the course of a long summer the two form an inseparable bond. Gentle reminders from mom tell him that a young deer is a wild thing and must find a home of her own. Atmospheric illustrations paired with lyrical, poetic text tenderly explore what it means to love, what it means to be free, and why letting go is often the best thing we can do for ourselves and others.

Rebecca Gibson, Logistics Coordinator

Rebecca Gibson
Letters From Bear
Letters from Bear
By Gauthier David, illustrated by Marie Caudry (Translated by Sarah Ardizzone)
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grades K-3
This epistolary tale marries the fanciful with the poignant, as a bear pens letters to a bird who has taken wing for the winter. Bear sets off to follow bird, and his epic quest is full of danger, drama, and plenty of animal friends who intercede to help him along the way. Happily, the long journey culminates with a happy reunion. As the relationship and genders of the two animals are left unspecified, there are many possibilities for readers to imagine. The text is infused with longing and imagery, which really sells the relationship between the two animals, and I was definitely rooting for Bear and Bird to find each other again. The strangely beautiful illustrations are a perfect counterpoint to the extravagant storyline. This book is weird, and it’s wonderful!

Caitlin Hall, Fall Intern

Caitlin Hall
Needle and Thread
Needle and Thread
Written by David Pickney, art by Ennun Ana Iuriov, typelettering by Micah Myers
(Madcave Studios)
Grades 8 and up
In high school, I had to make a choice between following my passions or following expectations, and I chose the latter. It wasn’t until a few years later I realized how unhappy I was and completely changed my education and career paths. The struggles I faced were worth it, and I looked forward to the challenges of the future. My only regret was not picking myself earlier, and I think if I had a book like Needle and Thread as a kid I would have.

NCTE 2021 Featured Publishers

Blue Dot Kids Press ◆ Britannica Books ◆ Catalyst Press/Story Press Africa ◆ Diamond Book Distributors ◆ Eerdmans Books for Young Readers ◆ Floris Books ◆ Gecko Press ◆ KO Kids ◆ Lantana Publishing ◆ Little Island Books ◆ Live Oak Media ◆ Mad Cave Studios ◆ Magnetic Press ◆ Manga Classics ◆ Merriam-Webster Kids ◆ Papercutz/NBM ◆ Pomelo Books ◆ Readers to Eaters ◆ Tapioca Stories ◆ Tiger Tales ◆ Tilbury House ◆ What on Earth/Britannica Books

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