Welcome to the Publisher Spotlight TLA 21 Showcase!
From author interviews to digital downloads, and free resources to themed booktalks, you’ll discover a range of resources for new books and audiobooks sure to enlighten and engage your readers and students.
Visit our TLA PInterest board for books from our featured publishers plus thematic boards including:
Meet the authors at our TLA booth, see times and dates below.
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)
Meet author/illustrator Kathryn Otoshi (One, Two, Zero, and Beautiful Hands) in our TLA booth on Friday, April 23 from 2:2:30 and on Saturday from 10:30-11am.
Underground *Featured on the Texas 2×2 List!*
Subway systems around the world are revealed through enthralling illustrations and fascinating facts in this picture book that kids will want to return to again and again. (Ages 4-10)
Escape the Video Game: Mystery of the Starship Crusader
This pick-your-path adventure is perfect for those readers who like their books packed with action and empowerment. One by one, crew members of the spaceship start disappearing and it’s up to the reader to uncover the traitor before it’s too late. (Ages 9-12)
Meet Dustin Brady:
Saturday at 2pm
Mad Cave Studios
This graphic novel set in 1980s Miami during its most dangerous and decadent decade follows four teens desperate to escape the drugs and violence of the city. Together, they plot a heist to steal large sums of cash from the city’s most dangerous gang in a fearless story infused with Hispanic culture. (Ages 16+)
Meet Jarred Lujan on Saturday, April 24 from 10-10:30am.
Joyce Sidman, Author
Hello Earth: Poems to Our Planet
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
We walk on Earth’s surface every day, but how often do we wonder about the incredible planet around us? From the molten cracks below to the shimmering moon above, Hello, Earth! explores the wonders of the natural world. This playful journey across our puzzle-piece continents does not hesitate to ask questions–even of the Earth itself.
Classroom Guide for Hello Earth: Poems to Our Planet:
Christina Booth, Author
Welcome Home, Whales
Blue Dot Kids Press
In a quiet harbor, a young child hears the call of a right whale, the rarest kind of whale. He is the only person in his town to hear the whale’s moving song, and he waits by the bay to hear more of her story and shares in her joy and sorrow. At first her story makes the young boy sad, but he is soon filled with hope as she introduces her new calf to the world.
“Booth’s tale…is moody and mystical. Her lyrical prose and cerulean watercolor art swim together like mother and calf: ‘two voices calling with a story of new beginnings.'”—New York Times
Educator resources for Welcome Home, Whales:
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Starting Over in Sunset Park
By Jose Peleaz and Lynn McGee
Illustrated by Bianca Diaz
"A girl and her mother move to Brooklyn from the Dominican Republic, and their adjustment includes sharing a home with a Brooklyn family before they can be independent, finding work, starting school in an unfamiliar language, making friends, and always thinking of what was left behind. Diaz’s brightly colored illustrations make Sunset Park appear cheerful and welcoming, reflecting the warm colors implied in the name. The Afro-Caribbean experience is seldom seen in children’s books, and cultural insiders will appreciate the text’s references to the Dominican Republic and its inclusion of Spanish language."—Booklist (Gr. 1-3)
By Karen Lynn Williams
Illustrated by Sara Palacios
(Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
Enrique can’t believe his father won’t let him travel to his team’s big soccer tournament. Papi says going across the checkpoint is too risky. Even though Enrique is a U.S. citizen, the rest of the family isn’t–and if the border police stop them, the family might be split up. The next morning Enrique decides he’s going to his big game, no matter what. But the day ahead will change how he sees his dad and how he defines courage.
Ayudantes en Covid-19
By Beth Bacon
Illustrated by Kary Lee
Even during the global pandemic, communities everywhere have many helpers fighting this new disease, including doctors, nurses, researchers, scientists, farmers, truck drivers, garbage collectors, shopkeepers, postal workers, government leaders, reporters, and even kids living in shelter-in-place quarantines. Available in both Spanish and English, this is the winner of the Emory Global Health Institute competition in 2020. (Grades PreK-2)
Atlas of Dogs
By Stepanka Stepaninova, illustrated by Marcel Kralik
A unique collection of over 200 breeds of dogs, with fun facts and witty illustrations, accompanied by heroic stories from the exclusive Dogs’ Post Daily newspaper. Each breed is playfully introduced, and readers will discover which dogs are among the bravest and most devoted, who is the biggest barker, or who snores loudly when dreaming of a juicy bone. (Grades 1-4)
A Plan for his People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for Change
By Lindsey McDivitt
Illustrated by Charly Palmer
(Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
Palmer’s powerful paintings complement this inspiring story of sacrifice and loss, devotion and learning, patience and hard work. Time lines, additional information about apartheid, and recommended resources are included. The author and illustrator notes provide further context. VERDICT Highly recommended for libraries that need titles about the ongoing global fight against racism. Mandela’s journey makes for a powerful reminder of the ability to change.–School Library Journal (starred review) Grades 2-5
Our World in the Balance: Understanding Climate Change and What We Can Do
By Andrea Minoglio
Blue Dot Kids Press
Filled with engaging big ideas that will inspire children to think about their role in keeping our world healthy, Our World Out of Balance details how humans have thrown the planet off-balance and ways we can work together to be part of the solution and create a healthier world. Perfect for homeschooling and virtual and blended learning, each chapter pairs brightly colored illustrations with easily graspable scientific facts and statistics. The backmatter lists various citizen science initiatives that kids can take part in to help make a difference. Informational text includes a table of contents, diagrams, index, glossary, and select bibliography. (Grades 3-6)
Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit
By Colby Cedar Smith
This novel in verse captures one young woman’s struggle for independence, equality, and identity as the daughter of Greek and French immigrants in tumultuous 1930s Detroit. A beautifully written novel in verse loosely based on author Colby Cedar Smith’s paternal grandmother, the story follows Mary as the American-born daughter of Greek and French immigrants living in Detroit in the 1930s, creating a historically accurate portrayal of life as an immigrant during the Great Depression, hunger strikes, and violent riots.
The Secret Garden
Adapted by Mariah Marsden
Illustrated by Hannah Luechtefeld
Given new life as a graphic novel in illustrator Hanna Luechtefeld’s whimsical style, The Secret Garden is more enchanting and relevant than ever before. At the back of the book, readers can learn about the life of Frances Hodgson Burnett and the history of British colonialism that contextualizes the original novel.
Anne of Green Gables
Siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert were planning to adopt an orphaned boy to help out around their farm, Green Gables–instead, they got Anne Shirley. A plucky redheaded girl with a vibrant imagination, Anne turns first Green Gables and then the rest of Prince Edward Island on its ear. The first manga adaptation authorized by the L.M. Montgomery Estate.
Rise: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou
By Bethany Hegedus
Narrated by Cherise Boothe
Live Oak Media
Earphones Award from Audiofile
"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."
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
"What better way to induce drowsiness in young pillow plumpers than short, fascinating introductions to the bedding-down behavior of creatures?"—Kirkus Reviews (Ages 3-8)
Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention
Written and read by Christopher Lloyd
What on Earth Books
"British author Christopher Lloyd brings personality and humor to the narration of his entertaining and informative history of the world from the big bang to the present day. In just over six hours, this audiobook presents a brief but vivid journey through geological time and the progression of mostly Western human civilization…Lloyd’s enthusiastic narration highlights the drama of the incredible events that shaped our world, and should spark listeners’ fascination."—Audiofile
The Thing About Bees
Readers to Eaters/Live Oak Media
“In a holistic–and wholly original–treatment, Larkin spins a buoyant monologue to his (actual) young sons about why bees are to be valued and how they are analogous to rambunctious children; the narrative is threaded with unconditional love for both subjects. Smart ABAB rhymes propel the narrative, while other lyrical structures offer pauses and maintain attention: “Sometimes bees can be a bit rude./They fly in your face and prance on your food…. /And worst of all, they do this thing/called sting./OUCH!”—from the School Library Journal starred review
Founder and Producer
Live Oak Media
Listen in as the producer of Odyssey-honored audiobooks including Jazz, H.O.R.S.E., We Are Grateful¸ and more talks with Francisca Goldsmith about how audiobooks can impact young listeners.
Narrator and Director
Rise and The Overground Railroad
Listen in as “Voice of Choice” narrator and director Dion Graham talks about recent projects including Rise: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People and The Overground Railroad.
Find the full list and instructions here to get two free downloads each week throughout the summer.
Check out all the books in our booth in thematic groups as well as by publisher on Pinterest.
Discover what is new and coming soon from Andrews McMeel in their Spring 2021 Catalog & Audiobooks.
Find resources, activities, and videos in support of Andrews McMeel books including Big Nate, Peanuts and NASA (yes, you read that correctly!) and Trapped in a Video Game from visiting author Dustin Brady (meet the author, see above!). AMP Kids Resource Center.
The Britannica All-New Kids Encyclopedia: Activity packs and resources for each section of this best-selling kids encyclopedia. Find them here.
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
A soccer game, a checkpoint, and a jarring reality for a family. Facing Fear is a powerful depiction of the everyday struggles faced by undocumented immigrants and their families. Sensitively told with expressive illustrations, Facing Fear explores the meaning of bravery and the strength of a community. Learn more from the book trailer here.
Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile
“A heartfelt volume emphasizing innocence in the face of continuing political violence, this #OwnVoices work is a must-purchase for poetry collections serving young patrons.” Watch the video here.
A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for his Nation
“Highly recommended for libraries that need titles about the ongoing global fight against racism. Mandela’s journey makes for a powerful reminder of the ability to change.” Watch the video here.
The Natural World
Stories of Refugees and Immigrants
Tails and Tales
Waiting for a Warbler
By Sneed B. Collard III, illustrated by Thomas Brooks
Have you ever thought about the immense journey a migratory bird takes as it flies North every year? The story of Owen and his sister creating a haven in their backyard and then eagerly awaiting the arrival of a Cerulean Warbler brings the reality of this journey home. The extensive back matter aids novices to bird watching and ways to help protect birds. Here’s hoping these songbirds visit your backyard.—Tracy Gallagher
Whale Fall Cafe
By Jacquie Sewell, illustrated by Dan Tavis
What happens when a whale dies? I never really thought about it before but now I’m fascinated. The body sinks and becomes dinner for all sorts of creatures from sharks to bacteria. Plus, the skeletal remains last for centuries becoming support for coral and sea anemones. The vibrant illustrations provide interest for reluctant readers and the backmatter contains information on a fall from 1987 along with profiles of two marine biologists.—Tracy Gallagher
The Rollercoaster Ride
Written and illustrated by David Broadbent
Child’s Play International
This zipped me right back to my childhood, when the promise of a fun day spent with a beloved grandma sent me over the moon with excitement. We share Vincent’s anticipation as we follow him and Grandma on their bus trip to the beach, through a few disappointments, and thanks to quick-thinking Grandma, off to unexpected new adventures. With authentic, normalized representation of physical differences and delightful, detailed illustrations, The Rollercoaster Ride is a sweet, fun read from beginning to end.—Christina Moorehead
The Texas Chronicles
Written by Mark Skipworth and created by Christopher Lloyd
What on Earth Books!
I have a great weakness for history and timelines, so The Texas Chronicles practically reached out and grabbed me! I was immediately drawn to the amazing and varied collection of facts about the state’s people, places, events, and fun trivia, and loved the newspaper-style stories in the front section detailing major stories from the state’s history. Every bit of this amazing and interactive book offers more to explore!—Christina Moorehead
Wildflowers bursts forth from the wild imagination of the beloved Argentinian comic artist Liniers with that same feeling when you go outside on the first day of Spring. It seems like overnight, there is a new world outside your doors, grabbing your senses and drawing you in to a chaos of color and adventure. In Wildflowers, three little girls are seemingly stuck on an island jungle as they explore their new surroundings. Kids will especially enjoy using this as a jumping off for their own backyard or parkland adventures, proving that adventure is always just around the corner, or outside your door. Note there are two editions, one in the usual Toon size and another larger gift edition. (Grades PreK-3)—Ellen Myrick
My First IQRA!
Kube Books/Islamic Foundation
If your library serves communities who speak Arabic, this is a must-have Arabic alphabet book. My First Iqra includes pages where children can trace the letters (Montessori schools will especially love this!) with their fingers, learn the shapes, and sounds, and even practice if they have a dry erase marker. By the end, the child (or adult, for that matter) will have mastered the alphabet. (Grades PreK-K)—Elen Myrick
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