Books I Love for This Issue
BEFORE THEY WERE AUTHORS (ISBN 9781328801531) from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers is a great anthology for kids that chronicles the childhoods of authors before they grew up and became famous. Done in a graphic novel style format, the book includes Maya Angelou, J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, Sandra Cisneros and many, many others. Learn more at the HMH website.
MARTINA AND CHRISSIE: THE GREATEST RIVALRY IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS (ISBN 9781536205640) from Candlewick Press is a picture book that follows the story of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert’s intense rivalry and its evolution into an enduring friendship. Winning tournament after tournament while winning the hearts of fans, the book celebrates two of the greatest players during a Golden Age of American tennis. Learn more at the Candlewick website.
MINDFUL TOTS: LOVINGKINDNESS (ISBN 9781782857495) and MINDFUL TOTS: TUMMY RIDE (ISBN 9781782857488) are from Barefoot Books (see more about Barefoot below in Publisher Spotlight.) Interactive books that explore daily routines, feelings, and friendships, these titles are perfect additions to a collection of mindfulness books for kids. It’s never too early to have this concept be part of their lives. Learn more at the Barefoot Books website: LOVINGKINDNESS and TUMMY RIDE.
BASQUIAT: A GRAPHIC NOVEL (ISBN 9781786274151) from Laurence King/Chronicle Books highlights the inventive life and career through cinematic scenes and through the eyes of those who knew him. That includes his dad and others–the supporting cast includes Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and other artists. I love this one a lot. Learn more at the Laurence King website.
UP JUMPED THE DEVIL: THE REAL LIFE OF ROBERT JOHNSON (ISBN 9781641600941) is from Chicago Review Press/IPG. Murdered at the age of 27, Johnson–despite his short life–has profoundly influenced singers and songwriters for many generations. This definitive biography is based on countless hours of interviews in the 1960’s with people who knew the man, and other research and documents–many have never been seen before. They cover how and why he died and the poison that killed him. Blues fans will love this astonishing biography. Learn more at the Chicago Review/IPG website.
The Five and Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, both from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, were featured in a June 2nd article in The Washington Post entitled 20 Books to Read This Summer.
Kate DiCamillo’s Tiger Rising from Candlewick Press is turning into a film starring Queen Latifah who will also be the Executive Producer, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Dreamworks’ Where’s Waldo animated television show will debut on the Universal Kids television network on July 20th at 10 am EST. Of course Candlewick has all the Waldo titles!
Chesapeake & Hudson is now representing Dissent Pins! A great sideline for booksellers, there are display options available. Ask your C&H rep for details.
Named one of Forbes Magazine’s 25 Best Small Companies in America, Barefoot is a great publisher that promotes diversity, mindfulness, STEM, creativity and so much more. Innovative concepts include the Build-a-Story Cards – each deck includes a booklet with activity suggestions by an education expert and color coded cards give kids building blocks to create their own stories; Mindful Tots series, new for Spring 2019, helping children to build empathy and manage their everyday emotions through mindfulness; books with audio; beautiful anthologies and so many more. What I love about their catalog is how it is arranged–including Math & Makerspace, Animal Kingdom, Biology, Engineering, Astronomy, Problem Solving, Mindful Moments, Feelings and Firsts, Early Learning, Global Books and others. Within these areas, all their books in all formats are grouped together. Fun! Ask your C&H rep about Barefoot Books or learn more at their website.