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NOW speaks to children's ability to live in the present and revel in the moment.  It celebrates childhood and its wonders, feelings, experiences and its favorites.  Children feel strongly; they speak their minds; they express their loves; they seize the day.  Antoinette Portis' beautiful, vibrant and effortless paintings, rendered with sumi ink, brush and bamboo, make us feel like kids again (for those of us readers who are grown-ups) and make us wish that we could love and embrace the moment as freely as children do.

NOW was written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis and is out July 11 from Roaring Brook Press.


little lit book series: landmarks

#littlelitbookseries is all about landmarks this month.

Jason Chin has brought many natural wonders to life in his incredible picture books, and his latest is GRAND CANYON.  He weaves together engaging narrative, history and science to provide a trip back in time through one of the largest canyons in the world.  There is so much packed into this book, and an endless amount to learn with each read.  It was no doubt a huge undertaking with loads of meticulous research and hours upon hours of drafts to put this exceptional book together.  We love Jason Chin’s devotion to his craft, and his amazing contributions to #kidlit.  

GRAND CANYON was published by Roaring Brook Press.  Stop by Little Lit Book Series throughout the month for more books with landmarks.


little wolf's first howling

It’s Little Wolf’s first howling lesson and he’s beside himself in anticipation.  Big Wolf, his father, begins to school him in the “traditional howling form,” the way it’s always been done.  While his son’s first howling is indeed eager and wholehearted, it’s a bit unconventional, and he expresses disapproval until he comes to an important realization.  A sweet story about individuality, creativity and spirit.  Serenely beautiful and eloquent depictions of twilight and the nocturnal forest.

Little Wolf’s First Howling was written by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, and collaboratively illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee.  Published by Candlewick Press.


places to be

"We have so many places to be!

Places to be loud

and lovely

and scared

and jubilant."

A tribute to good friends and the countless experiences we have with them.  Sweet, sincere, funny and reassuring, Places to Be also reminds children that no matter where they are, what they're feeling and what they encounter, the world is made for them to embrace and explore.  And having a trustworthy friend with you while you're out there is always a good idea.

Places to Be was written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Renata Liwska and published by Balzer + Bray.


what avery's reading

A late update on #whataverysreading.  Happy first day of summer and here’s to slower days, warm nights and catching up on all those books you wanted to read during the year (that’s me).