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this beautiful day

A day starts out gray and a group of siblings decide to make the best of it by going out and skipping, singing and whistling in the rain.  Their boundless mirth and merriment are infectious, others join in and eventually out comes the brilliant marigold sun.  Suzy Lee's line drawings are fresh and energetic and her palette evolves from grays and blues to include bright yellows and greens.  Along with Richard Jackson's simple but beautifully rhythmic and engaging text, our spirits are lifted by the end of the book.  The loveliest read for the gloomiest of days.

This Beautiful Day was written by Richard Jackson, long-time editor at Atheneum Books for Young Readers, illustrated by Suzy Lee and published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.


that is my dream

Daniel Miyares paints the words of one of Langston Hughes’ most esteemed works, “Dream Variations,” originally published in 1924, for a new audience of young readers.  Its message of freedom, hope and joy still resonates deeply with us today.

Daniel’s paintings are gentle yet profound in emotion and zeal.  His visually arresting and expansive page spreads immerse us in Hughes’ meaningful words, and give us a beautiful space to take them in and mull them over.

That Is My Dream was published by Schwartz & Wade.  Out on October 3.


the library book

“The rain is pouring, Dad is snoring,

and the same old stuff is on TV—boring.

What is there to do today?

Go to the library, of course!”

With nothing to do on a gray, rainy Saturday morning, a little girl takes a trip to her library and encounters a magical surprise (or two) when she delves into some well known and loved children’s books.  Melodic words, undulating text and radiant illustrations bring a joy and playfulness to this celebration of reading, books and our beloved libraries that house them.  

The Library Book is based on a popular song by singer/songwriter Tom Chapin and musician/composter Michael Mark and its sheet music can be found in the book’s endpapers!  Illustrated by Chuck Groenink and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.  Out October 3.


i have a balloon

This is definitely not a book about sharing. ;)

Scott Magoon illustrates Ariel Bernstein's dialogue-driven story about how we tend to act with our favorite possessions, and how quickly our perspectives can shift about them.

So much of the story and its gestalt are conveyed through the pictures and the dramatic changes in scene from spread to spread.  Readers will linger over the pages to ponder Owl and Monkey's fluctuating states of emotion and intention, along with the mix of subtle sideway glances, sly humor and hilarious antics.  A home run read-aloud.

I Have a Balloon was written by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon and published by Paula Wiseman Books.  Out on September 26!


when's my birthday giveaway

When’s My Birthday? is a celebration of the one day each year that kids look forward to with eager anticipation: their birthday.  Julie Fogliano's words are lovely and exuberant and Christian Robinson's work is, as always, an absolute delight.  His work evokes the irrepressible joy of childhood: its fun, laughter and effervescence.

We’re partnering with Red Cap Cards and Macmillan Children's Books to give away an assorted set of 24 birthday cards and 2 rolls of gift wrap featuring new designs by Christian Robinson, along with a copy of the newly released book When’s My Birthday?

This giveaway is open to US residents and ends Sunday, September 24, at 11:59 PM PDT.  Head over to this Instagram post to enter.