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Cynthia Rylant draws parallels between the human experience and nature in this meditation on life, its beauty and the wonder of it all.  Her soft, gentle text conveys an appreciation for the uniqueness and experiences of life, the important lessons we learn along the way, and the wisdom and values we hope to instill in our children that will carry them through their lifetime.  Breathtaking and emotionally rich illustrations by Brendan Wenzel are a perfect fit for the book's beautiful and meaningful message.

LIFE will be out on June 27 from Beach Lane Books.



On the hottest day of the year—hotter than broccoli soup and hotter than the Atacama Desert—a boy and his grandad are on the hunt for the perfect picnic spot.   Their sun-filled search becomes long and drawn-out but proves fruitful.  What ensues is an epic afternoon replete with gleaming adventure, new friends and patience rewarded.  To be immersed in Sam Usher's sweeping, picturesque watercolors and magical visual storytelling is an incredible treat—don't miss out on this one.

SUN is the third story in Sam Usher's seasonal series and was published by Templar.


kiki and coco's guide to paris + giveaway

If you happen to be traveling to Paris sometime soon, or even in the far future, be sure to find yourself a copy of Kiki and Coco's Guide to Paris when it publishes later this month on June 27.  Kiki and Coco teach you French words, help you pack for your trip, provide tidbits about French culture and remind you to take note of the beautiful details, monuments and magical experiences you have in the City of Lights.  Included are activities, four postcards (with scenes from Kiki and Coco's original storybook) and a pocket in the back to hold any Parisian treasures you pick up along the way.  A wonderful way to become acquainted with Paris and its many charms, and the perfect keepsake to record your amazing time there.

Kiki & Coco’s Guide to Paris was written by Nina Gruener, photographed by Stephanie Rausser and the beautiful doll in the book was made by Jess Brown.

Cameron Books is giving away one set of Kiki and Coco in Paris AND Kiki & Coco’s Guide to Paris.  This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents and the winners will be drawn at random.  It ends on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 11:59 PM PDT.  Head over to Instagram to enter. 


double take! a new look at opposites

"HIGH might look hazy

until we see LOW.

A racer's called FAST

when rivals are SLOW.

Now just when you think you've mastered that notion,

Watch relative words set matters in motion."

Looking and thinking about opposites from a new perspective—from multiple perspectives—is the clever and thought-provoking premise behind Double Take! A New Look at Opposites.  Jay Fleck's illustrations are a delight and Susan Hood's ideas give us much to ponder and show us that how we see things is so dependent upon our point of view.  A smart and refreshing look at opposites.

Double Take! A New Look at Opposites was written by Susan Hood and illustrated illustrated by Jay Fleck. Out from Candlewick Studio on June 13.


little lit book series: books that take you places

Summer is the perfect time for an adventure and a book that really transports you.  That’s our theme for #littlelitbookseries this month—books that take you places.

"He charted a course. 

He checked the breeze. 

He cut the strings...

and floated free."

On a dull and lifeless night, and ready for a change in scenery, a boy named Sebastian takes flight in a hot air balloon made out of his grandmother's afghans and patchwork quilts.  He has a few mishaps along the way but makes a few memorable friends on a most unexpected adventure.

Sebastian and the Balloon was written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead and published by Roaring Brook Press.

Stop by throughout this month for more books that take you places  and see what everyone is sharing today with the hashtag #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.