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City Stories, New Releases, a Bookish Ornament, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

Happy December! I hope this month is filled with beautiful and cozy days for you. I’m looking forward to celebrating my kiddo’s birthday next weekend and visiting friends over the holiday break. I can’t wait to pick out our tree and make marshmallows to eat with hot chocolate!

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Stacked Books Glass Ornament by HolidayShopbyFandF

I love this delicate ornament that will look perfect on any tree. A sweet gift for any booklover. $20

New Releases

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Little Red Riding Hood and the Dragon by Ying Chang Compestine, illustrated by Joy Ang

In a village by the Great Wall of China, a young kung fu fighter heads off with nourishing food for her sick grandmother. When she is led astray by a dragon, she finds herself swallowed whole when she reaches her grandmother’s house. Thankfully, she uses all of her ingenuity to rescue both her and grandmother.

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A Story is to Share: How Ruth Krauss Found Another Way to Tell a Tale by Carter Higgins, illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault

I am always in awe of Carter Higgins’s writing. She is truly a master of words, and she is the perfect person to tell the story of the legendary author/illustrator Ruth Krauss. The illustrations are charming, and I love the green cloth spine!

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

As a city dweller, I always find myself drawn to stories of city living. These new picture books celebrate city life!

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City Under the City by Dan Yaccarino

In this sci-fi-ish (or realistic?) picture book, Bix lives in a city where no one talks to each other or reads books. They just stare at portable devices all monitored by the Big Eye. In an attempt to escape from the intrusive Eye, Bix finds a way under the city where he discovers an abandoned city…one that has a library! Can Bix find a way to bring back books, and defeat the Big Eye for good?

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If You Were a City by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Francesca Sanna

Cities are known for diversity, and this picture book perfectly captures how people can all be unique and add different gifts to a place. The illustrations are vibrant and full of energy!

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Cycle City by Alison Farrell

I love so many things about this book! Farrell’s humor and illustrative style remind me of Richard Scarry. Etta the Elephant is off to her aunt’s house, and along the way she encounters a bicycle parade! Check out all the funny and silly bikes Etta sees in this delightful picture book.

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Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter, illustrations by Oge Mora

Living in a big building has its challenges, especially when noise wakes up residents one by one, setting off a chain reaction so no neighbor is unaffected! But calm and quiet return to the city, and slowly the residents of the red brick building find rest again. Are you tired of me recommending books by Oge Mora yet??? I just love her illustrations!

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What are you reading these days?

Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Karina

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Beautiful Children’s Books Focused on Illustration, New Releases, and More!

Hi Kid Lit friends!

I hope those of you in the United States enjoyed your Thanksgiving holidays. I’m grateful that you’re with us every week celebrating children’s books!

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Books and Cats Tee by GrantRBJprintdesigns

I like this tee because it describes me (and about 50 of my friends!) perfectly. $18

New Releases

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Me and Muhammad Ali by Jabari Asim, illustrated by AG Ford

Inspired by a real-life event in the author’s childhood, this celebratory picture book is about the heroes we look up to as young people. In in, Langston loves everything about Muhammad Ali and is thrilled to hear that his hero will be visiting the local high school. But when he’s stopped from going inside the school, can Langston and his mom convince the guard that they need to meet the person Langston looks up to most in the world?

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A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Adeline has a new teacher who doesn’t understand her at all. When they begin to learn about the Salem Witch Trials in class, Adeline can’t stop thinking about them. Those people were different, like Adeline who is autistic. She knows she needs to tell the story of the witches, because there is much more to their lives than anyone knows.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I absolutely love books that feature iconic illustrations, and these wonderful books would make perfect holiday gifts for your book loving friend, teacher, librarian, or child!

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Creature by Shaun Tan

I am so happy that this book was made! Shaun Tan is one of the world’s most visionary artists, capturing so much beauty in his narrative illustrations (like in his Caldecott winner The Arrival). This collection of sketches, illustrations, and illuminating essays make this a powerful and thrilling book for all fans of Shaun Tan.

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The Art of Ramona Quimby: Sixty-Five Years of Illustrations from Beverly Cleary’s Beloved Books by Anna Katz

As much as I love the Ramona Quimby stories, I do think the iconic illustrations and covers play a huge part of what made this series such an incredible success. Go back in time and check out the five different illustrators — Louis Darling, Alan Tiegreen, Joanne Scribner, Tracy Dockray, and Jacqueline Rogers — who helped bring Ramona to life!

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The Art of Alice and Martin Provensen by Alice and Martin Provensen

Alice and Martin Provensen are a beloved husband-and-wife team who created the art for over 40 books, many of which ended up on the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year lists. One of the books they illustrated, The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot, won the Caldecott Award. Check out this gorgeous book that showcases so much of their beautiful artwork over the course of 70 years.

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Hayao Miyazaki by Jessica Niebel, Daniel Kothenschulte, Pete Docter, and Hayao Miyazaki

I first came across this book in a museum, and I immediately longed to buy it. It is filled with so much gorgeous art from beloved filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki who creates stories that feature characters navigating unfamiliar terrain and looking out on a challenging and complicated world. This book is an immersion into his world and creative process.

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What are you reading these days?

Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Karina

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Picture Books About Giving Thanks

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

The holiday season is upon us, and no matter how often I tell myself I will get ahead of the chaos, it always feels as if it sneaks up on me. On top of that, we have family birthdays in November and December, so it seems like I’m baking nonstop these two months. How are you all feeling as we get into the holidays?

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Book Locket Necklace by SilkPurseSowsEar

This is a sweet gift for the booklover in your family. Not only does it hold two photos, you can include a short message or quote that is folded up and tucked inside. $27+

New Releases

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Dadaji’s Paintbrush by Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Ruchi Mhasane

This gorgeous picture book is set in a tiny village in India where a boy and his grandfather spend their days painting. I love the dreamy illustrative quality paired with the clear affection between the two main characters.

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Operation Final Notice by Matthew Landis

I am a huge fan of Matthew Landis’s middle grade books (my favorite being The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody). This book, set in the months leading to the start of the new year, is told in alternating perspectives between Ronny and his best friend Jo. They are both dealing with very different problems but find that the only way they can get through this is with each other.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

Today’s book recommendations are all about gratitude!

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Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten, illustrated by Garry Meeches Sr.

When the pilgrims arrived in North America, they were given the gift of the Wampanoag’s care. Without the Wampanoag, the pilgrims would not have made it through their first winter. In particular, the Wampanoag’s cultivation of Weeâchumun (corn) was integral to their thanksgiving story. This book comes with a pronunciation key and definitions.

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Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

This is one of my favorite picture books by one of my favorite author/illustrators! In this story, a young child watches as their grandmother prepares an aromatic stew that has everyone knocking on their door for a taste! With Omu giving away all of their food, will there be anything left for them?

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What Is Given From the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by April Harrison

This is one of my absolute favorite picture books about giving generously even when it’s difficult. When a neighbor loses everything in a fire, the community comes together to provide for their neighbor’s needs. But what does James have that is worth giving?

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Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki

As someone who volunteers regularly at a soup kitchen, I really appreciated this book and how it shows all the ways people come together to use what they have to make meals for people who might be hungry.

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What are you reading these days?

Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Karina

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Children’s Books about Pizza, New Releases, and a Shire Candle

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Today my youngest kid turns 13, and I cannot believe I now have two teenagers at home. Today I am also running my second half marathon! The route involves a couple of loops around the Central Park running path, which is brutally hilly but at least familiar to me since I run that loop often. Wish me luck!

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The Shire Candle

The Shire Literary Candle by AARKAORIGINS

Calling all Lord of the Rings fans! This candle will bring you right to woodsy magic of the shire. $8

New Releases

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Lolo’s Light by Liz Garton Scanlon (middle grade)

This beautifully written middle grade novel is about that moment in childhood that changes how you think about the world. In Lolo’s case, the thing that happens is really, really sad. And this is the story about how Lolo recovers from that tragedy and finds the courage to move forward.

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The Little Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, illustrated by Rafael López

This joyful book alternates between the lives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and how they found comfort and love in difficult times in their lives.

For more new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Pizza is such a universally loved food, and it’s no surprise that it’s often the hero in children’s books!

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Pizza My Heart by Mika Song (graphic chapter book)

Two squirrels need to get creative in order to get a slice of that gooey, delicious pizza. Will they accomplish their hearts’ desire, even if it means trickery and evading Tomato, the one-eyed cat?

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Pizza! A Slice of History by Greg Pizzoli (picture book)

This wonderfully informative book about everyone’s favorite food is both fun and funny. Did you know that in the USA, we eat 350 slices of pizza every second? Find out where Pizza Margherita got its name and how pizza differs by country.

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The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Shawn Harris (graphic novel)

This cosmically silly graphic novel combines so many things that kids love: cats, space, and pizza! When humans discover that rats are eating the moon, Earth’s last great hope is…a cat? Can this cat save the world?

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Every Night is Pizza Night by J. Kenji López-Alt, illustrated by Gianna Ruggiero (picture book)

Pipo knows that pizza is the best food in the world, but when she sets out to scientifically prove that fact, she meets so many people in the neighborhood who like different foods. Is pizza better than bibimbap? Better than Moroccan tagine? Maybe the best food is the one that reminds you of home…

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What are you reading these days?

Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Karina

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Stories of Japanese Internment in WWII, Bookish Stickers, and More!

Dear Kid Lit Friends,

Hello from early November, where the leaves across New York City are changing colors and drifting to the ground. I love the sound of autumn, and I love sitting on the couch under a blanket reading a good book. Is there any better feeling?

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Bookish Stickers by WildOakStickers

I love the collection of bookish stickers available at WildOakStickers’s Etsy page! There are discounts when you buy in bulk, just saying…$3 each.

New Releases

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Sisterhood of Sleuths by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (middle grade)

This new mystery by the Book Scavenger series author is filled with Nancy Drew lore and mystery. When Maizy discovers a box of old Nancy Drew books at her mom’s consignment shop, it leads to lots of questions and the search for the book’s owner. Can Maizy uncover the truth?

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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky: The Graphic Novel by Kwame Mbalia, adapted by Robert Venditti, illustrated by Olivia Stephens

In this beautifully rendered graphic novel, the story of Tristan Strong is brought to life in vivid colors. When Tristan is sent to his grandparents’ farm in Alabama to recover from a tragedy, he finds himself in a tug-of-war with an unworldly creature and punches the Bottle Tree which subsequently creates a chasm in the sky and releases all sorts of trouble. Can Tristan find someone who can help him mend the sky and save the world?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

There have been some really informative new books about Japanese internment during World War II that have come across my desk lately, and I thought I would share them with you!

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Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Yas Imamura (picture book)

I adore this picture book about two people who fall in love in the most unlikely of places: Minidoka, a War Relocation Center in the desert. There, Tama works in the camp’s tiny library, and each day George is waiting at the door when the library opens ready to return his book haul and select new stories to check out. Tama has never met such a bookworm! Or is George visiting the library so frequently for a different reason?

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Fish for Jimmy by Katie Yamasaki (picture book)

When his younger brother Jimmy stops eating once their family is moved to an internment camp, Taro spends his nights making the risky trip out of the camp to catch fish for Jimmy in hopes that he can tempt his brother to eat.

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Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge and Lauren Tamaki (middle grade nonfiction)

This thoroughly researched nonfiction book illuminates an underrepresented topic in American history. During the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, three photographers set out to document life in Manzanar, an internment camp in the California desert. Through their eyes, we see a variety of images that capture what life was like inside the camps.

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Peace is a Chain Reaction by Tanya Lee Stone (middle grade nonfiction)

In this heavily researched book, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone tells the story of two groups of teenagers on opposite sides of the world connected by war who grow up into adults who pursue peace and forgiveness.

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What are you reading these days?

Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Karina

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Spooky Stories, Bookish Socks, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

How are we all feeling about Halloween this year? Does anyone have any wonderful bookish themed Halloween costumes? Obviously I would love to see them ALL! Feel free to send me your photos — my contact information is at the bottom!

And…I have an update about Lalo’s therapy dog evaluation. He passed! According to the evaluator, he has a “sparkling personality.” Hooray! Photo at the end of this newsletter. 🙂

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Bookish Socks by ThisWear

I love a good pair of bookish socks, and these are adorable and perfect for all who love books and nostalgia. $15+

New Releases

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The Flamingo by Guojing

I am a huge fan of Guojing (if you couldn’t tell from all the times I’ve recommended Stormy in this very newsletter). In this gorgeous, mostly wordless, chapter book, a young girl goes to visit her Lao Lao by the sea. They collect sea shells and Lao Lao tells stories from her past. This book totally made me cry!

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Counting in Dog Years and Other Sassy Math Poems by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Priscilla Tey

This is a silly and funny book about math, written in a way to draw young mathematicians in! Young people will enjoy the funny questions and appreciate how the math is all about what really matters to them.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

So many young readers love books about the supernatural, and there are so many great choices in this genre!

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Leila, The Perfect Witch by Flavia Z. Drago (picture book)

I loved Drago’s previous picture book Gustavo: The Shy Ghost, and this one is just as charming and sweet. Leila is a perfect witch — she excels at everything…except for cooking. Thankfully, she has three sisters who don’t mind sharing cooking tips, and Leila learns that she doesn’t have to be good at everything to be accepted.

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Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima (picture book)

Written from the perspective of a house who is looking for a family who doesn’t mind her creaky floors and squeaky hinges, this lovely picture book is about finding home with people who love you just the way you are.

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Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston (middle grade)

I know so many fans of this book, and it’s no surprise because it has everything that a middle grade reader would want. Mystery? Check. The main character’s nomination to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs? Check. An evil magician threatening the supernatural world? Check!

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The Girl in White by Lindsay Currie

If you’re into extremely creepy, bone chillingly scary books, Lindsay Currie is the author for you! When Mallory moves to Eastport, a town known as the most cursed in all of America, she begins having persistent nightmares of being watched. Then, in a terrifying encounter, she meets the woman from her dreams, and Mallory knows she must face her fears before it’s too late.

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What are you reading these days?

Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Karina

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Corgi Butt Bookmark, Poetry Books, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

As I’m writing this, I’m helping prepare my dog Lalo for a therapy dog evaluation. By the time this newsletter goes out, we will know whether Lalo has passed the test! It has been a really fun six weeks of learning about therapy animals and training Lalo, and I’m crossing my fingers that he will pass. I’ll include an update next week!

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Corgi Butt Felted Bookmark by BenMcFuzzylugs

I mean, come on. How can you resist such a cute bookmark? Also, corgi butts are the cutest. $18

New Releases

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Puppy Life: The First Eight Weeks of Bonding, Playing, and Growing by Traer Scott

If you need a little pick me up, pick up this book! My daughter and I looked through it when we were both feeling a little tired, and the book definitely woke us up (probably because with every page turn we had to say “Awwwwww!”). This book follows six different breeds of puppies from birth to eight weeks.

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PAWS: Gabby Gets It Together by Michele Assarasakorn and Nathan Fairbairn

In this Babysitter’s Club-esque graphic novel, three friends, who for different reasons can’t have their own dogs, decide to start a dog walking business. They’ll get to hang out with dogs everyday after school and make money doing it! What could go wrong?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

A wonderful poem can evoke the strongest emotions. Here are four picture books that use poetry in creative and beautiful ways.

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Awe-some Days: Poems about the Jewish Holidays by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte

This lovely collection follows a family that decides to celebrate all the Jewish holidays within one year — the holidays they know and the ones they aren’t so familiar with. Join them as they explore new traditions and the history behind them.

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Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat edited by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Alicia Vergel de Dios, Damian Ward, Kristen Balouch, Jeremy Tugeau, and Michele Noiset

This wonderful collection, edited by the great Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by a number of incredible artists, is sure to get kids excited by rhythm and rhyme. The included CD is a wonderful way to enjoy the poems and is a reminder that poetry is meant to be shared and spoken.

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The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

I love this book and have given it to many people. It is a story of inspiration and aspiration, written by the now famous Amanda Gorman who delivered this poem at the presidential inauguration of President Joseph Biden.

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Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersand, illustrated by Benny Andrews

I adore this collection of Langston Hughes’ poetry combined with the gorgeous illustrations by Benny Andrews. There is also a wonderful forward by acclaimed author Renée Watson.

What are you reading these days?

Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Karina

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New Picture Book Biographies, a Fabulous Library Pin, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

It definitely feels like autumn around here. We went apple picking last weekend, and this week I baked pumpkin maple muffins and apple pie. The kids are excitedly talking about Halloween costumes and candy. The leaves on the trees are beginning to change in New York City. It’s a fun time!

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Support Public Libraries Pin by MariahDrawsThings

All of my bags are adorned with pins, and I definitely need to add this one to my collection! $13

New Releases

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The Area 51 Files by Julie Buxbaum

This hilarious and fun middle grade book follows Sky Patel-Baum as she goes to live with her uncle. What she does not expect is to live in Area 51, where her neighbors are aliens and her mac and cheese has eyeballs in it. But something mysterious is afoot in Area 51 when aliens — called Break Throughs — start going missing…and people start pointing fingers at Sky. Can she clear her name and find the missing Break Throughs?

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Jasmine Toguchi: Brave Explorer by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic

This Tuesday, the new Jasmine Toguchi book comes out. Hooray! In the fifth book in this delightful chapter book series, Jasmine is ready to board a plane and head to Japan! But traveling is not very fun when your sister is a grump, and then Jasmine realizes that Japan is very different from where she grew up and she keeps on making mistakes and feeling foolish. Is Jasmine brave enough to explore a new country?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I have been getting so many wonderful picture book biographies lately! This is definitely one of my favorite genres, and I have learned so much from these books already.

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Bessie the Motorcycle Queen by Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrated by Charlot Kristensen

In 1929, when she was 19 years old, Bessie got on her motorcycle and traveled the country. She would flip a penny on a map to decide where she was going. She learned how to service her own motorcycle and faced discrimination and danger on the road. But despite the setbacks, she continued to ride and founded the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club to connect with other riders.

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A Life of Service: The Story of Senator Tammy Duckworth by Christina Soontornvat, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

In this picture book biography, Thai creators Christina Soontornvat and Dow Phumiruk tell the inspiring story of Tammy Duckworth. Born in Thailand, Tammy grew up moving from place to place because of her dad’s job at the United Nations. But when her dad loses his job, they use the last of their savings to move to Hawaii. Through hard work and perseverance, she finished college and graduate school and enlisted in the army to serve her country. In Baghdad, her helicopter was hit, and her injuries were nearly fatal. After a long and painful recovery, Tammy wanted to continue serving her country and she eventually became the first Thai American woman elected to Congress.

Dressing Up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head by Jeanne Walker Harvery, illustrated by Diana Toledano

I loved this story of Edith Head. As a young girl, she grew up in the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada. She spent her days in the desert dressing up her toys, pets, wild animals, and even a cactus! When she grew up and moved to California for high school, Edith continued to make costumes, eventually landing jobs in Hollywood and dressing the most famous stars of her time.

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I Am Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges, illustrated by Nikkolas Smith

In her own words, Ruby Bridges tells her story of what it was like to be the first African American student to integrate the school system in the south at the age of 6. I loved Nikkolas Smith’s stunning and moving illustrations in this new picture book that shares an incredible and important part of American history.

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The Girl Who Built an Ocean by Jess Keating, illustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter (Knopf, October 25)

This vividly illustrated picture book tells the story of Jeanne Villepreux-Power, a dressmaker in Paris who found a deep connection with the ocean. When observing sea creatures, she realized that it would be so much better to bring a piece of the ocean back with her so she could study it more. She ended up building the world’s first aquarium, paving the way for scientists to study the ocean in a new way.

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Do you have a favorite book that you think should be on Matilda’s reading list?

Matilda, the character in Roald Dahl’s famous book of the same name, is getting her own Netflix musical! To celebrate, between October 1 and November 13, 2022, educators and families are invited to visit https://bit.ly/MatildaReadingList to make the case for which of their favorite books Matilda should read next. The final reading list will be announced in late November 2022.

Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time!

Karina

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New Middle Grade Fantasy, Jasmine Warga’s New Middle Grade (!!!), and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

I hope you are all enjoying the start of October! For us, autumn means apple picking, maple pumpkin muffins, apple pies, and trying to see as much of the beautiful New England foliage as possible. It is the best season!

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Bookish Halloween Coffee Mug by MelioraStore

As the weather cools, I always reach for the warm beverages: tea, apple cider, and hot chocolate! Get in the Halloween spirit with this great mug. $10+

New Releases

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The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Julia Rothman

If you like upside down nursery rhymes, this is the book for you! Jon Scieszka outdoes himself with a collection of truly strange and wonderful takes on classic nursery rhymes. Paired with Julia Rothman’s fantastic illustrations, this is a great addition to any library.

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A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga

I adore Jasmine Warga’s books, and this one is no exception. Res the Rover was built to explore Mars, and he was not meant to have human emotions. But as he is being built, he starts to have human feelings. And when he lands on Mars, he finds it filled with peril. Will he live up to all of the expectations of the millions of people watching him from Earth?

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Riot Recommendations

There have been so many fantastic middle grade fantasy books hitting the shelves this year. Here are just a few of the notable ones that have crossed my desk! (There are so many more!)

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Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tolá Okogwu

This adventure stars a British Nigerian girl who learns that her hair has psychokinetic powers. When her mom discovers Onyeka’s powers, she is shipped to the Academy of the Sun in Nigeria. But as often happens when attending a school for people with magical powers, nothing is what it seems, and it’s up to Onyeka to find out the truth.

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The Lost Ryū by Emi Watanabe Cohen

Kohei Fujiwara knows all about the big ryū, dragons that disappeared from Japan after World War II. But Kohei has never seen one before, and when his grandfather is sick, Kohei knows he needs to find a big ryū before it’s too late.

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A Taste of Magic by J. Elle

When Kyana discovers she’s a witch, she begins to attend Park Row Magick Academy on Saturdays, which is hidden in the back of a local beauty shop. But trouble brews when the school might lose their funding, and Kyana needs to figure out how to make money, and fast. If the school disbands, they could all lose their magic forever.

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Crown of Flames by Sayantani DasGupta

In the second book of the Kingdom Beyond series, Pinki is back, only this time she is called to be the leader of the resistance. Pinki, however, definitely does not want to be a leader. Can she summon the courage to step up and fight evil? This is another thrilling series from bestselling author Sayantani DasGupta!

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What are you reading these days?

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Until next time,

Karina

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Great New Chapter Books, a Bookish Tie, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Welcome to October! This is probably one of my favorite months. In New York City, the leaves are beginning to change and that crisp air wakes me up after the hot weather sluggishness of summer. Also, it’s apple cider donut season!

Bookish Goods

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Library Due Date Tie by Cyberoptix

I love getting holiday shopping done early, and I already have an idea of who I’m giving this to! $40+

New Releases

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Brown is Beautiful by Supriya Kelkar, illustrated by Noor Sofi (picture book)

I love this picture book of a young Indian-American girl who celebrates the color brown as she goes on a nature walk.

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A Library by Nikki Giovanni, illustrations by Erin K. Robinson

Check out this gorgeous cover! This lyrical picture book is an ode to the power of a library as a gateway to other worlds and as a place that celebrates the power of words. Each page turn is a thing of beauty!

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Riot Recommendations

Chapter books are a wonderful thing. The time when we first get introduced to chapter books is often the stage in a person’s life when they fall in love with books, and these new chapter books are a great addition to any library. These chapter books are the perfect read aloud books and are also great for newly independent readers.

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Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls by Atinuke, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

In the city of Lagos in the country of Nigeria, Too Small Tola and her two siblings and Grandmummy live together and have lots of adventures. In this set of three stories, Tola is given a great gift from her grandmother and finds joy in helping her family every day.

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A Sliver of Moon and a Shard of Truth: Stories from India by Chitra Soundar

In a follow up to Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship, these stories based on Indian folklore follow Prince Veera and his best friend Suku as they encounter secrets, tricksters and riddles. This is a fun book to read aloud or for newly independent readers! (The illustrations are so fun!)

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Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend by Janet Costa Bates, illustrated by Gladys Jose

This book is right up my alley because it’s about kids who want PETS! Rica really wants a pet— anything will do, she’s not picky!— but her parents are strongly opposed. Can Rica convince her parents that she has everything it takes to care for an animal?

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Ways to Share Joy by Renee Watson

This is the third book in the Ryan Hart series, and I just love Ryan Hart and her imaginative mind and her positive attitude! In this book, Ryan finds herself in the middle with her family and her friends. She tries to make everyone happy, which strangely enough makes no one happy! Can Ryan find ways to share joy even when nothing seems to be going right?

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What are you reading these days?

Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Karina

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