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A Very Happy Publication Day for MADE BY MAXINE by Ruth Spiro!

Today I’m delighted to wish a happy pub day to a marvelous new picture book, MADE BY MAXINE, by Ruth Spiro! You’ll recognize Ruth’s name as the author of the BABY LOVES SCIENCE board books — this is her newest project. Meet Maxine, an inspiring young maker who knows that with enough effort and imagination (and mistakes), it’s possible to invent anything. Maxine loves making new things from old things. She loves tinkering until she has solved a problem. She also loves her pet goldfish, Milton. So when it’s time for her school’s pet parade, she’s determined to create something that will allow Milton to march with the other animals. Finally, after trying, trying, and trying again, she discovers just the right combination of recycled odds and ends to create a fun, functional – and…

Happy Book Birthday to Jacqueline West’s THE COLLECTORS

Today is the day THE COLLECTORS, Jacqueline West’s haunting middle grade novel, hits the shelves. This is a story about what happens when our wildest wishes really do come true. Van has always been an outsider. Most people don’t notice him. But he notices them. And he notices the small trinkets they drop, or lose, or throw away—that’s why his collection is full of treasures. Then one day, Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain, and everything changes. He follows the girl, Pebble, and uncovers an underground world full of wishes and the people who collect them. Apparently not all wishes are good and even good wishes often have unintended consequences—and the Collectors have made it their duty to protect us. But they aren’t the only ones who have their eyes on the…

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Happy book birthday to BABY LOVES GREEN ENERGY & BABY LOVES STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING by Ruth Spiro!

Here’s something wonderful: there are now eight BABY LOVES books out in the world! Today, we celebrate the publication of GREEN ENERGY and STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING! Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the climate of our planet and the need to protect it for all babies. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well! These books are widely available at bookstores and libraries. Congratulations to Ruth Spiro!

Happiest of Book Birthdays to BE BOLD, BABY by Alison Oliver!

Hello and welcome to the world, BE BOLD, BABY by Alison Oliver! I’m so excited that these two marvelous board books — BE BOLD, BABY: OPRAH and BE BOLD, BABY: MICHELLE OBAMA — are finally out in the world! Be Curious Be Confident Be Empathetic Be Active Be Passionate BE YOU! Be Bold, Baby is the board book series that introduces little ones to the inspiring heroines of our time! The series begins with a celebration of Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey’s most motivational and powerful moments. Quotes from the former First Lady and media mogul accompany a distillation of their most important qualities, while vibrant illustrations by Alison Oliver, author of Moon, and illustrator of the BabyLit series, bring them to life! Each book ends with a mirror, so that young readers know that they too can…