Congratulations to Ruth Spiro on the publication of her new picture book, Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever!

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A huge hooray for Ruth Spiro on the publication of her second MAXINE picture book!

Best friends Maxine and Leo combine their maker and artistic skills to create (and save!) the ultimate garden in this empowering, STEM-focused picture book

After sketching and plotting and planting, Maxine and Leo know they’ve made The Greatest Garden Ever! But they’re not the only ones who think so. Soon, all sorts of animals make their way in, munching on carrots and knocking over pots. When Leo and Maxine can’t agree on a way to deter these unwelcome critters, it looks like there’s more on the line than saving their garden–they just might need to save their friendship too.

PRAISE for Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever!

“Offers kids lots of minutiae to look at, including clever endpapers with comical … [more]

When Nephele has a terrible freshman year, she does the only logical thing for a math prodigy like herself: she invents a time travel app so she can go back and do it again (and again, and again) in this funny love story, Groundhog Day for the iPhone generation. Fourteen-year-old Nephele used to have friends. Well, she had a friend. That friend made the adjustment to high school easily, leaving Nephele behind in the process. And as Nephele looks ahead, all she can see is three very lonely years.

Nephele is also a whip-smart lover of math and science, so she makes a plan. Step one: invent time travel. Step two: go back in time, have a do-over of 9th grade, crack the code on making friends and become beloved and popular.

Does it … [more]

Happiest of publications days to Patricia Pearson on the publication of her newest work of non-fiction for older readers, Conspiracy: Nixon, Watergate, and Democracy’s Defenders!

The story of President Richard Nixon and those who fought against him comes to life in this insightful and accessible book.

PRAISE FOR CONSPIRACY!

“What can American citizens do about a president who thinks he’s above the rule of law? A lot, actually, as Pearson shows in this skillful and meticulous telling of the Watergate drama.”—Steve Sheinkin, National Book Award finalist & Newbery Honor author of Bomb and Most Dangerous

“Pearson agilely walks the line between textbook history and popular true crime…” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Smooth, clear writing makes this an appealing and accessible read. A cautionary episode from a half-century ago that ends … [more]

HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Ruth Spiro on the publication of her newest BABY LOVES book – the 16th! – POLI SCI: JUSTICE!

From the duo behind the wildly popular Baby Loves Science series comes a spinoff perfect for little citizens: Baby Loves Political Science!

Accurate enough for an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this brainy book explores our justice system. Uh-oh! Baby’s family has rules. If he breaks a rule, there might be consequences. Grown-ups have rules to follow too; these are called laws. This warm, inclusive primer demystifies the judiciary and emphasizes the importance of fairness in our society. Ruth Spiro’s toddler-friendly, scrupulously accurate text and Greg Paprocki’s bright, cheerful illustrations are sure to please and amaze the littlest activists among us.

To purchase copies of BABY LOVES JUSTICE!, please … [more]

Daphne Kalmar’s new middle grade novel, Stealing Mt Rushmore:

“Daphne Kalmar has created a wonderfully imperfect cast of characters and gathered them into a story that will break your heart. . . and heal it again. Stealing Mt. Rushmore has it all.” —Marion Dane Bauer, author of the Newbery Honor novel On My Honor

Daphne Kalmar brings to life the social and political upheaval of the 1970s, revealing the heart of a family on the verge of falling apart and the courage of a young girl who does all she can to bring them together.

It’s the summer of 1974. Nellie’s turned thirteen. Her best friend, Maya, has a crush on a boy. President Nixon might get impeached. And her mom’s run off. The money for their family road trip to see Mt. Rushmore is … [more]

HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Rachael Allen on the publication of her newest YA novel, THE SUMMER OF IMPOSSIBILITIES, a book that author Jaye Robin Brown (Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, The Meaning of Birds) calls “a soul-satisfying read that will make you smile long after you’ve turned the final page.”

Four girls. One summer. And a pact to do the impossible.

Skyler, Ellie, Scarlett, and Amelia Grace are forced to spend the summer at the lake house where their moms became best friends.

One can’t wait.

One would rather gnaw off her own arm than hang out with a bunch of strangers just so their moms can drink too much wine and sing Journey at two o’clock in the morning.

Two are sisters.

Three are currently feuding with their [more]

Consider this: Our future mayors, governors, representatives—even a future President—have already been born! (Maybe she’s napping in your lap or splashing in the tub right now!). Happily, the perfect book for our future leaders is now available to share with everybaby: BABY LOVES DEMOCRACY! It’s an inclusive, nonpartisan look at elections and how everyone can participate – because YOUR voice matters!

From the author of the wildly popular Baby Loves Science and Baby Loves the Five Senses series comes a spinoff perfect for little citizens: Baby Loves Political Science!

Choosing a good leader is important, so everyone in America gets a say – even if they’re too young to vote (sorry, Baby!). Sending postcards, making signs, and attending rallies is hard work, but with Baby’s help, this campaign season is sure to be a success. … [more]

HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Marcie Colleen and Alison Oliver on the publication of their newest picture book, THE BEAR’S GARDEN!, which Kirkus Reviews calls “a well-illustrated, beautifully written tale of encouragement,” in a starred review.

Inspired by the true story of a community garden in Brooklyn, New York, The Bear’s Garden is a testament to how imagination and dedication can transform communities and create beauty for everyone in unexpected places.

A little girl sees an empty lot in a city and imagines what it can be.

She sees

a place to grow,

a place to play,

and a place to love.

With the help of her stuffed bear, the girl brings her community together to create a beautiful garden.

PRAISE for THE BEAR’S GARDEN:

“A well-illustrated, beautifully written tale … [more]

HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Sue Soltis on the publication of her newest picture books, THE STARS JUST UP THE STREET, with gorgeous illustrations by Christine Davenier!

A grandpa’s memories of brilliant night skies inspire a little girl to take action in a tale for budding community organizers and star lovers alike.

Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see thousands. Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars — only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky? Sue Soltis’s [more]

HOORAY and happy book birthday to J.M.M. Nuanez’s BIRDIE AND ME — which is now out there in the world, finding it’s readers. I can’t wait to see how readers react to, and I’m so proud to have been a part of it’s publication.

*“Belongs alongside Holly Goldberg Sloan’s Counting by 7s, Cindy Baldwin’s Where the Watermelons Grow, and Ali Benjamin’s The Thing about JellyfishHighly recommended.”— School Library Journal, starred review

*”This strong, emotional, and engaging read is a must-have for any library. The issues are dealt with realistically and challenge the reader to examine their personal feelings, the various modes for dealing with grief, gender fluidity, and how to appropriately support students in their search for who they truly are. A great coming-of-age story for 5th-8th graders.” — … [more]