Friday, September 23, 2016

Free Book Friday: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

We are giving away early pre-publication proof copies of Madeline Finn and the Library Dog


Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. Not books. Not magazines. Not even the menu on the ice cream truck. Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn't so bad. When Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn't mind. Madeline Finn can pet her until she figures the word out.

We can't wait to get this book into the hands of readers who are not so keen on being readers. Read more about Madeline Finn in our latest New Book Wednesday post, and enter to win your free galley today!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

by Lisa Papp

Giveaway ends September 30, 2016.
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“So adorable readers may attempt to hug the page.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“It's a warm, encouraging story that suggests that perfection isn't necessary in order to achieve one's goals, and that help can be found in unexpected corners.” ―Publishers Weekly

If you miss the signup, Madeline Finn is coming October 1st to a store near you! Look for it at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Interested in what other books we are publishing this season? Check out our list of new books here!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month! During this month, we celebrate the rich and influential traditions, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States.

In honor of the legacy of Hispanic and Latino Americans, and the fact that the beautiful Spanish language is so widespread in our country, we want to share some of our bilingual and Spanish titles. We love having these books for our Spanish-speaking readers, and we hope you enjoy them! ¡Esperamos que te gusta estos libros!

Spanish Titles

illustrated by Michael Austin

Martina the beautiful cockroach wants to pick the right suitor to marry, but how?  Abuela, her Cuban grandmother, gives her un consejo increíble, some shocking advice: put those suitors to the test with a little café cubano.  One by one they fail until only the gardener Pérez, a tiny brown mouse, is left. Will he win her leg in marriage?


illustrated by Laura L. Seeley

Agatha owns a weaving shop in Manhattan and likes to answer the questions of children who want to know the source of her beautiful fabrics.

“Everything comes from something,” she says, “nothing comes from nothing.”

But she does not seem to think about where her brand new feather bed came from.  That is, until six cranky, cold, naked geese come knocking.  In a delightful O. Henry-inspired ending, Agatha arrives at a solution that benefits them all, teaching readers to understand how to use resources responsibly.


illustrated by Henry Cole

Mary McBlicken hears a rumble and is sure a stampede's a comin'! She sets off to warn Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan, gathering up her friends along the way. Before they can get there, though, the band of prairie critters gets tricked by a mean Coyote and trapped in his evil den. Will the friends escape in time? And where is that rumbling really coming from?


illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

This New York Times Bestseller is a true story of hope and generosity, and the gift a small Kenyan village makes to the people of America after the September 11 attacks.  For a heartsick nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope—and friendship.


Bilingual Titles


Bouncy, alliterative rhyme and gorgeous illustrations introduce readers to a wide range of striped animals. An afterword provides more information about each featured animal and where it lives, and explains the role its stripes play. Readers can test their knowledge of animal stripes with a fun matching game at the end!


Several of books in our About… Series, written by educator and author Cathryn Sill and by naturalist John Sill, are now available in both English and Spanish for young explorers who are learning a new language.
by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

Learn about the life of birds, from egg to flight, in this thoughtful examination of the species.


by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

So many animals are mammals! But are all animals mammals? Questions are answered and new facts discovered in the pages of this bilingual nature guide.


by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

Creepy, crawly, spindly things are actually rather interesting when you get close enough to them.  Backyard naturalists will love having this as a reference during their outdoor adventures.


by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

Take a colorful and informative first glimpse into the diverse world of reptiles with this thoughtful guide for young readers.


Look for these titles and more at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Book Wednesday: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
by Lisa Papp

Madeline Finn does not like to read, especially out loud, but she does want a star sticker from her teacher instead of a heart sticker that says "keep trying." When her mother takes her to the library, Madeline discovers something (well, someone) special: Bonnie. Bonnie is a big white dog and a great listener. With Bonnie’s big, kind eyes and patience, maybe reading out loud won’t be so bad after all…

With heartwarming illustrations from author-illustrator Lisa Papp, Madeline Finn and the Library Dog is a must-have for children and dog lovers of all ages. Look for a copy as it snuggles its way into readers' hearts October 1!

“So adorable readers may attempt to hug the page.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“It's a warm, encouraging story that suggests that perfection isn't necessary in order to achieve one's goals, and that help can be found in unexpected corners.” ―Publishers Weekly



Look for it at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Interested in what other books we are publishing this season? Check out our list of new books here!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Finding Ways to Talk About 9/11

Every year, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, we remember the wonderful privilege we have in sharing stories of hope and re-building. We also know that many other authors, illustrators, and publishers have worked hard to create resources that can aid parents, teachers, and librarians in talking to children about September 11th. So while we are thrilled to share books like Seven and a Half Tons of Steel and 14 Cows for America with everyone, we also want to point you in the right direction for whatever age group or type of book you might need. Check out our contributions to the great storytelling about the events of 9/11 and after, and the contributions of the many different artists who have made it easier for kids to learn about the history of this nation.


Seven and a Half Tons of Steel

The USS New York is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about this navy ship.

Following the events of September 11, 2001, a beam from the World Trade Center Towers was given to the United States Navy. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana, where the seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship’s bow.

Powerful text from Janet Nolan is paired with stunning illustrations from New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez in this inspiring story that reveals how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event.


In June of 2002, a very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya. An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed upon the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unexpected as it is extraordinary.

A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks, and hearts are raw as these legendary Maasai warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away. Word of the gift will travel newswires around the globe, and for the heartsick American nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope—and friendship.

This New York Times best seller recounts the true story from Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah of a touching gift bestowed on the United States by a tribe of Maasai Warriors in the wake of the September 11th attacks. With the stunning paintings of Thomas Gonzalez, master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy hits all the right notes in this elegant story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures.


Books for Children About September 11 
by Carol Bainbridge

"September 11 is a date that will remain a significant and important date in American history forever. It's hard to imagine that it will ever fade away, so there will certainly always be a need to help children understand the events of that day. One good way to help them understand is to read some books with them about those events. Books are a wonderful way to help you talk to your child about 9/11 too."

by Michele Knott

"As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9.11, I want to share some books with you. These books are meant for our students, to help them understand a little bit more about our history."

Michele Knott shares perhaps the most comprehensive list of books that address 9/11. With picture books, middle grade books, and young adult level books, you are sure to find something for your child or student in this thoughtful compilation. 

by Eliot Schrefer, New York Times

"In children’s literature, current events become past events at a ruthless pace. Today’s preteens weren’t even alive in 2001; for them the 9/11 attacks live in the same mental hinterland as, say, D-Day...With the 15th anniversary coming up, the latest crop of children’s books on the topic are less about processing a tragedy than about finding new ways to introduce one."

If you are looking for middle grade level novels, Eliot Schrefer comprehensively reviews two books that should be on your list.


Stacey Shubitz covers a wide variety possibilities for 9/11 tributes and remembrances with kids in school, at the library, or at home. She includes many important titles for read-alouds, but if you are looking for additional ideas to commemorate over the weekend, this is a great place to start.


15 Years After September 11: A Roundup of New Children's and YA Titles
by Natasha Gilmore, Publisher's Weekly

Publisher's Weekly put out this round-up of relevant titles that have come out in this year, the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11. So if you are looking for something more recent, this list includes a range of age groups but all published within the year.