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Nonfiction, Young Adult (14-18)

Botanical Beauty

Botanical Beauty

Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Natural Spa Products (©2017) by Aubre Andrus is brand-new book from Switch Press, a young adult imprint of Capstone Publishing. I’ve been making handmade soaps, lotions, and scrubs since I was a teenager (and I briefly had my own Etsy business in my early […]

March 1, 2017 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

In August of 2016, I found myself constantly glued to my television watching the Summer Olympic Games. My favorite Olympic sport has always been gymnastics and the 2016 American women’s gymnastics team – known as the Final Five – were something special. I Got This: To Gold and Beyond (©2017) […]

February 20, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Presidents’ Day Books for Kids

Presidents’ Day Books for Kids

Presidents’ Day is an American federal holiday that is celebrated on the third Monday in February. While the holiday is still officially titled “Washington’s Birthday,” Presidents’ Day is also when we celebrate Abraham Lincoln (who was also born in February), and recently the holiday has become a time for Americans […]

February 13, 2017 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Save Me a Seat

Save Me a Seat

Today I am thrilled to share a new novel sent to be by Scholastic! Scholastic is a platinum sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day and I am so excited to work with them. Save Me a Seat (©2016) by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan tells the story of two kids […]

January 25, 2017 ×

Chapter Books

Sofia Martinez by Jacqueline Jules

Sofia Martinez by Jacqueline Jules

The Sofia Martinez series, written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith, are junior chapter books for ages 5-8. Each story follows the everyday adventures of a spirited 7-year-old named Sofia. Sofia lives with her parents and two sisters and regularly visits her extended family, including her cousins and […]

January 23, 2017 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Three Years and Eight Months

Three Years and Eight Months

Today I’m pleased to share a historical picture book sent to me by East West Discovery Press, an independent publisher and proud supporter of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Three Years and Eight Months (©2013) written by Icy Smith and illustrated by Jennifer Kindert is based on the Japanese occupation of […]

January 18, 2017 ×

Early Readers

Pete the Cat Phonics Box

Pete the Cat Phonics Box

The Pete the Cat Phonics Box (©2017) is a set of twelve early readers from Pete the Cat creator and illustrator James Dean. This cute little box comes complete with a handle for carrying and houses twelve miniature books. Each book has been reviewed by a phonics expert and features […]

January 16, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Round Is a Tortilla

Round Is a Tortilla

In honor of the upcoming 2017 Multicultural Children’s Book Day, today I’ll be sharing two bilingual picture books! Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes (©2013) written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by John Parra is a shapes primer that celebrates the beauty and vibrancy of Latino culture. The […]

January 4, 2017 ×

Picture Books

2016 Picture Books with Diverse Characters

2016 Picture Books with Diverse Characters

The lack of racial and ethnic diversity in children’s literature is an issue that has gained increased attention in recent years. In just three years the number of diverse characters in children’s books has doubled, moving from a paltry 7% in 2012 to over 14% in 2015. But with people […]

January 2, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Christmas around the World

Christmas around the World

Today I’m sharing ten picture books that feature Christmas celebrations from all across the globe! This book list was originally featured as a guest contribution on the fantastic blog Non-Toy Gifts. Each of these books will give readers an enchanting glimpse at how families in other countries celebrate the season, […]

December 19, 2016 ×