Notes From the Kids Staff

~post by Meghan G.

Every week our team of children’s booksellers gathers to talk about upcoming books, events, displays, and anything else that’s going on in the world of kids’ books. We also chat about what we’re currently exited about handselling (both brand-new releases and older favorites). Here’s what we are talking about this week:

MEGHAN
Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals
by Helene Rajcak

I love everything about this handsomely illustrated overview of a vanished animal kingdom. Filled with impressive detail and punctuated with humorous comic-style anecdotes from myth and folklore, Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals presents a dynamic introduction to a serious topic.

 

CONSUELO
Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book
by Mo Willems

It’s no secret that I love Mo Willems — and who doesn’t want an activity book with commentary from Pigeon and Duckling? Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book! has everything from mazes to bus driver license designing! *Hot dogs not included

 

KATHLEEN
The Fairy-Tale Princess
by Wendy Jones, illustrated by Su Blackwell

The Fairy-Tale Princess is a wonderful collection of seven classic stories. Illustrated with paper sculptures by the artist Su Blackwell.

 

 

WIL
One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia

Set in Oakland, CA during the turbulent 60’s, One Crazy Summer is a touching, poetic story of an estranged mother, the Black Panther movement, and three strong, intelligent girls coming together in crazy ways. No wonder it has garnered so many awards. I loved it from start to emotional finish.

 

COURTNEY K.
The Brides of Rollrock Island
by Margo Lanagan

I love the selkie myths of Celtic and Norse culture, and I am so happy to see them re-imagined in such an incredibly lovely way. Lanagan’s prose possesses as rare a beauty as the sea-women she has created in her novel.

 

HELEN
Sirens
by Janet Fox

In Sirens, a conspiracy involving a notorious gangster binds two seemingly unconnected young women — Jo (age 17) and Lou (age 21) — together in unexpected ways. From assorted speakeasies to the Algonquin, New York City in the roaring twenties comes to life in this fantastic historical thriller.

 

TA’NECIA
Through the Ever Night
by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night is the sequel that raises the bar for the entire series and will leave readers desperate for the same!

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