New Children’s Books Tackle Race and History with Candor and Grace

­­ ~post by Children's Book Buyer Meghan G. Talking about our country's fraught relationship with race is never easy. Many of us struggle as parents and educators to know how exactly to talk about America's experiences with race and racial prejudice (past and present) with young kids. As "Black Lives Matter" is at the forefront of dialogue in … Continue reading New Children’s Books Tackle Race and History with Candor and Grace

A Rainy Night Brightened by Brian Selznick

The effects of Hurricane Patricia couldn't dampen our spirits when we had the great privilege of hosting Brian Selznick at Westlake Performing Arts Center in October for his first Texas tour. Although the weather unfortunately dampened our scheduled pre-show festivities, Brian's presentation about his latest book, The Marvels, dazzled attendees--as did his spiffy tuxedo. We were … Continue reading A Rainy Night Brightened by Brian Selznick

An Uncommon Evening with Edward Carey

It’s here, the book we’ve all been waiting for, the epic conclusion to Austin author and illustrator Edward Carey’s Iremonger Trilogy, Lungdon. Carey has taken us through The Heap House, digging up secrets and whispering to objects; he’s opened our eyes to Foulsham as objects change to people and people change to objects; and now … Continue reading An Uncommon Evening with Edward Carey

Read This Book: RULES FOR WEREWOLVES

~post by Julie W.  Earlier this year, I had the great fun of participating in the reading committee for the Summer/Fall 2015 round of the American Booksellers Association's Indies Introduce Program. The goal of Indies Introduce is simple: highlight some of the best fiction, nonfiction and children's books written by new and undiscovered  authors each season. The selection process works a … Continue reading Read This Book: RULES FOR WEREWOLVES

Kirkus Prize Short List Announced – Bookseller Picks!

After more than one thousand nominations, judges for the Kirkus Prize, now in its second year, have narrowed it down to six finalists for three different categories: fiction, nonfiction and young readers' literature. Here they are: Young Readers Literature: The New Small Person by Lauren Child Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting … Continue reading Kirkus Prize Short List Announced – Bookseller Picks!