Chris Barton talks with Ellen Oh and Kelly J. Baptist

This month, local author Chris Barton is giving away a hardcover and audiobook version of Flying Lessons & Other Stories, a wonderful middle-grade anthology published by Crown Books for Young Readers in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. The book includes writing from beloved authors like Kwame Alexander, Grace Lin, and Jacqueline Woodson. Barton allowed us … Continue reading Chris Barton talks with Ellen Oh and Kelly J. Baptist

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

Kids Poetry Month: Novels & Nonfiction in Verse!

When most people think of poetry for kids, Shel Silverstein often comes to mind, and rightly so since his poems are a silly and delightful right-of-passage for any child. April, being National Poetry Month, offers the perfect time to take a look at the variety and scope of poetry for children beyond the Silverstein collections. … Continue reading Kids Poetry Month: Novels & Nonfiction in Verse!

Andrea Davis Pinkney Visits Austin Students with THE RED PENCIL

This morning, we had the pleasure of bringing Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney to Hill Elementary School to share with students her book, The Red Pencil. Told in verse and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Shane W. Evans, this powerful novel tells the story of Amira, a twelve year old girl forced … Continue reading Andrea Davis Pinkney Visits Austin Students with THE RED PENCIL