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Publishers Weekly reviews I Carry Your Heart With Me from Cameron + Company

Publishers Weekly recently reviewed I Carry Your Heart With Me from Cameron + Company. This delightful book is a children’s adaptation of the beloved E. E. Cummings poem, beautifully illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough. Showing the strong bond of love between mother and child, within nature and throughout life, Cummings’ heartfelt words expressed through McDonough’s lovely illustrations combine to create a fresh, yet classic, portrayal of love.

“In her first children’s book, artist McDonough imagines the mother-child relationship as9781937359522_1644f the centerpiece for the e.e. cummings love poem “[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in],” written using its original format and punctuation. In serene mixed-media collages, a mother with soulful eyes, rosy cheeks, and her hair in a short, black bob accompanies her daughter through the early stages of her young life, from infancy to her daughter’s first excursion into the world on her own. Tucked within a cozy nest or seen flying overhead, a cut-paper mother bird and its offspring mimic the mother and child during their bonding moments, as do two whimsical paper elephants, scrawled in cursive ink and newsprint. Decorative hearts, leaves, water motifs, and assorted fabrics are also integrated throughout, complementing rather than overwhelming McDonough’s rich, solid colors. The message of growth, nurturing, and boundless love will reach readers, while Cummings’s emotional and succinct verse stands autonomously: “and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant/ and whatever a sun will always sing is you.” Ages 2–6. (Apr.)”

Publishers Weekly – Reviewed on: 03/24/2014  Release date: 04/01/2014
petalsi carry your heart with mepetals
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
  (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
   i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)                         petals
Book Launch @ Mrs Dalloway’s, Berkeley, CA, March 27, 2014.  Image Source:
Portland Locals: Come to Story Time!
Mati Rose will be reading i carry your heart with me at Green Bean Books
Tuesday, April 15 at 11 a.m.
Free fun for kids of all ages!

Contributor Information

E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys.

Mati Rose McDonough lives in San Francisco where she regularly encounters lucky elephants, talking birds, and a mysterious girl who always wears feathers in her hair. These creatures of mystery and grace remind her daily that no one is too old for magic or too young for beauty, so she paints their stories for fans of hope and adventure all over our dear world.  McDonough studied painting at the California College of the Arts. She has been featured in several magazines and books including Artful Blogging magazine and The Handmade Marketplace.

Learn more about Cameron + Company here:

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The Tweedles Go Electric from Groundwood Books

Starred Review Tweedles Go Electric ssheet

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Kirkus Starred Review for Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire from Creston Books!

It’s a perfect day for the First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival. The sun is shining in a warm autumn sky and the stage is set. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer are away on vacation, Minnie and Moo are dressed in their togas, Elvis has his bagpipe, the hyenas their jokes, the fox his magic tricks, the sheep a protest poem, and the cash box is stuffed with money from ticket sales. A perfect day. Wait a minute . . . Where is the cash box? Why are those coyotes on motorcycles? And who pushed those Porta Potties down the hill?

“In an extremely belated second chapter-book–length outing, Cazet’s bovine best 9781939547088buds kick up their heels in Red Tractor Farm’s “First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival.”

From the outset, it’s a struggle to keep the audience and the scheduled performers in line—both groups being a mix of domesticated or thoroughly undomesticated sheep, chickens, wolves and weasels (plus Irene the rhino and a few four-legged vacationers from “Africa World”). Unsurprisingly, a steady string of minor disasters keeps things fizzing. A chorus of overexcited chickens lets loose a barrage of eggs (“Geeze Louize, girls!…Couldn’t you use precautions?”); an impromptu port-a-potty race breaks out during intermission; the crowd enjoys much amateur poetry (“Getting milked / I find quite pleasin’. / I think it’s the way / They does the squeezin’ ”), and the money box repeatedly disappears. Despite all this, the two redoubtable ruminants carry the day to a weary but triumphant close. As in Minnie & Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World (2003), Cazet rolls out a tale equally rich in urbane innuendo and slapstick hilarity, cast in well-spaced lines of fluent prose and illuminated with lots of comical monochromatic ink-and-wash views that feature expressively posed animals in casual human dress or, in aptly named Elvis the rooster’s case, a “white luminescent jumpsuit.”

Another romp with nary a dull nor serious moment; welcome back, girls. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)” ~Starred Kirkus Review: Posted Online: March 14, Kirkus Review Issue April 1st

Reading Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire and watching my 6 year old giggle with delight is the most rewarding end to my day! ~ Angela M, PGW Sales & Marketing Assistant



Minnie and Moo: Hooves of Fire              
Denys Cazet    
July 15, 2014
9781939547088, 1939547083
Hardback / Cloth over boards
$15.95 USD
Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Cows
Ages 6 to 11, Grades K to 6

Series Description

Minnie and Moo are beloved characters in an early reader series of twelve titles.  They’ve been encouraging children to read on their own for many years.  The first Minnie and Moo middle-grade title appeared in 2003 to great acclaim.

School Library Journal wrote:
“Loaded with silly fun, droll illustrations of varying sizes, and familiar farmyard “characters,” this latest dose of bovine antics, in its expansive new format, is sure to please old friends and make new ones.”
Kirkus gave the chapter book Minnie and Moo a starred review and it was a nominee for the Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award.

Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 50 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Reader Medal. An elementary school teacher for 25 years, he lives in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

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MacArthur’s life in the critical years
MacArthur’s life in the critical years


 “A gripping read, this book will be valuable to the novice and specialist alike…”

—-Library Journal

“[An] excellent…limited examination of MacArthur’s life in the critical years preceding and including WWII…an informative and easily digestible rendering of [MacArthur and Roosevelt’s] uneasy but effective cooperation in winning the war in the Pacific.”


“Perry provocatively reinterprets the volatile relationship between F.D.R. and Gen. Douglas MacArthur.”

—Publishers Weekly

“A study of quiet authority… A majestic overview with an engaging sense of the nuance of character.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Second only to his monumental self-regard was Douglas MacArthur’s ability to polarize those who encountered him. Thus Mark Perry’s achievement in this even-handed and insightful assessment is all the more remarkable. Concentrating on the events of World War II, he reveals in telling detail the strengths and weaknesses of this most controversial military figure.”

—Lewis Sorley, author of A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam



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NY Times Sunday Book Review- The Beatles from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

David Brown, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal, reviews The Beatles from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

“What must anyone born this century make of the Beatles? They didn’t command attention by swinging naked on demolition balls. They wrote songs called “I Want to Hold Your 9781847804518Hand” and “All You Need Is Love,” sentiments so quaint they’d trigger thousands of snarky tweets if the tunes were released today. They wore matching suits. Without an accompanying CD, download or hyperlink, how can a book convey the revolutionary impact of their music? How can you present the case, as the husband-and-wife team Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom do in “The Beatles,” that “from boy bands to punk rockers and rap singers, you could say it all began with those fresh-faced, cheeky lads from Liverpool”?

To make the Beatles as approachable as possible, Manning and Granstrom (whose previous children’s books tackled even more distant subjects, like Charles Dickens and Stonehenge) start by presenting John, Paul, George and Ringo as ordinary kids. With Granstrom handling the bulk of the artwork and Manning the text, the soon-to-be-Beatles cope with fractured families and the deaths of parents, are teased at school and struggle to fit in with new friends. They immerse themselves in books and listen to the radio in their bedrooms.

Once the boys form a band, the book speeds through their music and careers, devoting sections to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, the recording of “Yesterday,” the launch of Apple Records and other recognizable milestones, right up through the Beatles’ messy breakup. Manning and Granstrom cram trivia onto every page, but it’s hard to say what third or fourth graders will make of facts about the reggae origins of “Ob-La-Di Ob-La Da” or the role of Pete Best’s mother in the Beatles’ careers.

“The Beatles” connects most viscerally when it makes the band’s accomplishments relatable to any preteen reading it; as when Lennon writes “Strawberry Fields Forever” about a childhood haunt, and when hard-working mothers inspire McCartney’s “Lady Madonna.” Boomer parents are likely to feel relieved that the passage on “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” makes no reference to psychedelics (although Manning doesn’t flinch from saying that Lennon was “murdered by a deranged gunman”).

As a tour, “The Beatles” lacks some magic and mystery. Banal phrases like “beautiful songs” and “experimental music” may not inspire younger readers to take the aural trip that is “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Granstrom’s drawing style falls somewhere between “Caillou” and “Doonesbury.” She nails her characters’ evolving hairstyles and Lennon’s slender, pinched nose, but the other Beatles, McCartney in particular, are less identifiable. Here and there, the book also suffers from its European bias (Manning is British, Granstrom Swedish). A ’60s timeline juxtaposes world news with Beatles highlights, but when it comes to 1968, it cites protests “against the threat of nuclear war between the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union” as key events, not mentioning the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

But “The Beatles” makes its larger point: that friends who met when they were young joined together to discover the joys of making music, worked tirelessly to realize that dream (through repeated gigs in raucous bars and clubs — no “American Idol” vault to fame here), then drifted apart into lives of their own. For 21st-century kids, the fact that they did it without texting, apps or Auto-Tune technology — and on records “made of a sort of plastic” — may be the most consciousness-­expanding lesson of all.” ~ David Brown, NY Times Sunday Book Review- Children’s Books:  March 16, 2014

“This slim, cheeky book is a delightful introduction to the Beatles, and the fresh, full-of-life art will draw kids right in” ~ Booklist Issue: March 15, 2014

The Beatles blast from the past:




Contributor Information
Mick Manning has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his wife Brita Granström.
Their distinctive books have won many awards, including the Smarties Silver Prize, the English Association 4-11 Award, and The Royal Society Young People’s Book Award. They live in the Scottish Borders, Scotland.
The BEATLES     
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Kirkus Starred Review for Sunrise from Tanglewood

“Survivors must rebuild society in the conclusion to the Ashfall trilogy.9781939100016

After Stockton’s invasion of Warren in Ashen Winter (2012), Warren’s residents take refuge at Uncle Paul’s farm. Determined to take back their town and unwilling to listen to teenagers who think the plan’s tactically unsound, Mayor Petty leads a frontal assault on Stockton. It ends badly, but that gives Alex the chance to lead a bold, unexpected counterstrike. Once Warren’s retaken, Petty disagrees with Alex’s argument that they need to fortify against future assaults and manipulates Alex into running for mayor against him. Dirty politics create hostility toward Alex’s family. They face abandoning more than just their farm for a defensible location. Their small group ingeniously battles long odds and starvation while creating their new home and greenhouse, necessitating daring stealth raids of Stockton’s stockpile—raids with terrifying stakes. Throughout the novel, every decision has consequences, and characters must constantly decide what they are willing to pay. Reluctant Alex’s leadership is presented as a burden rather than privilege, and his coming-of-age doesn’t prevent other characters from shining. As the small community’s population increases through new arrivals, everyone must learn not only trust, but how and when to forgive. The writing, even in transitory moments of peace, never lets readers forget that potential catastrophe lurks around every corner.

A story about how hope is earned, as heart-pounding as it is heart-wrenching.” ~ Kirkus Review Issue Date: March 1, 2014 | Online Publish Date: February 19, 2014

“I had THE BEST time with all 3 of Mike Mullin’s books!!!!! You wouldn’t believe how excited I was, after more than a year of waiting, to read Sunrise, the third book in what I consider to be the best YA/Teen series being published right now.  Mullin is a talented writer whose characters are life-like, smart, and engaging.  His ideas are well-planned and thought out. Teenage Alex is a born leader and many of the adults in the books look to Alex for solutions.  There are still many violent, selfish, mean people left in the world where there isn’t enough food, shelter, or warmth. All the people in my family have also been hooked on this series, which goes to show how appealing they are to all ages.   Alex and girlfriend, Darla, use their brains and their skills to lead the remaining people to a safe place to live.  They name their new village Speranta, which means Hope.  Absolutely brilliant ending to this wonderful series.  I am sorry this is the last book but it provided many hours of gripping adventure and a wild, exciting ride.  The kind of fun that means I’ll read them again and again over time.”    Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque

Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mullin’s first sale as a writer earned ten cents for one word: tenacious. Since then, Mullin has always been
involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at the central library in Indianapolis. Later, he paid his way through graduate school in part by serving as a reference assistant. He has worked in his mother’s business, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, for more than 20 years, serving at various times as a store manager, buyer,
school and library salesperson, and marketing consultant. Mullin wrote his first novel in elementary school — Captain Poopy’s Sewer Adventures. He’s been writing more or less nonstop ever since, but fortunately for his readers, Ashfall was his first published novel. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats.

Watch this video clip and find out more about the series from Mike Mullin:

March 2014 Author Events:

3/12, Indiana, Mike Mullin will be signing at the Public Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference at the Indianapolis Convention Center in the Tanglewood Press booth #1656 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

3/14, Indiana, Mike Mullin will be signing at the Public Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference at the Indianapolis Convention Center in the Tanglewood Press booth #1656 from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. Mike will be part of a panel discussion on “Cultivating Resilience through Books for Teens” with Laurie Gray and Tracy Richardson from 4:15 to 5:15. Mike will also be signing books immediately after the panel discussion right outside the room.

3/15, IndianaSUNRISE Launch Party, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, 5619 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, (317) 255-2598. Snacks, taekwondo demos, readings and more! 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

3/19, WisconsinBarnes & Noble Booksellers, 1 East Towne Mall, Madison, WI 53704, (608) 241-4695. Help celebrate the conclusion to the ASHFALL trilogy, SUNRISE. Learn how to break a board with your hand, watch Mike break a concrete block, ask questions, and get your books signed! 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

3/28, Missouri, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 721 Gravois Road, Fenton, MO 63026, (636) 326-4619. Help celebrate the conclusion to the ASHFALL trilogy, SUNRISE. Learn how to break a board with your hand, watch Mike break a concrete block, ask questions, and get your books signed! 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


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Learning Powerful Lessons
Learning Powerful Lessons

The Battle of Darcy Lane

Author: Tara Altebrando

Price $14.95

ISBN: 9780762449484/

On Sale: 4/22/2014


  • 2/24/14: Publisher’s Weekly, review (online, February): “Altebrando brings rich, realistic depth to all of her characters… It’s a smart, sensitive portrait of an age when change is in the air, for better or worse.”
  • 2/24/14: Foreword Reviews, review Spring 2014 issue: “…told through elegant prose and authentic dialogue. Julia will become the reader’s best friend even as she loses her own, learning powerful lessons about competition, community, and genuineness.”
  • 3/1/14: School Library Journal, review: “Altebrando’s clear, intelligent writing captures the sweet details that comprise Julia’s everyday life… charming and authentic”


  • 3/4/14:, review: The Battle of Darcy Lane is much more than a triumph-over-a-mean-girl rivalry story. Instead, it is a tender, multi-layered tribute to the celebration of innocence, the power of nature, and the promise of true love. This novel serves as the perfect study of the best and the worst in human nature, and the strength required to remain true to oneself.”
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March is Women’s History Month. Celebrate with Goosebottom Books!

Publisher’s Group West is now the distributor for Goosebottom Books – a small award 34035_130516090313279_3550851_awinning press dedicated to “fun non-fiction” founded by Shirin Yim Bridges, author of Ruby’s Wish.

  • The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses won a silver IPPY medal.
  • The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames was named by Booklist as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Series for Youth of 2012.
  • Horrible Hauntings made the IRA Children’s Choices list with a mention that it “motivated even the most reluctant reader.”

Booksellers are recommending Real Princesses and Dastardly Dames as non-fiction to pair with fiction titles for Common Core Curriculum Standards.  Teacher resources can be found here:

Womens Month sellsheet Real PrincessesWomens Month sellsheet Dastardly Dames

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Kirkus reviews Starting from Scratch from OwlKids

Starting from Scratch is a manifesto that will help kids understand food, appreciate it 9781926973968and, hopefully, be inspired to spend some time in the kitchen. Even readers who decide the kitchen isn’t for them will leave with an improved sense of where food comes from and be able to join in on a conversation that continues from snack time to dinnertime. This book aims to inspire kids to eat better, try new flavors, and understand what’s on their plate.

Take a look at the recent Kirkus review of Starting from Scratch!

“For young people beginning to take an interest in cooking, Canadian food writer Elton offers an overview of the world of food, a context for kids’ adventures in the kitchen.

“So why do we taste different flavors?” “Why are Mexican foods spicier than French foods?” “What is a healthy diet?” These and many other questions are answered in a lively, colorful and matter-of-fact introduction to the culture of food. Topics include the science behind cooking and eating, the global need for sustainable farming, and the day-to-day needs of shopping, stocking a pantry and cooking. Some statements are obvious—we can’t live without food, knives can cut you, clean the dishes and pots after the meal—but what will make the volume of interest to young readers are the eye-catching art and the many fascinating tidbits of information. Cats can’t taste sweet things; a clothespin on the nose not only prevents the smelling of food, but tasting; in 1491, nobody in Europe knew what a tomato was. Three useful appendices offer basic recipes, an approach to pairing foods, a guide to doing measurements and conversions, and a brief but well-selected list of excellent cookbooks.

A lively and informative introduction to food, great for browsing while avoiding shopping or dreaming up the next meal. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)” Kirkus Review Issue Date: February 1, 2014 | Online Publish Date: January 15, 2014

“Have you ever noticed that every carton of orange juice tastes exactly the same?  Or that every box of a particular cereal is identical in texture and flavor?  Or maybe you are curious to know why bubble gum tastes like bubble gum-does the flavor come from the gum tree?” ~ Starting from Scratch from OwlKids




“What you eat is more than what fuels you. It’s who you are.” ~ Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch author Sarah Elton’s appearance on Global TV’s The Morning Show 3/5/2014:

Sarah Elton is an author and journalist who specializes in food writing. Her books for adults include Consumed: Sustainable Food for a Finite Planet and Locavore: From Farmer’s Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians are Changing the Way We Eat. A frequent contributor on CBC Radio, she lives in Toronto. Jeff Kulak is an award-winning illustrator and designer with numerous books to his credit, including the Learn to Speak series, for which he won an Alcuin Book Design Award. He lives in Montreal.

Sarah Elton lives in Toronto, ON, Canada.
Jeff Kulak lives in Montreal, QC, Canada.

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The Next America
The Next America

Paul Taylor’s will be on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”  Monday, March 10th   and on  MSNBC “Morning Joe” on Friday, March 7th to discuss the book!

Pew Research Center will be releasing new data related to the book in a conference on Friday, March 7th.

The Next America: Young and old in America are poles apart, with dramatically different views about government, politics, race, religion, immigration, family, marriage, and technology. As members of the Millennial generation age into the workforce and electorate at the rate of 10,000 a day, they’re changing the nation’s racial makeup and many of its social and political values. As the Baby Boomers retire at the same rate, they’ll soon constitute what is, by far, the largest cohort of older adults in America’s history—and in the process, they’ll drive Social Security and Medicare into insolvency


AUTHOR: Paul Taylor

ISBN: 9781610393508

ON-SALE DATE: 3/4/14

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