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What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? Q&A in Kirkus!

Julie Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) has done a Kirkus Q&A with What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? co-author Emma Dryden. What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? is the sixth book in the What Does It Mean to Be…? Series, and follows young Rae as she goes from witnessing a problem (a fiasco involving ice cream and a dog), to crafting an innovative solution. Check out the interview here, and see why everyone from critics to other entrepreneurs are loving this title.

“A fun approach to a difficult subject…a useful addition to collections to inspire creativity.” School Library Journal

“Inspires young dreamers to find the courage to be doers.” — Jerry Greenfield, Co-Founder, Ben & Jerry’s

“DiOrio and Dryden capture the emotional, physical, and intellectual rigor of entrepreneurship in this wonderfully illustrated book which is sure to engage and inspire readers of all ages.” — Shamini Dhana, Founder and CEO, Dhana Inc.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?; By Rana DiOrio and Emma D. Dryden; Illustrated by Ken Min; Little Pickle Press; 9781939775122; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $17.95


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The Story of My Teeth Wins a Los Angeles Times Book Prize!

The 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction goes to The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli! The Los Angeles Times Jacket Copy section reported the news on April 9. The prize honors literary excellence and celebrates the reading community in Los Angeles, and it was awarded on April 9 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. This is yet another entry in a long list of accolades for The Story of My Teeth, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction earlier this year. Additionally, the Coffee House Press title was named one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times, NPR, the Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Translated by Christina MacSweeney, it is currently in the longlist for Three Percent’s 2016 Best Translated Book Awards. Congratulations to Luiselli, MacSweeney, and Coffee House Press!

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Mom, Dad, Our Books and Me in The New York Times

Danielle Marcotte and Josée Bisaillon‘s beautiful book about books, Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me, has received a great review in the April 10th issue of The New York Times!

Mom, Dad, Our Books, and MeGorgeous and sophisticated, this book doesn’t just preach about the importance of reading — it shows a world in which reading is all around, woven into life in many interesting ways. A fisherman “reads the sky”; a doctor “reads a thermometer.” And the little boy who narrates, a proud new reader, revels in his new solidarity with his parents, relatives and neighbors, who like to be immersed in words. Bisaillon’s art strikes just the right readerly tone, somehow both moody and cheerful.

Other praise for Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me:
“A combination of collage, paint, and crayon illustrations offer detailed views of this family’s many reading scenarios…philosophically astute.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The many forms and ways of reading are joyously celebrated in Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me.”—Foreword Reviews
“A contemplative and poetic reflection on the pleasures of story.”—Quill & Quire
“A librarian’s dream.”—School Library Journal

MOM, DAD, OUR BOOKS, AND ME; By Danielle Marcotte; Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon; Owlkids Books; 9781771472012; $18.95; Trade Cloth, Picture Book


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Two Alice James Books Reviewed in Library Journal!

Two titles from independent poetry publisher Alice James Books were reviewed in the April 1 issue of Library Journal! Play Deada brand new collection of poems by francine j harris, was called “raw and punchy as a street fight.” The collection deals unflinchingly with identity, race, and gender politics, and Library Journal praises harris’s “searing, relentless language” and “lyric immediacy.”

The journal also reviewed Driving Without a License by Janine Joseph, calling the book “a gifted writer’s view on an all-American issue,” that issue being immigration. Through poetry, Joseph explores what life is like for undocumented immigrants in America, and how they are able to inform their identities and find a sense of belonging. Driving Without a License comes out on May 10.

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Three Children’s Books for National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, meant to celebrate and draw attention to autism acceptance and awareness. These three books are written from the point of view of characters with autism, and highlight the challenges and successes of life on the autism spectrum.

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By Liam O’Donnell; Illustrated by Aurélie Grand; 9781771470698; Owlkids Books; Trade Cloth; $15.95

“With a cast that’s both ethnically and developmentally diverse, this school-day caper should entertain a broad range of readers, while also opening eyes to the perspectives of those not like themselves.” — Publishers Weekly


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By Jodi Carmichael; Illustrated by Sarah Ackerley; 9781939775030; Little Pickle Press; Trade Paper; $6.95

The Moonbeam Best First Book Award
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Digital Award



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By Florida Frenz; 9781939547019; Creston Books; Trade Cloth; $12.99

“A distinctive addition to the chorus of writers who are proving that ‘spectrum disorders’ do not equal ‘silence.'”
Kirkus Reviews


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Longlist Picks are in for the Three Percent Best Translated Book Award!

Three Percent, the translated literature-focused blog of the University of Rochester, released its longlists for the 2016 Best Translated Book Awards on March 29! The competition seeks to determine the most impressive book translated in the previous year. More than a third of the fiction longlist is made up of Consortium publishers’ titles! Open Letter had three titles on the list: The Things We Don’t Do (Andrés Neuman, Translator Nick Caistor), The Physics of Sorrow (Georgi Gospodinov, Translator Angela Rodel), and War, So Much War (Mercè Rodoreda, Translator Martha Tennent). Two books published by Deep Vellum Publishing were also longlisted: Sphinx, Anne Garreta’s gender-ambiguous novel translated by Emma Ramadan, and Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83, translated by Roland Glasser. Author Valeria Luiselli and translator Christina MacSweeney have been longlisted for their work creating The Story of My Teeth, published by Coffee House Press. Also in the longlist is Signs Preceding the End of the World, Yuri Herrera’s novel translated by Lisa Dillman and published by And Other Stories. Finally, Biblioasis’s Arvida, written by Samuel Archibald, translated from the French by Donald Winkler, was also selected for the fiction longlist. Holy Cow! Press is represented in the poetry list with Load Poems like Guns: Women’s Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan, which was compiled and translated by Farzana Marie. Be sure to keep an eye on Three Percent’s website, which will feature an article per day about why each of the individual longlisted titles deserves to win until the finalists are announced on April 19. Winners will be announced on May 4.

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Groundwood Wins Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year Books has won the esteemed BOP Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year for North America! The six winners of this prize received the awards in the Sala dello Stabat Mater at the Archiginnasio Library at the Bologna Book Fair on April 4th. Here is the press release about Groundwood’s win:

Groundwood Books from Canada is well known for its various commitments. Publishing children’s books for every age group and covering pertinent current themes such as migration, Groundwood Books also looks at ancient cultures, remembering the central role played by women. Its catalogue also includes controversial books, which have earned significant respect: its books are notable for their attention to detail with high quality graphics and illustrations.

Congratulations Groundwood!

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Tram 83 Wins Etisalat’s African Literature Prize!

At last! We’ve been biting our nails for the past three months, and Tram 83 was finally named the winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature on March 19! Tram 83 is the first book not originally written in English even to compete for, much less win, the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction, which is sponsored by Etisalat, Nigeria’s most innovative and fastest growing telecommunications services company. Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel and eight other titles, including Two Dollar Radio’s The Reactive, were longlisted in December after being pulled from a pool of over one hundred nominees. When it was first admitted to the competition, the judging committee said, “Tram 83 plunges the reader into the modern African gold rush as cynical as it is comic and colorfully exotic, using jazz rhythms to weave a tale of human relationships in a world that has become a global village.” Among other prizes, Mujila claims an award of £15,000 ($22,821 USD), a sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia, and an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück. Congratulations to Mujila and translator Roland Glasser, and thank you to Deep Vellum Publishing for bringing this literary wonder to the English-speaking world.

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Little Chickies/Los Pollitos Featured in Kirkus and SLJ!

Upload TIF to generate missing Small JPGSusie Jaramillo’s innovative, bilingual, accordion-style board book adaptation of one of the most popular nursery rhymes in the Spanish-speaking world has received a Kirkus Star and coverage in School Library Journal! Kirkus calls Little Chickies/Los Pollitos “a thoroughly engaging, ingeniously designed Latino celebration,” and School Library Journal included this title in its list of “Something Beautiful | Spring 2016 Titles for and About Latinos.” Little Chickies/Los Pollitos is part of the Canticos series.



“A cheerful novelty book based on a nursery rhyme and song, one side Spanish, one side English.” -Shelf Awareness

“I love the idea of introducing a second language to children, especially at a young age.” -The Review Wire

LITTLE CHICKIES/LOS POLLITOS; By Susie Jaramillo; Little Pickle Press;  9780996995900; Board Book; $14.99
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The Unpopular Virtue of Moral Certainty – John Quincy Adams
The Unpopular Virtue of Moral Certainty – John Quincy Adams

The Wall Street Journal’s previously announced review ran in Monday’s paper, calling the book “penetrating, detailed and very readable,” and a “splendid biography.”

As previously announced, an essay by James Traub on John Quincy Adams ran in yesterday’s New York Times, in the Sunday Review section. The book is mentioned in his byline. 

James Traub also devoted his column to John Quincy Adams last Friday.

“Traub thoroughly, even quite engagingly, follows Adams through the years during which he served in the diplomatic corps, building up the reputation as the new republic’s best representative abroad.”

—Booklist, starred review

“[A] meticulous study of the statesman’s public service and private life…. Adams surfaces as an ambitious intellectual with deeply held convictions striving to hold his family together through illness, tragedy, and financial woes while relentlessly promoting a strong, active federal government as the young but rapidly expanding and diversifying nation grappled with geographic sectionalism and political partisanship. This rich…account emphasizes Adams’ distinguished early career tenure as diplomat and secretary of state, the heated 1824 presidential election resulting in Adams defeating longtime personal and political foe Andrew Jackson, and his tireless effort to force the issue of slavery onto the Congressional floor as a postpresidential member of the House of Representatives.”

—Library Journal


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