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The #DioramaChallenge has been issued!
To celebrate the launch of MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS, Tara Altebrando has challenged middle grade authors to make dioramas of their latest books. Many have answered, including Leslie Margolis, Anne Ursu, and Rita Williams-Garcia. You can see the fruits of their labor here.
Now you can bravely take up the #DioramaChallenge by hosting a special craft day in your library or classroom! Download our activity guide here.
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My Life in Dioramas-
Kate Marino knows very well that home is where her heart is, and if she had any say in the matter, her heart would stay put in Big Red. The old, rambling farmhouse has withstood the test of time with her family, but now Kate’s parents have decided to sell it from under her feet.
The preventative solution: sabotage the realtor’s tours with the help of best friends and a plan that has maximum stinkage potential.
The back-up plan: hang on to at least a little bit of life at Big Red by creating shoebox dioramas of each room.
But even with a full-scale assault, will her mission be a success? And if not, what will the diorama of Kate’s future look like?
With a keen eye for capturing the moments that matter, acclaimed author Tara Altebrando explores the pain—and promise—of letting go.
A beautiful, poignant book trailer for MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS.
Going to ALA? Check out our publishers’ events in booth 1304!
Last week, we gave you the list of things happening in the Consortium booth. But while we’re there, we’ll have even more things happening in our publishers’ booth! Add these to your schedule, and stop by to check them out!
Signings in the booth:
10:00-10:30 Diana Cohn (The Bee Tree) at Cinco Puntos Press
10:30-12:00 Tom Catton (May I Sit With You?) at Central Recovery Press
12:00-12:30 Kate Schatz & Miriam (Rad American Women A-Z) at City Lights Publishers
1:30-3:00 Emily Filmore (The Marvelous Transformation) at Central Recovery Press
2:00-2:30 Diana Cohn (Si Se Puede/ Yes We Can) at Cinco Puntos Press
10:30-12:00 Dana Bowman (Bottled) at Central Recovery Press
1:30-3:00 Sandra Swenson (The Joey Song) at Central Recovery Press
They’ll have lots and lots of galley/book/swag giveaways in the booth at well:
11:00-11:30 Galleys of 6:41 to Paris at New Vessel Press
12:30-1:30 Galleys of On the Run with Mary at New Vessel Press
Galleys of Marvel and a Wonder at Akashic Books
Galleys of The Anger Meridian at Akashic Books
Books of Eight New-Generation African Poets at Akashic Books
Books of Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos at Akashic Books
Books of Simon’s Cat vs. the World at Akashic Books
Books of You Have to F**king Eat at Akashic Books
Galleys of Seriously, You Have to Eat at Akashic Books
Books of Go the F**k to Sleep at Akashic Books
Books of Seriously, Just Go to Sleep at Akashic Books
Books of Copycat and a Litter of Other Cats at Akashic Books
Galleys of What Is Punk? at Akashic Books
Books of I Love You Too at Akashic Books
Books of The Shark Curtain at Akashic Books
Books of Changers Book One: Drew at Akashic Books
Books of Changers Book Two: Oryon at Akashic Books
Blads of Castro: A Graphic Novel at Arsenal Pulp Press
Blads of Suite Française: Storm in June at Arsenal Pulp Press
Blads of Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing at Arsenal Pulp Press
Galleys of The Do-Right at Cinco Puntos Press
Galleys of Crane Boy at Cinco Puntos Press
Galleys of The Great and Mighty Nikko at Cinco Puntos Press
Galleys of Pillow at Coach House Books
Galleys of Chinkstar at Coach House Books
Galleys of The Murder of Halland at Coach House Books
Galleys of Juventud at Curbside Splendor Publishing
Galleys of The Voiceover Artist at Curbside Splendor Publishing
Galleys of Fake Fruit Factory at Curbside Splendor Publishing
Galleys of Tram 83 at Deep Vellum Publishing
Galleys of Neighbors From Hell at Feral House
Books of Rock, Paper, Scissors at Open Letter Books
Galleys of Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras at Stone Bridge Press
Galleys of Love Not Given Lightly: Profiles from the Edge of Sex at Stone Bridge Press
Galleys of Unshaven: Modern Women, Natural Bodies at Stone Bridge Press
Meet Us in San Francisco!
Consortium will be at Annual next week, and we’d love to see you! We’ll be at booths 1303-1304. As usual, we’ll have author signings, galleys, and lots of swag!
Publishers in Our Aisle
Each publisher will have their own giveaways and fun, new books for you to see!
Come to our party! We’re having a party with City Lights Publishers and Booklist, at the famous City Lights Bookstore on Columbus Avenue. The invite can be found here. It’s a free event to all ALA attendees—just wear your badge to get in!
Nina Revoyr will have a panel of her own at the Pop Top Stage on Monday, June 29th. The event is from 11:00 to 12:00, and features an author signing following the presentation. She will be signing copies of her latest book, Lost Canyon.
We will have many signings while at ALA:
10:00-10:30 Tom Catton (May I Sit With You?)
11:00-11:30 Tod Davies & Mike Madrid (The Lizard Princess)
1:00-1:30 Emily Filmore (The Marvelous Transformation)
2:00-2:30 Linda Lee Peterson (The Spy on the Tennessee Walker)
10:00-10:30 Dana Bowman (Bottled)
1:00-1:30 Sandra Swenson (The Joey Song)
2:00-2:30 Nina Revoyr (Lost Canyon)
3:00-3:30 Kevin McCloskey (We Dig Worms!)
In addition, we will have galley giveaways and book giveaways in between signings. Stop by and pick up your next favorite book!
9:00-9:30 Marry, Kiss, Kill by Anne Flett-Giordano
12:00-12:30 Places of the Heart by Colin Ellard
3:00-3:30 Not Dark Yet by Berit Ellingsen
9:00-9:30 Wild About Shapes by Jérémie Fischer
11:00-11:30 Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish
We can’t wait to meet you in person! Can’t make it to San Francisco? We’ll be tweeting at @ConsortiumBooks, and using the #alaac15 hashtag.
Groundwood Books & Highlights/Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek listed on Bank Street Best of 2015
THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE at Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year.
The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2015 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2014. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.
(source: Bank Street College of Education)
*= Outstanding Merit
Naptime (BEST UNDER 5)
written and illustrated by Iris de Mouy, translated from the French by Shelley Tanaka (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, $16.95)
The animals on the savannah offer a variety of familiar excuses for not taking a nap. Then a bossy young girl offers a solution. Simple appealing watercolors. (2-5)
The Cat at the Wall (BEST FOR 9-12yrs)
by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, $16.95)
After dying in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, thirteen-‐year-‐old Clare is transformed into a cat in Bethlehem on the West Bank, where events between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians oddly mirror her former life. (9-12)
Outside In (BEST FOR 9-12yrs)
by Sarah Ellis
(Groundwood/House of Anansi Press, $16.95)
Lynn’s conventional eighth grade world collides with her new friend’s antimaterialistic, off the grid family and creates conflict between maintaining old friendships and embracing new alliances. (10-13)
Boyds Mills Press/Highlights
Alone Together (BEST UNDER 5)
written and illustrated by Suzanne Bloom
(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95)
Bear wants some time alone. Goose and Fox approve. Will Bear get what he wants? Spare text and glorious pastels. (3-4)
By Day, By Night (BEST UNDER 5)
by Amy Gibson, illustrated by Meilo So
(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95)
Wander through the day with the world’s children as they perform everyday routines. Lively pencil and watercolor vignettes. Benefit for the Global Orphan Project. (3-6)
*Mysterious Patterns (BEST 12-14)
Finding Fractals in Nature
by Sarah C. Campbell, photographed by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell
(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95)
Gorgeous photographs accompany a simple and straightforward explanation of fractals, geometric shapes made up of smaller parts that each look like the whole shape. (7-10)
The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar (BEST 12-14)
by Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Joan Paley
(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95)
The life cycle of the caterpillar that becomes an Isabella Tiger Moth is described with detailed illustrations. (7-9)
Rory’s Promise (BEST 12-14)
by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols (Calkins Creek/Highlights, $16.95)
Rory promised her little sister, Violet, that they would never be parted. When Violet is placed on a train headed west for adoption, can Rory keep her promise? (11-13)
Jasmine and Maddie (BEST 12-14)
by Christine Pakkala
(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95)
Jasmine has lost her father and her home. Maddie seems to have everything. Despite the tension between them, can they become friends? (11-13)
*Schools of Hope: How Julius Rosenwald Helped Change African American Education (BEST 12-14)
by Norman H. Finkelstein (Calkins Creek/Highlights, $16.95)
To improve the under-resourced education of black children in the South in the early 1900s, Julius Rosenwald partnered with communities and helped build nearly 5,000 schools. Archival photographs. (12-15)
Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat (BEST 12-14)
by Gail Jarrow (Calkins Creek/Highlights, $16.95)
The fascinating history of how doctors discovered the cause of pellagra, a horrible disease caused by malnutrition. Archival photos and illustrations. (11-14)
Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner (BEST 12-14)
(Calkins Creek/Highlights, $16.95)
This account of the California grape strike led by Mexican American Cesar Chavez and Filipino Larry Itliong also explores the rise and fall of the United Farm Workers of America. (12-16)
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TOON’s Lost in NYC Earns SIX Starred Reviews!
GET ON THE EXPRESS TRAIN with Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure, published by TOON Books! The new TOON Graphic, aimed at ages 8-12, is burning up the charts with starred reviews in School Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, Horn Book, Shelf Awareness, and Publishers Weekly.
Written by Eisner-nominated author Nadja Spiegelman, and illustrated by one of Spain’s most celebrated experimental cartoonists, Sergio García Sánchez, this story brings all the bustle and beauty of NYC to young readers around the world. In an interview on Comic Book Resources, Spiegelman said “it’s foremost a unique visual experience, but I suppose if I meant to tell the plot, then it’s about a new kid who gets lost during a field trip to the Empire State Building. It’s also a non-fiction book filled with facts about the New York City subway system that reflects my own love for the city.”
“The storytelling is kinetic. . . . This is a love song to the city that never sleeps as well as a solid friendship story. Paired with robust, detailed historical notes and an engaging Spanish translation by Moral, this book is sure to be a hit with kids and their adults. Recommended for all collections.”—School Library Journal, April 2015, starred review
“Required reading for anyone, tourist or resident, mystified by or anxious about using arguably the greatest public transportation system on the planet.”—Kirkus Reviews, February 2015, starred review
“Young readers enamored by the Big Apple will be both delighted by the wealth of information and atmospheric artwork and encouraged by Pablo and Alicia’s successful, if a bit nerve-wracking, solo journeys.”—Booklist, April 2015, starred review
“In this vibrant graphic-novel picture book, Spiegelman’s lively text is superbly matched by García Sánchez’s art. His detailed images from every perspective, filled with trains, stations, people, streets, skyscrapers, and even maps, vividly convey the kids’ travels below and above ground.” —The Horn Book Magazine, July 2015, starred review
“With humor and sensitivity, Spiegelman reveals how getting lost can be the first step toward finding your way—while also giving NYC residents and visitors alike a valuable primer on the subway system and its history.” —Publishers Weekly, April 2015, starred review
“A graphic novel tale of friendship that combines fascinating facts about the New York subway system, the Empire State Building, history and geography.” —Shelf Awareness, April 2015, starred review
“García’s adroit art bursts with activity, while the story highlights the ingenuity city life brings out in the young. Packed with subway maps, lore and miscellany, it’s sure to be treasured by tweens and adults, too.” —New York Times
“Aimed at ‘visual learners,’ this elegantly presented and emotionally satisfying graphic story is well worth the time even of children who have never set foot in Manhattan.” —The Wall Street Journal, April 2015
“Visually stunning (to say nothing of its accuracy) with abundant factual information wriggled into every available crevice, you don’t have to be a New Yorker to enjoy this book (though, boy, does it sure help).” —Elizabeth Bird, NYPL Youth Materials Specialist, March 2015
Library Reads & the Association of American Publishers Welcome you to BookExpo America 2015!
Hear first hand what book publishers are excited about for the forthcoming season, and learn their behind the scenes secrets why!
Thursday, May 28
1:45-3:15 pm. AAP Annual Librarians’ Book Buzz—Part I. Jacob K. Javits Center (Room 1E14)
Hear the first installment of what book publishers are excited about for the forthcoming season, and learn their behind the scenes secrets why! Dominique R. Jenkins Academic Conventions and Library Marketing Manager, Penguin Group USA; Jen Childs, Director, Library Marketing, Random House; Michelle Fadlalla, Director of Marketing, Education & Library, Simon & Schuster; Michael Rockliff, Director of Library Sales and Marketing, Workman, Golda Rademacher, Library Marketing Manager, W. W. Norton; Linda Hollick, Publisher, New York Review Books; and Meredith Barnes, Soho Press.
Friday, May 29
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. AAP Annual Librarians’ Book Buzz—Part II. Jacob K. Javits Center (Room 1E14)
Hear the second installment of what book publishers are excited about for the forthcoming season, and why. The second installment will feature publishers; Virginia Stanley, Director of Library Marketing, HarperCollins; Elenita, Chmilowski, Library Marketing Director, Perseus Books Group; Melissa Nicholas, Library Marketing Manager, Hachette Book Group, Chris Vaccari, Director, Library Marketing, Sterling; Talia Sherer, Director, Library Marketing, Macmillan; Claire Kelley, Marketing Manager, Melville House; and Julie Schaper, President, Consortium Book Distribution, and Jean Johnson, National Accounts Manager for Schools and Libraries Sourcebooks.
3:30 pm – 5 pm. Seventh Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share @ Book Expo. Jacob K. Javits Center (Room 1E14), Co-sponsored by the AAP and Library Journal. Librarians gather at the close of the 2nd day of BEA to talk about their most recent discoveries on the exhibit floor, and upcoming works they are looking forward to sharing with their patrons. Wilda Williams, Fiction Editor, Library Journal moderates this year’s Shout N Sharers: Kristi Chadwick, Advisor, Small Libraries Massachusetts Library System; Charlene Rue, Acting Director of BookOps, New York & Brooklyn Public Libraries; Jamie Watson, Collection Development Coordinator, Baltimore County Public Library; Jennifer Dayton, Collection Development Manager, Darien Library; and Robin Nesbitt, Collection Development, Columbus Public Library.
Did you know that Publisher Group West now proudly distributes Button Books in the USA?
Based in East Sussex, UK, Button Books (an imprint of GMC Publications) is an exciting new list of design-led children’s books which will appeal to adults as much as they do to children. The key values of Button Books are focused on impeccable design to compliment the content of each book as well as high-end print production techniques and finishes.
Button Books was launched in the Fall of 2012, beginning with a range of board and hardback gift books aimed at 0-2yrs and 2-5yrs, using the archive of French illustrator Alain Grée. Since then they have developed other products including flash cards, a height chart and some stationery. Their focus has been on the UK and they have not previously been distributed in the US or Canada.
Take a look at what you can expect to find for Spring and Fall 15!
Alain Grée’s beautiful illustrations from the 1960s and 70s are known throughout the world. With their naivety of form and bold use of colour, their charm is undeniable. Comprising a delightful collection of board & hardback books, activity sets and flash cards, these products feature Alain Grée’s stunning archive of vintage imagery throughout.
Mibo was founded by Madeleine Rogers with the aim of creating affordable, yet beautifully designed printed homeware products. This series, designed by Madeleine, presents titles that teach children about animals and their environments. Five animals are explored in each books, with a two-page spread dedicated to each animal. Bright, appealing illustrations and fun educational rhymes make these books an ideal learning tool for adults to share with children. In the pocket at the back of each book are five paper animals that little hands will be able to pop out and create into 3D figures, simply by folding and adding a bit of glue.
Order now through Publishers Group West or your favorite wholesaler:
Phone: 1-800-788-3123 * Fax: 1-800-351-5073 * Email: email@example.com
Be sure to visit Button Books at www.buttonbooks.co.uk or go to www.pgw.com
Visit PG Kids Booth 942 at BEA2015!
Rich and Fragrant Lebanese Cuisine
ROSE WATER & ORANGE BLOSSOMS
The New York Times Food Section
Written by Melissa Clark
“A terrific and important book!” –Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations “Maureen’s love letter to Lebanese food and the story of her family is so rich and delicious it was hard to stop reading and start cooking. But the recipes and photos compel me to do just that, and it’s hard to know where to start: thick yogurt in olive oil, lamb with spices and herbs, warm dates, pomegranate and rose sorbet. This book is a feast from Maureen and her family table, and I can hardly wait to bring her food to mine.”
–Faith Durand, executive editor of TheKitchen.com
“What a charmer of a book. Maureen Abood brings us Lebanon on a plate, the Lebanon of her family and her imagination. Her recipes keep bringing to mind descriptors like, “deliciously sexy” and “got to do this.” Her family stories paint Lebanese life on both sides of the ocean. And the vegetable recipes alone are worth the price of admission. This is one for “The Keeper Shelf.””
–Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Host of The Splendid Table® from American Public Media
“A warm and welcoming guide to the fragrant world of Lebanese cooking. Abood writes with an American heart and a Middle Eastern soul, and she takes us on a delectable journey infused with luscious recipes, stunning images, and sweet memories.” –Louisa Shafia, author of The New Persian Kitchen
“Not nearly well known enough in this country, the rich and fragrant Lebanese cuisine finally gets this worthy representation both in the range of dishes presented and the gorgeous, mouth-watering illustrations of them.” –Mimi Sheraton, longtime food critic of The New York Times and author of 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die
“Maureen’s unique perspective on Lebanese cooking is richly represented in Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. It is approachable, inspiring, and simply delicious.”–Michael Solomonov, executive chef and co-owner, Zahav restaurant
“Maureen is a special kind of cookbook author–insightful, mindful of tradition, always appreciative. Rose Water and Orange Blossoms celebrates life, family, beautiful recipes, and Lebanese (culinary) food ways. She uniquely uses charm, experience, warmth, and evocative storytelling to invite us into the seductive realm of her Lebanese table–rose water, orange blossom, pomegranate, sumac, dates, and all.” –Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day
The Slippers’ Keeper from Groundwood Books
School Library Journal April Review
April. Gr 2-4–This exquisitely illustrated picture book describes the life of Joe Purdon, who devoted his life to the preservation of the showy lady’s-slipper, an orchid native to North America. When he was 13, Purdon learned about the flowers from his teacher, who told her students how rare and delicate they were because of their inability to self-pollinate and because they require a precise balance of water and sunlight. Purdon came across more Showy Lady’s-slippers growing in a wet, lowland area of his family’s farm in Eastern Ontario. Believing them to be “‘the prettiest thing this side of sunset,” he began to study their life cycle, learning how to pollinate them and how much water and sunshine they needed to grow and protecting the colonies of pink flowers from hungry animals. The book ends with Purdon as an adult, still nurturing the now thousands of plants flourishing under his care. An epilogue and a note at the end of the book describe how the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority was established in 1982 to protect the colony. Dominated by shades of green, the illustrations are elegant. The text fictionalizes somewhat, relying heavily on dialogue. Slightly on the stiff side, the writing may not resonate with readers, but the images will keep them turning pages. VERDICT A solid addition to science collections, this title introduces young readers to the concept of conservation and emphasizes that one person can make a difference.–Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mount Carmel
Midwest Book Review ‘Botany Shelf’ review. March 2015 issue:
“The Slippers’ Keeper” is an exquisitely illustrated true story of a boy named Joe Purdon who loved walking and exploring the Canadian woods with his dog, Laddie. On his walks he observed and learned to know many things about the plants and animals of his beloved woodlands. One special discovery that he treasured was the Showy Lady’s Slipper, which he discovered was a flower unable to pollinate itself and bloom without the help of bees or insects. The delicate wild orchid also required just the right balance of water and sunlight to thrive. Joe decided to make it his project to help Showy Lady’s Slippers to grow in the fen. This was not a project that had the full support of his father, who approved Joe’s activities only after his farm chores were done. Fortunately Joe’s mother understood he needed to pursue his special interest for pleasure in the beauty of the wild orchid. Joe studied and observed the needs of the wild orchid and persisted in his plan to aid the spread of Showy Lady’s Slippers in the fen near his farm home. Joe grew into a man who loved his work with the wild orchids, maple syrup production, and woodworking with felled trees, rather than farming. Gradually he watched his orchid colony grow and increase, just as his own family did also. Joe’s work with the preservation of the Showy Ladys’ Slipper was later preserved and honored by the Purdon Conservation Area, later the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. “The Slippers’ Keeper” honors this amazing legacy with narrative and tender portraits of the beautiful landscape of the Showy Lady’s Slipper in eastern Ontario, Canada.
Ian Wallace has had a distinguished career as an author and illustrator of picture books, publishing such classics as Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance, Boy of the Deeps, The Huron Carol, Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot and Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Ian lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.
The Slippers’ Keeper
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