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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!
Gorgeous 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
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 Dead, a 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.
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.
WEST MEADOWS DETECTIVES: THE CASE OF THE SNACK SNATCHER
By Liam O’Donnell; Illustrated by ; 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
SPAGHETTI IS NOT A FINGER FOOD (AND OTHER LIFE LESSONS)
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
HOW TO BE HUMAN: DIARY OF AN AUTISTIC GIRL
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
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.
Groundwood Wins Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year
Groundwood 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.”
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.
Little Chickies/Los Pollitos Featured in Kirkus and SLJ!
Susie 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;
Posted in Mini Pretzels, News Tidbits, Reviews
by Susan McConnell
Tagged bilingual, board book, Kirkus Reviews, little chickies, little pickle press, los pollitos, School Library Journal, shelf awareness, spanish, susie jaramillo
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 ForeignPolicy.com 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.”
Kirkus Reviews Profiles Author of The Cosmopolitans
Kirkus Reviews ran a feature story on The Cosmopolitans author Sarah Schulman on March 17. The interview discussed the characters in her newest novel, published by The Feminist Press at CUNY, and the “queer content” in her writing that makes every book her “breakout book.” This follows a starred review from Kirkus Reviews on January 1 that called the book “jarring and beautiful,” and another starred review from Publishers Weekly that described the novel as “a satisfying revenge narrative and a portrait of an unexpected but vital friendship.” Publishers Weekly followed up by making The Cosmopolitans a Pick of the Week for March 14, along with A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century (Bellevue Literary Press) and Playing for the Devil’s Fire (Cinco Puntos Press).
Everyone Loves Blanche Hates the Night!
Blanche does NOT want to go to sleep, and she’ll do anything and everything to chase away the moon and wake up the sun. She sings. She bangs on her drum. She somersaults. She gets yelled at by her mother. We know the ending of Blanche Hates the Night is unavoidable, but readers and critics have fallen in love with Sibylle Delacroix‘s (Prickly Jenny) not-quite-nocturnal protagonist and her endearing attempts to stay awake.
The New York Times: “With adorable, shadowy drawings, Delacroix offers a refreshing c’est la vie take on bedtime conflict.”
(Print coverage in March 13 issue)
Kirkus Reviews (Starred review!): “Sparkling with clarity and replete with gentle humor, this straightforward selection is an excellent choice for lulling active toddlers off to sleep.”
Publishers Weekly: “[Blanche] has lots of visual oomph and an irresistibly confident heroine front and center.”
Featured in Today’s Parent‘s “17 Books on Nighttime Fears”
(alongside The Little Book of Big Fears!)
BLANCHE HATES THE NIGHT; By Sibylle Delacroix; Owlkids Books; 9781771471589; $16.95; Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Posted in Mini Pretzels, News Tidbits, Reviews
by Susan McConnell
Tagged bedtime, blanche hates the night, kirkus, little book of big fears, New York Times, nighttime, Owlkids, Prickly Jenny, Publishers Weekly, Sibylle Delacroix, today's parent