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Goats and tigers and ostriches, oh my! It’s animals galore over here for our latest Butler Bookshelf, a collection of fiction and nonfiction tales (or “tails?”) for elementary age readers.

Tiger Time (True Tales of Rescue)
Written by Kama Einhorn
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available now!

Santa’s Puppy
Written by Catherine Hapka
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available now!

Dog Driven
Written by Terry Lynn Johnson
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Available today!

Ostriches (Superpower Field Guide)
Written by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Nicholas John Frith
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available now!

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We received bundles of books this week — we can’t contain our joy! There are some great picture book biographies, like Thurgood and excellent introductions to pressing social issues, such as What Is A Refugee?

A Fox Found A Box
Written and illustrated by Ged Adamson
Published by Schwartz & Wade
Available now

Salsa Lullaby
Written by Jen Arena and illustrated by Erika Meza
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Available now

Overview, Young Explorer’s Edition: A New Way of Seeing Earth
Written by Benjamin Grant and Sandra Markle
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Available now

What Is A Refugee?
Written and illustrated by Elise Gravel
Published by Random House
Available now

Reach for the Skai
Written by Skai Jackson
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Available now

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist
Written by Julie Leung and illustrated by Chris Sasaki
Published by Schwartz & Wade
Available now

Little Smokey
Written and illustrated by Robert Neubecker
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Available now

White Bird: A Wonder Story
Written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Available now

I’m Not Millie!
Written and illustrated by Mark Pett
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Available now

The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)
Written by Philip Pullman
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Available now

Happy Hair
Written and illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe
Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Available now

Deep Breaths
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
Published by Rodale Kids
Available now

Thurgood
Written by Jonah White and illustrated by Bryan Collier
Published by Schwartz & Wade
Available now

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IMG_6464We’re big fans of Tami Charles around these parts — lucky us that we got our hands on a copy of Freedom Soup early!  Check out the rest of this week’s highlights!

Freedom Soup
Written by Tami Charles and illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara
Published by Candlewick
Available December 10, 2019

Tooth Fairy in Training
Written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Briony May Smith
Published by Candlewick
Available December 10, 2019

Little Lunch: Loads of Laughs
Written by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane
Published by Candlewick
Available December 10, 2019

Something for You
Written and illustrated by Charlie Mylie
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux for Young Readers
Available November 26, 2019

 

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A trio of newly released titles awaits us – particularly Nadine Jolie Courtney’s novel All-American Muslim Girl.

Charlie Hernández & the Castle of Bones
Written by Ryan Calejo
Published by Aladdin
Available today!

Pluto Gets the Call
Written by Adam Rex and illustrated by Laurie Keller
Published by Beach Lane Books
Available today!

All-American Muslim Girl
Written by Nadine Jolie Courtney
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux for Young Readers
Available today!

 

It’s NaNoWriMo–Are you in?

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). What began as a challenge for a small group of writers has grown into a non-profit organization supporting the challenge in which “hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel.” And while I’m not sure about what comes out of the process (hopefully many more months of revisions), I love the idea of a community of support.

But what really gets my attention is their Young Writers Program, created specifically for the under 18 crowd and the educators cheering them on.

Not interested in a structured challenge, but still want to encourage the budding authors in your world? 2019 has provided a slew of books on authors and their craft for every age group.

Before They Were Authors cover imageBefore They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids
Elizabeth Haidle
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019
Ages 8-12

This collection of ten mini-biographies features authors from Maya Angelou to Gene Luen Yang. Each chapter explores the life events, struggles, and inspirations of a popular figure in children’s literature. A striking array of experiences to show aspiring writers that the path to success is not usually a smooth one, in fact, there’s not just one path at all.

digging up dangerThe Story Pirates Present: Digging Up Danger
Jacqueline West and illustrated by Hatem Aly
Based on the story idea of Phoebe Wolinetz
Random House, 2019
Ages 8-12

What do you get when you cross a ghost-hunting-thirteen-year-old, bent on figuring out what’s haunting the plant shop where she’s spending the summer, with a step-by-step guide to creating your own mystery novel? A Story Pirates adventure, of course. Story Pirates is a multi-media company/creativity lab (radio, podcast, live show, book series) focused on bringing kid’s story ideas to life.

dear allyDear Ally, How Do You Write a Book?
Ally Carter
Scholastic Press, 2019
Ages 12 and up

An in-depth Q&A, full of practical advice, for anyone even thinking about writing a book. With contributions from some of the biggest names in YA lit, Carter and friends cover everything from finding (and keeping) inspiration, planning and research, battling writer’s block, to getting published. A great, desk-top, “phone a friend” reference.

 

Looking for some backlist inspiration? Check out any one of these titles for the youngest through young adult authors.

Author: A True Story by Helen Lester (HMH, 2002) Ages 4-7

The Word Collector by Peter H Reynolds (Scholastic, 2018) Ages 4-8

My Weird Writing Tips by Dan Gutman (HarperCollins 2013) Ages 8-12

Spilling Ink: A Young Writers Handbook by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer, illustrated by Matt Phelan (Macmillan, 2010) Ages 9-14

How to Write Fiction (And Think About It) by Robert Graham (Macmillan, 2007) Ages 15 and up–academic

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Just a handful of books in this week – lucky for us, it included a great mix of nonfiction, picture books, and a work of teen fiction. All titles are available as of today!

Winterwood
Written by Shea Ernshaw
Published by Simon Pulse
Available today!

P is for Poppadoms! An Indian Alphabet Book
Written by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal, illustrated by Hazel Ito
Published by Beach Lane Books
Available today!

The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up The World
Written by the staff of the Undefeated, portraits by Robert Ball
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available today!

Go, Girls, Go!
Written by Frances Gilbert, illustrated by Allison Black
Published by Beach Lane Books
Available today!