November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

S. & S. Presents a Mischievous Canine, Some Star-Studded Collaborations, and a Can’t-Miss Dystopia | Fall Preview

The S. & S. Fall Preview highlighted a picture book featuring a pampered French bulldog, a concept book that finds alphabet letters in everyday objects, and a Coraline-esque novel from two children’s lit giants, author Kenneth Oppel and illustrator Jon Klassen.

A Penguin Kind of Circus | Summer Preview

A circus-themed event at Penguin’s Preview in New York City underlined its featured book Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley—and other titles with animals of the possum-kind.

Famous Chef, Chickens with Superpowers, and Hurricane Katrina Lead the Pack at Random House Preview | 2015 Spring Preview

Bullying leads to an ecological disaster in Newbery winner Louis Sachar’s Fuzzy Mud, and world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson shares a young adult version of his autobiography Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life.

Bedtime Bunnies, Western Railroad Waitresses, and Typhoid Mary Populate Boyds Mills | 2015 Spring Preview

At the Spring Preview for Boyds Mills, a full range of nonfiction and fiction alike presided, including a story about restless bunnies in Bedtime at Bessie and Lil’s, a young boy who is a space explorer in Space Boy and His Dog, and an exploration of Typhoid Mary who spread the disease to many in Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary.

Disney Hyperion Editors Take Dramatic Turn | 2015 Spring Preview

At the Disney Hyperion 2015 Spring Preview, editors traded in the red pencils for scripts as they did dramatic readings from their upcoming titles from Christopher Myers, Tim Federle, Dave Barry, and Bob Shea.

Macmillan | 2015 Spring Preview

Books about World War II, the New York City Sanitation Department, and titles written by librarians-turned-authors were aplenty at the 2015 Macmillan Spring Preview.

At Holiday House, Rabbits, Beasts, Twins, and Triplets | Spring 2015 Preview

At the Holiday House Spring 2015 Preview, picture books abound about best friend bunnies who become intense rivals, a book-writing chicken who attends a book festival, and a young African American girl in the 1950s South who learns she can’t try on her shoes before buying them.

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring 2014)

It’s a new year but the librarian previews just ah-keep on coming.  Generally you’ll read my previews of “The Big Six/Five” (they haven’t really gone down to a proper five yet, but it’s coming).  My heart always belongs to the little guys, though.  The folks who aren’t necessarily located in NYC.  Folks like Chronicle Books, […]

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2015)

Oh, it’s a big one.  A big honking preview, this is.  Yes indeed, folks, Harper Collins is in town and they’ve a mess of good looking books just aching to arrive on your shelves.  Now the last time I attending a preview for HC I was massively pregnant with back pain to match.  This time […]

Old Friends and New at Random House | Spring 2015 Preview

At the Spring 2015 Random House Preview, rich and unusual stories were abound: a man without a leg who bicycles across Ghana; Leontyne Price, one of the first African-Americans to perform at the Metropolitan Opera; and a dessert’s journey across time and four families.

Librarian Preview: Little, Brown & Company (Spring 2015)

As librarian previews go, Little, Brown’s remain the gold standard. The food, the guests, the layout, the everything. It is the rare preview that leaves you feeling more relaxed that when you entered. Yet such is the case whenever Victoria Stapleton don’s her latest pair of delightful shoes (shown below). And then the editorial stars […]

HarperCollins Serves Up Bunnies, Sisters, and “Sick Lit” | Spring 2015 Preview

HarperCollins Spring Preview, in New York City, served up books about bunnies, parents who wants to raise boring children, “Sick Lit,” and Sherlock Holmes.

Egmont USA’s Fifth Anniversary | Spring 2015 Preview

The spring 2015 Preview in NYC served up Temple Run Book Three Run for Your Life: Artic Rescue in ebook format, a foray into nonfiction with See-Thru Frogs and See-Thru Sharks, and a retelling of Snow White with Tear You Apart.

‘Rude Cakes’ and ‘Polar Bear’s Underwear’ Rule at the Chronicle Spring 2015 Preview

Librarians and booksellers flocked to the Spring 2015 Preview at the Chronicle headquarters in San Francisco in early October.

Holiday House Presents a Menagerie of New Animal Characters | Fall Preview 2014

The Holiday House’s Fall 2014 Preview showcased titles that featured animals as their superstars, including: Pants for Chuck, Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, and There’s a Pig in My Class.

‘Druthers’ Meets ‘Leroy Ninker’ at Candlewick| Fall 2014 Preview

SLJ visits the Candlewick Fall Preview where Kate DiCamillo talks about spinoff character from her “Mercy Watson” series for her upcoming August title Leroy Ninker Saddles Up—and books about bears and dads get some love.

Chronicle | 2014 Preview

SLJ was in San Francisco for Chronicle’s Fall 2014 Preview where illustrated children’s books with vibrant visuals were the showstopping hits.

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Fall 2014)

Lest we grow complacent in our maternity leave, I’ve quite a few librarian previews just ah-waiting postings.  And what better way to begin than with Lerner Books here?  Everyone’s favorite Minnesotan publisher came to town in the guise of Lindsay Matvick.  We ate pizza.  We talked shop.  We heard about what Lerner has on offer […]

Authors Take the Spotlight | Scholastic Online Fall Preview

The Scholastic Fall 2014 Online Preview is the ideal way to introduce books to readers, from picture books to titles for young adults.

SLJ Goes Behind the Scenes| Scholastic Fall 2014 Preview Peek

SLJ goes behind the scenes at Scholastic headquarters in New York City to watch the filming of Scholastic’s Fall 2014 Online Preview, available May 14, where editors and authors meet to discuss upcoming titles.