August 20, 2014

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Teens Top Ten YALSA

Looking for a way to get your older patrons up to speed on the latest tech gadgets but short on staff time? There’s a grant for that. Chronicle has a galley for every reader in its giveaway basket, and please note: it’s time for teens to vote for their favorites from the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten 2014 nominee list.

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: Chronicle Books (Fall 2014)

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Fall 2014)

This is it! We’ve officially begun!  Here is, without a doubt, the very first Librarian Preview of the Fall 2014 season.  I’m so thrilled to be presenting it in its full unaltered glory.  Chronicle Books, that plucky little Californian publisher, has really made a name for itself in the past few years.  And now, with [...]

Pick of the Day: Going Over

Going Over

Kephart immerses readers in 1980s Berlin, a time period that does not receive a lot of attention in most history textbooks.

Pick of the Day: Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker


Reluctant readers of nonfiction and poetry lovers alike will be drawn to this book’s musical, theatrical nature, making for a fun, enriching, and holistic reading experience.

‘Going Over’ and ‘Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere’ Galley Offers | Giveaway

Going Over Kephart

Chronicle is giving SLJTeen readers the first shot at getting galleys of these April releases: Beth Kephart’s Going Over and Juliet T. Lamana’s Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere.

Review of the Day: Everybody Paints! by Susan Goldman Rubin

Review of the Day: Everybody Paints! by Susan Goldman Rubin

Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family By Susan Goldman Rubin Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6984-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves February 4th For years it was my pleasure to work in the New York Public Library’s Central Children’s Room, located in the Donnell Library. The Central Children’s Room was the crown jewel [...]

Review: I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… by Davide Cali

Review: I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… by Davide Cali

I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… By Davide Cali Illustrated by Benjamin Chaud Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452125510 $12.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores March 4, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Kids will go to great lengths to avoid homework. I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… is a little book that celebrates this [...]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring 2014)

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring 2014)

It’s official. Should I happen to leave New York City for any reason (I’ve been saying I would for years, but it’s gotta happen someday) and I work for a publisher I want to work for Chronicle Books. No, really. I don’t what it is about them, but I get a really good vibe off [...]

‘Golden Domes’ Picture Book Causes Stir at Scholastic Book Fair

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A parent in Marietta, Georgia, has lodged a complaint with his local school board about the inclusion of Hena Khan’s picture book Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors at his daughter’s Scholastic Book Fair on October 17. Thomas Prisock claims that the book is “an indoctrination of Muslim culture,” according to the The Marietta Daily Journal.

Video Sunday: Everything in this post reeks of awesome

Video Sunday: Everything in this post reeks of awesome

Took me a couple minutes to get into this one, but once I remembered the premise it helped.  This is basically The Wizard of Oz redone with pop songs.  A lot of which, sad to say, I have never heard of.  Fortunately I could at least recognize the weird genius of the line, “You’re just [...]

Review of the Day: When Thunder Comes by J. Patrick Lewis

Review of the Day: When Thunder Comes by J. Patrick Lewis

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders By J. Patrick Lewis Illustrated by Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, John Parra, and Meilo So Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-0119-4 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Poetry is of the people by its very definition. Though sometimes considered the property of the elite [...]

Review: The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

Beautiful Creatures graphic novel

The Bear’s Song By Benjamin Chaud Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452114248 $17.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores September 17, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* Ah, the element of surprise – of all the weapons at an author’s disposal, surprise is one of the most potent. Originally published in France, The [...]

Pick of the Day: Inside Outside

boy peering through window on left side of cover

A wordless concept book that is chock-full of homey details

Pick of the Day: Steam Train, Dream Train

red train, blue background

Train lovers everywhere will embrace this book.

Picture Book About Islam Ignites Twitter Battle


Children’s book author and former teacher Kate Messner has always had a passion for sharing books with kids, so when she recommended Hena Khan’s Golden Domes and Silver Lanternsto her Twitter followers for its portrayal of Islam, she did not expect the backlash she received. A few days after the original message, someone who does not follow her on Twitter replied with the below, continuing an intense multiday exchange with her about what he believes to be “the real Islam.”

Pick of the Day: Round Is a Tortilla

Children preparing tortillas

THONG, Roseanne Greenfield. Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes. illus. by John Parra. 40p. glossary. Chronicle. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-0616-8.
PreS-Gr 2
–This picture book in rhyme focuses on everyday things–a square for a park, a round pot of stew, a rectangle for the scoreboard at the baseball game. All of the shapes and activities reflect Hispanic culture–stars are for parties and the celebration depicted is a fiesta. Round is a sombrero; squares are ventanas, or windows; [...]

Review: Sorted Books by Nina Katchadourian

Reviewing Notes: Books in the Year 3001

Sorted Books By Nina Katchadourian Introduction by Brian Dillon Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452113296 $22.95 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It began with some random internet meandering. In 2009 I came across Nina Katchadourian’s website utterly by chance. Her work, arranging books so their spines can be read as an organized [...]

Pick of the Day: On a Beam of Light

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A picture book that focuses on Albert Einstein’s intellect hrough the concepts that puzzled and excited him. Check out SLJ’s starred review.

Pick of the Day: Open This Little Book

a small red book with the title in it

Books within books and a series of opening lines