May 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

S. & S.’s Preview Yields a Bountiful Crop of Summer 2016 Books

From a touching, unique perspective of 9-11, to the dangers of little white lies, this group of entries from Simon & Schuster’s Summer 2016 list plumbs the depths of tough emotions. But you’ll find books that are funny and memorable, too.

Memorial Service for E. L. Konigsburg Held at Metropolitan Museum

Friends and family of E. L. Konigsburg gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate her life and work on February 21. The memorial took place in the museum’s Patron’s Lounge over looking a snowy Central Park in NYC.

Pick of the Day: Perfect Ruin

Fans of speculative fiction will enjoy DeStefano’s concoction of tension and love with a cliff-hanger ending.

Pick of the Day: The Little Mermaid: A Pop-up Adaptation of the Classic Fairy Tale

Illustrations and pop-ups that sparkle with shimmering light and graceful motion characterize the latest title adapted by a master bookmaker.

Pick of the Day: Rooftoppers

RUNDELL, Katherine. Rooftoppers. illus. by Terry Fan. 277p. S & S. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442490581; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442490604. LC 2012049469.
Gr 4-6–Sophie has been living with her loving guardian, Charles Maxim, for almost all of her 12 years, ever since she was rescued as a baby from a floating cello case after a shipwreck. Charles reads Shakespeare aloud to her, serves her roast potato chips on an open atlas (owing to her penchant for breaking plates), and allows her […]

Pictures of the Week: Rundell and Almhjell Cross the Atlantic to Launch New Kids’ Books

London-based writer Katherine Rundell met with librarians and booksellers in New York City this week to chat about her middle grade novel, Rooftoopers. Illustrator Ian Schoenherr and Norwegian author Tone Almhjell celebrated the release of Almhjell’s debut fantasy novel, The Twistrose Key.


If you want to send me into paroxysms of terror and self-doubt, just send a 13-year-old up to me to ask me for a “funny book.”  Part of the reason that this is my least favorite reader’s advisory question is that humor is so personal–how do I know what this stranger in front of me […]

People Who Left Their Mark: Picture Book Biographies | JLG’s On the Radar

From breaking gender barriers to being the forerunner in children’s books illustrating, the subjects in the following titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild were ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

Pick of the Day: ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family

Recipes for healthy eating with wholesome foods

Tudor Trilogies

It’s tough to tell, because some titles are duplicated, but the Library of Congress seems to list somewhere on the order of 200 novels under the subject headings “Great Britain–History–Henry VIII, 1509-1547–Fiction” and “Henry VIII, King of England, 1491-1547–Fiction.”  Hey, we even reviewed one of them earlier this year.  And those 200 titles don’t include […]

Pictures of the Week: Ashley Bryan Celebrates 90th Birthday; Santa Clarita Summer Reading Program

Acclaimed author/illustrator Ashley Bryan celebrated his 90th birthday at the Simon & Schuster Children’s fall preview on July 25. The winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton and Coretta Scott King Awards was joined by librarians, publishing professionals, and fellow children’s books artists.

Pick of the Day: Pieces

This sequel to Lynch’s Iceman (1994) is a sophisticated look at a teen’s maturation through a series of dynamic life changes.

Pick of the Day: Sophia’s War (Audiobook)

Sophia’s War. By Avi. 6 cassettes or 6 CDs. 7:15 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4703-2043-0, CD: ISBN 978-1-4703-2042-3. $66.75.
Gr 5-9–Set in 1776 during the American Revolution when New York was under siege by the British, Avi’s tale (S & S/Beach Lane Books, 2012) of resistance features an amazing female protagonist, trials aplenty as she tries to avenge her brother’s death, and a little romance thrown in for good measure. Sophia’s family believes in freedom and desperately wants America […]

Pick of the Day: Nightsong

BERK, Ari. Nightsong. illus. by Loren Long. 48p. CIP. S & S. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-7886-2; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-8552-5. LC 2009026608.
K-Gr 3
–Not since Janell Cannon’s Stellaluna (Harcourt, 1993) have readers been introduced to such a charming young bat learning to navigate his world. Night closes in and Chiro’s mother tells him it’s time for him to fly alone; he will succeed if he uses his song, otherwise known as his “good sense,” to guide him. Though timid […]