WATCH OUR WINTER 2022 SCHOOL & LIBRARY PREVIEW, FEATURING AUTHORS LIZZ HUERTA AND GARY PAULSEN!

Discover your next favorite book with the MacKids School & Library Fall 2021 Preview! Hear from our team as they present some of our wonderful upcoming titles, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles! Hosted by Booklist.

Lizz Huerta, debut young adult author of The Lost Dreamer, joining us to talk about her upcoming YA fantasy available March 2022. Plus, Gary Paulsen joins us to give a special preview of his upcoming book, Northwind! Click the image below to watch!

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Timestamps:
3:08 – editor Trisha de Guzman and author Lizz Huerta in conversation with a Q&A
14:47 – Picture Books
29:28 – Introduction to our newest imprint, Neon Squid
32:41 – Middle Grade Books
42:36 – Young Adult Books
53:35 – Gary Paulsen

MacKids Spotlight: Jennifer Mathieu

Jennifer Mathieu is the author of DevotedAfterwardThe Liars of Mariposa Island, and The Truth About Alice, which won the Teen Choice Debut Author Award. Her 2017 novel, Moxie, was developed into a film by Amy Poehler for Netflix. Jennifer teaches high school English in Texas, where she lives in the Houston area with her husband and son.

Jennifer shares more about her inspiration for the story and her advice for young writers here!

Read our Q&A with jennifer mathieu here →

Books to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Remembering this Day: On the morning of September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by a terrorist group known as al Qaeda. The terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes and crashed two of them into the Twin Towers and one into the Pentagon. Passengers on the fourth plane fought against their captives, but the plane went down with no survivors. Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of these attacks, leaving the United States, and the world, in a state of grief.

We’ve put together a selection of books and resources you can use to reflect on this day and teach students about this important historical event. Find a list of books to share with your students and watch a video with Alyssa Bermudez, creator of Big Apple Diaries!

Find more information to share with students about the 9/11 attacks here and here.

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MacKids Spotlight: Amber McBride

This month, we’re interviewing Amber McBride, author of debut novel-in-verse Me (Moth)! The novel is about a teen girl who is grieving the deaths of her family and a teen boy who crosses her path. The book publishes this August and has just earned its first star from Booklist, who described the story as being “hauntingly romantic.”

Amber shares more about her inspiration for the story and what she hopes young readers will learn here.

Read a Q&A with Amber here →

Teacher’s Guide: Strongman

From the bestselling author of the Don’t Know Much About® books comes a dramatic account of the origins of democracy, the history of authoritarianism, and the reigns of five of history’s deadliest dictators.

What makes a country fall to a dictator? How do authoritarian leaders—strongmen—capable of killing millions acquire their power? How are they able to defeat the ideal of democracy? And what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen again?

By profiling five of the most notoriously ruthless dictators in history—Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Saddam Hussein—Kenneth C. Davis seeks to answer these questions, examining the forces in these strongmen’s personal lives and historical periods that shaped the leaders they’d become.

Kenneth C. Davis wrote Strongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of the Democracy to provide insight into the lives of five leaders who callously transformed the world and serves as an invaluable resource in an era when democracy itself seems in peril.

Praise for Strongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of Democracy:

Washington Post Best Book of the Year!
A YALSA 2021 Nonfiction Award Nominee!
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

★ “A fascinating, highly readable portrayal of infamous men that provides urgent lessons for democracy now.”
Publishers Weeklystarred review

Strongman is a book that is both deeply researched and deeply felt, both an alarming warning and a galvanizing call to action, both daunting and necessary to read and discuss.”
—Cynthia Levinson, author of Fault Lines in the Constitution

MacKids Spotlight: Christian McKay Heidicker

This month, we’re interviewing Christian McKay Heidicker, author of 2020 Newbery Honor book Scary Stories for Young Foxes! This fall, the series continues with Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City. This next installment chronicles the adventures of three fox kits desperate to survive the terrors of a frightening new world.

Christian shares more about his inspiration for the story and what he hopes young readers will learn here.

Read a Q&A with Christian here →

WATCH OUR FALL 2021 SCHOOL & LIBRARY PREVIEW, FEATURING AUTHORS ARIEL HENLEY AND PHILIP AND ERIN STEAD!

Discover your next favorite book with the MacKids School & Library Fall 2021 Preview! Hear from our team as they present some of our wonderful upcoming titles, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles!

Ariel Henley, debut author of A Face for Picasso, joins us to talk about her debut novel available September 2021. Plus, Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead joing us to give a special preview of their upcoming book, Amos McGee Misses the Bus!

Timestamps:
2:21 – Ariel Henley and Grace Kendall in conversation
13:53 – Young Adult Books
27:54 – Middle Grade Books
44:24 – Picture Books
58:23 – Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead