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Author: Grace Tyler
Graphic Novel Preview: The Librarian of Auschwitz: The Graphic Novel by Antonio Iturbe; adapted by Salva Rubio and illustrated by Loreto Aroca; translated by Lilit Zekulin Thwaites
Our Graphic Novel Preview series invites readers to look inside graphic novels. This month, we’re highlighting the highly anticipated graphic novel adaptation of of Antonio Iturbe’s The Librarian of Auschwitz: The Graphic Novel, adapted by Salva Rubio and illustrated by Loreto Aroca; translated by Lilit Zekulin Thwaites.Look inside The Librarian of Auschwitz: The Graphic Novel→
2023 Starred Reviews Round-Up
Does your collection include this year’s critically acclaimed books? See what Booklist, School Library Journal, Kirkus, Horn Book, Publishers Weekly, and more, say about the top reviewed books of 2023 for kids and teens!Discover this year’s top-reviewed books! →
Teacher’s Guide: She Sang for India
She Sang for India: How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice for Change by Suma Subramaniam; illustrated by Shreya Gupta
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A picture book biography about M.S. Subbulakshmi, a powerful Indian singer who advocated for justice and peace through song.
Before M.S. Subbulakshmi was a famous Carnatic singer and the first Indian woman to perform at the United Nations, she was a young girl with a prodigious voice.
But Subbulakshmi was not free to sing everywhere. In early 1900s India, girls were not allowed to perform for the public. So Subbulakshmi busted barriers to sing at small festivals. Eventually, she broke tradition to record her first album. She did not stop here. At Gandhi’s request, Subbulakshmi sang for India’s freedom. Her fascinating odyssey stretched across borders, and soon she was no longer just a young prodigy. She was a woman who changed the world.
Graphic Novel Preview: A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat
Our Graphic Novel Preview series invites readers to look inside graphic novels. This month, we’re highlighting bestselling and award-winning author Dan Santat’s middle grade graphic novel memoir, A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat.Look inside A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING →
MacKids Spotlight: Theodore Taylor III
Meet Theodore Taylor III, an artist living in Richmond, Virginia and also a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur. In this month’s author spotlight, preview Teddy’s upcoming book Off the Wall, publishing on October 11, 2022.Read our Q&A with Theodore Taylor III here →
Graphic Novel Preview: Hungry Ghost by Victoria Ying
Our Graphic Novel Preview series invites readers to look inside graphic novels. This month, we’re highlighting a new graphic novel Hungry Ghost by Victoria Ying, one of our must-read books of 2023.Look inside HUNGRY GHOST →
Educator’s Guide: Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Gae Polisner
Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Gae Polisner
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When chance, or fate, throws two twelve-year-olds together on board a scientific research ship at the edge of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it’s not all smooth sailing!
Jeremy “JB” Barnes is looking forward to spending the summer before seventh grade hanging on the beach. But his mother, a scientist, has called for him to join her aboard a research ship where, instead, he’ll spend his summer seasick and bored as he stares out at the endless plastic, microbeads, and other floating debris, both visible and not, that make up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Miles and miles away, twelve-year-old Sidney Miller is trying to come up with an alternate activity worthy of convincing her overprotective parents that she can skip summer camp.
When Jeremy is asked to find the contact information for a list of important international scientists and invite them to attend a last-minute Emergency Global Summit, he’s excited to have a chance to actually do something that matters to the mission. How could he know that the Sidney Miller he messages is not the famous marine biologist he has been tasked with contacting, but rather a girl making podcasts from her bedroom—let alone that she would want to sneak aboard the ship?
Consider the Octopus is a comedy of errors, mistaken identity, and synchronicity. Above all, it is a heartfelt story about friendship and an empowering call to environmental protection, especially to our young people who are already stepping up to help save our oceans and our Earth.Find out more about CONSIDER THE OCTOPUS here →
Jess Redman Teacher’s Guides
Download the teacher’s guides for these must-read realistic fantasy adventure books by Jess Redman, perfect for your classroom library!
Jess Redman is the author of The Miraculous, Quintessence, and The Adventures is Now. She currently lives in Florida, with her family. Visit her website to learn more!Download teacher’s guides here →
Graphic Novel Preview: Einstein by Jim Ottaviani; illustrated by Jerel Dye
Our Graphic Novel Preview series invites readers to look inside graphic novels. This month, we’re highlighting a new graphic novel Einstein by Jim Ottaviani; illustrated by Jerel Dye, one of our must-read books of 2022.Look inside EINSTEIN →