"Be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and grace." - Unknown
“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” – Dolly Parton
"The most wasted of all days is the one without laughter". - e.e. cummings
"If we want to achieve anything good, we cannot do it alone." - Dr. Ariel Burger
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett (1906 -1989)
"Choose kindness. Do more. Peace!" - Henry Richard, Boston MA, 4/15/18
"The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others". - Eleanor Roosevelt
"My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness." - Maya Angelou
”Every one likes a compliment”. - Abraham Lincoln to T. Weed, March 15, 1865
I Hate Reading: How to Read When You'd Rather Not by Beth Bacon. I HATE READING is pure genius! Its bold, intriguing title & cover grab readers immediately. It is full of kid-endorsed advice for those who prefer not to read, but are forced to. This wildly appealing gem is great fun - and a reminder that kids become eager readers one terrific book at a time. I HATE READING is the perfect start. (Harper Collins, June 2020)
I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis and Haus Studio, is the second title in her popular series to be adapted into a graphic novel. During the hot summer of 1916, folks on New Jersey's coast are buzzing over news of attacks by a giant shark. Chet and his friends cool off in an inland creek. They're perfectly safe...aren't they? Like all of the I Survived books, this one is based on actual events. Historical information, as well as facts about sharks, is provided at the end of the book. (Scholastic Graphix, June 2020)
History Smashers: The Mayflower by Kate Messner. Illustrated by D. Meconis. As the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival nears, plenty of books will commemorate this key event. HISTORY SMASHERS: THE MAYFLOWER is a standout. Beyond its timeliness, it is an outstanding work of nonfiction. Generous use of text features, including sidebars, photos & captions enhance lively writing. The tale is fascinating. Kate Messner includes many little-known facts that will captivate readers. Detailed illustrations and graphic panels by Dylan Meconis are an integral component of this highly appealing book (the first in a series). Simply wonderful! (Random House, June 2020).
Everything You Need to Know When You are 9 by Kirsten Miller. Here it is -- a fun, fact-filled guide for every 9-year-old that you know. (EYNTKWYA8 is out now; the guide for 10-year-olds is coming). There is fun, cool stuff - like what to do if you see a ghost. And, there are plenty of helpful facts too. You'll find tips for dealing with disappointment, and advice to help you stay healthy. The book for eight-year-olds includes a chapter on "How to Win Halloween". Monsters, pranks, even boogers - these books have something for everyone! (Amulet Books, May 2020)
A Girl Like You by Frank & Carla Murphy. Illustrated by Kayla Harren. So many readers have loved - and been inspired - by last year's A Boy Like You. The wait is over. This is a joyous and affirming celebration of being a girl. Vibrant, inclusive illustrations are also a highlight. Together, these books offer a powerful, important message to kids. (Sleeping Bear Press, July 2020)
We Will ROCK Our Classmates by Ryan Higgins. Penelope, everyone's favorite T-Rex, is back! We met her in We Don't Eat Our Classmates, and since then she's learned a lot about being a good friend. Now, she wants to be a musician. And, the school talent show is coming... Sometimes it is a journey to discover where we belong. This journey, like ponies, is fun! (Disney Hyperion, July 2020).
You Matter by Christian Robinson. Every one of us needs to know that others care. Everyone needs a boost now and then. That's what You Matter is. It is a pat on the back, an arm around the shoulder. It is a warm hug. The art is delightful (and amusing. The message is subtle yet perfect. You think you don't need to, but go ahead...read it. You'll feel good. Then you can spread that feeling around. (Simon & Schuster, June 2020)
How to Write a Story by Kate Messner, illustrated by M. Siegal. In ten engaging and wonderful steps, Kate Messner fully captures the experience of a writer . Her book offers a clear, sequenced, and thorough plan, from prewriting to sharing, for writing a narrative story. Even better, she demonstrates that while writing requires effort and discipline, the rewards are huge. Messner knows her stuff, and she makes her valuable, sophisticated topic accessible to young readers. Who knows what stories may come asa result of this encouraging guide? (Chronicle, July 2020)
"At some point, the clouds had begun fading from the sky. Only a few white wisps remain, like someone had swiped a paintbrush across the blue that had some white left on it from something else." from A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers. Algonquin, 3/18.
When you read those words, did you envision clouds in the sky, or did you picture a paintbrush with wet, white bristles? Both?
"'Look it up! Learn it! Learn as much as you can, for learning is the opposite of death! Wonderful!' Grandpa was the only person Vita knew who seemed to spark electricity when he talked..." (13)
After spinning off a trapeze: "Samuel's jaw was set, and he did not smile, but there was something strange and prodigious and ferocious on his countenance. It was the joy of seeing someone doing the thing they were born to do. (74)
Coffee "...tasted, to her, like angry mud, but she was aware that others felt differently". (17) from The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell. Simon & Schuster, 10/19.