Harold and the Purple Crayon was published 60 years ago today! Look for activities to celebrate at the website Inspire Imagination with Harold and the Purple Crayon. Also, take a look at other famous illustrators celebrating Harold’s special day.
Caps For Sale is 75 years old! This is one of my favorite read-aloud books. I also vividly remember it from Captain Kangaroo! There is also a sequel written by Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer and illustrated with art that Slobodkina created before her death in 2002. Watch the book here!
Every boy and girl loves to visit the grandmothers, right? You haven’t met Grandmother Pearl and Grandmother Opal. In Katy Towell’s latest scary story, Charlie and the Grandmothers, Charlie and Georgia are sent to visit their grandmothers. Grandmothers they have never heard of. These are not warm and cuddly grandmothers. They don’t play games with you. They won’t bake you… Read more »
In Bruce Coville’s latest, Diary of a Mad Brownie, you will meet Angus. Angus Cairns is a brownie. Brownies are mischievous, loyal, love to do chores and can have quite the temper. They are not goblins, elves or fairies. (Never get them confused!) Bound by an oath and a curse to do chores for humans, Angus is now obligated to… Read more »
The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne At age twelve, grave robber Thomas Marsden discovers a boy who looks just like him in an unmarked grave and begins a journey of discovery as he learns of faeries trapped in London and their hope that he can return them to their realm. Wonder at the Edge of… Read more »
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she… Read more »
When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis by Simon Winchester The author explores how and why these natural forces shape the earth, from the infamous volcanic eruption at Krakatoa and the earthquake that flattened San Francisco, to the 21st-century tsunamis that devastated Indonesia and Japan. Richly illustrated with fascinating historical and stunning contemporary photographs. The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the… Read more »
Have you read any stories about Mrs. Noodlekugel? No? You need check out the latest series from Daniel Pinkwater. In his first book, Mrs. Noodlekugel, Nick and Maxine live with their parents in a very tall apartment building. When they look out Maxine’s bedroom window, they see a special small house: home of Mrs. Noodlekugel. Just who is Mrs. Noodlekugel… Read more »
Some people see dead people. Some people can hear dead people. With Rose Cooper’s latest novel, Annabel Craven can text ghosts. Cooper’s I Text Dead People tells the story of Annabel Craven, new girl at Winchester Academy and recipient of a special cell phone. One that allows her to send and receive texts from ghosts. This either very cool or way… Read more »
From the author of It’s a Book, Lane Smith, comes his first novel that is funny, mysterious, scary and tender. In Return to Augie Hobble, you’ll meet Augie Hobble. He lives in a fairy tale world, actually Fairy Tale Place (a not-very-successful amusement park that his father runs). His life is far from magical. He has to do schoolwork over… Read more »