Brains Over Beauty: A Look at Two New Picture Books

Books about smart girls are sweeping the picture-book industry, and rightly so; saccharine stories about ditzy dumbos are a dime a dozen, and girls need industrious, adventurous role-models to admire. Merryn’s Journey (Brian Hastings, illustrated by Tony Mora and Alexis Seabrook; Sterling Children’s Books, $14.95, 40 pages, ages 4-7, October 4, 2016) hopes to joinContinue reading “Brains Over Beauty: A Look at Two New Picture Books”

(Children’s) BookNotes, June 22, 2016

Summer is officially upon us, but that doesn’t mean we should ditch all our books completely. Here’s a round-up of headlines in the world of children’s picture books this week. We here at Literary Features Syndicate trumpeted our summer schedule last week: http://bit.ly/28Qq4rq A pristine first-edition of Alice in Wonderland failed to sell at Christie’s:Continue reading “(Children’s) BookNotes, June 22, 2016”

(Children’s) BookNotes, April 27, 2016

Find out what’s happening in the world of children’s books this week! May 2-8 is CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK. Check out the bi-coastal events at the Children’s Book Council’s official website. Free posters and bookmarks available while supplies last. Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey gives out a new book to every student in one school inContinue reading “(Children’s) BookNotes, April 27, 2016”

(Children’s) BookNotes, April 13, 2016

Beverly Cleary turns 100, and Scholastic announces a poetry contest. Publisher’s Weekly interviewed beloved children’s book author Beverly Cleary, who turned 100 on April 12. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Scholastic and U.S.A. Gold® Pencils company announces a student poetry contest for public school children in grades 1-6. Read the details here. (Hurry! TheContinue reading “(Children’s) BookNotes, April 13, 2016”

Staying in the Lines Coloring books have reached the zenith of sophisticated stress-release and mindfulness for adults – one need look no further than the pricey pattern tablets offered with creamy Faber-Castel colored pencils – but coloring books for kids offer inexpensive, portable, and decidedly screen-free ways to relax and pass the time. The followingContinue reading

literarykids: Correction: Antony uses graphite pencils, not pen and ink. Please, Mr. Panda, by Steve Antony; Scholastic Press, $16.99, 32 pages, ages 2-6.   Etiquette gets a furry makeover in this good-natured primer on proper behavior. British artist Steve Antony (Betty Goes Bananas; The Queen’s Hat) returns to the world of picture books with aContinue reading

Please, Mr. Panda, by Steve Antony; Scholastic Press, $16.99, 32 pages, ages 2-6.   Etiquette gets a furry makeover in this good-natured primer on proper behavior. British artist Steve Antony (Betty Goes Bananas; The Queen’s Hat) returns to the world of picture books with a surprisingly generous, yet straight-lipped panda, who patiently surveys his animalContinue reading

© 2014 Jon J Muth. Reproduced with permission from Scholastic Press. “Hi, Koo!” by Jon J. Muth; Scholastic, $17.99, 32 pages, ages 4-8. Celebrate spring’s arrival alongside National Poetry Month with this rhythmical offering dedicated to the bounty each season brings. Readers familiar with Muth’s books will welcome the return of Koo the panda, whoContinue reading