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10 to Note: Winter Preview 2016

Winter Preview

I’ve gathered you here to talk about some books. Ten books. And these ten books have something in common: all will be published in the next three months. This brings me to the other commonality – I’m excited about them all. So excited, in fact, I added one bonus book. Eleven in all. So I […]

2015 Preview Interview: Enchanted Lion Books

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I’ve been doing Preview Interviews for a while now, but one thing I’ve never done is conducted one over the telephone. This phoneless streak cannot not stand, I say! So a couple weeks back, I called publisher Claudia Zoe Bedrick to chat about the fall/winter releases from Enchanted Lion Books, purveyor of some of the […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2015

Fall Preview

*Sniff* *Sniff* You smell that? It’s the aroma of pumpkin spice. Whenever that scent hits my nostrils, I know that it’s time. Time to look at fall books. Here are the titles coming out in September, October, and November that I have my eye – nay, nose – on. Picture Books Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin, illustrated […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2015

Summer Preview 2015

Ho ho! Summer is nearly here folks. You know what summer has? Books. Warm weather and books. I surveyed the landscape and noticed titles arriving in June, July, and August that you might want to keep an eye out for – I know I will. Keep your shades on. Stay cool, summer. Never change. Picture […]

Preview: The Atlas Powder Picture Book Company

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From top to bottom, left to right we have: Sophie Blackall, John Bemelmans Marciano, Sergio Ruzzier, Eddie Hemingway, Brian Floca I’m tempted to just end this post right here – I mean, where do you go after one of the best children’s literature GIFs of all time? But fear not! There are plenty of interesting […]

2015 Preview Interview: Tundra Books

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My thinly veiled plot to gain Canadian citizenship via children’s literature preview interviews continues today as I chat with Tundra Books editorial director Tara Walker about the latest from the Toronto-based publisher. Travis: Greetings from Michigan! Tara Walker: Hello, hello from balmy Toronto! We get super excited when the temperature reaches 20°F (-6°C) these days. […]

2015 Preview Interview: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

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Seeing as how I can get to the door of Eerdmans Books (located in Grand Rapids, Michigan) from my house in about 25 minutes, it’s a crime that I haven’t done a preview interview with Eerdmans Books president and publisher Anita Eerdmans yet. A crime! Today we rectify that with a talk about recent successes […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2015

10 to Note Spring 2015

Spring is coming (it’s coming, right?), which means a new crop of books will be hitting shelves. Every season I sit down and make an “oooh, that looks good” list. Some of these books I’ve read and loved, others I’m excited to get my hands on – all of them are noteworthy to me. Here […]

2015 Preview Interview: Annick Press

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One publisher I’ve never talked to is Canada’s Annick Press. Let’s fix that, shall we? I talked to Brigitte Waisberg over at Annick to get up to date on their 2015 books. Travis: How was 2014 for Annick Press? Things you were especially happy about? We were thrilled when The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, illustrated […]

2015 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

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About time we caught up with Canadian publisher Kids Can Press, right? I talked to Michaela Cornell about what’s on the horizon. Travis Jonker: Greetings from Michigan! How’s Toronto? Michaela Cornell: Toronto is fantastic! New Year, new mayor — things couldn’t be better! Wow, yeah, that whole situation was really something. The new year is […]

2015 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

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Flying Eye Books is always up to something interesting. I talked to Tucker Stone (the US Sales and Marketing Rep for Nobrow/Flying Eye Books) about what to look for in 2015. Travis Jonker: How’s it going at Flying Eye? How’d that name come about, by the way? Tucker Stone: Things are going great! 2014 was […]

2015 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

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If you’re interested in diverse children’s books that take chances, take a look at what Canadian publisher Groundwood puts out. I shot the email breeze with Groundwood publisher Sheila Berry about their upcoming books. (click images to enlarge) Travis Jonker: Alright. 2014: surprises? Good News? Things you were especially happy about at Groundwood? We were […]

2015 Preview Interview: Owlkids Books

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Owlkids is a Canadian publisher that more folks in the U.S. should know about. I tracked down Owlkids publisher Karen Boersma to reminisce on 2014 and look ahead to 2015. (click images to enlarge) Travis: Any surprises from last year? Things you were especially happy about at Owlkids? Karen Boersma: Probably the biggest surprise was The Flat […]

Sara Varon Has Been Busy: An Exclusive First Look at Her New Projects

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Sara Varon is the creator of the first book I ever reviewed on this blog – Robot Dreams. I’ve been enjoying her work ever since, including Chicken and Cat Clean Up in 2009 and Odd Duck last year. Today I’m happy to announce that Sara has a batch of new projects in the works. Let’s hear […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2015

Winter Preview 2015

Why ten? Why not 20? 30? Seriously, tell me. Narrowing an entire season’s worth of books to just ten titles is tricky business. But I managed to wrestle my way to the magic number. Here, then, are ten books that I’m looking forward to this winter. Picture Books I Don’t Want to be a Frog! […]