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Preview: The Crusty Nibs

Crusty Nibs

We’ve all seen book previews based on publisher, but how about a preview based on location? The Crusty Nibs are a collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell Here are some of the Nibs, […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2014

Fall Preview 2014

Every four months I like to take a look at the books to be released in the upcoming season. Some make me say “I gotta see that”. Here are the ten books arriving in September, October, and November that perked my ears up. Maybe you’ll agree? Nonfiction: Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of […]

2014 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press


  Kids Can Press is probably the most chant-able children’s publisher. Try it. KIDS! CAN! PRESS! KIDS! CAN! PRESS! Made to be chanted, I say. Now that we’re all sufficiently frothed up, let’s have a look at their fall 2014 wares. I chatted with Naseem Hrab (director of marketing) about exactly that. Previously… 2014 Preview […]

2014 Preview Interview: First Second


What does 2014 hold for graphic novel publisher First Second? I tracked down senior editor Calista Brill and editorial director Mark Seigel to ask. Travis: Greetings from the Mitten state! How did 2013 go for First Second? Any surprises? Calista Brill: It was a terrific year, though that’s not really a surprise, given the lineup […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014


You never know how these preview things are going to turn out. Sometimes there’s a bunch of lesser-known books that jump out, other times it’s stuff that’s already been building some buzz. Today is more latter than former. What follows are 10 books for the summer season that look promising. Picture Books Peanut Butter and […]

2014 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

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Now that we’re solidly into 2014, the time seems right to check in on a few publishers and see what they have coming out in the near (or not so near) future. Kicking off our 2014 Preview Interviews is Flying Eye Books. I chatted with Flying Eye/Nobrow U.S. Sales and Marketing Director Tucker Stone about […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014


Book hope springs eternal. It’s time to take a look at ten titles that I’m excited about for spring. Picture Books Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet May 13, 2014 | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1 I’m a sucker for inventive picture books and Hervé Tullet is the master of this realm. This […]

2013 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press


I recently got in touch with Kids Can Press associate publisher Semareh Al-Hillal to talk about their 2013 wares. Travis: Hello, Semareh – how are things in Toronto? Semareh Al-Hillal: Well hello, Travis! It’s sunny and warm here – in other words, perfect. Okay, first question. I’ve always wondered this. As a Canadian publisher, do […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2013

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I shoulda called this “Preview Week” or something. Yesterday was Groundwood books, today is … every American publisher. One season, ten books that look promising. Picture Books Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Kevin Cornell June 25, 2013 | Disney-Hyperion | Grades PreK-1 Mac Barnett always seems to be up to interesting things, and […]

2013 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

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Few publishers are as bold as Canada’s Groundwood Books. I got in touch with Groundwood publisher Shelia Barry to talk about the books they have coming out this spring and beyond. Travis: Thanks for taking my questions, Sheila! My passport expired, so I can’t visit Canada right now (I gotta get on that), what’s the […]

2013 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

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Last year Hilda and the Midnight Giant from UK publisher Nobrow Press was one of our Top 20 Books. When word came out that Nobrow was poised to launch a children’s imprint, Flying Eye Books, I was excited to see what they had to offer. One of the first books out of the gate was the excellent how-to/graphic […]

2013 Preview Interview: First Second Books


When graphic novel publisher First Second contacted me to see if I was up for chatting about their 2013 wares, it struck me as a good idea. After all, I’ve already reviewed (and loved) their upcoming Odd Duck. I’m not sure if the Preview Interview will become a regular feature (I mean, A Fuse #8 […]