children's book

Jessica Laurel Kane joins us to talk about her new book, “The Girl Who Was Born with Glue in Her Brain.” It is a picture book/memoir about a girl with a handful of thoughts that keep her from being able to enjoy life as much as she would like to, and tells the story of what she eventually decides to do about it.

Jessica Kane is the author-illustrator of four books for children: "The Butterfly Who Was Afraid to Fly and Other Stories," "Feed It to the Worms," "A Book of Hearts."

Brad Meltzer has just released two new picture books in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes. The new books tell the story of Walt Disney and Marie Curie.

The series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great–the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves.

Brad Meltzer is the author of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series for children, as well as six New York Times bestselling thrillers for adults.

Dr. Seuss fans are in for a treat this week with the publication of “Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum,” a new book based on a manuscript and sketches created by Theodor “Seuss” Geisel and discovered in the author’s home 21 years after his death. In the story, a lovable horse takes a group of students on a guided tour of the horse museum. It is an exploration of all types of art and the way artists depict horses.

There will be a Book Release Party on Saturday, September 7 at the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts.

This latest Seuss treasure, illustrated by acclaimed illustrator, Andrew Joyner, is a unique and playful celebration of art and how we all see the world in different ways.

Andrew Joyner is the illustrator and author of numerous children's books, including "The Pink Hat" and the "Boris" chapter book series, about a winsome and adventurous warthog.

The 1st Annual T.R.E.A.T "Troy Reads Every August Together" will be held Sunday, August 25 at Riverfront Park in downtown Troy, New York at 3 p.m.

Award-winning author Coleen Murtagh Paratore joins us to talk about the event and her new book, "The Big Book About Being BIG," which will be read aloud among the group.

Murtagh Paratore is also leading Dear Writer, a writing workshop for adults, beginning September 18.

"The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís" is on display at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. It showcases more than 90 original illustrations from 26 picture books, ranging from Sís’s exquisitely detailed paintings of historical narratives to the bold graphics of his early readers. A selection of painted objects and public art projects showcase other facets of his award-winning career.

Born in Czechoslovakia, Peter Sís transports readers to the ancient city of Prague in "The Three Golden Keys" and explores its political past in "The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain." He chronicles his father’s two-year odyssey in the Himalaya Mountains in "Tibet Through the Red Box," and creates a modern-day fairytale in "Madlenka."

Rhett Miller is the frontman for rock band Old 97′s, a solo singer-songwriter, an essayist and a podcaster. And he’s also a father of two, which indirectly led to his newest gig of picture-book writer - his book is “No More Poems! A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse.”

He started writing poems to share with his kids on the phone while he was on tour so he could talk with them longer. He’d read the poems aloud and get their feedback (sometimes brutal feedback.)

Between albums with the band, Miller has squeezed in seven solo records—most recently last year’s "The Messenger." His latest offering is a new podcast, "Wheels Off," which finds him interviewing musicians, writers, artists, actors, and comedians about creativity. 

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of "Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter," and a number of suspense novels. He's the creator of the childrens' book series "Ordinary People Change the World" which is illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. Meltzer is also the host of the History Channel television shows "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" and "Brad Meltzer's Lost History."

His joined us to discuss both "I am Harriet Tubman" from the Ordinary People series and his newest suspense novel, "The Escape Artist."

Princesses Wear Pants

Sep 20, 2017

From NBC’s TODAY coanchor Savannah Guthrie and educator Allison Oppenheim comes an empowering fairy tale with a twist.

In the tradition of Not All Princesses Dress in Pink and Princess in Black, Princesses Wear Pants follows the unflappable Princess Penelope Pineapple, who knows how to get the job done while staying true to herself. 

Savannah Guthrie is the cohost of TODAY on NBC as well as an attorney and legal analyst. Allison Oppenheim is trained in clinical psychology and is the mother of three.

Coy Bowles is the guitarist of the Grammy Award–winning Zac Brown Band. He is also a children's book author and his latest is When You're Feeling Sick - a book full of encouraging (and super-silly) rhyming advice on how to face sick days with courage and a positive attitude.

  Today's Book Picks list comes from Aubrey Restifo of The Northshire Bookstore.

List:
Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles) by Maria Turtschaninoff
Dan vs. Nature by Don Calame
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (out 1/31/17)
Going Wild by Lisa McMann
The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Pancakes!: An Interactive Recipe Book (Cook in a Book) by Lotta Nieminen
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

  Richard Michelson has had a wonderful friendship with actor and artist Leonard Nimoy. After Nimoy’s passing, Michelson has written a new picture book, Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy.

He is also presenting a beautiful exhibit: UNSEEN: Fifty never before exhibited photographs by Leonard Nimoy which is now open and runs through October 25th.

Michelson will be speaking in Great Barrington on September 9th from 10:30 to noon presented by The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and will have a publication party. Later that night will be the official opening of UNSEEN at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA.

To celebrate the September 8th - 50th anniversary of the first Trek episode – we welcome Richard Michelson to The Roundtable.

  The Hudson Children's Book Festival, established in 2009, strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools.

The event is free and open to the public and this year’s festival – the 8th annual – is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jr./Sr. High on Harry Howard Ave. in Hudson, New York.

Here to tell us more are Jennifer Clark, Co-Director, Hudson Children's Book Festival and children’s book authors, Mark Teague and James Preller.

  Eric Luper is an author for young readers. In addition to two series with Scholastic Books called Key Hunters and The Chocolate Lab, Eric writes for Cartoon Network for shows including The Amazing World of Gumball, The Regular Show, and Teen Titans Go!

He also has written titles for Scooby-Doo, Star Trek, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Eric will be visiting the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza on Saturday afternoon at 1PM to sign copies of the first two books of Key Hunters, a new adventure series for readers 6 to 9. 

  Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it—peacefully, with powerful words.

His story is told in the latest book in Brad Meltzer's New York Times Bestselling "Ordinary People Change the World" series, I am Martin Luther King Jr.

  Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.

For millions of readers worldwide, Chris Van Allsburg's mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic and there is a new 30th anniversary edition this year with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. The book also includes an author’s note, downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson, and golden "All Aboard" ornament.

In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region. Today we're talking with Maria Tatar, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

She's written and translated several books on fairy tales, and she describes how seemingly simple stories like “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” challenge us to think a little harder as we try to decode the cultural contradictions in them. The Vermont Humanities Fall Conference “Why Do Stories Matter?” will take place November 13–14 at the Dudley Davis Center at the University of Vermont and our guest, Maria Tatar will participate.

  As written and read by Joe Donahue:

I was obsessed with books, even as a kid. And my favorites were those by A.A. Milne about a very special bear – Winnie-the Pooh. As an adult, I became obsessed with the place where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. The Hundred Acre Wood—the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures—was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England.

I went trekking through the forest last December – one of the most meaningful adventures I have ever been on. So, when I first learned of Kathryn Aalto’s new book - The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh – I felt like it was written just for me.

In the pages of the book you can visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh’s house, go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, and climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin.

  A young lad who would rather draw than do math, spell, or gargle finds the perfect outlet for his always-on imagination in this manifesto to creative joie de vivre, featuring a book within a book, from the brilliant minds that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Full of nostalgic references to a time when TV was black-and-white and Sunday newspapers had things called the funnies, this wildly fun story-within-a-story is based loosely on children’s book legend William Joyce’s third grade year, and includes a sewn-in mini-book of that tale of the world’s smartest booger.

  Hannah Moushabeck, Children's Director for The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA joins us with this week's list.

List:
Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman and Laura Cornell
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle and Rafael López
Baby Love by Angela DiTerlizzi and Brooke Boynton Hughes
The League of Beastly Dreadfuls Book 1 by Holly Grant
Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

  The 20th Anniversary Edition of The Christmas Alphabet, Robert Sabuda's classic pop-up title - that was his first New York Times Bestseller - has just been released. As part of the roll-out of the title he'll be appearing at a special events sponsored by Oblong Books and Music during the Rhinebeck Sinterklaas Festival on December 6th at 4pm.

   Today's Book Picks list comes from Patricia Vunk of The Northshire Bookstore.

List:
Journey by Aaron Becker
Quest by Aaron Becker
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Mouse Mansion by Karina Schaapman
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Sparky by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill
Jackaby by William Ritter
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

  The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has become a phenomena among children and parents. There are 150 million of the books in print in 45 different languages. On a recent Thursday at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY, author Jeff Kinney was working a crowd of hundreds of kids - and their parents - signing books and making small talk.

In the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, The Long Haul Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a vacation - and Kinney has been taking a road trip of his own to support the book.

  To mark the anniversary of everyone's favorite schoolgirl, Madeline, the exhibition,Madeline At 75: The Art Of Ludwig Bemelmans, celebrates Ludwig Bemelmans's legacy. The show will open at The Carle on November 15.

Drawings from each of the six Madeline books will be on view, plus a generous cross-section of his other artwork for children and adults. A Bemelmans bar brought back from Paris, delightful fabric designs, and memorabilia like the Bad Hat's original hat are just a few of the treasures that will be on view.

William Joyce - The Numberlys

Sep 8, 2014

William Joyce enchanted people of all ages with his Academy Award winning animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, and captured children’s imaginations with his Emmy award winning animated Disney Channel series, based on his books, Rolie Polie Olie. Needles to say, Joyce brings magic to any medium he works with. His newest project is The Numberlys.

 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is a busy place today as they are holding a Free Fun Friday till 4 pm, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. Free admission to the Museum includes films, storytimes, and activities.

The Carle’s current exhibitions, Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty, Simms Taback: Art by Design and The Art of Eric Carle & Friends: What's Your Favorite Animal? are all part of today’s event.

Help Find This Dragon

Jul 16, 2014

    In the heart of the city, among the taxis and towers, a small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend. Readers will certainly spot the glorious beast, plus an array of big-city icons they can count. Is the dragon taking the crosstown bus, or breathing his fiery breath below a busy street? Maybe he took a taxi to the zoo or is playing with the dogs in the park.

Steve Light’s masterful pen-and-ink illustrations, decorated with meticulous splashes of color, elevate this counting book (numbers 1–20) to new heights.

Best-selling children’s author, Sandra Boynton, has gone country with her 5th CD/Book combination, Frog Trouble.

Boynton tapped stars including Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Ben Folds, and Linda Eder to perform her original songs.

Calling Sandra Boynton “accomplished” is an understatement. She’s a writer, illustrator, humorist, songwriter, producer, and director who’s put out more than 50 books. She goes in many directions in her work and with Frog Trouble, the compass pointed to Nashville.

  Suzanna Hermans joins us from Oblong Books and Music with this week's Book Picks List.

List:
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
Three-Ring Rascals: The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise
Waterfire Saga, Book 1: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly (launch event at Rhinebeck store, Sunday, 5/4, 4pm)
Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne (launch event at Rhinebeck store, Tuesday, 5/6, 7pm)
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski (event at Rhinebeck store, Sunday, 5/18, 4pm)
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares (event at Rhinebeck store, Sunday, 5/18, 4pm)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (event at Rhinebeck store, Sunday, 5/18, 4pm)

Jenny Offill & Chris Appelhans - Sparky!

Mar 7, 2014

As a kid the want and need for a pet can take over every fiber of their being, as they beg and plead for that puppy or kitten. But in Jenny Offill’s book Sparky!, our little girl gets a sloth. That’s right, a three-toed, slow moving sloth. The book and story are magically brought to life by Chris Appelhans’ illustrations.

    Renowned artist Maira Kalman sheds light on the fascinating life and interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president.

Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing the Declaration of Independence—but there’s so much more to discover. This energetic man was interested in everything. He played violin, spoke seven languages and was a scientist, naturalist, botanist, mathematician and architect. He designed his magnificent home, Monticello, which is full of objects he collected from around the world.

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