Monthly Archives: June 2014

Get to Know Asian American Children’s Authors: Emily Jiang, Author of Summoning the Phoenix: Poems & Prose about Chinese Musical Instruments

The second author in our Asian American author series is Emily Jiang, author of the brand new book Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments. Here are Emily’s answers to my questions (in poems and prose!): 1) Which … Continue reading

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MG Book Review: A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck

A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck is a middle grade mystery that takes place at San Francisco’s Fairmont hotel in the 1950s. The creepy, mysterious tone of the book is established right from the very first chapter where our main … Continue reading

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Get to Know Asian American Children’s Authors: Padma Venkatraman, Author of A Time to Dance

Our very first author in this blog series is the award-winning and versatile author, Padma Venkatraman. Her latest book is A Time to Dance. (Side note: I absolutely love this cover and have already purchased my copy of the book!) Padma … Continue reading

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Guest Post on Mackenzi Lee’s Blog

Today I have a guest post over at Mackenzi Lee’s blog. Head on over to check it out and see what I had to say about the books on my bookshelf.

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New Blog Series: Get to Know Asian American Children’s Authors

After all the buzz of #weneeddiversebooks, I wanted to keep the conversation about diverse stories and authors going. Now that we know there are readers out there looking to support Asian American children’s authors, why not make their lives easier … Continue reading

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Preschooler Favorites: Zombelina by Kristyn Crow

Zombelina by Kristyn Crow (Author), Molly Idle (Illustrator) Since it’s Friday the 13th, I thought I’d share this recent favorite. Preschooler Monkey is obsessed with this rhyming picture book about a zombie ballerina. We read this book practically every day after … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Author Anna Staniszewski’s Top Three Food-Centric Novels

Author Anna Staniszewski’s brand new book, The Prank List (the sequel to the absolutely hilarious Dirt Diary) comes out next month, and I’m excited that she took the time out of her busy  schedule to stop by to share a … Continue reading

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Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices, edited by Mitali Perkins

I really wish I could hand this book to myself about 20 years ago. I found echoes of my own childhood experiences in every single one of these characters. I laughed, I cried, my heart went out to these kids … Continue reading

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