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All The Wonders This Week w/ josh funk: August 20, 2019
A problematic Florida reading list, NerdCamp news, and three middle grade sequels full of adventure. We’ve got all this and more.
I’m Corrina Allen and this is All The Wonders This Week.
Joining me today to talk about all things exciting and new in the world of children’s literature is Josh Funk – author of The Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, the It’s Not a Fairy Tale series, How to Code a Sandcastle AND the coming-this-September How to Code a Rollercoaster!
- Author Matthew Cherry shared a clip of the Hair Love animated short shown before the Angry Birds 2 movie
- Indiebound just released their Kids Fall Indie Next list – including Okay, Witch by Emma Steinkellner and
- We Need Diverse Books Summer Fundraiser – don’t wait too long because it only lasts until September 1st!
- 100th episode of the Fuse 8 n’ Kate Podcast – Poky Little Puppy episode and The Berenstain Bears and the Bull episode
- The response to the Florida Commissioner of Education’s Back to School Reading List – including analysis by Debbie Reese.
- Nerd Camp Michigan announced they are taking a break for a year and will decide if they’ll continue in 2021.
Today’s New Releases
- Poop by Poppy Champignon and Mark Hoffmann
- A new Bad Kitty picture book coming out today called Searching For Santa
- Looking for Yesterday by Alison Jay
- A Place to Stay: A Shelter Story by Erin Gunti, Esteli Meza
- The Boy With Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee and illustrated by Jacob Souva and Hats Are Not For Cats by Jacqueline Rayner.
- A nonfiction picture book celebrating the water cycle called The Rhythm of the Rain by Grahame Baker-Smith.
Chapter Books / Middle Grade
- The third book in the Explorers series by Adrienne Kress is coming out today. This one is called The Quest for The Kid AND we also get today a third Babysitting Nightmares book called The Twilight Curse.
- The follow-up to Lija Fisher’s Cryptid Catcher is on shelves today! This one is called Cryptid Keeper.
- One book I have been hearing a ton of good things about is The Other Half of Happy by debut author Rebecca Balcárcel.
- Another middle grade book coming out today by a debut author is The Trouble With Shooting Stars by Meg Cannistra that is being called a blend of Wonder and Mary Poppins.
- Audible released ALL 131 Baby-Sitters Club titles last week!
- A new DK illustrated encyclopedia for kids out called History! The Past As You’ve Never Seen It Before.
- A shout out to a nonfiction title I missed last week – a new book in the favorite Comic Science series called Cats: Nature and Nurture
- Billie Jean!: How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women’s Sports by Mara Rockliff and Elizabeth Baddeley
Other Media New Releases
There is not a lot in the way of children’s movies or TV shows coming out this week, but I did want to give you an update about a film mentioned on the previous episode.
- I recently read Ogilvy by Deborah Underwood and T.L. McBeth and and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal. I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Lemony Snicket’s The Grim Grotto with my son and we are reading The Parker Inheritance together. And an adult book called Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up by Alex Speier. And next up is a young adult book called Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells.
On my mind this week as I prepare my classroom for the beginning of school is how to curate a classroom library and knowing when to purge old books. In light of some reading I’ve been doing lately, I’ve temporarily pulled most of the non-fiction and fiction pieces featuring Native American characters and content until I can verify that the messages in them are accurate and not harmful.
I think that for me, it’s really seeing all of the schools that are starting. So I’m thinking about all the teachers and librarians and principals and faculty and students that are about to start a new chapter of their lives. And I’m just hopeful that you all have an incredible 2019-2020 school year, and I wish you all the best!
Thank all of you for listening and sharing your Tuesday with us!
You can find an outline of the show and links to all the books and topics we chatted about at allthewonders.com. And, if you have an extra minute this week, reviews on iTunes or Stitcher are much appreciated.
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See you next week!