Corrina Allen: Tuesday, December 3rd

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All The Wonders This Week: December 3, 2019


Best of 2019 Lists, a third picture book by a favorite author/illustrator collaboration, and the upcoming #TeachGraphix Week. We’ve got all this and more.  I’m Corrina Allen and this is All The Wonders This Week.


  •  Scholastic’s annual #TeachGraphix  Week is coming up December 9th - 13th. They’ll be posting free classroom activities, resources, and daily videos on the Scholastic YouTube Channel from Graphix authors and illustrators like Raina Telgemeier, Dav Pilkey, Aron Nels Steinke, Kazu Kibuishi, Lauren Tarshis, and on Friday, December 13th we’ll get to see a video featuring Varian Johnson (The author of The Parker Inheritance among others) and his collaborator Shannon Wright discuss their upcoming graphic novel Twins and reveal its cover!! I’ll pop a link to the website where you can find all of that and also follow #TeachGraphix.  

  • And…. the motherlode of all children’s book best of lists - is from Betsy Bird.  For the last three years she put out a best of list for every single day in December. So 31 Days, 31 Lists - Monday kicked things off with Great Board Books and amazingly - she has the entire month all scheduled out!

Today's New Releases

Picture Books

  • One picture book that I know for sure you are going to want to see is the third picture book from Jory John / Pete Oswald - creators of The Bad Seed and The Good Egg - this one is called The Cool Bean.
  • Also - continuing with the trend of Late Night hosts named Jimmy writing children’s books, Jimmy Kimmel has his debut picture book out today called The Serious Goose. It is written, illustrated, and lettered by Jimmy Kimmel himself and was inspired by his nickname for his kids.

Chapter Books / Middle Grade

  • Last week the new Princess in Black book came out by Shannon & Dean Hale with illustrations by LeUyen Pham. This one is called Bathtime Battle!
  • A new official Minecraft novel - The End is also out today.



Book Giveaway

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, I would like to give you the chance to win a book this week! Answer this question in the comments below:

Which book from The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books of 2019 list are you most excited about reading? 

Add a comment with your answer before Monday, December 9th and I’ll randomly pick one winner to send a copy of the new Princess in Black book - Bathtime Battle!

Thank You

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  If you have a question or comment, I’d love to hear from you! You can contact me at or connect with me on Twitter or Instagram. And reviews on iTunes or Stitcher are always much appreciated.

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See you next week!

About the Author

Corrina Allen

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Corrina Allen is a 5th grade teacher in Central New York. She hosts Books Between, a bi-weekly podcast to help teachers, librarians, and parents connect children between 8 and 12 to books they’ll love. You can connect with Corrina on Twitter at @corrinaaallen or Instagram at @Corrina_Allen.

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