Interior Spread Roundup: The Vanishing Coin

The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan with Magician Mike Lane, illustrated by Eric Wight came out on 4/22/14! Are you planning on picking up a copy? We’re sure these images from the book will convince you to read it.

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Out This Week! Outstanding Talents and Magic!

 

 

Chatper Books

Teens

Blog Tour: Zita the Spacegirl

Zita-BlogTourBanner[6]Ben Hatke’s beloved, New York Times Best-Selling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy ends this May with The Return of Zita the Spacegirl.

There are so many great things to love about this series – strong girl protagonists!  Giant mice who communicate by ticker-tape!  Temperamental robots!

Learn about some of our favorites on the blog tour:

Wednesday, April 30
Mark Siegel

Thursday, May 1
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Friday, May 2
SLJ Good Comics for Kids

Saturday, May 3
Mrs. Dalloway’s

Sunday, May 4
Waking Brain Cells

Monday, May 5
Good OK Bad

Tuesday, May 6
Tony Cliff

Wednesday, May 7
The Book Smugglers

Thursday, May 8
Fuse #8

Friday, May 9
Tom Angleberger

Saturday, May 10
Books 4 Your Kids

Sunday, May 11
Jerzy Drozd

Monday, May 12
Calista Brill

Tuesday, May 13
Jenni and Matt Holm

Wednesday, May 14
Geek Dad

Thursday, May 15
Jarrett Krosoczka

Friday, May 16
GeekMom

Saturday, May 17
The Book Rat

Sunday, May 18
Supernatural Snark

Monday, May 19
Unshelved

Tuesday, May 20
Gene Luen Yang

Wednesday, May 21
Media Macaroni

Thursday, May 22
Musings of a Librarian

Friday, May 23
Colleen AF Venable

Saturday, May 24
Green Bean Teen Queen

Sunday, May 25
Bunbury in the Stacks

Monday, May 26
Book Monsters

Interior Spread Roundup: Tea with Grandpa

Tea with Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg came out on 4/15/14! Are you planning on picking up a copy? We’re sure these images from the book will convince you to read it.

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Watch Andy Griffiths LIVE with your class today!

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Today is the day! Tune in with your class and watch Andy Griffiths LIVE! We’ll be live tweeting the event with #sljandygriffiths, and you’re welcome to tweet along with us!

Join us for a FUN and exclusive webinar with international and New York Times bestselling author Andy Griffiths as he discusses The Treehouse Series, his newest (and funniest) middle grade series about the writing process. By registering to watch the webcast, you’re also automatically entered to win a classroom set of the series.

26storytreehouseAndy will discuss The 13-Story Treehouse and The 26-Story Treehousethe first two books in The Treehouse Series that stars himself (Andy) and the illustrator of the series (Terry) and follows them through the creative writing process. The question is: Can Andy and Terry finish writing their next book while living in an amazing treehouse with distractions like flying cats, giant bananas, bumper cars, and a marshmallow shooter?

Your readers will love the series that School Library Journal says is for, “fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate.” 

With his The Treehouse Series anchoring his discussion, Andy will focus on the importance of humor in children’s literature.

And don’t miss his fun (and funny) tips you can use to inspire your readers to be creative thinkers and writers.

Learn more about The Treehouse Series by Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton:

Out This Week! Family Time and Rash Decisions!

 

 

Picture Books

Teens

Living in a Treehouse, An Author Guest Post by Andy Griffiths

We’ve got Andy Griffiths on the blog today talking about what it’s like to live in a treehouse and write books. Without further ado, here he is!

Hi, my name is Andy.

I have a friend called Terry.

We live in a treehouse.

And when I say, ‘treehouse’, I don’t just mean any old treehouse, I mean a TWENTY-SIX STORY treehouse!

The 13-Story TreehouseIt used to be a thirteen-story treehouse with a bowling alley and a tank full of man-eating sharks, and a marshmallow machine, but we’ve added thirteen brand-new levels, including a skate ramp with a crocodile pit hazard, an anti-gravity chamber, and an ice-cream parlor with seventy-eight flavors of ice-cream served by an ice-cream serving robot called Edward Scooperhands. It also has the MAZE OF DOOM… a maze so complicated that nobody who has gone in has ever come out again!

As well as being our home, the treehouse is also where we make books together. Terry draws the pictures, and I write the words.

And, of course, when I say I ‘write the words’ for the books, I mean that’s when I’m not taking care of one of our many treehouse emergencies. Or writing the words for guest blog posts (like this one!). Or embarking on a 5-week, 18-city book tour like the one I’ve just embarked on.

And when I say, ‘18-city tour’ that’s exactly what I mean. Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Naperville, Minneapolis, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Atlanta, Jackson, Oxford, Memphis, Nashville, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Southern Pines, and San Francisco.

Which is cool—sure—but kind of scary, too, because it means I have to leave Terry in the treehouse all by himself. Which worries me. A lot.

You see, in The 13-Story Treehouse Terry turned a cat into a canary, married a sea-monster, filled our treehouse with millions of mad monkeys, and made a giant banana that attracted a giant gorilla, which almost shook the treehouse to pieces.

And at the beginning of The 26-Story Treehouse, he tries to wash his underpants in the tank full of man-eating sharks and the sharks eat his underpants and get very sick and Jill—our neighbor who knows ALL about animals—has to perform open-shark surgery.The 26-Story Treehouse

It all worked out okay but you can see why I’m worried. Knowing Terry, he’s likely to invite a bunch of  terrifying pirates into the treehouse… or wander into the Maze of Doom and never come out again.

Actually, would you be able to do something for me?  Could you get a copy of the book, let yourself into the treehouse (there’s a ladder on page 7) and check that he’s not up to any more of his silly tricks? Oh, and if you could feed the ice-skating penguins while you’re there I’d really appreciate it. They like fish. Or ice-cream. And fish-flavored ice-cream is pretty much their favorite thing in the world. Thanks so much!


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From the Creator of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, comes Little Humans

Little Humans FC loresRGBWhen Brandon Stanton started a photography project in 2010 to capture the extraordinary in everyday New Yorkers, he didn’t realize it would take off almost overnight. He now has over three million dedicated followers from all over the world who can’t get enough of HONY.

In this heartwarming and hip photographic picture book, Brandon’s lens is trained on the littlest humans of New York—the ones who get back up when they fall, who have an impeccable taste in fashion, and who love with all their hearts. With spare text and a mix of all-new exclusive photos and fan favorites, Little Humans is sure to appeal to fans of HONY and those who have yet to discover it.

We are so excited to work with Brandon Stanton to create a book full of the most adorable pictures and heartwarming stories that Humans of New York has to offer.


Little Humans by Brandon Stanton is on sale 10/7/14!

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My Life As A Visual Learner

Janet Tashjian and Jake Tashjian are the mother-son author-illustrator team of the My Life As A… series and more books for young readers. One of the reasons why Jake started drawing and draws the pictures for his mother’s books is because he is a visual learner. He made this video about what it means to be a visual learner:

You can see more of Jake’s drawings in action in Janet Tashjian and Jake Tashjian’s newest book, My Life As A Joke.


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See Our Authors at the LA Times Festival of Books!

MacKidsBooks and some of our authors are heading to the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend! We’d absolutely love if you came and visited us! Here’s where we’ll be:

What: Haunted
Who: See Francesca Lia Block and John Boyne in discussion with Ransom Riggs and Jonathon Auxier with moderator Aaron Hartzler
Where: YA Stage
When: Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 AM

What: Picture This: Young Adult Graphic Novels
Who: See Gene Luen Yang and Jen Wang with Gris Grimly with moderator Hope Larson
Where: Salvatori Computer Science Center
When: Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 AM

What: Bad Kitty Costume Signing/Appearance
Who: Bad Kitty
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #370
When: Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 AM

What: Andy Griffiths Signing
Who: Andy Griffiths
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Saturday, April 12 at 11:00 AM

What: Yuyi Morales Presentation
Who: Yuyi Morales
Where: Children’s Stage
When: Saturday, April 12 at 11:00 AM

What: Putting the Story in HiSTORY
Who: See Cecil Castellucci moderate a panel with Katie Alender, Andrea Cremer, and Rachel Shukert
Where: YA Stage
When: Saturday, April 12 at 12:00 PM

What: Jen Wang Signing
Who: Jen Wang
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 AM

What: Rachel Searles Signing
Who: Rachel Searles
Where: Mysterious Galaxy Booth #386
When: Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 AM

What: Gene Yang Signing
Who: Gene Yang
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Saturday, April 12 at 1:15 PM

What: Hope Larson Signing
Who: Hope Larson
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 PM

What: Gene Yang Signing
Who: Gene Yang
Where: Skylight Books Booth #138
When: Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 PM

What: John Boyne Signing
Who: John Boyne
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Saturday, April 12 at 2:30 PM

What: Writing Culture & Identity
Who: See Gene Yang in conversation with Maurene Goo and Cynthia Kadohata with moderator Lynn Rutan
Where: Norris Theater
When: Saturday, April 12 3:00 PM

What: Janet & Jake Tashjian Signing
Who: Janet & Jake Tashjian
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Saturday, April 12 at 3:30 PM

What: It’s the End of the World As We Know It
Who: See Cecil Castellucci moderate a panel with T. Cooper, Allison Glock-Cooper, Tahereh Mafi, and Lydia Millet
Where: Skylight Books Booth #138
When: Saturday, April 12 at 4:30 PM

What: Marissa Meyer Signing
Who: Marissa Meyer
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 10:15 AM

What: Yuyi Morales Signing
Who: Yuyi Morales
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 11:00 AM

What: Veronica Roth in Conversation with Leigh Bardugo
Who: See Leigh Bardugo and Veronica Roth
Where: Boyard Auditorium
When: Sunday, April 13 at 11:00 AM

What: Cecil Castellucci Signing
Who: Cecil Castellucci
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 11:45 AM

What: Rachel Searles Signing
Who: Rachel Searles
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 11:45 AM

What: Ava Dellaira in Conversation with Stephen Chbosky
Who: See Ava Dellaira with Stepen Chbosky
Where: Norris Theater
When: Sunday, April 13 at 12:00 PM

What: Sci-Fi: Fantastical Tales
Who: See Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, and Cecil Castellucci with Sarah J. Maas and moderator Andrew Smith
Where: YA Stage
When: Sunday, April 13 at 1:30 PM

What: Barney Salzberg Signing
Who: Barney Salzberg
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 PM

What: Leigh Bardugo Signing
Who: Leigh Bardugo
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 4:00 PM

What: Ava Dellaira Signing
Who: Ava Dellaira
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 4:00 PM