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Jorey Hurley Loves

Every month, we ask one of our favorite authors to recommend one of their favorite books!

Jorey Hurley Loves

I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom & Richard Scarry

I recommend reading I am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry with a toddler or preschooler. I love Nicholas the bunny's exploration of the nature around him as it changes through the seasons.  The gentle, simple text gives the grownup reader a starting place for talking about each page while the gorgeous illustrations encourage little eyes to linger, notice things, and ask questions.  And since it's available as a board book it's fine if the listener chews on it a little bit!  

Jorey Hurley is a critically acclaimed author and illustrator based in San Francisco. Her picture books include Nest, a charming depiction of the day in a life of a bird; Fetch, a fun story following a dog as it chases a ball at the beach; and her latest Hop is a joyful look at the life of a rabbit family.

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New Book By Beatrix Potter Discovered

After more than 100 years since her last book was published, a new Beatrix Potter tale has been discovered. The best part, there's a special guest appearnce from an older Peter Rabbit! Kitty-in-Boots was rediscovered by publisher Jo Hanks after she read a refernece to it an old Potter biography. In Beatrix's own words, Kitty-in-Boots is about "a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life".

In the publisher's search of the Victoria and Albert Museum archive, three manuscripts were found, written in shcool notebooks, including a rough color sketch of Kitty-in-Boots, a pencil sketcy of villain Mr. Tod, and a dummy book with some of the manuscript laid out. 

(Image from original source: BBC News)

Even more exciting news is that Quentin Blake, who's work you may recognize from Roald Dahl's books, has illustrated the story, set to be published this September. 


See the original story and more images over at BBC News!

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Children's Book Controversy

Earlier this month, we included the newly released book, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, in a couple posts, even one about diversity. The book has since been pulled from publication by it's publisher, Scholastic due to "problematic" portrayals of slaves.

A Birthday Cake for George Washington is the story of Hercules, one of Washington's slaves and cook, and Hercules' daughter, Delia, happily baking a cake for George Washington's Birthday. The controversy is the depiction of Hercules and Delia as happy "servants", which, as Scholastic stated in their announcment, "may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves". Critics are concerned that the story is "an offensively sanitized version of the institution of slavery." Scholastic originally defended the book and author, Ramin Ganeshram, but have since reversed their position.

“We do not believe this title meets the standards of appropriate presentation of information to younger children, despite the positive intentions and beliefs of the author, editor and illustrator,” it said in a statement.

To read more about the book, controversy, and Scholastaic's decision, check out the articles we used as sources, the New York Times and BBC.

Books Inc. apoligizes if we have offended any of our readers by including A Birthday Cake for George Washington in our posts and email blasts.

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ALA Medal Winners for 2016- Kids Edition!

The Newbery Award: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

The Newbery Medal honors the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature. Congratulations Matt de la Peña!


Caldecott Medal: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Sophie Blackall

The Caldecott Medal honors the most distinguished picture book. Congratulations Sophie Blackall!


Coretta Scott King Book Award: Rita Williams-Garcia and Bryan Collier

Rita Williams-Garcia, author of Gone Crazy in Alabama and Bryan Collier, illustrator of Trombone Shorty, are the winners of the 2016 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. Congratulations Rita Williams-Garcia and Bryan Collier!!


Stonewall Children's Literature Award: George by Alex Gino

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children and teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. Congratulations Alex Gino!


To see the full list of winners, visit the American Library Association's website!


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January's Author Loves Series: Deborah Underwood!

Deborah Underwood Loves

A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz

Deborah: Bella and I wanted to choose a really special book to recommend. It needed to reflect our values, it needed to give readers hope, and it needed—

Bella: a cat.

Deborah: Right. It had to have a compelling story, evocative illustrations—

Bella: and a cat.

Deborah: Exactly. So we chose A Boy and a Jaguar, by Alan Rabinowitz.

Bella: It’s illustrated by Catia Chien. CAT-ia Chien. No wonder it’s good!

Deborah: This nonfiction picture book begins in Alan Rabinowitz’s childhood. Alan’s stutter makes him feel broken. But when he talks to animals, he doesn’t stutter. In the Bronx Zoo, he makes a special friend: a jaguar.

Bella: A jaguar is a kind of cat!

Deborah: Alan promises the jaguar that if he ever finds his voice, he will speak for the animals. When he’s older, he travels to Belize to study jaguars. Then Alan has the chance to talk to some important people to convince them to protect jaguars in the wild. And…and…*sob*…

Bella: Good grief. She always cries at this part. I’m taking over! I won’t tell you what the people decide. But later, in the jungle, Alan comes face to face with a huge jaguar. The jaguar does not eat him. The end.

Deborah: The thing I love most about the book is Alan’s connection with animals. In helping them, he also helps himself. And the story shows that one person can make a huge difference.  What did you think about the book, Bella?

Bella: It was good. Lots of cats. When’s lunch?


Deborah Underwood and Bella Underwood are the co-authors of Here Comes Valentine Cat, illustrated by Claudia Rueda, as well as several other Cat books. Deborah has written many other picture books, including Interstellar Cinderella, The Quiet Book, and the forthcoming Good Night, Baddies. Deborah and Bella live in San Francisco.

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