2018 Bookish Resolutions

The new year has started, and at The Booking Biz, we hope 2018 is bringing you all good things–including lots of wonderful books!

A new year is also a good time for changes, resolutions, and making the world better. Books can help.

Inspired by their own books, our clients are sharing their own resolutions. What are yours?

Maybe a FoxKathi Appelt, author of MAYBE A FOX

My New Year resolution is to consider more fully the angels in my life and to focus on them. In fact, focus is going to be my “word of the year.” In writing and in life.

Sarah Aronson, author of THE WISH LIST

The problem with resolutions is that I can never choose just one! Just like the fairy godmothers of THE WISH LIST, I am going to have a year filled with kindness, determination, and gusto. I want to share the sparkle–with readers and writers. I hope that 2018 will be a year filled with lots of happy beginnings, middles, and of course ever afters!

 

Molly B. Burnham, author of the TEDDY MARS series

My resolution is to open myself up to my full purpose, potential, and possibility, just like the dog in my upcoming book, who learns that she is capable of so much more than she thinks a dog can do.

Miriam Busch, author of RAISIN, THE LITTLEST COW

My New Year’s resolution? Perspective, perseverance, and play!

Voices From the UndergroundLarry Day, illustrator of VOICES FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

My New Year Resolution is to support teachers and librarians for their hard work and empowering children with the courage and freedom to explore new subjects.

Janet Fox, author of THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE

My New Year resolution is to help all children believe that love will win.

Liz Garton Scanlon, author of ANOTHER WAY TO CLIMB A TREE and the upcoming KATE, WHO TAMED THE WIND

I resolve to get outside and love the Earth like she loves me!

Bethany Hegedus, author of the upcoming ALABAMA SPITFIRE: THE STORY OF HARPER LEE AND TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

My 2018 resolution is to #beaspitfire, sharing with kids and adults how we can all live lives of our own design. How we can all tell the stories we were born to tell. And that, most of all, childhood matters.

Dianna Hutts Aston, author of A BUTTERFLY IS PATIENT

My resolution today and every day is to inspire children to seek their dreams with courage and perseverance…and along the way, stop often to smell the wildflowers, listen to the trees, and grow strong on the fruits of the earth.

Uma Krishnaswami, author of THE GRAND PLAN TO FIX EVERYTHING

Two-fold New Year resolution: 1) to read my draft as if I were a stranger to it, and 2) revise like a sculptor looking for the story’s hidden shape.

Lindsey Lane, author of EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN

My New Year Resolution is to live into the mystery where anything can happen. Anything.

Feral NightsCynthia Leitich Smith, author of the FERAL series

My New Year’s resolution is to lift up and empower new and underrepresented voices.

Carmen Oliver, author of BEARS MAKE THE BEST READING BUDDIES

This January, my husband and I jetted away for a couple days to explore the beauty of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and while exploring its wonder, I was reminded how important it is to take time to move and as Georgia O’Keefe said, “take time to look.” In 2018, I plan to make more time to do both and I invite you to do the same. My mom reminds me from time to time to stop and smell the roses, and this year, I’m going to do lots of moving, looking, and smelling. Thanks, Georgia and Mom.

Ammi-Joan Paquette, author of TRAIN OF LOST THINGS

My New Year’s Hope is that all the lost be found and that all the found be cherished–this year and beyond.

Penny Parker Klostermann, author of A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE

My New Year Resolution is to do all I can to encourage children to read happily ever after.

Mitali Perkins, author of YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR

My resolution is to cross borders of race, class, education, gender, politics, religion, and age to try and bring the distant near.

Another Kind of HurricaneTamara Ellis Smith, author of ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE and her upcoming ROSIE’S SHOES

My two New Year Resolutions are to make friends with people who seem to be different from me [like the characters in ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE] and to find the light inside myself so I can really know who I am, and to help other people find their own light too [like the characters ROSIE’S SHOES].

Caroline Starr Rose, author of RIDE ON, WILL CODY!

My resolution for this year is “Ride On!” When things are great, keep on trucking. When things are challenging, know they can’t last.

Javaka Steptoe, author/illustrator of RADIANT CHILD: THE STORY OF YOUNG ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

My New Year Resolution is to find more ways to be party of positive social change.

Paper Chains by Elaine VickersElaine Vickers, author of PAPER CHAINS

My New Year Resolution is to always remember that family, friendship, and stories are what link us all together.

Dianne White, author of GOODBYE BRINGS HELLO, which comes out on June 26

My wish for the New Year is to be brave and grateful, to “open the door” to new adventures and to encourage others to do the same.

Meg Wiviott, author of PAPER HEARTS

My New Year’s resolution is to strive to be brave and kind.

Winter Recommended Reads 2017

Happy Holidays from The Booking Biz!

No time of the year is bad for reading, but with winter weather outside and time off from work, the holidays are a great time to read new books and give books to others. Here are some of our best recommendations for wonderful holiday reading:

PICTURE BOOKS

It’s great to introduce kids to the wonder of reading early. This winter, spend time with your youngest family with these amazing books.

Penguin's Christmas WishAuthor/illustrator Salina Yoon‘s holiday board book with PENGUIN’S CHRISTMAS WISH, in which the beloved character Penguin finds Christmas magic in unlikely places.

Tis the season for kindness, and BE THE CHANGE written by Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi, illustrated by Evan Turkshares the kind wisdom of the Mahatma Gandhi. Such a great thing to be thinking about this time of year. You can reflect and be the change you wish to see in the new year.

MUDDY: THE STORY OF BLUES LEGEND MUDDY WATERS written by Michael Mahin and illustrated by Evan Turk celebrates the music that would inspire rock and roll.

Elf in the House

The excitement of Christmas Eve is the subject of the GHOST IN THE HOUSE follow-up ELF IN THE HOUSE, written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Adam Record.

Story is at the heart of how we learn, grow and entertain, and in Adam Lehrhaupt‘s THIS IS A GOOD STORY, illustrated by Magali Le Huche, story is broken down so readers can build it back up.

Emily Arrow offers up kidlit tunes celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and winter in her new WINTERTIME SINGALONG CD (and kazoo!), with songs inspired by CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, THE POLAR EXPRESS and others.

CHAPTER BOOKS AND MIDDLE GRADE

Here are some of our winter favorites for kids of every age … including adults.

The WIsh List Book TwoEveryone wants wishes to come true, and Sarah Aronson‘s THE WISH LIST series from Scholastic is just that.

For an inspirational story encouraging girl empowerment, we love STEP UP TO THE PLATE, MARIA SINGH by Uma Krishnaswami.

Reading is fun during dark, spooky nights, and Janet Fox‘s THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE is an historical fiction adventure with ghosts and creepy characters.

Written by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee, MAYBE A FOX tells a beautiful, heart-warming tale that’s a great read by a roaring fire.

The Epic Fail of Arturo ZamoraPablo Cartaya‘s THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA is filled with familia, comida y amor!

Family and friendship come in all different configurations in Elaine Vickers‘ PAPER CHAINS and Melanie Crowder‘s THREE PENNIES.

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: IT’S ALIVE! by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson will keep budding scientists and nature lovers learning over the holiday.

Pet lovers will want to read Elana K. Arnold‘s A BOY CALLED BAT to review all that is involved with making a new friend.

If you’re hoping for good fortune in the new year, JASPER AND THE RIDDLE OF RILEY’S MINE by Caroline Starr Rose is a golden pick!

And for help keeping your New Year’s resolution, Molly B. Burnham‘s TEDDY MARS ALMOST A WORLD RECORD BREAKER gives readers the never-give-up attitude.

YOUNG ADULT 

Winter is always a good time to reflect on the world and our place in it, and how better than to read amazing YA books…

OverturnedThere’s nothing like a good thriller to keep your mind off the cold weather outside, and Lamar Giles‘ new book OVERTURNED is just that.

National Book Award finalist WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF by Elana K. Arnold is especially poignant right now as women speak up.

The highly acclaimed YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR by Miltali Perkins is on many best-of lists for a reason. It’s is currently on agent Sarah Ahzibo’s TBR list for the holidays.

Plus, a treat for the ears, the audiobook version of Kwame Alexander‘s SOLO includes the music created for the book by Randy Preston! What’s not to love?

Check out more books by our speakers.

5 Fundraising Ideas Kids Can Do

Last year, we wrote 21 Ways to Fund Author Visits, focusing on ideas librarians and teachers can do to raise money for equipment, special projects, and author visits. As I bought some lemonade from a neighborhood stand the other day, I realized we’d left a big part out of our list: the kids! Continue reading “5 Fundraising Ideas Kids Can Do”

5 Steps to Find Your Best Conference or Festival Speaker

Whether you’re organizing a conference or festival, you want attendees to leave with great memories. And for that, they need to emotionally connect with the speakers you present.

How to choose the right speakers isn’t as easy as looking up a list of “great speakers.” Your conference or festival needs the RIGHT speakers, and there’s an art to finding yours. Continue reading “5 Steps to Find Your Best Conference or Festival Speaker”

Librarian, Teacher Recommendations, Book Shortlists and more

Author and presenter Janet Fox
Janet Fox

There’s a reason libraries all over the nation look to the Texas Library Assoication for recommendations—TLA recognizes great authors. TLA has included our client Janet Fox, author of the acclaimed novel THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE on their list of 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program Middle School Authors.

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Season’s Wishes From Our Authors & Illustrators

We’ve got that warm holiday feeling at The Booking Biz, and what better way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year than with magical wishes? Here are season’s wishes from us and our family of authors and illustrators…

Holiday Wishes from The Booking Biz by Salina Yoon Continue reading “Season’s Wishes From Our Authors & Illustrators”

A World of Reading With Janet Fox

Author and presenter Janet Fox
Janet Fox

Our client author Janet Fox invents worlds of ghosts, history and intrigue in her books. Especially in her latest middle-grade novel, THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE, Janet weaves stories of different pasts with an adventure of children who are sent away from London during World War II.

Janet’s characters are just as charming as her tales, and they make us wonder where she thinks it all up. We’re excited to hear from her in our interview this month:

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Spring Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels

Launching a book into the world takes years of work and patience for all of our authors and illustrators. So, when the time finally arrives to celebrate a new release, we can’t help but share the news! Spring 2016 brought a number of our clients’ new middle grade and young adult novels to the shelves.

Continue reading “Spring Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels”