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Musician Laurie Berkner has been called "the queen of children's music," for her contributions to Kindie rock, a genre aimed at children under the age of 10. Since appearing on "The Today Show" in 2001, Laurie has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the White House Easter Egg Roll. Now she is taking her popular songs to the page with a new series of picture books. In this post, Laurie gives Kidsreads an exclusive look at WE ARE THE DINOSAURS, which is now in stores.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the...fiercest of them all? Today on the Kidsreads blog, we're taking a closer look at one of our favorite series: The Nocturnals, written by Tracey Hecht. In this fun, critically acclaimed middle grade series, three unlikely friends --- Dawn, a serious fox; Tobin, a sweet pangolin; and Bismark, the loud-mouthed sugar glider --- band together to solve the unpredictable mysteries of the night as the Nocturnal Brigade. In the third book, THE FALLEN STAR, which is now in stores, Dawn, Tobin and Bismark learn that all of the forest's pomelos have been poisoned! As the team sets out to investigate, they encounter a mysterious aye-aye named Iris, who claims monsters from the moon are to blame. But is Iris friend or foe? In celebration of the release of the third Nocturnals book, sugar glider Bismark stopped by our blog to interview the scariest villains of the forest and determine who is the fiercest.
In The Nocturnals, the critically acclaimed middle grade series, three unlikely friends --- Dawn, a serious fox; Tobin, a sweet pangolin; and Bismark, the loud-mouthed sugar glider --- band together to solve the unpredictable mysteries of the night as the Nocturnal Brigade. In the third book, THE FALLEN STAR, Dawn, Tobin and Bismark learn that all of the forest's pomelos have been poisoned! As the team sets out to investigate, they encounter a mysterious aye-aye with a wild theory about who is to blame. When Tobin gets sick, the team must find answers --- and a cure --- before it is too late!
We love a good binge-worthy series, especially when it combines fierce, brave characters with an original setting and plenty of edge-of-your-seat excitement. Luckily for us, The Books of Ore series covers each of these conditions and so much more. In this imaginative series, readers meet spoiled heiress Phoebe Plumm and her servant boy, Micah Tanner, both of whom live in a highly technologically advanced world called Meridian. When Phoebe's father is kidnapped, however, Phoebe and Micah learn that the technologies they enjoy every day are, in fact, harvested from the beautiful world of Mehk against the will of its inhabitants. Determined to make things right, the two join with the rebellious mehkans against the powerful forces of The Foundry, a massive corporation that controls all metal production, only to realize that the the worlds' fates are deeply entwined. Below, you can learn more about the series and the third book, BLAZE OF EMBERS, from authors Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz, the dynamic team behind The Books of Ore. Read on to learn where they got their inspiration for their books, what they like most about co-writing, and what they're each working on next.
In this interview with Pseudonymous Bosch, the author discusses his Bad Books series, which began with BAD MAGIC and was followed by BAD LUCK last year.  This year, Bosch returns with BAD NEWS and, more importantly, dragons!  So, does Pseudonymous actually believe in dragons?  You'll have to watch below to find out!
November 28, 2016

Celebrate National Ninja Day with a Picture Book!

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Did you ever want to be a ninja when you were a kid? We definitely did! That's why we're super excited about December 5th --- aka National Ninja Day --- here at Kidsreads.com. In honor of this high-kicking, judo-chopping holiday, we're celebrating with some excellent ninja-themed picture books. Get ready to wow and impress your friends and family with your impressive strength, excellent balance and extreme bravery, because National Ninja Day is almost here!  
November 16, 2016

Kidsreads Talks with Picture Book Publisher NubeOcho

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Here at Kidsreads.com, we love compiling our monthly roundup of new picture books. With minimal text and tons of gorgeous spreads, our selections often feature issues big and small, from dealing with new siblings to counting to 10 and even receiving dragons in the mail. In recent months, one publisher has really gained our attention with its artistic books full of big messages for small readers. Although NubeOcho is relatively new on the scene, they've been earning tons of praise for their gorgeous, but insightful books. We had the chance to ask them a few questions about their picture books and goals for young readers. Read below to learn more!
PHOENIX is an epic science fiction novel set in space amidst a galactic war, following a young boy named Lucky as he discovers his destiny. This novel features some incredibly inventive world building, which is heightened by the amazing artwork that accompanies the text. On the blog today, we have S.F. Said sharing about his experience collborating with David McKean on PHOENIX as well as offering some explanations of the different artistic choices made in the novel.
This September marks the 100th birthday of beloved author Roald Dahl. Dahl brought us masterpieces like CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE BFG and our favorite bookworm, MATILDA --- all while teaching us the importance of creativity and imagination. In celebration of Dahl, we've been posting some gloriumptious blog posts every Tuesday of September to share with all of you Dahlphiles --- who are fluent in gobblefunk. For our first week, we started by sharing some fun facts about Dahl and his most popular books. For the second week, we decided to wish a gloriumptious birthday to the world's best storyteller himself by asking our Kidsreads reviewers and readers to tell us some of their favorite things about Roald Dahl. Last week, we let Dahl take over to tell us about himself in his own words, using excerpts from MORE ABOUT BOY, the follow up to Dahl's autobiography, BOY. This week, we decided to send our Kidsreads interns Amanda and Dana all over Manhattan on a taste-testing tour of soem Dahl-inspired treats. Read below to her more about their adventure --- and be prepared to hear your tummy growl at their beautiful photos. Thanks so much for celebrating this month with us! If you're not ready to stop partying, click here to head over to Roald Dahl's official website, where you can learn about upcoming celebrations and events across the country.  
September 20, 2016

Roald Dahl in His Own Words

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This September marks the 100th birthday of beloved author Roald Dahl. Dahl brought us masterpieces like CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE BFG and our favorite bookworm, MATILDA --- all while teaching us the importance of creativity and imagination. In celebration of Dahl, we've been posting some gloriumptious blog posts every Tuesday of September to share with all of you Dahlphiles --- who are fluent in gobblefunk. For our first week, we started by sharing some fun facts about Dahl and his most popular books. Last week, we decided to wish a gloriumptious birthday to the world's best storyteller himself by asking our Kidsreads reviewers and readers to tell us some of their favorite things about Roald Dahl. This week, we're letting Dahl take over to tell us about himself in his own words, using excerpts from MORE ABOUT BOY, the follow up to Dahl's autobiography, BOY. Read below to learn about how Dahl became the legendary writer who we know and love today. Be sure to check back next week for another Dahl-ightful post and, in the meantime, click here to head over to Roald Dahl's official website, where you can learn about upcoming celebrations and events across the country. We're so excited to invite you all into the frothbuggling, whoopsy wiffling, and jumpsquiffling world of Roald Dahl!