Category Archives: Book News

October 13

Cover Reveal: Takedown by Laura Shovan

I’m thrilled to be revealing the cover of my next middle grade novel at Nerdy Book Club today! Writing this book was a big stretch for me. My first book, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was a verse novel. Not only is Takedown written in prose, it’s a sports story.   My son had been wrestling […]

September 27

Cover Reveal of Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

Dear reader,   If you’re reading my work for the first time, Welcome, and if you’re returning, welcome back. Those who fall into the latter may recognize the fictionalized version of Tuscarora Nation where Give Me Some Truth takes place, or “the Rez,” as most of us call it. In my community, you mostly exist […]

August 30

Cover Reveal: Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes

Fifteen years have gone by since the release of Bronx Masquerade. I’ve published many books in that time span, but none have diminished the pull of Mr. Ward’s classroom. Through the magic of literature, mere months have passed since we were last in Mr. Ward’s room, where open-mike poetry readings changed the culture of the […]

August 03

Cover Reveal for Elephant Secret by Eric Walters

People love elephants.  I love elephants.  Raise your hand if you’d like to just run off today and hang out with elephants . . . I know your hand is up.  I got to do that.  I hung out with elephants.  I had a little baby, Hannah, who repeatedly tried to steal my hat and […]

June 28

Cover Reveal for BAT AND THE WAITING GAME by Elana K. Arnold

I wrote A BOY CALLED BAT for the same reason I write all my books: because I felt compelled to. He came to me one night as I was driving: a boy with autism, whose initials spell “Bat,” who loves animals and vanilla yogurt. I felt Bat as clearly as I felt my own babies […]

June 20

Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks – Cover Reveal By Victoria J. Coe and Olivia Van Ledtje

Do you judge a book by its cover? I do. And I wonder if kids do, too. Because they’re always asking me if the covers of the first two Fenway and Hattie books are real. As if Fenway is out living these stories somewhere and all the Penguin design team did was snap a picture. […]

June 02

Cover Reveal of In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner

“Daubigny’s Garden.” I say this aloud to Dr. Alvarez — Daubigny’s Garden – for no other reason than it’s there. Or maybe I say it because it’s art, and sometimes that’s all there is. Dr. Alvarez turns to where its blue-roofed house rises into yellow and blue clouds. “So that’s what it’s called?” “Yes. But […]

April 07

What I Love About the Cover for THE WAR I FINALLY WON by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

So—drumroll, please—today is the day you I have been waiting for: the official cover reveal for my forthcoming novel THE WAR I FINALLY WON. Cover reveals are kind of funky in that they assume that readers are waiting in such breathless anticipation of the release of the book that the first sight of the cover […]

March 14

The Help that Finds Us by Jack Cheng

  At the beginning of See You in the Cosmos, my eleven-year-old protagonist, Alex, sets off for a rocket festival in the New Mexico desert accompanied only by his dog. What he doesn’t know yet is that his quest to launch his iPod into space will turn into a sprawling journey across the American Southwest—a […]

March 01

Throwing Stories off the Cliff by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim Miller

  Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever is the first book I wrote where I knew who the illustrator was going to be. I usually don’t imagine what the illustrations are going to look like while I’m writing, but this time I did. And I usually don’t include art notes, but I had […]