This Weeks Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are some cool links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week:



8 Books About Real-Life Kids Who Changed the World | Brightly

The 50 best children’s and YA books of 2016

At 90, Hilary Knight Launches Two Book Projects with Macmillan

Carson Ellis kindly sent us dev work for the brilliant DU IZ TAK? (more here: | buy book: )

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”: The anti-Harry Potter

The Latest Trend: Beautifully Illustrated Nonfiction Picture Books

Little, Brown to Publish ‘Creativity Project’ by Michigan Teacher Colby Sharp

Marilyn Nelson wins 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

This Beautiful Children’s Book Is Exploring Queer South Asian Themes

Check out these easy BUT not boring books perfect for beginning readers. Each book is leveled so you know which books are the easiest and which are a bit harder.:


Don’t Tell Me Boys Can’t Read As Well! | Huffington Post

Here’s my secret weapon: I read – Creatomic – Medium



The 10 Best New Young Adult Books in October 2016

Once Taboo, Gay Characters Are Taking Over YA Fiction | Broadly

Watch Emma Watson Hide Books on the London Underground via

Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye by Geoffrey Hayes


Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye by Geoffrey Hayes (InfoSoup)

Benny and Penny return in another graphic novel perfect for new readers. In this story, the two mouse siblings start the story by jumping in piles of leaves. Penny worries that Benny will hurt the leaves, but Benny explains that the leaves are already dead. Then Penny discovers a dead salamander in the yard. Penny wants to bury the salamander but Benny gets angry and tries to stop her over and over again. As Penny moves ahead with burying the salamander with the help of another friend, Benny listens in and then starts feeling sad rather than angry about the little dead creature.

Hayes speaks to the experience of death for young children in a gentle and understanding way. He captures the movement from anger at loss to grief in a way that is organic and natural, allowing Benny the ability to feel his emotions and contrasting those with the way his sister is reacting. Both reactions are supported by the book, allowing children to think about their own emotions.

Hayes sets the book in autumn, showing seasonal aspects throughout the story. There are fallen leaves, bare trees, and a sense of change throughout the book. As always, Hayes beautifully illustrates his graphic novels, allowing them to be an ideal bridge between picture book and chapter book.

A lovely look at a child’s first experience with death, this graphic novel is gentle and filled with kind understanding. Appropriate for ages 5-7.

Reviewed from copy received from TOON Books.