News to Wake Your Brain Cells – April 17


Audible streams Harry Potter, hundreds of other audiobooks for free – Consequence of Sound

#AuthorsTakeAction, Authors Save Lives – Publishers Weekly

How Kids’ Lit is responding to the coronavirus – Publishers Weekly

Jason Reynolds to start online initiative as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature – SLJ

Little scientists: children prefer storybooks that explain why and how things happen – ScienceDaily

Spring 2020 middle grade spotlight: a book list – Publishers Weekly


Most libraries are closed. Some librarians still have to go in – The New York Times

School Library Journal offers free full access to content, digitized magazines – SLJ

Two libraries in one: when schools and public libraries share space, all users benefit – SLJ


Young adult fiction round-up: reworking of Irish myth is a hit – The Irish Times

Hello, World! by Ethan Long

Hello, World by Ethan Long

Hello, World! by Ethan Long (9781250191755)

The first in the new Happy County series, this picture book invites plenty of exploration by readers. The bright colored and vibrant pages are filled with details for children to explore. The text in the book invites readers to look for specific things, but it’s also great fun to just explore this world on your own too. Some pages are filled with noises, others with a quest for a great spot to nap, still others with restaurants with signs to match. Turning the page may reveal an up-close look at a specific character or a wider view of the entire community.

Inspired by Richard Scarry, this updated version is brighter and funnier. It also offers a wider variety of activities to engage in. The text is funny, filled with puns, and has a merry tone that invites readers to really have fun. The illustrations are colorful and filled with marvelous details yet still have a simpler feel to them.

A great book for a trip, this one will keep children happily busy for some time. Worth exploring together too! Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from copy provided by Henry Holt & Co.