Nick's Picks April 2018

April 2018 Edition

Summer Reading is primed to help with summer reading. Here are a few strategies you can use in your community:

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Thank you,

Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director

Behind the Books: Megan McDonald on research for her Judy Moody series

What kind of research could Megan McDonald do for her main character, the spirited, expressive, multi-mood Judy Moody and her long-running series? For her newest entrée into the series, Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party (Candlewick, 2018), Megan had to imagine what it might be like to be related to royalty! She researched a bunch of different questions from "How many hats does the Queen of England own?" to "Does she really eat eel pie?" to "What's in the queen's purse?" Discover all of Megan's research questions in this month's Behind the Book blog post.

Read Megan McDonald's Guest Blog Post now.

Meet-the-Author Book Reading: Celia C. Perez on identity

The First Rule of Punk Celia C. Perez

In creating The First Rule of Punk (Viking, 2017), Celia C. Perez wanted to explore identity — all the different ways that people identify themselves and identify with one another. With her father thousands of miles away and her professor mom preoccupied, main character Malu finds her new school and new classmates make her question her identity. Perez uses Punk music and zines to help Malu find a way to define herself: "Punk and zines are about doing yourself, embracing who you are, and creating the things you want to see in your world without others telling you." As Perez explains, she really wants kids to know they have "power to be creative and make things happen."

Listen to Celia C. Perez share the inspiration behind her graphic novel now.

Browse all Meet-the-Author Book Readings.

Featured Booklist: STEM Picture Book Awards

Whether your kiddos are makers or readers, the titles on the Cook Prize booklist will be a big hit! The Cook Prize, administered by the Bank Street College of Education, honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture books each year. Dive into the booklist to enjoy old favorites and discover this year's finalists — all fabulous reads that enliven STEM subjects and encourage kids to get out and explore our scientific world.

Explore resources for all the titles from the Cook Prize booklist.

Contests & Giveaways

Check out our April Contests & Giveaways, accompanied by multimedia resources!

  • Who Will Bell the Cat? by Patricia McKissack
  • Wallpaper by Theo Lam
  • The entire Judy Moody series

See the April Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

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