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the brilliant deep

The world will stand still for a moment while you fall deep into the pages of this one.  Kate Messner has written a biography about scuba diver Ken Nedimyer that’s brilliant, informative and inspiring.  His life’s work was devoted to restoring the world’s endangered coral reefs.  Matt Forsythe’s underwater scenes are captivating and immersive, and his unspeakably rich, nuanced color is a marvel.  It’s a story whose words and pictures both sing.  One of the most sublime books published this year.

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation was written by Kate Messner, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe and published by Chronicle Books.  It’ll be out on May 8!


the house that lou built + giveaway

One of our favorite middle grade books this year!!! 🔨

Twelve-year-old Lou Bulosan-Nelson has a dream — to build a house of her own.  Not just any house — a 100-square-foot tiny house.  A “just right” space to get away to when she’s in need of some peace and quiet.  Lou’s hopeful plans are to build her house on some land inherited from her dad.  It’s not long, though, before she and her carefully-drafted blueprints run into a couple of obstacles.  It’s time to “seize the day” (one of Lou’s favorite mottos) and make things happen!

This book means so much to me.  It means so much to welcome another Filipino American voice to kidlit, and a character whose experiences are similar to my own — the language, culture, hospitality, community and loud, boisterous togetherness — it’s all there.  Mae Respicio’s writing is fresh and funny with beautiful moments that will resonate with all readers about family, friends, and the intangible things that make a house a home.  I hope you’ll welcome this story into your heart as I have and I hope you’ll love getting to know creative, resourceful, observant and lovable Lou.  You can read an excerpt from The House That Lou Built here.

The House That Lou Built was written by Mae Respicio and published by Wendy Lamb Books (Random House Children's Books).  It’ll be out on June 12 and is available for pre-order now.  And, we’re giving away an ARC of The House That Lou Built!  This giveaway is open to US residents and ends Sunday, April 22, at 11:00 PM PDT.  Head over to this Instagram post to enter.


tiny, perfect things

“Today we keep our eyes open for tiny, perfect things.”

A book that revels in the small everyday wonders and treasures of life, the ones that we notice most when we’re children — “a spider’s web that caught the light,” “a flower growing through a sidewalk crack,” our shadows “holding hands” in the late, late afternoon sun.  The pale bright moon and cold air that signal that it’s time to head back home to someone waiting for us.  An exceptionally lovely book with just the right words, art and cadences to remind us to slow down and not let the awe-filled and curious wonders of life escape us.

Tiny, Perfect Things was written by M. H. Clark, illustrated by Madeline Kloepper and published by Compendium.  It'll be out on June 1.


in a small kingdom


A young prince inherits his father’s position as ruler over a “small kingdom along an ancient road” but his corrupt half-brother has his eye on the throne.  An evil plan is hatched but thwarted as the people of the kingdom demonstrate love and respect for their new ruler through a beautiful gesture.  A magical, heartwarming and timeless tale about the power of community.

In a Small Kingdom was written by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Doug Salati and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.


go west

We hop on a train for an epic journey across North America from Montreal to Los Angeles.  We board the Dorchester locomotive in Montreal and end up at “the last of the great train stations” — LA’s Union Station with its ruddy Spanish tiled roofs and iconic Mission Moderne style.  Along the route we take a gander at gorgeous passing scenery and of course delve into the history of train travel — getting a peek into what the first luxury passenger cars were like, passing venerable landmarks such as the Banff Springs Hotel, reading the stories behind famous stations like Grand Central in New York and learning about legendary locomotives such as the Daylight Limited running along the Pacific Coast from SF to LA.

A surprise search-and-find awaits readers at the end of this terrific resource about how the railroad shaped North American history.  Pascal Blanchet’s sleek, stylized illustrations possess an old world elegance that takes readers back to another era, bringing them home in time for dinner.  It would make a fantastic gift for the train lover in your life (we all know at least one).

Go West!: The Great North American Railroad Adventure was written and illustrated by Pascal Blanchet and published by Wide Eyed Editions.