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shaking things up: 14 young women who changed the world

“Every choice we make can be a celebration of the world we want.” — Francis Moore Lappé

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” — Mae Jemison

“There’s a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or to stand up.” — Malala Yousafzai

Our world wouldn’t be what it is today without these 14 women who did extraordinary things at a young age, like Maya Lin who won a competition for her design of the Vietnam Memorial but who had to defend her vision before Congress due to her young age, gender and ethnicity.  Pura Belpré was the first Latina librarian to work in the New York Public Library and the first to reach out to Spanish-speaking communities.  When she saw a great need for children’s books in Spanish, she wrote them herself— many books.  Her Perez y Martina was the first Spanish book for children put out in mainstream publishing.  She also translated many children’s books into Spanish.

Susan Hood’s poetic biographies of these revolutionary women are accompanied by portraits, each illustrated by a different female artist — making it a categorically unique, inspiring and powerful book.  Included are a timeline, a moving author’s note and an abundance of resources for further reading.

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World was written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Shadra Strickland, Hadley Hooper, Lisa Brown, Emily Winfield Martin, Sara Palacios, Erin K. Robinson, Sophie Blackall, Melissa Sweet, Oge Mora, Isabel Roxas, Julie Morstad , LeUyen Pham and Selina Alko.  Published by HarperCollins.


food truck fest

Things are abuzz for a delicious event.  Cooks prepare for a day of food trucking in their “kitchens on wheels” as a young family gets ready to leave on an excursion to a grand food truck festival. 

Reading this brings back memories of two-year-old Avery tagging along at local food truck gatherings on warm fall nights.  She would sit in her stroller clutching a coconut with a straw poked into it, sipping fresh coconut water while we waited for our orders.  So many good memories are food memories.  No doubt this story will happily remind you of some, hungrily scarfing an al fresco dinner—delicious morsels in little paper trays—surrounded by your favorite people.  The jaunty rhymes and illustrations in Food Truck Fest capture the energy, excitement and conviviality of gathering together to share meals and the community that simple act creates.  A fantastic book!

Food Truck Fest was written by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Mike Dutton and published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers.  Out soon on March 13.


los angeles is...

A board book with a clever rhyming narrative that captures LA’s sensibilities, sunny climate, culture, history, iconic locales and the unique attributes that make it the city that it is.  Its palette is like a summer day (which LA gets a lot of) and exudes a beautiful warmth.  Its mellow salmons, corals and blues paired with stylized shapes and lines exude a modern, laid-back Los Angeles.  It’s a stylish new classic about the City of Angels.  We love this one, and we love LA.  

Los Angeles Is… was written by Elisa Parhad, illustrated by Alexander Vidal and published by Cameron Books.  Out on April 24 and a great idea to pre-order now as gifts for late spring/summer baby showers or birthdays.


international women's day

Happy #internationalwomensday!  Here are some of our favorite #kidlitwomen.

Sorry, I’m down for the count with a cold today (plus we only have so many books in our collection!) and could not include all of the amazing women in kidlit! But you know who you are and I love and am in deep admiration of your genius, your creative minds, your hard work, your persistence, your unique stories, your perspectives, your hearts, and your love for the craft.



My parents came from not one island, but an archipelago.  That’s one reason why I was drawn to ISLANDBORN.

“Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else.  Hers was the school of faraway places.”  Right out of the gate, the narrative grabs you and tells you that this is a special story.  Everyone in Lola’s class is tasked with drawing the country they’re from; their first homes.  The only problem is that Lola doesn’t remember much of it since she left when she was just a baby.  She decides to interview her neighbors who are always talking about the Island.  As she learns about the Island’s lively music, agua de coco, mangos so sweet they make you cry, poetic beaches and its ubiquitous, splendid color, she sketches.  She learns of the Island’s beauties but also its struggles.  Lola learns from her grandmother, “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”

Lola’s and the Island’s story are told with charm, humor and poignancy.  Leo Espinosa’s bright and buoyant illustrations sing with joy.  They are a true celebration of color and life.  Don’t miss this beautiful and powerful story when it publishes on March 13.

ISLANDBORN was written by Junot Díaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa and published by Dial Books.