A Salute to Librarians from Sharon Creech
To celebrate National Library Week, HarperStacks has asked some of our most beloved authors to share what librarians and libraries mean to them, especially during COVID-19 and quarantine. To kick things off, Newbery Medalist Sharon Creech shares her memories, gratitude,...
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Writing Familiar Strangers: Gail Carson Levine on her family's long history of migration
Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine writes about her family’s journey as Spanish Jewish exiles and eventual immigration to the United States. In her new book, A Ceiling Made of Eggshells, she writes of a young Jewish girl living under...
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Poetry Month Resources for All Ages
It's Poetry Month! We know you may be celebrating a little differently this year, so we've gathered some of our favorite resources for you to choose from. From classic children's poets Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky to the current Young...
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A Letter from Noelle Stevenson, author of THE FIRE NEVER GOES OUT
The Fire Never Goes Out is on sale now! It is 2009. You are 17 and you are on fire. You have hair that's cut as short as it will go, and it doesn't bother you when people tease you...
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A letter from Elana K. Arnold, author of RED HOOD
RED HOOD, by Elana K. Arnold, is on shelves now! Dear Reader, Once, there was a girl who left the path. Once, there was a wolf who waited for her. We hear versions of this story all the time—in fairy...
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Behind the Book: Daniel Bernstrom, author of BIG PAPA AND THE TIME MACHINE
My Papa, African American Storytelling, and the Everyday Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom Going to the library as a child, the small selection of books I found featuring black or brown characters were usually about the titans of black history:...
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Using FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON to Teach About Criminal Justice
by Pamela Brunskill From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating mystery full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition. Humans have...
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A letter from Sara Pennypacker, author of HERE IN THE REAL WORLD
Here in the Real World by Sara PennypackerAvailable 2.4.20 Dear Reader, “Open your eyes. Here in the real world, bad stuff happens,” Jolene admonishes Ware repeatedly. She’s right, of course: These days, devastating blows to environmental, social, and economic justice...
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A letter from Ernesto Cisneros, author of Efrén Divided
Efrén Divided by Ernesto CisnerosOn Sale 3.31.20 Dear Reader, I am so pleased you have chosen to read Efrén Divided, a story deeply rooted in family, friendship, and the tearing down of walls being built between us all. It is...
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A letter from Lamar Giles, author of NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE
NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE by Lamar GilesOn sale 1.21.20 Dear Reader, When I was young, there was no shortage of guys willing to give me advice. From uncles to older cousins to peers. (Didn’t we all know that kid...
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A letter from Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed, authors of YES NO MAYBE SO
YES NO MAYBE SO by Becky Albertalli & Aisha SaeedAvailable 2.4.20 Dear Reader, In November of 2016, we watched in horror and panic as Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. Like many people, we were anxious about...
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A Letter from Katrina Moore, Author of ONE HUG
ONE HUG by Katrina Moore; illustrated by Julia WoolfAvailable 12.10.19! A TEACHER’S JOURNEY TO WRITING PICTURE BOOKS Dear Teacher, I’ve been teaching elementary education for ten years—grades one through five, and over 250 students to date. It’s been the best,...
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Behind the Book: Christine Day, author of I CAN MAKE THIS PROMISE
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day - On Shelves Now! Dear Reader, Before we begin Edie’s story, I’d like to tell you about the day I realized who she was. And where she was from. And why I...
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Behind the Book: Thanhhà Lại, author of BUTTERFLY YELLOW
BUTTERFLY YELLOW by Thanhhà Lại - On Shelves Now! Dear Reader, At a Buddhist temple in San Diego, there is a memorial room filled with tiny photographs of those who have passed. Mostly, the portraits show people with gray hair...
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BEHIND THE BOOK: Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet, creators of How to Read a Book
How to Read a Bookby Kwame Alexanderart by Melissa SweetOn Shelves Now! A note from author Kwame Alexander: I wrote this poem for World Read Aloud Day in 2010. My friend Pam Allyn, founder of the global literacy organization LitWorld,...
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PRIDE MONTH GUEST POST: author Z Brewer
The Sinister Motives of a Middle School Librarian by Z Brewer When I was twelve years old, my librarian taught me to steal. I know, I know. Not the greatest influence, right? She was also my dealer all through middle...
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A letter from Alessandra Balzer, editor of OTHER WORDS FROM HOME
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga on shelves now! Dear Reader, Imagine that you are an Arab American girl who was born in the United States, and this happens: The boy sitting across from you in science class casually...
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PRIDE MONTH GUEST POST: Maulik Pancholy, author of THE BEST AT IT
The Best At Itby Maulik PancholyOn shelves 10.9.19!Over the years, Pride has held various meanings for me. For many, the most recognizable symbols of this month are the Pride parades that happen all over the world. These parades are a...
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Pride Month Guest Post: M.K. England, author of THE DISASTERS
The Disastersby M.K. EnglandOn shelves now! Who Gets to Save the Galaxy? When you write about Earth’s future, you’re making a statement: Who will be in power two hundred years from now? Who gets to fly the ship, save the...
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Behind the Book: K-Fai Steele, Author of A NORMAL PIG
A Normal Pigby K-Fai SteeleOn Shelves Now! What is normal? Who gets to decide what the word "normal" means? Pip is a spotted pig who grows up in an all-pink pig town. Pip is by her standards pretty normal; she...
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PRIDE MONTH GUEST POST: Ethan Aldridge, author/illustrator of ESTRANGED
Estranged on shelves now! Estranged: The Changeling King on shelves 10.1.19 PUTTING A NAME TO THE FEELING Everyone says that books are a door, an entryway into another life, another world, another point of view. For me, they were an...
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