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Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021 🥳

Posted by Tonisha Kimble on

While we celebrate multicultural books every day around here, we love Multicultural Children's Book Day because it takes special care to highlight not only multicultural books, but the authors that write them. For its eighth year, we were so happy to be gifted with Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings and illustrated by Charlene Mosley.         Deedee Cummings    Charlene Mosley   Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess combines a touching story with vivid watercolor illustrations to introduce us to Kayla, a young girl with big dreams. This is the first book in a five-part middle grade series that was actually inspired by...

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Fight the Flu 🤧🤒🥶

Posted by Tonisha Kimble on

Now that the holiday season has come to an end and we’ve set our New Year’s goals, we want to encourage you to add just one more thing to your list—schedule your flu shot. Anyone can get the flu, even those of us who are healthy, and the fact is serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age. Flu season doesn’t end until March, and as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting the flu has become even more important. Women who are pregnant or have given birth in the last two weeks AND children under the...

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An Interview with Namina Forna, author of "The Gilded Ones"

Posted by Tonisha Kimble on

Namina Forna is breaking into the Young Adult Fantasy world in an explosive way! Her debut novel, The Gilded Ones, will be released on February 9 and has already been compared to The Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther.   In The Gilded Ones we meet Deka, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. On the day of the ceremony, Deka's greatest fear becomes real -- and she knows she will face a consequence worse than death. Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a...

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An interview with Author Desmond Hall

Posted by Tonisha Kimble on

Desmond Hall's debut young adult Your Corner Dark novel follows Franklin, a Jamaican high school senior who has several difficult decisions to make and each one has lasting consequences. Each situation requires more and more of Franklin. At the end of it all, what will be left? The way Hall pays attention to detail gave this story a very cinematic experience ... you could feel the heat of the Jamaican sun, hear the Sizzla emanating from somewhere far off, see the lusciousness of the countryside. It's all very enveloping. This shouldn't be surprising however. While this may be Hall's first...

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Interview with Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkey, creators of Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It

Posted by Tonisha Kimble on

  In advance of their latest project, Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It, powerhouse creative couple Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney were gracious enough to sit down for a blog interview with me. My questions covered various topics including advice for budding creatives, what's been keeping them sane with everything going on lately, and what could possibly be on their bucket list?! Enjoy the conversation and nuggets from Andrea and Brian! Their answers will be bulleted.  _________________________ Through my work as a bookseller, I come into contact with many self-published authors. The world of self-publishing can be rough,...

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