Today, I’m hoping to tell you about some authors/illustrators you may not have heard about before!

These aren’t necessarily new authors, but they may be new to you.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • picture books, middle grade books and even books for your tweens and teens – I’m covering ALL the bases!
  • graphic novel suggestions that you’ll approve of (and that your kids will like)
  • a couple of favorites from our house, including one book that my 5-year-old carried around for weeks
  • plus (admittedly, my favorite part) my 4-year-old twins chatting about a book we often read 3 times in a row

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  • 2:24 Ben Hatke
  • 5:27 Kyo Maclear
  • 6:38 My 4-year-old twins give their recommendation 😉
  • 11:49 Karina Yan Glaser
  • 13:25 Gloria Wheelan
  • 16:50 Renée Watson
  • 18:52 Let the kids speak

A couple takeaways from this episode …

  • “Nobody Likes a Goblin is one of the best ways I know to calm my little kids when they’re throwing a fit.” Have tried Sarah’s trick yet? When a little one is melting down, grab a book and start reading – don’t announce; don’t ask. Just read, and wait for the story to do its magic.

Books from this episode:

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Episode 86
Listening for Lions

Listening for Lions

$6.99

**Description from Amazon: "If you are among evil people, you must be like the lion, gathering strength and awaiting your time."Africa is the only home Rachel Sheridan has ever known. But when influenza strikes down her missionary parents, she is left vulnerable prey to her family's wicked neighbors. Surrounded by greed and l...

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The Wish Tree

The Wish Tree

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Series: Episodes, 086
Tag: Episode 86

I'm a new fan of Kyo Maclear's, and this book is one of the reasons why! My kids love hearing it read aloud before bedtime, and I'm always happy to oblige. The magic of winter is told through beautiful text and illustrations that make you want to stare a little longer than necessary.

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Nobody Likes a Goblin

Nobody Likes a Goblin

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Series: Episodes, 086
Tag: Episode 86

I'm just going to say it: I have no idea why my kids and I love this book so much, but we do. It's a favorite every time I read it aloud, and we usually get to the end and then start it all over again. Ben Hatke's illustrations are hilarious!

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The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

$16.99$9.99

Connecting deeply with our kids can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our children. It also increases our kids’ academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life’s ch...

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

FROM SARAH:

When their landlord decides he's not going to renew the Vanderbeekers' lease, the five Vanderbeeker kids launch a full-blown mission to change his mind. Highly recommended for kids of all ages (I read it to all six of my kids, from preschool through teen). A practically perfect family story that's first in a wonderful series. Meet the author, Karina Yan Glaser, in her Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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Zita the Spacegirl

Zita the Spacegirl

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

A fun tale of friendship and redemption from one of my favorite author/illustrators. Ben Hatke has given us an intergalactic hero we'll never forget in Zita. This is a graphic novel, so pull your kids close so they can see the panels while you read aloud.

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Mighty Jack

Mighty Jack

$14.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever.

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Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. But some opportunities she doesn't really welcome, like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for "at-risk" girls.

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Julia’s House for Lost Creatures

Julia’s House for Lost Creatures

$17.99
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Series: Episodes, 086
Tag: Episode 86

**Description from Amazon: When Julia and her walking house come to town, she likes everything about her new neighborhood except how quiet it is! So Julia puts a sign up: "Julia's House for Lost Creatures." Soon she's hosting goblins, mermaids, fairies, and even a dragon. Quiet isn't a problem anymore for Julia...but getting ...

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Little Robot

Little Robot

$16.99
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Series: Episodes, 086
Tag: Episode 86

**Description from Amazon: When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad robots are coming to collect the little guy for nefarious purposes, and it's all up to a five-year-old armed only with a wr...

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The Ball and the Cross

The Ball and the Cross

$20.00
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Series: Episodes, 086
Tag: Episode 86

**Description from Amazon: In this steampunk satire about freedom of speech and religion, two men, a devout Catholic and an atheist, become unwilling allies when they vow to fight a duel to the death over their beliefs, and discover to their astonishment that an unbelieving world won't let them. An abridged reprint of Cheste...

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Julia, Child

Julia, Child

$17.99
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Series: Episodes, 086
Tags: Episode 86, Episode 99

**Description from Amazon: Julia and Simla are two young friends who agree that you can never use too much butter -- and that it is best to be a child forever. Sharing a love of cooking and having no wish to turn into big, busy people who worry too much and dawdle too little, they decide to create a feast for growing and stay...

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Homeless Bird

Homeless Bird

FROM SARAH:

In this historical novel, Koly, a thirteen-year-old girl in India, must leave her childhood home to face an arranged marriage. After the ceremony is complete, however, Koly learns that her future has been traded for a dowry, and her life changes abruptly. Gloria Whelan writes some of the best books for older kids and teens today- don't miss this one!

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled--her life has been sold for a dowry. Can she forge her own future, even in the face of time-worn tradition?

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The Miracle of St. Nicholas (Golden Key Books)

The Miracle of St. Nicholas (Golden Key Books)

$16.95
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Series: Episodes, 086
Tag: Episode 86

**Description from Amazon: It was the day before Christmas in a small Russian village. Alexi's babushka was telling him what Christmas was like when she was a girl-before the soldiers came. "Our church was as crowded as a pod full of peas. Candles made the church as bright as the sunniest day. Watching over us was the blessed...

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The Good Little Book

The Good Little Book

$16.99
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Series: Episodes, 086
Tag: Episode 86

While banished to a dusty study one day "to think things over", a boy pulls a book off a shelf and with great reluctance begins to read. As the afternoon passes, the story nabs him and carries him away. Before long, this good little book becomes his loyal companion, accompanying him everywhere ... u...

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