Anastasia Suen

Developmental Editor

Kid Artists


Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends
by David Stabler (Author) and Doogie Horner (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Every great artist started out as a kid. Forget the awards, the sold-out museum exhibitions, and the timeless masterpieces. When the world’s most celebrated artists were growing up, they had regular-kid problems just like you. Jackson Pollock’s family moved constantly—he lived in eight different cities before he was sixteen years old. Georgia O’Keeffe lived in the shadow of her “perfect” older brother Francis. And Jean-Michel Basquiat triumphed over poverty to become one of the world’s most influential artists. Kid Artists tells their stories and more with full-color cartoon illustrations on nearly every page. Other subjects include Claude Monet, Jacob Lawrence, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Beatrix Potter, Yoko Ono, Dr. Seuss, Emily Carr, Keith Haring, Charles Schulz, and Louise Nevelson.





Nonfiction Monday

It’s Nonfiction Monday!

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Busy Builders, Busy Week!


Busy Builders, Busy Week!
by Jean Reidy (Author) and Leo Timmers (Illustrator)

Booktalk: A cast of animal characters are building a brand-new playground in a local park for their community! Each day of the week contains a different construction plan as the steam-rolling, digging, and planting gets underway. (Available as a picture book and a board book.)




It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)


The Homecoming


The Homecoming
by Stacie Ramey (Author)

Booktalk: John’s mother kicked him out of the house when she couldn’t handle his anger, and John’s spent the last few years bouncing between relatives. But after his last scrape with the law, there’s nowhere for him to go but home.

Starting senior year at a new high school and fitting into the family that shut him out is a challenge. And it’s all that John can do to keep from turning back to bad habits. Lacrosse training helps him focus. As does Emily, the girl next door. She’s sweet and smart, and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. Maybe he’s ready to trust again. But tragedy has a way of finding John, and he must decide between saving his family or saving himself.

Snippet: “Stop it. Stop. You can’t hit Livy. You can’t hit my sister. Or my mother. You can’t.” I shake him once, hard.

Ryan’s eyes go wide.

I let go of his shoulders. Back away. I’m shaking. My mind is screaming at me to get out of there. To run.

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