Children’s Book Marketing Projects & Reviews

One-Girl Sensaciónes: Caribbean KidLit

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Podcast | Comments Off on One-Girl Sensaciónes: Caribbean KidLit

One-Girl Sensaciónes: Caribbean KidLit

  In honor of the resilient women and girls of the Caribbean that were knocked off their feet by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and are still fighting to take care of families, friends, and their studies, we feature “One-Girl Sensaciónes,” bold characters and brilliant children’s books authors of Caribbean heritage. “Love is like the rain. It comes in a drizzle sometimes. Then it starts pouring and if you’re not careful it will drown you.”― Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory We have borrowed the honorary title of...

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Inquire Within: Kidlit That Values Questioning

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Inquire Within: Kidlit That Values Questioning

Inquire Within: Kidlit That Values Questioning

  “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” —Albert Einstein Einstein said, “curiosity has its own reason for existing.” I believe that the reason children’s books exist is to evoke that curiosity. While many books evoke, some books are quite eager to inspire a generation to ask the big questions. Whether scientific, philosophical, political or personal, these kidlit titles tell you that TO ASK is crucial.     What is Ada Twist’s very first word? “WHY?” No...

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A Fighting Chance: KidLit and Conflict

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on A Fighting Chance: KidLit and Conflict

A Fighting Chance: KidLit and Conflict

Having one of these days?  Or maybe 2017 just looks to you and your kids like one big shouting match. At whatever level (or age) you are processing the nationwide anger, come back to kidlit to see anger and conflict produced with open mouths and steaming ears.  There is something deeply satisfying (and urgently relevant) about reading conflict and experiencing a character’s path to resolution. From origami folding to racial discrimination these four books will teach you something about your neighbors and yourselves. This was a...

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Monstrously Good Summer Reads

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships | Comments Off on Monstrously Good Summer Reads

Monstrously Good Summer Reads

Summer is stomping into our cities and towns leaving kids with the sweet calamity of more reading time.  No assignments, no age restrictions, no genre restrictions – just the total chaos of pulling anything one wants to read off the bookstore and library shelves.  Here are the monstrously good reads we have just devoured at Curious City… These books are part of a kidlit podcast conversation with Chris Lenois of WKVT’s Green Mountain Morning.       Rodzilla By Rob Sanders Illustrated by Dan Santat Published by...

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Protected: Word Books

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Protected: Word Books

As you embark on creating content and design for new word books, here are some observations about current board books.  These observations stem from 14 years of reviewing almost every board book published for an early literacy program and from listening carefully to the early childhood educators and healthcare providers that comprise that literacy program’s advisory committee. RELATED OBJECTS A parent/educator should be able to work with the images offered on the page to weave a narrative for or have a conversation with the child. While...

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Going Underground: Kidlit in the Labyrinth

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Podcast | Comments Off on Going Underground: Kidlit in the Labyrinth

Going Underground: Kidlit in the Labyrinth

  Spring is the time of year that we are most conscious that things lie beneath the surface. Green is unfurling out of the earth, beauty is pushing its way to the surface. But, all that lies beneath is not beautiful. Whether it is the torrents of the London sewer or the dark labyrinth of Greek myth, children’s literature gives us the cross-section of the “secrets beneath.” Listen to Curious City discuss kidlit with Chris Lenois at WKVT!       Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt By Kate Messner...

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SCBWI Michigan Q&A

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Marketing Advice | 4 comments

SCBWI Michigan Q&A

It was a delight to speak to SCBWI in mighty Michigan via Skype.  As we had just a smidgen of time together, we took participant’s questions online and are answering them here. As promised, I randomly drew the name of a bold inquirer to win a free one hour consult with Curious City.  That winner is Debbie Taylor! PRE-PUBLICATION Or What Should I Be Doing Before I Sell A Book? A strong website and social media presence can be a selling factor for publishers. Whether or not you are published or even have an agent, you should have a footprint...

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The Youngest Marcher: Share & Win Illustration Art

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Children's Book Illustration, Giveaway | Comments Off on The Youngest Marcher: Share & Win Illustration Art

The Youngest Marcher: Share & Win Illustration Art

  Audrey Faye Hendricks was just 9-years-old in 1963 when Martin Luther King asked the people of Birmingham to “fill the jails.” Audrey was “the youngest marcher” in the Children’s March, joining 3,000 other children in prison. Illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton and Curious City are celebrating Audrey during Women’s History Month by giving away 10 signed prints from the acclaimed picture book The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers).   WIN ONE OF VANESSA’S...

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Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Children's Book Awards, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

  In honor of Valentine’s Day we are going to talk about the BIG LOVE librarians show kidlit each year at the annual Youth Media Awards. Every January clever librarians gather to choose and announce medals and honors for 18 individual awards. The award that keeps Curious City on the edge of our seats is the Coretta Scott King Awards. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American...

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The Youngest Marcher: Video Released

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Book Trailer | Comments Off on The Youngest Marcher: Video Released

The Youngest Marcher: Video Released

Curious City is proud to release a video in support of the picture book, The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Our script intentionally asked young readers to place themselves in Audrey Faye Hendricks shoes: Imagine having Martin Luther King Jr. himself sit down at your dinner table. Imagine Dr. King asking you to stand up for your community, for your nation.   While no child can now go to jail for protesting, we hope the book helps children...

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