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Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year

by Fiona Waters, editor, illus. by Frann Preston-Gannon

In Sing a Song of Seasons, editor Fiona Waters (Why Does My Mum Always Iron a Crease in My Jeans?) curates a collection of poems that evoke the atmospheres, memories and pastimes we cherish as the months pass. Verses by favorite romantics (William Wordsworth, Victor Hugo), modernists (E.E. Cummings, D.H. Lawrence) and realists (Thomas Hardy, John Updike) accompany selections from popular children's book authors (Margaret Wise Brown, Beatrix Potter) and a refreshing number of anonymous but recognizable entries

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Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World

by Marilyn Singer, illus. by Susan L. Roth

Prolific author and poet Marilyn Singer (Follow Follow; Rutherford B., Who Was He?) teams up with illustrator Susan L. Roth (Parrots over Puerto Rico) in the spectacular Every Month Is a New Year.

People commemorate the new year the world over, but it's not always with a ball drop nor on December 31. In some cultures, people celebrate in July by writing injustices or bad habits on clay pots, then smashing them. In others, crowds hold giant water fights to wash away misfortune. Working through the months of

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Dear Sister

by Alison McGhee, illus. by Joe Bluhm

"Dear Sister,/ They told me to draw a picture of you for your baby book./ Here you go." So begins a series of illustrated letters from a brother to his younger sister, a less than welcome addition to his life--at least at first. The letters are accompanied by Joe Bluhm's gag-filled illustrations, some in what suggests a child's hand. The letters highlight the brother's frustrations: "Congratulations! According to the judges' calculations, your Cry Olympics scores place you in the top 3% of three-year-olds

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Santa Bruce

by Ryan T. Higgins

In this hilarious Christmas tale of mistaken identity, Bruce the bear (Mother Bruce) finds himself doing just what he doesn't want to do in the middle of winter: being Santa.

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The Chilly Penguin

by Constanze von Kitzing

In The Chilly Penguin, knitting a scarf, building a fire and ice skating don't work to warm a penguin, but another option that anyone can share might do the trick.

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How Airports Work

by Clive Gifford, illus. by James Gulliver Hancock

Young readers learn about the inner and outer workings of airports with interactive lift-the-flap pages full of fascinating facts and detailed illustrations.

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Harper: Tony's Wife by Adriana Tirigiani

Media Heat

Monday, November 19, 2018

Tonight Show: Chris Colfer, author of The Land of Stories: The Ultimate Book Hugger's Guide (Little, Brown, $18.99, 9780316523301).

Thursday, November 15, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Brian Phillips, author of Impossible Owls: Essays (FSG Originals, $16, 9780374175337).

NPR's Marketplace: Thomas Ramge, co-author of The Global Economy as You've Never Seen It: 99 Ingenious Infographics That Put It All Together (The Experiment, $35, 9781615195176).

Daily Show: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, author of Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote (Knopf, $18.99, 9780525579014).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fresh Air: Karina Longworth, author of Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood (Custom House, $29.99, 9780062440518).

Good Morning America: Michelle Obama, author of Becoming (Crown, $32.50, 9781524763138).

Daily Show: Jenifer Lewis, author of The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir (Amistad, $15.99, 9780062410412).

Monday, November 12, 2018

Fresh Air: Rob Dunn, author of Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live (Basic Books, $28, 9781541645769).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: David Sedaris, author of Calypso (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316392389).

Thursday, November 8, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Eileen Myles, author of Evolution (Grove Press, $25, 9780802128508).

NPR's 1A: Irene Butter, author of Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story (White River Press, $20, 9781935052708).

The View: April Ryan, author of Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House (Rowman & Littlefield, $24.95, 9781538113363).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, author of Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote (Knopf, $18.99, 9780525579014).
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