Video: ‘Hello Hello’ by Brendan Wenzel

Here’s a video for sharing with young people or animal lovers, introducing a new picture book from Brendan Wenzel, Caldecott Honor-winning author of They All Saw a Cat.

Hello, Hello begins with two cats, one black and one white, followed by a chain of animals appearing before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait–colors, shapes or abstract associations.

According to his website, Wenzel is “an ardent conservationist” and “proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within Southeast Asia.” It’s no surprise that his new book features over 30 threatened species.

If you want to follow him on Twitter, you’ll see that the bio for @brendan_wenzel reads: lllustrator with great affection for all things furred, feathered and scaled. 

(He had me at the first Hello.)

If you’d like to share this video through your website or blog, here’s the embed code:

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Camp Workman Sign-Up Time

I know I’m still hibernating, but summertime will be here before you know it. In fact, Workman Publishing just launched their 2018 Camp Workman program and bookstores can sign up now.

I probably should say relaunch. If your bookstore has participated in Camp Workman in the past, take note. This season is a little different.

“This is actually a relaunch of a program that Workman ran for many years but had fallen by the wayside,” says Moira Kerrigan, director of marketing for Workman Publishing. “We’ve rethought out and redesigned the whole kit and I think it feels really fresh and fun and exciting!”

The idea behind Camp Workman is that bookstores can sign up to host events throughout the summer (or just an individual event) under their own name. For example: Camp Whatnot. And you get to use Workman-curated materials.

“We are working on creating a really robust collection of hands-on activities pulled from across the Workman family of titles that stores can download and pass out to campers,” says Kerrigan. “Activities range in theme from STEM, arts & crafts, fun & games, and nature.”

Not only will Workman Publishing provide the activities but they will also provide camp diplomas for the kids, store signage, and $75 co-op, plus special terms for orders.

Accounts can sign-up to participate by filling out this form.

Happy camping!

Video: The Digger and the Flower

Each day, the big trucks go to work. They scoop and hoist and push. But when Digger discovers something growing in the rubble, he sets in motion a series of events that will change him, and the city, forever.

The Digger and the Flower is a new book with a powerful message about the environment from Joseph Kuefler, the author/artist of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground. This video would be good to share with your story time audience, or teachers of younger classrooms.

Kuefler has an impressive website at and is active on Twitter @josephkuefler.

Nominations for IndieNext Spring 2018 Kids’ List Due

Don’t forget that nominations for the IndieNext Spring 2018 Kids’ List are due today. According to the ABA website, titles nominated for the Spring Kids’ List should be published between February 1 and April 30.

Booksellers at ABA member stores can nominate one of three ways:

  • Use this form to submit up to six nominations for the IndieNext List.
  • Email nominations to
  • Booksellers can also submit through Edelweiss or NetGalley.

Detailed instructions can be found here.


Video: ‘This Is How We Do It’

A friend who home-schools her 8-year-old son saw me reading This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt Lamothe and became very excited about the educational possibilities it held.

Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamothe’s This is How We Do It follows the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day. While the way they play, dress, and eat may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them.

If you’d like to share this video with your customers, here’s the embed code:

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