It’s ‘Daylight Time’ Again

If you live in an area that observes Daylight Saving Time, you’ll want to remember to move an hour ahead this Sunday at 2:00 a.m. This changing of the clock provides a semi-annual reminder to do all of the little things we do when we ‘spring’ forward. Use your 300 marketing seconds to check the batteries in smoke detectors, check your fire extinguishers to be sure they’re serviced and ready, and check the batteries in your emergency flashlights as well.

In Kansas, we had a statewide tornado drill earlier this week. And we just had the largest wild fire in our state’s history. Aaaaand we’ve grown accustomed to earthquakes. (Bring on the locusts?) Whatever your potential emergency might be, it’s not a bad idea to go over ‘drills’ with your staff. Do they know where to find the fire extinguishers and emergency flashlights? Do they know what to do in weather emergencies? Are they supposed to lock the doors and take the cash to the basement? Do they know what to do if there are customers in the store?

Fire, tornado, flood, earthquake, hurricane… there are so many things that can happen beyond our control. Take a little time to ensure you and your staff are prepared.

Sign Up for a Summer Brain Quest Party

Sign Up for a Summer Brain Quest Party

Workman Publishing is inviting booksellers to sign up to host a Summer Brain Quest kick-off party. Summer Brain Quest is a summer workbook program from Brain Quest designed to stop the summer slide.

The ‘official’ kick-off party day is Saturday, June 10, but stores may choose the best day to host their parties. To register to host an official kick-off party in your store, complete an online form here. As a registered participant, Workman will work with your team to create the event designed for ages 5 and up, providing materials, ideas for display, gift bags, and more.

Windows and Mirrors Project Nominations

New England booksellers, publishers and publisher representatives are encouraged to nominate titles for the 2017 NECBA (New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council ) Windows and Mirrors Project, an annual list of new children’s and young adult titles that feature diversity.

Committee member Zazu Galdos from The Bookloft in Great Barrington, MA, says nominations will be accepted through this online form through June 30. Submissions, which may include paperbacks, should be children’s books published in 2017 that exemplify diverse viewpoints, experiences, and identities.

According to the form:

Following We Need Diverse Books, we use this definition of diversity: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

* We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

From the nominations, the NECBA Windows & Mirrors committee will select 6-10 books for the short list. NECBA selected short and long lists will be announced during the 2017 NEIBA Fall Conference.

Video: ‘Blitzed’

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt just released this video for Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler, described as ‘a fast-paced narrative that discovers a surprising perspective on World War II: Nazi Germany’s all-consuming reliance on drugs.’

If you’d like to share the video, here’s the embed code:

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Review (Plus): ‘The Bone Witch’ by Rin Chupeco

TheBoneWitch_9781492635826_28eb1America’s Review:

With short, concise chapters blending the past and present, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, quickly hooks readers with its ability to seamlessly weave together magic and fantasy. Reluctant readers and YA fans alike will love this book. As we first meet our protagonist Tea, she is resurrecting her brother from his freshly dug grave. Tea’s ability to revive the dead shocks her community; they haven’t seen such a young a Bone Witch–or dark Asha. Tea too is both horrified and enthralled with her newfound magic. She is curious, but cautious about what this means for her future.

With her brother, Tea moves into an Asha house where she can be trained and taught to respect her magic. Some there are jealous of the powerful and ambitious witch and will do anything to destroy young Tea. But with the help of three other Ashas, Tea discovers who she is destined to become.

Tea knows she must keep the dark power within her hidden and under control. She wants to help win the war for her people, but in doing so she also creates turmoil. Will she ultimately be a good witch? The Bone Witch ends with true cliffhanger–one which leaves all of us eagerly awaiting the sequel.

In the Classroom:

This is one of those books where a lesson plan doesn’t come immediately to mind. Many times the comparison between the house of the Asha and a geisha house came to mind. The Ashas’ costumes, customs, and ability to entertain were very similar to the life of a geisha. The Bone Witch is a wonderful book and one which reads quickly. The mix of characters–both boy/girl, evil/good–make it a good book to put in the hands of any student who enjoys fantasy, magic, or historical information.


The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (Sourcebooks Fire | 9781492635826 | March 7, 2017)