Staff Pick

“Some pig!” famously declared Charlotte the spider in E.B. White’s classic novel Charlotte’s Web. Now, acclaimed author/illustrator Melissa Sweet admiringly proclaims that White was Some Writer! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99) in her picture-book biography of the beloved author. The cleverly executed scrapbook-like format allows room for photos, memorabilia, personal letters, and manuscripts, as well as numerous quotations that reveal White’s inner character. Tidbits such as how White added two eyes and three hairs to Garth Williams’s drawing of Charlotte to complete it, or how the story of Stuart Little came to White in a dream on a train, will make fans of all ages agree that this is some book! Ages 8 and up.

Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544319592
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

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With this account of his early years, Robert Hoge, born with a facial tumor, deformed legs, and bent toes, has created an inspirational and frank memoir. Subjected to numerous and life-threatening surgeries to create a “friend-friendly face,” he is invariably viewed as Ugly (Viking, $16.99)—and people see his perceived ugliness as a reason to doubt his intelligence and abilities. Told with honesty and humor through accessible prose and Keith Robinson’s black-and-white illustrations, this is the story of an ordinary life with extraordinary obstacles. Ultimately, the young Hoge stops believing that there is something missing or wrong about him and accepts ownership of who he is. Ages 9-12.

Ugly Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425287750
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

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Although Pete Seeger was born to musician parents, he still had to work hard to convince his mother to let him play something other than classical music. When he found happiness and success as a folk musician, then, he wasn’t about to be silenced—especially when it came to expressing his beliefs. Children’s literature expert Anita Silvey delivers a fascinating account of the many challenges and triumphs in Seeger’s life, from his decade-long battle against the House Un-American Activities Committee to his work with Martin Luther King, Jr. Seeger’s own life story is a powerful testament to the power of music and, above all, how important it is to Let Your Voice Be Heard (Clarion, $17.99). Ages 10-13.

Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547330129
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Published: Clarion Books - August 2nd, 2016