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    Goodnight Racism Ibram X. Kendi, Cbabi Bayoc
    9780593110515 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:June 14, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 11.38 x 9.31 x 0.36 in | 0.99 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kokila
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      Description
      National Book Award–winning and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi (How to Be an Antiracist, Antiracist Baby) returns with a new picture book that serves as a modern bedtime classic.

      As children all over the world get ready for bed, the moon watches over them. The moon knows that when we sleep, we dream. And when we dream, we imagine what is possible and what the world can be.



      With dynamic, imaginative art and poetic prose, Goodnight Racism delivers important messages about antiracism, justice, and equality in an easy-to-read format that empowers readers both big and small. Goodnight Racism gives children the language to dream of a better world and is the perfect book to add to their social justice toolkit.
      Bio
      Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. A professor of history and frequent public speaker, Kendi is a contributing writer at the Atlantic. He is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, How to Be an Antiracist, and Antiracist Baby.

      Author Residence: Washington D.C.

      Cbabi (pronounced Kuh-bob-bi) Bayoc is an internationally-known visual artist and illustrator residing in St. Louis, Missouri. His subjects include family, children, music and a bunch of other cool stuff designed with line, bold color and phunk! Cbabi spends his time working on a variety of projects, including portraits, community murals, school murals, and children’s book illustrations. Learn more at his website cbabibayoc.com or follow him on Instagram @cbabi.

      Illustrator Residence: St Louis, MO

      Illustrator Hometown: O’Fallon, IL
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      PRAISE FOR GOODNIGHT RACISM by Ibram X. Kendi and Cbabi Bayoc
      An Amazon Best of the Month for June 2022!


      “[A] lovely goodnight prayer for children.” —San Francisco Book Review

      “An inspiring read to help realize dreams for a better future for all.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “In simple, affirming prose, Kendi’s call is a socially responsible send-off to sweeter dreams.” —Publisher’s Weekly


      PRAISE FOR ANTIRACIST BABY
      #1 New York Times bestseller
      Amazon Editors’ Pick

       
      “Smart, wise, and hopeful, a reminder that children are born without racism, and it’s up to us to keep it that way.” — Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
       
      “[Kendi’s] succinct, impactful prose makes for an accessible guide to anti-racism for everyone.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

      “Boldly outlined, inclusive illustrations by Lukashevsky complement the text by showing a world populated by people of various skin tones, sizes, identities and orientations, religions, and abilities….[A] mindful companion for families striving together toward a more equitable future.” —Publisher’s Weekly

      “Antiracism’s starting point.” —Kirkus Reviews
  • 2
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    9780593111178 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / LGBTQ+ Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $11.99 CAD 5.56 x 8.31 x 0.58 in | 0.46 lb | 224 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Dial Books
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      A National Book Award Finalist



      “A gentle, glowing wonder, full of love and understanding.” –The New York Times Book Review


      It’s the summer before middle school and eleven-year-old Bug’s best friend Moira has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear, learning how to put on makeup, and deciding which boys are cuter in their yearbook photos than in real life. But none of this is all that appealing to Bug, who doesn’t particularly want to spend more time trying to understand how to be a girl. Besides, there’s something more important to worry about: A ghost is haunting Bug’s eerie old house in rural Vermont…and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they’re trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light—Bug is transgender.
      Bio
      Kyle Lukoff is the author of the Stonewall Award winner When Aidan Became a Brother and A Storytelling of Ravens. While becoming a writer, he worked as a bookseller and school librarian. He lives in New York City, and hopes you’re having a nice day.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      National Book Award Finalist 2021, Short-listed
      Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award 2022, Winner
      Reviews
      NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

      “This book is a gentle, glowing wonder, full of love and understanding, full of everything any of us would wish for our children. It will almost certainly be banned in many places, but your child almost certainly needs to read it.” –The New York Times Book Review

      “A tender portrayal of a kid who is just coming to understand who he is.” –TIME


      ★ “This coming-of-age and coming-out story takes a needed departure from other stories about transgender youth….A chilling, suspenseful ghost story balances the intimate, introspective narrative style.…Haunting and healing.” –Kirkus, starred review
       
      ★ “Smart and thought-provoking…. Through Bug’s journey to self-realization and self-acceptance, and the wonderfully nuanced understanding of gender he comes to, Lukoff provides a tender rumination on grief, love, and identity.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

      ★ “Equal parts unsettling, heartwarming, and satisfying…a nuanced and compelling exploration of gender, friendship, and family.” –Booklist, starred review

      ★ “Lukoff’s three primary themes—gender identity, grief, and ghostly hauntings—work in elegant harmony despite the load. Lukoff navigates Bug’s journey of identity and discovery with grace, welcoming…A hopeful examination of grief and gender, and a good ghost story to boot.” –School Library Journal, starred review

      ★ “Lukoff combines gothic horror vibes with a slow-building trans awakening…The spooks and mysteries are an added bonus that sets this narrative apart from similar titles.” — BCCB

      ★ “While gender identity remains prominent throughout, Lukoff also combines pitch-perfect adolescent angst, evolving friendships and spooky encounters to create a welcoming story accessible to young readers of all backgrounds.” — Shelf Awareness

      “When we talk about wanting to see a diverse range of books for kids, this is precisely what we should be thinking of…. Smart. Original. Necessary. ” –Betsy Bird, Fuse8
       
      “Bug’s first-person, present-tense narration gives readers a close look at his sense that things don’t quite fit….and his gradual understanding of why that is.” –The Horn Book

      A much-needed book about the acceptance of a transgender boy who finds the support he needs from his family, his best friend, and eventually his friends at school." –School Library Connection



      Boston Globe Best Book of 2021
      TIME Best Children’s Book of 2021

      Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2021
      New York Public Library Best Book for Kids of 2021
      Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for 2021
      NPR Best Book of 2021  PW Best Book of 2021
      Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2021
      Kirkus Best Book of 2021
      School Library Journal Best Book of 2021
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    We Are Inevitable Gayle Forman
    9780425290811 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $14.99 CAD 5.56 x 8.31 x 0.79 in | 0.61 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:24 Viking Books for Young Readers
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      Description
      “No one writes about love like Gayle Forman. Lose yourself in her passionate mash note to rock music, indie bookstores and best of all, the miracles that can happen when you take chances on other people.” — E. LOCKHART, #1 New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Again Again

      A poignant and uplifting novel about the power of community, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay.


      Aaron Stein used to think books were miracles. But not anymore. Even though he spends his days working in his family’s secondhand bookstore, the only book Aaron can bear to read is one about the demise of the dinosaurs. It’s a predicament he understands all too well, now that his brother and mom are gone and his friends have deserted him, leaving Aaron and his shambolic father alone in a moldering bookstore in a crusty mountain town where no one seems to read anymore.

      So when Aaron sees the opportunity to sell the store, he jumps at it, thinking this is the only way out. But he doesn’t account for Chad, a “best life” bro with a wheelchair and way too much optimism, or the town’s out-of-work lumberjacks taking on the failing shop as their pet project. And he certainly doesn’t anticipate meeting Hannah, a beautiful, brave musician who might possibly be the kind of inevitable he’s been waiting for.

      All of them will help Aaron to come to terms with what he’s lost, what he’s found, who he is, and who he wants to be, and show him that destruction doesn’t inevitably lead to extinction; sometimes it leads to the creation of something entirely new.
      Bio
      Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. Her #1 New York Times bestselling novel If I Stay was adapted into a film starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Gayle is also the author of several other bestselling novels, including Where She Went, I Was Here, the Just One series, I Have Lost My Way, and Leave Me. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
      CONNECT WITH GAYLE:
      Website: GayleForman.com
      Twitter: @GayleForman
      Instagram: @GayleForman
      Facebook: Facebook.com/GayleFormanAuthor
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “No one writes about love like Gayle Forman. Lose yourself in her passionate mash note to rock music, indie bookstores and best of all, the miracles that can happen when you take chances on other people.” — E. Lockhart, #1 New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Again Again
       
      “The fastest way to a girl’s heart is a novel set in a bookstore. I loved We Are Inevitable and its cast of characters (slightly damaged, a little shopworn, but never bargain-basement.) The only flaw: that Bluebird Books doesn’t exist in real life, and I can’t go there to browse.” — Kelly Link, author of Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble and owner of Book Moon bookstore
       
      “We Are Inevitable is one of those magical books that reads almost like a modern day fable. I found myself falling in love with the entire cast of characters, and rooting for Aaron all the way through. At its heart, this is a beautifully rendered reminder of the importance of community at a time when we need it most.” — Len Vlahos, Author of Hard Wired and The Scar Boys and owner of Tattered Cover
       
      “A masterfully layered story about friendship, family, and acceptance with brilliant bursts of Seinfeldian humor zinging throughout. I could’ve stayed up in the Cascades with Aaron and friends for a whole ‘nother book!” – David Yoon, New York Times bestselling author of Frankly in Love and Super Fake Love Song

       
      ”This story hits hard, right in the book lover feels! We Are Inevitable is full of endearing characters, witty dialogue, and a heart-wrenching, thought-provoking plot that will leave readers inspired and itching to get back to the bookstore. I loved it.“ —Christine Riccio, New York Times Bestselling author of Again, but Better
       
      We Are Inevitable is a love letter to bookstores, and a bow to the importance of community.  It is an understanding of the complexity of grief and an uplifting embrace that tells us we can, no, we will survive.  Boy, did I NEED this book – my guess is you do too!”—Heather Hebert, Children’s Book World
       
      We Are Inevitable is both hopeful and honest in its portrayal of grief and the struggle to find your way back to yourself. A testament to the healing power of books, friends, and community.“— Margot Wood, author of Fresh

      *”Both a moving story of growing through grief and an ode to the miracle of books and independent bookstores, Forman’s newest is a sincere and affecting volume.“—Publishers Weekly, starred review

      ”A love letter to bookstores and a deftly drawn portrait of the ripples of addiction."—Kirkus Reviews
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    Brave Every Day Trudy Ludwig, Patrice Barton
    9780593306376 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:June 28, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 8.38 x 10.29 x 0.36 in | 0.75 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Books for Young Readers
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      Description
      From social-emotional learning expert Trudy Ludwig and award-winning picture book illustrator Patrice Barton (co-creators of The Invisible Boy) comes a story about managing anxiety and finding the courage to stand up for yourself and others.

      Most kids love hide-and-seek, but Camila just wants to hide. Hiding is what she does best when she worries, and she worries a LOT.What if…I can’t…I’m scared!
      A class trip to the aquarium causes her worries to pile up like never before. But when an anxious classmate asks for help, Camila discovers that her heart is bigger than her fears.
      From social-emotional learning expert Trudy Ludwig and award-winning illustrator Patrice Barton, this tale of courage and compassion will embolden readers to face their own fears.
      “A sweet and powerful gem of a book sure to help young worriers.” –Dawn Huebner, PhD, author of What to Do When You Worry Too Much


      Story Locale: Contemporary, Any-town, USA
      Bio
      TRUDY LUDWIG is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children’s books that help kids cope with and thrive in their social world, including The Invisible Boy, My Secret Bully and The Power of One. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents at schools and conferences around the US for her passion and compassion in addressing peer aggression and friendship issues. An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Trudy also collaborates with organizations like the Committee for Children and ConnectSafely.org, and has served as content adviser for Sesame Street Workshop. Trudy’s books have won the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award, and the NAPPA Gold Award, and have also been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.

      Visit her at trudyludwig.com
      Follow her on Twitter at @TrudyLudwig

      PATRICE BARTON earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Texas in Austin, where she lives with her husband and son. Her books include The invisible Boy and Quiet Please, Owen McPhee by Trudy Ludwig, as well as I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez and Remarkably You by Pat Zietlow Miller. Her work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators and the International Literacy Association (ILA) among others.
       
      Visit her at Patrice Barton.com
      Follow her on Instagram at @PatriceBarton


      Author Residence: Portland, OR

      PATRICE BARTON earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Texas in Austin, where she lives with her husband and son. Her books include The invisible Boy and Quiet Please, Owen McPhee by Trudy Ludwig, as well as I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez and Remarkably You by Pat Zietlow Miller. Her work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators and the International Literacy Association (ILA) among others.
       
      Visit her at Patrice Barton.com
      Follow her on Instagram at @PatriceBarton


      Illustrator Residence: Austin, TX
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      Awards
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      “A simple and compassionate take on anxiety in the early school years.” —The Bulletin
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    Rez Dogs Joseph Bruchac
    9780593326220 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $10.99 CAD 5.06 x 7.75 x 0.52 in | 0.31 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Dial Books
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      Description
      Renowned author Joseph Bruchac tells a powerful story of a girl who learns more about her Penacook heritage while sheltering in place with her grandparents during the coronavirus pandemic.

      Malian loves spending time with her grandparents at their home on a Wabanaki reservation—she’s there for a visit when, suddenly, all travel shuts down. There’s a new virus making people sick, and Malian will have to stay with her grandparents for the duration.

      Everyone is worried about the pandemic, but Malian knows how to keep her family safe: She protects her grandparents, and they protect her. She doesn’t go out to play with friends, she helps her grandparents use video chat, and she listens to and learns from their stories. And when Malsum, one of the dogs living on the rez, shows up at their door, Malian’s family knows that he’ll protect them too.

      Told in verse inspired by oral storytelling, this novel about the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the ways in which Indigenous nations and communities cared for one another through plagues of the past, and how they keep caring for one another today.

      **Four starred reviews!**

      Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction & Poetry Honor

      NPR Books We Love

      Kirkus Reviews Best Books

      School Library Journal Best Books

      Chicago Public Library Best Fiction for Younger Readers

      Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Finalist

      Nerdy Book Club Award—Best Poetry and Novels in Verse
      Bio
      Joseph Bruchac is an award-winning Abenaki poet, novelist, storyteller, and scholar of indigenous culture. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has written more than 160 books for adults and children, including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Talking Leaves, and Two Roads.

      Author Residence: Greenfield Center, NY
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Jane Addams Children's Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Awards and Praise for Rez Dogs

      Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction & Poetry Honor
      NPR Books We Love
      Kirkus Reviews Best Books
      School Library Journal Best Books 
      Chicago Public Library Best Fiction for Younger Readers 
      Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Finalist
      Nerdy Book Club Award—Best Poetry and Novels in Verse
      NCTE/CLA Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Award

      NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books
      North Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee
      Wisconsin’s Just One More Page Reading List

      ★ “Hidden throughout this moving novel in verse, old stories are discovered like buried treasures.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      ★ “Bruchac intricately interweaves past and present stories…in this rewarding intergenerational narrative.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

      ★ “Deftly handles weighty issues and provides readers a story they can connect with…[A] dose of hope for the future.”—School Library Journal, starred review

      ★ “Story telling is an important part of culture, and Bruchac is a masterful storyteller who weaves culture with narrative."—School Library Connection, starred review

      “With this gentle book, Bruchac offers children another story to expand their worlds and hearts.”—Booklist

      “A gentle book about family and history.”—Betsy Bird for A Fuse #8 Production/SLJ
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    Mummies in the Morning Graphic Novel Mary Pope Osborne, Jenny Laird, Kelly Matthews, Nichole Matthews
    9780593174791 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 On Sale Date:June 28, 2022
    $13.99 CAD 5.56 x 8.31 x 0.45 in | 0.71 lb | 176 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Books for Young Readers
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      Description
      The #1 bestselling chapter book series is now available as graphic novels! Magic. Mystery. Time-travel. Get whisked back to Ancient Egypt with Jack and Annie!

      In the pyramid, a real-life mummy is waiting….The magic tree house has whisked Jack and Annie to ancient Egypt. Inside a pyramid, Jack and Annie find a long-dead queen who needs their help solving a centuries-old riddle. If only they can find their way through the pyramid’s maze!

      For the first time in graphic novel—live the adventure again with new full-color vibrant art that brings the magic to life!


      Story Locale: Ancient Egypt

      Series Overview: Magic Tree House Graphic Novel Pub Plan:

      Summer 21: Dinosaurs Before Dark Graphic Novel

      Fall 21: The Knight at Dawn Graphic Novel

      Summer 22: Mummies in the Morning Graphic Novel

      Fall 22: Pirates Past Noon Graphic Novel

      …and more to come in 2023!
      Bio
      MARY POPE OSBORNE is the author of the New York Times #1 bestselling Magic Tree House series as well as coauthor of the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series, along with her husband, Will, and her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce. 

      JENNY LAIRD is an award-winning playwright and has been named as one of the Top 10 Playwrights in Chicago. She collaborates with Will Osborne and Randy Courts on a collection of theatre adaptations of Mary Pope Osborne’s The Magic Tree House series. Together they have created nearly a dozen musicals and plays, many of which are part of Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior and Kids Collections. The team is currently working on a Magic Tree House animated television series.

      KELLY and NICHOLE MATTHEWS are twin sisters, and a comic art team, living just north of the Emerald City under the watchful eyes of their cats and dog. They get to do their dream job every day drawing comics for a living (when they’re not playing video games). They’ve worked for Boom Studios!, Archaia, the Jim Henson Company, Hiveworks and now Random House! Follow them on Instagram @kickingsh0es and Twitter @kickingshoes


      Author Residence: Great Barrington, MA

      KELLY and NICHOLE MATTHEWS are twin sisters, and a comic art team, living just north of the Emerald City under the watchful eyes of their cats and dog. They get to do their dream job every day drawing comics for a living (when they're not playing video games). They've worked for Boom Studios!, Archaia, the Jim Henson Company, Hiveworks and now Random House! Follow them on Instagram @kickingsh0es and Twitter @kickingshoes

      Illustrator Residence: Seattle, WA
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    Beasts of Prey Ayana Gray
    9780593405703 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 On Sale Date:June 28, 2022
    $17.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.44 in | 1.05 lb | 528 pages Carton Quantity:24 G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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      Description
      In this blockbuster fantasy series, perfect for fans of Firekeeper’s Daughter and Iron Widow, fate binds two Black teenagers together as they journey into a magical jungle to hunt down a vicious monster. Now in paperback!

      An Instant New York Times and Indie Bestseller


      There’s no such thing as magic in the broken city of Lkossa, especially for sixteen-year-old Koffi, who indentured to the notorious Night Zoo, knows the fearsome creatures in her care and paying off her family’s debts to secure their eventual freedom can be her only focus. But the night those she loves are gravely threatened by the Zoo’s cruel master, Koffi unleashes a power she doesn’t fully understand, upending her life completely.

      As the second son of a decorated hero, Ekon is all but destined to become a Son of the Six—an elite warrior—and uphold a family legacy. But on the night of his final rite of passage, Ekon encounters not only the Shetani—a vicious monster that has plagued the city for nearly a century and stalks his nightmares—but Koffi who seems to have the power to ward off the beast. Koffi’s power ultimately saves Ekon, but his choice to let her flee dooms his hopes of becoming a warrior.

      Desperate to redeem himself, Ekon vows to hunt the Shetani and end its reign of terror, but he can’t do it alone. Koffi and Ekon form a tentative alliance and together enter the Greater Jungle, a world steeped in wild, frightening magic and untold dangers. The hunt begins. But it quickly becomes unclear whether they are the hunters or the hunted.

      Bio
      Ayana Gray is a New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy author and a lover of all things monsters, mythos, and magic. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she reads avidly, follows Formula One racing, and worries over the varying moods of her adopted baby black rhino, Apollo, and her mini goldendoodle, Dolly. Her debut novel, Beasts of Prey, is being adapted for feature film.

      Author Residence: Little Rock, AR
      Marketing & Promotion
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      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for Beasts of Prey:
      An Instant New York Times Bestseller
      An Indie Bestseller
      A 2022 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
      A 2022 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick

      A 2021 Kirkus Best Book
      A 2021 New York Public Library Best Book Pick
      A 2021 Chicago Public Library Best Book Pick
      A 2021 Tor.com Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Best Book Pick
      A 2021 Parade Best YA Book Pick
      A 2021 Black Caucus American Library Association Best of the Best Booklist Pick

      An Apple Best Book of the Month Pick – October 2021

      An Amazon Best Book of the Month – October 2021
      An Indie Next Pick

      Rich and powerful.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

      “The hunt for your next YA fantasy book trilogy obsession has ended.” —Entertainment Weekly

      “A propulsive mystery mixed with a moving coming-of-age tale and a touch of romance, Beasts of Prey asks: When we go into the jungle, who will we be when we come out?” —The New York Times Book Review

      “A new epic fantasy series.” —POPSUGAR

      “Step into the lush, magical jungles of your new young-adult fantasy obsession…Much more than just your standard hero’s journey, Beasts of Prey is a story of courage, friendship, and community that’s as inspiring as it is exciting.” —Apple Books Review

      ★ “This pan-African story, rife with betrayal and narrated through poetic language that evokes vivid imagery, will ensnare readers, keeping them engaged with its energetic pace. The beautiful blend of mythology, romance, and action ends with a hint at more to come… A dazzling debut.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      ★ “Gray’s debut is a thrilling series opener with twists and turns that will delight. Hints about more expansive world building to come will entice readers to pick up future volumes in this must-buy for fantasy enthusiasts.” —Booklist, starred review

      ★ “With its memorable characters, and a lush, expansive world, Gray’s debut is an action-packed adventure that will tug at hearts and keep teens glued to the page, yearning for more. Essential for all collections.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      Rich in magic and mythos, Beasts of Prey is a feast for all the senses. Prepare to be transported to Koffi’s world from the first page and find yourself lost not only in the dark thrill of the hunt but the poignant beats of emotion at the heart of this story. Gray’s writing is lyrical, her imagery vivid. I eagerly await whatever she pens next.” —Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Beautiful

      A fast-paced, rip-roaring ride that grabs you by the throat and never lets you go. A masterpiece of magic.” —Namina Forna, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones

      Epic doesn’t begin to encompass the jolting twists, sparkling mythos, and magical quests that fill the pages of Beasts of Prey. This is the sort of read that’s beyond transportive; it’s downright transcending—a tale full of heart and magic, and sure to ensorcell readers’ body, bone, and soul.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves

      “In this wildly original debut, Gray marries the lush imaginative wonder of African mythology with an action-packed tale of two teens on the opposite ends of fate, figuring out what’s truly worth fighting for. Swoony, twisty, action-packed, Beasts of Prey is as epic as it is unforgettable.” —J. Elle, New York Times bestselling author of Wings of Ebony

      A delight. I rarely fall in love with characters as quickly as I did with Koffi and Ekon. Gray masterfully balances the wonder and uncertainty of youth with a deftly, fully imagined world that I was dying to learn more about.” —S. A. Chakraborty, author of the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling The Daevabad Trilogy
       
      “Ayana Gray’s wonder-filled world of mythos and monsters and magic comes to life in the ensnaring, enchanting Greater Jungle. An unputdownable tale that unfolds in a maze of twists and turns, driven by the crackling wit of two protagonists on a quest to vanquish the beasts of their present and past.” —Amélie Wen Zhao, author of the Blood Heir trilogy

      A magical, bingeable debut by a phenomenal new voice in YA. Beasts of Prey is an immersive and heartfelt book with characters whose personalities seep from the pages. From its beautiful prose to its rich and vibrant world, this book is your next favorite read.” —Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth

      Steeped in rich worldbuilding and resonating with keenly drawn emotional depth, Beasts of Prey features masterful twists, heart-pounding action, and unforgettable characters you will want to follow to the end of the world and back. I grew lost in this book from the very first page." —Margaret Rogerson, bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns

      “Gray’s pan-African fantasy is filled with monsters, mythos, and Black girl magic. Her characters are well developed, and the plot is filled with African lore, expanded upon in an extensive author’s note. Fans of Forna’s The Gilded Ones and Ifueko’s Raybearer will enjoy this engrossing debut novel.” —The Horn Book

      “The protagonists achieve a rich emotional depth complemented by the fast-paced action, and a light romantic element lends the plot additional support…imaginative debut.” —Publishers Weekly

      One of the hottest young-adult books…It’s a thrill-packed premise that Gray elevates with crisp prose, surefooted pacing, and detail-rich worldbuilding. She weaves the markers of daily life, history and culture into scenes that crackle, painting her characters’ existence for her readers as clearly as she depicts physical action and emotional depth. It’s undeniably powerful storytelling.” —Book & Film Globe

      A great quest full of blood and betrayal.” —Tor.com
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    KINDergarten Where Kindness Matters Every Day Vera Ahiyya, Joey Chou
    9780593484623 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:June 21, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 11.31 x 10.25 x 0.4 in | 1.11 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Studio
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      Description
      Written by kindergarten teacher and Instagram influencer affectionately known as the Tutu Teacher, comes a picture book about a class that creates a kindness pledge to ensure that their class is the kindest it can possibly be.

      It’s the first day of Kindergarten and Leo isn’t at all ready. Leo is a quiet kid and would prefer to stay home. Over the summer, his new teacher, Ms. Perry sent a letter asking her students to think about how to show kindness in school. She explained that they would be making a kindness pledge, and each student should bring one way to show kindness on the first day.
       
      As it turns out, Leo’s classmates have lots of ideas about kindness: like raising your hand, never leaving anyone out, and apologizing if you hurt someone’s feelings. At the end of the first day, Ms. Perry asks if anyone witnessed something they’d like her to add to the kindness pledge? Lots of hands shoot up in the air. Several classmates say they noticed Leo returning crayons to the box, holding the door for everyone, and helping a friend who fell. Leo smiles as he realizes he really does know a lot about kindness after all. 
       
      A story reassuringly told by Vera Ahiyya and brought to exuberant life by illustrator Joey Chou, this story about a classroom coming together to make a kindergarten into a KINDergarten is sure to calm the nerves—and offer inspiration—to new kindergartners and the adults in their lives.
      Bio
      Vera Ahiyya has taught Kindergarten and first grade for the last 15 years in Austin, Boston, and Brooklyn. Vera’s online presence is dedicated to influencing other educators by spreading her vast knowledge and love of diverse children’s books. Vera’s unwavering commitment to social justice and diversity is also the focal point of her professional development presentations for other educators. Vera lives in Brooklyn with her husband Lonnell and her dog, Mozi.

      Joey Chou is an animation artist and children’s book illustrator. He has illustrated the Little Golden Books I’m a Reindeer, ’m a Ballerina, I’m a Unicorn, I’m a Dragon, and I’m a Narwhal.
      illustrator site: joeyart.com Instagram: choochoojoey


      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

      JOEY CHOU is an animation artist and children's book illustrator. He has illustrated the Little Golden Books I'm a Reindeer, 'm a Ballerina, I'm a Unicorn, I'm a Dragon, and I'm a Narwhal.
      illustrator site: joeyart.com Instagram: choochoojoey
       


      Illustrator Residence: Los Angeles
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      ★ “Ahiyya tunes into her upbeat, proactively compassionate vibe in this story of an introverted kindergartner tenderly guided through an uncertain first day by a teacher devoted to the power of kindness.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “Will help alleviate fears and start kids thinking about ways to create their own KINDergartens.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “A wonderful book to read aloud on the first day of kindergarten so classes could create their own kindness pledge.” —School Library Journal
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    How Does a Tadpole Grow? Life Cycles with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle, Eric Carle
    9780593386255 Board book JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) to P On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $6.99 CAD 5 x 5 x 0.69 in | 0.38 lb | 10 pages Carton Quantity:84 Canadian Rights: Y World of Eric Carle
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      Description
      Learn how a tadpole becomes a frog with Eric Carle’s classic artwork and The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

      In this nonfiction story, young readers explore the transformation of a tadpole into a frog. The miracles of nature come to life in this early-learning series centered around life cycles, featuring simple text and Eric Carle’s classic illustrations!
      Bio
      Eric Carle was the legendary and bestselling creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and over 70 other classic books for very young children. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold over 50 million copies, and been translated into 70 languages. Eric Carle was honored many times for his work, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association and the NEA Foundation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education, among many other national and international awards. In 2002, Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, co-founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. Eric Carle passed away in 2021, at the age of 91.

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        Marketing: National media campaign

        Online, social media and newsletter promotion

        Consumer Advertising

        Feature at School and Library conferences/virtual events

        On-going promotional and programmatic partnership activity

        Seasonal downloadable activities available

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    The World Needs More Purple Schools Kristen Bell, Benjamin Hart, Daniel Wiseman
    9780593434901 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:June 21, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 10.44 x 10.31 x 0.4 in | 1.02 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Books for Young Readers
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      Description
      INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • It’s back to school with Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart! Learn how to paint your school purple with this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller The World Needs More Purple People.

      Penny Purple taught us how to be a purple person. A person who finds common ground with others while celebrating what makes them unique! Now Penny and her pals will put their purple skills into action in their very favorite place—their classroom! How do you make a purple school?  It will take curiosity, sharing, hard work, and lots of laughs!


      Series Overview: Summer 2020—The World Needs More Purple People 

      Fall 2021—My Purple Puppy (SiR Level 2)

      Spring 2022—My Purple Bike (SiR Level 2)

      Summer 2022—Purple Picture Book #2
      Bio
      Kristen Bell is an American actress and producer who has starred in such films as Frozen, Bad Moms, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, as well as the television series The Good Place and Veronica Mars. She has been a guest editor for Parents magazine and has been featured in parenting articles on platforms like Motherly, Real Simple, Babble, and more. She also produces and stars in the web series Momsplaining for EllenTube.

      Benjamin Hart is a multidisciplinary designer and creative director. He is currently a principal partner and the co-president of Brains on Fire, a creative agency that specializes in building communities and sparking social movements through the power of identity and narrative. Benjamin has worked on numerous projects and campaigns focused on early childhood development and education.

      Together the duo also helped launch a new baby company in 2019 called Hello Bello, which provides families with access to premium and more natural products at affordable prices.

      Daniel Wiseman is an illustrator of children’s literature. He’s drawn pictures for several published works including My Brother the Duck by Pat Zietlow Miller, the Baby Scientist series by Laura Gehl, among many others. Previously he was the co-founder and creative director of Pixel Press, a technology company who created the Bloxels Video Game Building software. A platform dedicated to teaching children the design process through game creation. Daniel, along with his talented wife Elizabeth, raise two sons in their little cabin in the East Tennessee woods.


      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

      Daniel Wiseman is an illustrator of children's literature. He's drawn pictures for several published works including My Brother the Duck by Pat Zietlow Miller, the Baby Scientist series by Laura Gehl, among many others. Previously he was the co-founder and creative director of Pixel Press, a technology company who created the Bloxels Video Game Building software. A platform dedicated to teaching children the design process through game creation. Daniel, along with his talented wife Elizabeth, raise two sons in their little cabin in the East Tennessee woods.
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