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Gobs of great stuff going on… 

Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? Footprints at the Shore (Sleeping Bear) is a fun ecology-detective look at various “feet” found at the seaside and the creatures they belong to, with whimsical illustrations by Steliyana Donoyeva. Kirkus’s thumbs-up describes, "In spare, mostly rhyming verses, the text introduces 'sandy feet' and 'digging feet' and 'wading feet' alongside small creatures as the children encounter them on the beach. [Art] features motion—spraying water and creatures in action, with hints on each spread of the creature to be featured on the next.... More substantive than some beach-themed books, this one is engaging.” Let the seaside footprint explorations begin!

• Enter to win a free copy at Goodreads! • Giveaway ends July 16, 2021 (US only).

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Holy Squawkamole! Little Red Hen Makes Guacamole (Sterling) is a tasty take on the classic tale with a deliciously spicy twist, with adorable artwork by Laura González. Booklist says, "González's soft, bright illustrations feature pleasantly rounded creatures with expressive faces, and throughout Wood seamlessly integrates the unitalicized Spanish terms, which are all clear, thanks to contextual clues as well as a glossary. Other backmatter includes fun facts about the history of guacamole and a variety of recipes, including gallinita roja’s,” or Little Red Hen’s. Yum! I’m hungry for guac just thinking about it—how about you? Check out the book’s website for kid-friendly info, activities, recipes, and more!

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Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted is the first-ever picture book biography of this trailblazer, the first woman senator of Massachusetts and a 2020 presidential candidate! Elizabeth’s girlhood experience with financial insecurity turned her into a champion of the poor and middle class, and her fighting spirit helped her overcome obstacles throughout her life by insisting, resisting, and persisting. Pictures by the amazing illustrator Sarah Green; published by Abrams

The New York Times Book Review said of Elizabeth Warren, “Young readers will benefit from seeing little Elizabeth growing up in Oklahoma as her parents struggle financially….The book’s subtitle—“Nevertheless, She Persisted”—is satisfying….Delight[ful] to see the words on the cover of this biography, underneath Sarah Green’s quirky illustration of Warren, the woman who’d been told essentially to shut up, in a bold blue suit, finger raised to make a point, standing at a lectern.” More at my blog!

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American Gothic: The Life of Grant Wood is my book about the Iowa artist best known for arguably the most iconic American painting of all time—you know, the one with the pitchfork! So much fun to research and write, beautifully illustrated by Ross MacDonald, and published by the art-book specialists at Abrams. Ross and I are grateful for all the stellar reviews— literally in the case of an extra-special *STARRED* review from Publishers Weekly, which called American Gothic "an inspiring study of an artist who learned to find beauty, truth, and inspiration in the people and landscape of his home.” 

Learn more at AmericanGothicBook.com, where you’ll find video, activities, lesson plans, and more!

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Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist, about Mexican musician, bandleader, and stereo sound pioneer Juan Garcia Esquivel, won some pretty nice awards recently (be sure to check out my blog to catch up on the details). Esquivel created whimsical, wonderful music that's totally out of this world, and wildly talented artist Duncan Tonatiuh illustrated the book using his fun, fabulous style based on ancient Mexican art. Esquivel! is available in both English and Spanish editions, brought to you by the fine folks at Charlesbridge Publishing. It’s a Belpré Honor Book, ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Junior Library Guild Selection, and has racked up some lovely raves, including School Library Journal’s coveted starred review and inclusion on its Top Ten Latinx Books list. 

You can learn more about Esquivel!, sample his crazy-cool sound, and find an educator’s guide in both English and Spanish at EsquivelBook.com!

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And don’t forget The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale—it’s so much fun! Check this out: In a daring experiment just after World War II, an Idaho wildlife conservation team relocated via airdrop (!) seventy-six live beavers. One beaver, playfully named Geronimo, endured countless practice drops, seeming to enjoy the skydives, and led the way as all the rodents parachuted into their new home. Can you believe it? Readers and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy Geronimo’s true story! Artist and naturalist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, who lives on a 40-acre farm/wildlife refuge in Michigan, illustrated the tale—even traveling to Idaho to get the paintings just right.

Published by Sleeping Bear PressThe Skydiving Beavers is “a true ’tail’ with a happy ending,” according to Kirkus Reviews and was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the Children’s Book Council/National Council for the Social Studies.

Visit SkydivingBeavers.com to learn more about beavers and wildlife conservation and find recently discovered video of the airdrop, plus activities, fun facts, and more! 

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© Susan Wood 2021