Posted in Intermediate, Middle Grade, Non-fiction, Non-Fiction

Welcome to MY World: Weird But True! New York City

Weird But True! New York City, by National Geographic Kids, (Sept. 2021, National Geographic Kids), $8.99, ISBN: 9781426372322

Ages 8-10

Finally! NatGeo Kids has put together a Weird But True! collection of facts and photos of my backyard. Welcome to New York City, all! You know the Weird But True/Weird Facts drill, so let’s get to it. I love all the New York history the editors at NatGeo Kids have put in there, including hilarious poop facts for all (when there were horse and buggies were the main mode of transportation, street cleaners cleaned about 500 tons of manure off the streets every day. Enjoy that). I LOVE all the love for my home borough, Queens! Our Queens Museum is home of the New York Panorama and we’ve got the Unisphere in Corona Flushing Meadow Park! There are a wealth of library facts in here, which makes me happy (but hey… there are more library systems than just NYPL, which, admittedly, does have the original Winnie the Pooh toys and a giant reading room). And you know what else New York has? DINOSAURS. Our American Museum of Natural History is where the first installment of the Night at the Museum movies takes place (which figures into one of the facts in Weird But True NY).

Full of fun facts and gorgeous photos, fully indexed, and just a fun read, Weird But True! New York City is the next book you want to have in your NatGeo Kids collection (and New York librarians: this BEGS for a New York Bingo kind of program, which you can totally do virtually).

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pull some cool Queens Public Library facts together to send to the good folks at Nat Geo Kids for their updated edition…

Posted in Conferences & Events

BookExpo 2019: That’s a wrap!

BookExpo is my Super Bowl. Every year, I look forward to it: I print out dozens of pages of ARC giveaways and author/illustrator signings, and make sure to wear my comfiest Doc Martens to hit the Javits Center.

The festivities started off with the Library Reads author dinner – this one was for adult books (as in grownup books), and the list of authors was amazing: literary powerhouses Colson Whitehead and Jacqueline Woodson, TV writer and producer Gary Janetti (shoutout to my fellow Vicious fans out there!), Annalee Newitz, founder of one of my favorite SFF sites, i09, E.R. Ramzipoor, whose novel, The Ventriloquists, has shot to the top of my TBR, and Nefertiti Austin, who blew me away just reading the summary of her new book, Motherhood So White.

So my TBR continues to grow…

Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America, by Nefertiti Austin

Do You Mind if I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me), by Gary Janetti

The Future of Another Timeline, by Annalee Newitz

The Ventriloquists, by E.R. Ramzipoor

The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead

Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson

 

I was Instagramming and Tweeting from BookExpo, so if you want to see all of the pics, that’s where to go. Some highlights here:

 NOS4A2 creeping the bejesus out of me as I walked into Javits

The Javits Center welcoming all book lovers and geeks home

 

Meeting Dav Pilkey and telling him how much  my kiddo loves Dog Man, plus getting a signed Dog Man strip for said kiddo.

 

 Dog Man, Cat Kid, and enough Petes to make for a groovy storytime!

 

More to come when I’ve had a chance to start wandering through my BookExpo goodness and start blogging it!