Spring Sesame Street ® Roundup

Sesame Street ® has always been a place of friendship and love. As we round out a full year of pandemic living, give young readers encouragement and self-care advice with everlasting friends like Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster. This spring’s Sesame Street title lists include new activities, healthy habits, and good character practices. Read on to find out more!

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The Floating Field: Interviews with Scott Riley and KAA Illustration

The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field follows the inspiring true story of Prasit Hemmin and his friends as they find a way to play soccer on Koh Panyee, Thailand. Because their home didn’t have enough open space for them to play on, the teen boys could play only twice a month when the tide was low enough for a sandbar to serve as a field.

Inspired by the 1986 World Cup, Prasit and his friends built their own floating soccer field, unlike any other playing surface in the world. Their field’s quirks prompted some unusual rules—anyone who kicked the ball out of bounds had to jump into the ocean to retrieve it—but they also helped the players develop exceptional footwork. This celebration of ingenuity and determination is perfect for fans of stories about sports, beating seemingly impossible odds, and places and cultures not often shown in picture books.

Debut author Scott Riley and illustrators Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien join us to day to answer some questions about their inspiration and creative process!

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Expository Literature Nonfiction Hotlist

Expository literature is a form of nonfiction that uses a strong voice and rich, engaging language to creatively share information about a focused topic. It usually demonstrates carefully chosen text and an innovative presentation. Here’s an overview of expository literature, and a look at some of our best-selling expository literature titles!

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Social and Emotional Learning roundup

By Tom Czech

With Spring rolling in and the weather warming up, we better start discussing social and emotional learning before the kids (safely, of course) fill the playgrounds back up! How can we, as adults, show the youth around us the importance of friendship, kindness, and acceptance? These themes are fundamental to our daily interactions and it’s up to us to make sure that the children in our lives understand how to navigate the nuances of human interaction.

In this post, I outline our already released titles as well as some upcoming titles that fit the social emotional mold. Included are fiction, nonfiction, picture book, middle grade, and young adult titles that all aim to make the world better, and make us better as individuals; and they’re all so much fun!

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