Promise You’ll Write? A Picture Book for Young Friends Facing Separation

Cindy: It’s hard when best friends move away. The title page spread of Herman’s Letter (2014), by Tom Percival, has a messy pile of photos and ticket stubs from all of the fun that this bear and raccoon have had together over the years. When Henry the raccoon has to move away, the friends are “devastated but they promised to write to each other and to stay best friends forever.”

Gone Crazy in Alabama.

Williams-Garcia, Rita (author).
Apr. 2015. 304p. Amistad, hardcover, $16.99 (9780062215871). Grades 5-8.
REVIEW. First published February 1, 2015 (Booklist).

Readers of One Crazy Summer (2010) and P.S. Be Eleven (2013) have spent quality time with the Gaither sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, in both Brooklyn and Oakland. Now, in this final installment of the trilogy, the girls are Alabama-bound to visit with grandmother Big Ma and the rest of the kin.

Is Your Book Group Stuck in a One-Book Rut? Try a Multiple-Book Discussion

One book or many? It’s a question I debate with my colleague Andrew Smith, who leads one-book discussion groups at Williamsburg Library. I prefer themed book groups that bring multiple books to the table for each meeting. Ultimately, either solution can be effective. Sue Dittmar, a wonderful librarian from St.

Publishing U: What Is a Query Letter — and How Do I Write Mine?

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the second post of our Publishing U series, agent Suzie Townsend offers her take on a commonly asked question—and her client, Alexis Bass, explains how she wrote the query that caught her agent’s eye.