Archives for January 23, 2024

Books of the Week Round-Up!

TODAY onsale 1/30/24

 TODAY written by Gabi Snyder and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin is a welcoming and joyful picture book that reminds us every moment can hold many surprises and to look for the wonder in every day (on sale 1/30/24).

Today may seem long before leaving for a summer vacation or short during the time away. The moments that make up the day are filled with surprises, joy, fun, and memories. This book guides young readers to keep their eyes and ears open so the day doesn’t slip by. With informative backmatter about mindfulness and exercises to focus on the moment, TODAY is the perfect book for parents and educators to encourage quiet time and mindfulness.


Gabi Snyder is the author of several picture books, including Two Dogs on a TrikeListenToday,and Look. She studied psychology at the University of Washington and creative writing at The University of Texas and is a member of SCBWI. When she’s not writing, she loves taking nature walks, visiting Little Free Libraries, and baking sweet treats. She lives in Oregon with her family. Learn more at


Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio; Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins; Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon; Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox; and Listen by Gabi Snyder. She earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her at

SHE KEPT DANCING by Syndey Mesher & Catherine Laudone; illustrated by Natelle Quek (on-sale October 31, 2023, Feiwel & Friends, Ages 4-8): This warm and inviting picture book, cowritten with Catherine Laudone and brightly illustrated by Natelle Quek, takes young readers along on Sydney’s journey—through the joyous ups as well as the crushing downs—and tells the story of how through it all, she kept dancing.

TO DOGS, WITH LOVE by Maria Gianferrari; illustrated by Ishaa Lobo (on-sale December 5, 2023, Roaring Brook Press, Ages 3-6): Give thanks to every human’s best friend, in this sweet and inclusive ode to dogs of all kinds – with an emphasis on service dogs – written by animal expert Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Ishaa Lobo.

Six New Tie-in Editions for Nickelodeon’s Transformers: Earthspark TV Series.

Simon & Schuster released SIX new tie-in editions for Nickelodeon’s brand-new series TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK. This exciting new TV series is for kids 6-11 and premiered in Fall 2022. The tie-in titles, were released in July and August, feature an official guidebooks, an 8×8 picture book, two Level 2 Ready-to-Read books, and two chapter books.

This show will captivate die-hard Transformers fans and kids just coming to the franchise. It features iconic legacy Transformers, such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron as well as introducing all-new characters—the human family, the Maltos, and a new species Transformers—the first ever to be born on Earth!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to feature in this book round-up. Cover images were also provided.