Can you trust author blurbs on books? A first library for children. We recommend The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe and My Pet Book by Bob Staake.
A Bit About Blurbs
Alexa from Illinois asks about quotes from authors that are featured on books. Are the authors that provide the blurb paid for it, friends with the author? Are those quotes genuine? There are exceptions to every rule, but authors are not paid to blurb books, but there is often a connection between the book or author and the blurbing author: they may be friends, they may share an editor or an agent who shares the book with them. Often at a publisher sales conference, people will brainstorm which author’s readers a new book will appeal to. The publisher will then reach out to that author. So, we believe you can trust blurbs, but they are not always as serendipitous as some might think.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, narrated by Cassandra Campbell, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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A New Meaning for “Modern First” (11:43)
BookPeople, in Austin, TX has announced their Modern First Library program: a selection of both well-known and less well-known books that make for a perfect first library for children. The books are also chosen to represent the diversity of children and families around the world. Books are broken up into smaller sets but can be ordered individually. The selections are wonderful and feature many books I’ve never heard of, but can’t wait to check out. Here’s my list of a few books that I think would make wonderful additions to any child’s first library:
- First Book of Sushi by Amy Wilson Sanger (part of the World Snacks series)
- The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
- Halibut Jackson by David Lucas
Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (22:20)
Ann recommends The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe, the story of friendship between Lorrie Ann and Mia. It’s a book that never went where Ann expected it to. This book gets her highest recommendation.
Bob Staake is my family’s favorite author/illustrator of children’s books, and his new book, My Pet Book, is no exception. The main character chooses “a frisky red hardcover” from the bookstore, and takes wonderful care of his new pet, until, one day, it disappears. Fun for kids, and book lovers, of all ages!