Posts Tagged: Dan Gutman
Who’s ready for September? No one yet? That’s alright. We still have plenty of summer left. Whenever you’re ready, though, we want to help you start the school year off right with a little bit of inspiration. There are so many great back-to-school books out there that it’s difficult to choose just a few, but here’s a small sampling of some of our favorites!
This follow-up to “Weird Al” Yankovic’s bestselling debut picture book WHEN I GROW UP will get your students (and you, too) laughing out loud. The irrepressible Billy returns in this hilarious back-to-school tale filled with wordplay and energetic rhyme.
How could you not love Amelia Bedelia and her charmingly mixed-up view of the world? We bet you can guess what happens when Amelia Bedelia is told on her first day of school to “hop on the bus.” And it only gets funnier from there! You can visit www.ameliabedeliabooks.com for all kinds of fun downloadable activities and teaching resources.
Kids will love this clever spin on a starting-school story by Jane O’Connor (yes, THAT Jane O’Connor, author of the beloved Fancy Nancy books!). First published in 1990 and just released with adorable new illustrations by debut illustrator Bella Sinclair, this is a perfect book for any kid who might be a little nervous about heading off to school for the first time.
Kevin Henkes’s newest novel, due out September 17, is a humorous, heartwarming school and family story for young middle-grade readers. Kids will see a lot of themselves in Billy Miller, whose second-grade year includes such universal experiences as homework (dioramas!), school shows (original poetry performed at microphones!), canceled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. Visit www.kevinhenkes.com for more information, teaching guides, and more!
Are your students hungry for more of Dan Gutman’s wacky My Weird School stories? Book #8 in the My Weirder School series, DR. NICHOLAS IS RIDICULOUS!, is the most recent installment, and you can look for book #9, MS. SUE HAS NO CLUE! this October. Don’t forget, you can always head over to the My Weird Classroom Club website for all kinds of great teaching resources, including downloadables, for all of the My Weird School books!
Coming soon: Back-to-school books for older readers . . . stay tuned!
I know, it seems crazy to talk about the holiday season already. But this is also the point where we start putting in book orders for the latest titles and replacing old books as well. So let’s jump in and talk about some of the newest books for the holiday season:
A CHRISTMAS GOODNIGHT by Nola Buck, illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright (On-sale now). In its starred review, Publishers Weekly said that this book “serves special status, to be kept off-season with other holiday decorations and then brought out each year at Christmas.”
THE LITTLEST EVERGREEN by Henry Cole (On-sale now). School Library Journal calls this “a fine Christmas choice with an environmental message.”
Need to replace books in your collection? Here are some possible titles that you may need to re-order:
- AMELIA BEDELIA TALKS TURKEY by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Lynn Sweat (An I Can Read book). Download the teaching guide.
- THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara Robinson
- A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Brett Helquist (Picture book edition)
- CHRISTMAS COOKIES by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jane Dyer
- DANCE, SING, REMEMBER: A CELEBRATION OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Ora Eitan
- FLETCHER AND THE SNOWFLAKE CHRISTMAS by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
- HANUKKAH LIGHTS: HOLIDAY POETRY by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Melanie Hall
- IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES: A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
- IT’S CHRISTMAS by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Marilyn Hafner (An I Can Read book)
- LI’L RABBIT’S KWANZAA by Donna Washington, illustrated by Shane Evans
- THE LUMP OF COAL by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Brett Helquist
- MERRY CHRISTMAS, AMELIA BEDELIA by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Lynn Sweat (An I Can Read book)
- MERRY CHRISTMAS, SPLAT by Rob Scotton (Download the activity sheet)
- MERRY NAVIDAD! by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, illustrated by Vivi Escriva
- MERRY UN-CHRISTMAS by Mike Reiss, illustrated by David Catrow
- MY WEIRD SCHOOL #14: MISS HOLLY IS TOO JOLLY! by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot (Download the teaching guide)
- THE NUTCRACKER by Susan Jeffers
- STANLEY’S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE by Jeff Brown, illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
- THANKSGIVING IS HERE by Diane Goode
- THIS IS THE FEAST by Diane Z. Shore, illustrated by Megan Lloyd
Dan Gutman! When he first sent this photo, it sent us into gales of laughter:
Want in on the fun and laughs? Sign up for the My Weird Classroom Club for lesson plans, discussion questions, and more!
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Veronica Roth (DIVERGENT)
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kadir Nelson (HEART AND SOUL posters)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Katherine Hannigan (TRUE…(SORT OF))
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Patrick Carman (DARK EDEN galleys)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Katherine Paterson (BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Dan Gutman (THE GENIUS FILES: MISSION UNSTOPPABLE)
SUNDAY, JUNE 26
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Bob Shea (I’M A SHARK)
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Christopher Myers (WE ARE AMERICA)
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Rita Williams-Garcia (Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Winner for ONE CRAZY SUMMER)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Mo Willems (HOORAY FOR AMANDA & HER ALLIGATOR!)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lemony Snicket (13 WORDS)
MONDAY, JUNE 27
10:30 am – 11:00 am
April Pulley Sayre (IF YOU’RE HOPPY)
All these superstars…and there’s more! On Monday, June 27 at 11:00 am, we invite you to SHEL-ebrate with us in our booth because Shel Silverstein’s new poetry collection will be available on September 20th this year. Stop by for a cupcake, a sneak peek at the upcoming book EVERY THING ON IT, and a poster!
See you in New Orleans!
We’ve just returned from the IRA conference in sunny Orlando! We’re still getting our feet back under us and assure you that we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled programming soon. In the meantime, though, here are a couple of highlights from our booth at the conference:
Happy 15th Birthday to the adorable Biscuit!
Attendees received a free My Weird School book when they signed up for Dan Gutman’s My Weird Classroom Club.
Thanks to all the teachers, librarians, and media specialists who made the IRA conference such a great time!
More pictures coming soon…
Hey, the most amazing thing in the history of the world just happened. But I’m not going to tell you what it is. So nah nah nah boo boo on you.
Okay, okay, I’ll tell you.
I had to wait a million hundred years, but HarperCollins just started the My Weird Classroom Club! It’s a club for classrooms, and it’s about My Weird School, so it has the perfect name.
My Weird Classroom Club is full of teaching guides, activity sheets, puzzles, games, comics, checklists, cards, Mad Libs, and other awesome stuff you can use in your classroom to get your kids excited about reading.*
“WOW!” (that’s “MOM” upside down) This is the greatest day of my life. If you ask me, HarperCollins should get the No Bell Prize. That’s a prize they give out to people who don’t have bells.
The My Weird Classroom Club is cool. So don’t be a dumbhead. Go to www.myweirdclassroomclub.com today and see it live and in person.
If you don’t, I’ll be so upset that I’ll have to go to Antarctica and live with the penguins.
*It’s gonna sell a lot of books too! What a scam!
You know Dan Gutman’s books, of course. He’s the author of the wildly popular My Weird School series and its offshoots, as well as The Baseball Card Adventures series as well. When I was a librarian, we couldn’t keep these series on the shelves so I was thrilled when I heard about…
It’s Dan’s new series and the first book is THE GENIUS FILES: MISSION UNSTOPPABLE, which is available now. The second book in the series, THE GENIUS FILES: NEVER SAY GENIUS is on-sale in January 2012. Check out the book trailer:
Booklist says that “thrill seekers and Gutman fans alike will welcome the opening installment of the Genius Files series.” Here are some other links to check out:
- Washington Post interview with Dan Gutman
- Pink Me’s awesome review where she says, “I love books like this – a funny mystery appeals to just about everyone, and when that funny mystery is written with this kind of ease and confidence you feel like you’re putting those kids into good hands.”
- Librarian Pirate says in her review that you’ll want this for your libraries.
- Monica Edinger (Educating Alice) has her students doing blog reviews and this review says the book is “fun, weird, and original”.
I hereby present you with photographic evidence of the great time had in the HarperCollins Children’s booth at ALA:
And that doesn’t even begin to cover it! Books on display, hundreds of galleys in cupboards, posters for upcoming books by Kevin Henkes and Mo Willems…just a taste of all the fabulous loot we brought to the conference.
Never been to a conference? Wonder what all the fuss is about? Do we really stack up galleys for the taking? See for yourself:
And these are just the photos of the booth! Stay tuned for pictures from our signings and from ALAN!
It’s here: NETGALLEY! HarperCollins Children’s Books now posts particular galleys to this website for you to peruse. Right now, we’re featuring the following titles:
- AFTERLIFE by Claudia Gray
- ANGELFIRE by Courtney Allison Moulton
- DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
- THE DOOMSDAY BOX by Herbie Brennan
- THE GENIUS FILES by Dan Gutman
- KICK by Walter Dean Myers and teen author Ross Workman
- THE LYING GAME by Sara Shepard
- ONCE IN A FULL MOON by Ellen Schreiber
- THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKENS by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
- UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand
Register at netgalley.com to read these galleys before they are on-sale. There are a limited number of e-galleys available so please give as much information on your profile as possible – this can help determine your eligibility.
This is currently a trial so we’re happy to hear any feedback you might have about this program. We’re thrilled to be offering it – and I’m even trying it myself! (I just received a cookbook I requested – thanks Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!)