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News & Reviews (Week of November 4)


Charlesbridge was pleased to contribute 400 copies of The Train Your Brain Mind Games to the gift bag at the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation Fall 2019 fundraising luncheon. They raised $1.2 million dollars that will go directly to Alzheimer's research.

Charlesbridge has THREE (Write to Me, We Are Grateful, and Seashells) of the ten nominees for the 2021 Land of Enchantment Book Award Roadrunner Division!

Publishers Weekly put out the 2019 Boston Book Festival in Photos, and Gloria Respress-Churchwell's is not only included, but was the cover shot of PW's Children's Bookshelf!

Global Baby Bedtimes makes The Today Show's #1 pick for Best Books for Babies category, in their 28 Unique Baby Gifts 2019, According to Development Experts article!

Global Fund for Children series makes Brightly's The Best Informational Books for Toddlers list!

Baby Loves the Five Senses: Hearing! makes Brightly's Holiday Book Gifts: Ages 0-2 list!

We Are Grateful makes Brightly's Books that Introduce Children to Different Holiday Cultures and Traditions list!

Cool library news - Hoopla chose Baby Loves Coding! to be a featured title in their National STEAM Day collection!

Speaking of STEAM, here's a nice article about a STEAM event that featured Ruth Spiro, Sarah Aronson, and Andrea Beaty - Dare to STEAM

Book Nerd Mommy blog includes Leaf Jumpers on her Favorite November Books post and her Instagram


Kirkus Reviews
December 1, 2019
Earth Hour
Once a year, all over the world, people celebrate the electricity we use in our daily lives by turning off lights in homes, offices, and famous monuments for a single Earth Hour.In time for next spring's Earth Hour, March 29, 2020, this admirable debut offers both the what and the why. Luu's cheery illustrations emphasize the worldwide nature of this event. The book begins with vignettes: examples of electricity use, including cozy home scenes, city streets, and the lit-up Earth as seen from space. Next, full pages and double-page spreads show illuminated buildings, cities, and internationally recognizable monuments at night. The scenes then move to the interior: bathtime, family games, and lights out. The international scenes reappear, without artificial light. The next to the last spread shows a single sleeping child (echoing Clement Hurd's "great, green room"); the final one shows people of many colors and ethnicities (one using a wheelchair) carrying candles and lanterns on a starlit night: "Alone we are one… // …but together we have power. / United, we are Earth Hour." Heffernan's simple narrative runs across the pages, tying the story together. Her author's note recalls her surprise at seeing San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge go suddenly dark in honor of Earth Hour a few years ago, and a short final note connects energy use to global climate change. A timely invitation to participate in raising energy consciousness.

Teacher Dance
Friend or Fiction, Under the Mambo Moon, and Whiskers, Tails, and Wings