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Bernie Moran Harper Collins Publisher Greatest Hits – Kids

GLIBA –IMPORTANCE OF BACKLIST BERNIE MORAN PICKS-HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS The titles I chose are about life. No paranormal, no vampires, werewolves and no fantasy which are currently the rage. My choices are books that I really think should be looked at again and brought forward for a new generation of readers. Some are older and some are newer backlist, but well worth discussing. These are just a few of my personal favorites.

HC Treasury Picture Bk Classics: 978060080945… $35.00 Yes a bit on the higher priced side but it’s filled with twelve classic picture books from the most prominent children’s picture book authors in HarperCollins publishing…from Margaret Wise Brown to William Steig.This is a great gift for new moms, birthdays, and Christmas. I made sure all four of my grandchildren received a copy of this book to enjoy! Farfellina & Marcel: 9780064438728 by Holly Keller PB $6.99 A timeless tale of how friendship can endure great changes… Farfallina & Marcel illustrates how a caterpillar and a gosling grow into a butterfly and a goose. It’s a wonderful introduction to the changing of the seasons and the best heartfelt story about friendship and finding each other again. Let’s Talk About Race: 9780064462266 by Julius Lester PB $6.99 This book shows that everyone is alike when they take their skin off, a “flawless” picture book…Mr. Lester frankly examines race alongside what makes each person unique. I read this book with my oldest grandson when he was in 1st grade and it was a book that helped us bond. It was wonderful to read it with him and experience through his innocence, the lack of judging people by their skin color. Every child should be read this book at an early age so that they can understand that we are the same! As Mr. Lester explains, “I write because our lives are stories. If enough of those stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details.” Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse: 9780060004682 by Lindsey George PB $6.99 This is a funny and absorbing story of two mice, in different situations having matching experiences. Kids love parallel stories and this one is a perfect “compare and contrast” picture book. The illustrations are lovely and the story is just right for this young toddler age. Books to Grow By: Books by Jamie Lee Curtis. Every child from the youngest age experiences the emotions touched upon in her books. Having met her, I can tell you that as a mother these issues are very real to her. She has expressed through her books by speaking directly to the child the feelings and emotions felt by little ones. She grew up in a home with non readers and it wasn’t until her daughter Annie received a book as a gift when she was born that let’s just say… was just the beginning. Her books should be kept on the bookshelves for all the moms out there everyday. They are just too timely not to have in stock. A few titles are listed here: It’s hard to be 5: 9780060080952 $16.99-“Self-control,” like learning not to hit, having to wait your turn, sitting still. Learning self-control isn’t easy but it can be fun with this book. Where do Balloons Go? 9780060279806 $16.99- Subject of independence and the beginning of life's journey is explored in this book… a very uplifting fantasy for any child to enjoy.


Today I Feel Silly & Other: 9780060245603 $16.99- Kids explore, identify, and have fun with their everchanging moods. What parent doesn’t identify with moods? Big Mouth Ugly Girl: 9780064473477 $8.99 by Joyce Carol Oates A realistic look at friendship and identity. Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth and has now been accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School. Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl… a loner with fierce, staring eyes never wanting to get involved. She’s the only one who knows what happened the day that Matt supposedly made the threat. It’s a provocative and unflinching story of friendship and family, loyalty and betrayal. This story evoked very strong emotions when I first read it. It garnered lots of attention and the subject matter still applies today! Every teen should read this! Pinballs: 9780064401982 $5.99 by Betsy Byars A poignant story of three displaced kids and how they learn to rely on each other..it speaks to every child’s need for community and dependability.Betsy Byars perfectly captures the sorrows and joys of these very real, very relatable characters and their transformations. This is a great book for those kids who need second chances. Freeze Frame: 9780061351730 by Heidi Ayarbe $16.99 (Note PB edition is due April 2010). Fifteen-year-old Kyle Carroll must come to terms with what happens when he accidentally shoots and kills his best friend with a gun the two found in Kyle’s father’s shed. No matter how many times he plays it over & over in his head, he can’t seem to really figure out how it happened. This book had such an emotional impact on me that I talked about it for days after I read the manuscript. Dave Richardson at Blue Marble and I discussed this book at great length and while he agreed that the story was wonderful, he was looking at it from a different perspective. It’s a book about guilt, about heartache and about families. It was a book where I cried & cried & cried. It wasn’t an easy read but I think it’s a must read for teens. Dave’s biggest objection to the book was some language content. Honestly, I was so into the book, I never even thought about language content as being an issue; it was that good of a read! My last two suggestions are Chris Crutcher titles. I know that sometimes he’s maybe a bit too honest, but he’s also a writer who knows teens! Having read some of his teen sports titles, I feel they speak directly to guys about perseverance, integrity and growing up. His books show guys how to walk away from certain situations and when to face things head on. The two books that I’m thinking of are: Crazy Horse Electric Game: 9780060094904 at $7.99 A freak accident robs Willie of his once-amazing physical talents. Betrayed by his family, his girlfriend, and his own body, Willie's on the run, penniless and terrified on the streets, where he must fight to rebuild both his body and his life. A poignant telling of courage, the struggle to survive life on all levels, and an examination of values once held dear. A book for parents to read as well as teen boys! Running Loose: 9780060094911 at $8.99 A tale of a young athlete, who stands up for his beliefs, quits the team, then falls apart when his girlfriend dies. Running Loose is a story about that time in a boy's life when he is suddenly expected to act like a man...to be accountable for the things he does and to react reasonably to the craziness around him…. a story of honor and principles.. This book is as timely today as it was in the 80’s. These are both available in PB and should be focus titles for libraries & schools because they are so timely for teens today.

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