Behind the Story “Murder on the Baltimore Express”

This blog post comes from Suzanne Jurmain, writer behind “Murder on the Baltimore Express.” The Story Behind the Story “So, how does a book begin?” kids sometimes ask me. “With an idea,” I say. “But where do you find those ideas?” “Oh,” I tell them,
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Instagram Giveaway Rules

Official Sweepstakes Rules for Giveaways on Instagram   NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. This Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Little Bee Books, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 275 Seventh Ave, 7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11218.
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Behind the Story “The Messy Life of Blue”

This blog post comes from Shawna Railey, writer behind “The Messy Life of Blue.” *** When I was fifteen, alone in my apartment, sometimes with no way of knowing how I would eat next, I often sat on the back of the toilet and stared
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Pre-Order ALWAYS HUMAN Today!

  Always Human by Ari North ISBN: 9781499811100   “[A] radiant book. Charming, heartfelt, and unabashedly queer…” —Lilah Sturges, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass; The Magicians: Alice’s Story       Submit your proof of pre-order of ALWAYS HUMAN by Ari North before 5/19/2020, and receive
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Quiz: Go on a blind date with a book!

This Valentine’s Day, spend some time with the hottest date in town… a really great book. We’ve got the perfect blind date behind door one for you, just answer a few questions…

Books we love for celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month is officially upon us, and we are so excited to bring this list of stories about African-American historical figures and cultural icons to you. From a beautifully-illustrated picture book about the history of hip-hop to a colorful, splashy alphabet book celebrating blackness,
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Behind the story: ‘Making Their Voices Heard’

This blog post comes from Vivian Kirkfield, our Author of the Month for January, and the writer behind Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. * * * What was your dream when you were a child? Growing up,
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Little Bee Books’ Official Holiday Gift Guide

It’s here, it’s here! The official Little Bee Books 2019 Gift Guide, just in time for the holiday season. And this year, we’ve made it easy, with selections for every kid on your list! Yes, even the ones who are a bit more reading-averse. From
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#AskTheOffice: What book are you most thankful for?

The Thanksgiving season is upon us, so in an office full of readers, we asked the Little Bee Books staff: What book are you most thankful for? Obviously, the answer is: Every single one of our amazing titles! But there are others, too. Here’s what
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Quiz: What picture book you should read next based on your astrological sign

Using the wisdom of resident astrologer and author of ‘Starring You,’ Aliza Kelly, we’ve constructed the definitive picture book quiz. Don’t believe us? See what the stars have to say…

Introducing our Level Up! readers series

We at Little Bee Books and BuzzPop are so excited to announce our new Level Up! Readers program, a leveled-reader line for today’s kids. Inspired by play, built to empower, and based on reading comprehension benchmarks, Level Up! provides independent reading opportunities, and the new
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Cover reveal: ‘Uncle Bobby’s Wedding’

We are so excited to reveal the cover for a new title from Little Bee Books, Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, written by Sarah S. Brannen and illustrated by Lucia Soto. With its lush florals and vibrant palette, this is a cover to fall head over heels
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Behind the story: ‘The Forty Thieves: Marjana’s Tale’

The newest title from our Yellow Jacket imprint, The Forty Thieves, by Christy Lenzi, is a retelling of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” a folk tale set in tenth-century Baghdad. This version, told from the perspective of Marjana — the girl who saves the
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Quiz: Which ‘Archie’ character are you?

Are you more of a Betty, or a Jughead? Take this quiz to find out with member of the Riverdale crew you’re most like. And don’t forget, ‘Archie’s ABC,’ an alphabet board book inspired by the gang, is on sale now!

Fashion Week Q&A with author Deborah Blumenthal

New York Fashion Week kicks off this Friday, so we’ve decided to celebrate with a little Q&A with Little Bee Books author Deborah Blumenthal. Deborah is the author of Fancy Party Gowns, Polka Dot Parade and the forthcoming Parrots, Pugs and Pixie Dust, all picture
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Quiz: Which Yellow Jacket title should you read next?

We know your TBR pile is probably already floor-to-ceiling (trust us, we know the feeling). But who can resist adding another fantastic middle grade title? Take the quiz to find out which Yellow Jacket book is the perfect fit for your next reading adventure.

Little Bee Books essential back-to-school reading

It’s almost that time again — back to school. Check out this list of our favorite nonfiction and educational titles to help your reader transition back from summer camp and into the classroom.       Behind the Legend: Bigfoot $17.99 US / $23.99 CAN
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#AskTheOffice: Why do you love working in children’s publishing?

Whenever you tell someone you work in children’s publishing, they always ask: “Is it like Elf? Like where Buddy’s dad works?” Sort of, but not exactly. There isn’t as much dancing in our mail room — actually, we don’t even have a mail room —
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Q&A with Amanda Marrone, author of ‘Only the Stars Know her Name’

We recently had the opportunity to chat with one of our Yellow Jacket authors, Amanda Marrone, about her new book, Only the Stars Know Her Name, her start as a writer, and what she does in her spare time. Everyone knows the story of the
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Our favorite Little Bee books for summertime

Summer is in full swing, which means warmer weather, family vacations and much more time to read! We’ve collected some of our favorite board, picture and activity books that the whole family can enjoy this season.         Jane Foster’s Summertime $8.99 US
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On World Refugee Day: ‘House Without Walls’ and the Vietnamese Boat People Exodus

A home is a place eat, sleep, rest, and live. For a refugee, the concept of home is ever-changing, ever-moving, ever-wavering. And often, it doesn’t have any walls at all. Our newest Yellow Jacket title, House Without Walls, by Ching Yeung Russell, is based on
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Recipe: SummerThyme Chocolate Chunk Cookies from ‘Midsummer’s Mayhem’

One of our newest middle grade titles from Yellow Jacket, Midsummer’s Mayhem, hit shelves last week and we couldn’t be more excited. This novel from author Rajani LaRocca is a mashup between a Shakespearean classic and a fierce baking competition, and is the perfectly sweet
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Q&A with Allison Crotzer Kimmel, Author of ‘The Eternal Soldier’

Have you heard of Sallie, the canine Civil War hero? Many people haven’t! We’re so excited to share her story in The Eternal Soldier, which shows that bravery comes in all shapes and forms. Recently we had the chance to send a few questions to
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Our Easter & Spring Must-Read List

Welcome back, spring! WE MISSED YOU. Seriously, what a relief to be waving goodbye to colder weather. And to further lift our spring-scented spirits, here’s a list of our top recommendations for spring reading lists. Bunnies are a prominent part of most of these books,
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Q&A with Isabel Galupo, Co-Author of ‘Maiden & Princess’

Maiden & Princess is a beautifully inclusive and diverse picture book published in partnership with GLAAD, and we recently had a chance to chat with one of the book’s authors, Isabel Galupo, about her inspiration, her writing process, and more! Read below for insight into
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