Books we are talking about

Chris Schluep on February 04, 2020
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There is a lot of book buzz out there these days. Talk of American Dirt and of Jessica Simpson's new memoir Open Book, which went on sale today and could be the biggest celebrity book to come along in some time. There are a host of political books sitting at the top of the best seller lists, and people are talking about those. But you won't find those books on this list, not today at least.

Yesterday, Mary Higgins Clark died, which means a towering figure in suspense is gone. You can find a link to our obituary at the bottom of this post. Otherwise, most of the books we are talking about today seem to have to do with young readers, which is a nice thing to focus on. Happy reading.


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How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo

Those of us who have kids, or grandkids, or nieces and nephews, want them to grow up to be readers. A couple weeks ago, Pamela Paul who is editor of the New York Times Book Review, and Maria Russo, who is Children's Book Editor at the New York Times, stopped by Amazon to talk about their book How to Raise a Reader. Both have three children who read, and the message they delivered was one that urged people not worry too much. Make reading fun, have books available, and don't freak out about the kids' reading choices. There are more lessons inside the book, as well as reading lists for various stages and interests. This is a book that you can return to all throughout a child's reading journey.


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The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander (Author), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

The biggest awards in children's and young adult literature were announced last week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The big winner was The Undefeated, which was written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Congratulations to The Undefeated, and you can see all of the award winners in Amazon Senior Editor Seira Wilson's post.



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The Wizenard Series: Training Camp by Wesley King

Kobe Bryant's death left its mark on the book world. Not everyone knew that he had founded Granity Studios, which was publishing Young Adult books, including The Wizenard Series by Wesley King. This was a project that he was passionate about, and we on the Amazon editorial team were excited to see such a prominent name producing great books. You can learn more about those books here.



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Where Are the Children by Mary Higgins Clark

Lastly, Mary Higgins Clark died this week at the age of 92. Her first book Where Are the Children? was published in 1975. Adrian Liang wrote an obituary for the Queen of Suspense, which you can read here.






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