Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Picture The Magic by J.K. Rowling | Illustrated Sneak Peak

We're a few months away from the release of Picture The Magic by J.K. Rowling (Illustrated by Jim Kay), but Bloomsbury has treated fans to an illustration from the book! Check out this image:

Per the email Bloomsbury sent out about the image:

‘Harry was used to spiders, because the cupboard under the stairs was full of them, and that was where he slept.’ 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

With five months to go until publication, we have revealed another image from the eagerly anticipated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Editionby J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay. The image shows Harry Potter in the cupboard under the stairs where the Dursleys make him sleep.

Fiona Noble of the The Bookseller said: “I’m willing to call this the most handsome and desirable gift book of the year. It is stunning...with full colour illustrations throughout from Greenaway Medal winner Kay, who breathes incredible life into these much-loved characters and locations, staying faithful to Rowling’s vision but revitalising the story for a new generation.”

Pre-order your copy today.Share the magic using #HarryPotterIllustrated

I can not wait to look through this book. My kids are at the age where they are all about Harry Potter, and I've loved experiencing Harry's world through their eyes. This book will definitely be a must have for fans of all ages. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

THE PEANUTS MOVIE Coming 11.6.15 From 20th Century Fox

Calling all Peanuts Fans, have you heard the word? The PEANUTS are coming to the big screen this fall! 20th Century Fox will be releasing THE PEANUTS movie 11.6.15.  Check out the movie trailer below:


THE PEANUTS MOVIE hits theaters everywhere on November 6, 2015!

3D Animation
Release: November 6, 2015
Director: Steve Martino
Screenplay: TBD
Producers: Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Michael J. Travers, Paul Feig

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.  Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.  From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.


THE PEANUTS MOVIE Official Socials

Celebrate Roald Dahl This Month On Mundie Kids! #CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory

Celebrate Roald Dahl all month long here on Mundie Kids! I am so thrilled to be a blog host for one of my favorite childhood authors, Roald Dahl. I still remember the first time my teachers read James and the Giant Peach, WIlly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and the BFG out loud to our class. I was hooked, and wanted more. Now as a mother, I'm thrilled that my children are finding Roald's classics. In hosting this month's collection of Roald Dahl books, I was also introduced to a few of Roald's children's books I didn't know about. I'm looking forward to featuring these books on the blog this month. 

Through out the month of May I'll be sharing snippets, reviews, exclusive features, and a giveaway for ALL of the books listed below. Check out this list of fabulous reads by Roald Dahl. and let me know which book from the list is your favorite read. Be sure to stop by each week to enter to wiN!

James and the Giant Peach (January)
A little magic can take you a long way.

After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

Esio Trot (February)
An ancient spell, 140 tortoises, and a little bit of magic… 

Mr. Hoppy is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver; but she is in love with someone else—Alfie, her pet tortoise. With all her attention focused on Alfie, Mrs. Silver doesn’t even know Mr. Hoppy is alive. And Mr. Hoppy is too shy to even ask Mrs. Silver over for tea. Then one day Mr. Hoppy comes up with a brilliant idea to get Mrs. Silver's attention. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. After all, everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through her tortoise.

The Twits (March)
How do you outwit a Twit?

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything—except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (April & May)
Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

Danny the Champion of the World (June)
Can Danny and his father outsmart the villainous Mr. Hazell?

Danny has a life any boy would love—his home is a gypsy caravan, he's the youngest master car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. But one night Danny discovers a shocking secret that his father has kept hidden for years. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner with a bad attitude. Can they pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world.
Matilda (July)
The Trunchbull is no match for Matilda!
Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!'

The BFG (August)
Captured by a giant!
The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!
Fantastic Mr. Fox (September)
Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!
Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.
The Witches (October)
This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.
Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!
George’s Marvelous Medicine (November)
A taste of her own medicine.
George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma's in for the surprise of her life—and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture!
The Enormous Crocodile (December)
Look out kids!
The Enormous Crocodile is incredibly hungry—and incredibly greedy. His favorite meal is a plump, juicy little child, and he intends to gobble up as many of them as he can! His is sure that his “secret plans and clever tricks” cannot be foiled. But when the other animals in the jungle join together to put an end to his wicked schemes, the Enormous Crocodile learns a lesson he won’t soon forget.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

10 Upcoming Children’s Books to Get Excited About Reading #ChildrensBookWeek

Looking for a great children's book to read? Check out this list of 10 books to get excited about reading from The Reading Room. This list features book that will be published through out 2015, and some of these are definitely forth adding to your To Be Read lists!

Some of the books I'm most looking forward to reading from this list, which I may have already pre-ordered, are:

You can check out the complete list here. Which books from this list are you looking forward to reading? 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

This Week Is Children's Book Week! #ChildrensBookWeek

It's Children's Book Week! This year marks the 96th year this event has been happening. You can find out a lot more about the event here. Check out this year's adorable poster made by Grace Lee. You can also get it from here ( you can also purchase the poster here). 

Did you know that Children's Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country? How amazing is that?! What is Children's Book Week? It's an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading (read more about it here). It just so happenings the bi-yearly Scholastic Book Fair I run, is running this week, this year. Which is just perfect considering it's Children's Book Week. Trust me, you can't go wrong with a great children's book. 

Also part of the event, is a vote. Readers have the chance to vote for their favorite reads here. This year over 1 million readers voted! Check out the complete list of winners and finalists here. Congratulations to ALL the WINNERS!

Be sure to join in the fun, and help spread the word! Everything you'll need is featured on the website here

Per International Literacy Association, they've created a list of Children’s, Teachers’ and Young Adults’ Choices reading lists. The lists are used in classrooms, libraries and homes to help readers find awesome books! Check out the list below (quoted from International Literacy Association):

·      Children's Choices (cosponsored by the Children's Book Council and includes 100 books selected by children around the country)
·      Teachers' Choices (books rated by teams of teachers, librarians, and reading specialists as outstanding for curriculum use)
·      Young Adults' Choices (30 books selected by teenage reviewers)

Monday, May 4, 2015

29 Books To Read With Your Kids This Spring from Buzzfeed

Happy Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. BuzzFeed put together a list of 29 Books To Read With Your Kids This Spring. Check out which picture books made the list here. Some of the books we're looking forward to reading from this are:

WildwoodThe Composer Is DeadStagecoach Sal: Carson Ellis has gorgeously illustrated many books, but this is the first one that she’s written as well (and it’s completely wonderful).
What kind of reader is it for? Anyone who wants to take a gander at the many types of dwellings humans (and animals) cozy up in.
An homage to Mary Nohl (an artist who used concrete and found objects to create one of the most unique gardens in the world—all in her front yard).
What kind of reader is it for? Anyone whose favorite part of the school day is art class.
Pepé Le Pew, Pepé Le Schmew: if you have to be stalked by a skunk, you want it to be the red-nosed one from this absurd (-ly glorious) story.
What kind of reader is it for? Kids who will be positively delighted to watch someone get more and more vexed by the skunk creeping around behind him like a shadow (so… most kids).
Poppy’s imagination just isn’t satisfied with being all bottled up in her head, and one day it actually comes to life.
What kind of reader is it for? Little girls (and boys) who—like Poppy—have imagination to spare.
In this refreshing retelling of Cinderella, our title character spends her days dreaming of repairing rockets instead of going to a ball. 
What kind of reader is it for? To put it in not-so-kid-friendly language: someone who would enjoy a more badass version of a traditional fairy tale.

Add this beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book to your collection to learn all about one of earth’s biggest mammals.
What kind of reader is it for? The boy or girl who has ceaselessly been begging you to go on a whale watching trip.
Release Date: June 9th
What books are you looking forward to reading?
*All book descriptions and other info taken from BuzzFeed's article. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OMEGA CITY by Diana Peterfreund; Middle Grade Spotlight

Out TODAY, Diana Peterfeund’s first book, a thrilling adventure story for readers eight and up, is, perfect for people who like their books with a side of rocketships and hidden treasure. Find out what secrets are hidden beneath the Maryland countryside in…...

About Omega City

Gillian Seagret doesn’t listen to people who say her father’s a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War-era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced the family to move to a cottage in the sticks, but Gillian knows he’s right, and plans to prove it.
When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Unerberg’s diary in her father’s mess of an office, she thinks she’s found a big piece of the puzzle–a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg’s greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off into the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker, deep within the earth. 
But they aren’t alone inside its dark and flooded halls. Now Gillian and her friends must race to explore OMEGA CITY and find the answers they need. For while Gillian wants to save her dad’s reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg’s secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried…forever. 

Purchase the book from: IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks 

Add it to GoodReads 


  • “With seamless writing, a thrilling plot, lots of engaging science puzzles, and remarkable characterization, Peterfreund's exciting tale keeps the adventure solidly in the foreground. Young readers looking for a page turning quest should get into this planned series on the ground floor." — Booklist *Starred* Review 

    "Peterfreund's focus on character development is complemented by the equal attention she gives to the vast underground city itself. Gillian’s instincts to protect her friends and clear her historian father’s tarnished name are admirable, but Peterfreund gives every character the opportunity to grow, revealing themselves for who they really are."— Publishers Weekly

    “With nonstop action, sly humor, and nothing short of the end of the world at stake, Omega City is the alpha book in a new series that mashes up mystery, scifi, and action/adventure into a thrilling novel you’ll want to devour in one sitting. I did, and I can’t wait to read what comes next!” — Peter Lerangis, New York Times Bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series

    “Peterfreund’s boundless imagination takes on a new and exciting adventure!” – Jessica Day George, New York Times Bestselling author of Tuesdays at the Castle”

    “Diana Peterfreund takes us to an underground city that’s utterly mind-blowing, yet disturbingly possible. A knockout of a story that will have readers cheering straight through to the final, shocking, twist.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman


Diana Peterfreund has published ten novels for adults, teens, and kids, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampantand Ascendant (Harper Teen), For Darkness Shows the Stars (a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’sPersuasion), and Across a Star-Swept Sea (inspired by the classic series The Scarlet Pimpernel). Her newest novel, OMEGA CITY, is a contemporary adventure novel for younger readers set in a secret bunker city somewhere under modern Maryland.

Her works have been named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list, the Capitol Choices (metro DC-area) reading list, and the Texas Lonestar List, as well as having been named to Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about  popular children’s literature.  Diana lives outside Washington D.C., with her family.

Find Diana: Website    Facebook     Twitter

Monday, April 27, 2015

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The TLA Edition

Happy Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! I had meant to post this back on Wednesday as part of my Waiting To Be Read Wednesday feature, but life happened this last week, and like a few other posts, this one sat in draft mode. I felt like today was the perfect day to feature some 30+ books I feel like readers need to have on their radars. These are books, and arcs I received two weeks ago from TLA (Texas Library Association).

I AM SO EXCITED about these upcoming releases! I can't even imagine what it would have been like to have a fraction of the amount of middle grade and children's picture books now days, back when I was a kid. Check out all the exciting upcoming releases. I broke down the books by publisher to make it easier. Each of the links goes back to Goodreads, which will make it easier for you to add it to your TBR list. Trust me, many of these books are ones you'll want to read. I'm looking forward to featuring each of these books below, on Mundie Kids in the coming days, weeks and months.

Disney Hyperion
Chronicle Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books
  • Night of Fire by Ronald Kidd


Along with this adorable tote bag, which I gave to my daughter, I also received the following books / ARCS from publishers on the last day of TLA:
Purchased (signed)
I'm looking forward to sharing my reviews and featuring spotlights on all of these titles in the coming days, weeks and months. Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

THE ISLE OF THE LOST: A DESCENDANTS NOVEL by Melissa de la Cruz; GIVEAWAY! #DisneyDescendants

I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to feature Melissa de la Cruz's upcoming release, The Isle of the Lost! This is one of this year's must reads for me. Why you ask? Well for starters, it's written by Melissa de la Cruz, it's from Disney, and Isle of the Lost is the spell-binding prequel to Disney Descendants, A Disney Channel Original Movie Event this summer!

About the Book
Evil tree. Bad Apple?

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost--a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world.

Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon's Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The eye is cursed, and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the Dragon's Eye, these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.

Isle of the Lost is the spell-binding prequel to Disney Descendants, A Disney Channel Original Movie Event this summer!

by Melissa de la Cruz
In stores May 5th


Melissa de la Cruz is the author of many best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time, and Gates of Paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter.

Learn more at the
Visit Melissa de La Cruz at her Official Site


One (1) winner from your site receives:
·         copy of The Isle of the Lost;
·         branded tank top, water bottle and temporary tattoos;
·         and a GadgetGrip smartphone home button sticker.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney Publishing.

Monday, April 20, 2015

What Pet Should I Get? By Dr. Seuss; Book News!

Dr. Seuss fans, have you heard the news? 
Random House Children’s Books increases first printing
for new Dr. Seuss book, WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? to 1 million copies. First printing rises due to response to announcement news

Per Random House:

New York, NY (April 20, 2015)—On the heels of the February news of a new Dr. Seuss picture book coming this summer, Random House Children’s Books (RHCB), in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, announced it will increase the first printing for WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? (by Dr. Seuss / On sale July 28, 2015 / Random House Books for Young Readers) from 500,000 to 1 million copies in order to meet the demand for the new book, shared today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, RHCB.

On February 18, Random House Children’s Books announced the discovery of the original unpublished manuscript for WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?—news that was enthusiastically and widely embraced across the country. Yesterday officially marked the 100-day countdown to the publication of the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. 

The consumer response to the announcement of the discovery and forthcoming publication of WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? was immediate. In the first 24 hours following the news, there were 122.5 million impressions on Twitter, and in the 24 hours following, that number increased to over 200 million. Pre-order numbers began climbing instantly and continue to rise. 

“We were absolutely overjoyed to see the response to WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? from every corner of the book world—the bookselling community, media, educators, and readers nationwide,” says Marcus. “A new book by a publishing legend like Dr. Seuss is an extraordinary event, and we are delighted to announce an increased first printing to 1 million copies, to match the incredible support and pre-orders we are seeing. We know that readers everywhere are eager to see this new and exciting book.”

“It is an honor for us to carry on Ted’s legend with WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?— a story that we know will be treasured by the very youngest to the oldest of Dr. Seuss fans,” says Susan Brandt, President, Licensing and Marketing, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.  “Ted loved and had pets himself, as a young boy on up through adulthood, and that makes the wonderful excitement and buzz for this new book all the more special.”

Follow Dr. Seuss Books on Facebook ( for the 100-day countdown campaign to the July 28 book release, featuring facts and artwork from each title in the Dr. Seuss canon, as well as exclusive art reveals from WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? Follow the conversation on Twitter via #whatpet.

(Inside art)

WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Dr. Seuss’s former Art Director, Cathy Goldsmith, now VP & Associate Publishing Director, Random House Books for Young Readers, is overseeing the meticulous editorial and creative process of preparing WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? for publication. Goldsmith is the only publishing executive still at Random House to have worked directly with Ted Geisel during his lifetime, including spending time with him in La Jolla when he was finishing Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Listening Library will release an audio edition set of WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? (narrator to be announced), paired with One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish narrated by David Hyde Pierce, simultaneously with the hardcover.

By Dr. Seuss / On sale July 28, 2015 / Random House Books for Young Readers
Hardcover Picture Book: 978-0-553-52426-0

WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? (narrator to come) and 
ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH (narrated by David Hyde Pierce)
On sale July 28, 2015 / Listening Library
Audio CD: 9780147522122, $9.99 / Audio Download: 9780147522139, $7.00

About Dr. Seuss
Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s PoolIf I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit

About Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.
The primary focus of the Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and safeguard the relationship consumers have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, heads Dr. Seuss Enterprises as CEO.

Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. Random House is the longtime home of the beloved and bestselling Dr. Seuss books which continue to make learning to read fun for millions of children everywhere. The company’s website, Kids@Random ( offers an array of activities, games and educational resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

About Listening Library
Since publishing its first audiobook in 1955, Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, Listening Library has grown into one of the biggest names in the youth audio industry. Listening Library titles have earned more than 300 ALSC and YALSA Audiobook Awards, 14 Odyssey Awards, 17 Audie® Awards, and two Grammy® Awards with bestselling series like J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle. Our backlist also includes audio recordings of dozens of Newbery and Printz award-winning authors, including Kate DiCamillo and Christopher Paul Curtis. Listening Library is an imprint of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton; Waiting to Read Wednesday

By: Barry Wolverton
Published by: Walden Pond Press
To Be Released on: 9/1/15
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Tulip
Ages: 8-12
Pre-Order from: Harper Collins | Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads
An engrossing fantasy, a high-seas adventure, an alternate history epic—this is the richly imagined and gorgeously realized new book from acclaimed author Barry Wolverton, perfect for fans of John Stephens's the Books of Beginning series.
It's 1599, the Age of Discovery in Europe. But for Bren Owen, growing up in the small town of Map on the coast of Britannia has meant anything but adventure. Enticed by the tales sailors have brought through Map's port, and inspired by the arcane maps his father creates as a cartographer for the cruel and charismatic map mogul named Rand McNally, Bren is convinced that fame and fortune await him elsewhere.
That's when Bren meets a dying sailor, who gives him a strange gift that hides a hidden message. Cracking the code could lead Bren to a fabled lost treasure that could change his life forever, and that of his widowed father. Before long, Bren is in greater danger than he ever imagined and will need the help of an unusual friend named Mouse to survive.
In an attempt to feature upcoming children's books / middle grade books, I've decided to feature an upcoming release each week here on Mundie Kids. This week's Waiting To Read book is Barry Wolverton's The Vanishing Island. 

I'm really looking forward to this book being released this coming fall. The cover is awesome, and the story sounds like a fantastic one. I'm looking forward to featuring this book on Mundie Kids closer to it's release date. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Water and the Wild by K.E. Ormsbee; Signed Book Giveaway!

Author K.E. stopped by Mundie Moms this morning to talk about her new MG release, THE WATER AND THE WILD. This sounds like a fabulous MG read, and it's a book I'm looking forward to featuring shortly here on Mundie Kids. You can check out her guest post here. Along with her stop, I'm also hosting a signed giveaway with her book. Find out a little bit about her book below, and enter for your chance to win!


By K. E. Ormsbee
Released on: April 14th, 2015 - TODAY
Ages 8-12
Purchase the book from: Amazon | B&N 
Add it to  Goodreads

A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things are happening on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless—until a door opens in the apple tree. Follow Lottie down through the roots to another world in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss.

About K. E. Ormsbee

I was born and raised in the Bluegrass State. Then I went off and lived in places across the pond, like England and Spain, where I pretended I was a French ingénue. Just kidding! That only happened once. I also lived in some hotter nooks of the USA, like Birmingham, AL and Austin, TX. Now I'm back in Lexington, KY, where there is a Proper Autumn.

In my wild, early years, I taught English as a Foreign Language, interned with a film society, and did a lot of irresponsible road tripping. My crowning achievement is that the back of my head was in an iPhone commercial, and people actually paid me money for it.

Nowadays, I teach piano lessons, play in a band you've never heard of, and run races that I never win. I likes clothes from the 60s, music from the 70s, and movies from the 80s. I still satiate my bone-deep wanderlust whenever I can. 

Visit K.E. via her Website | Twitter | Facebook

Thank you to Chronicle Books, I've got a SIGNED copy of The Water and the Wild to giveaway! This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. To enter, please fill out the form below:

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I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~