Hughes for Kids & Two Heads Up


Before we talk about anything else, a big heads up; my kids at the Bank Street School are very excited because the cover for Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5: The Last Olympian was revealed as of 12:01 this morning on the Percy Jackson site.

It’s also up on B&, so we feel we can post it here. The book has a one-day laydown on May 5. Leading up to the laydown, both the Percy Jackson site and author Rick Riordan’s blog will be featuring sneak peeks of character art, teaser videos, sweepstakes and other items to feed fan frenzy (for my kids, PJ & the O‘s is a big as HP).


The Last Olympian

Riordan, Rick

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: $17.99; 400 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books for Children (May 5, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1423101472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423101475


Just in time for Black History Month

Check out my review at Barnes& of Langston Hughes’s ground-breaking book for children, The Dream Keeper, with new art by Brian Pinkney as well as new illustrated editions of two poems by Hughes.


The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

by Langston Hughes; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: $18.99; 96 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (November 13, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 067984421X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679844211


My People

by Langston Hughes; photos by Charles R. Smith, Jr

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: $17.99; 40 pages
  • Publisher: Ginee Seo Books (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1416935401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416935407


The Negro Speaks of the River

by Langston Hughes; illustrated by E. B. Lewis

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: $16.99; 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0786818670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786818679


Heads Up

A terrific informative book for Muslims and  non-Muslims is just out in paperback.

It features a keep-it-light format covering diverse topics such as Ramadan, Prayer, the Quran and The Four D’s — Dating, Dancing, Drinking, and Drugs. It also includes a post-9/11 survival guide.


The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook

by Dilara Hafiz, Imran Hafiz, and Yasmine Hafiz

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: $11.99; 192 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum (February 10, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1416985786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416985785

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