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What’s on Michael’s Mind?
Funny you should ask...!
August 27, 2013

GO: A Kidd's Guide
to Graphic Design

Sure, it’s a graphic design
primer written for kids
, but as I
looked at the pages, I recognized
that the concepts behind it were
quite sophisticated.

So… I sent an e-mail the head of
graphic design at the oldest art
college in the country, suggesting
Chip give an address in the main

Came the answer… “yes,
yes, YES!“

This is all stuff that we teach in
our foundation year!”

Go: A Kidd's Guide to
Graphic Design

By Chip Kidd
Workman Hardcover
160 pages
ISBN: 9780761172192
Pub Date: Oct. 8, 2013

Clearly, what we have here is a book that belongs in both your
juvenile and adult collections, so go ahead… Be a Kidd.

Write me at mrockliff@workman.com.

The first 50 replies from librarians & instructors
will each receive a free copy


Named in YALSA’s The Hub Guide to YA Novels
with LGBTQ Characters

If You Could Be Mine: A Novel

By Sara Farina
Algonquin Young Readers
256 pages
ISBN: 9781616202514

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best
friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared
stolen kisses and romantic promises, but...

Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love.

Eight copies of the finished book are sitting on my
desk, as I type. First come, first served!

Not to be too coy about It, yes Mara is my daughter (for those
of you I haven’t buttonholed, yet),
she of the Golden Kite Award, Charlotte Zolotow Honor
& Ezra Jack Keats Honor.

At ALA Annual, the Publisher at Peachtree Press was kind
enough to leave F&Gs of Mara’s forthcoming title with them,
in my booth. THE GRUDGE KEEPER, illustrated by Eliza

Needless to say, I loved the writing (You expected any less?).
The very pleasant surprise was the quality of the illustrations.

Keep an eye out for this illustrator. I think she has a very big
career coming!

And to close…

Hang on to yer hat, Sandra Boynton goes Country!

And Eleven Other Pretty
Serious Songs

By Sandra Boyton
Workman Hardcover
With CD 70 pages
ISBN: 9780761171768
Pub Date: Sep. 3, 2013

With three Gold Record albums and
a Grammy nomination to her credit,
Boynton now brings you FROG
, a terrific CD and
illustrated songbook of her new and
wildly original Country songs, sung
by a truly amazing roster of Country
Music’s biggest and brightest stars:
Brad Paisley with Copycat, Dwight
Yoakam singing I’ve Got a Dog,
Alison Krauss on End of a Summer
, Ben Folds rocking Broken
, Darius Rucker with
Beautiful Baby....the list goes on
and on—all accompanied by
Nashville’s finest instrumentalist.
Music with a whole lot of gumption
and heart


Click Here for the I’ve Got a Dog video, but be forewarnd:
It’s an almost insidiously catchy melody. It will take DAYS to get it
out of your head. Remember, you’ve been warned!


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Drop me a line anytime; I always love to hear what’s on your mind!



Michael Rockliff

Director, Library Sales
and Marketing
Workman Publishing
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4381