Celebrate Earth Day with Julian Lennon

Author, musician, filmmaker and photographer Julian Lennon has been raising money for environmental and humanitarian causes for two decades through his foundation, The White Feather Foundation. His work, however, primarily was focused on adults, until one day friend and fellow author Bart Davis made a comment about children.

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From that conversation, an interactive trilogy was born featuring the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that children can take wherever they want as they travel and save the world. A lyrical and inspiring picture book, Lennon’s second book in the Heal the Earth series (Skyhorse Publishing, April 2018), lets its young readers bring medicine to people in need and dive into the ocean to see bleached coral reefs, among other adventures. The book also includes a new poem written by Lennon, son of the late musician John Lennon and his first wife, Cynthia.

Growing Minds, Baker & Taylor’s catalog dedicated to children’s and teen titles, talked with Lennon to commemorate Earth Day. Read the interview below:

Where did your vision come from for this interactive children’s series?

The interactive element of the book just harkens back to the days when my mother or grandmother used to read bedtime stories to me, and how we would go on these journeys together — using our imaginations to go where we wanted to, fly to where the sky was open, to anything our hearts desired. It was a time of bonding between family members, an important time in a child’s life.

Could you share what parts of your writing process look like?

It was very much a question of, ‘What do we want to talk about and teach here? What are our goals?’ From the moment Bart and I had a starting point, it was just a question of going with the flow and suggesting ideas back and forth until we had something that made sense. Ideas that would start a conversation between a child and elder family member, to discuss what they were reading about, and to find answers themselves. The storyline and words are written in my voice.

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What’s a key ingredient for reaching children in print?

The key ingredients are the issues we face every day as a society in general. It’s about bringing awareness to those who don’t know of the plights we face and a reminder for those who have forgotten.

Why is it important to share the lessons and teachings of the White Feather Foundation to this age group? What is the appetite for this type of material?

If you can change things for the betterment of all life on earth, the better we all are. It starts from the ground and oceans up… Again, what we try to do is raise awareness and help financially where we can, when we can, and when donations allow.

How is the message being received?

The message by sales alone has been loud and clear: We’re doing the right thing. We’re on the right track, and there’s only one way to go — onward and upward.

I’ve always admired Julian Lennon’s singing, because for all he has seen of the world, his melodies contain such childlike wonder… his words, too. Buy this book, and his words turn into actions.” — Bono

What are you hoping your readers think or feel when they take part in this adventure?

That they feel part of this world, part of a caring community… A community that cares, not only for each other, but also for the world around them. We are all one. What we do to others, we do to ourselves.

 

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with Lennon’s new book!

A portion of the proceeds from all book sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of the White Feather Foundation.

Checking In On Kirkus Diversity Collections

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Every day, libraries around the world welcome people from all walks of life. Readers are diverse, so why not have a collection that celebrates that?

You may remember in September, we introduced our new Kirkus Diversity Collections on the blog. These collections give libraries the opportunity to become more inclusive, and with Title Source 360, librarians are able to order diverse books with ease thanks to our curated lists.

Since then, we’ve seen tremendous progress with this initiative. The lists have been viewed nearly 10,000 times, reaching thousands of libraries across the country.

More than ever, it’s important to share a diversity of cultures, beliefs, identities, races and beyond in a library’s collection. It’s important that patrons can read stories from all voices.

Public libraries support their communities by providing materials that reflect their own patrons, and depict others, requiring an ongoing focus on diversity.

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So what now?

Log in to Title Source 360 and browse Kirkus’ diversity collections. From here, you’ll be able to move the titles you’d like to add to your library into your shopping cart. You can also sort and filter these titles to weed out any duplicates just as you would for any other order from Baker & Taylor.

Then, don’t forget to tell your patrons that your library is now carrying more diverse books! We’ve created a “My Library. All Voices.” campaign kit that makes it easy to spread the good news, attract new cardholders and excite current ones. You can find all of our free materials for community outreach on the Kirkus website here.

Browse our diversity collections today on Title Source 360!

 

Share HERstory Year-round

Harriet Tubman. Amelia Earhart. Malala Yousafzai. Frida Kahlo. Marie Curie. Maya Angelou.

Women’s History Month is dedicated to celebrating fearless leaders and pioneers like them, and all women around the world. But honestly, a month isn’t enough. A library really isn’t complete without the latest works by and about influential women. Use this list as a starting point to ensure you share the entire HERstory, and check out our latest digital catalog for more.

 

Her Own Hero
Wendy Rouse

At the turn of the twentieth century, women famously organized to demand greater social and political freedoms like gaining the right to vote. However, few realize that the Progressive Era also witnessed the birth of the women’s self-defense movement.

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Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves
Kate Parker

Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves.

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Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar
Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas

Today, diverse women of all hues represent this country overseas. Some have called this development the “Hillary Effect.” But well before our most recent female secretary of state there was Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve in that capacity, and later Condoleezza Rice. Beginning at a more junior post in the Department of State in 1971, there was “the little Elam girl” from Boston.

Diversifying Diplomacy tells the story of Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas, a young black woman who beat the odds and challenged the status quo. Inspired by the strong women in her life, she followed in the footsteps of the few women who had gone before her in her effort to make the Foreign Service reflect the diverse faces of the United States.

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Finding Feminism: Millennial Activists and the Unfinished Gender Revolution
Alison Dahl Crossley

In Finding Feminism, Alison Dahl Crossley analyzes feminist activists at three different U.S. colleges, revealing that feminism is alive on campuses, but is complex, nuanced, and context-dependent. Young feminists are carrying the torch of the movement, despite a climate that is not always receptive to their claims. These feminists are engaged in social justice organizing in unexpected contexts and spaces, such as multicultural sororities, student government, and online.

Offering a stunning and hopeful portrait of today’s young feminist leaders, Finding Feminism provides insight into the contemporary feminist movement in America.

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Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries?
Jane M. Gaines

Women held more positions of power in the silent film era than at any other time in American motion picture history. Marion Leonard broke from acting to cofound a feature film company. Gene Gauntier, the face of Kalem Films, also wrote the first script of Ben-Hur. Helen Holmes choreographed her own breathtaking on-camera stunt work. Yet they and the other pioneering filmmaking women vanished from memory. A bold journey through history and memory, Pink-Slipped pursues the still-elusive fate of the influential women in the early years of film.

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Quotes for Nasty Women: Empowering Wisdom from Women Who Break the Rules
Linda Picone

When Donald Trump referred to Hillary Clinton as “such a nasty woman,” women felt a jolt of recognition—and promptly turned his insult into an empowering slogan. This book celebrates the now-ironic phrase with quotations by and about strong women. The words, both positive and negative, come from figures in ancient history, founding mothers and feminist leaders, politicians, artists and cultural icons, celebrities, and the women at home.

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Check out the Herstory digital catalog for more!

 

Publisher Spotlight: Catherine Treadgold & Jennifer McCord

pubspotlight-cathjennCoffeetown Press was created in 2005 to publish a few academic titles. Since then, titles have grown to include cozy mysteries, memoirs, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Based in Seattle, Coffeetown Press also has an imprint, Camel Press, a self-described “feisty little publisher” that publishes the books “that grab you and hold you in their grip long into the night.” Specifically, Camel Press publishes genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction, fantasy and horror. Forecast, Baker & Taylor’s digital catalog for the best new releases, spoke with Coffeetown Press publisher, Catherine Treadgold, and Jennifer McCord, associate publisher and executive editor.

Tell us about Coffeetown Press’ beginnings.

(The owner) proposed to long-time family friend Hazel Holt—a colleague and biographer of Barbara Pym, and renowned writer of British cozies—that she reprint her fi rst four mysteries with Coffeetown. At that point there was only one imprint, Coffeetown Press. Hazel later reprinted the next three mysteries in that series with us and several of the early Barbara Pym titles for which she inherited the rights. Her son, Tom Holt, reprinted his two Lucia novels with us, Lucia in Wartime and Lucia Triumphant.

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One Year of Blogging!

Today on the Baker & Taylor blog we’re celebrating one year since we kicked off this project to connect with public librarians across the globe.

Notes in the Margin was started to serve as a new resource for librarians. From author spotlights to book suggestions to free marketing materials, we’ve spent the year trying to make the lives of librarians easier. And we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

To celebrate this blog anniversary, we’re rounding up our favorite posts of the past year from each month. Enjoy!

 

MARCH 2017

Get re-acquainted with Jill Blades, a sales representative with Baker & Taylor and a book lover.

 

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APRIL 2017

Learn more about our mascots, Baker and Taylor, two cats that lived in Nevada library. 

MAY 2017

Why are libraries so essential? And why we did we, as a Company, advocate for public library federal funding?

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Author Spotlight: Jeffrey Brown (plus a giveaway!)

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Jeffrey Brown returns with his popular sister-brother Neanderthal duo with book number two in his newest series for young readers, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal, which combines science with a modern-day take on prehistoric life.

In The Stone Cold Age, the siblings’ cave has become crowded as they’ve welcomed into their home an extended, racially diverse group of humans. Modern-day fictional commentators explain the science behind the comic strip adventures. In addition to laughing at sarcastic one-liners, young readers will also learn about what life was like 40,000 years ago.

Our catalog for children’s and teen titles, Growing Minds, talked with Brown about the latest addition to his humorous series. Read the interview below and don’t forget to enter the Jeffrey Brown Summer Reading Sweepstakes!

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Introducing Out of the Shadows

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Imagine living in a darkness so deep, you can’t eat well, you can’t sleep well, you can’t concentrate on anything for very long―in short, your life is not as it once was. Depression often feels like moving through a fog so thick it envelopes every aspect of your entire life.

Depression had its claws in Mark Litzsinger for years, but by taking the hands offered to him from family, friends, and medical professionals, he was able to climb out of the shadows and back into his life.

Litzsinger, the former chairman of Follett, wrote this book with the hopes to help people make that same journey out of depression’s tight grip. Learn more about Litzsinger’s book, and his own personal struggle with depression, with this interview:

This updated book provides a hand to hold as you deal with depression. It is designed to help you―and your family, friends, and doctors―understand the disease and develop a plan for getting the best care to overcome depression.

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Out of the Shadows: Revealing the Path to Recovery
Mark Litzsinger with Sarah Hamaker
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