Ladybug Nominee

 Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor (Balzer + Bray, 2021)

 A tale about self-confidence and taking a leap of faith, starring a kingfisher. Sometimes, you might fall down, down, down, before you learn to fly up, up, up…

This book was selected as an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a Caldecott Honor Book.

About Corey R. Tabor

Corey R. Tabor is the author and illustrator of, among other titles, Snail Crossing which won the 2021 Ladybug Picture Book Award. He lives in Seattle with his wife and son and spends his time making pictures and stories. His website is  http://www.coreyrtabor.com

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This is one of ten titles nominated for the 2022 Ladybug Picture Book Award.

We will be posting information about a different nominee each Friday throughout the summer and will issue a pdf voters guide featuring all ten titles at Labor Day.



Book of the Week (6/20/2022)

New Hampshire War Monuments: The Stories Behind the Stones by Kathleen D. Bailey & Sheila R. Bailey (History Press, 2022)

"A father’s grief for his son. A daughter’s grief for her father. And a love story that crossed continents and an ocean, coming to rest in a tiny New Hampshire town. This small state has more than enough heart, sending men and women to fight for freedom around the world. New Hampshire military personnel have distinguished themselves in every war from the French and Indian War to the dusty mountains of Afghanistan. The Granite State continues to honor their sacrifices, memorializing their stories in statues, bridges, buildings and highways. Join Kathleen and Sheila Bailey as they recount the stories behind the stones." --Publisher's blurb


Ladybug Nominee

Change Sings: A Children's Anthem words by Amanda Gorman and pictures by Loren Long (Viking, 2021)

In this stirring, much-anticipated picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes--big or small--in the world, in their communities, and, most importantly, in themselves. Change Sings is a triumphant call to action for everyone to use their abilities to make a difference.

About Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, she began writing at only a few years of age.  Her website is  https://www.theamandagorman.com/

About Loren Long

Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Otis picture books, the first of which was nominated for the Ladybug Picture Book Award in 2010. He has also illustrated several other previous Ladybug nominees. The Otis series has been developed as an animated television series, Get Rolling With Otis, on Apple TV, which Long executive produced. Learn more at https://lorenlong.com/#about

Activities & Links

Suggestions for Further Reading

This is one of ten titles nominated for the 2022 Ladybug Picture Book Award.
We will be posting information about a different nominee each Friday throughout the summer and will issue a pdf voters guide featuring all ten titles at Labor Day.


Book of the Week (6/13/2022)

The Hospice Singer by Larry Duberstein (Rootstock Publishing, 2022)

Hancock, NH author Larry Duberstein's latest book approaches the little-known world of hospice singing.   

"From the author of The Marriage Hearse, a New York Times New & Noteworthy selection, and The Handsome Sailor, a New York Times Notable Book, comes a new novel that explores the little-known world of hospice singing-home visit concerts for the dying-through the surprising relationship between one of the singers, 66-year-old Ian Nelson, and a beautiful young woman, Anita Richardson, to whom his choir sings.

Ian, retired from a career as a high school guidance counselor, long married, and the father of two, considers himself an ordinary man. He is intelligent, engaging, more attractive than he seems to know, and, as the son of a minister, determinedly moral. Meeting Anita threatens it all. His attraction and connection to this much younger woman-who, to complicate matters, is dying-upends his quiet New England life.

In richly detailed, finely honed prose threaded through with Larry Duberstein's characteristic humor and compassion, The Hospice Singer explores the hidden complexities of life in small town America." --Publisher's blurb



Book of the Week (6/6/2022)

A Sprinkling of Stardust Over the Outhouse by Paul Brogan (Page Publishing, 2022)

"A Sprinkling of Stardust Over the Outhouse is the long-awaited follow-up to Paul Brogan's highly successful first book, Was That a Name I Dropped? released in 2011.

Paul "came out" as gay when he was 10, in the early 1960's and faced a number of obstacles for doing so. He approached them, without losing sight of who he was, eventually winning over even the naysayers who urged him to be someone other than himself.

A Sprinkling of Stardust is a true story that is rich in detail as it tells Paul's story with humor and heart as well as harsh and sometimes shockingly brutal reality." --Publisher's blurb

Join NH author Paul Brogan at Gibson's Bookstore on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 6:30pm where he will present his newest book!


Book of the Week (5/30/2022)

The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird by Jack E. Davis (Liveright, 2022)

"From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Gulf, comes a sweeping cultural and natural history of the bald eagle in America.

The bald eagle is regal but fearless, a bird you’re not inclined to argue with. For centuries, Americans have celebrated it as “majestic” and “noble,” yet savaged the living bird behind their national symbol as a malicious predator of livestock and, falsely, a snatcher of babies. Taking us from before the nation’s founding through inconceivable resurgences of this enduring all-American species, Jack E. Davis contrasts the age when native peoples lived beside it peacefully with that when others, whether through hunting bounties or DDT pesticides, twice pushed Haliaeetus leucocephalus to the brink of extinction.

Filled with spectacular stories of Founding Fathers, rapacious hunters, heroic bird rescuers, and the lives of bald eagles themselves―monogamous creatures, considered among the animal world’s finest parents―The Bald Eagle is a much-awaited cultural and natural history that demonstrates how this bird’s wondrous journey may provide inspiration today, as we grapple with environmental peril on a larger scale." --Publisher's blurb

Jack E. Davis is a professor of environmental history at the University of Florida. He lives in both Florida and New Hampshire. Join the author at Toadstool Bookshop on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 am in Peterborough, NH!