ISB Author/Illustrator Visit Series

My Pen By Christopher Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781423103714
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2015

Author visit February 9, 2024 - 2nd to 5th grade

My pen rides dinosaurs and hides an elephant in a teacup.

What can your pen do?

Acclaimed author and illustrator Christopher Myers uses rich black-and-white illustrations to bring a sketchbook to life, showing that with a simple pen, a kid can do anything!


Firebird By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399166150
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

Author visit February 9, 2024 - 2nd to 5th grade

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.

Lyrical and affecting text paired with bold, striking illustrations that are some of Caldecott Honoree Christopher Myers's best work, makes Firebird perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere.


Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem By Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Christopher Myers (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870709654
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Published: Museum of Modern Art, New York - June 30th, 2015

Author visit February 9, 2024 - 2nd to 5th grade

Award-winning creators Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Christopher Myers’s picture bookJake Makes a World follows the creative adventures of the young Jacob Lawrence as he finds inspiration in the vibrant colors and characters of his community in Harlem.
 
From his mother’s apartment, where he is surrounded by brightly colored walls with intricate patterns; to the streets full of familiar and not-so-familiar faces, sounds, rhythms, and smells; to the art studio where he goes each day after school to transform his everyday world on an epic scale, Jake takes readers on an enchanting journey through the bustling sights and sounds of his neighborhood.


Wings By Christopher Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator) Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9781338798180
Published: Scholastic Press - January 4th, 2022

Author visit February 9, 2024 - 2nd to 5th grade

 

Are you brave enough to be your true self? Ikarus Jackson is, but it isn't always easy. The people in his neigborhood point at his wings. The kids at school laugh. The teachers call him a distraction. One girl identifies with Ikarus, but she is too shy to speak up for herself, let alone for him. Maybe I should have said something to those mean kids, she thinks, when their taunts send him drifting into the sky.

 

Inspired by Ikarus's own courage, she sets out in search of him and so begins her own journey of self discovery -- leaving both of them transformed.


Disagreement By Nani Brunini, Nani Brunini (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nani Brunini, Nani Brunini (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781734783971
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Published: Tapioca Stories - July 11th, 2023

Author visit April 2, 2024 - 3rd grade

Disagreement is a visual narrative of an argument that devolves out of control, culminating in a shouting match where the only effort being made is to be the loudest. The polarization of opinions and lack of effort to compromise or reach common ground, inspired by recent political events across the globe, consumes those involved. They eventually escape the chaos through creativity and humanism, which ultimately leads to the path of understanding. This book artfully illustrates the toll of conflict and the magic that can occur when one takes a step back from the noise.


The Liars Society By Alyson Gerber Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338859218
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 6th, 2024

Author visit April 2024 - 6th grade

The Inheritance Games and One of Us is Lying for middle grade -- beloved author Alyson Gerber's new series is an unforgettable mystery featuring a secret society, a mysterious island, and dangerous family secrets.

Weatherby is a fish out of water. When she lands a scholarship to the prestigious Boston School, she’s excited to be in the same world as her dad, whom she’s never met, and make real friends. But Weatherby has a secret she’ll risk everything to protect, one that could destroy her new life.

Every member of Jack’s wealthy and privileged family has made their mark at the Boston School. Everyone, that is, except for Jack, who is entirely mediocre. He’s desperate to prove his worth to his influential father. But Jack has a secret of his own . . . one with the power to ruin everything.

When the money for their school trip to a private island—exclusive to Boston students—is stolen, Jack and Weatherby are invited to play a high-stakes game and solve the mystery of the missing money. If they win, they’ll be selected to join the oldest, most powerful secret society in the world—and they’ll be Boston royalty forever. If they lose . . . well, they better not lose.

Beloved author Alyson Gerber crafts an unforgettable mystery that asks—are some secrets and lies impossible to overcome?


Focused By Alyson Gerber Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338185980
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - January 5th, 2021

Author visit April 2024 - 6th grade

Following Braced, which had three starred reviews, comes a story of a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD.

Clea can't control her thoughts. She knows she has to do her homework . . . but she gets distracted. She knows she can't just say whatever thought comes into her head . . . but sometimes she can't help herself. She knows she needs to focus . . . but how can she do that when the people around her are always chewing gum loudly or making other annoying noises?

It's starting to be a problem-not just in school, but when Clea's playing chess or just hanging out with her best friend. Other kids are starting to notice. When Clea fails one too many tests, her parents take her to be tested, and she finds out that she has ADHD, which means her attention is all over the place instead of where it needs to be.

Clea knows life can't continue the way it's been going. She's just not sure how you can fix a problem that's all in your head. But that's what she's going to have to do, to find a way to focus.

In a starred review, Booklist called Alyson Gerber's first novel, Braced, "a masterfully constructed and highly empathetic debut about a different kind of

acceptance." With Focused, she explores even further how, when life gives you a challenge, the best way to face it is with an open mind, an open heart, and the open support of the people around you.


Taking Up Space By Alyson Gerber Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338186017
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - January 3rd, 2023

Author visit April 2024 - 6th grade

From beloved author Alyson Gerber comes another realistic contemporary novel perfect for fans of Judy Blume.

Sarah loves basketball more than anything. Crushing it on the court makes her feel like she matters. And it's the only thing that helps her ignore how much it hurts when her mom forgets to feed her.

But lately Sarah can't even play basketball right. She's slower now and missing shots she should be able to make. Her body doesn't feel like it's her own anymore. She's worried that changing herself back to how she used to be is the only way she can take control over what's happening.

When Sarah's crush asks her to be partners in a cooking competition, she feels pulled in a million directions. She'll have to dig deep to stand up for what she needs at home, be honest with her best friends, and accept that she doesn't need to change to feel good about herself.

Booklist described Gerber's novels in starred reviews as both "highly empathetic" and "truly inspiring." Taking Up Space promises to be a realistic and compelling story about struggling with body image and learning that true self-esteem comes from within.


Braced By Alyson Gerber Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545907613
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 31st, 2018

Author visit April 2024 - 6th grade

The first contemporary novel about a disease that bends the lives of 10 percent of all teenagers: scoliosis.

Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She's finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team. Her best friends make everything fun. And she really likes Tate, and she's pretty sure he likes her back. After one last appointment with her scoliosis doctor, this will be her best year yet.Then the doctor delivers some terrible news: The sideways curve in Rachel's spine has gotten worse, and she needs to wear a back brace 23 hours a day. The brace wraps her in hard plastic from shoulder blades to hips. It changes how her clothes fit, how she kicks a ball, and how everyone sees her -- even her friends and Tate. But as Rachel confronts all the challenges the brace presents, the biggest change of all may lie in how she sees herself.Written by a debut author who wore a brace of her own, Braced is the inspiring, heartfelt story of a girl learning to manage the many curves life throws her way.

 


Making Friends: A Graphic Novel (Making Friends #1) By Kristen Gudsnuk, Kristen Gudsnuk (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kristen Gudsnuk, Kristen Gudsnuk (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338139211
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Graphix - July 31st, 2018

Author visit January 2024 - 5th grade

Danielle needs a perfect friend, but sometimes making (or creating) one is a lot easier than keeping one!

Sometimes making a friend is a lot easier than keeping one!

Sixth grade was SO much easier for Dany. All her friends were in the same room and she knew exactly what to expect out of life. Now that she's in seventh grade, she's in a new middle school, her friends are in different classes and forming new cliques, and she is totally, completely lost. What Dany really needs is a new best friend! So when she inherits a magic sketchbook from her eccentric great-aunt in which anything she sketches in it comes to life, she draws Madison, the most amazing, perfect, and awesome best friend ever.

The thing is, even when you create a best friend, there's no guarantee they'll always be your best friend. Especially when they discover they've been created with magic!


Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board: A Graphic Novel (Making Friends #2) By Kristen Gudsnuk, Kristen Gudsnuk (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kristen Gudsnuk, Kristen Gudsnuk (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338139266
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Published: Graphix - July 30th, 2019

Author visit January 2024 - 5th grade


Dany, Madison, and... wait -- another Dany?! -- must navigate some very complicated friendships while trying to capture a magical dog that is turning their town upside down!

Almost everything is going great for Dany. She and Madison are still best friends, she still has her magic sketchbook, and the new school year is looking up. But when Dany creates a duplicate of herself to secretly help with homework and raise her social status, the two of them accidentally unleash a magical dog that wreaks supernatural havoc on the town. Now, with the big school dance coming up, time is running short for Dany, Madison, and their friends to set things right before the night is completely ruined!


Making Friends: Third Time's a Charm: A Graphic Novel (Making Friends #3) By Kristen Gudsnuk, Kristen Gudsnuk (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kristen Gudsnuk, Kristen Gudsnuk (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338630794
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Published: Graphix - August 3rd, 2021

Author visit January 2024 - 5th grade

Dany's sketchbook is at it again, but this time it's not Dany's doing!

Dany and Madison are living a new reality. Rather than best friends, the pair now believe they are twins -- and that isn't the only part of their lives that has been completely rewritten. Their mom is a novelist, their dad is a rock star, and Dany has suddenly become a diligent student.

Things. Aren't. Adding. Up.

Dany and Madison start sleuthing and discover that someone has drastically altered the universe! Can the pair put things back the way they were, or is this magic beyond their control?


Making Friends: Together Forever: A Graphic Novel (Making Friends #4) By Kristen Gudsnuk, Kristen Gudsnuk (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kristen Gudsnuk, Kristen Gudsnuk (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781338630831
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Published: Graphix - March 5th, 2024

Author visit January 2024 - 5th grade

Kristen Gudsnuk takes readers on a magical adventure about friendship in this fourth and final installment of her imaginative Making Friends series.

No magic. No sketchbook. No friends. Again?!

Dany's magical sketchbook has steered most of her middle-school life so far -- it even helped create her best friend, Madison. But now that the sketchbook is gone, and Madison with it, Dany's back to being a loner. Then one day, Dany tunes in to the new hit TV show My Magical Best Friend, and it's starring her magical best friend, Madison! The show is clearly based on Dany's life, and she watches it regularly with a mix of horror and fascination. But lately there's something else about the show that's captured her attention: Madison seems to be dropping hints for Dany to come rescue her. With no magical sketchbook at her fingertips, can Dany find a way to save her best friend?


Ways to Play By Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Gabriel Alborozo (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646142590
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Published: Levine Querido - August 8th, 2023

Author visit November 1st, 2023

Riley has plenty of ways to play; like lining up dolls and stuffies by size and shape. Tearing up newspapers and making piles into mountains, using sharp crayons to draw big swirly patterns. But bossy cousin Emma thinks those ways are wrong, wrong, and wrong. And she makes no bones about letting Riley know exactly what her opinion is.  Fortunately, Charlie the dog is on hand to help with a breakthrough demonstration that there are MANY ways to play; and all of them are right.
 
Based on experiences that Lyn Miller Lachman had growing up as an Autistic child and illustrated with the humor, tenderness and understanding that perhaps only an artist like Gabriel Alborozo, himself an Autistic creator, could bring, here is an empowering validation of the value of individual expression. And a whole lot of fun.


She Persisted: Temple Grandin By Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator), Gillian Flint (Illustrator) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780593353554
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Published: Philomel Books - April 5th, 2022

Author visit November 1st, 2023

Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Temple Grandin!

In this chapter book biography by beloved author Lyn Miller-Lachmann, STEMinist readers learn about the amazing life of Temple Grandin--and how she persisted
 
Temple Grandin is a world-renowned scientist, animal-behavior expert, and autism spokesperson who was able to use her way of thinking and looking at the world to invent and achieve great things!

Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Temple Grandin's footsteps and make a difference! A perfect choice for kids who love learning and teachers who want to bring inspiring women into their curriculum.
 
And don’t miss out on the rest of the books in the She Persisted series, featuring so many more women who persisted, including Sally Ride, Virginia Apgar, Helen Keller, and more!


Max in the House of Spies: A Tale of World War II (Operation Kinderspion) By Adam Gidwitz Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593112083
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 27th, 2024

Author visit January 30th, 2024

Max in the House of Spies is everything you could hope for in a book,” -R. J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder, White Bird, and Pony

“Espionage! Secrets! Suspense! If you’ve ever dreamed of being a spy, this book is for you.” -Alan Gratz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Refugee and Projekt 1065


Max Bretzfeld doesn’t want to move to London.

Leaving home is hard and Max is alone for the first time in his life. But not for long. Max is surprised to discover that he’s been joined by two unexpected traveling companions, one on each shoulder, a kobold and a dybbuk named Berg and Stein.

Germany is becoming more and more dangerous for Jewish families, but Max is determined to find a way back home, and back to his parents. He has a plan to return to Berlin. It merely involves accomplishing the impossible: becoming a British spy.

Thought-provoking historical fiction with a dash of magic, Max in the House of Spies is a World War II story as only acclaimed storyteller Adam Gidwitz can tell it—fast-paced, hilarious, and filled with heart.