What's Cooking at 10 Garden Street?

Delicious smells are coming from 10 Garden Street this afternoon.  Is it Pilar’s smooth salmorejo sprinkled with serrano ham, Mister Singh’s creamy coconut dahl or Penelope and Miles’ wonderfully savory and tangy green rice?  Or all of the above?  Head over to 10 Garden Street to see what’s cooking and meet the diverse neighbors who come together like a family to not only share heartwarming food, but each other’s stories and lives as well.  Felicita Sala’s gorgeous and lush illustrations are part of what made this one of our most anticipated books this fall.

What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street?: Recipes for Kids From Around the World was written and illustrated by Felicita Sala and published by Prestel Junior.  It’ll be out on September 24.

Wee Society: Write On: My Story Journal

Three cheers — Wee Society has a new book out next Tuesday, 8/20!  Their new creative writing journal called Write On is pure gold.  Done in their signature bright and modern style, it’s full of creative and clever writing prompts that will make kids fall in love with storytelling (if they aren’t already!).  Young scribes will love exploring narratives, poems, comics, song lyrics, a tear-out story card game and more sweet surprises!  Once the book is complete, it’ll be a keepsake for the ages.  Smart, silly, ridiculous or just plain fun?  This book is all of the above.  It’s definitely a keeper (and a gifter for upcoming birthdays and as a first-day-of-school surprise).

We are partnering with Wee Society to give away two copies of Write On (one for you and one for a friend).  This giveaway is open to US residents and ends Saturday, August 17, at 11:59 PM PT. Head over to this Instagram post to enter.

What’s Your Favorite Food?

Thirteen authors/illustrators weigh in on their favorite food in the latest book in the Eric Carle and Friends’ What’s Your Favorite series.  For Felicita Sala, it’s paella — a party in a pan that everyone’s invited to.  Juliet Menéndez paints colorful, vivid memories of climbing the rocks and hunting for pitaya fruit with her cousins in Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.  Isabelle Arsenault never met a cake she didn’t like!  A charming collection of delicious memories and odes to favorite eats.

What’s Your Favorite Food? was published by Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers.

How to Read a Book

HOW TO READ A BOOK is one part beauty and infinite parts magic.  It’s a stunning and immersive reminder to savor a book’s sweet words, take time to wander through its pages (getting a little lost on the way), and revel in the joy of the story.  Thank you to Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet for breathing inspiration into our reading lives with this rich, meaningful collaboration.

Be sure to listen to an excerpt of Kwame reading the book on HarperCollins’ website.

How to Read a Book was written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and published by HarperCollins.

Abner & Ian Get Right-Side Up and an Interview with Dave Eggers

We’re excited to welcome back Dave Eggers to share his new picture book out last month, Abner & Ian Get Right-Side Up, illustrated by Laura Park and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

A duck and a prairie dog, respectively named Abner and Ian, are stuck sideways on this book’s pages.  They’ve found the perfect person to help them get right side-up — you, dear reader.  You’d think one hearty, swift shake would do the trick.  But it’s not as easy as it looks!  This odd couple’s conundrum is read-aloud gold.

Abner and Ian are a hilarious duo.  Were they inspired by anyone in real life?

That’s a great question. The quick answer is no, but then I start wondering if there is some subliminal source for these guys. Probably not, but I think there’s something inherently funny about a mismatched duo who have nothing in common but somehow are content to be stuck with each other.

We’d love to hear what’s next for you in terms of upcoming projects.

There’s another book in the pipeline with Little, Brown, called Faraway Things. It’s a more serious picture book about a boy living on a windswept coast who one day finds an old sword among the debris washed ashore. And I’m still hoping to become a professional stuntman.

Any new picture books that have caught your eye lately or favorites that you find yourself re-reading at the moment?

I recently discovered Enchanted Lion Books out of Brooklyn, and I’m kind of obsessed with everything they do. They have great taste and publish books with real attention to the craft of the physical object. There’s a new one called Noodlephant, by Jacob Kramer and K-Fai Steele, that has the right kind of timeless storytelling paired with a very pointed contemporary political message.

Where’s your favorite spot to write and/or do you have certain writing rituals?

I usually write in my office, which is in my garage, and is usually pretty messy. But today I went up into the headlands north of San Francisco and wrote a bit on a larg flat rock while watching a crow float at about eye level, playing with a thermal he’d mastered.

Favorite bookstore in all of San Francisco (existing or closed)?

I can’t quite pick favorites, because there are so many I’m loyal to. One that doesn’t always get enough attention, I think, is Borderlands, a sci-fi and fantasy bookstore on Valencia, just a few doors down from 826 Valencia. They are really kind and helpful in there, and the store is beautifully laid out. Their cafe next door just got priced out, given the insane rents on the street, so I hope the bookstore can survive these irrationally exuberant times.

Many thanks to Dave stopping by!  Also, don’t miss out on his other new picture book which was released in April, Most Likely Tomorrow.  Read more on Dave’s site about his initiatives, projects and body of work as a writer, journalist, artist, philanthropist, editor and founder of McSweeney’s.