New Books Network

Discussion with George White, President of Up With Paper/Jumping Jack Press (Bologna Book Fair, 2017)
George White, President and COO of Up With Paper and Jumping Jack Press interviewed following the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, discusses the intricacies of creating pop-up art for greeting cards and for books. Susan Raab is president of Raab Associates, an internationally recognized agency that specializes in marketing literature, products... Read More
Matteo Faglia, “Pop-Up Show: The Magic Inside Books” (Bologna Children’s Book Fair Exhibition, 2017)
Matteo Faglia, discusses the 2017 Bologna Book Fair exhibition, “Pop-up Show: The Magic Inside Books,” which traces some of the important milestones in the story of 3-dimensional, or as they have been called since the 1930s, pop-up books. The exhibition showcases the extensive collection of Artist and Collector Massimo Missiroli.... Read More
Donna Freitas, “The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost” (Oxford UP, 2017)
In The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost (Oxford University Press, 2017), Donna Freitas investigates the darker side of social media use and explains how pressure to appear happy and successful online can actually make people less happy in the real... Read More
Sherilyn Connelly, “Ponyville Confidential: The History and Culture of My Little Pony, 1981-2016” (McFarland, 2017)
In Ponyville Confidential: The History and Culture of My Little Pony, 1981-2016 (McFarland, 2017), Sherilyn Connelly examines the long and complex history of Hasbro’s My Little Pony franchise. Since it debuted in the early 1980s, controversy has surrounded My Little Pony. Dismissed as solely toy advertisements and not serious enough,... Read More
Deborah Hopkinson “Steamboat School” (Jump At the Sun, 2016)
In Steamboat School (Jump at the Sun, 2016), an historical picture book based on true events, author Deborah Hopkinson recounts the story of Reverend John Berry Meachum’s brave act to defy an 1847 Missouri law designed to prohibit African American children from attending school. This fictional account is told from... Read More
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, “Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers”(U. Chicago Press, 2016)
With Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot offers an intimately detailed, emotionally powerful and different perspective of the parenting experience than we are used to, showing that parents grow themselves, learning the lessons their children teach. While countless books... Read More
Heather Shumaker, “It’s OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids” (TarcherPerigee, 2016)
In this episode, I speak with Heather Shumaker, the author of It’s OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids (TarcherPerigee, 2016). Her book offers advice to parents looking for new approaches to common problems facing their school-age children. We discuss how our perception... Read More