The Lerner Podcast

The Lerner Podcast

Join us for author interviews, book chat, and more!Lerner Publishing Group creates nonfiction and fiction books that educate, empower and entertain readers. Whether you are looking for engaging picture books, high-quality supplemental nonfiction, graphic novels, or boundary-pushing young adult novels, you will find what your readers need to grow and learn. Visit our website at lernerbooks.com.Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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September 21, 2021 2 min

Blake Hoena gives advice to young writers about finding things to write about, and dives into the inspiration and neat things he learned while writing the Amazing Inventions graphic novel series.

Discover true stories of invention behind coveted pop-culture objects—from sneakers to smartphones. With high-interest graphic novel art, these books profile the products’ creators and innovators, as well as the scientific or technical deve...

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Science author Kate Messner talks about her forthcoming book, Tracking Tortoises, and its predecessor, Tracking Pythons. These fascinating books share Kate's experiences as she follows scientists who are using radio telemetry and other tracking tools to learn more about animal species around the world. Both books include QR codes linking to videos that Kate took while she was in the field.

Tracking Tortoises
Galápagos giant tort...

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Scientists work hard in the lab and in the field to make important discoveries. But who are they really?

It turns out they are just like us! Scientists can be any race. And any gender. They can wear lab coats, jeans, or even tutus. And they are people who love to fly drones, make art, and even eat French fries!

Meet fourteen phenomenal scientists who might just change the way you think about who a scientist is. They share their scien...

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In the spring of 2018, Guatemalan American high school senior Milagros “Millie” Vargas knows her life is about to change. She’s lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, ever since her parents sought asylum there when she was a baby. Now a citizen, Millie devotes herself to school and caring for her younger siblings while her mom works as a housekeeper for the wealthy Wheeler family. With college on the horizon, Millie is torn between attend...

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With rhythmic, rhyming verse, this picture book follows two girls—one non-Black Puerto Rican, one Black—as they discover the stories their hair can tell.

Preciosa has hair that won’t stay straight, won’t be confined. Rudine’s hair resists rollers, flat irons, and rules.

Together, the girls play hair salon! They take inspiration from their moms, their neighbors, their ancestors, and cultural icons. They discover that their hair holds ...

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While many scientists believed influenza would cause the next great pandemic, no one was prepared for the new strain of coronavirus that appeared in 2019. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has infiltrated every country and put global public health and the economy at risk. Health-care systems have been pushed to the limit as protective gear, life-saving equipment, tests, and vaccines are scarce and in high demand. From the...

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Editorial Director Shaina Olmanson presents highlights from our Fall 2021 young adult nonfiction list.

Teen readers will learn about the science behind coronaviruses,  the story of the jaguar in the American Southwest, gripping details about Antarctica, and a deep exploration of climate change. They'll also enjoy in-their-own-words stories of teen refugees, and a call to action for rights for children around the world.

Learn mo...

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Join Lerner Publishing Group editors for a rundown of our Fall 2021 nonfiction titles from our flagship Lerner Publications imprint. There's something for every library in our list: high-interest nonfiction featuring cryptology, sports superstars, curricular support for topics like nature cycles, science and STEM topics; social-emotional offerings from Sesame Street; paired fiction and low-level early readers; and an important ...

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Illustrated and Photo Picture Books from Carolrhoda and Millbrook Press | Lerner Publishing Group

Join associate publisher Carol Hinz as she shares highlights from Lerner Publishing Group's Fall 2021 picture books and photo books published in the Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books imprints.

These titles will appeal to readers looking for science, nature, entertainment, and more. Robo-Motion highlights technology inspired by an...

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Check out our new Fall 2021 titles coming from Graphic Universe, the graphic novel imprint of Lerner Publishing Group.

Presented by Greg Hunter, editorial director of Graphic Universe, this sneak peek shares details on the forthcoming series Amazing Inventions, covering the history of favorite items like cell phones, sneakers, video games, and electric guitars. Greg also highlights the first US release of Josh Hicks’ Glorious Wrest...

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After sneaking out against her mother's wishes, Artie Irvin spots a massive wolf—then watches it don a bathrobe and transform into her mom. Thrilled to discover she comes from a line of werewolves, Artie asks her mom to share everything—including the story of Artie's late father. Her mom reluctantly agrees. And to help Artie figure out her own wolflike abilities, her mom recruits some old family friends.

Artie thrives in her...

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Ashley "Ash" Bishop has always known who he is: a guy who loves soccer, has a crush on his friend Michelle, and is fascinated by the gruesome history of his hometown—Salem, Massachusetts. He's also always known that he's intersex, born with both male and female genitalia. But it's never felt like a big deal until his junior year of high school, when Ash gets his first period in front of the entire boys' socc...

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Chico Bon Bon's epic Christmas party is three days away! Is our intrepid monkey ready? Of course not!

But thanks to his trusty tool belt and plenty of ingenuity, Chico helps his friends decorate, turns a pile of junk into a bundle of gifts, and finishes preparing for the party just in the nick of time. WHEW!

The latest installment from author and illustrator Chris Monroe is packed full of fun, friendship, and holiday cheer!

"M...

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Editorial director Amy Fitzgerald book talks new middle grade and YA novels from Carolrhoda Books and Carolrhoda Lab.

For the science fiction fans, Eighth Grade vs. the Machines picks right up where Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy leaves off, with Jack and his friends now having to save their trusty public school spaceship from a robot civil war—all while keeping up with their homework. A contemporary middle grade novel, Eddie Whateve...

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"Father, is all of the world a refugee camp?"

Young Kalia has never known life beyond the fences of the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp. The Thai camp holds many thousands of Hmong families who fled in the aftermath of the little-known Secret War in Laos that was waged during America's Vietnam War. For Kalia and her cousins, life isn't always easy, but they still find ways to play, racing with chickens and riding a beloved pe...

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How do you make a picture book? Well, you need an author, an illustrator, and . . . a dog?!

Acclaimed author Chris Barton and his trusty pooch Ernie talk about how to make a nonfiction picture book . . . about Ernie! From coming up with ideas, researching, and writing a first draft to finding the perfect illustrator, deciding what goes on the cover, and getting every last wrod—er, word just right, you'll see how a book is made f...

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"This book is a gift to the culture." —Amy Schumer, writer, actor, and activist

After her brother's death from a congenital heart defect, twelve-year-old Lucy is not prepared to be the new kid at school—especially in a grade full of survivors of a shooting that happened four years ago. Without the shared past that both unites and divides her classmates, Lucy feels isolated and unable to share her family's own loss, w...

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In this new series, examine hard topics facing our society—from gun violence to immigration. Learn how problems developed and hear from underrepresented persons involved in these struggles. Reflection questions help readers challenge their perspectives, while an activism toolkit and a Read Woke reading list empower readers to make a difference.

Read Woke™ Books are created in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian. I...

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"History" sounds really official. Like it's all fact. Like it's definitely what happened. But that's not necessarily true. History was crafted by the people who recorded it. And sometimes, those historians were biased against, didn't see, or couldn't even imagine anyone different from themselves.

That means that history has often left out the stories of LGBTQIA+ people: men who loved men, women who lo...

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Some parents want their children to turn out just like them. Only a few secretly turn their kids into elite special operatives.

Josie Black can infiltrate any building, speak a dozen languages, and fight like a martial arts master. But no one told her that. After J.B. detects gaps in her memory, her mom reveals the truth: she works for a covert agency, and she's given J.B. the skills of a super spy. After J.B. freaks out, runs o...

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