Close to the Sea

Picture Book of the Day

New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story

by April Halprin Wayland (Author) and Stephane Jorisch (Illustrator)

Booktalk: A boy named Izzy celebrates Jewish New Year at the water’s edge…

Snippet: Izzy loves this changing time of year. Some days sunglasses, someday sweaters. Apples, honey, the sound of the shofar, and his favorite part of Rosh Hashanah:


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Chapter Book of the Day

Chasing the Nightbird

by Krista Russell (Author)

208 pages

Booktalk: Fourteen-year-old Lucky Valera is a seasoned sailor on the crew of the whaling ship, Nightbird. But when his estranged older brother suddenly kidnaps him off the docks and forces him into servitude at the mill, his life takes a dramatic turn for the worse. The Underground Railroad looks like the answer, but plans go awry. How can Lucky find freedom?


New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1851

If it were true that seagulls possessed the souls of dead sailors, Lucky Valera wondered which of his shipmates was diving at him from the June morning sky.

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The Children’s Authors Who Broke the Rules (via New York Times)

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