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We stand with all who are striving to make the world a safe and just place. There are many groups who have reached out to us with reading and resource lists, and we wanted to share a few with you, many of which have been added to Title Source 360, with more to come.

Cats News

Starting out this month, Christian Robinson is back with a timely picture book, You Matter (9781534421691 HRD, 9781534421707 EBK), which shows us the world from different points of view. As Booklist notes, the book is “Nonjudgmental and reassuring” and “this is a great choice for anyone experiencing a bad day.” It invites young readers to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters. Get downloadable and shareable activities that tie into the story here.




Ongoing Series Update

Staff Picks

Again Again

Written by E. Lockhart | Delacorte Press | June 2, 2020 | 9780385744799 | Hardcover | $18.99


After a near-fatal family catastrophe involving her brother and opioids, Adelaide Buchwald moves to a boarding school with her English teacher father and distracts herself during the school year with new friends and a first love. Eight months later, the summer before her, Adelaide is still reeling from her brother’s addiction and road to recovery, and saddened further as the fresh break-up-ee of that first-love, Mikey Double L. But the summer is wild with possibility. Read More.

And Then I Turned Into a Mermaid

Written by Laura Kirkpatrick | Sourcebooks | June 2, 2020 | 9781728214207 | Paperback | $7.99


Molly lives in Maine with her mom and four sisters in a lighthouse. She often has to dress as a fish and hand out flyers for the fish shop her family owns and runs. Life isn’t ideal for this already awkward 12- going on 13-year-old. Then on her birthday, Molly discovers she’s an even bigger freak than she already thought she was. She and her family are half mermaid, and they each transform into one any time they are near large bodies of water. Read More



Rina Singh


Rina Singh has published several critically acclaimed books for children inspired by her heritage, including Diwali Lights, Holi Colors and Diwali: A Festival of Lights, which was nominated for the Red Cedar Award. This spring, Grandmother School (ISBN 9781459819054 REI), which Kirkus called “A spirited book about gender, age, rights, and the importance of education”, arrived on shelves.
Read the interview here.

CATS In Your Library

Meet Alison Curtin

Alison Curtin is the Children’s and Teen Services Special Collections Project Manager in Baker & Taylor’s Public Library Sales group. Learn all about Alison here.



Meet Pam Day

Pam Day is the editor of Growing Minds, CATS Series and a number of other catalogs and microsites hosted by Baker & Taylor. Learn all about Pam here.



Meet Bobbie Bensur

Meet Bobbie, Children’s and Teen Services Manager for the Eastern Region. Learn all about Bobbie here.




Meet Rita King

Meet Rita King, Children’s and Teen Services Manager for the Western half of the country. Learn all about Rita here.




Enter to win a digital advanced reader copy of Jacqueline Woodson’s new novel, Before the Ever After!

TEN lucky winners will receive a digital ARC of Jacqueline Woodson's stirring new novel that explores how a family moves forward when their glory days have passed. Be one of the first to review what’s sure to be another stunning masterpiece! Enter here. Contest ends 07/15/2020. 


Random House and Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Sweepstakes is here!

Enter to win big prizes, including original artwork and autographed books from Emily Winfield Martin! One grand prize winner, and five runners-up will be chosen. Winners will be announced in the August CATS Meow newsletter. View the full rules here. Contest ends 08/01/2020. 

Don’t forget to download the activity sheets, featuring the artwork on Ms. Winfield, and let your young patrons imagine THEIR stories this summer too.

New Titles

Burn Our Bodies Down

Rory Power | Delacorte Press | 9780525645627 | Hardcover | $18.99 | 7/7/2020

This sophomore novel is a page turning thriller, with crossover appeal. About a girl whose past has always been a mystery- until she decides to return to her mother's hometown-where history has a tendency to repeat itself.

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Over and Under the Rainforest

Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal | Chronicle Books | 9781452169408 | Hardcover | $18.99 | 8/11/2020

Kate Messner & Christopher Silas Neal take readers on a tour of one of the world's most diverse ecosystems: the Costa Rican rainforest.

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How to Write a Story

Kate Messner, Mark Siegel | Chronicle Books | 9781452156668 | Hardcover | $17.99 | 7/7/2020

Kate Messner and Mark Siegel chronicle the process of becoming a writer—guiding the beginning storyteller through the joys and challenges of the writing process.

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The Infamous Ratsos Camp Out

Kara Lareau, Matt Myers | Candlewick | 9781536200065 | Hardcover | $14.99 | 5/12/2020

Louie and Ralphie discover that camping is not easy; especially since Scoutmaster Grandpa Ratso doesn't think they should ask for help; in the latest adventure in the Infamous Ratsos series.


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Smart George

Jules Feiffer | HarperCollins Children's Books | 9780062790996 | Reinforced | $17.99 | 6/2/2020

Everyone's favorite dog is back in the much-anticipated follow-up to Bark, George from celebrated author-illustrator Jules Feiffer.


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We the People

Aura Lewis, Evan Sargent | Wide Eyed Editions | 9780711254046 | Hardcover | $24.99 | 7/1/2020

We The People takes the U.S. Constitution out of its glass box, bringing to life this momentous document and its vital role throughout history and the modern world.

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