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Sok Song, the author and origami artist behind Origami Chic: A Guide to Foldable Fashion, appeared at Books of Wonder in New York City this past weekend for a special event and book signing. Sok was joined by other talented creators of interactive paper and pop-up books including Matthew Reinhart,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Capstone Connect
We have no shortage of spooky books in our repertoire at Capstone. We have funny-scary books and jump-up-and-scream scary books. We have scary books starring Scooby-Doo, Catwoman, and a young Sherlock Holmes. We have books that cover real-life haunted houses and folk lore and books that star vampires, sea monsters,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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Today we invite Caighlan Smith to our blog to talk about her recently released novel, Children of Icarus. This coming-of-age adventure has a haunting premise inspired by Greek mythology. With danger around every turn and fast-paced action, readers have found this book hard to put down! It is Clara who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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A very happy book birthday to When Penny Met POTUS, by Rachel Ruiz! To celebrate, we’ve invited Rachel to our blog this morning to answer some of our most burning questions. Penny has heard the term POTUS over and over but doesn't know what it means — and her imagination... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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In the latest book from the Bewitched in Oz series by Laura J. Burns, Zerie Greenapple refuses to let the oppressive government in Oz squander her magical power. But with fragile friendships and her own safety at stake, will Zerie ever be the witch she dreams of becoming? See the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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In the latest Craft It Yourself book from Capstone Young Readers, Girl Plus Pen, designer and artist Stephanie Corfee (pictured below) inspires readers to create doodle drawings that are fresh, fun, and express their unique sense of style. Using a combination of step-by-step instructions, artistic prompts, and helpful tips, Stephanie... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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A while back, I went to a talk on letting go. It got me thinking about a lot of things. I started thinking about how I can be better about letting go of the things I can’t control—other peoples’ behavior, drivers making dumb decisions, the weather, and the frizziness of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Capstone Connect
Recently I re-watched a TED Talk by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "The Danger of a Single Story." Although her talk was recorded over six years ago, I found her words to be urgent and relevant as ever. Adichie grew up in Nigeria, reading American and British children's books. When she... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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Valentine's Day and poetry go together. They just do. When I was a kid, I used to write poems for my family members to show them that I loved them, because I was much better at writing than saying what was on my mind! I found one of these poems... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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The public library system . . . is one of the great miracles of this country . . . — Rebecca Solnit It probably comes as no surprise that we at Capstone love libraries. I'd be willing to bet that many of us who work here were fortunate enough to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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Equal parts fantasy, wit, and adventure, Tales of a Fifth-Grade Knight, by Douglas Gibson, is a middle-grade modern hero's journey. When Knight begins, Isaac Thompson is just your average fifth grader playing the part of a porcupine in the Castle Elementary School play. But when Isaac's little sister Lily goes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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Every day I’m still a little surprised by how many decisions I have to make as an editor. This responsibility is often a blessing for a person like me, who can be somewhat of a perfectionist. It is also a curse for a person like me, who can agonize over... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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Happy New Year, book lovers! As I write this on New Year's Eve Day, I'm feeling a bit sentimental as I reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead. There were many highlights for Capstone in 2015 — too many to list here. But I thought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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Perhaps as a person who works in the publishing industry I'm biased, but I'd like to think if there were a perfect gift that existed in this world, it would be a book. Of course, the type of book — the genre, the tone, the subject matter — should vary... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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We like our sweets here at Capstone. Don't believe me? Just come around sometime right before an office-wide email is about to go out, letting us all know that there are cookies and milk in the break room. You would see people dashing around corners, elbows out and hair flying.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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Working with books every day is a pretty great thing. When I find myself complaining about some mundane thing at work, I remind myself that I get to work on books! For kids! We all know that there will always be annoying things about work. There is technology that doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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The topic of brainstorming has been coming up often at Capstone as of late. Which has everyone thinking: How best do we brainstorm — both individually and as a group? How do we find the time to brainstorm? How do we make it a more regular practice? At Capstone, we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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Michael Dahl, the author of the Library of Doom and Troll Hunters series, is an expert on fear. He is afraid of heights (but he still flies). He is afraid of small, enclosed spaces (but his house is crammed with over 3,000 books). He is afraid of ghosts (but that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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Name, please! Alison Deering, also known as Ali. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I grew up in Michigan and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for college because I knew I wanted to study journalism. I was originally in the journalism school’s broadcast journalism program but later switched to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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In one of our recent department meetings, the trade editorial group shared our favorite books from childhood. There's quite an assortment here! Among our picks, there were several classics and a couple of books I had never heard of before. There were silly stories and scary stories and serious stories.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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Tomorrow, comics enthusiasts from around the world will be celebrating Batman Day. And you can bet that cohort will include many Capstone employees. I think it's safe to say that pretty much everyone who has worked at Capstone has somehow touched a Batman product. Here's just a sampling of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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Adeline Porcupine and Danny Armadillo embrace fall. It can be difficult to say goodbye to one season and welcome another. There's a tiny pang of loss I feel with the fading of each season. But with each fading comes something new, and there's always an element of excitement in that.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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Several years out of college, it still seems strange to me that I no longer mark the end of the summer by going back to school, starting fresh with new teachers, new subject matters, new activities. Perhaps that's why I'm often starting some kind of new activity in the fall.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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The end of August is upon us, which can mean only one thing: the Minnesota State Fair has started. As someone who grew up in the Northeast, I was a bit overwhelmed the first time I attended the state fair here. When I left, I swear I was emanating some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at Capstone Connect
Titles are a sneaky business. I bet most readers don't know that oftentimes, titles start out VERY boring. For instance, if we're brainstorming a book concept at Capstone, we'll often pick out one word to describe said book and refer to the book as that throughout it's lifetime, even after... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Capstone Connect