Author Archive: Julia Smith

Julia Smith is a senior editor for Books for Youth at Booklist. She is a graduate of the MLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is also an aspiring aerialist. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaKate32.

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The Power of a Burning Wish: Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee’s Maybe a Fox

The Power of a Burning Wish: Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee’s Maybe a Fox

Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee’s collaborative novel entwines the story of one girl’s grief with that of a fox with a rare but important destiny. Among Jules and Sylvie Sherman’s dad’s Do Not rules is that they are never to go near the Slip, a dangerous point where the Whippoorwill River surges beneath the ground […]

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Scarred for Life: Scary Books from My Childhood
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Scarred for Life: Scary Books from My Childhood

I’m in the midst of packing up my apartment to move, and by far the biggest undertaking has been boxing up my books. It is a fun chance to look through everything—I’ve even convinced myself to donate at least a few of the books I’d forgotten about entirely. But one book that surfaced is one that […]

Even More Back-to-School Picture Books to Help Kids Feel Ready
By August 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Even More Back-to-School Picture Books to Help Kids Feel Ready

For the August issue of Booklist, I pulled together a list of (mostly) recent back-to-school picture books in “That Back-to-School Feeling,” but it barely scraped the surface of what’s out there. So, guess what? I’ve got even more for you! Get out your #2 pencils—it’s time to take some notes! ABC School’s for Me!, by […]

Novel Soundtracks: Books for Record Store Day

Novel Soundtracks: Books for Record Store Day

Record Store Day is nearly upon us, that magical third Saturday of April when hipsters and music lovers line up outside of their local record shop to support indies and get their hands on special releases produced for the occasion. The truly serious will stake out shops in the early hours of the morning in hopes of […]

A Big-Top 10: High-Flying Circus Books for Kids

A Big-Top 10: High-Flying Circus Books for Kids

I’m not exactly sure when my fascination with the circus started. I never went as a child; I was more concerned with getting on Broadway than running away with Ringling. Still, over the past several years I’ve been drawn to the circus aesthetic—its daring, inherent otherness. I can pore over vintage posters, sideshow banners, and cabinet […]