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This fall author and actor B.J. Novak turns the notion of the “picture book” on its head with The Book With No Picturesa text-only story book for young children designed to make any reader into an extraordinary storyteller. The book, which debuts at #2 on The New York Times children’s picture books bestseller list, was launched last week to rave reviews from media, parents, teachers, librarians and, most importantly, kids! The Atlantic says, “B.J. Novak proves that kids don’t need pictures,” and Vanity Fair calls it  “Funny, creative, and smart.” In a starred review Kirkus called the book “A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall,” andThe Horn Book calls it “Pure kid bliss.” Novak kicked off his national two-week tour in New York with appearances on Today, The View (a must-watch segment) and Watch What Happens Live. He is visiting schools and bookstores in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other media has included reviews in People, US Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, The Wall Street Journal,and The New York Times Book ReviewThe Horn Book ran a wonderful interview with B.J. You can watch a video of B.J. reading the book to kids here. Novak’s collection of short stories One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories  was published by Knopf earlier this year to rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review called it “Hugely pleasurable…droll and smart in spades, but often humane and vulnerable, too…” The Washington Post called Novak “a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.” Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer.  He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.
Elisa Kleven’s Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story  (Dial Books for Young Readers) is a California Book Awards Finalist in the Juvenile Category.Since 1931, the California Book Awards have strived to annually recognize the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of California-based literature.This year’s award winners will be announced on June 9 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.View the full list of finalists here.