This week, Robert Sabuda “pops” over to Cape Cod; Hachette hosts a book-themed bake-off; Melissa Sarno launches her new novel; and Frank Morrison encourages kids to Soar with Reading.

"I Want to Believe"

Author and artist Robert Sabuda toured Cape Cod in celebration of his new pop-up book, Believe (Candlewick), an ode to possibilities and new adventures. Sabuda stopped at a trio of local bookstores—Titcomb’s in Sandwich, Buttonwood Books in Cohassett, and Eight Cousins in Falmouth (pictured here) —where he read aloud from his book, discussed the art of paper engineering, and gave a demonstration of his process. This year, Sabuda marks three decades of publishing children’s books.

Start Your Ovens!

Hachette Book Group recently hosted its annual bake-off, in which employees are invited to whip up book-themed desserts for prizes. Here, this year’s winners (from l.) Emily Zhu, Jessica Mercado, and Becky Munich show off their awards. Zhu won the “Best Intern” award for her “The Revolution of Basque Cheesecake” based on The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert. Mercado received the “Rookie” award for a tart designed to look like the cover of The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones. And Munich took home the “Most Creative” award for her cookies resembling scout badges from Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and illustrated by Zachariah OHora.


Author Melissa Sarno (l.) joined New York Public Library’s Gwen Glazer at Books of Wonder in Manhattan for a discussion of her new middle grade novel A Swirl of Ocean (Knopf). After the talk, Sarno signed copies of her magical realist tale, which follows 12-year-old Summer as she searches for the place she belongs.

Roots of Rap

On July 30, Roots of Rap illustrator Frank Morrison took part in a reading event hosted by JetBlue’s Soar with Reading initiative and publisher Little Bee Books. The event took place at the PAL New South Bronx Center in New York City, where Morrison was also interviewed by the local news channel. Each child in attendance received a free copy of the picture book. Now in its ninth year, Soar with Reading aims to address the issue of book availability in underserved communities. For the first time, JetBlue brought its free book vending machines to each of the five boroughs.