Astra Young Readers News

18 Picture Books that Celebrate Women’s History

March is Women’s History Month and we are so excited to share the little-known stories of American women all month long. Each book on this list tells... Read More

Biographies, Picture Books & Graphic Novels for Kids Ideal for Black History Month (updated 1/2024)

Celebrate Black achievement, innovation, and history during Black History Month! Our collection of picture books bring alive the stories... Read More

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9 Important Books That Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

This collection of titles from Astra Books for Young Readers will help kids understand Martin Luther King Jr., an impactful figure... Read More

An Intimate Picture Book Celebration

A peek at a sublime weekday lunch gathering of Hippo Park friends with editorial director Jill Davis, in honor of our one-year mark and Hippo Park‘s first book of 2024,... Read More

Spark Conversations with Hippo Park

Hippo Park believes in stories that reflect the joyful, surprising, and endlessly fascinating world that kids live in. Our discovery wish list for when children look inside our picture books? Ideas... Read More

Best of the Best: ABFYR’s 2023 Books on Best Of Lists

As the year comes to a close, we’re celebrating Astra Books for Young Readers’ Best Of 2023 books as voted on by readers! 🏅 A 2023 Horn Book Fanfare Book... Read More

A Thank-You from the Author of PEPPER AND ME

Beatrice Alemagna is the author of PEPPER AND ME, now a Kids’ Indie Next Pick. DEAR READER, when I wrote about a girl and the scab on her knee, I... Read More


Hello! When I first started writing this book, I had one real thought in my mind: this will be the book I wish I had had, the book I wish... Read More

Quirky Nonfiction books from Astra Books for Young Readers

Explore a wonder-filled house, a museum of nothing, and more in Astra’s fantastic fall collection

The ABFYR marketing team runs librarians through a selection of Fall 2023 titles 1. Addie and the Acrobats Addie must choose fame or friendship in this delightfully off-beat picture book... Read More

Moving Middle School Poetry

7 Moving Middle School Poetry Picks

This collection is perfect for more sophisticated young readers who love to dive deeply into beautiful, touching, sometimes painful, sometimes joyful stories. Wordsong, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers, has picture books for kids at every age & every stage! Read More