Triangle Square Books for Young Readers

Triangle Square Books for Young Readers We publish works of the imagination, combining social justice and good storytelling to reach an audience of young adults and children.

A new imprint from Seven Stories Press, Triangle Square Books for Young Readers combines social justice, good storytelling, and beautiful art for young adults and children of all ages.

Mission: Our books appear in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats; and in English and Spanish languages. They are also translated into virtually all languages around the globe. We believe publishers have a special responsibility to defend free speech and human rights wherever we can.

Remote Storytime #8: Antonia Llyod Jones

For the 8th (!) installment of our #RemoteStorytime Series, we're excited to share a short piece from translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones (tr. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk), reading the titular poem of Robert Graves' lovely kids' collection ANN AT HIGHWOOD HALL: POEMS FOR CHILDREN.

Grab a copy here:

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Seven Stories Press

For the 7th installment of our #RemoteReadingSeries, we're excited to share a reading by Patrice Vecchione, presenting the introduction of her new book "My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry and Speaking Your Truth."

Grab a copy of "My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice" here:

Grab a copy of her previous book with us, "Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience" here:

Remote Storytime #7: Cory Silverberg reads SEX IS A FUNNY WORD

Audio Described Selections from Sex Is a Funny Word:

The seventh installment of our #RemoteStorytimeSeries features Cory Silverberg reading from his amazing gender-inclusive sex-ed book for kids, SEX IS A FUNNY WORD, illustrated by Fiona Smyth

What Makes a Baby/Sex Is a Funny Word #ALAStorytime American Library Association ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Rainbow Round Table of the American Library Association

Thrilled to share that "Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience," edited by Patrice Vecchion...
NCTE’s 2020 Notable Poetry List

Thrilled to share that "Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience," edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond, was selected for National Council of Teachers of English's 2020 Notable Poetry List!

This year, members of the NCTE Excellence in Children's Poetry Award Committee are pleased to recognize 28 outstanding books of poetry and 11 novels in verse. These titles were deemed notable for their use of language and poetic devices and their appropriateness for children ages three to 13.

Remote Storytime #5: Andri Snær Magnason reads "The Story of the Blue Planet"

This week's #RemoteStorytime features Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason reading from his incredible environmentalist children's book, "The Story of the Blue Planet." In partnership with Iceland Naturally and filmed at the Young People's Theatre of Toronto, this reading is one of seven individual videos that, together, comprise the entirety of "The Story of the Blue Planet."

Please visit Iceland Naturally to watch Andri Snær read the rest of "The Story of the Blue Planet" here:

and Join our live-stream Q+A with author Andri Snær Magnason!

Innosanto Nagara, author

Innosanto Nagara, author

If you want to hear a true poet's reading of A is for Activist, followed by analysis by the one and only Analysis (aka. Ken Brown) from Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, and some chit chat with yours truly too--it's all on YouTube now! Unfortunately we lost some of the video so we're missing some letters during his initial reading. But the analysis is all there! Check it out.
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Remote Storytime #4: James Lecesne reads "Trevor: A novella" (12+)

For the fourth installment of our #RemoteStorytimeSeries, James Lecesne, the founder of The Trevor Project, reads from his novella TREVOR (2012), a coming-of-age, anti-bullying story of a whimsical 13-year-old boy who stages a re-enactment of Jacques-Louis David’s La Mort de Marat in his bathtub and plans to dress up as his idol, Lady Gaga, for Halloween.

“Trevor’s story is not a sad, cautionary tale—it’s about love and resilience.” –Teen Vogue.

Martha González reading "A de activista"

Martha González reading "A de activista"

Escrito por Martha González Illustrado por Innosanto Nagara @2014 ISBN: 9781609805692 Triangle Square Books for Young Readers Seven Stories Press “A de Activ...

Remote Storytime Series #3: Translator Lucia Caistor reads THE LIZARD by Jose Saramago

Remote Storytime Series #3: Lucia Caistor reads THE LIZARD by Jose Saramago
"With political-leaning overtones, the Nobel Prize-winning Saramago integrates overriding realism akin to Aesop with Carrollian exaggeration... Borges contributes bold, rustic woodcuts that leave plenty of room for symbolic interpretations... A pensive, allegorical fairy tale for readers ready to sit with perplexity." —Kirkus Reviews
"This memorable fable about the arrival of a giant, fork-tongued but seemingly harmless lizard artfully combines the mythmaking sensibilities of the Portuguese Nobel laureate Saramago and the Brazilian artist Borges. The mysterious lizard shows up in an ordinary town, and 'panic filled the air.' As forces gather to attack it, the creature is transformed into a rose, possibly by fairies. The winsome language and striking woodcut art in bold colors and lots of black capture the ominous rush to judgment and the sweet possibility of wonderment." —Maria Russo, NY Times Book Review

Innosanto Nagara, author

Innosanto Nagara, author

I've been getting a questions about whether I'll be doing videos or live story times with my books. The answer is yes! But not yet. I know everyone is looking for stuff to share with their kids now, and there are some great folks who stepped up immediately (links in the comments). I hope to make my contribution soon, but we're in this for the long-haul, so I'm working on putting together media that I think works best for each book.

In the meantime, please share Tom Morello's reading of A is for Activist with your little ones!
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Rebecca Stefoff reads "A Young People's History of the United States"

Rebecca Stefoff, who, with Howard Zinn, created "A Young People's History of the United States," reads a short portion on the history of Student Rights in the United States.

With so many students, parents, and teachers facing the challenge of remote learning, often without access to assigned textbooks, we've partnered with the Zinn Education Project to offer free eBook downloads of "A Young People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn 1922 - 2010 and Rebecca Stefoff.

Download your copy here:

Offer valid from March 25 at 12:01am EST until March 26 at 11:59pm EST

Remote Storytime #1: Hal Schrieve reads "Out of Salem" (12+)

For our first #RemoteStorytime stream, NYPL librarian Hal Schrieve reads from hir National Book Award-longlisted debut novel OUT OF SALEM (12+), a biting, hilariously macabre story of misfit monsters fighting repression and bigotry (and trying to pass 9th grade) in mid-90's Salem, Oregon.

Family Tree Clinic

Family Tree Clinic

Author: Cory Silverberg
Illustrator: Fiona Smyth
Publisher: Seven Stories Press

What Makes a Baby/Sex Is a Funny Word

Storyteller: Bethany Gehman

This is a book that both tells the story of how all babies are made, giving the essential facts in a simple and sweet way, and provides an opportunity to talk about the different stories of other babies.

After reading activity: Ask your child who helped bring together the sperm and the egg that made them, who was happy that it was THEM who grew and who was waiting for them to be born?

#operationASLstorytime #deafedathome #familytreeclinic #whatmakesababy

YouTube Link:

Video Description: a white woman with short brown hair in a green long-sleeved shirt signing.

What Makes a Baby
The book was written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth.

[Image: A purple background with a yellow sperm-shaped cartoon, on the left side of the page, looking at the blue egg-shaped cartoon at the top right corner.
Text: What Makes a Baby
Written by Cory Silverberg
Illustrated by Fiona Smyth
A pink circle with white text: A book for every kind of FAMILY and every kind of KID]

This is a story about how babies are made.

[Image: A dark blue hand pointing at the dark blue texts on yellow background.]

The first thing you need to know is that you can't make a baby out of nothing.
You have to start with something.

[Image: Dark blue texts on yellow background. The text of 'SOMETHING' is 3-dimensional and colorful.]

This is an egg.

[Image: A blue egg on purple background with red waves moving away from the egg]

Not all bodies have eggs in them. Some do, and some do not.

[Image: Five colorful (pink, blue, yellow, dark blue, and orange) people smiling. Yellow, dark blue, and orange persons have an egg. Blue person has a yellow sperm.]

Inside the egg are so many stories all about the body the egg came from.

[Image: Blue egg, on purple background with red waves, is showing a book with bookmark, a tree with post notes, a puppet show, a DNA, and a film strip.]

This is a sperm.

[Image: A yellow sperm on purple background with red waves]

Not all bodies have sperm in them. Some do, and some do not.

[Image: Five colorful (pink, red, green, dark blue and yellow) people smiling. Pink, green and dark blue persons have a yellow sperm. Yellow person has a blue egg.]

Inside the sperm, just like inside the egg, there are so many stories about the body the sperm came from.

[Image: Yellow sperm, on purple background with red waves, is showing a DNA, a wall with framed photos, a tree stump, snowflakes and a book.]

When grown ups want to make a baby they need to get an egg from one body and sperm from another body.
They also need a place where the baby can grow.

[Image: A green person is laying on one page and an orange person is laying on the opposite page. Both are smiling. The background is purple with red waves. Blue eggs and yellow sperms are surrounding them.]

This is a uterus.
It is a place where a baby grow.

[Image: A pink & red uterus on purple background with red waves.]

You might think that everyone has a uterus, since it has the words YOU and US in it. But not everyone has a uterus.

[Image: Pink background. Colorful people smiling. Orange, blue and dark blue persons have red text of 'YOU' above their heads. Yellow, red, and plum persons have orange text of 'US' above their heads.]

Just like eggs and just like sperm, some bodies have a uterus and some bodies do not. Every body that has a uterus always has it in the same place, just below the belly button, in the squishy middle part.

[Image: Two pages- yellow background. Nine colorful people smiling. Some are sitting. Some are standing. Light blue and dark blue persons have uterus.]

When an egg and a sperm meet, they swirl together in a special kind of dance. As they dance, they talk to each other. The egg tells the sperm all the stories it has to tell about the body it came from. And the sperm tells the egg all the stories it has to tell about the body it came from.

[Image: Two pages- purple background. Yellow sperm with blue/green stripes pant and red shoes, handshaking with the blue egg in pink/red/purple stripes pant and red shoes. There are a conversation bubble coming out of their mouths. Egg is talking about a green person. Sperm is talking about a red person.]

When their dance is done they are not two things anymore. They danced around and shared so much that they became one brand new thing.

[Image: A green circle with a framed photo of a DNA, a film strip of a green book, a tree with post-its with snowflakes in the background, and a puppet dancing on a tree stump.]

At first it is just a tiny thing. Sometimes this tiny thing does not grow. And sometimes it grows into a baby (like you did).

[Image: A purple hand wearing a pink/red/orange stripes long-sleeved shirt holding a magnifying glass close to a black dot.]

What helped bring together the sperm and the egg that made you?
Who was happy that it was YOU who grew?

[Image: Two full pages. Colorful various types of families interacting in a park. Some people are interacting nearby a water foundation. Some are taking a scroll in the park. Some are sitting. Some are enjoying their ride in various types of wheels (bicycle, wheelchair, stroller, and skateboard). Butterflies, birds and flowers here and there.]

Every thing that grows, grows differently. Each of us grow in our own way.

[Image: Purple background. A green person with white curly hair and light blue glasses is sitting and holding a dark blue child in yellow outfit. A light blue child with red straight hair is smiling and leaning against the water foundation. A light blue person with orange curly hair is smiling and trying to touch a butterfly.]

How a baby grows depends on the stories that the egg and sperm share and on the uterus the baby is growing inside.

[Image: A light blue person with pink hair and red cap is pushing a stroller of five different colored kids (light green, dark green, light blue, plum and more) next to a field of sunflowers.]

But before a baby can be born it has to get bigger, and bigger, and BIGGER.
This usually takes about forty weeks.

[Image: 6 purple oval-like shapes with various shades of green and purple borders spread across two pages. The first one has an embryo with a sign, '2 WEEKS', the second embryo has a sign of '3 WEEKS', third: an embryo with a sign, '5 WEEKS', fourth: an embryo with a sign, '7 WEEKS', fifth: a fetus with a sign, '12 WEEKS', and lastly a fetus with a sign, '38 WEEKS']

Sometimes the baby is ready to come out on its own.
Sometimes a midwife or a doctor will be the one to say it is time for the baby to be born.

No matter who decides, the baby does not just hop out by itself.

[Image: A person is pregnant with an orange fetus. A light blue person with dark purple hair and light plum person with red hair are touching the pregnant person's belly. An orange person with blue hair and light blue walking forearm crutches is standing nearby with a yellow person with purple curly hair, wearing a cat t-shirt and red glasses.]

Some babies are born by coming out through a part of the body that most people call the vagina.

[Image: Red background. A light blue pregnant person is lying as a green person with purple curly hair is delivering a pink baby out of them. They all are sitting/lying on a purple/pink blanket.]

And other times doctors will make a special opening below the belly button, take the baby out, and then close up the hole.

[Image: Purple background. Two people wearing green scrubs is delivering a purple baby out of a purple person's belly. The purple person is lying and wearing a pair of green slippers. There are two yellow lights shining on them.]

Whichever way the baby comes out, it is a pretty big deal for the baby. It is also a pretty big deal for the people who waited and waited and WAITED for the baby to be born.

Sometimes it takes a long time,
sometimes it is quick,
sometimes it hurts a little,
and sometimes it hurts A LOT.
But usually everyone needs a lot of rest afterwards.

[Image: Two full page- purple background. At the bottom of the pages, there are a silhouette of 12 different people and a cat waiting. There is a white and pink clock at the bottom left corner, showing 1:00. There are four images of a purple person showing various facial expressions (biting lips/sweating, exclaiming, worried/sweating, and closing eyes/sweating). There are many clocks all around the purple person's face. There is a green circle with a bed at the end of the page.]

Who was waiting for you to be born?

[Image: Two full pages of various colorful people looking at the baby.]

[Image: Black background. Teal text: What Makes a Baby
By Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth
Seven Stories Press

Purple text: Text ©2012 Cory Silverberg
Illustrations ©2012 Fiona Smyth

Light teal text: For more information:]

Video Animation: Black screen with white logo and text: Family Tree Clinic. Icons of Facebook (blue/white), Instagram (orange/red) and Twitter (light blue bird) below the FTC logo/text. Below the icons show the website address: An animation of a white circle is shown circling the three social media icons.


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