We are stoked to share that Violet Karim’s SUMMER VAMP and Tara Hannon’s BIRTLE AND THE (VERY) UNWELCOME GARY have been featured on the Children’s Book Council’s May Hot Off the Press list! Check out the full list here: CBC Readers homepage

About the included titles:

SUMMER VAMP by Violet Karim (Random House Graphic)

What happens when a very human kid ends up at the wrong summer camp—FOR VAMPIRES?! This quirky and heart warming graphic novel about making friends and getting in trouble is perfect for fans of Witches of Brooklyn.

After a lackluster school year, Maya anticipates an even more disappointing summer. The only thing she’s looking forward to is cooking and mixing ingredients in the kitchen, which these days brings her more joy than mingling with her peers . . . that is until her dad’s girlfriend registers her for culinary summer camp! Maya’s summer is saved! . . . or not. 

What was meant to be a summer filled with baking pastries and cooking pasta is suddenly looking a lot . . . paler?! Why do all of the kids have pointy fangs? And hate garlic? Turns out that Maya isn’t at culinary camp—she’s at a camp for VAMPIRES! Maya has a lot to learn if she’s going to survive this summer . . . and if she’s lucky, she might even make some friends along the way.


Tootie the turtle and Teeny the bird leave Turtletown to visit the beach in this adorable graphic novel for early readers that’s all about friendship.

Tootie and Teeny are going on a trip to the beach! It’s going to be a Birtle BFF Beach Bonanza. But when they get to the beach, a gull named Garry interrupts their plans.

Teeny is excited to meet another bird.

Tootie is . . . not.

Will these BFFs stay BFFs, or is this BFF Beach Bonanza doomed?

This adorable graphic novel is about making new friends, dealing with jealousy, and being open-minded. It features a Dyslexia-friendly font.

Violet and Tara are both represented by Elizabeth Bennett.