Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves – #Baking #Bread – The Hearts of Bakers and Artists by Antoinette Truglio Martin.

Delighted to share the news of the release of The Hearts of Bakers and Artists (previously  title Daily Bread) by Antoinette Truglio Martin.

The Hearts of Bakers and Artists is Purple Dragonfly Book Award first place winner in the Children’s Historical Fiction category!

About the book

It is 1911, and nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants loves to sing, and wants to, has to, prove she is not a little kid. She and her large family are crammed into a three-room flat in New York City’s Lower East Side. Everyone must do their share to help out. Big sister Betta sews home piece work and bossy Margaret bakes discounted Daily Bread at Goldberg’s bakery for the Taglia family. Lily wants to do more than dry dishes, keep little sister Gigi out from underfoot, and not make her sisters or Mama crazy with her singing. When Mrs. Goldberg, the baker’s wife, notices Lily’s height and recognizes her artist heart, she invites Lily to learn how to bake Daily Bread with Margaret.

Lily is thrilled to have a big kid job in the magical bakery basement where Mrs. Goldberg dances and gives away sweet Knot Surprises. Mama thinks this is a good arrangement too. Now Margaret can quit school to work in a factory for a wage. But Margaret likes school and wants to be a somebody. Besides, she says Lily is just a little kid, and there’s more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist’s heart. Mama stands firm and Lily tags-a-long with Margaret only to learn that being a big kid is fraught with bullies, disasters, and treacherous streets to cross by herself.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Spartabookworm 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel in a series  Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2021

What a fantastic story, for any age in my opinion. We come to meet the Taglias who are an immigrant Sicilian family that live in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the year 1911. We focus on two sisters, Margaret and Lily who are working at the local bakery to bake Daily Bread. Author Antoinette Truglio Martin does a spectacular job in delivering the setting of the story, I often could visualize myself on the streets with the girls as they were delivering bread, and in the tiny apartment they share with their parents and other sisters. A story full of hardship, discrimination, child labor, hunger, poverty, but ultimately love, and endurance, and grit of people and families back in that time period. I loved seeing the story center around girls, and I think this would make a great book for the 8-14 year old age range. The book also included some discussion questions, resources for teachers and educators, and vocabulary and expressions. This is book one of a series, and I can’t wait to read the next one by this author. Well done, a great gift book, a great book for classrooms, Girl Scouts, and anyone looking to learn more about this time period. Well worth the read, I recommend it highly.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

Also by Antoinette Truglio Martin

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Read more reviews: Goodreads – Website: Stories ServedBlog: Stories Served Blog – Facebook: Antoinette Truglio Martin – Twitter: @StoriesServedLinkedin: LinkedIn

 About Antoinette Truglio Martin

The Hearts of Bakers and Artists is Purple Dragonfly Book Award first place winner in the Children’s Historical Fiction category!

Antoinette Truglio Martin is a speech therapist and special education teacher by training but really wants to be a writer when she grows up. She has been collecting and writing stories forever. Over the years Antoinette had been a regular columnist in local periodicals and had several essays featured in newsletters and literary reviews.

Antoinette’s popular children’s picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup was published in 1993 (Albert Whitman Co.). Antoinette’s memoir, Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer (She Writes Press 2017), chronicles her first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient. Becoming America’s Stories (Red Penguin Books) a Middle-Grade Historical Fiction series, debut in 2020. The award-winning first book, The Heart of Bakers and Artists (aka Daily Bread), takes place in 1911 and follows nine-year-old Lily Taglia, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, coming of age in a crowded New York City three-room Lower East Side tenement. The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists leaves off. Lily, her family and friends reach for their dreams as new Americans. Read Becoming America’s Food Stories where there are always good stories around good food.

Antoinette proudly holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University (2016).


Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books..thanks Sally.