October 24, 2016

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March Named National Book Award Finalist

The 2016 National Book Finalists have been announced. In the Young People’s category, March Book 3 by Senator John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell has been named. Published by Top Shelf, the March Trilogy immediately garnered much acclaim and attention for its compelling story and visual excellence. Upon hearing the news, Senator John Lewis […]

Review: ‘March’ Book 3

Volume One of March opens on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. John Lewis and Hosea Williams are leading the protesters and facing the state troopers. Hosea Williams turns to John Lewis and asks: “Can you swim?” “No,” answers John Lewis. “Neither can I,” says Williams. “Then we better pray.” This dramatic scene is powerful and stays […]

Review: ‘Compass South’

The worst part of this book? That I already finished. After all, when I first noticed it was 224 pages, I thought, even in comic form this might keep me busy for a little while—but before I knew it the book was done and I wanted more! The good news? There are three more planned […]

Summer Reading Picks

Memorial Day has passed. The summer solstice is here. You’ve broken out the grill. The sweltering weather has started (at least here in NYC), and visions of beaches, pools, and vacation are dancing in our heads. Depending on where in the country you live, the kids are either finished school or wrapping it up and […]

Review: Child Soldier

This title offers young readers a glimpse of a turbulent region that is in another part of the world—but it’s not for sensitive readers. Child Soldier: When boys and Girls are used in War By Jessica Dee Humphreys & Michel Chikwanine. Claudia Davila Kids Can Press. 2015. ISBN 9781771381260 hc, $17.95. 48pp. Grades 5 and […]

Review: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

The children I work with on a day-to-day basis have no real memory of an event that has changed the course of our country’s history. While for those of us sitting in New York City and in many other cities in the United States (the world!), Hurricane Katrina was far away, but with the TV […]

Review: March Grand Prix

Kean Soo is well known for his contributions to the Flight Anthologies, but for me, his most well-known work is his wonderful comic Jellaby, which was originally published by Hyperion, and then later reprinted by Capstone/Stone Arch books. But luckily his partnership with Capstone didn’t end with reprinting his out of print titles. Instead they […]

Review: ‘Archie,’ vol. 1

Back in August the Good Comics for Kids crowd discussed the release of the “New Archie,” a new series from Archie Comics. Recently, I noticed that the first six issues had been published as a trade paperback, and since I’m not a fan of single-issue comics (I hate waiting so long between issues to get […]

Review: The Creeps: Night of the Frankfrogs

Chris Schweizer, known for his Crogan Adventures, has switched gears and started a middle grade horror series. The Creeps will appeal to kids looking for a mix of adventure and fright. But no worries, readers will still be able to sleep with the lights off. The Creeps: Night of the Frankenfrogs By Chris Schweizer. Amulet […]

Review: Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I

Though it’s been a very long time since I’ve been in school, I don’t think I’m stretching things by saying that World War I is rushed through in history class. That’s one of the reasons I so enjoyed Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales. Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood. I basically learned that there was a huge […]

Review: ‘Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Alamo All Stars’

I’ve read a number of short graphic novels about the Alamo. Those books were fine, but they were aimed at a school library market that was looking to cater to libraries needing accessible reads for assignment purposes. By no means did they spark the love of history like the Nathan Hale series generally does. While […]

Review: ‘The Other Side of the Wall’

Back in December, when I ran my Book Fair, I was surprised this unobtrusive paperback by Jennifer A. Nielsen become an instant best seller. You see, A Night Divided, had the best possible sales rep—an excited and enthusiastic reader. One of the students had already read the book, and he practically sold a copy to […]

Review: Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror!

About a year and a half ago, I had the pleasure of reading the first Stinky Cecil book. At the time, I decided to read the book to my son, then in pre-K, who loved the story and would often ask me when the next part was coming out. Over time he asked me about […]

Roundtable: Happy 10 Year Anniversary, First Second!

It’s sort of like watching your friend’s kid growing up: You remember when they were born, but now they’re a big kid. They’ve grown up so much! That’s how I felt when I heard that First Second was celebrating their 10 year anniversary. I clearly remember looking at their first catalogs and being very impressed […]

TOON Books Announces Spring Releases

While much of the East Coast is buried under mounds of snow, it’s heartening to look forward to spring, when it should all be melted away. TOON Books has announced their spring line-up of titles, and there are five new releases that readers will want to see! Two of the titles fall under their TOON […]

Gene Luen Yang Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

On Monday, the Children’s Book Council in conjunction with the Every Child a Reader, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress announced that graphic novel creator Gene Luen Yang will be the next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Yang is no stranger to breaking barriers in the children’s and YA […]

Review: Little Robot

As the 2016 new releases start to flood the market, here’s a look at some of the titles we didn’t have a chance to review. Little Robot By Ben Hatke. First Second Books. 2015. ISBN 9781626720800 HC, $16.99. 136pp. Grades 2 and up Little Robot is by the artist best known for Zita the Space […]

Review: ‘Goosebumps: Slappy’s Tales of Horror’

This isn’t the first adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series by Graphix, but it’s been a while since they released one. So it’s not surprising that they gave it a try with the release, early this fall, of the new Goosebumps movie. While the movie may have come and gone, the books are still ever […]

Review: ‘Secret Coders’

Can a good story really be told while trying to teach kids how to code? With the push for more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning and higher STEM standards in our country’s public schools, it’s no surprise that someone out there is trying to incorporate good storytelling and science. But a story about […]

Review: ‘G-Man,’ Vols. 1-3

There aren’t many kid superheroes, so a young audience will love the G-Man series. They’ll want to read all 3 volumes and keep up with all of G-Man’s adventures. The only drawback? When the 3 volumes are done, they’ll want more. And right now it’s only the 3 volumes. G-Man: Learning to Fly v. 1 […]