November 20, 2017

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The Harlem Charade

The Harlem Charade Written by Natasha Tarpley Published by Scholastic, 2017 ISBN #978-0-545-78387-3   Grades 3 and up   Book Review   Art, adventure, and activism are at the center of The Harlem Charade, Natasha Tarpley’s novel about three very different seventh graders who unite to solve a series of mysteries in their own backyard […]

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again Written and illustrated by Dan Santat Published by Roaring Brook Press; 2017 ISBN # 978-1-62672-682-6   Grades PreK and up   Book Review   “Life begins when you get back up” – so says the blurb on the back cover of Caldecott Medal winner Dan […]

Lines

Lines Written and illustrated by Suzy Lee Published by Chronicle Books, 2017 ISBN #978-1-4521-5665-1   Grades K and up   Book Review   Suzy Lee, acclaimed illustrator and virtuoso of the wordless picturebook, delivers another spectacular visual masterpiece in her latest book, Lines. A young girl revels in the freedom and creativity of ice skating […]

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Written by Rita Williams-Garcia Published by Amistad, 2017 ISBN 978-0-06-221691-8   Grades 3 and up   Book Review   “When, Cool Papa, when?” For young Clayton Byrd, all that matters is when he’ll get finally the chance to play a twelve-bar solo on his blues harp (harmonica) with his grandfather’s blues […]

Becoming Bach

Becoming Bach Written and illustrated by Tom Leonard Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2017 ISBN #978-1-62672-286-6   Grades K and up   Book Review   “New sounds, happy sounds, quiet sounds, yellow sounds, red sounds, blue sounds. All the sounds in my head.” In Becoming Bach, a picture book biography written and illustrated by Tom […]

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case Written by Patricia Hruby Powell; Illustrated by Shadra Strickland Published by Chronicle Books, 2017 ISBN 978-1-4521-2590-9   Grades 7 and up   Book Review “Tell the Court I love my wife / and it is just unfair that I can’t live with her […]

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien Written by Caroline McAlister; Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2017 ISBN # 978-1626720923   Grades K-5   Book Review “John Ronald was a boy who loved horses. And trees. And strange sounding words. But most of all, John Ronald loved dragons.” […]

2017 Pura Belpré Author Winner: Juana & Lucas

Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award Juana & Lucas Written and illustrated by Juana Medina Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-7208-9   Grades K-3     Book Review   Prepare to be utterly charmed by Juana, the exuberant grade school protagonist of the Pura Belpré Author Award winning book Juana & Lucas. […]

2017 Geisel Winner: We Are Growing!

We Are Growing! (An Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book) 2017 Geisel Award Winner Written by Laurie Keller; Illustrated by Laurie Keller Published by Hyperion, 2016 ISBN 978-148472635-8   Book Review Bam! Whee! Zap! Beep! Honk! With each sound and exclamation, a different blade of grass grows. Amazed at each other’s sudden growth spurt, the […]

2016-2017 Children’s & Young Adult Book Awards

The start of the calendar year is always an exciting time for children’s and young adult literature, as the American Library Association (ALA) announces its Youth Media Awards. Below you will find not only links to the 2017 ALA award-winning and honor books that we blogged about, but links to the many books we blogged […]

Lesser Spotted Animals

Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of Written and illustrated by Martin Brown Published by Scholastic, 2016 (release date Dec. 27, 2016) ISBN #978-1-338-08934-9   Grades 2 and up   Book Review “Those big shots have hogged the stage too long.” Indeed, as the introduction to this book declares, it’s time for […]

The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring

The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation Written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN #978-1-48145-065-2 Grades K and up   Book Review In 1943, while working as an engineer for the United States Navy, Richard James […]

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Written by Debbie Levy; Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN # 978-1-4814-6559-5   Grades K and up   Book Review “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others […]

The Gallery

 The Gallery Written by Laura Marx Fitzgerald Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN #978-0-525-42865-7 Grades 5 and up Book Review It’s said that what happened to the once vibrant, brazen heiress “Wild Rose” Pritchard is “What happens to most girls . . . She got married. She settled, eventually. And then—” But […]

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous PhotographWritten by Roxane Orgill; Illustrated by Francis VallejoPublished by Candlewick Press, 2016ISBN # 978-0763669546 Grades 3 and up Book Review The year was 1958, and jazz music was everywhere in full force. Graphic designer and jazz enthusiast Art Kane pitched an idea to Esquire magazine to gather as […]

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Written by Roxane Orgill; Illustrated by Francis Vallejo
Published by Candlewick Press, 2016
ISBN # 978-0763669546

Grades 3 and up

Book Review

The year was 1958, and jazz music was everywhere in full for…

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems Written by Bob Raczka Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016 ISBN 978-1-62672-236-1 Grades 2 and up Book Review In Wet Cement, author Bob Raczka begins with a credo: “I like to think of poems as word paintings.” Indeed, the concrete poetry—also known as shape poetry—filling the pages of […]

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete PoemsWritten by Bob RaczkaPublished by Roaring Brook Press, 2016ISBN 978-1-62672-236-1Grades 2 and upBook ReviewIn Wet Cement, author Bob Raczka begins with a credo: “I like to think of poems as word paintings.” Inde…

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Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk
Written by Jane Sutcliffe; Illustrated by John Shelley
Published by Charlesbridge, 2016
ISBN # 978-1-58089-638-2

Grades 3 and up

Book Review

“The more people said all those words…

2016 Sibert Medal Winner, Pura Belpré Honor, and Orbis Pictus Honor: Funny Bones

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras2016 Sibert Medal Winner2016 Pura Belpré Honor2016 Orbis Pictus HonorWritten and illustrated by Duncan TonatiuhPublished by Abrams Books, 2015ISBN #978-1-4197-1647-8Grades K and upBook ReviewSkele…