Dispel the negative connotations surrounding foxes in children’s stories with these three cuddly tales.
HARDINGE, Frances. A Face Like Glass. 496p. ebook available. Abrams/Amulet. May 2017. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781419724848.
Gr 5 Up –Neverfell didn’t mean to cause a stir when she left Cheesemaster Grandible’s tunnels for the first time, nor could she have known that she would become a darling of the court, the target of assassins, a captive of the Kleptomancer, a pawn of the powerbrokers, or a leader of an uprising. She is just a girl trying to figure out […]
Bear stories are perennial favorites for the toddler and preschool set to curl up with and these new titles are no exception.
A lumbering yet loquacious ox wins over a glamorous yet conceited gazelle via the power of the pen in this epistolary picture book.
Nikki Grimes revisits works written nearly 100 years ago during the Harlem Renaissance and recasts the classic poets’ words in a way that will speak to today’s readers.
This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Titles featuring construction equipment and other big machines are evergreen favorites with the preschool set, and these new offerings do not disappoint. Whether told in infectious rhyme, reinforcing concepts, or building vocabulary, these active, irresistible narratives filled with vibrant art and awesome sound effects address early literacy skills and get the job done in style.
There’s something magical and transformative about a winter storm, whether you live in a city or in a more rural locale. Weeks of gray skies and nippy weather mean nothing to kids as long as they can hold out hope for at least one blissful humungo snowfall to enjoy with their friends.
Cover artist Christian Robinson talks about his work, his interests, and some of his forthcoming picture books to keep an eye out for.
This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Whether tiny and intrepid or large and stately, our canine companions are almost always willing helpmates and loyal friends. Even those with exuberant personalities and vocal proclivities add excitement, energy, and elements of fun to otherwise humdrum households. Here are some winning pup-related picture books from this issue.
A conversation with the award-winning author on the release of a major motion picture adaptation of The Great Gilly Hopkins.
For babies, toddlers, and even elementary-age children, preparing for bed, settling down to rest, and calming fears of the dark are perennially popular picture book themes. This month brings a plethora of soothing stories to spark the imagination and usher in sweet dreams.
JACKSON, Richard. In Plain Sight: A Game. illus. by Jerry Pinkney. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626722552.
PreS-Gr 2 –Sophie’s grandfather lives in her house, and while his mobility is restricted, his tender feelings for his granddaughter know no bounds. He waves her off to school from his second-floor window, and she comes to visit him every afternoon. Their daily routine includes the man asking for the child’s help in retrieving an everyday object […]
Yoon, Salina. Duck, Duck, Porcupine! illus. by Salina Yoon. 64p. Bloomsbury. May 2016. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781619637238.
PreS-Gr 1 –This wonderfully engaging easy reader, starring the titular trio, is divided into three short chapters. The two duck siblings and their purple porcupine pal go on an all-weather picnic, celebrate Porcupine’s birthday in style (well, eventually), and gather all of the things they need for a campout. The stories are told almost exclusively in dialogue, with the […]
There are loads of books about the arrival of cute bundles of joy into a household. These titles address some of the less charming aspects of infants. They disrupt established routines, demand (and command) constant attention, terrorize the family pets, and drive their siblings bonkers.
Librarian and first-time author Rita Meade discusses creativity, the importance of taking risks, and how libraries can foster a sense of adventure.
This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Whether large or infinitesimally tiny, predators or helpful plants and creatures, all offer something to stimulate the senses and secrets to be discovered in these selected titles about exploring the natural world.
Reeve, Philip. Railhead. 352p. ebook available. glossary. Capstone/Switch. Apr. 2016. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781630790486.
Gr 5-8 –In this vividly realized interstellar adventure, Reeve grabs hold of readers’ imaginations early on and takes them on an exciting ride through time and space. The novel is set in a dystopian future in which the far reaches of the solar system have been mined and terraformed; artificial intelligence and vast connected internets called dataseas control most movement, research, […]
In accepting the award, Rosoff spoke about the importance of play and imagination in the lives of children and bemoaned what she described as “an assault on childhood” in the UK.