June 28, 2016

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You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang | SLJ Audio Review

You Are (Not) Small

Kang, Anna. You Are (Not) Small. 1 CD w tr book. 21 min. Weston Woods. Jan. 2016. $29.95. ISBN 9780545936644. 

PreS-Gr 1 –Winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, this delightful book is joyfully performed by Christopher Weyant, Michael Crouch, and Emily Eiden. Two furry critters are having it out as they try to describe each other. The tall one says the other is small. The small one insists he isn’t small, the other is big. […]

Review of the Day: Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari

Coyote Moon By Maria Gianferrari Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-041-1 Ages 4-7 On shelves July 19th I feel as if there was less nature out there when I was a kid. Crazy, right? But seriously, as I grew to be an adult I was appalled at […]

“Moonbeeps” from Moonbot | Touch and Go


Moonbot Studios latest series of apps celebrates old-fashioned play—with a digital twist, of course.

The Reader by Traci Chee | SLJ Review

The Reader

Chee, Traci. The Reader. 448p. (Sea of Ink and Gold: Bk. 1). ebook available. Putnam. Sept. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399176777.  

Gr 8 Up –“Two curves for her parents. A curve for Nin. The straight line for herself. The circle for what she had to do.” This is the seal branded onto the book that was passed down to Sefia by her parents right before they were murdered by an assassin whose blade reeked of […]

Review: ‘A Goofy Guide to Penguins’

A Goofy Guide to Penguins Writer: Jean-Luc Coudray Artist: Philippe Coudray Toon Books; $12.95 French cartoonist Phillipe Coudray has already produced a trio of books featuring incredibly clever gag strips starring his Benjamin Bear character for Toon Books. For his latest work from the publisher, he leaves the temperate forest and its funny, furry woodland […]

Fight To Learn: The Struggle To Go to School by Laura Scandiffio | SLJ Review

Fight To Learn The Struggle To Go to School

Scandiffio, Laura. Fight To Learn: The Struggle To Go to School. 176p. further reading. index. notes. photos. Annick. Sept. 2016. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781554517985; pap. $14.96. ISBN 9781554517978.  

Gr 5-8 –The obstacles children face worldwide to obtain an education are discussed in accessible terms using real-life examples of how youth and adults fight these barriers—from gender bias in the Middle East to gang violence in Chicago to poverty in India. The work is divided into […]

Goofy Pets, Daring Detectives, and a Drama Queen| Chapter Books Series Update


Just in time for summer reading, a roundup of new and forthcoming series continuations for independent chapter book readers.

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The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly | SLJ Audio Review

Land of the Forgotten Girls

KELLY, Erin Entrada. The Land of Forgotten Girls. ­­4 CDs. 5:02 hrs. HarperAudio. Mar. 2016. $49.99. ISBN 9781504696111. digital download.  

Gr 3-6 –Once upon a time, Soledad had two sisters and two loving parents. But tragedy can happen to anyone at any time, and suddenly, Sol and her younger sister, Ming, are transplanted to the other side of the world in a run-down apartment in Louisiana, abandoned by their desperate father and left in the (so-called) care […]

SLJ’s June 2016 Popular Picks


Take a look at SLJ’s June 2016 Popular Picks featuring books by Jonathan Maberry, Kate DiCamillo, Danielle Paige, Rick Yancey, and Raina Telegemeier.

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The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron | SLJ Review

The Forgetting

Cameron, Sharon. The Forgetting. 416p. ebook available. Scholastic. Sept. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780545945219. 

Gr 8 Up –Every 12 years, the orderly city of Canaan undergoes the chaotic, bloody time known as the Forgetting. During these brief hours, people’s memories are erased. If it were not for the books in which inhabitants are required by law to record the events of their lives, they would have no way of knowing what happened before the Forgetting, or […]

Out Now: YA Titles Great for Middle Schoolers


Tween patrons looking for great YA reads over the long summer vacation? Our latest roundup of YA titles for middle schoolers feature light romance, comedy, sports, friendship, and adventure.

Review: ‘Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro’

Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro Writer/artist: Shigeru Mizuki Drawn and Quarterly; $12.95 The signature work of the late Shigeru Mizuki, who just passed away last year, was his GeGeGe no Kitaro/Hakaba no Kitaro comic. The series originally ran from 1960 to 1969 and starred Mizuki’s own idiosyncratic reinvention of a once-popular kamishibai/paper theater character. Mizuki’s […]

Book Review: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Publisher’s description John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him from the author of Three Day Summer. Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy… Archie and Veronica… Althena and Noth… …Graham and Roxy? Graham met his best […]

Helping Children and Teens Succeed | Professional Shelf


Two recently published books explore practices that have the potential to increase student success, while calling for significant changes in prevailing pedagogies.

The Memory Book by Lara Avery | SLJ Review

The Memory Book

Avery, Lara. The Memory Book. 368p. ebook available. Little, Brown/Poppy. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316283748.  

Gr 9 Up –Overachieving senior Sammie McCoy has her life clearly laid out. First, bring her debate team to victory at Nationals, then deliver her speech as valedictorian, and make the move to NYU to study economics and public policy before moving on to Harvard Law. Her plans get radically interrupted when she is diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Type C, […]

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo | SLJ Audio Review


DICAMILLO, Kate. Raymie Nightingale. ­­4 CDs 4:25 hrs. Listening Library. Apr. 2016. $30. ISBN 9781101917435. digital download. 

Gr 4-7 –Before they became the Three Rancheros, the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition brought Raymie Clarke, Louisiana Elefante, and Beverly Tapinski together—each for wildly different reasons. Raymie is convinced that when her philandering father, who’s run off with the dental hygienist, sees a picture of her in the newspaper wearing the winning crown and sash, he will surely […]

Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle | SLJ Review

Lion Island- Cuba’s Warrior of Words

Engle, Margarita. Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words. 176p. S. & S./Atheneum. Aug. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481461122. 
Gr 5-8 –Engle transports readers to the world of 1870s Cuba, where Chinese indentured laborers struggle for freedom in a complex atmosphere of rebellion and injustice. The first narrator, Antonio Chuffat, acts as a messenger for Chinese diplomats trying to argue for better conditions. He meets Wing and Fan, refugees who escaped the anti-Chinese San Francisco riots for Cuba, […]

Jackie Robinson | SLJ DVD Review

Jackie Robinson DVD

Jackie Robinson. 240 min. Dist. by PBS. 2016. DVD $24.99. Blu-Ray $29.99. ISBN 9781627896184. 

Gr 6 Up –With its in-depth look at the ups and downs of Robinson’s life and career, this wonderful resource lends context to his significant accomplishments. He won acclaim for shattering baseball’s “color line” in 1947, but as this exemplary documentary makes clear, he fought racism throughout his life. An impressive range of commentators share their perspectives, from President Obama to teammates, sports writers, and […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#44)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I received this book from our child’s pediatrician as part of a free reading program. I do not hold the doctor responsible, but this book features disturbing illustrations of the main character […] performing numerous ill-behaved acts. [He] appears […]

Review of the Day: Gabe by Shelley Gill

Gabe: A Story of Me, My Dog, and the 1970s By Shelley Gill Illustrated by Marc Scheff Charlesbridge $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-57091-354-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves now The older I get the more I like children’s books that don’t slot easily into neat little categories. Gone are the days when every book you read […]