This issue is chock-full of new selections from classic picture-book artists, such as John Burningham, Anthony Browne, Denise Fleming, Bob Graham, and Chris Van Allsburg, as well as selections from some newcomers to the burgeoning field.
Fall Announcement Issue Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4
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This year’s crop of back-to-school titles balances familiar elements with inventive plots to explore commonplace qualms and quandaries with creativity and pizzazz.
Late Summer and Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4
This issue features a cornucopia of titles loaded with child appeal and just right for year-round sharing. Highlights include some runaway cookies, a princess in black, imaginative play, and an exploration of things that make us happy.
Paul Fleischman opens our eyes to the environmental crisis, young Henri Matisse ponders The Iridescence of Birds, and Philip C. Stead takes to the skies in the August stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.
Alphabet Books Galore, All About Parrots, and Inside a Roller Derby Race | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4
This month, we bring you a host of fun and creative alphabet books (from pirates to animal tracks and more!), everything you ever wanted to know about parrots, and the truth behind the fast-paced world of roller derby.
Take a look at some old, familiar friends from continuing fiction series: Babymouse celebrates a birthday, while Big Nate runs for class president, and Lunch Lady has a new nemesis.
Check out the latest in nonfiction series, including continuations of previously reviewed series as well as some new offerings that librarians won’t want to miss.
In light of increased attention on early childhood development, SLJ presents a selection of fun and engaging board books.
Nineteen titles to inspire and entertain young scholars as they embark on a new educational adventure.
Inside the Worlds of Edward Hopper, Ashley Bryan, and Melba Liston | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4
This month, nonfiction titles introduce readers to whole new worlds. Learn about painter Edward Hopper, jazz prodigy Melba Liston, and puppeteer and poet Ashley Bryan.
Summer and Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction
This month, SLJ looks at Aaron Becker’s wordless triumph, Hervé Tullet’s latest interactive picture book, Mo Willems’s gentle yet hilarious take on friendship, and more.
Ben Franklin makes a splash, Hervé Tullet mixes it up, and Mo Willems makes new friends in the July stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.
Kids will delight in these titles for independent readers, including a companion book to Elise Broach’s acclaimed Masterpiece, and new entries in Andrea Cheng and Hilary McKay’s popular series.
A Walk on the Wild Side, with Big Cats, Odd-Looking Creatures, and More | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4
The latest nonfiction titles for young readers feature a bevy of strange and unusual creatures: Steve Jenkins profiles the 25 most bizarre looking creatures you’ll meet, while Jim Arnosky explores the world of ferocious felines.
Highlights of this issue include a grimy pigeon (yes, that Pigeon!), a Hug Machine, a dancing cat, and some fun retellings of traditional tales.
Summer ushers in a time of unstructured play, when children can explore their surroundings and connect to the outside world through their imaginations. Here is a selection of books that provide launch points for children to do just that.
Whether describing a Brazilian boy whose dreams shine as bright as the stars, a youngster’s first rollicking ride on a matatu in Kenya, or a Jamaican girl’s satisfaction at mastering a difficult task, the titles offer glimpses at particular places and lifestyles while touching upon themes that will resonate with children everywhere.