Highlights of this issue include a grimy pigeon (yes, that Pigeon!), a Hug Machine, a dancing cat, and some fun retellings of traditional tales.
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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.
Spring and Early Summer Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4
In addition to some very special canine friends, this section features a detective mouse, elusive ninjas, destructive dinosaurs, little green peas, and a couple of bad apples. Can’t forget the crabby crab and a 3-D deep sea adventure (glasses included). Fun, imaginative titles for group programming, independent reading, and one-on-one sharing.
Math Made Fun and Easy, the Poetry of Food Trucks, and the Fight for Civil Rights | Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction Reviews
These powerful and poignant works offer a vivid and evocative look at desegregation, a fun and simplified examination of math concepts, and a collection of informative, hilarious—and tasteful—poems on food trucks.
Tracy Holczer’s tender exploration of grief, Matthias Picard’s eye-popping 3-D underwater adventure, and Stephanie Kuehn’s unputdownable thriller top our list of stellar titles reviewed in the May issue.
New Books by Tedd Arnold, John Burningham, Lucy Cousins, and Michael Hall | Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction Reviews
An instant classic, Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman, plus several new picture books by award-winning and beloved illustrators top our Preschool to Grade 4 picks this month.
The latest nonfiction titles include an illustrated biography of Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, a story about First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt hosting a hot dog party, and a poignant tale of immigration.
From an ode to an innovative jazz musician to an unreliable narrator-driven YA novel, check out the book and multimedia titles that made SLJ’s April list of stellar offererings.
Stunning artwork takes readers into the lush, inviting waters filled with marine life swimming effortlessly across the pages.
In a world full of competition for kids to be the fastest, smartest, and best at everything, this story’s message is a worthy one.
Large, colorful pictures of more than 20 animal eyes are accompanied by a small illustration of the entire creature and a brief paragraph of intriguing information.
Aptly named Digger Dog sniffs out a bone and with catchy, repetitive phrases, uses increasingly larger digging tools and vehicles to break the hard ground and retrieve it.
A diverse offering of informational books are reviewed in our March issue, including beautiful dung beetles, fascinating fractals, and the evolution of the eye.
Luminous and inspiring picture books abound in the March issue, including a collection of previously unpublished poems by Margaret Wise Brown, the tale of a little boy who proudly wears a tangerine dress—even in the face of cruel comments, and an oddly lovable sloth.
Baby animals, a tooting toddler, and die-cuts galore: this smattering of board books will appeal to your youngest readers.
Judge successfully balances the humor in the storytelling, the drawings, and the situations in this delightful and charming book.
A modern and magical retelling of The Snow Queen, a train adventure packed with nonstop action, and a delightful look at the life and inspirations of one of the most well-respected picture book artists round out a rich selection of titles in our March Stars.