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April 28, 2015

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Review of the Day: On the Shoulder of a Giant by Neil Christopher

Review of the Day: On the Shoulder of a Giant by Neil Christopher

On the Shoulder of a Giant: An Inuit Folktale By Neil Christopher Illustrated by Jim Nelson Inhabit Media $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-77227-002-0 Ages 4-7 On shelves now My daughter is afraid of giants. She’s three so this isn’t exactly out of the norm. However, it does cut out a portion of her potential reading material. Not […]

Review of the Day: Beastly Verse by Joohee Yoon

Review of the Day: Beastly Verse by Joohee Yoon

Beastly Verse By Joohee Yoon Enchanted Lion Books $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-166-7 Ages 3 and up On shelves now Poetry. What’s the point? I say this as a woman who simultaneously gets poetry and doesn’t get it. I get that it’s important, of course. I only need to watch my three-year-old daughter come up with an […]

Review of the Day: Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Review of the Day: Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Castle Hangnail By Ursula Vernon Dial (an imprint of Penguin Group) ISBN: 978-0803741294 Ages 8-11 On shelves April 21st These are dark times for children’s fantasy. Dark times indeed. Which is to say, when I pick up a fantasy novel for kids, more often than not I find the books filled with torture, violence, bloody […]

Review of the Day: Red by Michael Hall

Review of the Day: Red by Michael Hall

Red: A Crayon’s Story By Michael Hall Greenwillow (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0062252074 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Almost since their very conception children’s books were meant to teach and inform on the one hand, and to inform one’s moral fiber on the other. Why who can forget that catchy little 1730 […]

Review of the Day: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Review of the Day: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower By Greg Pizzoli Viking (an imprint of Penguin Group USA) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-01652-5 Ages 8-11 On shelves now I was listening to a favorite podcast of mine the other day when the panelists began discussing the difference between heist films and […]

Review of the Day: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Review of the Day: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Goodbye Stranger By Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-74317-4 Ages 10-14 On shelves August 4th After much consideration, I think I’m going to begin this review with what has to be the hoity toity-est opening I have ever come up with. Gird, thy loins, mes amies. […]

Review of the Day: Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

Review of the Day: Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

Sidewalk Flowers By JonArno Lawson Illustrated by Sydney Smith $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-431-2 Ages 3-6 On shelves March 17th When you live in a city, nature’s successes can feel like impositions. We have too many pigeons. Too many squirrels. Too many sparrows, and roaches, and ants. Too many . . . flowers? Flowers we don’t seem […]

Review of the Day: Lost in NYC by Nadja Spiegelman

Review of the Day: Lost in NYC by Nadja Spiegelman

Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure By Nadja Spiegelman Illustrated by Sergio García Sánchez TOON Graphics (and imprint of RAW, Jr.) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1935179818 Ages 8-12 On shelves April 14, 2015 While I’m aware that public transport was invented to meet the very real needs of urban commuters, when you’re the parent of a city […]

Review of the Day: My Near-Death Adventures by Alison DeCamp

My Near-Death Adventures (99% True) By Alison DeCamp Crown Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-39044-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Children’s historical fiction novels often divide up one of two ways. In the first category you have your important moments in history. In such books our heroes run about […]

Review of the Day: Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider

Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) By Josh Schneider Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 978-0544339248 Ages 4-6 On shelves April 7, 2015 When attempting to turn small writhing human beings of very little years into mature, forthright, sterling individuals of singular merit and good humor we run into some challenges. There’s teaching […]

Review of the Day: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Review of the Day: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Dial Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 9780803740815 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. As a child I was what one might call a selective reader. Selective in that I studiously avoided any and all works of fiction that might conceivably be […]

Alex Awards Announced!

Alex Awards Announced!

The 2015 Alex Awards were announced this morning (you can find the lists of all the Youth Media Awards winners here). Congratulations to the ten winners: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt […]

Review of the Day: Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Review of the Day: Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Mr. Squirrel and the Moon By Sebastian Meschenmoser NorthSouth $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4156-7 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Here in America 2015 is turning out to be a great year in terms of children’s literary imports. Authors and artists that I haven’t seen gracing the shores of our fair nation for years are suddenly returning en […]

Alex Award Predictions

Alex Award Predictions

MARK: The 2015 Alex Awards–recognizing “ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults”–will be named during the Youth Media Awards on February 2. In our annual quest to pretend we know what we’re talking about, today Angela and I are going to make some guesses about what we think might have […]

Review of the Day: Over the Hills and Far Away collected by Elizabeth Hammill

Review of the Day: Over the Hills and Far Away collected by Elizabeth Hammill

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Collected by Elizabeth Hammill Illustrations by Various Candlewick Press $21.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-7729-9 Ages : All On shelves March 10th Not all nursery rhyme collections are created equal. That is something you discover when you have small children. A parent, even a children’s librarian type […]

Review of the Day: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Review of the Day: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Cuckoo Song By Frances Hardinge Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $17.95 ISBN: 978-1419714801 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 12, 2015 I was watching the third Hobbit movie the other day (bear with me – I’m going somewhere with this) with no particular pleasure. There are few things in life more painful to […]

Review of the Day: Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

Review of the Day: Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

Wolfie the Bunny By Ame Dyckman Illustrated by Zachariah OHora Little, Brown and Co. $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-316-22614-1 Ages 3-6 On shelves February 17th Not every child views the imposition of a new sibling as an interloper, but a fair number of them do. They’re just tooling along, enjoying the natural bliss that comes with being […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2014

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2014

If I’m going to be honest about it, this is a list I do every year strictly for myself.  It sort of helps me get my head in order.  Figure out what I liked.  What I didn’t.  What I reviewed.  What I missed.  I recommend you make your own sometime.  The categories are from the […]

Betsy Regretsy: Books I Most Regret Not Reviewing in 2014

Betsy Regretsy: Books I Most Regret Not Reviewing in 2014

Babies.  They just sorta throw the whole reviewing machine into a tizzy.  When I first started blogging I was actually able to do a review a day.  That was crazy.  Then kiddo #1 was born and that slowed to 2-3 reviews a week.  Manageable.  This year (2014) kiddo #2 made his debut and now I […]

Announcing NYPL’s 2014 100 Books for Reading Sharing List!

Announcing NYPL’s 2014 100 Books for Reading Sharing List!

You know, folks, there are lists and then there are LISTS.  And I’m not saying one is any better than another.  Of course not.  But when we look at lists of children’s books there’s only one that truly has my heart.  Coming in at 103 years old this year, NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and […]