September 21, 2017

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Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

Now that I work in an elementary library, I’m reading a lot more titles for younger readers. Rather than review all of them like I usually do, especially as many are older, I’m going to steal Karen’s Post-it note review idea and share the titles with you that way. It’s been super interesting to me […]

Top-Shelf Chapter Book Read Alouds for A New School Year

Looking for books to recommend as read alouds? Our readers and reviewers weigh in on new books worth sharing.

Chapter Books: Creepy Capers & Newfound Friendships | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s chapter book reviews feature young detectives, facetious fables, and fun-loving felines.

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Chapter Books: A Class Pet Runs Amok, Adventures in the Toy Kingdom | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

Readers learn about a land where toys come to life; a class pet named Fergus takes a trip; and Blake Hoena presents a tale of four unexpected monster heroes.

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Chapter Books: Sherlock Sam and Police Dog Fizz Jump into Action | June 2017 Xpress Reviews

The adventures of a police dog named Fizz, Sherlock Sam, and more.

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Chapter Books: Mysteries, Friendship, and Invisible Cats | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

Andrea Cheng follows up her The Year of the Book with a stellar prequel; meet Squishy McFluff, an invisible cat; and solve mysteries with King and Kayla.

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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | April 2017

A story about a likable girl who’s finally old enough to ride a horse; a Dutch classic children’s book featuring a boy named Pluck; and Super Turbo fights off a hoard of flying ninja squirrels

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15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women

A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

A Case in Any Case by Ulf Nilsson | SLJ Review

NILSSON, Ulf. A Case in Any Case. tr. from Swedish by Julia Marshall. illus. by Gitte Spee. 108p. (Detective Gordon: Bk. 3). ebook available. Gecko. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781776571086.
Gr 1-4 –Everyone’s favorite cake-eating toad, Detective Gordon, has retired from police work and has embarked upon a life of leisure. Buffy, his stalwart deputy, is now chief detective, and the little mouse takes her job most seriously. Unfortunately, she is plagued by strange noises at night and longs for her […]

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa | SLJ Review

IWASA, Megumi. Yours Sincerely, Giraffe. tr. from Japanese by Cathy Hirano. illus. by Jun Takabatake. 104p. ebook available. Gecko. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781927271889.
Gr 1-4 –An extremely bored giraffe becomes curious about what lies on the other side of the horizon and recruits a pelican to be his own personal courier. The pelican, equally bored and eager for new business, offers to travel anywhere and takes Giraffe’s letter far across the ocean to Whale Sea. A correspondence begins between Giraffe […]

Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | March 2017

The Super Happy Party Bears return; animal adventures galore.

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Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan | SLJ Review

MACLACHLAN, Patricia. Barkus. illus. by Marc Boutavant. 56p. ebook available. Chronicle. Jun. 2017. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781452111827.

Gr 1-3 –MacLachlan has taken her love of animal stories and created an engaging early chapter book for young readers. This is the tale of a family caring for Barkus, a big brown dog given to them by a favorite uncle. Each chapter finds Barkus and Nicky, his young owner, embarking on silly adventures, from a raucous dog birthday party to an […]

The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey | SLJ Review

BLABEY, Aaron. The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable. illus. by Aaron Blabey. 144p. ebook available. Scholastic. Mar. 2017. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780545912419. POP

Gr 2-4 –The “Bad Guys” return for another rescue mission. This time their goal is to free 10,000 chickens from Sunnyside Chicken Farm. Readers new to the series will benefit from the summary that kicks off the story. However, fans of the original will also delight in one of the most creative synopses appearing in serial […]

Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz | SLJ Review

SCHLITZ, Laura Amy. Princess Cora and the Crocodile. illus. by Brian Floca. 80p. Candlewick. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763648220.

Gr 1-4 –Little Cora is an old-fashioned princess with a decidedly contemporary problem: her well-meaning parents have overscheduled her with improving experiences, and she just wants a day off. Failing at her less than assertive attempts to convince the adults of her castle to give her a break, she calls on her fairy godmother for assistance. The help comes […]

Download SLJ’s Sneak Peek Guide to Spring/Summer 2017 Titles

Over 150 of the most hotly anticipated spring and summer titles, hand-picked by the SLJ editors. With info on ALA author signings and galley giveaways.

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton | SLJ Review

CLANTON, Ben. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea. illus. by Ben Clanton. 64p. (A Narwhal and Jelly Book: Bk. 1). Tundra. Oct. 2016. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781101918265; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781101918715. POP

Gr 1-3 –Readers new to graphic novels will be richly rewarded with this series opener about a delightfully quirky duo. Earnest and down-to-earth Jelly the jellyfish is the perfect foil for endearingly airheaded Narwhal. Divided into three tales, the book is light on plot but brimming with a […]

Chapter Book Xpress Reviews | November 2016

A funny follow-up for fans of My Pet Human, a new chapter book heroine, and more.

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Captain Pug by Laura James | SLJ Review

JAMES, Laura. Captain Pug. illus. by Églantine Ceulemans. 128p. Bloomsbury. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781681193809; pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781681193816.

Gr 1-3 –Meet Pug. He lives with his best friend, Lady Miranda; her housekeeper; and two running footmen. Today, the two friends have been invited to go pedal boating. Lady Miranda dubs her canine pal Captain Pug. Being terrified of water, the dog isn’t so thrilled. Soon Pug gets separated from Lady Miranda before he can become a real […]

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami | SLJ Review

KRISHNASWAMI, Uma. Book Uncle and Me. illus. by Julianna Swaney. 152p. Groundwood. Sept. 2016. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781554988082; ebk. $12.95. ISBN 9781554988105.

Gr 2-4 –Nine-year-old Yasmin is a self described book-a-day reader. Every day after school she likes to stop by Book Uncle’s lending library on the corner by her apartment complex. Book Uncle has been on the corner as long as Yasmin can remember, and his motto of Right book for the right person for the right day” […]

Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | October 2016

Check out our online-only chapter book reviews for October, including Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami and Julianna Swaney.

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