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Picture Books: Fatherhood, Fears, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

A young girl describes the challenges and rewards of life with her sister and father; a young boy left at home alone faces his fears; and more.

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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michal Basquiat – 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner

Winner of the 2017 Caldecott Award Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Written and Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Published in 2016 by Little Brown ISBN 978-0-316-21388-2   Grades PreK – Grade 12 Book Review “Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts that thump, double Dutch, and hopscotch and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice, […]

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled Written and Illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins Published in 2016 by Greenwillow Books ISBN 978-0-06-237345-8 Grades K-6 Book Review Take a romp through the school disciplines with Frank and his exuberant dog, Lucky. In this innovative picture book, Newbery award winning author Lynne Rae Perkins sends a strong message: opportunities […]

The Classroom Bookshelf 2016-11-28 16:01:52

The Night Gardener Written and Illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan Published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-1-4814-3978-7 2017 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor Book Book Review Grimloch Lane lives up to its name. The houses that line it are unkempt and the people who […]

Rita Meade on Popular Pick “Edward Gets Messy”

Librarian and first-time author Rita Meade discusses creativity, the importance of taking risks, and how libraries can foster a sense of adventure.

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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Written by Roxane Orgill; Illustrated by Francis Vallejo
Published by Candlewick Press, 2016
ISBN # 978-0763669546

Grades 3 and up

Book Review

The year was 1958, and jazz music was everywhere in full for…

Picture Books Xpress Reviews | May 2016

New picture books reviewed.

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Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths.

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths

Written by Marilyn Singer and Illustrated by Josee Masse

Published by Dial in 2016 

ISBN 978-0-8037-3992-5

Grades 3-8

Book Review

Turning her attention to Greek mythology, Marilyn Singer, a

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book)

Snappsy The Alligator (Did Not Ask
To Be in This Book)

Written by Julie Falatko and
Illustrated by Tim Miller

Published in 2016 by Viking

Grades preK-3

ISBN: 978-0-451-46945-8


According to the narrator, “Snappsy the alligat…

The Classroom Bookshelf 2016-01-18 09:53:00

Flutter & Hum:
Animal Poems / Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales

and Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

in 2015 by Henry Holt


PreK – 8

Book Review

/ through the grass / the sinuous snake/ is writing/ a slippery poem / with his
body.” The twelve poems in a new bilingual picture book anthology feature a
variety of animals and

One Today

One Today

Written by Richard Blanco,
Illustrated by Dav Pilkey

Published by Little Brown,

ISBN: 978-0-316-37144-5

Grades K-Up

Book Review

Only five U.S. presidential
inaugurations included poets reading their work. Of those five …

Lost. Found. By Marsha Diane Arnold | SLJ Review

ARNOLD, Marsha Diane. Lost. Found. illus. by Matthew Cordell. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781626720176.
PreS-Gr 2–A woolly red scarf floats through the wintry air in a forest filled with animals. The scarf is sent on an eventful escapade as it enters and escapes the custody of a series of wily woodland creatures. A raucous and humorous tale of sharing and working together, the story is comprised of only two words used again and again—lost and found—with […]

My Wild Family by Laurent Moreau | SLJ Review

MOREAU, Laurent. My Wild Family. tr. from French. illus. by Laurent Moreau. 32p. Chronicle. Nov. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452144238.
PreS-Gr 2–The narrator of this oversize picture book has a very special family. She characterizes each member, from her older brother, who is strong and respected, to her little brother, who is “flighty and a dreamer,” as well as her parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncle. The cousins are “fast and flexible, always quick to monkey around,” and her best friend is […]

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard & Tanya Simon | SLJ Review


SIMON, Richard & Tanya Simon. Oskar and the Eight Blessings. illus. by Mark Siegel. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596439498.
PreS-Gr 2–On the seventh day of Hanukkah in 1938, which also happens to be Christmas Eve, a young refugee boy named Oskar arrives in New York City from the horrors of Nazi Europe with only a photograph and an address to find an aunt he has never meet. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to […]