December 12, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

What Do You Do With a Chance?

What Do You Do With a Chance? Written by Kobi Yamada and Illustrated by Mae Besom Forthcoming in Feb. 2018 by Compendium Inc. ISBN 978-1-943-20073-3 Grades PreK-3   Book Review “I wished I had taken my chance. I realized I had wanted it, but I still didn’t know if I had the courage.” The struggle […]

Little Fox in the Forest

Little Fox in the Forest Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin Published in 2017 by Schwartz & Wade Books ISBN 978-0-553-53789-5 A 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction Honor Book Book Review Attachment to a treasured toy, a quest through a magical world, the acts of finding and of letting go…. Stephanie Graegin’s authorial debut explores […]

I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –A picture book without words, but with images that speak volumes.

Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –When Lola the armadillo spills juice all over her family’s white chair, she hastily decides to run to the library, since “they have books and bathrooms,” and hide there till she’s a grown-up.

Feather by Cao Wenxuan | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Wenxuan has created a picture book that tells the hopeful tale of a single feather as it embarks on a journey to find out where it came from and where it belongs.

Picture Books: Excellent Bilingual Books and Sleepy Sheep | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A trio of friends work through jealousy; a delightful Spanish language retelling of a classic fairy tale; an engaging introduction to maps and directions and much more in this month’s picture book Xpress.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again Written and illustrated by Dan Santat Published by Roaring Brook Press; 2017 ISBN # 978-1-62672-682-6   Grades PreK and up   Book Review   “Life begins when you get back up” – so says the blurb on the back cover of Caldecott Medal winner Dan […]

Review of the Day: The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, ill. The Fan Brothers

The Antlered Ship By Dashka Slater Illustrated by The Fan Brothers Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 9781481451604 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Take any number of picture books published in a given year. Read them all, cover to cover. Digest them. Ponder them. Then, I have no doubt, you’ll […]

Too Edgy for the Kids’ Section? | Scales on Censorship

One parent doesn’t want her “gifted” child reading picture books; another wants to be notified of each book read aloud in class.

Can an Aardvark Bark?

Can an Aardvark Bark? Written by Melissa Stewart and Illustrated by Steve Jenkins Published in 2017 by Beach Lane Books ISBN 978-1481458528 Grades PK – 4 Book Review: Bark, grunt, squeal, roar…. A chorus of animal vocalizations emanates from science writer Melissa Stewart’s latest picture book, a concept book focusing on the sounds that animals […]

Lines

Lines Written and illustrated by Suzy Lee Published by Chronicle Books, 2017 ISBN #978-1-4521-5665-1   Grades K and up   Book Review   Suzy Lee, acclaimed illustrator and virtuoso of the wordless picturebook, delivers another spectacular visual masterpiece in her latest book, Lines. A young girl revels in the freedom and creativity of ice skating […]

15 Spooky Halloween Titles for Young Readers

Lots of treats in this roundup of Halloween titles just right for a variety of revelers, from toddlers to veteran trick-or-treaters.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Where, Oh Where, Is Baby Bear? by Ashley Wolff | SLJ Review

WOLFF, Ashley. Where, Oh Where, Is Baby Bear? illus. by Ashley Wolff. 32p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481499163.

PreS –When night falls, the sweet and curious black bear cub and his mother go looking for food. Mama hunts and Baby Bear explores. “‘Where, oh where, is Baby Bear?’ calls Mama.” Readers won’t worry, because Wolff has hidden Baby Bear in the spread for them to find. “Here I am, Mama,” he replies each time. The sky subtly darkens as […]

Smiles of Bibliophiles: Celebrating Books and Reading

Share these titles to celebrate the importance and empowerment of literacy and to set the tone for a book-loving school year.

Double takes

We saw the 40th anniversary release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind* this weekend, which seemed like a great end-of-summer thing to do. I swear that movie has been cut differently every time I’ve seen it, but I was once again thrilled to see one of my favorite shots in cinema: that early scene […]

Review of the Day: After the Fall by Dan Santat

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again By Dan Santat Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-682-6 Ages 4 and up On shelves October 3rd Sometimes its easy to forget in the midst of all those picture books about farting dogs, night kitchens, and giant dance parties that initially literature […]

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes | SLJ Review

HENKES, Kevin. In the Middle of Fall. illus. by Laura Dronzek. 40p. HarperCollins/­Greenwillow. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062573117.

PreS-Gr 2 –In this lovely companion to When Spring Comes, poetic text and lush-hued acrylic paintings depict a rural setting fully turned to autumn. Leaves shimmer orange and yellow, “the sky is mostly gray/and the air is chilly,” “frisky” squirrels gather nuts, plump pumpkins stand ready for the picking, and apples hang from tree branches “like ornaments.” A red-jacketed girl and her dog, along with […]

Perfect Picnic Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Six perfect picture books for a family outing.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Flora and the Chicks & Flora and the Ostrich by Molly Idle | SLJ Review

IDLE, Molly. Flora and the Chicks. Mar. 2017. ISBN 9781452146577.

––––. Flora and the Ostrich. Sept. 2017. ISBN 9781452146584.

ea vol: illus. by Molly Idle. 20p. Chronicle. Board $9.99.

PreS –With the latest offerings starring the beloved Flora, Idle tackles the concepts of counting and opposites. Donning a yellow kerchief and a pair of red overalls in Chicks, Flora attempts to keep track of a bevy of chickens as they hatch and cavort around the farmyard. Readers will enjoy counting the chicks as page by page […]

Seamus’s Short Story by Heather Hartt-Sussman | SLJ Review

HARTT-SUSSMAN, Heather. Seamus’s Short Story. illus. by Milan Pavlović. 32p. Groundwood. Aug. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781554987931.

PreS-Gr 2 –In this hilarious tale, Seamus, a big-headed and blue-haired kid, hates being short. He can never reach what he needs to, including a “horrid” baby picture of himself. He explores a few ineffectual options until he discovers his mom’s high heels and, suddenly, he is “having a blast.” Seamus’s being a boy in pumps passes without comment; high heels are simply a tool that […]