February 24, 2018

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A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket Written by Deborah Hopkinson Published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishing ISBN: 978-0-385-75499-6 Grades 4-8 Book Review “These days, when anyone asks, I say I’m an American, New York City-born. And why not? Because, in a way, I was born here.” Rocco Zaccaro is ripped away from […]

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

A Bandit’s Tale: The
Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Written by Deborah Hopkinson

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-385-75499-6

Grades 4-8

Book Review

“These days, when anyone asks, I say I’m an Ameri…

Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale Written by Kate DiCamillo Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-8117-3 Grades 4-8 Book Review  “The world went on. People left and people died and people went to memorial services and put orange blocks of cheese into their purses. People confessed to you that they were hungry all the time. And then you […]

Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale
Written by Kate DiCamillo

Published by Candlewick Press, 2016
ISBN 978-0-7636-8117-3

Grades 4-8

Book Review 
"The world went on. People left and people died and people went to memorial services and put orange blocks of cheese into their purses. People confessed to you that they were hungry all the time. And then you got up in the morning and pretended that none of it had

The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot 
Written and Illustrated by Peter Brown 

Published by Little, Brown April 2016 
ISBN: 978-0-316-38199-4

Note: This review was written using an advanced reading copy. 

Grades 4-8

Book Review 
"As you may know, robots don’t really feel emotions. Not the way animals do. And yet, as she sat in her broken crate, Roz felt something like curiosity." So, too, will readers of popular

Drowned City – 2016 Orbis Pictus Winner, Sibert Honor

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Written and Illustrated by
Don Brown
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

ISBN: 978-0-544-15777-4

Grades 7 and Up

In the interest of full
disclosure, we want our readers to know that Mary Ann served on the Orbis
Pictus Committee that selected Drowned
City as its 2016 winner.

Book Review

“A swirl of unremarkable
wind leaves

Congratulations, ALA Youth Media and NCTE Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the ALA Youth Media Award winners announced this morning in Boston, as well as the Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Awards from NCTE, announced at the NCTE Convention back in November. Over the next few weeks, we will cover so…

One Today

One Today

Written by Richard Blanco,
Illustrated by Dav Pilkey

Published by Little Brown,
2015

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 …

Best Books 2015, Happy New Year 2016

Photo by Mary Ann Cappiello

We wish all of you a peaceful and joyous holiday season. On January 4th, we’ll be back with a regular posting. In the meantime, we wanted to share a collection of "Best of 2015" lists. Please feel free to add to our collection of links by submitting a favorite "best of" listing of your own in a comment. We look forward to the full slate of ALA Youth Media Awards