May 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Book To Be Re-Illustrated to Remove Díaz | Sexual Harassment in Children’s Publishing

Charlesbridge Publishing to have “Mario and the Hole in the Sky” re-illustrated after sexual harassment allegations against original illustrator David Díaz.

Review of the Day: A New School Year – Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby, ill. Mika Song

A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices By Sally Derby Illustrated by Mika Song Charlesbridge $16.99 ISBN: 978-1580897303 Ages 5-12 On shelves June 27th Sometimes I think that easy readers are the hardest books for kids to write. Those are the beginner books where the word count is limited and you have to somehow […]

Review of the Day: Gabe by Shelley Gill

Gabe: A Story of Me, My Dog, and the 1970s By Shelley Gill Illustrated by Marc Scheff Charlesbridge $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-57091-354-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves now The older I get the more I like children’s books that don’t slot easily into neat little categories. Gone are the days when every book you read […]

Review of the Day: Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune By Pamela S. Turner Illustrated by Gareth Hinds Charlesbridge $16.95 ISBN: 9781580895842 Ages 10 and up On shelves now When you read enough children’s books published in a single year, folks tend to believe that you’ve an ability to spot trends in the general literature. Trend-spotting is […]

Review of the Day: At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu-Perkins

At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Trasures of Mawangdui By Christine Liu-Perkins Charlesbridge $19.95 978-1-58089-370-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When I say the word “mummy” what springs into your mind? Movies starring Brendan Fraser? Egypt and scarabs and rolls of crumbling papyrus? Absolutely. But what if I told you […]

People Who Left Their Mark: Picture Book Biographies | JLG’s On the Radar

From breaking gender barriers to being the forerunner in children’s books illustrating, the subjects in the following titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild were ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

Pick of the Day: A Black Hole Is NOT a Hole (Audio)

Gravity, quasars, the formation of black holes, and the meaning of event horizon are just some of the ideas covered in the impressive scope of Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano’s A Black Hole Is NOT a Hole. Be sure to read the review of the audiobook version.

‘Here Be Fiction’ Launches: New site features ebook fiction available to schools on library-friendly terms

Discovery of ebooks in K-12, particularly worthwhile fiction, has been tough going. A new site, Here Be Fiction, will attempt to remedy that, enabling users to identify quality ebooks accessible to schools on library-friendly licensing terms. Featuring ebook previews and reviews, will enable librarians and others to discover fiction from a wide variety of publishers made available for both individual and multi-user access.

Pick of the Day: Out on the Prairie & Deep in the Swamp (DVD)

Donna Bateman’s clever juxtaposition of two very different but fragile ecosystems in Out on the Prairie & Deep in the Swamp is just right for young children. In the DVD version, the artwork and minimal music let the rhyming text sing. Check out this starred review.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: New Releases for Your Nonfiction Shelves

Good nonfiction titles rise to the top as librarians focus their content needs to meet the Common Core State Standards. New releases by our favorite authors and illustrators include an environmental bilingual poem, a picture-book biography, a fact-filled science title, and a narrative account of a bird’s 7,200 mile migration.

Pick of the Day: Little Pig Joins the Band (CD)

Little Pig Joins the Band. By David Hyde Costello. CD. 6:37 min. with hardcover book. Live Oak Media. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4301-1139-9. $29.95.
Pre-S-Gr 2–David Hyde Costello’s humorous story (Charlesbridge, 2011) about Little Pig who is too small to play any of the marching band instruments stored in a box at Grandpa’s house. Whenever Little Pig asks his siblings a question, it is comically misheard. For example, when he asks if there are any piccolos, the response is “There’s a jar in […]

Pick of the Day: Pig Tales: Pig Pig Returns and Little Pig Joins the Band (DVD)

Pig Tales: Pig Pig Returns and Little Pig Joins the Band. DVD. 14 min. with tchr’s. guide. Nutmeg Media. 2012. ISBN 1-933938-87-0. $69.95.
PreS-Gr 2–These two charming tales (2011, both Charlesbridge) by author/illustrators David McPhail and David Hyde Costello each feature piglets who, though they are young, learn very mature lessons. McPhail’s Pig Pig doesn’t want to leave his mother and cat to vacation across the country with his aunt and uncle, but as he becomes interested in the unusual places […]