April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W. Vandever | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This unique picture book explores how Holden, a Navajo boy with a dramatic imagination, navigates through a typical school day in a rigid residential school.

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –The story opens with readers positioned behind and a little above Bear’s head as she gazes at falling snow, a circle of bare trees, and a small wolf in the distance.

Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly | SLJ Review

K-Gr 2 –After Geraldine and her parents move, she realizes that she’s the only giraffe at her new school.

A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This wordless story begins with a framed image of a girl embracing her dog. In the next spread, she gathers flowers for its burial.

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 – A young girl enjoys her first visit to the beach at Coney Island while remembering her past family outings in Iran.

Square by Mac Barnett | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –In their sequel to Triangle, the Barnett/Klassen dynamic duo follows the previously introduced character of Square.

Picture Books: A Bunny’s “Staycation” and a Big Brother Dinosaur | April 2018 Xpress Reviews

Daniel W. Vandever’s imaginative picture book centers a Navajo student who doesn’t follow the line; two titles expand the “bedtime book” genre; a lyrical meditation on losing a loved one.

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Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –It’s said there’s a story behind every name and Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela is surely a moniker worthy of six tales.

Pignic by Matt Phelan | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –A family of jovial pigs take advantage of the sunny weather by hosting a picnic.

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Young Julián lives with his abuela and is obsessed with mermaids.

Yo, Bro! Hey, Sis! Sibling Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Five picture books explore the perilous and the positive when it comes to siblings.

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A Most Unusual Day by Sydra Mallery | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –A young girl named Caroline moves through her unusual day at school, preparing for the impending arrival of her new baby sister.

Ocean Meets Sky by Terry & Eric Fan | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –The Fan brothers’ elegant illustrations and understated yet emotion-packed storytelling create a picture book that is at once mystical, magical, and magnetic.

Black Bird Yellow Sun by Steve Light | SLJ Review

Toddler-PreS –A delightful journey through a day filled with bright exciting colors.

I Got It! by David Wiesner | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –Set against the backdrop of a pick-up baseball game, Wiesner’s nearly wordless picture book expertly layers elements of relatable emotion, boundless imagination, eye-popping action, and out-and-out fun.

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Tamaki’s picture book debut explores color and the seasons in a lyrical, philosophical way that is rooted in a child’s sensibilities.

Islandborn/Lola by Junot Díaz | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –When Ms. Obi asks her students to draw a picture of the country they are originally from, the children are excited. All except for Lola, “What if you left before you could start remembering?”

Picture Books: Pioneer Tales, Princess Tresses, and Tantrums | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

A mischievous baby visits a West African market with mama; Ludwig helps out a friend in a creative, multi-textual adventure; animal friends make time for one another in a gentle Spanish-language title; and much more in this month’s Xpress.

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The Funeral by Matt James | SLJ Review

K-Gr 2 –A girl’s experience of her great-uncle’s memorial service starts as these things characteristically do—with a ringing phone and a mother’s tears.

On the Other Side of the Garden by Jairo Buitrago | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –The pair that created Walk With Me present a new exploration of coping with the absence of parents.