April 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Good Morning Yoga & Good Night Yoga | SLJ DVD Review

Good Morning Yoga. 20 min. ISBN 9781520069524.

Good Night Yoga. 17 min. ISBN 9781520069494.

ea DVD: Dreamscape. 2017. $38.99.

K-Gr 2 –These animated programs are tailored to short attention spans and don’t demand rigorous adherence to specific form. Good Morning begins with perky piano music and a brief introduction before depicting a series of brightly drawn multicultural children breathing in, breathing out, and demonstrating clearly described and unembellished yoga poses. Boldly colored and simply illustrated birds, butterflies, crabs, and […]

Mighty Moby by Barbara DaCosta | SLJ Review

DACOSTA, Barbara. Mighty Moby. illus. by Ed Young. 40p. Little, Brown. Aug. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316299367.

PreS-Gr 2 –The book jacket depicting Herman Melville’s infamous behemoth befits the epic adventure it heralds: blackness swallows the crimson light surrounding the whale, setting an ominous tone. In an author’s note, DaCosta writes that every word comes from Moby-Dick except one. The text is minimal but dramatic, with dialogue as well as faux ballad and sea shanty verses. The story opens […]

Quit Calling Me a Monster by Jory John | SLJ Review

John, Jory. Quit Calling Me a Monster! illus. by Bob Shea. 40p. Random. Aug. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385389907. 

PreS-Gr 2 –Floyd Peterson is sick and tired of being called a monster. “Just because I have horns. And wild eyes. And clompy feet. And long toenails. And crazy hair. And fangs. And a huge, toothy smile that glows in the dark.” That doesn’t mean that he’s a monster. Children really hurt his feelings when they scream […]

Return by Aaron Becker | SLJ Review

Becker, Aaron. Return. illus. by Aaron Becker. 40p. Candlewick. Aug. 2016. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763677305. 

K-Gr 4 –In this satisfying conclusion to the magnificent picture book trilogy, the young heroine once again tries to get her aloof illustrator father’s attention and, failing, departs from her mundane sepia-colored world to a fantastical realm via a door she draws with her magic red crayon. This time, her father follows in her footsteps and catches up to her and […]

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy | SLJ Review

Levy, Debbie. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley. 40p. bibliog. photos. S. & S. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481465595. 

Gr 3-5 –Ruth Bader Ginsburg grew up in a time different from today; girls were taught to aspire to be wives and mothers—not study at college and become lawyers. This picture book biography of Justice Ginsburg traces her achievements in the field of law back to her girlhood years, emphasizing […]

Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story by Arun Gandhi & Bethany Hegedus | SLJ Review

Gandhi, Arun & Bethany Hegedus. Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story. illus. by Evan Turk. 48p. ebook available. S. & S./Atheneum. Aug. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781481442657. 

Gr 2-6 –Following Grandfather Gandhi, this title finds young Arun at his grandfather’s ashram, or “service village.” Slightly older now, the boy is working to adhere to the 11 vows of ashram living. Not wasting is the most difficult for him, and he has trouble understanding how this […]

Little Home Bird by Jo Empson | SLJ Review

Empson, Jo. Little Home Bird. illus. by Jo Empson. 36p. Child’s Play. Jul. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781846438899. 

PreS-Gr 1 –Little Bird loves his home and is reluctant to leave his favorite things behind when it’s time to fly south for the winter. He comes up with a seemingly clever idea—to bring everything with him, carrying his beloved possessions in his nest. Alas, the load proves to be too heavy for the journey, as one by […]

The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle | SLJ Review

CARLE, Eric. The Nonsense Show. illus. by Eric Carle. 40p. Philomel. Oct. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399176876.
PreS-Gr 1–Nonsense indeed! A rabbit pulls a boy out of a hat, a mouse chases a cat, and a girl plays tennis with an apple instead of a ball. These are just a few of the goofy images readers will find in Carle’s latest picture book. In rhyming text and surrealist illustrations, the book is full of Carle’s distinct art featuring bright and colorfully […]

JLG’s On the Radar: Biographies for Upper Elementary Students

Junior Library Guild editors select illustrated picture book biographies on remarkable Americans that are perfect for inspiring children in Grades 2 to 6. These include a new take on Albert Einstein and a brief look at how libraries became more accessible to young readers.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Elementary Readers: New Offerings from Favorite Authors

For our elementary readers, finding a favorite author is like finding an old friend. They welcome a familiar writing or illustration style. Not having to learn new characters or settings lets struggling students focus on the plot. This fall’s release of new books promises to be a happy reunion for kids in grades two to six.

BISHOP, Nic. Nic Bishop Snakes. Scholastic. Oct. 2012. ISBN 9780545206389. JLG Level: SCE: Science Nonfiction Elementary (Grades 2-6)

Naturalist and Sibert-award winning photographer Nic Bishop is […]