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Grace Enriquez

About Grace Enriquez

Grace is an associate professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former English Language Arts teacher, reading specialist, and literacy consultant, she teaches and writes about children’s literature, critical literacies, and literacies and embodiment. Grace is co-author of The Reading Turn-Around and co-editor of Literacies, Learning, and the Body.

2017 Geisel Winner: We Are Growing!

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We Are Growing! (An Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book) 2017 Geisel Award Winner Written by Laurie Keller; Illustrated by Laurie Keller Published by Hyperion, 2016 ISBN 978-148472635-8   Book Review Bam! Whee! Zap! Beep! Honk! With each sound and exclamation, a different blade of grass grows. Amazed at each other’s sudden growth spurt, the […]

2016-2017 Children’s & Young Adult Book Awards

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The start of the calendar year is always an exciting time for children’s and young adult literature, as the American Library Association (ALA) announces its Youth Media Awards. Below you will find not only links to the 2017 ALA award-winning and honor books that we blogged about, but links to the many books we blogged […]

Lesser Spotted Animals

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Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of Written and illustrated by Martin Brown Published by Scholastic, 2016 (release date Dec. 27, 2016) ISBN #978-1-338-08934-9   Grades 2 and up   Book Review “Those big shots have hogged the stage too long.” Indeed, as the introduction to this book declares, it’s time for […]

The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring

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The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation Written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN #978-1-48145-065-2 Grades K and up   Book Review In 1943, while working as an engineer for the United States Navy, Richard James […]

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Written by Debbie Levy; Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN # 978-1-4814-6559-5   Grades K and up   Book Review “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others […]

The Gallery

The Gallery

 The Gallery Written by Laura Marx Fitzgerald Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN #978-0-525-42865-7 Grades 5 and up Book Review It’s said that what happened to the once vibrant, brazen heiress “Wild Rose” Pritchard is “What happens to most girls . . . She got married. She settled, eventually. And then—” But […]

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous PhotographWritten by Roxane Orgill; Illustrated by Francis VallejoPublished by Candlewick Press, 2016ISBN # 978-0763669546 Grades 3 and up Book Review The year was 1958, and jazz music was everywhere in full force. Graphic designer and jazz enthusiast Art Kane pitched an idea to Esquire magazine to gather as […]

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

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Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems Written by Bob Raczka Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016 ISBN 978-1-62672-236-1 Grades 2 and up Book Review In Wet Cement, author Bob Raczka begins with a credo: “I like to think of poems as word paintings.” Indeed, the concrete poetry—also known as shape poetry—filling the pages of […]

Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk

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Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You TalkWritten by Jane Sutcliffe; Illustrated by John ShelleyPublished by Charlesbridge, 2016ISBN # 978-1-58089-638-2 Grades 3 and up Book Review “The more people said all those words, the more they forgot that they were William Shakespeare’s words.” Indeed, it is Shakespeare’s ubiquitous contribution to the English language […]

2016 Sibert Medal Winner, Pura Belpré Honor, and Orbis Pictus Honor: Funny Bones

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Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras2016 Sibert Medal Winner2016 Pura Belpré Honor2016 Orbis Pictus HonorWritten and illustrated by Duncan TonatiuhPublished by Abrams Books, 2015ISBN #978-1-4197-1647-8 Grades K and up Book Review Skeletons are not often the go-to symbol for celebration, but Pura Belpré award-winning author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh challenges that assumption in a playful […]