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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.

Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet

“When you look toward the stars, do you wonder if anyone is looking back? Is Earth the only planet with intelligent life? Is it the only planet with life at all?” Curtis Manley’s new nonfiction picturebook, Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet, tackles these complex wonderings with aplomb through the existence of exoplanets—that is, extrasolar planets that orbit the countless stars across the universe.

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride

“Have you ever been told you are not enough?” With this opening line, author-cartoonist Joel Christian Gill grabs the attention of readers of all ages and introduces us to the legendary Bessie Stringfield, the first African American woman to ride solo across the United States on a motorcycle.

2019 Schneider Family Book Award Winner: Rescue & Jessica

Winner of the 2019 Schneider Family Award, the story of Jessica Kensky’s road to healing after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing robbed her of the use of legs is offered in a heartwarming picture book autobiography.

2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book: The Parker Inheritance

Winner of a 2019 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Parker Inheritance is a part historical fiction novel, part puzzle mystery full of masterful plot twists and clever riddles. Set in three distinct and alternating time periods, Author Varian Johnson weaves a mystery across time, place, and generations that captivates with every chapter.

2018-2019 Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards

Celebrating the 2019 ALA Youth Media Awards, along with other notable children’s and young adult book awards, we’ve curated links to the recipients we’ve blogged about over the past 2 years.

Every Month is a New Year

The first of January may have already passed, but that doesn’t mean the start of the New Year is over. With the help of this jubilant picturebook by award-winning children’s poet and author Marilyn Singer, the New Year celebrations can extend for months to come.

Imagine! and Imagine

Imagine! Illustrated by Raúl Colón Published by Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster 2018 ISBN #978-1-4814-6273-0   Book Review   A boy’s first encounter with modern art is chronicled in this inviting wordless picture book by renowned artist Raúl Colón. Leaving his Brooklyn home, the boy skateboards across the Brooklyn Bridge, following a pigeon he spots in […]

Dear Substitute

Dear Substitute Written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; Illustrated by Chris Raschka Published by Hyperion, 2018 ISBN # 978-1484750223   Grades K and up   Book Review What happens when a substitute teacher unexpectedly shows up and changes everything about the school day? In Dear Substitute, co-authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick […]

You Go First

You Go First Written by Erin Entrada Kelly Published by Greenwillow Books, 2018 ISBN # 978-0-06-241418-2   Grades 5 and up   Book Review The link between middle schoolers Charlotte Lockard and Ben Boxer is an online one—a friendly rivalry around a Scrabble game that they play against each other and occasionally text each other […]

Nothing Stopped Sophie and Counting on Katherine

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain Written by Cheryl Bardoe; Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Published by Little, Brown Young Readers, 2018 ISBN #978-0-316-27820-1   Grades K and up   As a young girl, Sophie Germain could not get enough of numbers: “she cherished how math could make sense of the world.” […]