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Mary Ann Cappiello

About Mary Ann Cappiello

Mary Ann is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former public school language arts and humanities teacher, she is a passionate advocate for and commentator on children’s books. Mary Ann is the co-author of Teaching with Text Sets and Teaching to Complexity.

Dad’s Camera

Dad's Camera

Dad’s Camera Written by Ross Watkins, Illustrated by Liz Anelli First US Edition, Candlewick Press, 2018 Originally Published as One Photo by Penguin Random House Australia, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-5362-0138-3   Grades 2-8 Book Review In this touching and quiet picture book, we learn about a father living with Alzheimer’s Disease through the eyes of his […]

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci

Merci Suárez Changes Gears By Meg Medina Published by Candlewick Press, 2018 ISBN: 978-0-7636-9049-6 Grades 4-7 Book Review During the fall of her sixth grade year, Merci Suárez faces a range of challenges. Instead of trying out for the school soccer team now that she is eligible, she must spend the autumn watching her twin […]

I’m Your Neighbor Books: Immigration Children’s Literature

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If you are a frequent Classroom Bookshelf reader, you have likely noticed that over the past year we have posted a range of entries about books that reflect the immigrant and refugee experience. This week’s Monday post was devoted to two books: La Frontera and Dreamers. Last spring, we wrote entries on The Night Diary, Escape from […]

La Frontera and Dreamers

La Frontera

La Frontera: El Viaje con Papá/My Journey with Papa Written by Deborah Mills and Alfredo Alva Illustrated by Claudia Navarro Published by Barefoot Books, 2018, ISBN 978-1-78285-388-6 Book Review “Cuando era niño, mi familia vivía en el pequeño pueblo de La Ceja, en el centro de Mexico, en el estado de Guanajuato. Mi familia había vivido allí […]

The Night Diary

The Night Diary

The Night Diary Written by Veera Hiranandani Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018 ISBN: 9780735228511 Grades 4- 8 Book Review “Wasn’t independence from the British supposed to free us? We’ve never been less free” (p. 194). So observes twelve-year-old Nisha, the protagonist of Veera Hiranandani’s gorgeous historical novel that offers contemporary readers a […]

Escape from Aleppo

Escape from Aleppo

Escape from Aleppo Written by N.H. Senzai Published by Paula Wiseman Books, Simon and Schuster, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-4814-7217-3 Grades 5-8 Book Review In the midst of the Syrian Civil War in fall of 2013, protagonist Nadia must find her way back to her family, from whom she was separated when a bomb hit their apartment […]

World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

World Make Way

World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers with The Metropolitan Museum of Art ISBN: 978-1-4197-2845-7 Grades 4 and Up Book Review “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is […]

Islandborn

Islandborn

Islandborn/Lola: Edicion en espanol de ISLANDBORN Written by Junot Díaz,  illustrated by Leo Espinosa Published by Dial Books ISBN:  978-0735229860 (English)/ ISBN:  978-0525552819 (Spanish) All Ages Book Review “Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was the school of faraway places.” But when her teacher asks her class to draw a picture of […]

Orbis Pictus Honor Book – Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today

Fault Lines

Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect us Today By Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson Published by Peachtree Publishers, 2017, ISBN 978-1-56145-945-2 Grades 6-Up Book Review On this President’s Day, it is important to note that “not one of our first eight presidents had any real power” (p. […]

Orbis Pictus Honor Book: Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

Chef Roy

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee Illustrated by Man One Published by Readers to Eaters, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-9836615-9-7 Grades 2 and Up Book Review On the very first page of this innovative and immensely relevant picture book biography, readers are presented with a “Ramen […]