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March: Book Three – National Book Award, Sibert Medal, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, Coretta Scott King Author Award, Printz Award

March Book Three

March: Book Three Written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell Published by Top Shelf Productions ISBN: 978-1-60309-402-3 Grades 7-Up Book Review Many Americans outside of the black community may only understand the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s through the actions of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Many have never […]

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat – 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner

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Winner of the 2017 Caldecott Award Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Written and Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Published in 2016 by Little Brown ISBN 978-0-316-21388-2   Grades PreK – Grade 12 Book Review “Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts that thump, double Dutch, and hopscotch and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice, […]

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 […]

Giant Squid: Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

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Giant Squid By Candace Fleming, Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-59643-599-5 All Ages 2017 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children  Book Review Giant squid remains a mystery. The first photograph of a living giant squid was not taken until 2004; the first video of a live giant […]

The Night Gardener – Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book

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The Night Gardener Written and Illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan Published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-1-4814-3978-7 2017 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor Book Book Review Grimloch Lane lives up to its name. The houses that line it are unkempt and the people who […]

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 […]

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music – 2016 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award

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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music Winner of the 2016 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Written by Margarita Engle and Illustrated by Rafael López Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015 Grades PreK – 6 Book Review “On an island of music / in a city of drumbeats / the drum dream girl […]

Drowned City – 2016 Orbis Pictus Winner, Sibert Honor

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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans Written and Illustrated by Don Brown Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children ISBN: 978-0-544-15777-4 Grades 7 and Up In the interest of full disclosure, we want our readers to know that Mary Ann served on the Orbis Pictus Committee that selected Drowned City as its 2016 winner. […]

2016 Caldecott and Geisel Honor Winner: Waiting

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Waiting2016 Caldecott Honor Winner2016 Geisel Honor WinnerWritten and illustrated by Kevin HenkesPublished by Greenwillow Books, 2015ISBN #978-0-06-236843-0 Grades PreK and up Book Review “There were five of them. And they were waiting…” So begins acclaimed author/illustrator Kevin Henkes’ multiple award-winning picturebook. Waiting tells the story of five toys on a windowsill who wait patiently for […]