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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled Written and Illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins Published in 2016 by Greenwillow Books ISBN 978-0-06-237345-8 Grades K-6 Book Review Take a romp through the school disciplines with Frank and his exuberant dog, Lucky. In this innovative picture book, Newbery award winning author Lynne Rae Perkins sends a strong message: opportunities […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maybe Something Beautiful

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Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and Illustrated by Rafael Lopez Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016 ISBN 978-0-544-35769-3   All Ages   Book Review “In the heart of a gray city, there lived a girl who loved to doodle, draw, color, and paint.” […]

Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story

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 Steamboat School: Inspired by  a True Story Written by Deborah Hopkinson      Illustrated by Ron Husband Published in 2016 by Disney-  Hyperion Grades K-6 ISBN: 978-142312196-1 Book Review “I always thought being brave was for grown-up heroes doing big, daring deeds. But Mama says that sometimes courage is just an ordinary boy like me […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ideas Are All Around

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Ideas Are All Around Written and Illustrated by Philip C. Stead Published in 2016 by Roaring Brook Press ISBN 978-1-62672-181-4 All Ages Book Review Looking for the antidote to a case of writer’s block? Take a cue from author / illustrator Philip Stead and just take a look around. The Caldecott winning author’s latest picture […]

The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial

At Lesley University, we are eagerly anticipating our annual Evelyn Finnegan Children’s Literature Lecture, and are thrilled this year to be hosting illustrator E.B. Lewis. Lewis will be joined by author Susan Goodman, faculty in Lesley’s MFA program. In honor of the event, we offer today’s blog entry featuring their recent collaboration. We hope that […]

One Today

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One Today Written by Richard Blanco, Illustrated by Dav Pilkey Published by Little Brown, 2015 ISBN: 978-0-316-37144-5 Grades K-Up Book Review Only five U.S. presidential inaugurations included poets reading their work. Of those five poems, only two have been turned into picture books. One was illustrated by Dav Pilkey, author-illustrator of the Captain Underpants series. […]