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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Written and Illustrated by Jason Chin Published in 2017 by Roaring Brook Press ISBN 978-1-59643-950-4  Grades K-8  Book Review  Are you ready for a mind boggling trip through time and terrain? In his latest hybrid nonfiction/ informational fiction picture book, master illustrator Jason Chin takes us through the eons while we traverse the […]

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

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Flying Lessons and Other Stories Edited by Ellen Oh Published in 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers ISBN: 978-1-101-93459-3 Grades 4-6     Book Review  Don’t we all have “milk-snorting-out-of-your-nose…listen-to-how-cool-and-awesome-we-are…come-close-so-we-can-whisper-in-your-ear” stories? In this groundbreaking anthology, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books and edited by its co-founder Ellen Oh, are ten stories by […]

2017 Pura Belpré Author Winner: Juana & Lucas

Juana & Lucas

Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award Juana & Lucas Written and illustrated by Juana Medina Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-7208-9   Grades K-3     Book Review   Prepare to be utterly charmed by Juana, the exuberant grade school protagonist of the Pura Belpré Author Award winning book Juana & Lucas. […]

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 […]

World Read Aloud Day

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Read aloud. Change the World. This is the motto for LitWorld’s global literacy event–World Read Aloud Day held today on February 16th, 2017.World Read Aloud Day was created in 2010 by LitWorld, a renowned literacy 501(c)3 organization, to share the message that the read aloud is a simple, powerful act of social engagement that can change […]

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, […]

A Poem for Peter

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A Poem for Peter Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney Pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson Published in 2016 by Viking Press Grades K-5 ISBN: 978-0-425-28768-2   Book Review “Brown-sugar boy in a blanket of white./ Bright as the day you came onto the page./ From the hand of a man who saw you for […]

Love in Action: Children’s Literature to Promote Hope and Counter Fear

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  Congressman John Lewis uses the phrase “love in action” when speaking about the nonviolent revolution of the 1960s. When faced with systemic oppression, Congressman Lewis and fellow civil rights marchers led with love. Today, we are faced once again as a nation with divisive, harmful rhetoric and actions that threaten the values of civil […]

2017 Geisel Winner: We Are Growing!

We Are Growing

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 […]