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Anywhere Farm

Anywhere Farm

Anywhere Farm Written by Phyllis Root and Illustrated by G. Brian Karas Published by Candlewick Press in 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-7499-1 Grades PreK – 3 Book Review Just in time for Earth Day and in anticipation of the coming growing season, Phyllis Root’s new picture book celebrates the simplicity and power of the act of gardening. […]

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 […]

Nanette’s Baguette

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Nanette’s Baguette Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems Published by Disney / Hyperion in 2016 Grades PreK – 6 Book Review Has Mo Willems done it again? “You bet!”  Combining word play, innovative illustration, and a scenario to which young children can easily relate, beloved author/illustrator Mo Willems delivers yet another picture book guaranteed to […]

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.” […]

A Home for Mr. Emerson

Written by Barbara Kerley, Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham Published by Scholastic Press, 2014 ISBN 978-0-545-35088-4 Grades 3-8 Book Review Ralph Waldo Emerson himself ushers the reader through the front door and into his home on the title page of Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham’s latest collaboration. The title page also introduces the palette of orange, […]

Each Kindness and Beneath a Meth Moon

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  Each Kindness Written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, 2012 ISBN 978-0-399-24652-4 Grades 2 and Up Book Review  “I watched the water ripple/as the sun set through the maples/and the chance of a kindness with Maya/becoming more and more/forever gone.” Despite the changes in picture books […]

The Mighty Miss Malone

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The Mighty Miss Malone By Christopher Paul Curtis Published by Wendy Lamb Books, Random House Children’s Books ISBN: 978-0-385-73491-2 Grades 4-8 Book Review Prompted by fans discouraged by a lack of female protagonists in his body of work, Christopher Paul Curtis created Deza Malone, an irrepressible twelve-year old surviving the Great Depression with savvy, strength, […]

Dead End in Norvelt

Dead End in Norvelt Written by Jack Gantos Farrar Straus Giroux, New York ISBN: 978-0-374-37993-3 Grades 5 and Up Book Review Few authors can do what Jack Gantos manages to do in Dead End in Norvelt. As you turn the pages, you laugh out loud, clutching your sides. Next, you ponder the lessons of history. […]

The Honeybee Man

The Honeybee Man Written by Lela Nargi, Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker Schwartz & Wade Books, New York ISBN: 978-0-375-84980-0 Book Review Many may not consider Brooklyn, where Fred the Honeybee Man lives, or their own metropolitan area, as a hub for urban agriculture. But Fred’s Brooklyn neighborhood is teaming with food: maple trees, peas, sage, […]