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Laughter as an Inference Tool: Teaching Ideas for Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Winner Fox+Chick and Other STories

Following in the literary footsteps of the famed friendships of Frog and Toad and Elephant and Piggie, a new pair of unlikely animal friends has entered the early reader scene. Author/illustrator Sergio Ruzzier has crafted two endearing characters in Fox and Chick that young readers will enjoy following through their humorous antics across three clever vignettes in this first book in this soon-to-be a series

Hey, Wall

Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community Written by Susan Verde; Illustrated by John Parra Published in 2018 by Simon and Schuster ISBN 97814811453134 Grades PreK – Grade 5 Book Review “Look at you now. You are beautiful! Now you tell the real story of us. And together we are somethin’ to see!” In […]

Square (Shape Trilogy)

Written by Mac Barnett; Illustrated by Jon Klassen Published in 2018 by Candlewick Books ISBN 978-0763696078 Book Review What does it mean to be an artist? Does it mean you have innate talent? Commit yourself to hard work? Are recognized as an artist by someone else? Or, maybe even something else altogether? Masters of the […]

Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White

Written by Melissa Sweet Afterword by Martha White Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades K-6 ISBN: 978-0-544-31959-2 Book Review “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” Elwyn Brooks White, better known as E.B. White to the world and Andy […]

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street Written by Matt de la Pena Illustrated by Christina Robinson Published by G.P. Putnam’s and Sons, 2015 ISBN 978-0-399-25774-2 Grades PreK-8 Book Review “He wondered how his nana always found beautiful where he never even thought to look.” So ponders C.J., the protagonist of Last Stop on Market Street, as […]

Mr. Cornell’s DREAM BOXES

Mr. Cornell’s DREAM BOXES Written and Illustrated by Jeanette Winter Published by Beach Lane Books ISBN: 978-1-4424-9900-3 Grades 2-5 Book Review “If you had lived on Utopia Parkway not so long ago, you might have walked past this house.” In that house, if you looked closely, as author-illustrator Jeannette Winter asks the reader to do, […]

Abe Lincoln’s Dream

Written and Illustrated by Lane Smith   Roaring Brook Press ISBN 978-1-59643-608-4 Grades 2 and Up     Book Review Last week’s inaugural ceremonies provided many of us with pictures of the White House in the news, and the opportunity to ponder previous presidents.  What if those walls could talk? Would we find out what really […]

2012 Coretta Scott King Award for Writing, Honor Book for Illustration: Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Balzar and Bray, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-06-173074-0 Review This extraordinary work of art tells the story of America through the lens of African American history. It is at once familiar and yet unfamiliar to all too many. Even author-illustrator Kadir […]

2011 ALA Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award: Dave the Potter

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave Written by Laban Carrick Hill; Illustrated by Bryan Collier Little Brown, and Company, New York 2010 ISBN 978-0-316-10731-0 Book Review Dave the Potter, sometimes known as David Drake, was taught to read in South Carolina in the early 19th century, when it was against the law for an enslaved […]