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Turning Frowns Upside Down at The Smile Shop

The Smile ShopWritten and Illustrated by Satoshi KitamuraPublished by Peachtree, 2021 ISBN #978-1-6826-3255-0 Grades PreK and up Book Review “I am so excited,” starts the first page of Satoshi Kitamura’s picturebook, The Smile Shop.  Set in a crowded open-air market of an urban center, this narrative follows a young boy, who for the very first […]

Pride Puppy: Out and Proud

Pride PuppyWritten by Robin StevensonIllustrated by Julie McLaughlinPublished in May 2021 by Orca BooksISBN: 978-1459824843 Grades PK – 5 Book ReviewThis ambrosial alphabet book is a festive feast for the eyes – just in time for Pride month, 2021! Pride Puppy is a perfect pairing of prismatic pictures and alliterative prose that tell the story […]

Anything for Mom: Shy Willow

Shy WillowWritten and Illustrated by Cat MinPublished by Levine Querido, 2021ISBN: 978-1646140350Grades K – 5 Book ReviewJust in time for Mother’s Day, Cat Min’s debut picturebook, Shy Willow, chronicles the extraordinary efforts of a shy rabbit to satisfy a boy’s wish for his mother. Min’s vibrant, color saturated artwork closely aligns with this tender yet […]

Found: The Journey of The Lost Package

Found: The Journey of The Lost Package The Lost PackageWritten by Richard HoIllustrated by Jessica LanhanPublished by Roaring Book PressISBN: 978-1250231352 Grades K and up At the heart of Richard Ho and Jessica Lanhan’s fiction picturebook, The Lost Package, is the tribute to US postal workers that can be seen over the entrance to the […]

The 2021 Sibert Medal Winner, Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifer documents the experiences of a summer honeybee from birth to death. The combination of words and images invites readers deep into the hive, providing both an intimate encounter with the bee colony and with the 35-day life of a worker bee, aptly named Apis.

Above the Rim: Peaceful Activism for a New Year

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed BasketballWritten by Jen BryantIllustrated by Frank MorrisonPublished by Abrams, October 6, 2020ISBN: 978-1419741081 Book ReviewThe end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 heralds the opening of the NBA basketball season. As we enter the new year, we are reminded of the athlete activism that has changed the landscape […]

Hope for a Vaccine: Learning about Immunity through The Polio Pioneer

The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio VaccineWritten by Linda Elovitz MarshallIllustrated by Lisa Anchin. Published in August 2020 by Knopf Books. ISBN: 978-0525646518 Book Review. Imagine a time when people were so fearful of a virus that children weren’t permitted to go swimming in the summer. They couldn’t join friends for a […]

Banned Book Week: Skirting Skippyjon for Latinx Kid Lit

Overview  It’s Banned Books Week 2020! As described on the official Banned Books Week (BBW) website, this week “brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”  […]