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Fry Bread, A Native American Family Story: A Love Letter to Indigenous Nations and Communities

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished information book for children and an American Indian Youth Literature Honor recipient, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story is a love letter to Indigenous nations and communities centered around a simple food that represents a complex history of survival, relocation, and resilience.

High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs

Written by Lisa Kahn Schnell, Illustrated by Alan Marks Published by Charlesbridge, 2015 ISBN 978-1-58089-604-7 Grades 2-8 Book Review  Right now, we are in the midst of the annual spring migration. Birds that overwintered in Central and South America are returning to the northern edges of North America. This means that along the Atlantic flyway, it […]

Buried Sunlight

Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth Written by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm Illustrated by Molly Bang Published by The Blue Press, Scholastic, 2014  ISBN: 978-0-545-57785-4 Grades 3 and Up  Book Review As with their previous two books, Living Sunlight and Ocean Sunlight, Bang and Chisholm begin Buried Sunlight with the voice […]

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes Written by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Emily Sutton Published by Candlewick Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-0-7636-7315-4 Grades 3-5 Book Review Where do you begin the conversation with young people about the tiny microbes in and around us everyday, some of which keep us healthy, some of which make us sick? […]

Bird Talk: What Birds are Saying and Why

Written and Illustrated by Lita Judge Roaring Brook Press, New York, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-59643-646-6 Grades K-8 Review Did you know that the American Robin has hundreds of different calls? Or that a Flamingo chick speaks to its parents from inside the egg as it begins the hatching process?  Or that Western Grebes dance in unison […]

Little White Rabbit

Written and Illustrated by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow, 2011 ISBN:  978-0-06-200642-4 All Grades Book Review Perhaps Kevin Henkes’s greatest gift as an author and illustrator is the simultaneous depth and breadth of his work, his ability to vacillate in and out of the worldviews of preschoolers, seven-year-olds, and  preteens, to write a picture book of deceptive […]