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Review of the Day: A History of Pictures for Children by David Hockney & Martin Gayford

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A History of Pictures for Children By David Hockney & Martin Gayford Illustrated by Rose Blake Abrams Books for Young Readers $24.99 ISBN: 978-1-4197-3211-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. And now, a couple words about expository nonfiction. I . . . . Hey! Hey, where the heck do you people think you’re going? Come right […]

Review of the Day: The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss

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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle By Christina Uss Margaret Ferguson Books (an imprint of Holiday House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8234-4007-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. The term “quirky” has gotten a bad rap recently. I blamed forced quirk. Have you ever read or watched something where the book or movie is just trying too […]

Review of the Day: Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

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Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish By Pablo Cartaya Viking (an imprint of Penguin Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 9781101997260 Ages 9-12 On shelves now The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like “OCD”, […]

Review of the Day: The Funeral by Matt James

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The Funeral By Matt James Groundwood Books (an imprint of House of Anansi Press) ISBN: 978-1-55498-908-9 $18.95 Ages 4-7 On shelves now They say you don’t truly fear death until you have children. I’ll tweak that slightly. I say, you don’t truly fear talking about death until you have children. At least if you’re an […]

Down Syndrome and the Great Gaping (Longstanding) Children’s Book Gap

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When I was a child I knew what Down syndrome was but I didn’t know it because of any picture books that contained characters with Down syndrome. None of my childhood literature covered it, so if I wanted to see someone represented in this way I had to turn on Sesame Street. Though it’s not […]

Review of the Day: Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

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Louisiana’s Way Home By Kate DiCamillo Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-9463-0 $16.99 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 2nd There once was a book called Raymie Nightingale. Not a big flashy book with glitter on the cover and fonts that look like escaped balloon animals. Just a quiet book set in the late 1970s in Florida, patiently […]

Review of the Day: The Field by Baptiste Paul, ill. Jacqueline Alcántara

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The Field By Baptiste Paul Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara North/South Books, Inc. $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4312-7 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Here’s an interesting conundrum for you. Rattle it about in your brain for a while. It is an uncontestable fact that the majority of picture books published in America in a given year feature either […]

Alternative Anticipated Children’s Books of Fall 2018 List

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No doubt by this time you’ve read PW’s list of the Most Anticipated Children’s And YA Books of Fall 2018. Good strong books are on that list, many that I absolutely adore. That said, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of gaps. Just one graphic novel. Three nonfiction. And, because a book is usually […]

Review of the Day – Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham

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Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness By Anastasia Higginbotham Dottir Press $18.95 ISBN: 9781948340007 Ages 6 and up On shelves September 4th The other day I was at the table with my 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son and the subject of police shootings came up. I think there was a time when I would […]

Review of the Day: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

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Small Spaces By Katherine Arden G.P. Putnam & Sons (an imprint of Penguin Young Reader’s Group) $16.99 ISBN: 9780525515029 Ages 10-14 On shelves September 25th In fourth grade I sold my soul to the Scholastic Book Club’s Apple paperbacks. There was only one thing in the entire world I ever wanted to read, at that […]

Review of the Day: We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates By Ryan T. Higgins Hyperion (an imprint of Disney Book Group) $17.99 ISBN: 978-136800355-1 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Each year, as the new school year draws ever closer, a bounty of first day of school books are published. The bulk of them are overly familiar. A couple of them […]

Review of the Day: Sci-Fu by Yehudi Mercado

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Sci-Fu By Yehudi Mercardo Oni Press $12.99 ISBN: 9781620104729 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Not too long I attended a local comic convention in the Chicago area call C2E2. I’d been to the New York Comic Con once or twice, but that was small potatoes compared to this extravaganza. While there I had the chance […]

Review of the Day: Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

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Harbor Me By Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books (an imprint of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25252-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 28th A good book, whether it’s written for a nine-year-old, a nineteen-year-old, or a ninety-year-old can tilt your perspective, if only momentarily. Consider the concept of the “happy ending” and what it’s supposed to resemble. […]

Review of the Day: I Hate Everyone by Naomi Danis

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I Hate Everyone By Naomi Danis Illustrated by Cinta Arribas POW! (a division of powerhouse) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-576870874-3 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Childhood is riddled with contradictions. Wait. No. Scrap that thought. Let’s rewrite it slightly. Childhood’s fine it’s the CHILDREN that are riddled with contradictions. In the same breath a child can scream […]

Review of the Day: Beavers – The Superpower Field Guide by Rachel Poliquin and Nicholas John Frith

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Beavers: The Superpower Field Guide By Rachel Poliquin Illustrated by Nicholas John Frith $18.99 ISBN: 9780544949874 Ages 9-12 On shelves December 4th Here, sit down a sec. I wanna tell you a story about this beaver I once knew. So I’m at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, which, if anyone asks, is my favorite […]