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Review of the Day: Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus

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Grandfather Gandhi Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus Illustrated by Evan Turk Atheneum (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-2365-X Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Are you familiar with the concept of booktalking? It’s a technique librarians developed to get people interested in books they might otherwise not pick up. The whole concept is [...]

Review of the Day: Everybody Paints! by Susan Goldman Rubin

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Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family By Susan Goldman Rubin Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6984-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves February 4th For years it was my pleasure to work in the New York Public Library’s Central Children’s Room, located in the Donnell Library. The Central Children’s Room was the crown jewel [...]

Review of the Day: Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table By Jacqueline Briggs Martin Illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin Readers to Eaters Books ISBN: 978-0-9836615-3-5 $17.95 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 10th It shouldn’t be this hard. You walk to a biography section of a children’s room, any children’s room, and you start searching for biographies of living people [...]

Review of the Day – Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People by Susan Goldman Rubin

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Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People By Susan Goldman Rubin Abrams Books for Young Readers $21.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8411-0 Ages 10 and up On shelves now National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th. How many folks could tell you that off the top of their heads? Meanwhile, few awards are specifically [...]

Review of the Day: The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel

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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau By Michelle Markel Illustrated by Amanda Hall Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5264-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now I’m not ashamed to say it, though perhaps I should be. Still, it’s true. Though I grew up in the middle class with a good education and a stint [...]

Review of the Day: It Jes’ Happened by Don Tate

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It Jes’ Happened By Don Tate Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Lee & Low Books ISBN: 978-1-60060-260-3 Ages 5-9 On shelves April 1st Teaching kids about outsider art feels like a no-brainer to me. Which is to say, why doesn’t it happen more often? Perhaps there’s a feeling that educating kids on the self-taught is [...]

Review of the Day: Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter

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Jazz Age Josephine By Jonah Winter Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-104169-6123-9 Ages 6 and up On shelves now When we try to name the biggest and best picture book biography authors out there, two names spring immediately to mind. The first is David Adler. Mr. Adler [...]

Review of the Day – Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

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Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Illustrated by Raul Colon Marshall Cavendish $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5562-2 Ages 8-11 On shelves now When I was a kid I took a fair amount of ballet. I liked it. Kept me on my toes (yuk yuk yuk). I retain fond memories of that time in my life, [...]

Review of the Day: The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith

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The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont By Victoria Griffith Illustrated by Eva Montanari Abrams Books for Young Readers $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0011-8 Ages 6-10 On shelves now The American publishing industry is good at a lot of things. They produce some pretty delightful fare for children on a variety of different topics. If you want [...]

Review of the Day: Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

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Me . . . Jane By Patrick McDonnell Little Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316004546-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 5th Pity the picture book biographer. Theirs is not an easy lot. Seems to me that if you want to introduce a six-year-old to a famous person there are two ways of going about it. [...]

Review of the Day: Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

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Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart By Candace Fleming Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84198-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves February 8, 2011 When I was growing up my schoolroom classes would routinely learn about the great unsolved mysteries of the world. How they made Stonehenge. [...]

Review of the Day: She Sang Promise by Jan Godown Annino

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She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader By Jan Godown Annino Illustrated by Lisa Desimini Afterword by Moses Jumper, Jr. National Geographic $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0592-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. I’m tired of Einstein. I’m tired of Edison too. Heck, I’m even tired of Martin Luther King Jr., Marie Curie, [...]

Review of the Day – Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz

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Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz By Beverly Gherman Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6790-0 Ages 8 and up On shelves now. Sitting in the biography section of my children’s room are crisp, new, clean, pristine biographies of all sorts of people. Saints and sailors, presidents and queens, you name it. We got `em. [...]

Review of the Day – Dark Fiddler: The Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini by Aaron Frisch

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Dark Fiddler: The Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini By Aaron Frisch Illustrated by Gary Kelley Creative Editions $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-56846-200-4 Ages 9 and up On shelves now The picture book biographer is often a limited soul. If you are churning out biography after biography for a large company then I’m sure the job must [...]

Review of the Day – A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant

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A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams By Jen Bryant Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5302-8 Ages 4-9 On shelves now I always feel a little bit inadequate when I review a book of poetry or a book about a poet, even if it’s for kids. [...]