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Review of the Day: Are You an Echo? by David Jacobson


Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko Narrative and Translation by David Jacobson, Sally Ito, and Michiko Tsuboi Illustrated by Toshikado Hajiri Chin Music Press $19.50 ISBN: 9781634059626 Ages 5 and up On shelves now Recently I was at a conference celebrating the creators of different kinds of children’s books. During one […]

Review of the Day: Hypnotize a Tiger by Calef Brown


Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything By Calef Brown Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-9928-7 For ages 9-12 Why do I do this to myself? Let me tell you something about how I review. Board books? Pshaw. I can take one and write a nine-paragraph review parsing […]

Review of the Day: When Thunder Comes by J. Patrick Lewis


When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders By J. Patrick Lewis Illustrated by Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, John Parra, and Meilo So Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-0119-4 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Poetry is of the people by its very definition. Though sometimes considered the property of the elite […]

Review of the Day: God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant


God Got a Dog By Cynthia Rylant By Marla Frazee Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-6518-3 Ages 9 and up On shelves October 29th I’ve been thinking a lot lately about whom children’s books are really for. Kids, obviously. And parents that will have to (hopefully, potentially) read those […]

Review of the Day: Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer


Rutherford B., Who Was He? Poems About Our Presidents By Marilyn Singer Illustrated by John Hendrix Hyperion Books for Children $17.99 ISBN: 978-142317100-3 Ages 7 and up On shelves December 17th There is a brief moment of doubt when you first cast eyes upon the title of this book. It’s partly the design of the […]

Review of the Day: Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo by Nancy Bo Flood


Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo By Nancy Bo Flood Photography by Jan Sonnenmair Wordsong (an imprint of Highlights) $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59078-893-6 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Sometimes I think half my job simply consists of making lists. Not that I’m complaining. I love lists. I love making them, and checking them, and adding to […]

Review of the Day: National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry, edited by J. Patrick Lewis


National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! Edited by J. Patrick Lewis National Geographic $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-1009-6 Ages 7-12 On shelves now Animals make for good poetry. That’s just common sense. When humans get misty eyed and start thinking their great grand thoughts, they tend to be […]

Review of the Day: The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub by Susan Katz


The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub!: Poems About the Presidents By Susan Katz Illustrated by Robert Neubecker Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-18221-6 Ages 6-10 On shelves now Funny what kids pick up. When I was a tot of four I had a little electronic game that came with its […]

Review of the Day: Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems By Gail Carson Levine Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Harper (an imprint of Harper Collins) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-178725-6 Ages 5-10 On shelves March 13th I tend to run my bookgroup for kids between the ages of 9-12 like a gentle dictatorship. I choose the books, the […]

Review of the Day: Sharing the Seasons selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins


Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins Illustrated by David Diaz Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $21.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-0210-4 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Yesterday I was frustrated. Very very frustrated. I’m a children’s librarian. Patrons tell me what they desire and I find just […]