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Review of the Day: Trapped by Marc Aronson

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Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert By Marc Aronson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1416913979 Ages 10 and up On shelves August 30, 2011 The notion that history is always happening isn’t necessarily obvious to a kid. I remember [...]

Review of the Day: Eat Your Math Homework by Ann McCallum

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Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds By Ann McCallum Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez Charlesbridge $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-57091-779-0 Ages 7-11 On shelves July 1st. Cooking. Math. Not the usual subject matter for a kid browsing the library shelves (though I’ve admittedly had more than one kid ask me for cookbooks, so there’s that). Still [...]

Review of the Day: How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

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How the Sphinx Got to the Museum By Jessie Hartland Blue Apple Books $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-032-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now One of the most frequent requests I get from parents in my library is a desire for books on “community workers”. Which is to say, their children have been given an assignment in school [...]

Review of the Day: Unraveling Freedom by Ann Bausum

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Unraveling Freedom: The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War I By Ann Bausum National Geographic $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0702-7 Ages 10 and up. On shelves November 9, 2010 Who could have predicted that WWI would become the hot literary topic for child readers in 2009-10? I remember when I was a kid [...]

Review of the Day – Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter

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Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook By Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter Illustrated by Matt Phelan Roaring Brook Press (a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-628-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I was child writer. Which is to say, I was one of those kids who wrote endless stories between the ages of nine [...]

Review of the Day: Born to Be Giants by Lita Judge

Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World By Lita Judge Flash Point / Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-443-1 Ages 5 and up On shelves now. Just yesterday I had a very nice children’s author from North Carolina visiting me in my library. She wanted to look [...]

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 – Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet by Alexandra Siy

Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet By Alexandra Siy Charlesbridge ISBN: 978-1-57091-462-1 $18.95 Ages 9-12 Sometimes I think that adult authors of children’s non-fiction subjects get so wrapped up in their material that they forget (or, more likely, never knew how) to make the thing they are talking about palatable to kids. Here’s a [...]

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: Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

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Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka By Jon Scieszka Viking (a Penguin imprint) $12.99 ISBN: 978-0670011384 Ages 9-12 On shelves now To adults that don’t normally wander through the shelves of children’s literature the notion of the autobiography for kids is a pretty odd beast. You write a book about [...]

Review of the Day: George Washington Carver by Tonya Bolden

George Washington Carver By Tonya Bolden Abrams Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc.) $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-9366-2 Ages 8-12 On shelves now In New York City, the early months of the year are known for two things: Cheek chilling winds of a bitter nature, and assigned biographies of famous people. All [...]

Review of the Day: America Dreaming by Laban Carrick Hill

America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the ’60s By Laban Carrick Hill Little Brown & Company $19.99 ISBN: 978-0316009041 Ages 12 and up On shelves now Essentially what we have here is a book written about the children of the 50s and 60s for the children of the 00s, reviewed by a child of [...]

Review of the Day: Howtoons by Saul Griffith and Joost Bonsen

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Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless By Saul Griffith and Joost Bonsen Art by Nick Dragotta Harper Collins $15.99 ISBN: 978-0060761585 Ages 9 and up On shelves now Just this past summer my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were in town for a brief little vacation. Whenever relatives come to visit you in New York you end up [...]