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Review of the Day: S is for Sea Glass by Richard Michelson

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S is for Sea Glass By Richard Michelson Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 978-1585368624 $15.95 Ages 3-8 On shelves now Every small publisher needs a staple. Something to keep them going through hard times. Years ago Sleeping Bear Press hit on the notion of writing books with the [letter] is for [word] [...]

Review of the Day: A Pond Full of Ink by Annie M.G. Schmidt

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A Pond Full of Ink By Annie M.G. Schmidt Illustrated by Sieb Posthuma Translated by David Colmer Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5433-9 Ages 7 and up On shelves now International children’s authors are great. They’re just not particularly well known in America. There are various reasons for this. Some of it has [...]

Review of the Day – Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko

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Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems Selected by Paul B. Janeczko Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4842-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Is reviewing works of poetry essentially a ridiculous thing to attempt? I’m not trying to be facetious or anything, I honestly want to know. It took me a [...]

Review of the Day: Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

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Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons By Jon J. Muth Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-16668-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 25th I have a colleague who is mighty careful when regarding haiku. She’s Japanese-American herself, and one thing she simply cannot stand is when someone takes a set of words, slaps them into five/seven/five syllable lines, [...]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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: Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky

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Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems By Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by Carin Berger Greenwillow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-201464-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 26th. To non-children’s librarians the statistics are baffling. Your average poetry book isn’t exactly a circ buster. It sits on the shelf for months [...]

An Unbiased Plug for My Mother

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Okay.  That’s an outright lie, I suppose.  Who can be unbiased about their mom?  Particularly when their mom writes awesome poetry?  Particularly particularly when she has been published by The University of Nebraska Press and her book is out on shelves now. You can’t trust me (obviously).  So I’ll just casually put these quotes from [...]

Review of the Day: Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

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Step Gently Out By Helen Frost Photographs by Rick Lieder Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5601-0 Ages 3-8 On shelves now I have lots of little soapboxes scattered around my home that I like to pounce on in idle moments. Big soapboxes. Little soapboxes. Anyone who knows me is forced to hear me expound from one [...]

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

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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: A Stick Is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer

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A Stick Is an Excellent Thing By Marilyn Singer Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Clarion Books (a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-12493-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now If the helicopter parents don’t smother `em then the death of recess by test-minded schools will. Kids today have a heck of a time playing like they used [...]

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: Peaceful Pieces by Anna Grossnickle Hines

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Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts About Peace By Anna Grossnickle Hines Henry Holt (Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-899607 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Folks will ask for it. Sure they will. You sit at a children’s reference desk in a library long enough and eventually somebody is going to ask you for a book on the [...]