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Review of the Day: Rita & Ralph’s Rotten Day by Carmen Agra Deedy, ill. Pete Oswald

Taking a common hand rhyme and turning it into a story with a satisfying plot would be a difficult challenge for anyone but for Ms. Carmen Agra Deedy’s Rita & Ralph’s Rotten Day it’s a breeze. A marvelous addition to any storytime roster, no matter where you are.

Review of the Day: Go With the Flow by Lily Williams, ill. Karen Schneemann

Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve been missing until it’s arrived. I didn’t know I needed a graphic novel for kids on period parity. And now, here we are.

Review of the Day: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Whenever I have a chance to get my hands on a new Frances Hardinge book, it’s only because I want one thing: to be told a story I’ve never heard before. Deeplight fulfills that wish and a lot more besides. My sole regret is that I only get to read it for the first time once.

Review of the Day: my best friend by Julia Fogliano, ill. Jillian Tamaki

Kids will love this book. Yeah, it’s a visual/literary masterpiece of picture book art and writing but that means bupkiss if you hand it to a kid, or read it aloud to a group, and they’re bored to tears. Precisely because Fogliano knows how to talk on a kid’s level, precisely because Tamaki has made her art so visually appealing.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Picture Books

Picture books are such a delight to read and discover. This year, I saw so many wonderful ones. As a result, this list is going to strike you as a tad on the longish side. Still and all, I honestly believe that every book listed here deserves its day in the sun.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Middle Grade Novels

Consider this just a sampling of titles that I found particularly toothsome in 2019. You will miss some of your favorites, no doubt, but these are the books that truly made my little heart sing.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Older Reprints

A book only truly dies when it has been forgotten from every human brain. Here are the books of 2019 that just extended their lives a generation more.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Nonfiction Books for Older Readers

Reading so many of these books turned out to be the most fun I had all year. Enjoy some great books out now.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Nonfiction Picture Books

Here it is! My standouts! My stalwarts! The books that I just can’t get out of my mind, that have been swimming around in my cranium all year. The great works of picture book nonfiction of 2019!

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Unique Biographies

Some of the biographies you’ll find on today’s list are of people hitherto uncelebrated while others offer a new take on a familiar name. Here are the biographies produced for kids in 2019 that struck me as particularly choice. Bet there’s at least one on here you haven’t see before.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Unconventional Children’s Books

How dull the world would be if all the children’s books fulfilled the same, rote expectations. If books never surprised or shocked then we’d find the world filled with dull books creating dull brains in dull children. Blah. Happily, we know this is not the case. There were a host of books out this year […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Science and Nature Books

I always forget how much I enjoy this particular topic. From animals to space to germs and more, enjoy this lovely long list for the scientifically inclined.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 American History

Today, we’re looking at any children’s book that highlights American history in some way, whether it’s full of fiction or facts. Take a gander in case there’s something you’ve missed . . .

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Informational Fiction

There are a lot of great books out there in a given year that mix and meld their fiction and nonfiction parts. Here’s a list that nods to some of the more stellar titles.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Science Fiction

Science Fiction, man. It’s one of my favorite genres for kids, but like Mysteries it can be hard to find a whole slew of them in a given year. To combat that problem, for today’s list I’m pulling equally from the comics as I am the middle grade fiction.