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Review of the Day: Losers at the Center of the Galaxy by Mary Winn Heider

In an era of information overload, Mary Winn Heider is the author who will lead us through the pandemonium into the light. Hand this to the kid that wants something smart and funny with a side order of turmoil for spice.

2021 Board Books: Some Delights Thus Far

I collect them continually and sometimes there are so many lovely titles that halfway through the year I break down and show them off early. Today is that day.

Review of the Day: Ergo by Alexis Deacon, ill. Viviane Schwarz

It’s a treatise on philosophy as it relates to young children. It’s about escaping the confines of yourself and reaching out to others. And, most importantly, it’s a cute baby chicken picture book where 95% of the action takes place inside an egg.

Photography Informs Black Pride: Natasha Tarpley Discusses The Me I Choose to Be

Author Natasha Tarpley discusses the awesomely rendered, photographic sensation THE ME I CHOOSE TO BE and why we need it now more than ever.

Review of the Day: Honey for You, Honey for Me, compiled by Michael Rosen, ill. Chris Riddell

If you are looking for a book chock full of nursery rhymes, both familiar and un, you really can’t go wrong with what Rosen and Riddell have just cooked up.

Review of the Day: J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard, ill. Akeem S. Roberts

The story of a boy subjected to an egregious home haircut and who takes that problem as an opportunity to not only learn new skills but also grow his own business . . . well, now that’s the kind of story I think we all need more of right now.

Review of the Day: Magic Candies by Heena Baek, translated by Sophie Bowman

Deeply touching, funny, and incredibly odd, this is the kind of picture book that gets you excited about picture books all over again.

Review of the Day: Mars Is by Suzanne Slade

Want to instill Mars fever? Then you gotta catch this book.

Review of the Day: The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book by Kate Milford

Ms. Milford’s skills have at last come together to produce her magnum opus. I’ll tell you true – there’s not a soul alive I’ve handed this book to that didn’t get sucked into it. Every book has its reader. It just happens that this book’s reader is you.

The Big Bath House Interview: For “body-loving parents, rebel reviewers and vanguard author-librarians”

“The overall feeling is just one of communal joy and familial tending, which feels particularly powerful and poignant in the wake of the past year of anti-Asian violence. We need more stories of Asian female joy.” Kyo Maclear and Gracey Zhang discuss their remarkable, upcoming The Big Bath House.

Bringing Unsung Heroes to Light: Talking about The People’s Painter with Cynthia Levinson and Evan Turk

Today I talk shop about one of the latest, and most beautiful picture book biographies you would ever have the chance to see with its creators.

Review of the Day: Opposites Abstract by Mo Willems

No elephants. No piggies. No pigeons. And yet there’s something about this abstracted concept book to lure me into reviewing it. I haven’t reviewed Mo in 14 years. See why I’ve come around.

Review of the Day: Sylvie by Sylvie Kantorovitz

Early 70s France never looked so good. A new middle grade graphic memoir comes to us. A perfect new addition to every bookshelf looking for something familiar and odd all at once.

Cats and Dogs . . . Together? Talking with Elisha Cooper About the Sublime Yes & No

Picture books, puppies, and preternaturally attractive cats. It’s interview time with Elisha Cooper about his latest title Yes & No. Hope you like pets!

Review of the Day: Root Magic by Eden Royce

A smartly plotted dip into the Gullah-Geechee culture of early 60s rural South Carolina, this book weaves family, history, and spooky stuff together like a braid.