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Review of the Day: The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer, ill. Mariachiara Di Giorgio

This book is an utter joy. One of those titles that lives up to, and then proceeds to exceed, the hype. Heck, I’ll say it. One of the best wordless books I’ve ever read. Full stop. Period.

Review of the Day: niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile by María José Ferrada, ill. María Elena Valdez

Oddly sweet, melancholic, and peaceful, this is poetry as remembrance as well as healing. It is also very much one of a kind.

Review of the Day: Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

The publisher sold this book to me as Doll Bones with a trans narrative and maybe that’s the best description you should hope for. Smart. Original. Necessary. Thank god we have this book now.

Review of the Day: 13 Ways to Eat a Fly by Sue Heavenrich, ill. David Clark

Funny and gross, this book is an honestly inventive way of spelling out how the simultaneously disgusting and delicious (eh?) fly is an integral part in not only the food chain but also the world as we currently know it.

Review of the Day: Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña, ill. Christian Robinson

Read this book to a child when you yourself need to remember that the world is full of horrible, wonderful, complicated people and that there are millions of their stories out there just waiting to be learned.

Review of the Day: Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz, ill. Julia Iredale

This is a book positioned to impress, that then sneaks over and steals your heart. Hermes would be proud.

Review of the Day: Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable, ill. Stephanie Yue

Created by the crackerjack team of Venable and Yue, this daring duo introduces the world to small, furry New York City superheroes and the catsitter that gets caught up in the action.

Review of the Day: Escape at 10,000 Feet by Tom Sullivan

From what I can tell, this title is going to make a lot of kids into fans of exciting works of history. That is, if they can wrench this book away from their grown-ups. Because if there’s one thing I know, an enticing unsolved mystery is good but a fantastically rendered unsolved mystery is irresistible.

Review of the Day: The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen

Here we have animals and hats and mysterious goings on. Read it cover to cover and you’re just swept up in a book that cultivates a singular sense of comic timing and tone policing that never falters or strays. It is, in fact, Klassen’s best book to date. Period.

A Look Back: The Swag of 2020

In a weird year I look back at the even weirder swag of 2020.

Review of the Day – Waa’aka’: The Bird Who Fell in Love with the Sun by Cindi M. Alvitre, ill. Carly Lake

Artfully rendered and magnificently produced, this creation tale is by turns beautiful and clever. A story told with plenty of thought and consideration.

Review of the Day – Mr. Invincible: Local Hero by Pascal Jousselin

Without a doubt, this is one of the most original books I’ve read for kids, teens, adults, you name it, in years. Incroyable? You don’t know the half of it.

The 101 Great Books for Kids List: 2020 Edition

Evanston Public Library is now pleased to announce the results of our incredibly hardworking 101 Great Books for Kids committee. 2020 proved to be a particularly difficult year for us but we’ve a beautiful list to show for it.

Review of the Day: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

I’m late to the party in celebrating this book, but now that I’m here, let’s dance until dawn! This is one book that kids and adults alike will read and never ever forget.

Review of the Day: Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar, ill. Khoa Le

A book that manages that impossible task of combining child friendliness (a kid will want to reread it) with good writing (an ADULT will want to reread it – never a given), and beautiful art.