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Review of the Day: Living Ghosts and Mischievous Monsters selected by Dan Sasuweh Jones (Ponca Nation), ill. Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva Nation)

Got a fear of living dolls, skin-sucking babies, or otters? Don’t worry. You will now.

Review of the Day: Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown

Today we look at a book about choice. Children’s choices and the choices adults make when faced with their own kids’ curiosity about their bodies and the clothing that goes onto it. I review Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown.

Review of the Day: Chunky by Yehudi Mercado

Chunky doesn’t really look or act like any of the other comics out there today. It’s good-natured, peppy, dealing with some serious issues but with a light hand.

Review of the Day: Much Ado About Baseball by Rajani LaRocca

It is truly rare to find a book like Much Ado About Baseball where math not only propels the plot forward, but also contains perfectly normal, sportsy characters for whom loving math is just one aspect of their personality. Add in baseball, Shakespeare, magic AND snacks and you’ve got yourself a unicorn of a book.

Review of the Day: Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, ill. Loren Long

Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long have given us a title that is filled up to the brim with dignity. Dignity for the people who actually put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the places and objects we so desperately need to live.

Review of the Day: Race Against Time by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace

A thoroughly rousing story, deserving of wider acclaim. The package may be lacking but the contents are gold.

Review of the Day: The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo, ill. Sophie Blackall

Pairing with the utterly lovely Sophie Blackall, Kate DiCamillo presents us with a story that has all the trappings of a fable, and all the reality of a thoroughly thrilling tale.

Review of the Day: New In Town by Kevin Cornell

Folks, we live in an era of scam artists so if New in Town is just one of a million tiny answers to the question of how we create a new savvier generation, that’s good enough for me. An exceedingly clever, funny, eye-popping story about not falling for the words of silver tongued devils.

Review of the Day – The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones & Renée Watson, ill. Nikkolas Smith

“Their story does not begin with whips and chains”. Today I review a marvelous testament to not just the power of reclaiming your own story, but the story of your ancestors as well.

Review of the Day: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

For the kid that likes their science fiction dark with marvelous villains and a strong core message about individuality, storytelling, and hope, I can’t think of a better book to hand over. A dystopia you’ll be happy to dive into deeply.

Review of the Day: A Tree for Mr. Fish by Peter Stein

Exceedingly simple with an equally simple message (message: Don’t be rude and loud) you wouldn’t expect A Tree for Mr. Fish to be as wackadoodle as it is. And yet, here we are.

Review of the Day: How to Find a Fox by Kate Gardner, photos by Ossi Saarinen

Deftly capturing the majesty, mystery, and downright good looks of foxes, this book is a rarity. Photographs galore highlight the mysterious world of the fox.

Review of the Day: Too Small Tola by Atinuke, ill. Onyinye Iwu

In the new chapter book series Too Small Tola, Atinuke has turned her book into a small masterpiece. Read these books, ye other mighty authors, and despair.

Review of the Day: The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld

Smart fairytailing that’s tonally on point? More of this, please.

Review of the Day: Borders by Thomas King, ill. Natasha Donovan

This is a story that stands out and apart from all those other comics being published right now. It assumes a certain level of intelligence on the part of the child reader. It’ll frustrate some, baffle others, and completely fascinate the lot of them.