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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.

2021 Poetry: Versification for the Masses

Today’s list is not particularly long, but it’s a fun encapsulation of some of the Can’t Miss Poetry of 2021. Take a gander and then read ’em up for yourselves.

Review of the Day: The Wild Huntsboys by Martin Stewart

This is the fun, fast-paced, witty, and not too long adventure novel you’ve been searching for. Chock full of jokes and characters you grow to love.

Review of the Day: Off-Limits by Helen Yoon

Writing, timing, art, and humor. What’s not to love? One thing’s for certain, though. Kids absolutely adore it, and that’s not the kind of thing you can fake.

Review of the Day: Timelines From Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies by D.K. Publishing

This book is NOT the only book on the subject that will ever be written, but right now it appears to be the only book so far. And I’m just relieved that it was good to begin with. A beautifully designed supplement.

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.

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.