“One foggy morning, Fiona sat on her front stoop, wondering what to do with the day. ‘I’m bored. I wish something exciting would happen…’” With that, the fog snatches up Fiona’s scarf and leads her on a chase around a city’s environs (it’s unnamed but the skyline is San Francisco’s; makes sense given the fog). […]
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The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma High School Algonquin 321 pp. 3/15 978-1-61620-372-6 $17.95 g e-book ed. 978-1-61620-486-0 $17.95 Orianna Speerling — the so-called “Bloody Ballerina” — is just fifteen when she is convicted of murdering two rival dancers. A month after her sentence begins, all forty-two girls interned at the Aurora Hills […]
BirdCatDog [Three-Story Books] by Lee Nordling; illus. by Meritxell Bosch Primary Graphic Universe/Lerner 32 pp. 11/14 Library ed. 978-1-4677-4522-2 $25.26 Paper ed. 978-1-4677-4523-9 $6.95 e-book ed. 978-1-4677-4524-6 $25.32 In this innovative wordless picture book told entirely through cartoon panels, three pets escape the ennui of domestication for brief, interconnected adventures in the wild. An introduction […]
Inadvertently or not, ALA heeded the call of the zeitgeist when it honored six books (out of ten in toto) by people of color in the 2015 Newbery and Caldecott medals and honors, announced last month at the Midwinter conference in Chicago. The winners were Kwame Alexander (African American) for Newbery and Dan Santat (Asian […]
Table of Contents Features “Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers” by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Creating a demand for more good books featuring diverse characters. “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader From Sendak to dePaola. Columns Editorial “The Difference That Made Them” by Roger Sutton Diversity of all […]
In Metamorphabet (Vectorpark, 2015), each (uppercase) letter of the alphabet appears on a brightly colored background. Tap the featured letter to initiate its animated transformation into a short series of visual representations of words beginning with that letter: J to jiggle to juggle to jelly fish. A somewhat monotone female narrator speaks the letter’s name, […]
When Roger invited me to deliver the keynote for today’s program, I was a bit intimidated. He told me that the idea for the “Mind the Gaps” theme was inspired by Christopher Myers’s essay “Young Dreamers,” published in The Horn Book last November. Christopher’s essay grew from the ongoing question: where are the people of […]