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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Whose Tools? by Toni Buzzeo; illus. by Jim Datz […]
The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell High School Simon 360 pp. 5/15 978-1-4814-3065-4 $17.99 g e-book ed. 978-1-4814-3067-8 $10.99 Sora, only seventeen, has ALS — “an old man’s disease” — and knows he’s going to die in just a few years. First, however, he’ll become a vegetable, dependent on his single mom to do […]
Fun in the Sun by David Catrow; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary Holiday 32 pp. 5/15 978-0-8234-2945-5 $16.95 When the sun comes out, it’s time for a trip to the beach, in Catrow’s (I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, the Silly Dilly Songs books) inimitable, frenetic style. The main character (a human-like dog) packs […]
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means: the beginning of road-trip season! Seems like a good time to check out Sago Mini’s Road Trip app (Sago Sago, December 2014) — especially since it’s currently free. You play as Jinja the cat, off to visit one of three friends (a dog, […]
Primary school–age children are ripe for enjoying literary parody, and fractured fairy tales are a great introduction. By this time, ideally at least, kids have listened to or read many of the classic old tales: “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” et al. It’s that familiarity with the original that makes reading or […]
Aronson, Marc The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science Gr. 4–6 48 pp. National Geographic With Adrienne Mayor. Illustrated by Chris Muller. Mayor is a scholar whose fascination with mythical creatures led her to uncover a scientific basis for the existence of the legendary griffin. Hard […]