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Sago Mini Forest Flyer app review

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My colleagues and I are big Sago Mini fans, and we’re slowly working our way through the developer’s entire oeuvre. Next up, an oldie but a goodie: Forest Flyer (2013), another exploratory play app in the mold of Ocean Swimmer and Fairy Tales. Choose a spring day or a wintry (vaguely Christmas-y) one to explore. […]

The Enduring Footprints of Peter, Ezra Jack Keats, and The Snowy Day

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In the spring of 1940, twenty-four-year-old Ezra Jack Keats cut a series of black-and-white photographs out of Life magazine. The four photos showed a small African American boy in Liberty County, Georgia, reacting to a blood test being administered by a public health nurse. Prior to the test, he looked happy and trusting. Afterwards, he […]

Foreign Correspondence: Translator: Trafficking Between Cultures

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Translation has often been compared to the building of a bridge. The text originates from within one culture and has to arrive safely in another. A translator acts as travel guide across that bridge, helping the book to find its audience and success in a new land. Yes, some luggage may get lost along the […]

2015 in Review: The Year in Pictures

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2015 was a striking, if fractious, year for picture books. At ALA, picture books were in the spotlight not just for their usual recognition — with Sophie Blackall receiving the 2016 Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie — but also for winning top awards in many more categories: the Batchelder Award went to a picture book […]

Review of The Great White Shark Scientist

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The Great White Shark Scientist [Scientists in the Field] by Sy Montgomery;
 photos by Keith Ellenbogen Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    70 pp. 6/16    978-0-544-35298-8    $18.99 Biologist Greg Skomal studies great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod, using a variety of technologies, including video and telemetry, to document their burgeoning population as the marine […]

2015 in Review: The Year in Words

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The year was 2015. A year in which so many people from so many backgrounds said so much about books with so few words. It was a year in which people didn’t just discuss books. They cheered and argued, raged and kvetched, praised them and condemned them. Social media wasn’t new in 2015, but never […]

Books mentioned in the July 2016 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes a Good Page-Turner? Primary Fiction and Nonfiction Broach, Elise  James to the Rescue! [Masterpiece Adventures] Illustrated by Kelly Murphy 104 pp.     Holt/Ottaviano     2015     ISBN 978-1-62779-316-2 Ebook ISBN 978-1-62779-317-9 Cronin, Doreen  The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure [Chicken Squad] Illustrated by Kevin Cornell 103 pp.     Atheneum     2014     ISBN 978-1-4424-9679-8 Ebook […]

Recommended Page-Turners: Middle School Fiction and Nonfiction

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Bancks, Tristan  On the Run 229 pp.     Farrar/Ferguson     2015     ISBN 978-0-374-30153-8 On the run from police, twelve-year-old Ben’s parents leave him and younger sister Olive on their own in a cabin in the Australian bush. Ben finds a copy of My Side of the Mountain, appropriate — and useful — reading since he and Olive […]

Recommended Page-Turners: Intermediate Fiction and Nonfiction

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Anderson, Jodi Lynn  My Diary from the Edge of the World 421 pp.     Simon/Aladdin     2015     ISBN 978-1-4424-8387-3 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4424-8389-7 Twelve-year-old Gracie’s world is almost like ours — except that the planet is flat, dragons exist, and poltergeists stopped the Industrial Revolution. When the arrival of a Dark Cloud seems to portend her younger brother […]

Recommended Page-Turners: Primary Fiction and Nonfiction

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Broach, Elise  James to the Rescue! 104 pp.     Holt/Ottaviano     2015     ISBN 978-1-62779-316-2 Ebook ISBN 978-1-62779-317-9 Illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Masterpiece Adventures series. Beetle Marvin is going collecting in the Pompadays’ apartment, where the beetles live behind a kitchen cupboard. When Uncle Albert is accidentally cut by a pair of nail scissors, Marvin enlists the help […]