Happy Year of the Horse!

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The celebration of Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, begins today! Eat some dumplings and share one of these books for young readers, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, which feature the holiday. (And go celebrate with author/illustrator Grace Lin at the Carle Museum tomorrow!) Picture books […]

Review of Hello, Mr. Hulot

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Hello, Mr. Hulot by David Merveille; 
illus. by the author Primary    NorthSouth    56 pp. 9/13    978-0-7358-4135-2    $17.95 Monsieur Hulot, a character invented and played by French filmmaker Jacques Tati in such movies as Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday), is one part schlemiel, one part everyman, one part existentialist, and all parts kindness. […]

RIP, Pete Seeger

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Great singer-songwriter/activist Pete Seeger died on Monday at the age of ninety-four. Here are a few picture book versions of his folk songs, reviewed in The Horn Book Guide. In Turn! Turn! Turn!: Words from Ecclesiastes, Wendy Anderson Halperin illustrates Seeger’s Ecclesiastes-inspired folk song with delicate watercolor and pencil art depicting nature, feelings, folk causes, […]

Reviews of the 2014 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner: Mister Orange by Truus Matti; trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson; 
illus. by Jenni Desmond (Enchanted Lion) In 1943 Manhattan, Linus’s position in his large family shifts when his oldest brother, Albie, goes off to war and Linus is assigned a new job — delivery boy for the family’s grocery store. One of […]

Reviews of the 2014 Belpré Author Award winners

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Winner: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick) A move to a new neighborhood in Queens means a new high school for almost-
sixteen-year-old Piddy (short for Piedad) Sanchez. Instead of a welcoming committee, she gets word that someone she doesn’t even know has it in for her. Yaqui Delgado turns out […]

Reviews of the 2014 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Nino Wrestles the World

Winner: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author (Porter/Roaring Brook) Pint-sized Niño, fearless luchador, Popsicle enthusiast, and reluctantly attentive big brother, dons his red mask (he’s already wearing his orange and yellow sneakers and blue-waistbanded tighty-whities), ready to take on all comers. He battles a series of formidable imagined foes from […]

Additional ALA Awards 2014

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to a teen audience • Brewster by Mark Slouka and published by W. W. Norton & Company • The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell (HarperCollins/Harper) • Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin (Simon/ATRIA) • Help for the Haunted written by John Searles (HarperCollins/Morrow) […]

2014 Coretta Scott King Award winners

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Reviews of the Coretta Scott King Author Book Award winners: Winner: P.S. Be Eleven; Three Honor Books: March: Book One, Darius & Twig, Words with Wings. Reviews of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award winners: Winner: Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me; Honor Book: Nelson Mandela. Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award: […]

Reviews of the 2014 Sibert Award winners

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Winner: Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore; illus. by Susan L. Roth (Lee & Low) This gorgeously illustrated history of the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot, along with the settlement and development of Puerto Rico, underscores the environmental consequences of human populations on indigenous animal species. The beautiful green and […]

Reviews of the 2014 CSK Author Award winners

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Winner: P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad/HarperCollins) Against Big Ma’s objections, in One Crazy Summer (rev. 3/10) Delphine and her sisters Vonetta and Fern flew off to Oakland to get to know their mother, Cecile, and learned about the Black Panthers. Here, they’ve returned, and before they even get home to Bedford-Stuyvesant, they outrage […]