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Review of the 2017 Printz Award winners

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Winner: March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell Middle School, High School  Top Shelf Productions  254 pp. 8/16    978-1-60309-402-3    $19.99    g This final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights movement: […]

Reviews of the 2017 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner: Cry, Heart, but Never Break by Glenn Ringtved; illus. by 
Charlotte Pardi; trans. from the 
Danish by Robert Moulthrop Primary    Enchanted Lion    32 pp. 3/16    978-1-59270-187-2    $16.95 Four children encounter Death, who has arrived at their country house to claim their beloved grandmother (leaving his scythe outside the door, so as not to frighten […]

Reviews of the 2017 Sibert Award Winners

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Winner: March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell Middle School, High School  Top Shelf Productions  254 pp. 8/16    978-1-60309-402-3    $19.99    g This final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights movement: […]

Reviews of the 2017 Belpré Author Award winners

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Winner: Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    90 pp. 9/16    978-0-7636-7208-9    $14.99 This brisk, episodic (in the best way) chapter book introduces Juana, a young girl living in Bogotá, Colombia, who loves many things: her city, her family, reading, Brussels sprouts, and her dog, Lucas. She does not […]

Reviews of the 2017 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

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Winner: Lowriders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper; illus. by Raúl the Third Intermediate     Chronicle     128 pp. 7/16     978-1-4521-2343-1     $22.99 [review to come] Honor Books: Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood; illus. by Duncan Tonatiuh Primary, Intermediate    Charlesbridge    32 pp. 9/16    978-1-58089-673-3    $17.95 e-book ed.  978-1-60734-825-2    $9.99 Growing up in Mexico, […]

Reviews of the 2017 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Radiant Child

Winner Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe; illus. by the author Primary Little, Brown 40 pp. 10/16 978-0-316-21388-2 $17.99 Picture books about artists are tricky. Should the illustrator mimic the subject’s style, or instead attempt to capture his or her essence? Steptoe does a little of both in this […]

Additional ALA Awards 2017

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences • The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst (Harper Voyager) • The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales (Riverhead/Penguin Random House) • In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford (Holt) • Buffering: […]

Reviews of the 2017 CSK Author Award winners

march-3

Winner March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell Middle School, High School Top Shelf Productions 254 pp. 8/16 978-1-60309-402-3 $19.99 g This final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights movement: the 1963 bombing […]

Reviews of the 2017 Newbery Award winners

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Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Intermediate, Middle School Algonquin 388 pp. 8/16 978-1-61620-567-6 $16.95 Every year, the people of the Protectorate steel themselves for the Day of Sacrifice, when the elders take the city’s youngest baby and leave it in the woods to appease the witch — a witch no […]

Reviews of the 2017 Caldecott Award winners

Radiant Child

Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 10/16    978-0-316-21388-2    $17.99 Picture books about artists are tricky. Should the illustrator mimic the subject’s style, or instead attempt to capture his or her essence? Steptoe does a little of both in this […]