Review of Mom, It’s My First Day 
of Kindergarten!

Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten

 Mom, It’s My First Day 
of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Foster/Farrar    40 pp. 7/12    978-0-374-35004-8    $16.99    g “Mom, wake up!” In the art, a young boy looms large, while his mom appears small and kind of blue (as in “sad,” though she’s also pale blue from head to toe). […]

Review of A Home for Bird

A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead

A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead; illus. by the author Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp. 6/12    978-1-59643-711-1    $16.99    g Stead (author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, rev. 5/10) returns with another terrific tale of devoted friendship. Starting on the copyright page, we see a little bird thrown from the back of […]

Phillip Hoose on Moonbird

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From the July/August 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Joanna Rudge Long asks Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 author Phillip Hoose about the rufa red knot’s current whereabouts. Read the full starred review of Moonbird here. Joanna Rudge Long: Has there been another sighting of B95 since […]

Review of Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Moonbird by Phillip M. Hoose

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with 
the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose Intermediate, Middle School, High School Farrar    
148 pp.    7/12    978-0-374-30468-3    $21.99 He’s called “Moonbird” because, over a lifespan of twenty years, he’s flown some 325,000 miles, the distance to the moon and almost halfway back. This robin-sized red knot (subspecies rufa), […]

Review of Jimmy the Greatest!

Jimmy the Greatest by Jairo Buitrago

Jimmy the Greatest! by Jairo Buitrago; illus. by 
Rafael Yockteng; trans. from 
the Spanish by Elisa Amado Primary    Groundwood    48 pp. 5/12    978-1-55498-178-6    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-55498-206-6    $18.95 What happens when a boy from a nondescript small town grows up to be a talented boxer? Most would dream of bigger and better places, but not […]

Review of The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to 
Their Younger Selves

The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes on Their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon

The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to 
Their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon, with 
contributing editor James Lecesne Middle School, High School    Levine/Scholastic    
282 pp. 5/12    978-0-545-39932-6    $17.99 Inspired by mentors in her own childhood, editor Sarah Moon asked sixty-four gay, lesbian, and bisexual writers, illustrators, and publishing professionals to write letters to themselves […]

Review of Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

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Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge; illus. by Andrea Dezsö High School     Candlewick     88 pp. 7/12     978-0-7636-4406-2     $19.99 A much-honored poet and novelist retells, in free verse and from various points of view, twenty-three familiar tales (mostly Grimm, Andersen, and Perrault). With a contemporary sensibility and voice, Koertge pitches directly to […]

Mini Grey on Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Beach-Time Brenda's next adventure?

From the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Christine Hepperman asks Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey author/illustrator Mini Grey about a new favorite character. Read the full review of Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey here. Christine M. Hepperman: Will Beach-Time Brenda reappear in future books, maybe headline a series of […]

Review of Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey by Mini Grey; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Knopf     32 pp. 5/12     978-0-375-86952-5     $16.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-96952-2     $19.99 The adventuresome duo from Traction Man Is Here! (rev. 3/05) and Traction Man Meets Turbodog (rev. 9/08) hits the beach for a manly day of scuba diving, picnic security duty, […]

2012 Mind the Gap Awards

2012 Mind the Gap Awards

Most likely to haunt award committees Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol   Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann Better luck next time Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke, illustrated by Lauren Tobia Tragic and tragically overlooked America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown   Amelia Lost: The Life […]