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Review of Bob, Not Bob!

Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; illus. by Matthew Cordell Preschool, Primary    Disney-Hyperion    40 pp. 2/17    978-1-4847-2302-9    $17.99 Little Louie has a big head cold. “All he wanted (besides maybe some hot chocolate) was his mother.” But with his stuffy nose, his calls for “MOM!” sound like […]

Review of Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel; illus. by Melissa Sweet Primary     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins     32 pp. 2/13    978-0-06-180442-7    $17.9 The plight of early-twentieth-century female garment workers is brought to life in this biography of labor leader Clara Lemlich. To escape persecution in their native Ukraine, the Jewish Lemlichs […]

Hbook Podcast 2.9 – Special Guest LeUyen Pham

Siân chats with LeUyen Pham about illustrating (and also authoring) 90 books, a history of animation, and getting lost in the jungle. People we talk about Dan Santat Molly Idle Marla Frazee Kevin Lewis Mo Willems Books we talk about Can You Do This, Old Badger? by Eve Bunting Vampirina at the Beach by Anne […]

Review of If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed

If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed by Denise Vega; illus. by Zachariah OHora Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 3/17    978-0-553-49655-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-553-49656-7    $20.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-553-49657-4    $10.99 In tongue-in-cheek direct-address text, Vega provides children with an entertaining manual for putting unruly monsters to sleep: “Let’s […]

Review of Say Hello, Sophie!

Say Hello, Sophie! by Rosemary Wells; illus. by the author Preschool    Viking    32 pp. 3/17    978-1-101-99925-7    $17.99    g This endearing mouse family’s fifth book highlights a new hiccup in big sister Sophie’s development that many parents and children will recognize: she cannot bring herself to say expected social niceties like […]

Hbook Podcast 2.7 – A Conversation with Lolly Robinson and Maung Nyeu

Something a little different today! Creative Director Lolly Robinson chats with Maung Nyeu about his project, Our Golden Hour, and picture books in translation. Links! https://ourgoldenhour.org/ http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2016/0121/Maung-Nyeu-is-helping-his-people-put-their-language-and-stories-on-record http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/2015/06/saving-a-culture-book-by-book/ http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130628-endangered-languages-scripts-bangladesh-indigenous-cultures-world/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03ttrpb Save

With a little help from their friends

We could all use a reminder that there is kindness in the world — as well as a reminder to extend kindness to others. These new picture books for young children show how small gestures of generosity can make a big difference. A woman bakes a special batch of red heart-shaped cookies and sends them […]

Love the Earth 2017

Earth Day and the March for Science are coming up on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The following picture books introduce children to some of the challenges facing our Earth, and provide suggestions to help on a scale they can manage. For more on this topic, see Kathleen T. Isaacs’s Horn Book Magazine article “Fostering Wonder.” […]

Review of Charlotte and the Rock

Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin; illus. by Samantha Cotterill Preschool, Primary    Dial    32 pp. 3/17    978-1-101-99389-7    $16.99    g “Charlotte wanted a pet. She didn’t care what kind of pet.” However, she doesn’t expect the pet her parents enthusiastically surprise her with on her sixth birthday: a rock. […]

Some writer, artist, friend!

I hope you’ll join me for the 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture, to be held on Friday, May 5 at 7:30PM at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. Our lecturer is the wonderful Melissa Sweet; her chosen topic is “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story.” Tickets are free but you gotta reserve your […]