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Archives for January 2018

2018 Calling Caldecott ballot #1 and voting instructions

  Drumroll, everyone. We are very close to the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards announcements (Monday, February 12), during which we will find out the names of the books that impressed the 2018 Caldecott committee. This is one of those years where I’ve heard many people say, “My favorites change daily!” and “How will the real committee […]

Review of Older than Dirt: A Wild but True History of Earth

Older than Dirt: A Wild but True History of Earth by Don Brown and Mike Perfit; illus. by Don Brown Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    104 pp.    g 9/17    978-0-544-80503-3    $18.99 An extended conversation between a science-savvy groundhog and a new-to-Earth’s-history worm features a comprehensive overview of the geological past of our planet. The graphic format, […]

Winter Art

When winter seems to be only shades of black and white, who doesn’t crave color? I often find I’m drawn to doing colorful art projects with my girls — like collages and painting. When one of my daughters recently suggested painting with snow, I was excited to see just what she had in mind. It […]

The past made present | Class #3, 2018

Next Tuesday (February 6), the YA literature class will be discussing several books on the theme The past made present,” considering both nonfiction and historical fiction: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrated by R. […]

Horn Book starred reviews March/April 2018

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Also in March/April: summer reading camp, easy readers, gender in picture books, and an interview with Viking’s Regina Hayes. It’s a good issue.     Love; by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Loren Long(Putnam) This Is the Nest That […]

Review of La Belle Sauvage

La Belle Sauvage [The Book of Dust] by Philip Pullman Intermediate, Middle School    Knopf    451 pp. 10/17    978-0-375-81530-0    $22.99 Library ed.  978-0-553-51072-0    $25.99 e-book ed.  978-0-553-51073-7    $11.99 Baby daemons are just as adorable as you’d think, and when it’s baby Lyra’s baby daemon we’re talking about — well, you could write a book. Set a […]

Her Right Foot

Dave Eggers’s Her Right Foot, illustrated by debut artist Shawn Harris and clocking in at over a hundred pages, is a picture book receiving a fair amount of Newbery buzz. Heavy Medal, School Library Journal’s mock Newbery blog, has placed the book on their long list. In two separate posts they, and their commenters, have weighed in […]

Review of Snow Scene

Snow Scene by Richard Jackson; illus. by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Preschool    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 11/17    978-1-62672-680-2    $17.99 At first glance, this is the simplest of books for very young children. Short questions, many just two or three words long, are posed, with answers provided by turning the page. The art often gives hints (on […]

Windows and mirrors | class #2, 2018

This week in Adolescent Literature we will discuss two works of realistic fiction: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie tells Junior’s story with lots of humor, but he pulls no punches […]

Week in Review, January 22nd-26th

This week on hbook.com… Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) January issue of the Nonfiction Notes newsletter: animal-human relationships; graphic-novel biographies and memoirs; interesting invention stories; logophila; calm and confidence Roger’s “shelfie” for #LibraryShelfieDay Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… by Molly Bang with Ann Stern Fiction: Nothing by Annie Barrows Nonfiction: A […]