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Reviews of 2017 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2017 winners. The Airport Bookby Lisa Brown; illus. by the authorPrimary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp.5/16    978-1-62672-091-6    $17.99As an (interracial) family of four...
      

2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches

Follow the links below to be inspired, moved, awed, and entertained by the complete 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches (and while you're at it, re-watch the 2016 BGHB announcement with Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry — you won't regret it!). Click on the tags BGHB16 and HBAS16 for...
      

Goodbye Stranger: Author Rebecca Stead’s 2016 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

My childhood took place in the 1970s, and because my parents were lefties who moved to New York to lead liberated lives, they wanted me to have a certain number of touchy-feely activities. One of these was a class where we hit defenseless floor pillows with Bataka encounter bats in...
      

Jazz Day: Author Roxane Orgill’s 2016 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

When I’m asked how this book came to be, I usually say that I was at a party and a woman I hadn’t met before, a person in children’s book publishing, said, “Someone should write a book about the famous Harlem jazz photograph.”That’s true. But it’s not the whole story....
      

Review of Oops Pounce Quick Run!: An Alphabet Caper

Oops Pounce Quick Run!: An Alphabet Caperby Mike Twohy; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins32 pp.   2/16   978-0-06-237700-5   $17.99   gShelves may groan under the weight of abecedaries, but this one stands out with its use of alphabetic structure to tell a spare, fast-paced story through cartoon illustrations that...
      

Review of Our Moon: New Discoveries About 
Earth’s Closest Companion

Our Moon: New Discoveries About 
Earth’s Closest Companionby Elaine ScottIntermediate   Clarion   72 pp.2/16   978-0-547-48394-8   $18.99   gThis deep dive into the science of the moon includes explanations of its formation and composition, as well as details about the all-important Apollo missions (1963–1972) and the latest in lunar exploration. Scott begins with...
      

Review of Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants!

Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants!by Bob Shea; illus. by the authorPrimary   Disney-Hyperion   56 pp.2/16   978-1-4847-1379-2   $9.99Dance diva Ballet Cat returns for her second early-reader performance (Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret, rev. 7/15), and once again she’s paired with a reluctant partner/friend. Butter Bear likes dancing but draws the line...
      

Review of Snappsy the Alligator: Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!

Snappsy the Alligator: Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!by Julie Falatko; illus. by Tim MillerPrimary   Viking   40 pp.2/16   978-0-451-46945-8   $16.99   gThe omniscient narration begins normally enough: “Snappsy the alligator wasn’t feeling like himself.” After a bit more in this vein, Snappsy turns to the reader: “This is terrible!…Why...
      

Review of Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie Bly

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie Blyby Deborah NoyesMiddle School   Viking   135 pp.2/16   978-0-803-74017-4   $18.99   gWith a title ripped from the headlines of Joseph Pulitzer’s late-nineteenth-century New York World, Noyes invites readers into the life and times of legendary journalist...
      

Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee on Maybe a Fox

Alison McGheeIn our January/February 2016 issue, Mag editor Elissa Gershowitz asked Maybe a Fox coauthors Alison McGhee and Kathi Appelt about their collaboration process — and about that tearjerker ending. Read the full review of Maybe a Fox here.Elissa Gershowitz: How did you work together on this book? (And did...

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