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Reviews of 2018 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 2018 winners. Windowsby Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. GoodalePreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99“At the end of the day,...

Reviews of the 2018 Sibert Award Winners

WinnerTwelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961by Larry Dane BrimnerMiddle School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills    110 pp.    g11/17    978-1-62979-586-7    $18.95e-book ed.  978-1-62979-917-9    $9.99Brimner (We Are One; Birmingham Sunday; Black & White) revisits the civil rights movement in this book about the 1961 Freedom Ride. Opening with a litany of landmark court...

Reviews of the 2018 Caldecott Award winners

Winner: Wolf in the Snowby Matthew Cordell; illus. by the authorPrimary    Feiwel    48 pp.1/17    978-1-250-07636-6    $17.99    gA series of illustrations before the title page sets the scene: a prairie landscape in winter, home to both humans and wolves. Setting off alone toward home from school as a blizzard descends, a...

Review of All Ears, All Eyes

All Ears, All Eyesby Richard Jackson; 
illus. by Katherine TillotsonPreschool, Primary    Dlouhy/Atheneum    40 pp.3/17    978-1-4814-1571-2    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-4814-1572-9    $10.99“An owl hoots in our dim-dimming woods. / Who-who.” As the sun sets 
in a forest, viewers must keep their senses alert to catch all the activity in 
Tillotson’s atmospheric pictures,...

Review of 5 Little Ducks

5 Little Ducksby Denise Fleming; 
illus. by the authorPreschool    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.11/16    978-1-4814-2422-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-2423-3    $10.99Listeners familiar with the traditional nursery rhyme and song know the general plotline: every day ducks go out; every day the returning group shrinks by one. But the particulars — highlighted in glorious...

Review of Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kanekopoems by Misuzu Kaneko; narrative by David Jacobson; illus. by Toshikado Hajiri; trans. from the Japanese by Sally Ito and Michiko TsuboiPrimary, Intermediate, Middle School    Chin Music Press    64 pp.9/16    978-1-634905-962-6    $19.50Part biography, part poetry collection, this book introduces Japanese children’s...

Spring news 2017 booklist

Here are some recent picture books perfect for springtime. All reviews are from The Horn Book Magazine and were recommended at the time of publication. Secrets I Knowby Kallie George; illus. by Paola ZakimiPreschool    Schwartz & Wade/Random    32 pp.    g5/17    978-1-101-93893-5    $17.99Library ed.  978-1-101-93894-2   ...

A Second Look: The Egypt Game

I was in second grade the first time I went to Egypt.Every Friday, I took a bus to another elementary school across town in order to attend a Gifted and Talented Education program. Once a week, I lived a separate school life, at a different campus with a different teacher...

Kenn Nesbitt on One Minute till Bedtime

In our January/February 2017 issue, our editors asked poet and selector Kenn Nesbitt about the wide (and somewhat surprising) range of contributors to his new anthology One Minute till Bedtime. Read the full review.Horn Book editors: Not everyone in the collection is someone you’d necessarily think of as a poet....

Review of One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to 
Send You Off to Sleep

One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to 
Send You Off to Sleepselected by Kenn Nesbitt; 
illus. by Christoph NiemannPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    168 pp.11/16    978-0-316-34121-9    $19.99A former Children’s Poet Laureate has compiled over 120 short and engaging poems by an impressive number of today’s children’s writers. Here you won’t find...

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