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Reviews of the 2021 CSK Author Award Winners

Winner Before the Ever After  by Jacqueline Woodson Intermediate    Paulsen/Penguin    176 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-399-54543-6    $17.99 In her latest novel in verse, Woodson (Locomotion, rev. 3/03; Brown Girl Dreaming, rev. 9/14) explores the impact of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) on football players and their families from the...
      

Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020

It’s Indigenous Peoples' Day! We urge you — today and all year — to seek out and share books respectfully representing indigenous North American peoples and cultures. For an extensive resource by a cultural insider and a children’s literature scholar, please visit Dr. Debbie Reese’s website American Indians in Children’s Literature (and in particular...
      

Review of With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero

With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero by Margarita Engle Middle School, High School    Atheneum    150 pp.    g 2/20    978-1-5344-2493-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2495-1    $10.99 Written in first person, this heartfelt verse novel tells the fictionalized story of Rubén Darío (based on his autobiography), who was born...
      

Review of Whose Footprint Is THAT?

Whose Footprint Is THAT? by Darrin Lunde; illus. by Kelsey Oseid Preschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp. 10/19    978-1-58089-834-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-721-3    $9.99 Following the format of Whose Poop Is THAT? (rev. 3/17), Lunde poses the title question seven times about seven different animals in a series of four-page sequences,...
      

Review of Big Papa and the Time Machine

Big Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom; illus. by Shane W. Evans Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp. 1/20    978-0-06-246331-9    $17.99 As Big Papa drives his (unnamed) grandson to school, he learns that the child would rather not go because he’s scared. The solution? Big Papa’s “time machine” — visually...
      

Review of Redwood and Ponytail

Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt Middle School    Chronicle    417 pp. 10/19    978-1-4521-7288-0    $18.99 Seventh grader Kate’s (“Ponytail”) life is largely defined by pressure from her mom to become captain of the cheerleading squad and by her friends’ similar expectations; less popular, gangly girl Tam (“Redwood”) has had a...
      

Reviews of the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    263 pp.    g 2/20    978-1-338-12933-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-12935-9    $10.99 In their second middle-grade novel (Hurricane Child, rev. 5/18), set in contemporary small-town Louisiana, Callender masterfully balances resonant themes of grief, love, family, friendship, racism,...
      

Reviews of the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Picture Book Winner Saturday by Oge Mora; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g 10/19    978-0-316-43127-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-43126-2    $9.99  Mora (Thank You, Omu!, rev. 11/18) follows up her Caldecott Honor winner with another story built around family and community connection. On Saturdays, Ava and...
      

Review of Ants Don't Wear Pants!

Ants Don’t Wear Pants! [Giggle and Learn] by Kevin McCloskey; illus. by the author Primary    TOON    40 pp. 9/19    978-1-943145-45-4    $12.95 In this fifth entry in the Giggle and Learn series of nonfiction early-reader comics (most recently, Snails Are Just My Speed, rev. 7/18), two peppy young people investigate ants’...
      

Review of Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson

Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson by Jen Bryant; illus. by Cannaday Chapman Primary, Intermediate, Middle School    Abrams    48 pp. 11/19    978-1-4197-3653-7    $17.99 Beloved African American playwright August Wilson, known for his ten-play Pittsburgh Cycle and other dramas, is introduced to young readers in this elegant picture-book biography....

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