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Publishers' Preview: Debut Authors and Illustrators: Five Questions for Areli Morales

This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2021 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors and Illustrators, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In...
      

Review of Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch

Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch by Heidi Tyline King; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary, Intermediate    Putnam    40 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-101-99629-4    $17.99 American Beach in northeast Florida is now a protected part of the National Park Service, but it began as a private beach...
      

Publishers' Preview: Debut Authors and Illustrators: Five Questions for Loveis Wise

This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2021 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors and Illustrators, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Novelist...
      

Review of Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley; illus. by Tara Audibert Primary    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    80 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-301537-1    $15.99 Paper ed.  978-0-06-301538-8    $4.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-301539-5    $4.99 This series opener introduces Jo Jo Makoons Azure, a rambunctious first grader with “strong lungs” (according to her mom) and...
      

Review of Strollercoaster

 Strollercoaster by Matt Ringler; illus. by Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay Preschool    Little, Brown    32 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-316-49322-2    $17.99 Preschooler Sam needs a nap. “The inside feels too small” for her, and she throws a tantrum. There’s only one solution: her father swings her up into the air...
      

Review of Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet

Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Miren Asiain Lora Primary, Intermediate    Eerdmans    72 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-8028-5528-2    $18.99 Sidman’s collection of short poems considers a variety of earth science concepts. On gorgeously illustrated pages that portray the planet in terms of space and time, weather...
      

Review of Baseball's Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues

Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues by Andrea Williams Middle School    Roaring Brook    336 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-250-62372-0    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-62373-7    $10.99 September 1946. Effa Manley is in the stands of New York City’s Polo Grounds to watch a Negro World...
      

Review of Take Back the Block

Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles Intermediate, Middle School    Random    240 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-593-17517-0    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-17518-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-17519-4    $9.99 The most important things on Wes Henderson’s mind this summer are hanging out with his friends, having the newest, freshest sneakers, and preparing for...
      

Review of Wishes

Wishes by Mượn Thị Văn; illus. by Victo Ngai Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-338-30589-0    $18.99 A little girl living in an unsafe place watches her grandfather out the window. “The night wished it was quieter,” reads the text. With a page-turn: “The bag wished it was deeper,” as...
      

Reviews of 2021 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 2021 winners.   The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey; illus. by the authors Preschool, Primary    Norton    40 pp. 1/20   ...

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