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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 The Memory of Things

The Memory of Thingsby Gae PolisnerHigh School    St. Martin’s Griffin    275 pp.9/16    978-1-250-09552-7    $18.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-250-09553-4    $9.99It’s the morning of September 11, 2001, in Manhattan, and the first tower has just fallen. Sixteen-year-old Brooklynite Kyle, fleeing toward home, stumbles upon a teenage girl wearing a pair of costume wings...
      

Reviews of 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Picture Book Winner Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Lifeby Ashley Bryan; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    56 pp.9/16    978-1-4814-5690-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5691-3    $10.99A historical document dated July 5, 1828, lists the property to be sold from the Fairchilds’ estate. Hogs. Cattle....
      

Reviews of select titles by Patricia C. McKissack

Flossie & the Foxby Patricia C. McKissack; illus. by Rachel IsadoraPrimary     Dial     32 pp.10/86     0-8037-0251-5     $10.95Library ed. 0-8037-0521-5     $10.89Based on a story remembered from the author's childhood, this tale of wit triumphant from the black tradition of the rural South — with its lilting cadence and colorful, carefully phrased dialect...
      

Review of Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood

Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhoodby Patricia C. McKissack; illus. by Brian PinkneyPreschool, Primary, Intermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    171 pp.1/17    978-0-375-87088-0    $24.99Library ed.  978-0-375-97088-7    $27.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-307-97495-2    $12.99Children’s book royalty and storyteller supreme, Patricia...
      

Reviews of the 2017 Printz Award winners

Winner: March: Book Threeby John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate PowellMiddle School, High School  Top Shelf Productions  254 pp.8/16    978-1-60309-402-3    $19.99    gThis final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights...
      

Review of Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Brailleby Jen Bryant; illus. by Boris KulikovPrimary    Knopf    40 pp.9/16    978-0-449-81337-9    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-449-81338-6    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-449-81339-3    $10.99Bryant and Kulikov present the childhood of Louis Braille, from his 1809 birth to his invention, at fifteen, of his ingenious six-cell raised-dot system of reading...
      

Reviews of the 2017 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner: Juana & Lucasby Juana Medina; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    90 pp.9/16    978-0-7636-7208-9    $14.99This brisk, episodic (in the best way) chapter book introduces Juana, a young girl living in Bogotá, Colombia, who loves many things: her city, her family, reading, Brussels sprouts, and her dog, Lucas. She does...
      

Reviews of the 2017 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner:Lowriders to the Center of the Earth [Lowriders]by Cathy Camper; illus. by Raúl the ThirdIntermediate     Chronicle     128 pp.7/16     978-1-4521-2343-1     $22.99To win a competition, animal friends Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and Flapjack Octopus build a rocket-powered lowrider out of space materials collected as they drive through the galaxy. The unique ballpoint-pen...
      

Reviews of the 2017 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiatby Javaka Steptoe; illus. by the authorPrimary Little, Brown 40 pp.10/16 978-0-316-21388-2 $17.99Picture books about artists are tricky. Should the illustrator mimic the subject’s style, or instead attempt to capture his or her essence? Steptoe does a little of both in...

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