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Two picture-book, read-alike suggestions for the new royal parents (it's a boy!)

His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Storyby Sally Lloyd-Jones; illus. by David RobertsPrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.9/17    978-0-7636-9793-8    $16.99“Once upon a time, there was a Happy Family” consisting of a mother, father, daughter (shown with tights on her head simulating long, blonde, princess-y hair), and pet gerbil. Life was...
      

Review of His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Story

His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Storyby Sally Lloyd-Jones; illus. by David RobertsPrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.9/17    978-0-7636-9793-8    $16.99“Once upon a time, there was a Happy Family” consisting of a mother, father, daughter (shown with tights on her head simulating long, blonde, princess-y hair), and pet gerbil. Life was...
      

Reviews of the 2019 CSK Illustrator Award winners

WinnerThe Stuff of Starsby Marion Dane Bauer; illus. by Ekua HolmesPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.9/18    978-0-7636-7883-8    $17.99From darkness, we experience the Big Bang, the birth of the universe, and the emergence of life on Earth. Holmes, known for her striking collage art (Voice of Freedom, rev. 9/15; Out of Wonder, rev....
      

Review of Let the Children March

Let the Children Marchby Monica Clark-Robinson; illus. by Frank MorrisonPrimary     Houghton     40 pp.     g1/18     978-0-544-70452-7     $16.99For nearly a week in racially charged 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, hundreds of young people under the age of eighteen joined the Children’s Crusade and were harassed, beaten, and thrown in jail for their nonviolent protests...
      

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 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poetsby Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illus. by Ekua HolmesIntermediate, Middle School, High School    Candlewick    50 pp.3/17    978-0-7636-8094-7    $16.99The title of this innovative poetry collection comes from Lucille Clifton, who wrote, “Poems come out of wonder, not...
      

Reviews of the 2018 CSK Author Award winners

WinnerPiecing Me Togetherby Renée WatsonMiddle School, High School    Bloomsbury    264 pp.2/17    978-1-68119-105-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-106-5    $12.99At her mother’s prodding, Jade has spent her high school career preparing herself for success. That has included taking every opportunity offered to her: a scholarship to the prestigious (and mostly white; Jade is African...
      

Reviews of the 2018 Newbery Award winners

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WinnerHello, Universeby Erin Entrada KellyIntermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    314 pp.3/17    978-0-06-241415-1    $16.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-241417-5    $9.99Virgil Salinas is shy and bullied at school. Since he doesn’t know his multiplication tables, his nasty classmate Chet Bullens, a.k.a. “the Bull” (your standard-issue middle-school bully), repeatedly calls...
      

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...

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