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Review of Before Morning

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman; 
illus. by Beth Krommes Preschool    Houghton    48 pp. 10/16    978-0-547-97917-5    $17.99    g Sidman and Krommes (Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, rev. 9/06; Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, rev. 9/11) reunite for this picture-book evocation of a child’s hopes. Wordless front-matter illustrations rendered in Krommes’s signature scratchboard […]

Becoming “A Better Witness for What’s Beautiful”: Reading Last Stop on Market Street with Children

Last Stop on Market Street was among my top choices for 2016 Caldecott gold, so I was delighted when illustrator Christian Robinson won both Coretta Scott King and Caldecott honors. And, like many in the room at the ALA Youth Media Awards Announcements last January, I was also surprised — and delighted! — when it […]

Review of The Moon’s Almost Here

The Moon’s Almost Here by Patricia MacLachlan; 
illus. by Tomie dePaola Primary    McElderry    32 pp. 6/16    978-1-4814-2062-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-2063-1    $10.99 MacLachlan’s lyrical text combines with ethereal illustrations by dePaola in this simultaneously nostalgic and fresh bedtime book. A generous trim size gives dePaola ample space for the sky under which his characters, the […]

Review of Excellent Ed

Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty; 
illus. by Julia Sarcone-Roach Primary    Knopf    32 pp. 5/16    978-0-553-51023-2    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-553-51024-9    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-553-51025-6    $10.99 Ed, the beloved dog in the Ellis family, has a bit of an inferiority complex. Each of the five alliteratively named Ellis children has something that he or she is “excellent” […]

Review of Oops Pounce Quick Run!: An Alphabet Caper

Oops Pounce Quick Run!: An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins 32 pp.   2/16   978-0-06-237700-5   $17.99   g Shelves may groan under the weight of abecedaries, but this one stands out with its use of alphabetic structure to tell a spare, fast-paced story through cartoon illustrations that excel […]

Review of On the Ball

On the Ball by Brian Pinkney; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Disney-Hyperion   32 pp. 9/15   978-1-4847-2329-6   $17.99 Pinkney’s latest picture-book offering begins on a soccer field, then takes flight as a young boy’s imagination soars. The opening text reads, “Owen loved playing ball,” and the accompanying illustrations show a boy first dribbling and then […]

Waiting

Many have praised Kevin Henkes’s artistic achievements in Waiting. The Horn Book review, for example, cites “confident brown outlines filled in with a muted palette of light greens, blues, and pinks in colored-pencil and watercolor.” While I recognize and laud such successes, I believe the criterion of “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child […]

Review of Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke; illus. by Lauren Tobia Preschool, Primary   Kane Miller   40 pp. 9/15   978-1-61067-367-9   $14.99 The latest Anna Hibiscus picture book (Splash, Anna Hibiscus!, rev. 11/13) set “in Africa. Amazing Africa” relates Anna’s adjustment to the arrival of twin baby brothers, referred to as “Double Trouble.” Title-page art shows Anna […]

#WeGotDiverseAwardBooks: Reflections on Awards and Allies

I missed out on ALA Midwinter this year. At nine months pregnant, there was just no way I could hop on a plane (or hop anywhere, really) to be a part of the conference and its festivities. But shortly after the 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced, a colleague emailed me, “How about all […]

Megan Dowd Lambert Hubbub booklist

Books in the Home, from My Home to Yours Megan Dowd Lambert megan.lambert@simmons.edu Boston Book Fest Hubbub, The Four Seasons, Boston, MA 4/14/2015 Selected Books about Books and Reading Bottner, Barbara Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t), illustrated by Michael Emberley Gerstein, Mordicai A Book Gravett, Emily Again! Klausmeier, Jesse Open This Little Book, […]