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Review of Our Fort

Our Fort by Marie Dorléans; illus. by the author; trans. from French by Alyson Waters Primary    NYRB    48 pp.  g 4/22    978-1-68137-658-5    $19.95 Three children venture out for a day of imaginative play on the way to visit their fort. Dorléans (The Night Walk, rev. 5/21) centers nature in illustrations...

Review of A Day for Sandcastles

A Day for Sandcastles by JonArno Lawson; illus. by Qin LengPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g5/22    978-1-5362-0842-9    $17.99Two adults and three children take the bus to the beach and spend the day building and rebuilding sandcastles in this wordless picture book conceived by Lawson and brought to life by Leng...

Review of John’s Turn

John’s Turn by Mac Barnett; illus. by Kate BerubePrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5362-0395-0    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2676-8    $17.99Barnett and Berube offer a sensitive story about a boy grappling with stage fright and insecurity. The main character, John, walks into the narrative on the front endpaper carrying a duffle bag, his...
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Review of Out of a Jar

Out of a Jar by Deborah Marcero; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Putnam    40 pp.    g2/22    978-0-593-32637-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-32638-1    $10.99This follow-up to In a Jar uses straightforward language and visual metaphor to make complicated concepts accessible to young children. Llewellyn the bunny finds his feelings troublesome, so he starts...

Review of Cornbread & Poppy AND Cornbread & Poppy at the Carnival

Cornbread & Poppy by Matthew Cordell; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    80 pp.    g 1/22    978-0-759-55487-0    $15.99 Paper ed.  978-0-759-55486-3    $6.99 e-book ed.  978-0-759-55484-9    $9.99 Cornbread & Poppy at the Carnival by Matthew Cordell; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    80 pp.    g 6/22    978-0-759-55489-4    $15.99 Paper...

Outside, Inside

There is so much to notice and appreciate about LeUyen Pham’s Outside, Inside that it’s hard to know where to start. This is a book about the COVID-19 pandemic, a book that explains the major societal changes the onset of the pandemic wrought in a way that the many preschoolers who...

Night Walk to the Sea

You need to have this book in your hands. Author Deborah Wiles imagines this story based on some of ecologist Rachel Carson’s writings and her relationship with her nephew Roger, whom she raised after his mother’s death. Roger is frightened when the lights go out on a stormy night, but Rachel...

Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories

I have a deep love for art that is excellent without being showy, and so I find myself in love with Sergio Ruzzier’s Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories. The Caldecott criteria include providing a child with a primarily visual experience, and here it is. Even children who can’t...
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