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I was a pretty curious child, who liked to poke and peek. I asked a lot of questions (and still do). Helen Yoon's Off-Limits captures this kind of spirit and energy of exploration and curiosity, one that many young children possess. There’s something so exciting about being told that some place...

A Thousand Glass Flowers

Do you ever sit with an object and think about where it’s been and where it’s going? I like to do this with my vintage beads. I run the strands through my fingers, hold them up to the light, and think about the artists who made the tiny, precious spheres,...

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

As we watch the news and scroll through social media, it seems like everyone has an opinion on what it means to be indigenous, but the voices shouting loudest and being heard the clearest are not indigenous voices.How do we share with children what it means to be a contemporary...

Review of Martí’s Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertad

Martí’s Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertadby Emma Otheguy; illus. by Beatriz Vidal; with excerpts from Versos sencillos by José Martí; trans. into Spanish by Adriana DomínguezPrimary    Children’s/Lee & Low    32 pp.    g7/17    978-0-89239-375-6    $17.95“I come from every place, / And I’m on the road to everywhere: /...

Review of When We Were Alone

When We Were Aloneby David Alexander Robertson; illus. by Julie FlettPrimary    HighWater Press    32 pp.12/16    978-1-55379-673-2    $18.95    gThis quiet story is one of love and resistance during the decades-long era of oppressive residential schools for First Nations children in Canada. While spending the day with...

Leave Me Alone!

Leave Me Alone! has everything necessary for a great picture book: a frustrated main character, epic adventure, and derpy goats. A book with derpy yarn-eating goats may be being considered for the Caldecott Medal, and I’m pretty thrilled about it.This is cartoonist Vera Brosgol’s first picture book, and though I’ve...

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