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Review of If You’re a Kid like Gavin

If You’re a Kid like Gavin by Gavin Grimm and Kyle Lukoff; illus. by J YangPrimary    Tegen/HarperCollins    40 pp.   g7/22    978-0-06-305756-2    $18.99This timely picture book by activist Grimm, with help from author Lukoff (When Aidan Became a Brother, rev. 7/19) and artist Yang, tells the true story of young...

Review of Sasha Masha

Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinsky High School    Farrar    240 pp.    g 11/20    978-0-374-31080-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-31081-3    $9.99 Before Sasha Masha, there was Alex; a soon-to-be-junior struggling to make sense of who he is and where he belongs. The only person who seems to understand him is his best friend,...

Bright Star

Waiting for a new Yuyi Morales picture book feels a bit like waiting for your favorite band to finally release their new single. Luckily for us, Morales does not disappoint. Bright Star begins as a meditation. “Child, / you are awake! / Breathe in, / then breathe out, / hermosa...

Review of Ana on the Edge

Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass Intermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    240 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-316-45861-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-45863-4    $9.99 After winning the title of U.S. Juvenile Girls Champion in figure skating, twelve-year-old Ana-Marie Jin is ready to start a new season on the ice, competing at...

You Matter

I have a confession to make. I am generally not a fan of the all-too-earnest, self-esteem-building “concept” picture book. I could explain why, but then we’d have to consult my therapist and we’d be taking precious time away from discussing this book. Which I love. Truly. Christian Robinson’s You Matter...

Review of Julián at the Wedding

Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-5362-1238-9    $16.99 Love’s follow-up to Julián Is a Mermaid (rev. 5/18) features characters both familiar and new. At the start of the story, Julián and Abuela are strolling down the sidewalk, arm-in-arm...

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