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Review of Swimming into Trouble

Swimming into Trouble [Julia on the Go!]by Angela Ahn; illus. by Julie KimPrimary, Intermediate    Tundra    176 pp.2/24    9781774881880    $12.99e-book ed.  9781774881897    $7.99The rec center is nine-year-old Julia Nam’s second home: it’s where her parents’ restaurant, Sushi to Go, is located, as well as the library and the swimming pool where...

Review of The House Before Falling into the Sea

The House Before Falling into the Sea by Ann Suk Wang; illus. by Hanna Cha Primary    Dial    40 pp. 3/24    9780593530153    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780593530160    $10.99 In this picture book set in 1950, Kyung lives with her family in a seaside house in the southeastern Korean coastal city of Busan....

Review of Time to Make Art

Time to Make Art by Jeff Mack; illus. by the authorPrimary    Holt    48 pp.1/24    9781250864666    $19.99There are many misconceptions about what art is and what it should do. An inquisitive brown-skinned girl wants to know more about art and asks a series of simple yet profound questions about it. Each...

Review of Nothing: John Cage and 4’33”

Nothing: John Cage and 4’33” by Nicholas Day; illus. by Chris RaschkaPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.4/24    9780823454099    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457601    $11.99The very definition of music is explored in this thoughtful look at Cage’s (1912–1992) controversial musical composition, 4'33", a work that debuted with a pianist “performing” four minutes and thirty-three seconds...

Review of Memory Garden

Memory Garden by Zohreh Ghahremani; illus. by Susie GhahremaniPrimary    Godwin/Holt    40 pp.2/24    9781250843036    $18.99Memory and connections with the “old country” can be important parts of the experience for immigrant families. In this story, a young girl helps her Iranian (as identified in the back matter) grandmother, Nana, tend her garden,...

Horn Book Cover Madness

Hello from the Calling Caldecott off-season, and welcome to our version of college basketball's March Madness — a celebration of Horn Book cover art and artists!  Calling Caldecott prides itself on being a place where lively discussion and celebration of children’s book illustration takes place. The Magazine has a spectacular array of cover art (see...

Review of An Impossible Thing to Say

An Impossible Thing to Say by Arya ShahiHigh School    Allida/HarperCollins    416 pp.9/23    9780063248359    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063248373    $10.99In this verse novel set in 2001, tenth grader Omid Soltani isn’t comfortable in his own skin. As the child of Iranian immigrants living in Arizona, he feels foreign at school (especially in the...

Review of Beautiful Noise: The Music of John Cage

Beautiful Noise: The Music of John Cage by Lisa Rogers; illus. by Il Sung NaPrimary, Intermediate    Schwartz/Random    40 pp.10/23    9780593646625    $18.99Library ed.  9780593646632    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593646649    $11.99A sequence of “what if?” questions pulls the reader into this book about twentieth-century avant-garde composer John Cage. “What if…all the sounds you heard…sounded...

More BIG news

No, this isn't the Robin Smith Picture Book Prize announcement that we promised on Monday (that's coming on Friday). We wanted to follow up on our YMA announcement post to scream from the rooftops the fact that Vashti Harrison, illustrator of Caldecott Medal winner Big, is the first Black woman to win...

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