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Five Questions about Laundromat Libraries

Cameron Dunn, a high school junior in Massachusetts, started the Laundromat Libraries project to share his love of reading with kids who might not have ready access to books. I asked him about how he turned a great idea into reality and what he’s learned since launching his project. (Thanks...

Review of A Spark in the Dark

A Spark in the Dark by Pam Fong ; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary       G     reenwillow    32 pp.       g10/22     978-0-06313-653-3     $17.99 On one level, this is the story of a little orange fish who swims too far down into the inky blackness...

Review of Tiny Spoon vs. Little Fork

Tiny Spoon vs. Little Fork by Constance Lombardo ; illus. by Dan & Jason Preschool    Hippo Park/Astra    48 pp.       g10/22     978-1-6626-4006-3     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-6626-4007-0    $11.99 Tiny Spoon has always helped Baby eat solid food until the morning a new utensil emerges from the next kitchen drawer....

Review of Wake Me Up in 20 Coconuts

Wake Me Up in 20 Coconuts by Laurie Keller ; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.       g9/22     978-0-316-31196-0     $18.99 “I can’t ask her what it means. Then she’ll know I don’t know.” The resident of apartment 2C (skinny bright-blue walking rectangle with a...

Review of Strum & Drum: A Merry Little Quest

Strum & Drum: A Merry Little Quest by Jashar Awan ; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Tundra    56 pp.     g10/22     978-0-7352-7239-2     $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-7352-7240-8    $10.99 Guitarist Strum and drummer Drum “wanted to march all the way to the Great Star in the north!” Off they...

Review of When Santa Came to Stay

When Santa Came to Stay by Billy Sharff ; illus. by Eda Kaban Primary     Dial    40 pp.     g10/22     978-0-593-32523-0     $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-32524-7    $10.99 “Each meal was full of Christmas cheer, / With treats and sweets to spare.” What happens when Santa returns to one family’s house...

Review of Twinkle, Twinkle, Winter Night

Twinkle, Twinkle, Winter Night by Megan Litwin ; illus. by Nneka Myers Preschool, Primary     Clarion/HarperCollins    40 pp.     g9/22     978-0-358-57204-6     $18.99 A gentle text inspired by “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” notes the qualities of a winter evening. From the peaceful snow-covered woods, to a decorated town, to...

Review of Randy, the Badly Drawn Reindeer

Randy, the Badly Drawn Reindeer by T. L. McBeth ; illus. by the author Primary     Godwin/Holt    40 pp.     g11/22     978-1-250-26384-1     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-90590-1    $10.99 Back in his third book, (not- so -­badly-drawn) horse Randy dreams of flying with Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve, “But alas, I’m...

Review of The Night Before The Nutcracker

The Night Before The Nutcracker by John Robert Allman ; illus. by Julianna Swaney Primary     Doubleday    40 pp.     g9/22     978-0-593-18091-4     $18.99Library ed.  978-0-593-18092-1    $21.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-18117-1    $10.99 Presented by American Ballet Theatre. A Clement C. Moore–inspired text and lively illustrations offer a tantalizing look at the...

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