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Transgender Day of Visibility

For Transgender Day of Visibility, here are some recently published books — for primary, intermediate, and older readers — from the Guide/Reviews Database that celebrate identities beyond the binary. See also: YA Pride from June 2022 Notes from the Horn Book Out of the Box: Rainbow Reads by Sarah Threlkeld, Jake Koniszewski, and...

Review of City Under the City

City Under the City by Dan Yaccarino; illus. by the author Primary    Minedition/Astra    64 pp. 11/22    9781662650895    $17.99 e-book ed.  9781662650901    $10.99 This unusual picture-book adventure stars one small girl who thwarts authority, starts a revolution, and saves the world. The futuristic tale plays out in three parts. The first...

Review of Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrap the World: The Story of Two Groundbreaking Environmental Artists

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrap the World: The Story of Two Groundbreaking Environmental Artists by G. Neri; illus. by Elizabeth HaidlePrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.4/23    9781536216615    $18.99In his author’s note, Neri (When Paul Met Artie, rev. 3/18) mentions that he met Christo and Jeanne-Claude briefly in the early 2000s and was able...

Review of Blurp’s Book of Manners

Blurp’s Book of Manners by Cindy Derby; illus. by the authorPrimary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.12/22    9781250810359    $18.99e-book ed.  9781250907301    $10.99Etiquette expert Elizabeth Picklepop IV’s mettle is tested when her Introduction to Manners lesson goes from bad to worse to very undignified. An accidental splatter of blue paint morphs into a...

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 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 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 When Santa Came to Stay

When Santa Came to Stay by Billy Sharff; illus. by Eda Kaban Primary    Dial    40 pp.   g 10/22    978-0-593-32523-0    $18.99 e-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 on New...

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