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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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