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Tell us all about your mock Caldecotts!

We know that many of you — teachers, school librarians, public librarians, and even booksellers — do mock Caldecotts with students, library patrons, etc. And you know we love to hear about them! Here's our annual request for you to share in the comments what you're doing this year and maybe even which books your students...

Review of I Is for Immigrants

I Is for Immigrants by Selina Alko; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp.    g 6/21    978-1-250-23786-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-84540-5    $10.99 A is for ancestors, abuelita, and African dance; B is for bodega, braids, and bubble tea. In this alphabet book, Alko (One Golden Rule at School,...

Review of The Fox and the Forest Fire

The Fox and the Forest Fire by Danny Popovici; illus. by the author Primary    Chronicle    40 pp.    g 8/21    978-1-7972-0282-2    $17.99 The book’s young narrator, sporting a red beanie, has just moved to the country with his mother and is not thrilled about it. “Nights are too quiet,” he complains....

Review of The Farmer and the Circus

The Farmer and the Circus by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-5344-4621-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-4622-9    $10.99 Frazee’s wordless trilogy that began with The Farmer and the Clown (rev. 11/14) comes to a satisfying end. The story opens at the circus,...

Review of Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Greenwillow    160 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-297042-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-297044-2    $8.99 Kelly (Newbery medalist for Hello, Universe, rev. 3/17, and honoree for We Dream of Space, rev. 5/20) reaches out to a younger audience in an...

Review of Night Walk

Night Walk by Sara O’Leary; illus. by Ellie Arscott Preschool, Primary    Groundwood    32 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-55498-796-2    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-55498-797-9    $16.95 “Can’t sleep?” asks the narrator’s dad. “Come on, we’ll go for a walk” — and the two set off into the night. This small adventure, described in the...

Review of Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile

Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile by María José Ferrada; illus. by María Elena Valdez; trans. from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel Intermediate, Middle School    Eerdmans    80 pp.    g 3/21    978-0-8028-5567-1    $18.99 During General Pinochet’s dictatorship, thousands of Chilean citizens were “disappeared,” including thirty-four children. Ferrada’s (Mexique: A Refugee...

Review of Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued by Peter Sís; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Norton    64 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-324-01574-1    $19.95 e-book ed.  978-1-324-01575-8    $17.48 At the end of 1938, when the Germans invaded the border region of Czechoslovakia, a young...

Field Notes: "But Are They Level O?": Leveled Reading and Antiracism

Knoth reading to a kindergarten class in her school library. My search began with the most ordinary of questions. All school librarians will recognize the request: a teacher sent a weekend email needing book suggestions for her fourth graders — books that were well written, accessible, and of course, engaging....
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