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Review of I’ll Take Care of You

I’ll Take Care of You by Maria Loretta Giraldo; illus. by Nicoletta Bertelle; trans. from Italian by Johanna McCalmontPrimary    Blue Dot Kids    32 pp.    g4/22    978-1-73760-323-8    $18.95“Once there was a tiny seed. So small in the great big world, it felt lost and lonely.” The earth, rain, and sky all...

Review of The Secrets of Cricket Karlsson

The Secrets of Cricket Karlsson by Kristina Sigunsdotter; illus. by Ester Eriksson; trans. from Swedish by Julia MarshallIntermediate    Gecko    112 pp.   g5/22    978-1-77657-427-8    $18.99Eleven-year-old Cricket keeps a journal describing her turmoil after a bout of chicken pox that kept her home from school for two weeks. During that time...

Review of A Duet for Home

A Duet for Home by Karina Yan GlaserIntermediate    Clarion/HarperCollins    368 pp.   g4/22    978-0-544-87640-8    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-69717-6    $9.99Eleven-year-old June, an accomplished viola player; her little sister, Maybelle; and their mom land in Huey House, a family shelter in the Bronx, after they lose their apartment. There June meets Tyrell, a...

Review of Surely Surely Marisol Rainey

Surely Surely Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Greenwillow    160 pp.   g8/22    978-0-06-297045-9    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-297047-3    $10.99Marisol, the anxious heroine of Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey (rev. 5/21), makes lists of favorite and least favorite things, with gym class—specifically the kickball unit—topping the latter. Although...

Review of The Gift

The Gift by Alain Serge Dzotap; illus. by Delphine RenonPreschool    Eerdmans    32 pp.  g2/22    978-0-8028-5583-1    $17.99Leo, a young cheetah, gets a pen for his birthday. His father promises that after returning from the market he will show Leo how to make “beautiful things” emerge. Impatient, Leo asks his big sister;...

Review of All from a Walnut

All from a Walnut by Ammi-Joan Paquette; illus. by Felicita SalaPrimary    Abrams    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-4197-5002-1    $18.99Emilia’s beloved grandfather gives her a walnut and uses it to tell his immigration story. As a child, he emigrated with his family from Italy. They carried very few belongings, but the boy managed...

Review of It’s So Difficult

It’s So Difficult by Guridi; illus. by the author; trans. from Spanish by Lawrence SchimelPrimary, Intermediate    Eerdmans    40 pp.    g3/22    978-0-8028-5584-8    $17.99In first-person narration, an anxious child describes their day. “When I leave the house, everything is so difficult for me. I feel a prickling that won’t go away, and...

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,...

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