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Review of My Book and Me

My Book and Me by Linda Sue Park; illus. by Chris RaschkaPreschool, Primary    Red Comet    32 pp.6/24    9781636550947    $18.99Park and Raschka capture with deep understanding and admirable simplicity children’s attachment to their favorite books. Each of Park’s unpretentious nonrhyming quatrains is accompanied by a portrait of a different child, in...

Review of Sunny Makes Her Case

Sunny Makes Her Case by Jennifer L. Holm; illus. by Matthew Holm; color by George WilliamsIntermediate, Middle School    Graphix/Scholastic    224 pp.2/24    9781338792454    $24.99Paper ed.  9781338792447    $12.99Sunny’s back in her fifth 1970s-set graphic novel (Sunny Side Up, rev. 9/15, and sequels), here starting a debate team at school with her equally-uninterested-in-sports...

Review of Max in the House of Spies

Max in the House of Spies [Operation Kinderspion]by Adam GidwitzIntermediate, Middle School    Dutton    336 pp.2/24    9780593112083    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593112090    $10.99From the moment eleven-year-old Max Bretzfeld arrives in England as a Jewish evacuee from WWII Germany (accompanied by two immortal, opinionated, and invisible-to-others creatures, a kobold and a dybbuk), his overriding...

Review of What’s New, Daniel?

What’s New, Daniel? by Micha Archer; illus. by the authorPreschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.2/24    9780593461303    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593461310    $10.99Daniel (Daniel Finds a Poem; Daniel’s Good Day, rev. 7/19) is back in another open-hearted, child-friendly picture book. It’s spring, and Daniel is meeting his grandfather in the park. When Grandpa asks him...

Review of The Spaceman

The Spaceman by Randy Cecil; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.4/24    9781536226164    $17.99A wee, goggle-eyed alien lands on Earth one night, on a mission to collect soil samples and move on to the next planet. The titular spaceman finds Earth rather ordinary, but then a crow flies off with...

Review of Ahoy!

Ahoy! by Sophie Blackall; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Schwartz/Random    48 pp.4/24    9780593429396    $19.99Library ed.  9780593429402    $22.99e-book ed.  9780593429419    $10.99Picture books about imaginary play can be belabored or overly precious. Not so Blackall’s brilliantly constructed latest. The opening setting is a living room (just a suggestion of one—we mostly see...

More BIG news

No, this isn't the Robin Smith Picture Book Prize announcement that we promised on Monday (that's coming on Friday). We wanted to follow up on our YMA announcement post to scream from the rooftops the fact that Vashti Harrison, illustrator of Caldecott Medal winner Big, is the first Black woman to win...

The 2024 Caldecott Announcement

What an exciting morning it was! Calling Caldecott was tuned into the livestream, with morning coffee and popcorn. The Real Committee selected one winner and four honor books. The winner of the 2024 Caldecott Medal is Big, written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, published by Little, Brown and Company. The Caldecott honor...

It's That Time Again!

We're almost there! This weekend the Real Caldecott Committee gathers in Baltimore to advocate, discuss, listen, compromise — and then do it all over again and again, until the winner and honor book(s) are chosen.   Before we get caught up in the excitement of The Big Announcement, however, we want...

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