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Review of Outspoken: Paul Robeson, Ahead of His Time: A One-Man Show

Outspoken: Paul Robeson, Ahead of His Time: A One-Man Show by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Eric VelasquezIntermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.4/24    9781536212976    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536234602    $18.99Weatherford provides an unflinching look at the life of Robeson (1898–1976), activist, scholar, singer, actor, and athlete. Through a series of resonant first-person, free-verse poems,...

Review of At the End of the Day

At the End of the Day by Lisl H. Detlefsen; illus. by Lynnor BontigaoPreschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.4/24    9780593378632    $19.99Library ed.  9780593378649    $22.99e-book ed.  9780593378656    $10.99For many children, the afterschool hours are anything but relaxing, “because now there is homework. Or a piano lesson. Or dance class.” Detlefsen and Bontigao...

Review of Everyone Starts Small

Everyone Starts Small by Liz Garton Scanlon; illus. by Dominique RamseyPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp.3/24     9781536226157    $18.99“Everyone starts small and then grows.” Scanlon gives readers and listeners a better understanding of the natural world through a lyrical exploration of how all its elements are interconnected. Everything is growing and doing...

Review of The Last Stand

The Last Stand by Antwan Eady; illus. by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome PumphreyPreschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.1/24    9780593480571    $18.99Library ed.  9780593480588    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593480595    $10.99The plight of Black farmers takes center stage in this affecting picture book. A boy and his grandfather faithfully take their produce to a farmers’ market...

Review of Santa’s Gotta Go!

Santa’s Gotta Go! by Derrick Barnes; illus. by Courtney LovettPrimary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.10/23    9780593530436    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593530443    $10.99In this silly Santa story, siblings Monte and Mabel Mack invite Santa Claus to stay with their family after his sleigh breaks down on Christmas. While waiting for a “yip-yip fuse” to fix...

Review of First Words of Christmas

First Words of Christmas illus. by Madeleine MariePreschool    WorthyKids    20 pp.10/23    9781546005353    $7.99“Long ago, an angel told Mary she was going to have a baby.” This board book tells the biblical story of the birth of Jesus in simple language. Each left-hand page features a sentence about a particular aspect...

Review of Winter: A Solstice Story

Winter: A Solstice Story by Kelsey Gross; illus. by Renata LiwskaPreschool, Primary    Wiseman/Simon    32 pp.10/23    9781665908139    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665908146    $10.99On the longest night of the year, Owl calls on his forest friends to “shine the light” and “share a gift of hope.” Deer leaves nuts on tree branches so that...

Review of The Twelve Hours of Christmas

The Twelve Hours of Christmas by Jenn Bailey; illus. by Brittany JacksonPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    32 pp.10/23    9780316330978    $18.99This picture book joyfully reimagines the popular Christmas carol and counts down twelve hours of a Black family’s celebration. The day begins with a young girl finding a kitten under the tree,...

Review of The Magical Snowflake

The Magical Snowflake by Bernette Ford; illus. by Erin K. Robinson Preschool, Primary    Boxer Books    32 pp. 10/23    978191412221    $18.99 In this atmospheric picture book, set during a bitterly cold day, Ori wishes for snow, and just like that a snowflake falls from the sky and lands on her nose....

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