Marva Anne Hinton

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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....

We Are Here

When I purchase books for my children and the other young people in my family, I’m always looking for texts that will affirm them and their place in this world. Even in 2023, I know as Black children they may not see books that reflect them in their classrooms or...

Review of Witch & Wombat

Witch & Wombat by Ashley Belote; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Random    40 pp.7/23    9780593569634    $18.99Library ed.  9780593569641    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593569658    $10.99Wilma is excited to bring home her new cat, but there’s a big problem: the pet store is out of cats and gives her a wombat instead. The young...

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