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Review of Sometimes I Feel like an Oak

Sometimes I Feel like an Oak by Danielle Daniel; illus. by Jackie TraversePrimary    Groundwood    32 pp.4/24    9781773066981    $19.99e-book ed.  9781773066998    $16.99Daniel’s (Sometimes I Feel like a Fox; Sometimes I Feel like a River) latest offering invites readers to commune with trees. Short first-person verses assign attributes to twelve different trees...
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Review of When You Have to Wait

When You Have to Wait by Melanie Conklin; illus. by Leah HongPreschool    Roaring Brook    40 pp.1/24    9781250816542    $18.99e-book ed.  9781250365309    $11.99The passage of time can seem painfully slow to young children who haven’t yet mastered how to measure hours, days, weeks, months, or years. This is especially true when a...

Review of Today

Today by Gabi Snyder; illus. by Stephanie GraeginPreschool, Primary    Wiseman/Simon    40 pp.1/24    9781665924856    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665924863    $10.99A lesson in mindfulness is couched in a cozy story about a much-anticipated visit with extended family. At first, the child protagonist struggles with a seemingly interminable “today”: “Today stretches long…when you’re counting weeks...

Review of Before, Now

Before, Now by Daniel Salmieri; illus. by the authorPrimary    Rocky Pond/Penguin    48 pp.6/23    9780593461976    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593461983    $10.99Salmieri delivers a moving intergenerational story using opposites as its central conceit. Opening pages show a view of Earth from space, reading: “In the dark sky floats a bright planet.” The page-turn zooms...

Review of Off the Wall

Off the Wall by Theodore Taylor III; illus. by the author Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-62672-294-1    $19.99 Part fish-out-of-water story, part ode to street art, this vibrant offering will grab readers’ attention. Narrator Sam is unhappy about a family move that has traded their “fast, busy...

Patchwork

[Many Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   Patchwork by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Corinna Luyken Primary    Putnam    48 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-9848-1396-1    $18.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-593-53234-8    $18.99 A rhythmic...

This Story Is Not About a Kitten

[Many Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   This Story Is Not About a Kitten by Randall de Séve ; illus. by Carson Ellis Primary     Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.     g 10/22...

Cover Reveal for Book Bonding: Building Connections Through Family Reading

I’m thrilled to share cover art by Mia Saine for my forthcoming essay collection Book Bonding: Building Connections Through Family Reading, debuting April 18, 2023 with Imagine Publishing, an imprint of Charlesbridge. Here and throughout the book, Mia’s warm, bighearted illustrations perfectly capture the cozy feeling I hope readers will experience...
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Review of A Place for Pauline

A Place for Pauline by Anouk Mahiout ; illus. by Marjolaine Perreten Primary       G     roundwood    48 pp.       g9/22      978-1-77306-609-7     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-77306-610-3    $16.99 Pauvre Pauline! The eldest of three (soon to be four) children in a lively bilingual (French/English) household, she needs a...
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