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Review of Sourgrass

Sourgrass by Hope Lim; illus. by Shahrzad MaydaniPrimary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.3/24    9781665931861    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665931878    $10.99A relatable tale of friendship and change. Sofia, a dark-skinned girl with cornrowed hair, and May, with long brown hair and light skin, open the gate between their yards and play together daily. One...

Review of Ida B. Wells Marches for the Vote

Ida B. Wells Marches for the Vote by Dinah Johnson; illus. by Jerry JordanPrimary, Intermediate    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    48 pp.1/24    9780316322478    $18.99Johnson’s compelling text tells the inspirational true story of a Black suffragist who fought injustice all her life. This biography of Wells begins with her birth in 1862, a year...

Review of Breaking to the Beat!

Breaking to the Beat! by Linda J. Acevedo; illus. by Frank MorrisonPrimary, Intermediate    Lee & Low    32 pp.5/23    9781643796390    $19.95Acevedo and Morrison provide an engaging, gritty, urban retrospective on the role young people played in establishing break dancing and hip-hop. Set in the Bronx in the 1970s, the story follows...

Review of The Order of Things

The Order of Things by Kaija LangleyMiddle School    Paulsen/Penguin    288 pp.6/23    9780593530900    $17.99e-book ed.  9780593530917    $10.99In this compelling verse novel set in Boston, African American tweens Zee and April are best friends. Each lives with their single parent in apartments across the hall from each other—narrator April with Chantelle, her...

Review of Daddy & Me, Side by Side

Daddy & Me, Side by Side by Pierce Freelon; illus. by Nadia FisherPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.5/23    9780316055864    $18.99Freelon’s (Daddy-Daughter Day) quiet picture book tells of an African American father and son on a camping trip. The two wake up in their tent on a chilly morning and walk to...

Review of Window Fishing

Window Fishing by DK Dyson; illus. by Rudy GutierrezPrimary    Knopf    40 pp.8/23    9780593429013    $18.99Library ed.  9780593429020    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593429037    $10.99Grumpy artist Rudeday feels he’ll never be famous as he toils away in his fourth-floor apartment. Although he wants to bring people joy, Rudeday has none of it himself. One day,...

Review of For Lamb

For Lamb by Lesa Cline-RansomeMiddle School, High School    Holiday    304 pp.1/23    9780823450152    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455034    $11.99Lamb, shy protagonist and one of several narrators, tells of growing up in 1940s Jackson, Mississippi, with her brother, Simeon, and Marion, their tough-as-nails mother, a talented and outspoken seamstress and closeted lesbian. Lamb keeps...

Review of Mama’s Home

Mama’s Home by Shay Youngblood; illus. by Lo HarrisPrimary    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.10/22    9780593180228    $18.99Library ed.  9780593180235    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593180242    $10.99A brown-skinned girl with her hair in two afro puffs hugs her mother goodbye before Mama boards a plane, which she does often. The young narrator feels lucky...

Kick Push

[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.]   Kick Push: Be Your Epic Self by Frank Morrison; illus. by the author Primary    Bloomsbury    40 pp.    g 4/22    978-1-5476-0592-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0593-4    $13.29 How...

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