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Choosing Brave

[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.]   Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy; illus. by Janelle Washington Primary, Intermediate    Roaring Brook    64 pp.   ...

King of Ragtime

How can an illustrator capture the essence of music with an image? The answer to that question can be found in Stephen Costanza's picture-book biography King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin. In music, syncopation is a mixture or variety of rhythms or beats that are played together. These...

Survivor Tree and This Very Tree: A Look at Two 9/11 Picture Books

We have seen numerous books about 9/11 published in 2021, 20 years after that tragic event. Included among those titles are two outstanding picture books about what is known as the Survivor Tree, the Callery pear tree that was buried underneath the rubble of the World Trade Center and nursed...

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