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Review of What You Need to Be Warm

What You Need to Be Warm by Neil Gaiman; illus. by various artistsPrimary, Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    32 pp.10/23    9780063358089    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063358102    $12.99Gaiman, who serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency, used social media to ask people about their memories of being warm, to draw attention to—and...

Review of Time to Move South for Winter

Time to Move South for Winter by Clare Helen Welsh; illus. by Jenny LøvliePrimary    Nosy Crow    32 pp.10/23    9798887770192    $17.99Welsh presents an account about the migration habits of six different animals that can function as a comforting bedtime story or thoughtful read-aloud. With lyrical patterned text, we follow the travels...

Review of Welcome to the Wonder House

Welcome to the Wonder House by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard; illus. by Deborah FreedmanPrimary, Intermediate    Wordsong/Astra    40 pp.7/23    9781635927627    $18.99e-book ed.  9781635928631    $11.99Twenty-nine poems in a lovely mix of forms and styles populate this book, presented as a “house” with twelve double-page-spread “rooms.” Each room has a slightly...

Review of How to Write a Poem

How to Write a Poem by Kwame Alexander and Deanna Nikaido; illus. by Melissa Sweet Primary    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    32 pp. 4/23    9780063060906    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780063309937    $10.99 Alexander and Nikaido offer a single poem as this lyrical picture book’s text, inviting young readers (and listeners) to “dive deep into the...

Review of Wings in the Wild

Wings in the Wild by Margarita EngleHigh School    Atheneum    224 pp.4/23    9781665926362    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665926386    $10.99Can a “tocororo-girl” and a “song-boy” find love in the mountains of Costa Rica? In this novel set in 2018, two teens from vastly different worlds tell their stories in free verse poems, alternating points...

Review of The Dream Train: Poems for Bedtime

The Dream Train: Poems for Bedtime by Sean Taylor; illus. by Anuska AllepuzPreschool    Candlewick    88 pp.3/23    9781536228342    $19.99British poet Taylor sends little ones to bed with thirty imaginative poems in three thematic sets: “Night Arrives,” “Shut-Your-Eyes Time,” and “Dream Wheels Turning.” With a mix of rhyming and free-verse poetry, along...

Review of Where I Live: Poems About My Home, My Street, and My Town

Where I Live: Poems About My Home, My Street, and My Town selected by Paul B. Janeczko; illus. by Hyewon YumPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.3/23    9781536200942    $18.99This collection of variously contemplative and playful poems offers an intimate picture of daily life from a child’s point of view. Thirty-four poems about...

Review of Aniana del Mar Jumps In

Aniana del Mar Jumps In by Jasminne MendezIntermediate, Middle School    Dial    384 pp.3/23    9780593531815    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593531822    $10.99Aniana (Ani) del Mar lives on the Gulf Coast in ­Galveston, Texas, and the pull of the ocean is in her blood. But she must keep her passion for swimming secret from her...

Review of The Hope of Elephants

The Hope of Elephants by Amanda Rawson HillIntermediate    Charlesbridge    480 pp.9/22    9781623542597    $17.99e-book ed.  978163289863    $10.99How does a family live with recurring cancer? Would you want to know if you had that same cancer gene? These questions anchor a powerful verse novel in which twelve-year-old Cass copes with her dad’s...

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