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The Art of Visual Storytelling in Long-Form Nonfiction

In order to create compelling narratives without ever making anything up, authors of long-form narrative nonfiction employ such elements as setting, character, and plot development; specificity of detail; and dialogue, forming an intimate connection between research and craft. Book design is not generally in our purview (for a variety of...
      

Review of Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together

Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together by Tanya Lee Stone Middle School, High School    Candlewick    176 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-7636-7686-5    $24.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2708-6    $24.99 When the United States entered World War II and Japanese Americans were forcibly...
      

Review of Attack of the Black Rectangles

Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    263 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-338-68052-2    $17.99 Sixth grader Mac Delaney isn’t sure what to expect after being assigned to Ms. Sett’s class. She’s famous—“as famous as a person can get in our town”—for writing letters to the...
      

Review of A Very Big Fall

A Very Big Fall by Emily Kastner; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Clarion/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 8/22    978-0-358-41945-7    $17.99 From within a collective of autumn leaves, readers meet three individuals, each with a distinct human-like personality. There’s Birch, the optimist; Oak, the contented; and Maple, the complainer (and late...
      

Review of Concrete: From the Ground Up

Concrete: From the Ground Up by Larissa Theule; illus. by Steve Light Primary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5362-1250-1    $18.99 Roads, bridges, basketball courts, skyscrapers—so much of our world is made out of concrete, the combination of stone, sand, water, and cement that is our most ubiquitous modern building material....
      

Review of Windswept

Windswept by Margi Preus; illus. by Armando Veve Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    304 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-4197-5824-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0504-7    $15.54 The time is the future. The “Powers-That-Be” are kidnapping children—using a meteorological weapon of windstorms that sweep them up, to then be sold to mountain trolls for profit....
      

Review of Tumble

Tumble by Celia C. Pérez Intermediate, Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    368 pp.    g 8/22    978-0-593-32517-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-32519-3    $10.99 Spanish paper ed.  978-1-64473-592-3    $12.95 Twelve-year-old Adela Ramírez has a loving family, a robust middle-school life, and an awesome best friend in her small New Mexico town, known for its love...
      

Field Notes: The Day the Book Banners Came for Us

When our head of youth services came up to me one Thursday afternoon this spring and said, “I want to show you something,” I thought it was going to be something normal for the mid-sized suburban public library I run in Henrietta, New York — like a clogged toilet or...
      

Review of Hello, Moon

Hello, Moon by Evan Turk; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Atheneum    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5344-0080-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0081-8    $10.99 “Look! The Moon!” a child exclaims. “Should we go out to say hello?” Child and caretaker bundle up and head out into the snowy night to greet it;...
      

A Journey of Transformation — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

"I like to say things with my voice, and with my jaranita." A screenshot from Morales's presentation of the Zena Sutherland Lecture. Image courtesy of Yuyi Morales. My voice, like the voice of most everybody, is made of many different ways of saying things. I like to say things with...
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