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Review of Counting in Dog Years and Other Sassy Math Poems

Counting in Dog Years and Other Sassy Math Poems by Betsy Franco; illus. by Priscilla Tey Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-5362-0116-1    $18.99 Silly humor and punchy payoffs abound in Franco’s (Mathematickles!, rev. 7/03) latest math-themed poetry collection. Take, for example, “Mom Time,” in...
      

Review of Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids

Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids by Michael Rosen; illus. by Polly Dunbar Preschool    Candlewick    64 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-5362-2497-9    $18.99 This collection of poetry for the very young opens with a note to adults: children need to explore the sounds of language, and...
      

Review of The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense

The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense by Jon Scieszka; illus. by Julia Rothman Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    80 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-7636-9434-0    $19.99 Since the 1992 publication of The Stinky Cheese Man (rev. 11/92), Scieszka has been upending conventions in children’s literature. Here,...
      

Review of Copycat: Nature-Inspired Design Around the World

Copycat: Nature-Inspired Design Around the World by Christy Hale; illus. by the author Primary    Lee & Low    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-64379-230-9    $20.95 e-book ed.  978-1-64379-474-7    $20.95 Hale (Water Land, rev. 7/18) introduces readers to biomimicry through fifteen examples found in everyday life as well as...
      

Review of Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual

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Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Frank Morrison Primary, Intermediate     Crown    32 pp.     g 9/22     978-0-593-30634-5     $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30635-2    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30636-9    $10.99 This is a moving walk through African American...
      

Music appreciation

Fall is traditionally the season when new young musicians hold and play their chosen instruments in school (save arts education!) for the very first time. These five nonfiction picture books can inspire them and other child readers/listeners to appreciate the power of music to change lives. See also Horn Book...
      

Review of Wait—and See

Wait—and See by Helen Frost; photos by Rick Lieder Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 5/22    978-1-5362-1631-8    $17.99 As in their earlier collaborations (e.g., Among a Thousand Fireflies, rev. 3/16), poet Frost and photographer Lieder celebrate the wonders revealed through close observation of the natural world—here, the praying mantis. The text...
      

Review of Book of Questions / Libro de las preguntas: Selections / Selecciones

Book of Questions / Libro de las preguntas: Selections / Selecciones by Pablo Neruda; illus. by Paloma Valdivia; trans. from Spanish by Sara Lissa PaulsonPrimary, Intermediate    Enchanted Lion    80 pp.    g4/22    978-1-59270-322-7    $22.95This lavish volume includes excerpts from Neruda’s Libro de las preguntas in the original Spanish alongside new English...
      

A Place for Poetry

Poetry has so much to offer young readers: beautiful language, musical rhythms, creative formats, powerful emotions, and so much more. Yet, when it comes to award recognition, poetry has rarely had a place at the Newbery table. Just sixteen books of poetry have been recognized with Newbery Medals or Honors...
      

Review of Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku

Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku by Sally M. Walker; illus. by Matthew TruemanPrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5362-0356-1    $18.99The huge expanse of space and its mind-blowing wonders are crystalized by Walker (Earth Verse, rev. 1/18) into seventeen precise syllables making up each of thirty-two haiku. She begins with the...
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