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Review of The Bicycle: How an Act of Kindness Changed a Young Refugee’s Life

The Bicycle: How an Act of Kindness Changed a Young Refugee’s Life by Patricia McCormick and Mevan Babakar; illus. by Yas ImamuraPrimary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp.5/24    9780063056992    $19.99When her family must flee their beloved home in Kurdistan, young Mevan’s status as a refugee makes her feel smaller and smaller...

Review of The Night War

The Night War by Kimberly Brubaker BradleyIntermediate, Middle School    Dial    288 pp.4/24    9780735228566    $17.99e-book ed.  9780735228580    $10.99In 1942, French police in Occupied Paris rounded up over thirteen thousand French Jews and corralled them into a stadium; almost all perished at Auschwitz. Bradley’s (The War That Saved My Life, rev. 1/15,...

Review of The House Before Falling into the Sea

The House Before Falling into the Sea by Ann Suk Wang; illus. by Hanna Cha Primary    Dial    40 pp. 3/24    9780593530153    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780593530160    $10.99 In this picture book set in 1950, Kyung lives with her family in a seaside house in the southeastern Korean coastal city of Busan....

At home with poetry

Get ready for National Poetry Month, coming in April! These five books for younger readers feature poems about all kinds of places, about feeling at home, and about poetry itself. See also the Guide/Reviews Database subject tag Poetry, and for older readers, check out our Five Questions interview with Renée...

Reviews of the 2024 Pura Belpré Author Award Winners

Winner Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir by Pedro Martín; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Dial    320 pp. 8/23    9780593462287    $24.99 Paper ed.  9780593462294    $14.99 e-book ed.  9780593462300    $9.99 Martín’s humorous and heartfelt memoir recounts a momentous 1977 road trip with his “big Mexican American family.” Apá and Amá gather...

Review of Alebrijes

Alebrijes by Donna Barba HigueraIntermediate, Middle School    Levine Querido    336 pp.10/23    9781646142637    $18.99On Higuera’s barren post-apocalyptic Earth, Pocatels rule over the Spanish-speaking Cascabels, refugees from the San Joaquin Valley, forcing them to live in squalid tent cities, endure long hours harvesting potatoes, and subsist on next to nothing. Thirteen-year-old Leandro...

Go forth and help

The subjects of these six picture-book biographies for primary and intermediate readers made a difference in the world around them through means ranging from political activism to the arts. To learn about another community helper, see our Five Questions interview with Breanna J. McDaniel and April Harrison about Go Forth...

Review of What You Need to Be Warm

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

On the Tip of a Wave

A picture book about a contemporary conceptual artist is already a difficult task. There’s a lot to unpack and consider when presenting the work of a prominent conceptual artist and activist to a young audience. Heck, even we adults struggle to make sense of conceptual installation art, so I want to...

Review of On the Tip of a Wave: How Ai Weiwei’s Art Is Changing the Tide

On the Tip of a Wave: How Ai Weiwei’s Art Is Changing the Tide by Joanna Ho; illus. by Cátia ChienPrimary, Intermediate    Orchard/Scholastic    48 pp.10/23    9781338715941    $18.99In this powerful picture book, readers learn about artist/activist/filmmaker Ai Weiwei, the worldwide refugee crisis, and the effects art can have in shining a...

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