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Review of Building

Building by Henry Cole; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Tegen/HarperCollins    40 pp.   g6/22    978-0-06-313655-7    $17.99Sharing yet another example of the intricacies of animal home construction (see Nesting, rev. 3/20), Cole introduces readers to the masters of the trade: beavers. A practiced storyteller, Cole employs an engaging refrain (“Building, building....

Rainbow Reads

It may be the last day of June and thus Pride Month, but that doesn't mean the celebration should end today. Visit intersectional, inclusive bookstores such as All She Wrote Books in Somerville, MA. Or consider incorporating Pride into the look of your home, office, library, or classroom. How you...

Rainbow Reads List

As part of our Rainbow Reads project, below is bibliographic information for each of the recommended books we've selected, gathered from The Horn Book Magazine and Guide/Reviews Database. Organized by spine color (reflecting the colors in the Pride flag) and tagged with the main LGBTQIA+ identities represented, the titles collectively...

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...

Review of Celia Planted a Garden: The Story of Celia Thaxter and Her Island Garden

Celia Planted a Garden: The Story of Celia Thaxter and Her Island Garden by Phyllis Root and Gary D. Schmidt; illus. by Melissa SweetPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    40 pp.    g5/22    978-1-5362-0429-2    $18.99Largely forgotten today, American writer Celia Laighton Thaxter enjoyed a significant literary career in the latter half of the nineteenth...

Review of The Summer of Bitter and Sweet

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen FergusonHigh School    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    384 pp.    g5/22    978-0-06-308616-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-308618-0    $12.99Lou is preparing to spend the summer scooping ice cream at her uncles’ seasonal shop, Michif Creamery, to save money for university in the fall. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned. She...

Review of The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky

The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky by Jihyun Kim; illus. by the author Primary    Floris    48 pp.  g 4/22    978-1-78250-742-0    $17.95 This wordless picture book about a city child visiting the country pays tribute to the wonders of the natural world. The cinematic illustrations begin...

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...

Reviews of the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir High School    Razorbill/Penguin    384 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-593-20234-0    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-20235-7    $10.99 In this stark and searing sort-of love story, two Pakistani American teens living in a California desert town struggle to choose connection over isolation when family crises...
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