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Reviews of the 2023 CSK Author Award Winners

Winner Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson Intermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    416 pp.    g 2/22    978-0-316-05661-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-05674-8    $9.99 Many accounts of the Underground Railroad mention that enslaved Blacks would stick close to swamps as they made their way North, as the topography proved problematic for slave catchers. A...

Reviews of the 2023 Caldecott Medal Winners

Winner Hot Dog by Doug Salati; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-593-30843-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30844-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30845-5    $10.99 It’s a hot time in the city. A small, low-slung pup greets the morning from the window of a narrow NYC ­brownstone. But...

Reviews of the 2023 Newbery Medal Winners

Winner Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson Intermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    416 pp.    g 2/22    978-0-316-05661-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-05674-8    $9.99 Many accounts of the Underground Railroad mention that enslaved Blacks would stick close to swamps as they made their way North, as the topography proved problematic for slave catchers. A...

Review of Paradise Sands

Paradise Sands by Levi Pinfold; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-5362-1282-2    $18.99 Pinfold (The Black Dog, rev. 10/12) pre­sents another surreal picture book, this one with shades of such folktales as the Grimms’ “The Six Swans” and Andersen’s “The Wild Swans.”...

Review of In Every Life

In Every Life by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp. 2/23    9781665912488    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781665912495    $10.99 In her latest picture book, Frazee says she “hoped to capture and honor what we all have in common, no matter who we are or where we live.”...

Review of Einstein

Einstein by Jim Ottaviani; illus. by Jerel Dye; color by Alison Acton High School    First Second    304 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-62672-876-9    $32.99 This thoroughly researched comic-format account of the world’s most well-known physicist is described by its author as “not so much a biography of Albert Einstein as...

Review of Berliners

Berliners by Vesper Stamper; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Knopf    320 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-593-42836-8    $21.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-42837-5    $24.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-42838-2    $10.99 An engrossing look at the emerging new world order after World War II, told through the experiences of one...

Review of The Sun Is Late and So Is the Farmer

The Sun Is Late and So Is the Farmer by Philip C. Stead; illus. by Erin E. Stead Preschool    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 11/22    978-0-8234-4428-1    $18.99 A hungry mule, milk cow, and miniature horse wait for the sun to rise. Declaring that the sun is late (“and...

Review of Luminous: Living Things That Light Up the Night

Luminous: Living Things That Light Up the Night by Julia Kuo; illus. by the author Primary    Greystone Kids    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-77164-888-2    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-77164-889-9    $18.95 “What if your body could make its own light?” In Kuo’s gorgeous exploration of bioluminescence, an adult and child...
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