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Review of Contenders:
 Two Native Baseball Players, One World Series

Contenders: Two Native Baseball Players, One World Series by Traci Sorell; illus. by Arigon Starr Primary    Kokila/Penguin    48 pp. 4/23    9780593496472    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780593406489    $11.99 Baseball’s 1911 World Series was the first to feature a match-up between two Native players. Future Hall-of-Fame pitcher Charles Bender (Ojibwe) would pitch in three...

Review of Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards

Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards by Susan TanIntermediate, Middle School    Roaring Brook    256 pp.4/23    9781250797001    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250797018    $10.99Monica “Mo” Lin, a sixth-grade Chinese American girl, has moved with her mother and half-sister to the (fictional) small town of New Warren, Massachusetts, to live with her “aging Chinese hippie” great-uncle,...

Review of Night in the City

Night in the City by Julie Downing; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/23    9780823452064    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455188    $11.99While a child gets ready for bed, a father gets ready for work—as do other night-shift workers in the city. Readers follow the dad (a nurse) and eight others: a taxi...

Review of Akim Aliu: Dreamer

Akim Aliu: Dreamer by Akim Aliu with Greg Anderson Elysée; illus. by Karen De la Vega and Marcus Williams Middle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    128 pp. 2/23    9781338787610    $24.99 Paper ed.  9781338787603    $14.99 Former NHL player Aliu made headlines in 2020 when he shared stories of the racism and hazing...

Review of Who Will Win?

Who Will Win? [I Like to Read]by Arihhonni David; illus. by the authorPrimary    Holiday    32 pp.4/23    9780823449484    $15.99e-book ed.  9780823455126    $9.99“Bear has fast legs. Turtle has a fast mind. Who will win the race?” An elder, Tota, tells a trickster story in a beginning reader that succeeds both as a...

Review of The Tree and the River

The Tree and the River by Aaron Becker; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.3/23    9781536223293    $18.99Becker explores many big ideas—­including war, humanity’s impact on the environment, and the resilience of nature over time—through a science-fiction lens. The wordless narrative focuses on an idyllic forested valley split by a river....

Review of The Sky Is Not the Limit

The Sky Is Not the Limit by Jérémie Decalf; illus. and trans. from French by the authorPrimary    Eerdmans    64 pp.3/23    9780802856029    $18.99This lyrical picture book is a paean to the vastness of space and the human drive to explore. The Voyager 2 spacecraft, launched in 1977 and still traveling through...

Review of Henry, like Always

Henry, like Always by Jenn Bailey; illus. by Mika SongPrimary    Chronicle    48 pp.3/23    9781797213897    $14.99Henry, a boy on the autism spectrum (first introduced in the 2019 picture book A Friend for Henry, rev. 5/19), likes everything about school. Life in Classroom Ten is entirely predictable. Mrs. Tanaka posts the schedule...

Review of My Baba’s Garden

My Baba’s Garden by Jordan Scott; illus. by Sydney SmithPreschool    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.3/23    9780823450831    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455157    $11.99This tender story from the ­author-artist team behind I Talk like a River (rev. 11/20) pays tribute to Scott’s Polish grandmother, whom he visited daily as a child. An opening note explains that...
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