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Review of Kin: Rooted in Hope

Kin: Rooted in Hope by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Jeffery Boston WeatherfordIntermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    208 pp.9/23    9781665913621    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665913645    $10.99From a single photograph and sparse information to a fully realized lineage of excellence, an African American author, with dramatic illustrations by her son, traces their family’s roots....

Review of At the Poles

At the Poles by David Elliott; illus. by Ellen RooneyPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.10/23    9781536205992    $18.99That paragon of poetic pith Elliott (In the Woods, rev. 3/20; and others) returns with another winning entry. Here his focus is on animals of the Polar Regions, from emperor penguins in Antarctica, through two species...

Review of Welcome to the Wonder House

Welcome to the Wonder House by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard; illus. by Deborah FreedmanPrimary, Intermediate    Wordsong/Astra    40 pp.7/23    9781635927627    $18.99e-book ed.  9781635928631    $11.99Twenty-nine poems in a lovely mix of forms and styles populate this book, presented as a “house” with twelve double-page-spread “rooms.” Each room has a slightly...

Review of My Head Has a Bellyache: And More Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

My Head Has a Bellyache: And More Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris; illus. by Andrea Tsurumi Primary, Intermediate    Little, Brown    192 pp. 7/23    9780316592598    $19.99 e-book ed.  9780316566179    $9.99 “Mint-chip ice cream (so fantastic!), / ­Key-lime taffy (so elastic!), / Bags of all-green jelly beans…...

Review of How to Write a Poem

How to Write a Poem by Kwame Alexander and Deanna Nikaido; illus. by Melissa Sweet Primary    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    32 pp. 4/23    9780063060906    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780063309937    $10.99 Alexander and Nikaido offer a single poem as this lyrical picture book’s text, inviting young readers (and listeners) to “dive deep into the...

Review of Animals in Pants

Animals in Pants by Suzy Levinson; illus. by Kristen Howdeshell and Kevin Howdeshell Primary    Cameron/Abrams    32 pp. 4/23    9781951836627    $17.99 e-book ed.  9781647009502    $15.54 A red-haired child introduces the picture book’s topic forcefully with a large word balloon before the title page: “What? YOU’VE NEVER SEEN ANIMALS IN PANTS?!?” Twenty-three...

Review of The Dream Train: Poems for Bedtime

The Dream Train: Poems for Bedtime by Sean Taylor; illus. by Anuska AllepuzPreschool    Candlewick    88 pp.3/23    9781536228342    $19.99British poet Taylor sends little ones to bed with thirty imaginative poems in three thematic sets: “Night Arrives,” “Shut-Your-Eyes Time,” and “Dream Wheels Turning.” With a mix of rhyming and free-verse poetry, along...

Review of Remember

Remember by Joy Harjo; illus. by Michaela GoadePrimary    Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.3/23    9780593484845    $18.99Library ed.  9780593484838    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593484821    $10.99Generation-spanning Native creators deliver a lustrous celebration of generational memory. U.S. Poet Laureate Harjo (Mvskoke) wrote the poem that is this book’s text in 1983; Caldecott ­Medalist Goade’s (Tlingit) illustrations...

Review of Where I Live: Poems About My Home, My Street, and My Town

Where I Live: Poems About My Home, My Street, and My Town selected by Paul B. Janeczko; illus. by Hyewon YumPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.3/23    9781536200942    $18.99This collection of variously contemplative and playful poems offers an intimate picture of daily life from a child’s point of view. Thirty-four poems about...
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