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Review of Glitter Everywhere!: Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going

Glitter Everywhere!: Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going by Chris Barton; illus. by Chaaya PrabhatPrimary    Charlesbridge    48 pp.6/23    9781623542528    $19.99Barton explores glitter, a source of fascination (and frustration), diving into the science, history, and entrepreneurship that created the material we know today. He doesn’t shy...

Review of 83 Days in Mariupol: A War Diary

83 Days in Mariupol: A War Diary by Don Brown; illus. by the authorHigh School    Clarion/HarperCollins    128 pp.5/23    9780063311565    $22.99e-book ed.  9780063311589    $10.99Here’s a rare chronicle of a contemporary, ongoing war. This comic-format “war diary” isn’t told from the viewpoint of any one person, although individual perspectives are plentifully represented...

Review of The Book of Turtles

The Book of Turtles by Sy Montgomery; illus. by Matt PattersonPrimary, Intermediate    Clarion/HarperCollins    40 pp.5/23    9780358458074    $19.99“Sometime around 240 million years ago—about the time of the first dinosaurs, and 9 million years before the first crocodile—the shell invented the turtle.” With this cheekily thought-provoking opening sentence, acclaimed science writer Montgomery...

Review of Not a Monster

Not a Monster by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez; illus. by Laura GonzálezPrimary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.5/23    9781623543037    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632899446    $9.99In this picture book, Martínez seamlessly blends legend and science to expand readers’ understanding of axolotls. She starts with the creature’s life cycle, placing it in its natural habitat, and then recounts...

Review of The Life of Astronaut Ellen Ochoa

The Life of Astronaut Ellen Ochoa by Doreen Rappaport; illus. by Oliver DominguezPrimary    Little, Brown    48 pp.9/23    9780759554948    $19.99Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina astronaut in space, said that when she was young, “No one would ever ask a girl, ‘Do you want to grow up and be an astronaut?’” This...

Review of Celebrating Nature’s Nightlight

Celebrating Nature’s Nightlight by Melissa Stewart; illus. by Jessica LananPrimary    Knopf    48 pp.10/23    9780593435076    $18.99Library ed.  9780593435083    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593435090    $11.99An offstage narrator speaks directly to the moon, expressing thanks for the light it provides, and sometimes doesn’t, to the inhabitants of Earth at night. Most animals (and one plant)—including...

Review of The Life of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm

The Life of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illus. by Kaylani JuanitaPrimary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp.9/23    9781534463523    $18.99e-book ed.  9781534463530    $10.99Born in 1924 Brooklyn to immigrant parents (from Guyana and Barbados) who worked in low-wage jobs, Chisholm was attuned from a young age to the social and economic inequities around...

Review of Fungi Grow

Fungi Grow by Maria Gianferrari; illus. by Diana SudykaPrimary    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.10/23    9781665903653    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665903660    $10.99The partnership of an action-oriented text and vibrant watercolor illustrations creates an enthusiastic introduction to the growth and effects (both positive and negative) of various forms of fungi. Gianferrari explains that fungi spores...

Review of I’m Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People

I’m Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People by Anne Broyles; illus. by Victoria Tentler-KrylovPrimary, Intermediate  Holiday    48 pp.10/23    9780823450060    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457380    $11.99In this engaging and child-friendly overview of Fasanella’s (1914–1997) life and evolution as a self-taught, working-class artist, Broyles highlights the man’s “rambunctious,” resilient, and independent nature,...
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