Picture Book Review: The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael López

Review: The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Rafael López Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada. Thank you! Publication: August 28, 2018 by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers Group Book Description: National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book […]

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Must Read Monday (84): Children’s Fiction from Nikki Grimes, Charis Cotter, Torrey Maldonado & more!

Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday! This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction. Slightly late posting this edition, but too many great children’s fiction/middle grade titles to pass […]

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Picture Book Review: A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano & Lane Smith

Review: A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano, illus. Lane Smith Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you! Publication: May 1, 2018 by Roaring Book Press Book Description: The dynamic duo of Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Lane Smith team up to tell a delightful story about a boy and a girl […]

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Reviews: Kate Messner’s Breakout & Sarah Crossan’s Moonrise

Review posts featuring a children’s lit title and young adult lit title don’t often (if ever!) appear on this site. However, after reading Kate Messner’s Breakout (the children’s title) and Sarah Crossan’s Moonrise (the young adult title) in succession, I thought it might be interesting to pair them together in a review. Both titles deal with the criminal justice system […]

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Picture Book Review: Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston & Misa Saburi

Review: Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston, illus. Misa Saburi Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada. Thank you! Publication: February 20, 2018 by Tundra Books Book Description: When Sakura’s father gets a new job, she and her parents leave their home in Japan. In America, Sakura misses the blossoming cherry tree where she and her grandmother would […]

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Review: Knockout by K.A. Holt

Review: Knockout by K.A. Holt Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you! Publication: March 6, 2018 by Chronicle Books Book Description: Levi just wants to be treated like a typical kid. As a baby, he had a serious disease that caused him respiratory issues. He’s fine now, but his mom and overprotective brother still think of him as damaged, […]

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Picture Book Reviews: Things to Do & My World: A Book of First Words

Things to Do by Elaine Magliaro, illus. Catia Chien Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you! Expected publication: February 7, 2017 by Chronicle Books Book Description: With playful prose and vivid art, Things to Do brings to life the small moments and secret joys of a child’s day. There are wonders everywhere. In the sky and on the ground-blooming […]

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Picture Book Reviews: Samson in the Snow by Philip C. Stead & Tony by Ed Galing and Erin E. Stead

Samson in the Snow by Philip C. Stead Source: ARC courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you! Publication: September 13, 2016 by Roaring Brook Press Book Description: One sunny day Samson, a large and friendly woolly mammoth, encounters a little red bird who is looking for yellow flowers for her mouse friend (whose favorite color is yellow). As she flies off […]

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