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Jerry Pinkney and Erin E. Stead: A Caldecott Conversation

How better to understand the Caldecott than by chatting with an artist who has won the prestigious award? Today we’re lucky enough to have two. Jerry Pinkney and Erin E. Stead (the 2010 and 2011 winner, respectively) agreed to do just that. One a living legend, the other a newcomer with a bright future; both […]

Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann

Bone Dog By Eric Rohmann Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596431508 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Holiday books hold a unique place in the world of children’s literature. They are likely to get a bump in popularity due to the holiday tie-in (at least for a certain part of the year), but […]

Review: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Grandpa Green By Lane Smith Roaring Brook Press ISBN: 9781596436077 $16.99 Grades K-4 In Stores I realized after reading, rereading, and reflecting on Lane Smith’s latest book, Grandpa Green, that I’ve spent more time considering (and, at times, being confounded by) Smith’s last two releases than the last two books from pretty much any author. […]

Review: Nursery Rhyme Comics

Nursery Rhyme Comics By Various Authors, Chris Duffy, Leonard S. Marcus First Second Books (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596436008 $18.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores October 11, 2011 It’s no secret we are living in the age of superstar team-ups. With Watch the Throne on the top of the Billboard charts, The Miami Heat making waves in the […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2011

Catalogs pored over, eyes sufficiently sapped of all moisture – it must be time to look at the 10 books that come out in September, October, and November that have me going around saying “aww, yeah!” to strangers. Or maybe just thinking it. While I search for the Visene®, take a look at the list. […]

Nonfiction Monday: America Is Under Attack by Don Brown

America is Under Attack By Don Brown Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596436947 $16.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores August 16, 2011 *Best New Book* This year is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11. It’s hard to believe for many adults, but we now have elementary schools full of children who have […]

Review: Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo

Melvin and the Boy By Lauren Castillo Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805089295 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores July 5, 2011 *Best New Book* For many children, a first pet brings with it some of the earliest exposure to responsibility. While kids have minor obligations from an early age, the idea of caring for something that […]

Review: Lemonade by Bob Raczka

Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word By Bob Raczka Illustrated by Nancy Doniger Roaring Brook Press ISBN: 9781596435414 $16.99 Grades 1-6 In Stores *Best New Books* Give me one month and every word in the English language and I can write you a bad poem. One year? You’ll likely get about the […]

Nonfiction Monday: Celebritrees by Margi Preus

Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Tree of the World By Margi Preus Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805078299 $16.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores Not to get all “hippie” on you, but do you ever think about trees? Here are these massive plants, unmatched by anything on earth, and we walk around barely paying […]

Review: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Zita the Spacegirl By Ben Hatke First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596434462 $17.99 Grades 2-5 In Stores Good ol’ other dimensions – where would we be without you? The children’s literature landscape wouldn’t be quite as interesting, that’s for sure. What are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz if not inter-dimensional fantasies? […]

Review: Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudette By Tom Lichtenheld Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805087765 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores March 1, 2011 The concept of a small protagonist making a mark on the big world is a children’s lit mainstay. It makes sense – there are few situations children can better relate to than being surrounded by those that are […]

Review: Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst

Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly By Carolyn Parkhurst Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780312548483 $16.99 Grades K-2 *Best New Book* (Click to enlarge) Review copy from publisher. Watch the book trailer for Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly: Also reviewed by A Fuse #8 Production, Kids Lit, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, […]

Review: Birdy’s Smile Book by Laurie Keller

Birdy’s Smile Book By Laurie Keller Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805088830 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores I used to be upset with electronic dance music. Too repetitive, too synthetic, too cheesy I thought. But I was ignoring a fact that explained it all – that this sort of music is created for one purpose: to […]

Review: The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier

The Unsinkable Walker Bean By Aaron Renier First Second ISBN: 9781596434530 $13.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores August 17, 2010 *Best New Books* You gotta admire an author who goes for broke. Aaron Renier does just that in his mythical, supernatural, swashbuckling (I could go on) graphic novel adventure The Unsinkable Walker Bean. At turns exciting, […]

Review: The Village Garage by G. Brian Karas

The Village Garage By G. Brian Karas Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805087161 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Quick test: Name a picture book about city workers. Having trouble? Me too. The men and women who keep our towns running smoothly are indeed a rarely represented subject in the children’s lit world. The Village Garage is notable […]