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Review: Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

A review of debut graphic novel Beetle & the Hollowbones
by Eliza Layne

Review: Another by Christian Robinson

Another By Christian Robinson Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781534421677 $17.99 Grades PreK-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You know, it’s funny. After seeing an artist’s work over the course of a few years, you think you have a pretty good sense of that artist, right? But […]

Review: Dear Sister by Alison McGhee

Dear Sister By Alison McGhee Illustrated by Joe Bluhm Atheneum (Simon & Shuster) ISBN: 9781481451420 $13.99 Grades 3-6 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’m a younger sibling. I am (according to Parent Magazine) “Fun loving, uncomplicated, and self-centered.” First borns, on the other hand, tend to be “Reliable, conscientious, and […]

Review: Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Stumpkin By Lucy Ruth Cummins Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781534413627 $17.99 Grades K-2 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If you read to kids a lot then you know the power of the great season-specific book. For most of these sorts of titles, the main draw is that it’s about […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

Book hope springs eternal. It’s time to take a look at ten titles that I’m excited about for spring. Picture Books Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet May 13, 2014 | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1 I’m a sucker for inventive picture books and Hervé Tullet is the master of this realm. This […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2011

With all the summer catalogs properly pored over, now is the time for the quarterly season preview I call 10 to Note. The following is a highly subjective list of books set to arrive in June, July, and August that are intriguing to my eyes and ears. Fiction Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach; […]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2010 (#10-6)

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez [Enchanted Lion] Published in France in 2005 as Le Voleur de Poule, this wordless picture book takes readers on an adventure through a forest, up and down a mountain, across an ocean, and into Fox’s lair. Why? Because Bear, Rabbit, and […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2010-11

One season. 10 books. This was difficult. After scouring the children’s lit landscape, what follows are the 10 titles set to release in December, January, and February that most caught my eye as a K-6 school librarian. It’s a subjective list, to be sure, and not a collection of surefire winners – just some promising […]

Review: Keeper by Kathi Appelt

Keeper By Kathi Appelt Illustrated by August Hall Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781416950608 $16.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Books* Every time I set my mind to reviewing Keeper, the latest from Newbery-honor-winning author Kathi Appelt (The Underneath) my thoughts always seem to align in groups of three. I think I’ll keep it […]