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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 […]

Review: Is Mommy? by Victoria Chang

Is Mommy? By Victoria Chang Illustrated by Marla Frazee Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781481402927 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Rarely do I read something and think, “Wait. You can do that in a picture book?” But that was exactly my experience reading Is […]

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón

Draw! By Raúl Colón Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442494923 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Bullish times for wordless picture books, eh? Whereas in the past it seemed there were illustrators who focused specifically on books without words (Barbara Lehman comes to mind), now more than ever it […]

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Ehlert

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life By Lois Ehlert Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442435711 $17.99 Grades K-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If you’re thinking of challenging an illustrator to an autobiography-off, just don’t. Oh, you already did it? Look, there’s no shame in bending […]

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 […]

Review: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

Baby Bear Sees Blue By Ashley Wolff Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442413061 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The goal of a concept book is clear – teach colors or numbers or shapes or any other basic concept that kids need to […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2012

It’s back to the future with this roundup of 10 summer releases that threaten to pull me away from my other favorite warm weather activity – consuming Oreo blizzards. Not a simple feat. June, July, and August – let’s see what you’ve got… Fiction Bink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, […]

10 Fiction Picture Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012

2012 may go down as the year of the picture book sequel. Aside from the Mo Willems offering I mention below, expect sequels to The Dunderheads, I Must Have Bobo, LMNO Peas, Say Hello to Zorro, Oh No!, Dinotrux, A Pet for Petunia and a whole bunch more. Borrowing heavily (see: stealing) from A Fuse […]

Review: Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson

Leap Back Home to Me By Lauren Thompson Illustrated by Matthew Cordell McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781416906643 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores Look, I love subversive. I’m a fan of unorthodox. I dig meta. This century’s picture books have been kind to my tastes, with craziness around every corner. But it seems that […]

Review: Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich

Say Hello to Zorro! Carter Goodrich Simon & Schuster ISBN: 978146938934 Grades K-2 In Stores Just like adults, kids are creatures of habit. Ask a substitute teacher what happens when they deviate from the normal schedule with a classroom full of first graders. Sticking to a routine is great, but being flexible is also important. […]

Review: Balancing Act by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Balancing Act By Ellen Stoll Walsh Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442407572 Grades PreK-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Review copy from library. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

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 […]