Category Archives: New Book Reviews

January 05

Jubilee: The First Therapy Horse and an Olympic Dream by K T Johnston, illustrated by Anabella Ortiz – Review by Annette Bay Pimentel

What does it mean to have a disability? Sometimes disabilities are obvious to an onlooker—a wheelchair or a white cane signal “disability.” But many disabilities are silent. Kids in a class might never know that their fellow students live with disability. Jubilee: The First Therapy Horse and an Olympic Dream by K T Johnston, illustrated […]

December 08

Giving Thanks for Fry Bread by Trevor Scott Barton

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. “Wait, Mr Barton,” said my students. “You mean Christmas isn’t your favorite holiday? That’s when you get presents and stuff!” “Nope,” I said. I like the ‘Thanks’ and the ‘Giving’ parts of Thanksgiving. I like to say ‘thanks’ to all of the people who mean the world to me. And […]

April 27

New Book Review: The Wonder of the World Leaf by Summer Edward, Reviewed by Josh Hem Lee

The children’s picture book The Wonder of the World Leaf  is written by Summer Edward with illustrations by Sayada Ramdial. In the book, we follow the quest of Wygenia, a young girl who lives on the island of Trinidad. When her beloved Grannie falls ill, Wygenia determines to find a seemingly magical leaf called Wonder […]

January 04

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes – The Beginning of an Era – Review by Maggie Bokelman

I don’t recall any year as eagerly anticipated as 2021. But how to celebrate?  Parties are out—at least, the usual sort.  And while virtual gatherings have their merits, we’re all a bit tired of screens. This might be the perfect year to ring in with poetry:  poetry that connects and inspires us; poetry that pays […]

August 24

THE ASSIGNMENT by Liza Wiemer: MAKE HISTORY – SPEAK UP! – Book Review by Aliza Werner

The lie about history is that it remains in the past.   History is persistent and if left unattended, or in untrustworthy hands, it has the potential to breathe new life into its darkest, deadliest disasters. History is a shapeshifter. It hopes you do not recognize a wolf in sheep’s clothing, or war disguised as […]

July 27

All The Stars for Levine Querido by Maggie Bokelman

In January, back in the Age of Handshakes and Hugs, I was hunting and gathering ARCs at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Not long before that, I’d been reduced to accepting an ARC called . . . drumroll . . . Cooking With Tinned Fish from NetGalley after convincing myself that, hey, […]

February 28

Audiobooks & 2020 ALA Youth Media Awards by Robin Whitten & Emily Connelly

Every year, we’re excited to see the winners of the American Library Association youth media awards—announced in January—and especially to celebrate the audiobook winners and audiobook versions of print winners. The 2020 Odyssey Award for the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults went to Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My […]

January 14

The Sowing Circle by Alice Faye Duncan, Tameka Fryer Brown, Kelly Starling Lyons and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Thanks so much for hosting us on the Nerdy Book Club. The Sowing Circle is a collective of four Black women children’s book creators – Alice Faye Duncan, Tameka Fryer Brown, Kelly Starling Lyons and Vanessa Brantley-Newton, whose mission is to sow words and images into the hearts of children. We hope people […]

January 08

Finding Happiness and other Emotions in Reading by Carrie Rodusky

“If you are afraid, sad, tired, or lonely if you feel lost or strange if you crave stories and adventure, and the magic possibility of a forest path -this book is for you” The above lines are taken from the opening pages of Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand.  What an important way to […]

December 20

Books My Fifth Graders Are Reading On Winter Break by Colby Sharp

The two week break that I get each year in the winter is one of the most magical reading times of the year. I love sitting next to our Christmas tree with a cup of coffee and a great book. We spend a lot of time in my fifth grade classroom getting ready for two […]