Children’s Literature

George, by Alex Gino: An Introduction to Young Transgender Life

George, by Alex Gino: An Introduction to Young Transgender Life

Cindy: I was in the middle of reading George (2015), by Alex Gino, when a rising sixth-grader visited my house. She saw the book on my table and exclaimed, “Oh, I love that book. It is sooooo good.” So I solicited a written review from Rachael King, daughter of Kalamazoo Public Library’s Kevin King, to […]

Figs and Pigs: Two Picture Books about the Tasty Things That Grow on Trees

Figs and Pigs: Two Picture Books about the Tasty Things That Grow on Trees

Cindy: Our summer fun blog series is wrapping up even though we are not ready, but harvest season is right around the corner along with the start of school. (Some of you started a week or more ago . . . ACK!) I have read Rosario’s Fig Tree (2015) a number of times since receiving […]

Even More Back-to-School Picture Books to Help Kids Feel Ready
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Even More Back-to-School Picture Books to Help Kids Feel Ready

For the August issue of Booklist, I pulled together a list of (mostly) recent back-to-school picture books in “That Back-to-School Feeling,” but it barely scraped the surface of what’s out there. So, guess what? I’ve got even more for you! Get out your #2 pencils—it’s time to take some notes! ABC School’s for Me!, by […]

Amazing Pop-Up Books for All Ages

Amazing Pop-Up Books for All Ages

Cindy: Pop-up books amaze and delight and sometimes inspire challenging crafting. I have an assortment of pop-up books in my middle school in the leisure-reading area and they are looked at daily. They make the best coffee-table books ever. Readers of all ages will be fascinated by the pop-up books we have for you today, starting […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

The narrator of today’s BTT, for The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones (Viking), really throws down the gauntlet: Mabel’s adventures are almost certainly too exciting, thrilling and terrifying for us. We shouldn’t even watch the trailer. Do you accept this obvious challenge? “Along with adventurous typography and comically melodramatic line drawings, the narrative is festooned […]

Going Postal: Jeff Garvin, Kathleen Hale, Margaret Wise Brown, and Angelica Banks

Going Postal: Jeff Garvin, Kathleen Hale, Margaret Wise Brown, and Angelica Banks

We get so many books at Booklist that a bulldozer simply comes by every afternoon to dump them through a retractable football-stadium skylight into our mail room. Going Postal is where I pull a few things from the newest batch that catch my jaded eye. ⇒ Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (Feb. 2016). Though I was first grabbed by the […]

In Mary’s Garden & The Slippers’ Keeper: Picture Books Celebrating Those Who Really SEE the World

In Mary’s Garden & The Slippers’ Keeper: Picture Books Celebrating Those Who Really SEE the World

Cindy: Just about everyone has picked up a seashell or a piece of driftwood or sea glass while walking on the beach. Yet how many of us would recognize a “marvelous creature” washed up on the beach, if it was only “just a little piece of him?” In their picture-book biography, In Mary’s Garden (2015), Tina […]

5 Picture Books Star This Summer’s Most Popular Pest–The Fly

5 Picture Books Star This Summer’s Most Popular Pest–The Fly

Lynn: The weather this summer really has been amazing. But even those of us in beautiful, temperate West Michigan will acknowledge there exists the occasional fly in the ointment—well, flies anyway, ointment or not. In the interest of presenting all sides of summer, the good and the not-so-good, here are some books that feature that […]

A Fine Picture Book for a Fine Dessert

A Fine Picture Book for a Fine Dessert

Lynn: For me, one of the great joys of summer is the luscious, sun-ripened fruit now appearing at our farmer’s market. While my favorite are the heavenly peaches, berries are a close second. Cooks through the ages have loved berries, and thanks to the talented Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall, we have a new way […]

Appreciating Wildlife with Ted and Betsy Lewin

Appreciating Wildlife with Ted and Betsy Lewin

Lynn: For many of us, summer is a chance to travel. I love to travel, but if I can’t, I will happily read about someone else’s adventures. Here’s a fabulous new book that will scratch that travel itch just by reading it: How to Babysit a Leopard: And other True Stories from Our Travels across […]