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Hippos Are Huge in Picture Books

Hippos Are Huge in Picture Books

Lynn: I love my job! Seriously—sometimes I am just awed by the amazing books being created for young readers these days. Take nonfiction for example: gorgeous, fascinating, perfectly attuned to children’s developmental levels, packed with information and just plain fun. Jonathan London’s terrific Hippos Are Huge! (2015) is a perfect example of just how outrageously […]

A Picture Book Looks a Modern Issue in the Eye

A Picture Book Looks a Modern Issue in the Eye

Lynn: The story Eve Bunting tells in Yard Sale (2015) is one that many young readers will recognize and relate to. Callie’s family is moving to a small apartment and almost everything they own is spread out in front of the house for a yard sale. Callie and her friend don’t understand why she has to […]

Real Boys, and Everyone Else, Should Read This Funny Book

Real Boys, and Everyone Else, Should Read This Funny Book

Lynn: Seventeen-year-old Ben Fletcher’s life is one big tangle in T. S. Easton’s British import Boys Don’t Knit (In Public) (2015). Analytical, responsible, and a world-class worrier, Ben is a good kid but lately everything has gone wrong. Reluctantly pulled into a shoplifting scheme as a lookout by his friends, Ben is the one caught and […]

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A Shaggy Dog Story Worth Reading Again and Again

A Shaggy Dog Story Worth Reading Again and Again

Cindy: A new twist on the old “My dog ate my homework” excuse is found in Julia Sarcone-Roach‘s sly picture book The Bear Ate Your Sandwich (2015). An unreliable narrator explains that yes, your sandwich is gone. But the real story is how that sandwich went missing: “It all started with the bear.”  And so unfolds a story […]

April Is Coming! New Poetry Books for Kids

April Is Coming! New Poetry Books for Kids

Lynn and Cindy:  Yes, it is still March. But April is Poetry Month and it is coming FAST! Here are some brand new, beautiful poetry books to add to your collections. Get them while there’s still time! The Maine Coon’s Haiku and Other Poems for Cat Lovers (2015), by Michael Rosen. Poet and cat lover, […]

The Beautiful Journey of Thanhha Lai’s Listen, Slowly

The Beautiful Journey of Thanhha Lai’s Listen, Slowly

Lynn: The sassy, courageous heroine of Thanhhà Lai’s Newbery Honor book Inside Out & Back Again (2011) won a lot of hearts, including mine. I was excited to hear about her new book, Listen, Slowly (2015), and now having read it I can tell you it’s worth getting excited about. This story is told in prose instead of […]

What’s with the Underwear in Picture Books?

What’s with the Underwear in Picture Books?

Lynn: So what’s with the underwear in picture books recently? Last year saw the publication of Veggies with Wedgies (2014), by Todd H. Doodler, and this year brings even more. Duh—why am I even ASKING that question? Underwear makes kids giggle, that’s why. The good news is that we have not one, but two, really fun picture […]

Joshua Jay’s Big Magic for Little Hands

Joshua Jay’s Big Magic for Little Hands

Cindy: Magic books are popular in one of my middle schools because we have a magician on staff! Mr. Huber runs a magic club during his lunch break and his enthusiasm is contagious. When I saw Joshua Jay’s new book Big Magic for Little Hands (Workman, 2015) I was eager to get my librarian hands […]

Basketball Book Madness in March

Basketball Book Madness in March

Cindy: It’s March. That means a basketball post (or three) from Bookends. Faithful readers will know that Lynn and I cheer on our Big Ten teams this time of year … she the Purdue Boilermakers, and me the Indiana Hoosiers. My team can shoot threes and drive inside but we’ve sure had our ups and […]

Farewell Sir Terry Pratchett

Farewell Sir Terry Pratchett

Cindy and Lynn: We are verklempt. Sir Terry Pratchett is no longer with us and we don’t want to let go. Terry once said, “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go.” Some people are taking him at his word and there is a petition circulating that asks Death […]

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