Tag: Gr. 2-4

Stars in Their Eyes: Two Space-y Picture Book Biographies

Stars in Their Eyes: Two Space-y Picture Book Biographies

Cindy: True confession: I’m not a Trekkie. But everybody knows Spock, even those who’ve never watched the Star Trek television series. I was familiar with Spock’s signature Vulcan salute, but I didn’t know that Leonard Nimoy created it when he rejected the idea, during filming, of using a traditional handshake. The shape originates from Jewish […]

Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Cindy: Well, I’ll be skunked! When Lynn shared a copy of the first volume in Jacqueline Kelly’s new Calpurnia Tate: Girl Vet series. I was dubious. While I adore Kelly’s original stories, I fretted this new series, aimed at younger readers, would pale in comparison. I needn’t have worried—Skunked! is delightful. Callie Vee tells the story […]

CLOTH LULLABY: Louise Bourgeois for Kids

CLOTH LULLABY: Louise Bourgeois for Kids

Cindy: Early last year, when I first heard about a forthcoming picture book biography of artist Louise Bourgeois, I wasn’t sure what to think. An abstract expressionist best known for giant spider sculptures and frank sexual themes seemed like an odd choice for a kids’ book; Sarah Hunter noted as much in her starred Booklist review of […]

A POEM FOR PETER Thanks Ezra Jack Keats

A POEM FOR PETER Thanks Ezra Jack Keats

Lynn: This story, my children, begins long ago when I was taking my very first library science class, Introduction to Literature for Children. We were required to read and take notes on a multitude of books during the semester and I was eagerly beginning my work with the picture books list. And there he was, […]

Creepy, But Not Too: THE CREEPY CASE FILES OF MARGO MALOO

Creepy, But Not Too: THE CREEPY CASE FILES OF MARGO MALOO

Lynn: Some kids just don’t like scary or creepy! A physically fearless six-year-old member of our focus group falls into this category; he markedly dislikes scary movies and scary books. So, on a recent visit, I was quite surprised to learn his first choice out of my ever-present book bag was The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo (2016) by Drew […]

After the Series: Character-Driven Baseball Books for Youth

After the Series: Character-Driven Baseball Books for Youth

Here in Chicago, students and teachers are still recovering from the World Series—among other things. Although I loved watching the playoffs this year, historically, I’ve preferred to experience baseball in book form. Growing up, baseball was the family sport. Hence, I’ve read my way through literally hundreds of baseball games, from t-ball to coach pitch to high school […]

How This Book Was Made

How This Book Was Made

Cindy: Metafiction for young children can be hit or miss, but Mac Barnett and Adam Rex have a solid hit with How This Book Was Made. They take a humorous look at the bookmaking process, from the inspiration, which can come at odd times (see the illustration of Barnett arm-wrestling a tiger) to the moment when the book […]

Suffragette City: Two Picture Books about Women Getting the Vote

Suffragette City: Two Picture Books about Women Getting the Vote

Lynn: Nell Richardson and Alice Burke left New York City on April 6, 1916, in a little yellow runabout armed with a typewriter, a sewing machine, and a trunk “bursting with useful things.” Their journey, told in Mara Rockliff’s buoyant picture book, Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles (2016) […]

Miss Mary Reporting: A Middle-Grade Biography of Pioneering Sportswriter Mary Garber

Miss Mary Reporting: A Middle-Grade Biography of Pioneering Sportswriter Mary Garber

Lynn: Reading for Bookends is a very humbling job. I am always finding books about subjects I know nothing about—but should! Pioneering female sportswriter Mary Ellen Garber is a prime example. Thankfully, there’s Miss Mary Reporting: the True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber (2016) by Sue Macy. Born in 1916, Mary Ellen Garber loved sports. Much to her […]

Animal Rescue Picture Books

Animal Rescue Picture Books

Lynn and Cindy: There isn’t much more moving than a wonderful animal rescue story. Today, we bring you two picture books that are guaranteed to elicit a little moisture in even the driest of eyes. Prepare yourself for a cuteness surge! The latest entry in Suzi Eszterhas’ Wildlife Rescue series, Orangutan Orphanage (2016), features one heart-melting […]