Tag: Gr. 4-7

ANIMAL ARK: Photos and Poems to Inspire Action

ANIMAL ARK: Photos and Poems to Inspire Action

Lynn: What do you get when you put an award-winning photographer and a Newbery Award-winning author together? When the photographer is Joel Sartore, longtime National Geographic contributor and creator of the Photo Ark project, and the author is the novelist and poet Kwame Alexander, the result is a glorious celebration of our world’s wild creatures. Animal […]

SOMEDAY BIRDS: A Wild Ride

SOMEDAY BIRDS: A Wild Ride

Lynn: Many of us hate change, but 12-year-old Charlie really hates it. The Someday Birds (2017) by Sally J. Pla begins with Charlie’s widowed father, who suffered a head wound in Afghanistan, being transferred from San Diego to a hospital in Virginia to undergo a new treatment. And so Charlie finds himself on a cross-country road […]

A Welcome New Voice: AMINA’S VOICE

A Welcome New Voice: AMINA’S VOICE

Lynn: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing recently announced a new imprint, Salaam Reads.  Their mission: “to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works.” It couldn’t come at a better time. The first book […]

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Boring, Illinois is Anything But in THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE

Boring, Illinois is Anything But in THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE

Cindy: Hang on to your soccer ball and watch out for wild boars. . . have we got an adventure for you! Keir Graff’s new middle-grade novel, The Matchstick Castle (2017) is pure, wacky fun. [Editor’s note: Keir is both the executive editor of Booklist and the editor emeritus of The Booklist Reader.]  Protagonist Brian’s summer […]

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 […]

Falling for Gertie

Falling for Gertie

Lynn:  It’s been quite a while since I’ve fallen as hard for a character as I’ve fallen for Gertie Reece Foy! She bounced off the pages of Kate Beasley’s debut novel, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness (2016), and right into my heart. Gertie is a force of nature: exuberant, loud, and confident. And she’s a girl […]

How to Build a Museum

How to Build a Museum

Lynn: The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors in September 2016. It’d been a long time coming—100 years since the idea of a “Monument at the Capital in Honor of the Negro Soldiers and Sailors Who Fought in the Wars of our Country,” was proposed by the National Memorial Association […]

THE POET’S DOG: A Love Story

THE POET’S DOG: A Love Story

Lynn: I was always the smallest child in my class. “The best things come in small packages,” my father used to say to reassure me. That just happens to be the perfect aphorism to describe Patricia MacLachlan’s new book, The Poet’s Dog (2016). As small as a beginning reader and with MacLachlan’s trademark simple sentences, this book packs an […]

Finding a Voice: Karen Harrington’s MAYDAY

Finding a Voice: Karen Harrington’s MAYDAY

Lynn: Every teacher and librarian knows a kid like Wayne Kovok. He spouts trivia about every topic you can think of—and many that you can’t. He uses it as a a defense tactic. “A fact is like a shield,” he reflects. “You can hide behind it. Then you can make a run for it if you need […]

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Peter Brown’s ‘The Wild Robot’

Peter Brown’s ‘The Wild Robot’

Cindy: One of the most popular titles in recent years with my incoming 6th graders is Katherine Applegate’s Newbery winner The One and Only Ivan. I’ve found a good read- alike for his fans:  Just as Ivan showed us something about what it means to be human, Roz, the robot in Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot (2016), […]