Tag: picture books

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 […]

Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Lynn: In the winter, it is especially good to be a librarian! We have to look ahead and buy spring books, so they’ll be here when the crocuses pop and the first baby birds hatch. At the top of my spring picture books list this year? Egg, by the masterful Kevin Henkes. Perhaps there is nobody better at […]

Sensory Overload for the Toddler Set: Rachel Isadora’s I HEAR A PICKLE

Sensory Overload for the Toddler Set: Rachel Isadora’s I HEAR A PICKLE

Lynn: I have been hanging out with a three-year-old lately (the youngest member of our focus group), and he has reminded what an interesting age three is. He and his cohort are observant, experimental, energetic, and capable of surprising focus when something interests them. They’ve moved beyond board books and love picture books with well-demarcated illustrations, sound effects, […]

Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books

Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books

Lynn: The youngest members of our focus group members (pictured below) are now six and three. Like the other three boys in the group, they have strong opinions! Here are their 2016 favorites of the many we’ve read together this year. I added three more titles at the end that are personal favorites of mine. 1 […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Not Quite Narwhal

In what’s quite possibly our cutest BTT to date, Kelp the narwhal happily sleeps in a clam and swims with his friends…but is he really a narwhal? Kelp has always felt different from his peers, despite their inclusiveness; although he shares their characteristic horn, he has four legs instead of fins and needs a helmet […]

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Bookends Favorites 2016: Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA

Bookends Favorites 2016: Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA

Cindy: I managed to keep my list to ten titles this year, a miracle, really. It helps that I can rest easy knowing that other personal favorites are appearing on Lynn’s lists. It’s always hard to pick just a small number as so many books become favorites for different reasons. The Twelve Days of Dash […]

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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, […]

Reviews of the Week: Sara Zarr, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Mull, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Sara Zarr, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Mull, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from December 12 through 16 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.     Monday, December 12 Dad and the Dinosaur, by Gennifer Choldenko Newbery Honor Book author Choldenko […]

Two Stowaways in Santa’s Sleigh

Two Stowaways in Santa’s Sleigh

 Cindy: Slipper the cat is curious about a nighttime visitor to her house, Mr. Furry Boots, who has nice, soft ankles to rub and an inviting red bag to climb inside. Before you know it, Slipper is on her way to the North Pole, where Ms. Furry Boots “lets the cat out of the bag.” […]