Tag: all ages

THE STUFF OF STARS: A Truly Stellar Collaboration

THE STUFF OF STARS: A Truly Stellar Collaboration

Lynn: Can a picture book take on the enormously complex concept of the big bang theory—the origin of all things—and do it well? I would have said no, but I know by now not to underestimate the talents and artistic mastery of those working in the picture-book world! In The Stuff of Stars (2018), author Marion […]

Losing a Pet: THE ROUGH PATCH

Losing a Pet: THE ROUGH PATCH

Cindy: Lynn found The Rough Patch (2018) by Brian Lies at our local public library and was hesitant to give it to me even though she liked it a lot. The story concerns a fox and his pet dog who did everything together: ate ice cream, listened to music, and went on adventures in the truck. […]

LIBRARY ON WHEELS: A Charming History of the Bookmobile

LIBRARY ON WHEELS: A Charming History of the Bookmobile

Cindy: Does your local library have a bookmobile? If so, do you know who to thank? Mary Lemist Titcomb is credited with launching the very first bookmobile—a horse-drawn wagon—made for the Washington County Free Library in Maryland in April 1905. In  Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile (2018), Sharlee Glenn rolls out its […]

Exciting 2018 Youth Books: Ready, Set, GO!

Exciting 2018 Youth Books: Ready, Set, GO!

Lynn: Forget the Julian, the Mayan, and even the Fiscal calendars. For Cindy and me, the calendar year runs from ALA Midwinter Meetings to Midwinter Meetings. We are just back, loaded with exciting new 2018 books, and ready to read them. It’s going to be a great year for youth books, trust me! Here are […]

The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler

Cindy: The blue hour happens twice a day, at dawn and dusk, and is treasured by artists for its exceptional quality of light. I treasure Isabelle Simler’s The Blue Hour because it’s a gorgeous new picture book from France by an author / illustrator who takes full advantage of that magical time. The endpapers set the scene […]

To Err is Divine: THE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken

To Err is Divine: THE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken

Lynn: “It started with one mistake.” For many kids, a mistake means crumpling a piece of paper and starting over, but in The Book of Mistakes (2017), Corinna Luyken’s debut picture book about the creative process, a mistake leads to something truly brilliant. From an ink blot on the front endpaper to a splotch on the title […]

The Real Story from MRS. WHITE RABBIT

The Real Story from MRS. WHITE RABBIT

Lynn: Alice in Wonderland fans all remember the White Rabbit in his waistcoat, holding his pocket watch, and muttering about being late. Did you ever wonder what was actually going on?  Gilles Bachelet steps up to reveal the real story in Mrs. White Rabbit (2017), a shocking revelation of the facts behind the public figure. That’s […]

THE SECRET PROJECT: Building the Atomic Bomb for Kids

THE SECRET PROJECT: Building the Atomic Bomb for Kids

Cindy: The shadowy deeds in the 1940s New Mexico desert that culminated in “the gadget”— the world’s first atomic bomb—come hauntingly to life in Jonah and Jeanette Winter’s The Secret Project (2017). The book’s opening images of boys at play in a remote school juxtaposed with the closed, silent school that will become the headquarters of the titular secret project cast an ominous […]

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: A Poetry Book You’ll Want to Own

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: A Poetry Book You’ll Want to Own

Cindy: Yes, of course you need another seasonal poetry collection in your classroom, library, or home, especially when that collection is as special as Julie Fogliano’s When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons (2016). Recently, we raved about Firefly July, and I always keep Trina Schart Hyman’s illustrated version of A Child’s Calendar (1999) by John Updike at the […]

Healthy Food Can Be Fun: Bill & Claire Wurtzel’s Artistic Approach to Eating

Healthy Food Can Be Fun: Bill & Claire Wurtzel’s Artistic Approach to Eating

Cindy: Apparently Bill Wurtzel never heard that you weren’t supposed to play with your food . . . or he is just a rebel at heart. What started as a way to amuse his wife has turned into art and a couple of books. The latest is Funny Food Made Easy (2016) and it encourages […]