Tag: dare to dream

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Cindy: I have a faithful following of middle schools girls who love folktale retellings. Most of them are more familiar with the Grimm stories (or stories that Disney films have undertaken–commentary on that topic is available elsewhere online) than with traditional Scandinavian tales. When I introduce them to Edith Pattou’s East or Jessica Day George’s […]

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew

Cindy: The Green Turtle superhero in The Shadow Hero (First Second 2014) is in third place for me, behind superheroes Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, the creators of yet another fabulous graphic novel for teens. Yang is no stranger to illuminating Asian history and culture through engaging graphic storytelling and this book is no […]

The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

Cindy: Books that encourage creativity are always a favorite of mine and I’ve been a fan of Lois Ehlert since I read Planting a Rainbow again and again when my children were little. My father used to pass the winter months planning his garden and looking at seed catalogs and I spend mine looking at […]

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell

Cindy: Picture book biographies are all the rage in the publishing world and Josephine (Chronicle 2014) is one that our middle school book club members are passing around with enthusiasm. They have no idea who Josephine Baker was but after they read this we’ve dug out some longer biographies and they’ve enjoyed seeing photographs of […]

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Lynn:  I have struggled to figure out how to begin a post on This Song Will Save Your Life (Farrar 2013) because there is so much that I enjoyed about it:  the unusual setting, the instantly engaging voice of the main character, the dialogue, the multi-faceted characters, the music.  I love them all but I […]

Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace

Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace

Lynn:  There’s nothing I love more than an underdog story and Sandra Neil Wallace has given us a terrific one in Muckers (Random/Knopf 2013).  While researching another story about Jerome, Arizona, Wallace came across a box containing, among other things, letters from past students to Lewis McDonald, the much-loved principal of the Jerome high school.  […]

March, Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

March, Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Lynn:  This has been terrific summer for graphic novel fans.  I’m happy to write about another especially noteworthy book that published Aug. 13th, March, Book One (Top Shelf 2013) written by the Civil Rights hero, now Congressman John Lewis, his aid Andrew Aydin and Eisner-winning artist Nate Powell.  This is the story of Lewis’ early […]

Batter Up!

Batter Up!

Lynn:  Batter Up!  Baseball season is underway and to add to the fun for young fans, we have two wonderful new picture books.  Leading off is You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! (Random/Schwartz & Wade 2013) by Jonah Winter.  This is a book in motion from the dynamic cover to the exuberant text that seems […]

Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone

Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone

Lynn:  It was one of those shining moments in history when “the first Negro enlisted man accepted for the airborne forces…and the first officer” met.  They were the start of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, the first black paratroopers in our nation’s history created in the midst of the dark days of WWII.  Tanya Stone […]

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

Lynn:  It isn’t basketball season as I write this but basketball fans won’t care AND it has taken me all this time to finally get my hands on The Final Four (Penguin/Viking 2012).  It was worth the wait though and this is a book that will never stay long on your shelves once the sports […]