Tag: picture books

Transgender Pride, Literally: 11 Titles by #OwnVoices Authors and More

Transgender Pride, Literally: 11 Titles by #OwnVoices Authors and More

Happy final Friday of Pride Month. Wow . . . that went by quickly! I have 25 (no lie!) more books on, under, next to, and all around my desk that I will not be covering here, which is actually a good thing, because that’s proof that twenty-first-century titles by and about the transgender and […]

Are We Alone in the Universe? A Picture-Book Explanation of the Search for Exoplanets

Are We Alone in the Universe? A Picture-Book Explanation of the Search for Exoplanets

Lynn: Is there other life in the universe? People have been looking up at the night sky and asking this question for thousands of years. Today, scientists are actively engaged in finding answers to this intriguing puzzle and making exciting discoveries at an extraordinary pace. Curtis Manley explores this fascinating subject in Just Right: Searching […]

Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

Cindy: The nature artist Gwen Frostic (1906-2001) is a Michigan treasure, so when Lynn found her new picture-book biography, Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story, (2018) at the public library, I was delighted. Frostic was born in the thumb of Michigan’s mitten-shaped lower peninsula but eventually settled on the other side of the state, in the woods of […]

Find Adventure at the Art Museum in These Two Picture Books

Find Adventure at the Art Museum in These Two Picture Books

Lynn: Art museums are magical places! These two picture books from 2018 take that idea and use it to spin imaginative tales. The first is Raúl Colón’s delightful Imagine (2018). In this wordless story, a young boy leaves a drab area of his city to visit the Museum of Modern Art. As he carefully observes three […]

The Latest Booklist: Editors’ Choice, 2018

The Latest Booklist: Editors’ Choice, 2018

Happy New Year from Booklist! After months of toiling over the selection of the year’s best books, we can finally reveal the January 1 & 15 Editors’ Choice issue, which features editor-selected best-of lists for adult books, books for youth, adult books for young adults, audio for adults, and audio for youth. Also featured are our annual […]

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MAPPING SAM: Creating a New Generation of Map Enthusiasts

MAPPING SAM: Creating a New Generation of Map Enthusiasts

Lynn: Don’t get me wrong, I love having maps on my phone and a GPS in my car. Using these tools, we’ve managed to easily locate rental apartments in the twisting, narrow streets of many a small village instead of wandering around lost! There is a downside to electronic dependence, however. I clearly remember our […]

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 […]

This All-of-a-Kind Family Picture Book Is a Gift to Readers

This All-of-a-Kind Family Picture Book Is a Gift to Readers

Lynn: I’m not usually one to gush nostalgically, but Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky have me doing just that. Their new picture book, All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah (2018), is a joyous celebration of both the holiday and one of my all time favorite series. As a child, I adored Sydney Taylor’s original All-of-a-Kind Family books […]

Understanding Immigration and the Refugee Experience through Picture Books

Understanding Immigration and the Refugee Experience through Picture Books

Lynn: How do we talk to children about refugees, immigrants, and all the related issues dominating the news? It seems to us a large number of adults don’t even understand the horrifying situations that have forced masses of desperate people to flee their homelands—so how can we help young people understand this serious issue while […]

Picture Books about Night Jobs Make Dreamy Bedtime Stories

Picture Books about Night Jobs Make Dreamy Bedtime Stories

Lynn: Shhhh! Nestle in for two sweet bedtime stories that tell tales of people and places most children seldom see. There is something so special about a school after everyone has gone home, and Karen Hesse captures this quiet magic perfectly in Night Job (2018). On Friday nights a school custodian takes his young son with […]