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Hot Dog! Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with Picture Books

Hot Dog! Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with Picture Books

I love only two things in this world: books and hot dogs (and cults and cats and caftans and my friends and family, but who’s counting?). National Hot Dog Day provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate both. The noble tube steak is given its due in the following children’s books, linked to their excerpted Booklist […]

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Reviews of the Week with Eoin Colfer, Jill Lepore, Nie Jun, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Eoin Colfer, Jill Lepore, Nie Jun, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 9–13 below.   Monday, July 9  Illegal, by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano Ten-year-old Ebo and his older brother, Kwame, endure a harrowing […]

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Giraffe v. Balloon: NECK & NECK

Giraffe v. Balloon: NECK & NECK

Cindy: I didn’t even have to open this book before I started laughing. The cover art will catch the eyes of young readers and let them know there is some humorous, I mean serious competition in store. Neck & Neck (2018) by Elise Parsley features Leopold, everyone’s favorite animal at the zoo—that is, until a […]

Summer Food Picture Books

Summer Food Picture Books

Lynn and Cindy: Yum! There’s nothing like the wonderful flavors of summer food fresh from the garden or the farmer’s market. We have three new picture books celebrating this seasonal bounty and the fun of markets and gardens. Bon appetit!     Summer Supper, by Rubin Pfeffer This joyful farm-to-table story follows the process of creating […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Picture Books and Graphic Novels and Book Discussions

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Picture Books and Graphic Novels and Book Discussions

The July issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 278 new reviews and 10 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for […]

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Hooray for Super Silliness! A Trio of Goofy Picture Books

Hooray for Super Silliness! A Trio of Goofy Picture Books

Lynn: Sometimes you just want silliness! No lessons, no moral to the story, just a fun, goofy book. Here are some picture books guaranteed to get the giggles going.       A Couch for Llama, by Leah Gilbert This is a ridiculously funny story that begs to be reexamined and laughed at again and again. […]

Koko the Gorilla: an Essential Bibliography

Koko the Gorilla: an Essential Bibliography

Koko the Gorilla has died. According to my Facebook feed, every 30- and 40-something I know is devastated. I’m devastated. She was such a beautiful and gentle and brilliant creature. Like so many of us, she was a cat lady. Like not so many of us, she got to know celebrities. She taught children (and […]

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ANYBODY’S GAME: Girls and Baseball

ANYBODY’S GAME: Girls and Baseball

Lynn: Girls don’t play baseball. It’s impossible to know how often girls yearning to play the national sport have heard that phrase. Well, girls do play baseball, and they have played as far back as the 1890s. Here are two wonderful new books, set in the 1950s, that take on this very subject. In the middle-grade […]

2018 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners

2018 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners

In case you missed it—we sure did!—this year’s Ezra Jack Keats Awards were announced earlier this month. Aimed “to recognize and encourage emerging talent in the field of children’s books,” the award honors one new author and one new illustrator every year. Derrick Barnes won the New Writer Award for Crown: Ode to a Fresh […]

Don’t Bite Your Classmates (or Worse)

Don’t Bite Your Classmates (or Worse)

Lynn: Small children have so many things to learn, and dealing with frustration and anger is one of them. As parents and teachers know to their sorrow, some toddlers resort to chomping the object of their ire. It’s a tough problem, and when I read a book recently that addressed biting, I told Cindy I […]