Tag: picture books

Challenging Injustice with MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP

Challenging Injustice with MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP

Lynn: What does it take to end oppression and injustice? Many of us would suggest the inspiration of an exceptional leader, but I believe in the bravery and determination of ordinary people. Alice Fay Duncan’s moving picture book, Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 (2018), is a prime example. Duncan bases her book […]

RESCUE AND JESSICA: A Picture-Book Story of Love and Courage

RESCUE AND JESSICA: A Picture-Book Story of Love and Courage

Lynn: Married only a year, runners Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were badly injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Both lost limbs and, in the dark days that followed, Jessica endured many surgeries as doctors fought to save her remaining foot and leg. Then a black lab service dog, Rescue, came into their lives. […]

Two Wild-Animal Picture Books Reassure Young Readers

Two Wild-Animal Picture Books Reassure Young Readers

Cindy: We recently discovered two stunning picture books, both from small presses, featuring jungle animals and stories that read like modern folktales. One is Lantana Press’ You’re Safe With Me (2018), by Chitra Soundar & Poonam Mistry. Thank you, Lerner, for distributing this gorgeous picture book in the U. S. and Canada. I was drawn […]

Back to School for the Picture Book Set

Back to School for the Picture Book Set

Lynn: Shhhhh! I’m whispering this because I KNOW how Cindy hates to be reminded that the S-word is just a month away. Even though I’m retired from my school job, I still hate the idea of summer slipping away, but I want to give you all plenty of time to get these new school-related picture […]

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. […]