• CHILDREN'S

    THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

    JAN. 17, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

by Katherine Applegate illustrated by Patricia Castelao

Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author’s note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    EXTRA YARN

    JAN. 17, 2012

CHILDREN'S

EXTRA YARN

by Mac Barnett & illustrated by Jon Klassen

A quiet story of sharing with no strings attached. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GEORGIA IN HAWAII

    FEB. 27, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL

    SEPT. 4, 2012

CHILDREN'S

BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL

by Philip C. Stead & illustrated by Erin E. Stead

The Steads’ work adopts a folkloric approach to cooperative relationships; the affectionately rendered animals that stand in... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    EAST DRAGON, WEST DRAGON

    JAN. 3, 2012

CHILDREN'S

EAST DRAGON, WEST DRAGON

by Robyn Eversole illustrated by Scott Campbell

This primer on friendship wrapped in hijinks is paced for maximum pleasure. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WE MARCH

    JAN. 17, 2012

CHILDREN'S

WE MARCH

by Shane W. Evans & illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Share with readers of all ages as a beautiful message about peaceful protest and purposeful action. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    A STICK IS AN EXCELLENT THING

    FEB. 27, 2012

CHILDREN'S

A STICK IS AN EXCELLENT THING

by Marilyn Singer & illustrated by LeUyen Pham

A thrilling integration of verse and image, motivating all to serious fun. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    AND THEN IT'S SPRING

    FEB. 14, 2012

CHILDREN'S

AND THEN IT'S SPRING

by Julie Fogliano & illustrated by Erin E. Stead

This sweet seedling will undoubtedly take root and thrive. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    QUESTION BOY MEETS LITTLE MISS KNOW-IT-ALL

    FEB. 7, 2012

CHILDREN'S

QUESTION BOY MEETS LITTLE MISS KNOW-IT-ALL

by Peter Catalanotto & illustrated by Peter Catalanotto

Grown-ups beware. Youngsters might have their own questions and answers after this romp. (Picture book. 4-8) Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    STEP GENTLY OUT

    MARCH 13, 2012

CHILDREN'S

STEP GENTLY OUT

by Helen Frost & photographed by Rick Lieder

A dazzlingly poetic photo album of the insect world for tots on up. (Picture book. 2 & up) Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    Z IS FOR MOOSE

    MARCH 1, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    GREEN

    MARCH 27, 2012

CHILDREN'S

GREEN

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger & illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

In all, lovely, inventive, engrossing and interactive. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WHAT LITTLE BOYS ARE MADE OF

    APRIL 1, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BEETLE BOOK

    APRIL 3, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THE BEETLE BOOK

by Steve Jenkins & illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Otherwise, distinguished both as natural history and work of art. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HEROES OF THE SURF

    APRIL 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

HEROES OF THE SURF

by Elisa Carbone & illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Riveting reading, well-timed for the centennial of the Titanic’s sinking. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FISH HAD A WISH

    APRIL 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

FISH HAD A WISH

by Michael Garland & illustrated by Michael Garland

From the beaver’s coat to the tiger lily’s petals to the snakeskin, this fish tale is a keeper. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    OCEAN SUNLIGHT

    MAY 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

OCEAN SUNLIGHT

by Molly Bang ; Penny Chisholm & illustrated by Molly Bang

Readers will want to visit more than once to capture both the science and the abundant sense of celebration here. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HIDE & SEEK

    MAY 8, 2012

CHILDREN'S

HIDE & SEEK

by Il Sung Na & illustrated by Il Sung Na

Ready or not! Here comes a book worth finding. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CHLOE

    MAY 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

CHLOE

by Peter McCarty & illustrated by Peter McCarty

Beautifully benign illustrations conjure powerful familial feelings Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WATER SINGS BLUE

    APRIL 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

WATER SINGS BLUE

by Kate Coombs & illustrated by Meilo So

Share this admirable appreciation with a wide audience. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10) Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HOMER

    JUNE 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

HOMER

by Elisha Cooper & illustrated by Elisha Cooper

Soothing and satisfying; perfect for reading on the porch on a summer evening, preferably next to a dog. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    JIMMY THE GREATEST!

    MAY 15, 2012

CHILDREN'S

JIMMY THE GREATEST!

by Jairo Buitrago & illustrated by Rafael Yockteng & translated by Elisa Amado

Eye-opening inspiration in this unassuming import from Colombia. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    A HOME FOR BIRD

    JUNE 5, 2012

CHILDREN'S

A HOME FOR BIRD

by Philip C. Stead & illustrated by Philip C. Stead

A deeply satisfying story that speaks to the universal desires to be nurtured and to find a home. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BEACH FEET

    JUNE 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

BEACH FEET

by Kiyomi Konagaya & illustrated by Masamitsu Saito & translated by Yuki Kaneko

A quietly sublime depiction of a child at play by the sea. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DAY BY DAY

    JULY 10, 2012

CHILDREN'S

DAY BY DAY

by Susan Gal & illustrated by Susan Gal

A luminous celebration of family, food and home. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MOM, IT'S MY FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN!

    JULY 3, 2012

CHILDREN'S

MOM, IT'S MY FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN!

by Hyewon Yum & illustrated by Hyewon Yum

Yum has perfectly captured the emotional ups and downs of both parent and child in a visually expressive work that will... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    OH, NO!

    SEPT. 11, 2012

CHILDREN'S

OH, NO!

by Candace Fleming & illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Oh, yes! This is a terrific new picture book. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MOUSTERPIECE

    AUG. 21, 2012

CHILDREN'S

MOUSTERPIECE

by Jane Breskin Zalben & illustrated by Jane Breskin Zalben

The joyful clarity of both vision and execution thrills. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CAT TALE

    SEPT. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

CAT TALE

by Michael Hall & illustrated by Michael Hall

Smart and accessible, charming and witty, this is one for educators and adventurers alike. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE QUIET PLACE

    SEPT. 18, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THE QUIET PLACE

by Sarah Stewart & illustrated by David Small

A warm, gentle portrait of an immigrant’s isolation and the ways that creativity and a loving family can offer both a safe... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ISLAND

    SEPT. 18, 2012

CHILDREN'S

ISLAND

by Jason Chin & illustrated by Jason Chin

Another superb contribution to scientific literature by Chin. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MONSIEUR MARCEAU

    SEPT. 4, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    CASTLE

    SEPT. 18, 2012

CHILDREN'S

CASTLE

by David Macaulay with Sheila Keenan & illustrated by David Macaulay

And will a young scholar read it again and look for more? You bet—it’s great fuel for the imagination. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    PENNY AND HER DOLL

    SEPT. 1, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    YOU ARE STARDUST

    SEPT. 15, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    NEVER TRUST A TIGER

    SEPT. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

NEVER TRUST A TIGER

retold by Lari Don & illustrated by Melanie Williamson

An excellent addition to both the folk tale genre and the early-reader shelf. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    APPLESAUCE

    AUG. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

APPLESAUCE

by Klaas Verplancke & illustrated by Klaas Verplancke & translated by Helen Mixter

Reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are in its visual transformations and emotional intensity, but with a more present and... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ZOMBIE MAKERS

    OCT. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

ZOMBIE MAKERS

by Rebecca L. Johnson

Science writing at its grossest and best, though as the title (not to mention the blood-spattered pages) warns, not for the... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WHAT'S THE TIME, MR. WOLF?

    OCT. 2, 2012

CHILDREN'S

WHAT'S THE TIME, MR. WOLF?

by Debi Gliori ; illustrated by Debi Gliori

There is much to enjoy here, and the illustrations and allusions beg for repeat readings. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THIS IS NOT MY HAT

    OCT. 9, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    MAN FROM THE LAND OF FANDANGO

    OCT. 23, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    BOOT & SHOE

    OCT. 9, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    SQUEAK, RUMBLE, WHOMP! WHOMP! WHOMP!

    OCT. 9, 2012

CHILDREN'S

SQUEAK, RUMBLE, WHOMP! WHOMP! WHOMP!

by Wynton Marsalis & illustrated by Paul Rogers

Loud and clear, the creators show how tuning into everyday sounds can inspire music. Clap, clap, CLAP! (Picture Book. 3-7) Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DRUMMER BOY OF JOHN JOHN

    SEPT. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

DRUMMER BOY OF JOHN JOHN

by Mark Greenwood & illustrated by Frané Lessac

A joy to read. Play calypso music and celebrate! (author’s note, glossary and pronunciation guide, author’s sources)... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ELECTRIC BEN

    SEPT. 13, 2012

CHILDREN'S

ELECTRIC BEN

by Robert Byrd & illustrated by Robert Byrd

A work of breadth and energy, just like its subject; engaging and brimming with appeal for a wide audience. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DREAMING UP

    OCT. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

DREAMING UP

by Christy Hale & illustrated by Christy Hale

This extraordinary new picture book masterfully tackles the complex task of contextualizing seemingly complex architectural... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    COLD SNAP

    OCT. 9, 2012

CHILDREN'S

COLD SNAP

by Eileen Spinelli & illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

This may not be the most exciting or enthralling winter tale, but it is perfect for sharing during readers’ own cold... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CHARLEY'S FIRST NIGHT

    NOV. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

CHARLEY'S FIRST NIGHT

by Amy Hest & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Be forewarned: Youngsters will find Charley as irresistible as Henry does and will no doubt beg for puppies of their own. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SPIRIT SEEKER

    OCT. 23, 2012

CHILDREN'S

SPIRIT SEEKER

by Gary Golio & illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez

Lyrically narrated, resplendently illustrated, and deeply respectful of both subject and audience. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FIFTY CENTS AND A DREAM

    DEC. 4, 2012

CHILDREN'S

FIFTY CENTS AND A DREAM

by Jabari Asim & illustrated by Bryan Collier

An outstanding achievement and a life worthy of note. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE

    FEB. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE

by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano illustrated by Michael Carroll

Hole-y astronomy! (timeline, glossary, author’s note, bibliography, image credits, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12) Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WILD BOOK

    MARCH 20, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE

    JAN. 10, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Deza is one great heroine in her own right, a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CHUCK CLOSE: FACE BOOK

    APRIL 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

CHUCK CLOSE: FACE BOOK

by Chuck Close

Art lovers of all ages will revel in this vivid, wonderfully affecting book, which is almost as ingenious and memorable as... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SADIE AND RATZ

    MARCH 27, 2012

CHILDREN'S

SADIE AND RATZ

by Sonya Hartnett & illustrated by Ann James

A real slice of family life, the sweet with the bitter. (Fiction. 5-8) Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND FREDERICK DOUGLASS

    JUNE 19, 2012

CHILDREN'S

ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND FREDERICK DOUGLASS

by Russell Freedman

A marvel of history writing that makes complicated history clear and interesting. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    NOW

    JUNE 5, 2012

  • TEEN

    ON THE DAY I DIED

    JULY 10, 2012

TEEN

ON THE DAY I DIED

by Candace Fleming

Light on explicit grue but well endowed with macabre detail and leavening dashes of humor. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    IN A GLASS GRIMMLY

    SEPT. 27, 2012

CHILDREN'S

IN A GLASS GRIMMLY

by Adam Gidwitz

Not so much a set of retellings as a creative romp through traditional and tradition-based story-scapes, compulsively... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF JOHN SMITH, JR., AKA HOUDINI

    JAN. 24, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF JOHN SMITH, JR., AKA HOUDINI

by Peter Johnson

In the end, Houdini realizes that writing has changed him and altered his perspective on people and life. Readers will feel... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE CASE OF THE DEADLY DESPERADOS

    FEB. 16, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THE CASE OF THE DEADLY DESPERADOS

by Caroline Lawrence

A rich vein of wisdom runs through this highly entertaining, swashbuckling series debut. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE AMAZING HARRY KELLAR

    JUNE 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THE AMAZING HARRY KELLAR

by Gail Jarrow

Dozens of spectacular Kellar posters along with a dramatic book design nicely support this well-constructed look at a... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WE'VE GOT A JOB

    FEB. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

WE'VE GOT A JOB

by Cynthia Y. Levinson

Levinson builds her dramatic account around the experiences of four young arrestees—including a 9-year-old, two teenage... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    SON

    OCT. 2, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    ONE TIMES SQUARE

    SEPT. 6, 2012

CHILDREN'S

ONE TIMES SQUARE

by Joe McKendry & illustrated by Joe McKendry

Just like Times Square itself, the pages are filled to the brim. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY

    SEPT. 11, 2012

CHILDREN'S

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY

edited by J. Patrick Lewis

A spectacular collection—“And,” the editor notes with remarkable understatement, “the pictures are pretty nice too!”... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WONDER

    FEB. 14, 2012

CHILDREN'S

WONDER

by R.J. Palacio

A memorable story of kindness, courage and wonder. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    COLD CEREAL

    FEB. 7, 2012

CHILDREN'S

COLD CEREAL

by Adam Rex

A massive explosion at the end only sets that evil scheme back a bit; stay tuned for further strange and exhilarating... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HADES

    JAN. 31, 2012

CHILDREN'S

HADES

by George O'Connor & illustrated by George O'Connor

An outstanding addition to a first-rate series. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SPINDLERS

    SEPT. 18, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THE SPINDLERS

by Lauren Oliver & illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Richly detailed, at times poetic, ultimately moving; a book to be puzzled over, enjoyed and, ideally, read aloud. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE DOGS OF WINTER

    OCT. 1, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    HAND IN HAND

    OCT. 23, 2012

CHILDREN'S

HAND IN HAND

by Andrea Davis Pinkney & illustrated by Brian Pinkney

A feast for readers whose eyes are (or should be) on the prize, in a volume as well-turned-out as the dapper W.E.B. Dubois,... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THREE TIMES LUCKY

    MAY 10, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THREE TIMES LUCKY

by Sheila Turnage

Readers may find they never want to leave Tupelo Landing. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MIGHTY MARS ROVERS

    JUNE 18, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THE MIGHTY MARS ROVERS

by Elizabeth Rusch

How extraordinary to visit Mars in Spirit; readers will be very glad of the Opportunity. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS

    AUG. 28, 2012

CHILDREN'S

SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS

by Laura Amy Schlitz

Schlitz’s prose is perfect in every stitch, and readers will savor each word. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    INTO THE WOODS

    SEPT. 1, 2012

  • TEEN

    THE IMPOSSIBLE RESCUE

    SEPT. 11, 2012

TEEN

THE IMPOSSIBLE RESCUE

by Martin W. Sandler

Outstanding nonfiction writing that makes history come alive. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET

    SEPT. 4, 2012

CHILDREN'S

THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET

by Shelley Moore Thomas

Though it’s filled with incident, emotion, magic and adventure, what stands out most is Trinket’s clear voice and loving... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DISCOVERING BLACK AMERICA

    SEPT. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

DISCOVERING BLACK AMERICA

by Linda Tarrant-Reid

From attractive page design to an afterword that encourages readers to search for their own history, there has been much... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    "WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?"

    OCT. 23, 2012

CHILDREN'S

"WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?"

by Lemony Snicket & illustrated by Seth

Fans of the Series of Unfortunate Events will be in heaven picking out tidbit references to the tridecalogy, but readers... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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