WAS THAT CHRISTMAS? by Hilary McKay
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Soft, expressive watercolor illustrations are pleasant additions, though their pastel palette and old-fashioned feeling, along with Bella's young age, make the story seem more intended for toddlers than the longer text would indicate. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A three-year-old girl named Bella is confused about the actual timing of Christmas in this British import from McKay (Saffy's Angel, p. 661, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DONKEY’S CHRISTMAS SONG by Nancy Tafuri
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Tafuri (Mama's Little Bears, 2002, etc.) once again shows her talent for creating memorable works for younger children with this warm and tender story on the offerings-for-baby-Jesus theme. Read full book review >

SNOWFLAKE KISSES AND GINGERBREAD SMILES by Toni Trent Parker
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"This volume will work well with even the youngest toddlers to introduce many elements of Christmas celebration. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Several African-American preschoolers prepare to celebrate a traditional Christmas with all the trimmings in this short work for younger children, the latest in a holiday series from Parker and Anderson (Sweets and Treats, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
WILLOW AT CHRISTMAS by Camilla Ashforth
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Her lyrical story is calm and simple, with Willow leading the way (at least in his corner of Paradise) to peace on earth, good will to bears. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This third story from Ashforth about Willow the teddy bear (Willow on the River; Willow by the Sea, p. 642) details a snowy, old-fashioned holiday season at Paradise Farm, which must surely be located somewhere near the Hundred Acre Wood. Read full book review >
MICHAEL FOREMAN’S PLAYTIME RHYMES by Michael Foreman
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A perfect companion to Michael Forman's Mother Goose (1991). (Nonfiction. 2-6)"
A comprehensive anthology of favorite children's activity rhymes that is sure to have children building churches with their fingers; celebrating all the animals on Old Macdonald's farm; and rowing their boat gently down the stream. Read full book review >

TUMBLE ME TUMBILY by Karen Baicker
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Inventive and fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Using the repetitive and sometimes nonsensical words that toddlers employ, this three-part tale imagines what babies and children might say when waking up, when eating, and when settling into bed. Read full book review >
WHICH HAT IS THAT? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A high-spirited guessing game perfect for read-alouds and circle time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Hines and Pham bring back their merry mouse in a companion tale to Whose Shoes? (2001). Read full book review >
MY BEAK, YOUR BEAK by Melanie Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"As there's no corresponding sense of closure in My Beak, Your Beak, the two titles form a seamless whole, making this more like one work for the price of two—still, the theme is certainly important enough to justify the extra expense. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Walsh (Big and Little, not reviewed, etc) continues to delight and inform toddlers with these two celebrations of unity in diversity. Read full book review >
SING A SONG OF PIGLETS by Eve Bunting
POETRY
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Charming, buoyant, and year-round fun. (Picture book/poetry. 2-5)"
A celebration of the seasons by a veteran author and a Caldecott Medalist (Mirette on the High Wire, 1992). Read full book review >
PARTY ANIMALS by Katie Davis
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Although bursting with color, but not much ingenuity, this is a useful aid for those teaching numbers and colors, and a charming work with a jolly tone that will keep small children engaged. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Here lies the key to making counting festive: tally the guests at a barnyard bash. Read full book review >
NEVER SAY BOO TO A GOOSE! by Jakki Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A honking good time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Unable to resist testing his mother's admonition not to taunt the goose, one little kitten embarks on his disobedient quest, but first he must find out which of the barnyard animals actually is the goose. Read full book review >
TO HEAR THE ANGELS SING by W. Nikola-Lisa
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Parents could use this with toddlers to introduce the Christmas story, and Sunday school and parochial school teachers in the primary grades will find it a worthwhile addition to the seasonal bookshelf. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-6)"
Nikola-Lisa (Summer Sun Risin', p. 575. etc.) recounts the Nativity story in a simple, repetitive text that can be sung to the tune of "This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes," and the text actually works better if it's sung rather than read. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >