Kirkus Star
THE KIRKUS STAR
Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit




Series: CitizenKid


RAZIA'S RAY OF HOPE by Elizabeth  Suneby
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Purposeful in a positive way, this imaginatively illustrated book should open readers' eyes to issues facing children who live in very different circumstances. (Picture book. 8-11)"
The United States is still involved in Afghanistan, and interest in girls' education in that war-torn country is a strong topic of concern. Read full book review >
PLANET ARK by Adrienne Mason
Released: April 1, 2013

"An engaging and reasonably practical introduction to environmental stewardship. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The latest title in the CitizenKid series offers children an accessible, informative introduction to the importance of biodiversity and the need to protect it. Read full book review >
MIMI'S VILLAGE by Katie Smith Milway
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Readers will take much away from this, including an appreciation for their health-care resources and a desire to make a difference in the world. (map, glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
This entry in the CitizenKid series successfully conveys to readers both the importance of health care/disease prevention and the limited availability of these in the third world. Read full book review >
THE GOOD GARDEN by Katie Smith Milway
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Endnotes add information about food security around the world and include a glossary of Spanish words. (Picture book. 7-10)"
When the exhausted soil of their family plot doesn't yield enough and her father leaves to find work, María Luz plants the winter vegetables using new farming techniques she learns from her teacher, Don Pedro. Read full book review >