Search Results: "Annika M. Nelson"


BOOK REVIEW

COLORS OF ME by Brynne Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The book has its heart in the right place, but its mind is too clearly focused on adult agendas and preoccupations. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Barnes' earnest, rather oblique text interrogating the use of colors as labels for people is at odds with its playful, naive collage art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CANTO FAMILIAR by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Nelson debuts with scenes—homey, comfortable, bright—that make the book even more accessible. (Poetry. 8-12)"
This humorous, tender collection of 25 poems and full-color linocuts about the daily life of Mexican-American children is a companion book to Soto's Neighborhood Odes (1992). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCING WITH DZIADZIU by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"A wonderfully mature story, full of humanity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Gabriella listens to her grandmother's stories of Poland, immigrant life in America, and dancing with her handsome young husband, Dziadziu, in an enchanting, life-affirming story that's as iridescent as the glimmer between life and death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEEP SEA by Annika Thor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Readers who have come to love Stephie will be glad to see her world expand. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The third installment in a proposed quartet of books about Stephie's experiences as a Jewish refugee in Sweden during World War II that began with Batchelder-winning Faraway Island (2009) and honor book The Lily Pond (2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY NAME IS ELIZABETH! by Annika   Dunklee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This debut picture-book offering from Dunklee and Forsythe is close enough to perfect in its tone, pacing and interplay between words and pictures: Wonderful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Don't call her Betsy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FARAWAY ISLAND by Annika Thor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2009

"Straightforwardly told in the present tense and easier for tender hearts than the brutal stories of concentration camps, this still conveys the reality of war and the suffering of those displaced by it. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
At the onset of World War II, Jewish Stephanie and her younger sister, Nellie, are sent to a Swedish island to live with separate host families while they await their parents' visas to America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ME, ME, ME by Annika   Dunklee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A pleasing morality tale on the importance of friendship and teamwork. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bespectacled, brown-skinned English-speaker Annie, white Swede Lillemor, and dark-complected Francophone Lilianne are back again as Dunklee and Smith team up in this follow-up to Me Too! (2015). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ME, TOO! by Annika   Dunklee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"With its familiar themes and fizzy text, this is one both listeners and readers will enjoy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Annie is worried when her best friend, Lillemor, befriends Lilianne, the new girl at school. Read full book review >

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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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SARVINDER NABERHAUS & KADIR NELSON
by Megan Labrise

To really earn her stripes as a picture book author, Sarvinder Naberhaus submitted several manuscripts, including Blue Sky White Stars, a book inspired by the American flag. She never imagined a superstar would agree to illustrate it.

“I didn’t have any idea that Kadir Nelson would illustrate my book!” says Naberhaus, a former elementary schoolteacher and media librarian whose ...


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ALL IS NOT LOST
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman

Cover Story: In the Clouds
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Heavy, Yet Hopeful
Anti-Bonus Factor: Suicide
Relationship Status: Here For You

Trigger Warning: Teach Me to Forget deals with attempted suicide, suicidal thoughts, cutting, severe depression, how suicide affects the people who are ...


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BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU PLANT A SEED by Kadir Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though the message is as old as time, its delivery here is fresh and sweet as August corn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Nelson spins a gardening metaphor about kindness. Read full book review >