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COYOTE'S TALE by Ruby Lee
by Ruby Lee, illustrated by Robin Joseph, developed by Skyreader Media
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2011

"A good-humored version of a traditional tale, sans source note but rounded off with a parent-pleasing page of discussion questions. (iPad folktale app. 6-8)"
A select set of quiet yips, howls and giggles, plus the occasional blink or twitch of a nose, add fetching notes to an abbreviated trickster tale with Latin American antecedents. Read full book review >

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SOME SUNNY READING FOR A STRANGE SPRING
by Bobbi Dumas

Is spring a little wiggy for you this year? In Wisconsin, it really can’t figure out what it wants to do. A week or so ago it was a sunny eighty degrees and now it’s cool and rainy, hovering around fifty. Thankfully there are so many bright books releasing these days that we can find sun in their pages, if ...


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LADIES FIRST WITH RUBY SHAMIR AND MATT FAULKNER
by Julie Danielson

During any given year, readers would be entertained and uplifted by Ruby Shamir’s What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies, illustrated by Matt Faulkner. The first in a series for children about American history, it’s an engaging, fact-filled celebration of the first ladies in the White House and the unique contributions each made to this country – and with such ...


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MACKENZI LEE
by Shara Zaval

In Mackenzi Lee’s first month working at the Harvard Coop while earning her M.F.A in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, the store sold 40 copies of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Until then, they had sold five copies. Total. Customers would say, “ ‘I’m looking for a board book for a baby shower,’ and I would ...


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THE SECRET'S OUT
by Leila Roy

While there’s no explicit rule against romantic relationships, our colonial ancestor jinxed them in her Last Word: “Beware ye aromateur; lay your traps of love, but do not yourself get caught.” Fall in love and, like Aunt Bryony, lose your supersniffer. It’s why Mother chose my father from a list of donors she got in the mail like a ...

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UNCOMMON SCENTS
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

Cover Story: Behold, The Field In Which I Gather My Scents
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme
Bonus Factors: Gardening, Diversity, Bay Area
Relationship Status: High School Sweetheart

Cover Story: Behold, The Field In Which I Gather My Scents

I’m not ...


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YA DECEMBER 2016
by Leila Roy

Oh, December. Why must you be so cold, so dark, so withholding when it comes to new book releases? Sigh. Here are the two—I know, right? ONLY TWO!—that I’ve got my eye on:

The Secret of a Heart Note, by Stacey Lee

A contemporary romantic fantasy? IN DECEMBER? Yes, yes, yes, PLEASE. This sounds like EXACTLY what I need ...


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FINE LINES
by Julie Danielson

The use of line in picture books directs the viewer’s eye across the page, but it also can convey great meaning—just as color, shape, and texture can. Angular lines convey excitement and tension; curved lines express more organic, peaceful qualities. Diagonal lines can communicate spontaneity, and horizontal lines, tranquility. A large part of so-called visual literacy with children is their ...


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LEE ALAN DUGATKIN
by Gregory McNamee

It’s a story as old as humankind: Somewhere, one of our ancestors threw a bone out into the darkness beyond the campfire, a wolf snatched it up, and its grateful descendants transformed themselves into dogs for our companionship. The process, it’s been supposed, took thousands of years, millennia in which those fierce, lethal hunters of the northern forests evolved—or devolved ...


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READING ACROSS THE COUNTRY MAINE
by Leila Roy

One of the funny things about living in a state nicknamed ‘Vacationland’—especially living near the coast—is that, for locals, a huge part of summertime is about avoiding the tourist-heavy spots. You know, like the beach.

So, rather than actually leaving our houses and enjoying these lovely, lovely days in public, a large percentage of us Year-Rounders do quite a lot ...


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KOMAKO SAKAI: AN APPRECIATION
by Julie Danielson

If you’ll pardon a moment of insufferable sincerity, today’s column is a bit of a love letter to the work of Komako Sakai, one of Japan’s leading illustrators and one of my favorite artists. She has two new illustrated titles out this Spring, and I think it’s a cause for celebration.

Pictured here is a self-portrait she sent me in ...


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