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  • BOOK BRIEFS: African American Children’s Literature (2/15/2017) - Have you heard about the courage of Fannie Lou Hamer? How about Harlem songbird Florence Mills? From activists and entertainers to courageous youngsters and track stars, you’ll find stories that inspire. Celebrate Black History Month by exploring these titles (and accompanying resources) from renowned African-American writers, artists, and activists.  For more titles, check out Black … Continue reading
  • Book Review: Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich (10/1/2017) -   Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex is a collection of monster tales that cannot be missed! This amazing picture book takes a humorous look at the monsters we have grown to love. The  subtitle sets the stage for this collection that includes the titular story “and other stories you’re sure to like  because … Continue reading
  • Book Review: Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman (1/3/2018) - Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman By: Kelcy Niccum and Kim Alexander Toad Rage took a creative take on advocating for animal, specifically toad, rights by following a young cane toad’s quest for the truth about why humans seem to hate toads. Toad Rage is a very interesting book told from the point of view of … Continue reading
  • Exploring Banned & Challenged Books: And Tango Makes Three (7/28/2017) - And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole, a picture book that recounts the true story of two male Penguins, Roy and Silo, that hatch and raise a chick as part of their family at New York Central Park Zoo, received more challenges than any other book in the US … Continue reading
  • Review: Doll Bones by Holly Black (9/23/2017) - Poppy, Zach, and Alice grew up imagining epic pirate battles and mermaids challenging sailors’ crossings under the watchful eye of The Queen. Using their imaginations to create a wonderous scenarios and their neighborhood, The Queen and all they are prohibited from, is the focal point of all their fun. But now Poppy, Zach, and Alice … Continue reading
  • Review: Frank Einstein and the Antimater Motor by Jon Scieszka (1/1/2018) - Frank Einstein and the Antimater Motor by Jon Scieszka Review by Emily Midkiff Jon Scieszka’s new middle-grade novels series promises to give young readers and unprecedented introduction into brain science, matter and antimatter, magnetism and more. The level of these science concepts goes beyond what most authors would dream of including and a fiction book … Continue reading
  • Review: Her Right Foot written by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris (1/29/2018) - Reviewed by Nick Kleese Her Right Foot begins where you’d expect an expository text about the Statue of Liberty to begin—a history of her origins abroad and journey to America. All is straightforward until halfway through the text when the narrator wonders why Lady Liberty’s right foot is raised. “Where is she going?” the narrator wonders. “Is … Continue reading
  • Review: Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo (8/8/2016) - Nana in the City, written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo is a 2015 Caldecott honor book. It tells the story of a little boy who goes to visit his grandmother in the big city. He is afraid of the noise and crowds and scary things in the city tell his grandmother makes him  a special … Continue reading
  • Review: The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Adam Rex (1/29/2018) - Reviewed by Laura Lemanski You thought you knew the story: rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, paper beats rock. But, oh no! In The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, it is much more exciting in Drew Daywalt’s and Adam Rex’s take on the exciting legend that starts in “the Kingdom of Backyard.” Dewalt and Rex introduce … Continue reading
  • Review: The One and Only Ivan (1/3/2018) - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Review by Lori Laster Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal winning animal fantasy novel, The One and Only Ivan is told through the perspective of its titular hero, Ivan, a 300-pound Silverback gorilla. Ivan is one of the main attractions at Exit 8 Big Top mall and video arcade, … Continue reading
  • Review: Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes (8/1/2017) - “Dad is the the dreamer and Mom is a maker. I’ve been thinking, maybe I can be both.” Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes is a contemporary novel and verse with a gentle, imaginative young protagonist- Gabrielle( named after the angel Gabriel because,” he was so fierce people fainted at the very sight of him”).  … Continue reading
  • Student Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (8/22/2016) - Arnold leaves the reservation and hopes of a better life at a small white school. The novel illustrates situations of alcohol and physical abuse, which although portraying real life, is mature content calling for a target audience of teens. This book can be placed in the contemporary realistic fiction genre since it allows readers to … Continue reading