• Picture Book Roundup: Book Expo America 2019

    Picture Book Roundup: Book Expo America 20190

    Every spring, publishers, authors, and agents display their latest and upcoming books for booksellers and librarians in the huge industry show Book Expo America. This year, as I wandered the vast book fields of the Javits Center, my attention was particularly arrested by the range of excellent picture books on offer, from the smallest independent

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  • Review: Liza Jane & the Dragon

    Review: Liza Jane & the Dragon0

    Liza Jane & the Dragon Writer Laura Lippman (Writer), Kate Samworth (Illustrator) Akashic Books October 2, 2018 An advanced reader copy of Liza Jane & the Dragon was provided by the publisher. Liza Jane & the Dragon is the story of a girl who thinks she can find better parents, so she fires her current

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  • Return To Sender: The Problematic Back and Forth of XO, OX

    Return To Sender: The Problematic Back and Forth of XO, OX2

    When I saw that Adam Rex had written a new picture book and Scott Campbell had illustrated it, I nearly jumped for joy. XO, OX: A Love Story is about a hapless Ox who exchanges confused letters with a diva Gazelle. Early reviews were positive, describing the book as a rib-tickling tale of opposites attracting, tender enough

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  • Dogears: The Power of Symbolism and Storytelling

    Dogears: The Power of Symbolism and Storytelling0

    Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation Edwidge Danticat & Leslie Staub Dial Books September 1, 2015 The complexity of immigration policy may be difficult to explain to a child, but many are affected by it. Saya’s mother is an undocumented Haitian immigrant who has been detained by ICE. To ease Saya’s suffering, her

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  • Picture This: Raggedy and the Cloud

    Picture This: Raggedy and the Cloud0

    This write-up is more personal than the other ones I’ve done so far, and I hope you will excuse me gushing for several minutes about some artists I love and admire. Sofia Prokofievna (b. 1928) is a Russian illustrator, poet, playwright, and, most importantly to me, the author of many original “fairy tales” for children.

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  • Picture This: The Tree House by Marije and Robert Tolman

    Picture This: The Tree House by Marije and Robert Tolman0

    The Tree House (first published by Lemniscaat, Belgium, in 2009) is a wordless picture book created by the father-daughter team of Marije and Ronald Tolman. It depicts a couple of bears (and many other animals) hanging out in a treehouse that starts out in the ocean and ends up on dry land. The blurb on the

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