May 27, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

We've got a case(wrap) of the Mondays!


May 25, 2024

Crushes of the Week: May 19-25, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. The Pelican Can! by Toni Yuly (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, May 2024)
  2. Two Wheels by David Gibb and Brizida Magro (Candlewick Press, May 2024)
  3. I Would Love You Still by Adrea Theodore and Ken Wilson-Max (Holiday House, April 2024)
  4. Up High by Matt Hunt (Nosy Crow, May 2024)
  5. I'll See You in Ijebu by Bunmi Emenanjo and Diana Ejaita (Barefoot Books, March 2024)
  6. No. 5 Bubblegum Street by Mikolaj Pa and Gosia Herba (Greystone Kids, May 2024)
  7. Summer Is Here by Renée Watson and Bea Jackson (Bloomsbury Publishing, May 2024)
      

May 22, 2024

Down to the Last Detail: Let's Go!

The raised, textured spot gloss that follows the skateboarder on the cover of Julie Flett's latest masterpiece Let's Go! is so subtle you could miss it, but it's one of the best details I've seen this year. Definitely makes you want to say whooosh as you play with it in the light!


May 20, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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May 18, 2024

Crushes of the Week: May 12-18, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Being Home by Traci Sorell and Michaela Goade (Kokila, May 2024)
  2. Marley's Pride by Joëlle Retener and Deann Wiley (Barefoot Books, April 2024)
  3. The Bee Mother by Huson and Natasha Donovan (Highwater Press, May 2024)
  4. The Perfect Place by Matt de la Peña and Paola Escobar (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2024)
  5. Insha'allah, No, Maybe So by Rhonda Roumani, Nadia Roumani, and Olivia Aserr (Holiday House, May 2024)
  6. Merfolk Village by Sabrina Makhsimova and Dinara Mirtalipova (Chronicle Books, May 2024)
  7. The Spaceman by Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press, May 2024)
  8. Amma's Sari by Sandhya Parappukkaran and Michelle Pereira (Harry N Abrams, March 2024)
  9. Dalmartian: A Mars Rover's Story by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, May 2024)
  
 
 
    

May 15, 2024

Favorite Accessory-Dependent Books



ACCESSORY-DEPENDENT BOOKS


Accessory-dependent books are those that rely heavily on an extra tool or element for a more comprehensive reading experience. Such tools can include things like 3D glasses, sunlight, a magnifying glass, and even your surrounding environment. Sometimes the books on this list come with the tool you need, and sometimes you have to rely on your surroundings or preexisting knowledge to make the book work. Let's check out some of my favorites!

                             
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May 14, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #290: Minnie Phan

I am so pleased to share my interview with Minnie Phan, illustrator of Simone by Viet Thanh Nguyen. This quiet book is touching and beautiful, and I'm grateful Minnie let me share her process of creating the character Simone and bringing her world to life with you all today. Enjoy!


May 13, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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May 11, 2024

Crushes of the Week: May 5-11, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. The ABCs of Queer History by Seema Yasmin and Lucy Kirk (Workman Publishing, April 2024)
  2. Mermaids' Song to the Sea by Dianna Hutts Aston and Renee Kurilla (Hippo Park, April 2024)
  3. 100 Rooms by Haya Shenhav and Yirmi Pinkus (Kalaniot Books, May 2024)
  4. Summer Is Here by Renée Watson and Bea Jackson (Bloomsbury Publishing, May 2024)
  5. Let's Learn Numbers by Olga Utchenko (Flowerpot Press, May 2024)
  6. When the Sun Goes Down by Alicia Acosta and Mar Ferrero (NubeOcho, May 2024)
  7. Strong: There Is More Than One Way to Be... by Clara Anganuzzi (Tiger Tales, May 2023)
  8. The Elephant and the Sea by Ed Vere (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, May 2024)
  9. Your Legacy Begins: First Words to Empower by Schele Williams and Tonya Engel (Abrams Appleseed, May 2024)
  10. A Warbler's Journey by Scott Weidensaul and Nancy Lane (Gryphon Press, May 2022)
         

May 6, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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May 4, 2024

Crushes of the Week: April 28-May 4, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Gather Round by David Covell (Viking Books for Young Readers, March 2024)
  2. Gaga Mistake Day by Emma Straub, Susan Straub, and Jessica Love (Rocky Pond Books, April 2024)
  3. Finding Grateful by Dianne White and Faith Pray (Chronicle Books, April 2024) 
  4. Bird Is Dead by Tiny Fisscher and Herma Starreveld (Greystone Books, March 2024)
  5. Penelope's Balloons by Brooke Bourgeois (Union Square Kids, April 2024)
  6. Beautiful Butterflies by Margarida Esteves (Gibbs Smith, April 2024)
  7. The Hedgehog Who Said, Who Cares? by Neri Aluma and Amit Trainin and translated by Ilana Kurshan (Kalaniot Books, March 2024)
  8. The Goat and the Stoat and the Boat by Em Lynas and Matt Hunt (Nosy Crow, April 2024)
  9. Noura's Crescent Moon by Zainab Khan and Nabila Adani (Candlewick Press, April 2024)
  10. Here and There by Thea Lu (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, April 2024)
  11. The Truth about the Couch by Adam Rubin and Liniers (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, April 2024)