Category Archives: Book Reviews

Nana Akua Goes to School

Nana Akua Goes to School By Tricia Elam Walker Illustrated by April Harrison Schwartz & Wade Books; 2020 What’s not to love in the picture book Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker?! It’s Grandparents Day at school. … Continue reading

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Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Written by Sandra Neil Wallace Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon A Paula Wiseman Book; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2020. For ages 4-8.   My Top Ten Reasons to Read Marjory save the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman … Continue reading

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Picture Book Review: The Most Beautiful Thing

  Readers please note: In 2021 I’m planning an e-newsletter delivered to your inbox 1x/month, rather than blog posts 2x/month. One brief page only with links to Age Positive book reviews & other items of interest. Fewer emails and more … Continue reading

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Review: The Ocean Calls

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story Written by Tina Cho and Illustrated by Jess X. Snow. For ages 5-8 years. Kokila, 2020 (an imprint of Penguin Random House LLS, New York). Dayeon says her Grandma is “like a treasure-hunting … Continue reading

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Review: An Old Man and his Penguin

An Old Man and His Penguin. How Dindim made Joao Pereira de Souza an Honorary Penguin. (2020). Written by Alayne Kay Christian and Illustrations by Milanka Reardon. Stamford, TX: Blue Whale Press, an imprint of Clear Fork Publishing. This delightful … Continue reading

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Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story

Truth & Honor: The President Ford Story By Lindsey McDivitt; illustrated by Matt Faulkner Sleeping Bear Press; July 2020. Ages 6-10   My second picture book biography was published recently and I’d love to tell you a bit about it, … Continue reading

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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read By Rita Lorraine Hubbard; illustrated by Caldecott Honor Winner Oge More Schwarz and Wade Books; 2020. (Ages 6-10)   We know that Mary Walker lived through twenty-six presidents. That her precious … Continue reading

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Two Picture Books Celebrate Late Life

  Two picture books celebrating late life. Two picture books pushing ageism out of the shadows in kidlit. Two picture books I wish I’d written! Hats off to The Truth about Grandparents by Elina Ellis (Little, Brown & Co.; September … Continue reading

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Top Ten reasons to read “A Map into the World”

In this beautiful new picture book “A Map into the World” we see warm friendships blossom across multiple generations, and across cultures. Author Kao Kalia Yang gives us insights into a Hmong-American family and Seo Kim‘s lovely illustrations complement her … Continue reading

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Paul Erdos, Mary Garber and Jean-Henri Fabre thrived over a lifetime

There’s huge value in showing children that unusual people “who didn’t fit into the world in a ‘regular’ way” still forged satisfying lives for themselves. Paul Erdos, Mary Garber and  Jean-Henri Fabre truly “flew their freak flags,” so to speak, … Continue reading

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