November 19, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Waka T. Brown fills her latest book with all the pathos, yearning, frustrations, and humor you might find in a middle grade novel. The important difference? It’s all true. It’s all real. It’s all enthralling.
November 11, 2021 by Betsy Bird
A throwback. A sign of picture books to come. In the end, it’s just one of the best books of the year. Here’s hoping there’s more Little Witch Hazel in our future.
November 4, 2021 by Betsy Bird
How do you write a bio of someone who was never actually alive? An impressive bio of a symbol that retains her importance even today.
October 21, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Got a fear of living dolls, skin-sucking babies, or otters? Don’t worry. You will now.
October 17, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Today we look at a book about choice. Children’s choices and the choices adults make when faced with their own kids’ curiosity about their bodies and the clothing that goes onto it. I review Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown.
October 1, 2021 by Betsy Bird
It is truly rare to find a book like Much Ado About Baseball where math not only propels the plot forward, but also contains perfectly normal, sportsy characters for whom loving math is just one aspect of their personality. Add in baseball, Shakespeare, magic AND snacks and you’ve got yourself a unicorn of a book.
September 23, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long have given us a title that is filled up to the brim with dignity. Dignity for the people who actually put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the places and objects we so desperately need to live.
September 17, 2021 by Betsy Bird
A thoroughly rousing story, deserving of wider acclaim. The package may be lacking but the contents are gold.
September 10, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Pairing with the utterly lovely Sophie Blackall, Kate DiCamillo presents us with a story that has all the trappings of a fable, and all the reality of a thoroughly thrilling tale.
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by Betsy Bird
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