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Review of the Day: Drawing on Walls by Matthew Burgess, ill. Josh Cochran
Drawing On Walls is the kind of book that you wish other writers of children’s nonfiction would read. A story that justifies its very existence by justifying the very existence of its subject.
Review of the Day: Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon
If you have kids looking for outright, down and out, horror horror (the ones who’ve watched Stranger Things but balk at the heft of a Stephen King novel) this little book is an answer to your prayers. Prayers / nightmares.
Review of the Day: All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, ill. Bryan Collier
There are plenty of inspiring picture books out there for kids. Few understand their purpose as perfectly as this book does.
Review of the Day: A Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted
Gorgeously wrought and tenderly rendered, this feels like a labor of love that will snuggle itself deep into the hearts and minds of kids everywhere. Regardless of whether or not you even like cats, you will find much to admire and love (not necessarily in that order) in this gutsy little book.
Review of the Day: A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese
It’s a mystery. It’s a game. It’s filled with puzzles and riddles and clues. It’s funny, and it’s deadly serious. Parts are evocative and parts are heartfelt and parts are completely unforgettable. Having a rough day/week/month/year? Cuddle up to this. Challenging enough to intrigue you. Enticing enough to keep you.
Review of the Day: See the Cat by David LaRochelle, ill. Mike Wohnoutka
You can hand today's book to a kid learning to read, absolutely. Just be warned that their read may be punctuated with interjections of a highly voluble nature. In other words, this is laugh-out-loud funny.
Review of the Day: Rescuing the Declaration of Independence by Anna Crowley Redding, ill. Edwin Fotheringham
The true story of the man responsible for keeping key American documents out of the hands of the invading British in 1812. A book about the rescue of ideas put to paper.
Review of the Day: Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
May casual cruelties fall by the wayside in the presence of such books as this ione. May our children find it and love it and read it repeatedly. And may we see more such books from Ann Clare LeZotte and authors like her, that put work and care into the very folds of their stories.
Review of the Day: When You Look Up by Decur
A picture book and a graphic novel and an early chapter book and a bedtime story all rolled into one impossible-to-define package. I'm not even kidding when I say that When You Look Up by Decur gives you a deep and abiding faith in 21st century storytelling. Now if only I could figure out where to shelve it...
Review of the Day: Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
We may have spent the better part of Poetry Month sheltering in place, but that doesn’t mean poetry went to sleep. Instead, books like this one have just been biding their time. Go out. Find it. Discover it. And discover why a book this good deserves some keen adjectives in its arsenal.