Name That Text Type!: What Is Poetry?

Name That Text Type!: What Is Poetry?

Hello, April! National Poetry Month has arrived! Time to brush up on or learn for the first time what poetry is, what poems can be about (hint: anything you want!), where we can find them, and what the guidelines are for writing different types of poems (like concrete, limerick, haiku, acrostic and more)! Learn what […]


Here Comes Lolo

Here Comes Lolo

Here Comes Lolo introduces us to primary-aged Lolo, a sweet, smart, artistic South-African girl who lives with her Gogo (grandma) and mother in the back of Gogo’s dressmaking shop. With writing grounded in the young girl’s identifiable daily experiences, and a gently paced and charmingly illustrated collection of four stories, you will instantly feel a […]


They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

This award winning novel in verse, paints vivid, authentic pictures of life in the borderlands from the perspective of 7th grader, comics-loving, video game-playing, poem-writing, Güero. Bowles’ novel fluctuates between masterfully written free verse observations of Güero’s family’s life, friends’ antics, classroom and hallway lessons and Güero’s end rhyme poems, ballads, sonnets and haikus. Fans of poet […]


The Good Hawk

The Good Hawk

Thrilling debut novel of mythic, fantasy Scotland in the time of the Vikings that includes two very unlikely kids as the protagonists and heroes. Fierce, courageous Agatha is a Hawk, a watcher on the isle of Skye, born with a Down’s Syndrome- like condition. Timid, self-doubting Jaime is an Angler, but hates the sea. Both […]


Johnny’s Pheasant

Johnny’s Pheasant

Gorgeous picture book about that moment of contact with wildness that changes us and makes us stewards of the land. Celebrate Johnny’s epiphany and then go have your own. Bendigen (Come in) to the Ojibwe world of this book.  


The Truth About Hawks by Maxwell Eaton

The Truth About Hawks by Maxwell Eaton

Did you know that some hawks can see ultraviolet light and track their prey by the glow of animal droppings and urine? Or that hawks are mostly awake and hunting during the day? These are just some of the things you will learn from this delightful and informative picture book full of interesting tidbits! These […]


Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson by Jennifer Bryant

Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson by Jennifer Bryant

“If you can read, you can do anything – you can BE anything.” This is what August Wilson’s mother told him as a child in Pittsburgh. Growing up, he spent hours in the library and books, filling his mind with their words and hope. While he faced harassment and discrimination in school, he never lost […]


Lupin Leaps In by Georgia Dunn

Lupin Leaps In by Georgia Dunn

First published online as a webcomic, Lupin Leaps In follows house cats Lupin, Elvis and Puck who report the “news” from their perspective. As they detail their lives at home with “the people” (referred to as Woman, Man, Toddler and Baby), readers are informed of all the breaking news – from the ceiling cats, the […]


Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

This is a gorgeous picture book detailing the life of the surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. It begins, as many biographies do, with her childhood and how she loved to draw the animals she saw. From there, we learn about what inspired her, how she rejected becoming a “proper lady” in order to become an artist, […]


Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

In yet another graphic memoir, young Raina struggles with anxiety about mean girls, feeling left out, food sensitivity, and a fear of getting sick and puking – all of which Telegemeier writes about with compassion and humor. She reminds us that we all experience worry and stress – it’s part of growing up – but […]