The Nutcracker in Harlem by TE McMorrow (2017)

The Nutcracker in Harlem by TE McMorrow (2017)

Here’s the perfect holiday book for girls who love the Nutcracker story or ballet. A  young girl during the Harlem Renaissance learns (while dreaming of the Nutcracker)  to stand up and join in the music making by playing the drum!  The illustrations by James Ransome are gorgeous and bring this period of history to life. […]


Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi

Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi

Talk about a book packed with surprising humor, Andrea Tsurumi’s chaotic, surreal, and joke-a-second Accident!  has page after page after page of comical mayhem with visual puns galore.  An animal named Lola stumbles quite literally over the title of the book, causing a mess that makes her race to the library to hide.  As she runs down the street she encounters other […]


Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy

Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy

This lovely graphic novel set in the mid-19th century, is reminiscent of E.B.White’s animal adventures, particularly Stuart Little. The unnamed (until the very end), orphaned main character mouse is looking for work and a home and unintentionally winds up on Monet’s estate in Giverny, France. Also on the property is a friendly mouse family who […]


Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package by Kate DiCamillo (2017)

Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package by Kate DiCamillo (2017)

Another GREAT beginning chapter book for kids starting to read on their own — and for all the rest of us who love a good book! Tales from Deckawoo Drive is a series of stories about Mercy Watson’s neighbors. (Mercy Watson is of course a pig.)  This story focuses on Baby Lincoln’s big sister, Eugenia, who […]


The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud (2017)

The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud (2017)

This is the 5th & final book in the terrific Lockwood & Co series written by Jonathan Stroud. Lockwood & Co. is about an alternate Britain in which ghosts have been entering the world of the living. Whomever they touch dies; only kids & teens can see them. So all the ghost removal agencies are […]


The Night Garden by Polly Horvath (2017)

The Night Garden by Polly Horvath (2017)

Franny, 12, and her parents, Sina and Old Tom, live a peaceful life on a farm on Vancouver Island during WW2. Their troubles revolve around the creative process (Sina is a sculptor and Franny writes.) and the seasonal work of the farm — until Crying Alice, their neighbor, arrives with an unusual request. She wants […]


Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

This poignant, near wordless tale depicts the bond that quickly develops between a brave young girl wearing a Little Red Riding Hood style jacket and a scared wolf cub separated from its pack on a cold, snowy day. With his striking pen and ink with watercolor art, Cordell serves up two linked storylines that merge as we […]


The Antlered Ship, written by Dashka Slater, illustrated by The Fan Brothers

The Antlered Ship, written by Dashka Slater, illustrated by The Fan Brothers

Do you want to see a beautifully illustrated picture book? Open up The Antlered Ship and examine those panoramic illustrations rendered in graphite and ballpoint pen (and then colored digitally) by the gloriously talented Fan Brothers. In this high seas adventure, an inquisitive fox joins a crew of deer and pigeons on a ship bearing enormous antlers. Together […]


All the Way to Havana, written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Mike Curato

All the Way to Havana, written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Mike Curato

Packed with vibrant illustrations, this engaging road trip of a picture book shows how many of the cars driven in Cuba are pre-1959. Cinematic in nature, Mike Curato’s art feels like a wide-screen movie as a boy travels with his family from his small town to Havana in order to see his newborn baby cousin. They […]


This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang

This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Set in 1983, this funny yet poignant middle grade novel (good for Grades 5 and up) stars David Da-Wei Horowitz, a Jewish-Chinese boy about to celebrate his bar mitzvah. After he and his buddy Scott watch the terrifying TV movie The Day After (about the aftermath of a nuclear missile strike), they decide to build […]