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Archive for February, 2018

Reading by the Pond says Dragonfly Song “was beautifully [written]”

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by pajamapress

DragonflySong_Website“This is one of those books that I can’t believe we almost missed. Fortunately a former MSBA member reviewed this and I decided to request it and read it. Wow – this is really something….The book was part prose and part poetic narrative and was beautifully done.”

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Midwest Book Review says Baby Cakes “is especially recommended for children ages 1 to 3”

Posted on February 7th, 2018 by pajamapress

BabyCakes_Website“Told in simple text by Theo Heras, charmingly illustrated on every page by Renne Benoit, and delivered in a sturdy, padded cover with stronger pages that are perfect for little hands, Baby Cakes…is especially recommended for children ages 1 to 3, making it appropriate for family, daycare center, preschool, and community library collections.”

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In a Cloud of Dust is one of Matthew Winner’s top ten picks for books for Universal Human Rights month

Posted on February 7th, 2018 by pajamapress

homecover-in-a-cloud“This look at an experience foreign to most readers in the United States hits on some easy-to-spot universals of children around the world, including the experience of learning, of disappointment, and of playing with friends.”

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Kirkus Review calls Where's Bunny? “A nicely child-centered iteration on a common theme”

Posted on February 6th, 2018 by pajamapress

WheresBunny_Website“The sibling pair that last made Baby Cakes (2017) now walk themselves through a bedtime routine….As in the prior book, the pictures’ focus is on the children, both brown-skinned and with straight, black hair. The brown-skinned adult hands that place the toddler in the bath and then lift the tot back out make it clear that the children are being lovingly supervised, but the visual centering of the children allows for fluid reading of the text….[R]eaders may well see a newly literate older sibling reading aloud to a younger one—an empowering possibility….A nicely child-centered iteration on a common theme. (Picture book. 2-5)”

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Slug Days “should help young readers understand [someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder’s] emotions” says The Horn Book Magazine

Posted on February 5th, 2018 by pajamapress

SlugDays_Website“The first-person narration makes Lauren’s logic clear…Frequent clear pencil and digital illustrations break up the sometimes-long paragraphs and should help young readers understand Lauren’s emotions and others’ reactions.”
—Shoshana Flax

Read the full review in the March/April 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine

The Night Lion is recommended as “a first purchase” by School Library Journal

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 by pajamapress

TheNightLion_Website“The watercolor and pencil drawings are beautiful and comforting in calming blue and gray hues with small dabs of bright color to draw the readers’ eyes. VERDICT A first purchase for any parenting collection that includes books about sleep issues…”
—Hillary Perelyubskiy, Los Angeles Public Library

Read the full review in the February 2018 issue of School Library Journal

Kate Olson calls Wild One “a sweet, sweet story”

Posted on February 1st, 2018 by pajamapress

WildOne_Website“What a sweet, sweet story!…Highly recommended for public and school libraries, as well as a gift for the younger children in your life. I will be using for a read aloud in my 4-year-old kindergarten classes once I can get a copy for my library and will be buying as a gift for many little girls in the future.”

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