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Cover: Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon

Kirkus reviews - Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon

This retelling of a Chinese legend explains why people light firecrackers, wear red, and give food offerings to celebrate Chinese New Year. In Loh-Hagan’s account, a fierce dragon named Nian ruled the land until a magical warrior’s spell forced him underground. But each spring, the spell’s… View »

 
Cover: Common Threads: Adam's Day at the Market

Kirkus Reviews - Common Threads: Adam's Day at the Market

In this nearly wordless picture book, young Adam wanders away from his parents at the busy outdoor market, but diverse strangers help him find them again.Brown-skinned Adam wanders through Eastern Market with his mom, a dark-skinned woman wearing a blue hijab and long tunic, and his dad, a… View »

 
Cover: Invisible Lizard in Love

Kirkus Reviews - Invisible Lizard in Love

The forest is richly colored, and the chameleons change suit to match, with their independently rotating eyeballs taking everything in. Josephine even turns into a starry night to mimic their evening under the sky.Love conquers all, including a pair of initially snippy chameleons. View »

 
Cover: Someplace to Call Home

Kirkus Reviews - Someplace to Call Home

The year 1933 is a rough time for three kids to be on their own, but the Turners prove themselves capable. The rest of their family has passed away or disappeared, and 12-year-old Hallie, 16-year-old Tom, and 6-year-old Benny are driving west looking for work when their car breaks down on… View »

 
Cover: Miep and the Most Famous Diary: The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank's Diary

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review - Miep and the Most Famous Diary

When the Nazis came for Anne Frank’s family and the other Jewish friends who had been hidden in the secret annex, Anne left behind the diary that would be read and cherished around the world.It was Miep Gies, with help from her husband and a few others, who hid and cared for them for two… View »

 
Cover: Can U Save the Day?

Kirkus Reviews - Can U Save the Day?

The vowels raise havoc when they quit the farm after being insulted by the consonants. There are five vowels (well, sometimes six or seven) while there are 21 consonants (well, sometimes 19 or 20). B seems to think that makes consonants better and more important. “The letter B stuck out his… ”/reviews/406">View »

 
Cover: A Boy Like You

Publisher's Weekly - A Boy Like You

Excerpt: The story is directed squarely at boys, but Harren’s illustrations show representations of all kinds of kids and families. Being a boy can mean many things, Murphy suggests, but being “a smart boy, a brave boy, a kind boy” are the first important steps toward manhood. View »

 
Cover: One Red Sock

Kirkus Reviews - One Red Sock

A purple hippo in a polka-dot room learns that there’s more to personal style than matchy-matchy. It’s a lesson worth the learning. In rhymes that set up each color for younger audiences to predict before the page turn, the portly protagonist rummages through her dresser, pairing her one… View »

 
Cover: A Boy Like You

Kirkus Reviews - A Boy Like You

The title answers a question: What does the world need?In simple, aphorism-laced language, Murphy offers a positive vision of masculinity that focuses on what he dubs " ‘inside’ strength"—the sort that privileges kindness, respect for self and for others, knowing when to ask for help, and… View »

 
Cover: Marty's Mission

Kirkus Reviews - Marty's Mission: An Apollo 11 Story


Marty’s Mission is about the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 told through the eyes of Marty, the son of a man managing the NASA Tracking Station in Guam. The time difference does not affect Marty as he stays up to hear about the launch and watch the landing the next day, all while eagerly awaiti View »