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Cover: Umbrella

Umbrella

“[T]his offbeat story has humor and heart. . . . [T]he art’s loose lines are idiosyncratic and expressive.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: The Color of Sound

The Color of Sound

“An emotionally moving story about the ways that generational trauma can affect parent-child relationships and how the past persists into the present.”—Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: Cruzita and the Mariacheros

Cruzita and the Mariacheros

“Cruz’s inner conflict and search for identity are sensitively drawn, and Granillo weaves a believable sense of community pride into the heartfelt and enjoyable story.”—Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: The Rock in My Throat

The Rock in My Throat

“Tenderly told in first person, Yang’s lyrical autobiographical picture book depicts her childhood struggle with selective mutism. Her descriptions of how selective mutism presents at school are vivid and authentic. . . Lin’s earth tones and muted colors reflect… View →

 
Cover: A Better Best Friend

A Better Best Friend

“Through a distinctive first-person narrative voice that sometimes verges on stream of consciousness, this book explores the question of what makes a best friend and whether it’s possible to have more than one. . . The characters’ simply drawn faces are evocative, their View →

 
Cover: To the Ice

To the Ice

“Whether imagined or not, the survival tale is entirely engrossing and memorable in Ida’s detailed, matter-of-fact, smoothly translated telling. The illustrations are equally successful at showing the children as small figures against vast icy backgrounds and close-up and… View →

 
Cover: Things That Shimmer

Things That Shimmer

“A tale of friendship dynamics that doesn’t reach for easy resolutions or immediate forgiveness.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: Small Shoes, Great Strides: How Three Brave Girls Opened Doors to School Equality

Small Shoes, Great Strides: How Three Brave Girls Opened Doors to School Equality

“Bostic’s evocative illustrations add tenderness to a narrative of real terror. . . An important addition to civil rights movement literature with which readers can connect on a human level.” —starred, The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: Letters in Charcoal

Letters in Charcoal

“[A] quietly empowering ode to literacy.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: Sensitive

Sensitive

“The emotionally resonant text and striking illustrations capture the healing one can find in art and creativity. The text seems best suited for elementary-aged children, though the powerful message resounds for all ages.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: I Ship: A Container Ship's Colossal Journey

I Ship: A Container Ship's Colossal Journey

“Readers follow every step of the (fictional) container ship Carolina, which is carrying freight from a port in Asia to delivery in France. Carolina acts as narrator, initially providing details about the process of docking and loading, while informative cutaway… View →

 
Cover: Forsooth

Forsooth

“Calvin’s panicky narration is easy to empathize with, giving the reader a front-row seat to his anxiety. Heavier themes are balanced with lightheartedness and references that will delight any theater kid. The topic of religion, in particular—Catholicism and Judaism, as… View →

 
Cover: The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women's Suffrage, and Jujitsu

The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women's Suffrage, and Jujitsu

“The cartooning, beautifully rendered in muted, old-timey hues, presents information about jujitsu, the inner workings and tensions of the WSPU, and everyday indignities faced by the subjects . . . While enduring themes such as resisting oppression and… View →

 
Cover: The Power of Snow

The Power of Snow

“The beautifully textured illustrations create visual interest, while the snowflakes, a combination of smudge-style dots and the delicately articulated, folded papercut versions familiar from grade-school arts and crafts, offer a counting opportunity for budding… View →

 
Cover: Hidden Creature Features

Hidden Creature Features

“Page layouts are designed to first hint at the featured adaptation. When the page is turned, an intriguing body part is revealed, accompanied by an accessible explanation of how that part is used by the animal to eat, maneuver, defend, or attack.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: The Bear and the Wildcat

The Bear and the Wildcat

“This quiet, gently told story about death and friendship is well matched with soothing illustrations. . . . This Japanese import . . . will be a welcome addition to books about grieving.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: A Long Way from Home

A Long Way from Home

“[A] thought-provoking sci-fi novel . . . The tension of the boys’ quest will keep readers invested . . . [b]ut Abby’s situation is equally engrossing.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport

Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport

“Quiet but immediate. . . . The in-the-moment text combines with emotional acrylic, colored-pencil, and collage illustrations in Alko’s signature style to create a dreamlike atmosphere.”—starred, The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: Mwikali and the Forbidden Mask

Mwikali and the Forbidden Mask

“In this mythology-minded adventure tale, Nguru provides readers with a solid introduction to Kenyan lore . . . and culture. . . . The emotional structure of the story . . . will resonate with many readers.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: Hanukkah Nights

Hanukkah Nights

“A bright little gift for budding young artists.”—Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: Maybe You Might

Maybe You Might

“A beautiful column that will sit as comfortably alongside classroom curricula as it will on story shelves.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: This Last Adventure

This Last Adventure

“Dalton sensitively delineates the complexities of loss, hope, and love in this unusually rich and philosophical middle-grade novel.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman's Case for Equality and Respect

Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman's Case for Equality and Respect

“[L]arge, striking scratchboard and collage illustrations, which often incorporate archival photographs, complement the clear narrative.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →

 
Cover: The Deep Blue Between

The Deep Blue Between

“[O]ffers a compelling view of West African history as a backdrop for a story of sibling bonding and coming of age. . . . Themes such as enslavement, religion, diversity, feminism, British colonization, and treatment of the mentally ill are candidly addressed and seamlessly woven… View →