From the old-timey end papers (streets in New York) to the muted blue color of the book cover, the story of Madame Alexander: The Creator of the Iconic American Doll, is rooted in history.
“With A Life of Service: The Story of Senator Tammy Duckworth, Soontornvat and Phumiruk have inspired young readers to ‘break barriers and defy expectations,’ to soar, to not waste
“cursory and sloppy . . . ill-conceived”
This book introduces a young child (ages 4–7) to Charles Dickens. It starts with his birth and childhood.
“Together the author and illustrator have woven a powerful message, truly an anthem that children—and their parents—will want to sing loudly.”
The tall and thin book, Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small, draws us in with its warm cover of yellow, red, and teal.
“This book will certainly inspire many new questions.”
The Secret Life of Whales is a huge blue book with a shimmery cover. It starts off by explaining that whales belong to the Cetacean family and are either Baleen whales or toothed whales.
“The international flavor of this book actually makes the world feel like a wonderful place to be. These are real people, and they are shown here as happy to be alive.”
“A model of how not to write history for young people.”
Aah, chickens. What a weird and wacky world they are with their strutting, gobbling, pecking, crowing, molting, and roosting.
“An important addition to the growing collection of picture book biographies of women you should know about but probably don’t.”
“‘The whole country knew and still knows: through his lifetime of service to humanity, Thurgood Marshall earned himself the highest tribute.’”
“Little Audrey’s Daydream: The Life of Audrey Hepburn, would make a nice choice for a young person doing a biography on a famous or influential person.”
“Modern Art Explorer is a successful and fun journey into the world of modern art whether you are a new explorer or well-traveled art-lover, young person or seasoned adventurer.”
“What is helpful . . . is the reminder that ‘we do not march alone.’”
“James seems to be making his own promise as well—to continue to be a solid role model for children— in showing the way to becoming a good person and citizen of the world.”
“Bound to be an instant favorite.”
“For those looking for an easy introduction to the idea that women can make art, this book is a solid offering. For those wanting more, the search is still on.”
“For children who are afraid of the dark, this book is the perfect way to turn the scary into the fascinating.”
“The message of celebrating our differences is upbeat, and the encouragement to 'just ask' is something kids will love to hear.”
"With Rise! Hegedus has elevated the craft of writing, as well as the bar, for all fellow picture book biographers."
"H is for Haiku is a true treasure, filled with nuggets of joy and gems of delight—a gentle call to pause and pay attention to the small moments in each day."
“It may be hard to love a crocodile but, by taking a humorous approach, Beware of the Crocodile manages to make this fearsome reptile almost endearing.
Coco Chanel was an orphan who grew up in a convent in the French countryside. The nuns taught her how to sew. She didn’t like having to brush her hair with one hundred strokes a day.