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March 05, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
heartfelt and powerful contemporary read

AMERICAN BETIYA is a breathtaking contemporary read about identity, family, and racism. Rani is an Indian American with dreams of becoming a pediatrician, much to her parents' delight. She also love photography, something her grandfather has nurtured in her, and the book begins with her art in a show. At...

March 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
sweet, sleepy read

NOW THAT NIGHT IS NEAR is a lovely poem in a picture book about going to sleep. A cat travels through the countryside, seeing all the animals settling down to sleep before returning home and curling up with a young child in bed. The muted colors and soft illustrations add...

March 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
sweet board book of mother-child love

MOMMY LOVES YOU is a sweet board book of love between mother and child. The book features mother and baby animal pairs with mentions of how they show their love, such as singing, snuggles, and kisses. Each page has a heart that lifts to show the next baby animal and...

March 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
N/A
Kids Nonfiction
great board book with yoga for toddlers/preschoolers

CALM BUNNY is a colorful board book that walks young children through some simple yoga poses to help promote focus and calm. This book goes through being a bunny and then a snake before having children return to being themselves. Each page describes the motions used to get into each...

March 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
sweet read about friendship

THE PROBLEM WITH PIERRE is a sweet picture book about a picky cat, good friends, and problem-solving. Bertram and Alan are next door neighbors and good friends. Bertram is very neat, while Alan is messy. Bertram feels like something is missing, so he decides to get a cat, Pierre. Pierre...

March 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Kids Nonfiction
interactive board book on the farm

NOISY TRACTOR is a cute board book with an interactive element that presents some farm-themed basics. Each page features some rhyming lines and lots of colorful details, with labels on items and animals (eg, horse, barn) and a suggestion to push one of five parts of the tractor for a...

March 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
satisfying conclusion to a YA fantasy duology

RAVAGE THE DARK is a satisfying conclusion to a YA fantasy duology. In this sequel, we begin with Cayo, Amaya, and their friends heading to another land to try to track down the mysterious counterfeit money causing the ailments plaguing their kingdom. Cayo is wary of Amaya and concerned for...

March 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
stunning conclusion an enthralling YA fantasy duology

CITY OF SPELLS is a stunning conclusion to an enthralling YA fantasy duology. The book plunges us into the story where we left off after the first with Wesley captured by Zekia, and Tavia, Saxony, and Karam trying to band themselves together and move forward with the plans they know...

March 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
silly fun Boynton board book

CHRISTMAS PARADE is another cute and brightly colored board book from Boynton. In this book, children see a Christmas parade, with a marching band, balloons, and more. The book reads quickly, with lots of animals, word art, and sounds (biddy BOOM!) for young readers to enjoy. The board book ends...

March 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
lovely picture book about friendship and doing the right thing

BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD is a sweet picture book about friends and doing the right thing. Roland lives alone and enjoys drawing, listening to music, and drinking tea, though he sometimes feels lonely. One day, when he is out for a walk, he finds a pinecone friend, who...

February 28, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
fun picture book to learn about birds

If birds had a fashion show, they would show off their unique plumage! BIRD SHOW is a brightly colored book that features some interesting feathers along with rhyming text. Showing off not only bright colors, but also special patterns and shapes, this picture book is a fun collection of interesting...

February 28, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
excellent primer on emotions

MY BOOK OF FEELINGS is a great conversation starter for emotions with toddlers. The book features spinning emoji faces of six different emotions (two sides with three wooden, flipping circles) and begins by describing what each face could represent, giving three emotions for each. For example, with the face making...

February 28, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
enthralling YA fantasy

SWEET & BITTER MAGIC is a lush and enthralling YA fantasy filled with magic, pain, and love. In this world, magic is held by a select few witches and sources, who must be turned over to the Coven for training when they are young. Witches control the magic, which is...

February 27, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Kids Fiction
simple messaging make this a great read about the power of a smile

THE SMILE SHOP is a cute story about a young boy who is shopping for something special. He has a little bit of money, but he is not sure what he will purchase. He looks at several things, but he isn't ready to commit to the purchase yet, when an...

February 27, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
cute new story featuring familiar characters

STANLEY'S LUNCH BOX is a cute board book that combines a favorite character with a shopping trip to the market. Stanley heads to the market to buy the things he needs to make his lunch. He gets bread from Gabriel, cheese from Hattie, and other ingredients from others. He then...

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