Reviews written by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

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July 11, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Perfect Read for Time Capsule Activity

A child, whose medium brown hands are shown in the illustrations, decides to make a time capsule. In a glass jar, she puts the date from the newspaper, and a variety of objects that are important to her, like a tooth, a set of dice, an acorn, a plastic toy...

July 11, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Intersectional Picture Book about Gender Identity

Trinity is a child with autism who takes comfort from things like stroking the hair of the family's pig, listening to cello music and playing with Hyperion and Little Thane. When she realizes that her doll has long hair but she does not, she complains to her mother that...

July 11, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Virtual Vacation at the Grand Hotel

Lexi's mother died suddenly when she was five, so it was always her and her dad until he married Abby and the family included her and five year old Connor and older step sister Chloe. Her father has never talked much about her mother, and while life with her family...

June 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Soul Train, Krimpets, and Social Justice

Roberta Forest is in 8th grade at a Catholic middle school in Philadelphia in 1973. She's bright, motivated, and a gifted writer who has a good friend in Bonnie, who shares her interest in records, junk food, and Soul Train. She is also keenly aware of the social unrest in...

June 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
A Tail Wagging Good Time

This short picture book announces that "every dog has a tail!" and show us a variety of dogs romping outside and getting to know each through sniffing. The book is arranged so that the dogs appear to be in a long line; we see one dog's bottom, and when we...

June 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Timely Tale of War Time Library

Nour lives in Damascus, a city she loves and which lives up to the meaning of its name, which is often described as "fragrant". She and her cousin Amir love rambling around the city, and wish to have a secret club that would meet in the storeroom of Nour's father's...

June 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
3.0
Elemental Poetry Collection

This collection of over 25 poems is grouped into elements; fire, water, air, and earth. Each poem has an illustrations accompanying it. As the title indicates, the poems feature a lot of figurative language, which made me want to look into this; our seventh graders often have a poetry study...

June 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
Exemplary Biography of an Exceptional Woman

For readers who are too young for Bolden's Speak Up, Speak Out! The Extraordinary Life of "Fighting Shirley Chisholm (2022) or as an excellent classroom read aloud, Chambers and Baker's Shirley Chisholm is a Verb introduces Chisholm and her career in politics through lively illustrations and innovative prose. ...

June 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Learning Value
 
4.0
History in the Making

Jennifer Doudna was born in Hawaii in 1964 (a year before I was!) and was always interested in science. One of her favorite books was Watson's 1968 The Double Helix, which told about his and Crick's discovery of DNA, and she was especially interested in Rosalind Franklin's unheralded contributions to...

June 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Tale of Enduring Friendship

In this vividly illustrated picture book, we meet a dog who is not well cared for. Outside at all hours, the dog, the dog howls inconsolably, digs holes in the year, and is left to his own devices in an overgrown yard. When a girl appears on the other side...

June 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
The Comfort of Canine Companionship

This 1979 title is a Swedish classic that reminded me a bit of Shel Silverstein's 1964 The Giving Tree. A man lives alone and suffers from loneliness as well as abuse from the few people he does see. He desperately wants a friend, and even puts up signs advertising his...

June 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
A Visit with Grandfather

Based on her own Poppy, Courtney pens a story of a little girl who travels a long distance with her mother to spend time with her grandfather in his cottage on the coast of Newfoundland. It's a remote location that must be accessed by boat, but she looks forward to...

June 03, 2022 (Updated: June 03, 2022)
Overall rating
 
3.5
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Learning Value
 
3.0
Ground Breaking Scientist

Born in 1878 in Austria, Meitner faced a lot of obstacles in her quest to obtain an education. Always of a scientific bent, she had a supportive family that allowed her to study. She got a doctorate in physics and was lucky enough to be mentored by Max Planck....

June 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Timely graphic novel

Riley is in fifth grade and is having trouble making friends, now that the people she used to hang out with are gone. She is frequently in trouble in class for wearing her hat, talking loudly, or doodling instead of doing her work, and finds it somewhat difficult to connect...

June 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
3.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Introduction to Debate via Popular Topics

This paper-over-board book is described on the publication data page as a "vade mecum", a phrase which I had to look up! Sure enough, it stays true to the Latin in the definition by Merriam-Webster describing it as "a book for ready reference : manual" and "Something regularly carried about...

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