Cherokee Crum, Staff Reviewer

This Is The Planet Where I Live
 
4.3
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
This picture book celebrates and honors the interconnectedness of everything here on planet Earth. The planet where we live is full of people, animals, insects, birds, trees, clouds, rain, oceans—and everything is interconnected. With a cumulative text and rich, highly-detailed collages, this book is a joyous ode...
Down in the Dumps: A Very Trashy Christmas
 
4.3
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
The Secret Life of Pets meets The Bad Guys in DOWN IN THE DUMPS, an all-new, highly illustrated early chapter book series about three unlikely friends—a rotten banana, a broken tea pot, and a crusty blob of gunk—and their adventures together in the local town landfill. ...
Concrete: From the Ground Up (Material Marvels)
 
4.3
 
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Category: Kids Nonfiction
A stylish, eye-opening, utterly engaging, and often wry look at one of the marvels of the material world, from the ground up. From a lowly mixture of stone, sand, water, and cement have sprung sidewalks, streets, and skyscrapers, sturdy lighthouses and magnificent palaces, long bridges and massive...
A Journey Under the Sea
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Nonfiction
From the creator of the Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher and his diving partner comes a best-in-class photographic picture book about the wonders of the sea. Here’s an ode to the mysteries of the ocean, the animals who share our planet, and the healing power of...
Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Former British Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and award-winning artist Polly Dunbar join forces for thirty-two irresistible rhymes that revel in toddlers’ everyday lives. Will you getti the spaghetti? Don’t say, “Not yetti spaghetti!” I’m all setti for spaghetti. Fizzing with rhythm, energy, and laughter, this...
Down in the Dumps: The Mystery Box
 
4.3
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
The Secret Life of Pets meets The Bad Guys in DOWN IN THE DUMPS, an all-new, highly illustrated early chapter book series about three unlikely friends—a rotten banana, a broken tea pot, and a crusty blob of gum—and their adventures together in the local town landfill. ...
Down in the Dumps: Trash vs. Trucks
 
3.8
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
The Secret Life of Pets meets The Bad Guys in DOWN IN THE DUMPS, an all-new, highly illustrated early chapter book series about three unlikely friends—a rotten banana, a broken tea pot, and a crusty blob of gum—and their adventures together in the local town landfill. ...
Mr. Bear's World of Food
 
4.7
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Taste the foods of the world with Mr. Bear! Mr. Bear takes children on a memorable taste adventure, from salty and sweet to spicy and umami, and everything in between. A visually appealing guide to the sense of taste, this book will introduce children to different foods, expand their...
A Walk Through the Rain Forest
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
The award-winning team behind Can We Save the Tiger? and Ape invites young readers to explore the breathtaking biodiversity of a Malaysian tropical rain forest. Conservation biologist Martin Jenkins and acclaimed fine artist Vicky White expertly guide readers into the complex ecosystem of Malaysia’s Taman Negara. Conversational...
Hidden Habitats: Earth
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
This beautifully illustrated lift-the-flap book lets children explore small habitats in nature up close. The smallest areas of the natural world can contain a diverse web of life. Peel back leaves on the forest floor, peer over a clifftop and into a desert canyon, travel to an...
A Beginner's Guide to Being Human
 
4.7
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Being a human is a lot of work! Thankfully, humans experience many of the same feelings, situations, and challenges, so we don't have to figure it all out on our own--we can help each other navigate the ups and downs. Full of humor and heart, this engaging guide inspires...
Better Than We Found It: Conversations to Help Save the World
 
4.0
 
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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Black Friend and a seasoned activist comes an indispensable guide to social and political progressivism for young people and anyone wanting to get more involved. Every generation inherits the problems created by the ones before them, but no...
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers
 
5.0
 
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Category: Kids Nonfiction
COMMON SENSE SELECTION FOR BOOKS (COMMON SENSE MEDIA) 2022 NATIONAL PARENTING PRODUCT AWARD WINNER BOOK RIOT MUST-READ OCTOBER CHILDREN'S BOOK RELEASE "I have always wanted my daughters to think outside the box. Reading Rebel Girls has taught them to do just that.” – Kristen Bell, actor and...
Build A House
 
5.0 (2)
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Grammy Award winner Rhiannon Giddens celebrates Black history and culture in her unflinching, uplifting, and gorgeously illustrated picture book debut. I learned your words and wrote my song. I put my story down. As an acclaimed musician, singer, songwriter, and cofounder of the traditional African...
Action!: How Movies Began
 
3.7
 
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Category: Kids Nonfiction
In this “stunning” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) picture book, award-winning nonfiction creator Meghan McCarthy tells the story of how motion pictures came to be invented and the story of the many people who helped create them. Movies take us on adventures, introduce us to new worlds, and...
Secrets So Deep
 
3.8 (2)
 
4.3 (1)
From the bestselling author of Dark and Shallow Lies comes a moody and atmospheric paranormal thriller about a seventeen-year-old girl returning to an exclusive theater camp to uncover the truth of what really happened there twelve years ago, the night her mother drowned. Twelve years ago, Avril’s...
Bone Weaver
 
4.0 (2)
 
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From the author of The City Beautiful comes a haunting fantasy following Toma, adopted daughter of the benevolent undead, making her way across a civil war-torn continent to save her younger sister as she discovers she might possess magical powers herself. The Kosa empire roils in tension,...
Octopus Shocktopus
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
"Charmingly silly...features bouncy, rhyming text that will enchant readers." —Kirkus Reviews An octopus falls from the sky one day. It lands on a roof and there it stays. The village’s children quickly make friends with it, even though the adults are wary. But the octopus proves very...
Dig Here
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Arrrr, here be treasure! With die-cut holes and suprises at every turn, Dig Here is a lobster of a different color! “Bursts of unexpected color make the busy illustrations worth diving into, from edge to electric edge, as the pirate bumbles his way toward a revelation...
Eat Together
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
The geometry of food is explored in New York Times bestselling illustrator Miguel Ordóñez’s newest board book on shapes! Various parts of a meal are formed one by one, piece by piece, in this visual play on the interaction between shapes. If just three simple shapes can...
Narwhal: The Arctic Unicorn
 
3.8 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Discover the majestic unicorn of the sea with this suspenseful narrative from a BBC filmmaker and gorgeous art from an award-winning illustrator. With a crack and a creak, the frozen sea begins to melt—the ice splits apart and a new pathway forms. As winter comes...
My Dad is a Grizzly Bear
 
4.8
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
A playful, warm and funny story about a boy with a wild imagination and his lively family, from brand new creative duo: Swapna Haddow and Dapo Adeola, 2022 winner of Illustrator of the Year at the British Book Awards. Shhh. Beware....
I Want to be a Firefighter
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
For the child who says, "I want to be a firefighter when I grow up!" And for any child who wants a gentle behind-the-scenes look at being a firefighter. My brother and I both want to be firefighters, but we can’t decide what kind to be....
Finding Fire
 
4.0
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Can a young boy find fire for his family—andbring it safely home? An exciting, nearly wordless picture book adventure as visually compelling as a Pixar short. After a hard rain douses the family fire, a brave young boy sets out to search for more fire to bring...
Dear Mama's Loving Arms
 
4.3
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Dear Mama's Loving Arms is a touching story about the importance of a mother's embrace and the joy it brings to children, told from the witty perspective of a child. This book is a reminder to all mothers to stop and enjoy the bond we share...
A Very Big Fall
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
In this picture book destined to become a fall classic, life as a leaf is pretty sweet! This charming and reassuring picture book about finding joy in change will be returned to again and again. The weather is pleasant, the view is fine, and everything just...
Alone Like Me
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
In this beautiful, heartfelt picture book, a young girl moves from a small village to a big city in China, where she longs to find a friend...and ultimately meets someone very much like her. Liling and her family have moved from their rural farm to...
Saving the Butterfly
 
3.7
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Two resourceful siblings begin a new life as refugees in a poetic picture book about thriving—in your own time—after great loss. From an award-winning author and a talented debut illustrator comes a profound story about child refugees healing and building new lives. When rescuers meet the boat,...
Stop and Smell the Cookies
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
A picture book about a rambunctious boy who learns to manage his big feelings. Sometimes Dash gets so excited that his chest feels warm and fuzzy, his toes dance, and his fingertips tickle the air. When that starts, he can’t seem to control what...
How To Be A Rock Star
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
In this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek picture book debut, one little kid who really loves to rock and roll explains everything there is to know about starting a rock band. “A joyous, raucous must-have manual for little rock stars everywhere.” —Savannah Guthrie, Today show co-anchor Becoming a...
Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and his Son
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
From award-winning artist John Parra comes a touching and deceptively simple picture book based on his childhood experience about the bond between a father and son, hard work, and the links between nature, art, and creativity. Today is a big day—the first time Juanito gets to help...
The Witchery
 
3.7 (2)
 
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The Haunting Season is here and the Wolves are awake. Haelsford, Florida, is a hellmouth. Or at least, that’s what Logan, a new witch struggling to control her powers, thinks when she arrives at Mesmortes Coven Academy. She is immediately taken under the...
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Baby's First Book of Extraordinary Women
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
This board book adaptation of the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces your little reader to the lives of extraordinary Rebel women, past and present, from around the world. Welcoming new Rebels into the fold, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls:...
It's Up To Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People, & Planet (The Children's Terra Carta)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
“Children have a unique curiosity for Nature and for this amazing planet we call home.” So writes HRH The Prince of Wales in his introduction to It’s Up to Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People & Planet (The Children's Terra Carta). ...
Celia Planted a Garden: The Story of Celia Thaxter and her Island Garden
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
From an all-star team comes a lyrical picture-book biography about a writer and master gardener who created beauty in a harsh island habitat that was visited by literary and artistic luminaries of her time. Celia Thaxter grew up on a desolate island off the coast of Maine,...
It isn't Rude to be Nude
 
3.8
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
A beautiful, brilliant debut picture book celebrating bodies in every color, shape, and size This beautiful and brilliant debut picture book from Rosie Haine celebrates all bodies in every color, shape, and size you can imagine! All bodies are brilliant bodies, no matter what they look like....
The Boy with Flowers in His Hair
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Jarvis offers a moving tale of friendship, kindness, and acceptance, softly touching on the subjects of illness or hardship in a way that young children can understand. Everyone likes David, the boy with flowers in his hair. He’s sweet and gentle, just like his colorful petals. David...
The Big Worry Day
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
A girl and her dog find ways to deal with her anxiety in this beautiful debut picture book A little girl is convinced that her dog worries, just like her. With a whole day ahead of them, she'll need to figure out how to soothe them both....
A Mouthful of Minnows
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
A fishing story like no other! Alphonso the alligator snapping turtle can’t wait for breakfast. But what if his breakfast is too likable and friendly to eat? A Mouthful of Minnows is a humorous picture book about patience, generosity, friendship, and empathy (as well as...
Whose Bones Are Those?
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Inventive and stylish, informative and whimsical, this conceptual picture book from a noted cut-paper artist invites young readers to “guess the animal” by perusing its bones. Whose bones? A scattering of tiny bones, spread across a vivid background, seem to offer no clues. But turn the page...
Poo-Dunit? A Forest Floor Mystery
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
This rollicking, rhyming tale of animal poo will have children squealing with laughter—even as they learn about forest ecosystems and discover surprising facts about scat. Sniff, sniff! went Mouse. Whiff, whiff! went Mouse. “Who left this poo outside my house? I must undo this mystery. Poo-dunit?” ...
Patch of Sky
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
A fiercely determined girl will do anything to help her best pig friend finally see the sky in this unique friendship story Pia just found out the terrible news that pigs can't look straight up, which means her best friend and right-hand-pig Patches has...
Let's Add Up!
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
If you ask a grown-up to add up 8 cars + 2 trucks, they’ll probably say that’s 10 vehicles. And it’s true. But these 10 young friends know what else those things add up to: a race! What will they do with 7 robes + 3 capes? Or 6...