Archive for the ‘Children’s Readers Advisory’ Category


October 6, 2019

indexRaina Telgemeier’s latest novel Guts,  received a very favorable review in this week’s NY Times Book Review. It deals with childhood anxiety, and is autobiographical, as revealed in the review and protagonist In fact, the author of the review states that reading Guts caused his feelings to arise about his own anxiety at the same age as the character. It’s comforting to know that there are authors brave enough to share their own vulnerabilities with young readers, in the hope that they will find some kindred spirits and realize that they are not alone with their struggles…


September 23, 2019

Graphic novelist Jen Wang’s excellent new children’s book tells the story of an unlikely friendship. Christine plays violin and dutifully attends after-school Chinese class. Moon, also part of the local Taiwanese American community, paints her toenails blue and spends her free time sketching and dancing to her favorite K-pop bands. Their friendship expands their worlds and makes the girls bolder, even as calamity strikes.

This richly detailed story will appeal to a wide range of readers, including those who aren’t normally drawn to graphic novels. Highly recommended for upper elementary school readers.

Kids Make Comics

August 13, 2019

It was great to see so many creative young comic book artists at our Comic Book Creations program yesterday! For more inspiration, check out our new book Comics: Easy as ABC! by Ivan Brunetti or Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics by Brian McLachlan.

Sweeping Up the Heart

April 10, 2019

bookA sweet new novel by Kevin Henkes finds its two main characters both annoyed by their parent(s). Amelia’s mom is dead, and her dad definitely does NOT understand her. Mr. Albright(ironically, just the opposite) does not readily express his feelings, either. Thank goodness she has Mrs. O’Brien, her neighbor, a grandmotherly figure who keeps house for her and her dad. Casey’s parent’s are getting divorced and he is thoroughly disgusted by them both. Fortunately, his Aunt Louise is a steady caring figure in his life. The two become friends and help each other to navigate in a seemingly uncaring world. I would recommend it for 4th grade and up.

2018 NY Times/NY Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s books

November 14, 2018

aa bookOn November 2, the NY Times/NY Public Library’s top 10 best illustrated children’s books of 2018 were announced. Topping the list is Dreamers by Yuyi Morales, with gorgeous colorful collages and is a story about a mother and child who leave Mexico to begin a new life. Dreamers is an autobiographical tale of Morales’ own immigration from Mexico to the U.S. with her son. You can check out this and the other titles in the November 11 NY Times Book Review, as well as on the website.

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