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Category: Young Reviewers

Lenny's Book of Everything
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – October 2019 Pick

Lenny’s Book of Everything was inspiring and eye-opening. I particularly enjoyed this book because it highlights the love one experiences when being part of a family: sibling and mother love.

Polar Bear: Science Comics
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – September 2019 Pick

Filled with humor, this book shares the harsh realities of life in the arctic and how polar bears survive. One of young reviewers said, “It has good information with a lot of action. I like the parts about eating. How to eat a seal was funny and I didn’t know that walrus meat was tough.”

They call me guero - blog
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – August 2019 Pick

I found this book extremely fun and entertaining to read. Although the story was told through poetry, I was still able to get a sense of different characters, settings, and picture the descriptions in my head. The fast-paced poetry was an exciting and interesting platform of telling Güero’s story, and the conflicts were well explained.

Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – July 2019 Pick

Stefano liked the part when the mom and baby were walking around and found the library. When they first got there they first felt nervous and were confused, but the library became like a home to them where they felt happy, excited and smart, because books help you learn things and reading is awesome.

My Happy Year (blog2)
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – June 2019 Pick

My Happy Year is an amazing book in my opinion. You, yourself, might try reading it. It’s about a bluebird who was scared to fly away from her nest. Her brothers and sisters flew away first. Finally, she flew away. Then she saw that fall was coming. She saw some bluebirds migrating south, so she joined them.

Let-Er-Buck-blog
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – May 2019 Pick

When judges deprive African American cowboy, George Fletcher, of a rodeo victory, the spectators support him. This book has rhythmic prose, dynamic oil illustrations and extensive back matter. Stefano, our young reviewer, really liked the message – it doesn’t matter about your skin color, what matters is who you are and what you do.

Heart Body Mind blog
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – April 2019 Pick

A Heart In A Body In The World Author: Deb Caletti Annabell, 17, embarks on a cross-country run from Seattle to Washington DC in an attempt to outrun the pain from a terrible tragedy. Colorful illustrations and photos. Our Young Reviewer Says: A Heart In A Body In The World, by Deb Caletti, chronicles Annabelle […]

Titanosaur
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – March 2019 Pick

Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur Author: Dr. José Luis Carballido & Dr. Diego Pol. Illustrator: Florencia Gigena In this fictionalized account of the discovery and excavation of the largest dinosaur yet found, excitement and wonder fill the pages. Colorful illustrations and photos. Our Young Reviewer Says: “Excellent book. It is different from other dinosaur […]

Tangled Planet
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – February 2019 Pick

Tangled Planet Author: Kate Blair A vivid account of humans in the far distant future, trying to settle a planet and leave their spaceship, home for hundreds of years. Our Young Reviewer Says: “This book was excellent. I’m not much of a sci-fi reader so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. […]

We Are All That's Left Book
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – January 2019 Pick

We Are All That’s Left Author: Carrie Arcos Her mother in a coma after an explosion at a farmer’s market, Zara seeks to uncover her tragic past. Chapters alternate between modern Rhode Island and 1990s Bosnia. Our Young Reviewer Says: “We are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos is a very compelling story that portrays a […]

This Is It
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – December 2018 Pick

This Is It Author: Daria Peoples-Riley Our Young Reviewer Says: “This book is giving you confidence to do ballet. In this book the girl’s shadow helps her to feel that she can do dance. Her shadow dances here and there.  Her shadow dances on the rooftops.  She follows her shadow, dancing her own dances. So, the girl […]

Belle's Journey
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – November 2018 Pick

Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight Author: Rob Bierregaard and Illustrator: Kate Garchinsky Scientists and children track a female osprey’s immigration from Massachusetts to South America and back. Dramatic watercolor pencil, ink, and aqua crayon illustrations. Back matter. Our Young Reviewer Says: “Belle is an osprey. You get to meet her as she goes through […]

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – October 2018 Pick

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya Marcus, Puerto Rican by birth but with few connections to his heritage, gets suspended for fighting, whereupon his white mother takes him to Puerto Rico to discover his roots. Our Young Reviewer Says: “This book was a stirring narrative of an eighth grader attempting to navigate teen […]

Survival Tails: The Titanic
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – September 2018 Pick

Survival Tails: The Titanic by Katrina Charman With the help of friends, four-legged Mutt sneaks aboard the Titanic to reunite with his beloved, young owner, Alice. Our Young Reviewer Says: “This book about the Titanic is told in the voices of the animals on the ship. I like that because it makes the story less […]

Woodrow at Sea
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – August 2018 Pick

Woodrow at Sea by Wallace Edwards A young elephant develops a friendship with a rescued mouse as they weather a storm, encounter sea creatures, sing together, and return home. Animal watercolor-ink illustrations. Our Young Reviewer Says: “This book is excellent and different because it only has pictures, and doesn’t have words. The story is about […]