Entries by Emily

Candice Ransom

The author of more than 135 children’s books, Candice Ransom picked up a pencil when she was five and drew a lady wearing a ball gown and a diamond tiara in her older sister’s spelling book.  It was an inauspicious beginning for an award-winning writer who would publish in every form in the field of […]

Flora and the Chicks

Little Flora sets out to check her chicken and maybe find some chicks. As she looks, she discovers one chick hatching after the other in this counting book that takes the reader/looker from one to ten. The fun of discovery is aided by the special layout of the book…

National Geographic Kids Beginner’s United States Atlas

by National Geographic Kids After getting oriented to maps and their symbols, and finding out that there are two kinds of map (physical and political), readers are ready to explore the District of Columbia. Then, they move on to the rest of America, divided into five sections and the Territories. Each group begins with a spectacular […]

Hocus Focus

A magic spell goes awry in this graphic novel adventure for young readers. When the Knight is stuck peeling vegetables for the Wizard, she’s frustrated because she thought she’d be learning magic. Eventually, the Knight takes matters into her own hands…

The Land of Forgotten Girls

Soledad Elia Madrid thinks she knows how the world ticks. It’s complicated, just as her family is. Mama’s dead. So is Sol’s sister Amelia, who drowned when Sol was seven. Evil stepmother Vea married Papa only because she wanted to come to the United States, and now Papa’s gone back to the Philippines, likely for good…

Salt to the Sea

World War II is nearly over but thousands of refugees have nowhere to go. Alternating voices from four perspectives tells their converging stories when three of their paths cross as they trek through eastern Prussia toward the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that might take them to freedom. Each of the narrators has something to hide…

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

In 1958, a graphic designer named Art Kane had an idea: gather as many jazz players as possible in Harlem and take a photograph of them—for free. He put out the word and waited to see what would happen. The result is an iconic photograph…

The Sun is also a Star

Natasha Kingsley and her family are about to be deported from New York City to Jamaica, but she has lived most of her life in the United States and doesn’t want to go back. Daniel Jae Ho Bae was born in the U.S., as was his older brother, Charles Jae Won Bae. Their parents are here legally; Natasha’s are not. The likelihood of Natasha and Daniel ever meeting seems very unlikely, but…