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The Goodbye Book

By Todd Parr. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015. 32 pages. $17/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 2–5. The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr can be summed up in one word: simplicity. It is simple words and simple colors that deal with a not so simple emotion. The story is about loss and loneliness presented […]

Emilie Gay is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.


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Where’s the Elephant?

By Barroux. Candlewick Press, 2016. 32 pages. $14.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 3–7. Where’s the Elephant? begins like a picture puzzle in which children look for an elephant, a parrot, and a snake hidden among the colorful trees of a jungle. As you turn the pages, however, stumps begin to appear where there had been trees, […]

Anne Nydam is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting. A former middle school art teacher, she now stays home with her own children, while working as an artist and writer of books for children.


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Bloom

By Doreen Cronin, illustrated by David Small. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. 40 pages. $17.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. Whoever heard of a mud fairy? In a beautiful kingdom made of glass, Bloom is a very important fairy because she can keep the cracks repaired. She is so good at this work that […]

Margaret T. Walden is a member of Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting. She is a retired librarian from Friends School in Detroit.


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Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

By Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016. 40 pages. $17.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. This is an excellent true story about hope, ingenuity, and determination. Comport’s illustrations are quirky and evocative to help the young reader better understand the circumstances of the story. Ada lives […]

Vickie LeCroy teaches in Tennessee and is a member of Cincinnati (Ohio) Meeting.


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The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game

By Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Jez Tuya. Albert Whitman & Company, 2016. 32 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $6.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 5–8. Everyone—fathers and mothers, sons and daughters—has moments of defeat practically daily, whether small ones, large ones, or mid-size. But, to draw a metaphor from our national pastime of baseball, we just “keep on slogging”! What […]

James Foritano attends Cambridge (Mass.) Meeting.


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The Water Princess

By Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. G.P. Putnam’s Sons’ Books for Young Readers, 2016. 40 pages. $17.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 5–8. Gie Gie is a girl whose parents call her Princess. She has a great imagination and sense of power in her world. She says, “I can tame the […]

Sandy and Tom Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting and coauthors and illustrators of Earthcare for Children, a curriculum they are currently revising for a new edition.


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The Artist and Me

By Shane Peacock, illustrated by Sophie Casson. Owlkids Books, 2016. 40 pages. $16.95/hardcover. Recommended for ages 5–9. This beautifully illustrated picture book, easily read by beginner readers, could be used to teach a class about bullying. It also illustrates how children are taught prejudice by their elders. This is a timely concept in today’s world. […]

Lucinda Hathaway is a member of Sarasota (Fla.) Meeting and the author of Takashi’s Voyage: The Wreck of the Sindia and ’Round the World: Takashi Sails Home.


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Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth

By Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Gérard DuBois. Calkins Creek, 2016. 40 pages. $16.95/hardcover. Recommended for ages 8–12. I have always been fascinated with cameras and photographs. My mother would often find me surrounded by piles of family photo albums, looking through each one enraptured by the faces so familiar, so innocent. This is when my […]

Hina Fathima worked as an editorial assistant at Friends Journal in 2014. She graduated with honors from Haverford College in 2015 and then worked as a freelance photographer and in video production in Philadelphia, Pa. She is currently living in her hometown of Bangalore, India.


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The Extraordinary Suzy Wright: A Colonial Woman on the Frontier

By Teri Kanefield. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016. 64 pages. $19.95/hardcover; $15.54/eBook. Recommended for ages 8–12. This is a book I wanted to like as soon as I saw it. Susanna Wright is a fascinating woman and she deserves to be better known. She is worthy of a good, thorough adult biography, but in […]

Paul Buckley is a Quaker historian, theologian, and author of The Essential Elias Hicks.


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Approved! A Story About Quaker Meeting for Business

By Nancy L. Haines, illustrated by Anne E. G. Nydam. Pleasant Green Books, 2016. 24 pages. $12/paperback. Recommended for ages 8 and up. This book is a resource for teaching children how Quakers conduct business. It was written with the support of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting and financed with a grant from the same group. The […]

Eileen Redden is the assistant book review editor of Friends Journal and worships with the Lewes (Del.) Worship Group.


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