By Annette LeBox, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. Dial Books, 2015. 40 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages birth–5. I have been reviewing children’s books for ten years. I have been fortunate to be able to review books that are of high quality and speak to my values. It has been an enriching experience. This month […]
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Emilie Gay is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.
By JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith. Groundwood Books, 2015. 32 pages. $16.95/hardcover; $14.95/eBook. Recommended for ages 3–adult. Sidewalk Flowers is a wordless picture book in graphic novel format, with some full-page illustrations and other pages broken up into panels. The illustrations follow a young girl as she walks home through city streets with her […]
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.
By Eve Bunting, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Candlewick Press, 2015. 32 pages. $15.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 3–7. Callie struggles with her feelings as she watches a yard sale take her favorite possessions, even her little bike. “It’s something to do with money,” Callie says to her next-door friend Sara. “We are moving to a small […]
Margaret T. Walden is a member of the Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting and a retired librarian from Friends School in Detroit in Michigan.
Retold by Alexis York Lumbard, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. Wisdom Tales, 2015. 26 pages. $15.95/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. Bookended by storyteller Robert Lewis’s foreword and the author’s own explanatory note, this Native American fable attributes the pine tree’s evergreen leaves to its kindness to an injured sparrow. The deciduous trees have all refused […]
Dee Cameron, a librarian, is a member of El Paso (Tex.) Meeting.
By Jeron Ashford, illustrated by Stacey Schuett. Creston Books, 2014. 28 pages. $16.95/hardcover. Recommended for ages 4–11. Come December in the northern hemisphere, we begin hungering for light and warmth. Many cultures have developed holidays and religious observances that recognize the precious place of light and the human need for warmth. In the pages of […]
Lisa Rand lives on a small farm in Berks County, Pa. She blogs at lighttoreadby.wordpress.com.
By Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2015. 48 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $12.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 6–9. Drum Dream Girl is a poem written by Margarita Engle based on the true story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who challenged the Cuban tradition of male drummers. Eventually she […]
Vickie LeCroy is a member of Cincinnati (Ohio) Meeting and teaches elementary school in Tennessee.
By John Briggs. Atombank Books, 2014. 102 pages. $6.99/paperback; $2.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 8–12. If Quakers were predisposed to naming saints, they probably would have included Mary Dyer. She gave her life for religious freedom. On June 1, 1660, Mary Dyer was executed on Boston Commons because she was a Quaker at a time when […]
Katie Green is a member of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting, where she edits their newsletter and teaches First-day school. She is also a storyteller and has led workshops at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting Sessions.
By Jude Isabella, illustrated by Simone Shin. Kids Can Press, 2015. 32 pages. $18.95/hardcover. Recommended for ages 8–12. This large picture book is intended to be a fuse that ignites a whole array of bicycle-based activities. Telling the story of a boy who has to give up his beloved bicycle because it has become too […]
Alison James is a member of South Starksboro (Vt.) Meeting.
By Cynthia Lord. Scholastic Press, 2015. 192 pages. $16.99/hardcover or eBook. Recommended for ages 8–12. Under a towering ash tree in my Maine yard is a tiny patch of wild blueberries. On a lark, I go out and crouch low over the berries and can usually pick enough to have on my morning cereal. I […]
Lucinda Hathaway is a member of Sarasota (Fla.) Meeting. She spends her summers in Maine.
By Bibi Belford. Sky Pony Press, 2015. 192 pages. $14.99/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 8–12. This novel could serve as an introduction for a young reader to the world of the modern immigrant family. Things are difficult for the Zapote family, but they get infinitely worse when it is discovered that the younger sister of […]
Eileen Redden is the assistant book review editor of Friends Journal.