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We are one of the nation’s leading children’s book review journals for school and public librarians. We provide concise summaries and critical evaluations to help you find the books you need for your library’s collection.
The Big Bad Fox just can’t live up to bad expectations in this month’s Big Picture, Benjamin Renner’s graphic novel The Big Bad Fox. Fox wants to get more than just a few veggies from the farm, but his grab and go skills aren’t quite up to par. Enter a sage wolf, who instructs Fox on the ins and outs of farm robbing but when Fox actually escapes with three eggs, things don’t go as planned and soon Fox is parenting three chicks who need him. Graphic novels fans from grades three and up are all going to find something to like here from the art to the humor to the tender underbelly.
Blue Ribbons are awarded to books that the Bulletin staff have selected to be the best of the year. This year is full of surprises, including delightful titles in folklore and nonfiction.
The recipients of the 2017 Gryphon awards have been announced. The titles chosen best exemplify those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers.The award is sponsored by the Center for Children’s Books at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The New Year brings a host of gift giving opportunities and we’re here to help! our latest Guide Book to Gift Books is updated and revised edition to assist you with all your shopping needs–because who gives anything besides books, right? With over three hundred titles, annotated and organized by age group, our choices are sure to please even your most challenging recipient–and there’s always the bonus of adding a few books to your own TBR list to use that gift card on.