Children's Book and Media Review

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List of Papers (Total 2,686)

When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel grow up in Queens just a few blocks from one another and go to the same schools. They meet in sixth grade in the cast of their school play, Alice in Wonderland. Artie has perfect pitch and a beautiful voice, and Paul plays guitar and masters his own voice. Together, Paul and Artie explore the world of music and find a perfect harmonic blend for their...

The Selection #5: The Crown

Twenty years after her parents find love through The Selection, Eadlyn is having complications going through the process herself. She has narrowed her suitors down to an elite group, but making the final decision is turning out to be more difficult than anticipated. Eadlyn is forced to balance her fierce independence, newfound desire for love, duty as future queen, and unrest...

The Courage to Compete: Living with Cerebral Palsy and Following My Dreams

Abbey Curran starts the book by beginning with her childhood and the difficulties she had to overcome as a girl with cerebral palsy living on a farm in rural Illinois. Abbey went to a Catholic school for elementary and middle school, but in high school, she began attending the local, public one. This caused many problems when dealing with students who did not know she had...

I See London, I See France

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has spent most of her life caring for her agoraphobic mother, but when her best friend, Leela, decides to tour Europe for a month and begs Sydney to come, she throws caution to the wind and embarks upon an unforgettable adventure. Over the course of the next four and half weeks, she and Leela explore Europe while navigating their hearts and their...

Honk! Splat! Vroom!

Using only onomatopoeia, Gott creates a lively and entertaining tale of a car race and tells a story of overcoming obstacles. The blue race-car mouse gets a late start because the dust the other cars kick up makes him sneeze. Then all the other mice get stuck in some mud while the blue car mouse careens ahead. Before the blue race-car mouse can celebrate for too long, another...

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Katherine Johnson is fascinated with numbers. She loves to explore them and figure out the patterns of the universe with them. Her dream is to become a mathematician; however, because of segregation and racial issues, she faces many challenges along the way. Eventually, she is hired by NASA and gains promotion after promotion until she is working on important space missions, like...

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell's famous story Black Beauty was published in 1877. This retelling by Ruth Brown is an adaptation that mimics Sewell's classic story in an abridged version. This story is unique because it is told from a horse's point of view. Black Beauty's life was not always a happy one. The horse was passed from owner to owner and they were not always kind. This book brings...

A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers

Join twenty-four women explorers and adventurers as they dive into the deep sea, summit Mt. Everest and other peaks, discover new plants and animals, cross the world in a yacht, explore the Amazon River, catch venomous snakes, save endangered species, and venture through forest canopies. These women are diverse, coming from various countries, ethnicities, family situations, age...

Words and Your Heart

Words and Your Heart reminds us just how powerful words can be. The book talks about how words can help us describe detail or explain how things work. They can even be used to influence others positively, depending on how we use them. We can use our words to brighten someone’s day, or inspire them to keep trying when life gets hard. However, if we’re not careful our words can...

Where's The Baby? A Spotting Book

This great little book that is full of animals and has a hidden animal baby on each page. Each search begins with a rhyming paragraph about the animal followed by another rhyming paragraph that challenges the reader to find the hidden infant, sometimes with a clue. On the last page the reader's challenge is to find two, twins!

Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World

Ever wonder what the difference between a bay and a cape was? Or have no idea what the term isthmus means? With uniquely cut pages and a glossary of definitions, this book sets out to help readers understand what the terms we use to refer to land and water forms are and what they mean.

The Nightmare Club #2: Mirrored

In this continuation of the Nightmare Club, Annie Graves and the rest of the members meet to listen to the scariest stories imaginable. This story is told by Karen, about her friend Abbey. Karen and Abbey used to be friends, but Karen noticed that Abbey became mean and uninterested in their friendship. Karen explains that Abbey met a girl in her bedroom mirror, named Bee, who...

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Holly Chase is dead. Sort of. When she was alive, she cared about image and money above all else. On Christmas Eve, she was visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, just like in A Christmas Carol. But unlike Ebenezer Scrooge, she didn’t do anything to change her life, and she died the next morning. Instead of transitioning to an afterlife, Holly was recruited...

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

Paloma’s father died when she was only three years old. Almost ten years later, she’s visiting his homeland, Mexico, for the very first time with her mom. Gathering memories about her father on index cards, she collects whatever information she can to solve the mystery of who he was, but this is not the only mystery Paloma will decode this summer. After meeting twins Gale and...

Little Humans

Is bigger always better? Brandon Stanton’s insightful and power-packed Little Humans highlights the strength, resiliency, and goodness of children. The book addresses the ups and downs of being little and describes all the things that the world’s littlest humans can do that make them capable of accomplishing BIG things. Among the can's are being tough, learning, growing, and...

I Love Cats

Dog lovers can love cats too as they journey through Sue Stainton and Bob Staake’s I Love Cats. The book takes readers through a city neighborhood home to all sorts of characters who all happen to be feline. No two are the same in personality, ability, or appearance, but all are loved and valued for their individuality.

Elmer and Grandpa Eldo

Even grandpa elephants never forget. At least, that’s what beloved multi-colored elephant Elmer comes to find out in his latest adventure, featuring his Grandpa Eldo. When Elmer sets out to visit Eldo, he’s not sure how much Eldo will be able to remember about the activities the two used to do together. However, as the story unfolds, Elmer discovers that Eldo’s feigned...

Children of the Past: Archaeology and the Lives of Kids

With the help of archaeologists, the secret of what has happened in the past becomes clearer. Historians have studied the measurements of handprints, fingerprints, and footprints to discover that many paintings and markings were in fact created by children rather than adults. All throughout history, children have left their mark in different ways. Through studying what these...

Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind

Bartholomew Biddle is a boy who hates math and loves adventure, but soon finds himself being swept up by his trusty bedsheet and a powerful gust of wind. As Bart travels and meets new friends in strange lands he must decide where he truly belongs among pirates, pilots, parents, and friends. What will he do when he finds himself where the wind doesn't blow--will he return home...

Bad Kitty: Camp Daze

Kitty doesn’t want Puppy to go to a dogs-only camp without him. Kitty decides to stow away in Puppy’s bag. Upon Kitty’s arrival, the camp director isn’t convinced that Kitty is a dog. After several impressive attempts, Kitty fools the director into thinking that he is a dog. On a camp hike, Kitty runs into trouble. He sniffs catnip and his true identity comes out. The camp...

Allegedly

Mary Addison killed a baby when she was nine years old. Allegedly. Now fifteen, Mary is out of “baby jail,” but lives in a group home for teenage girls with criminal records. Though she is supposed to have many advocates in her life, none of the professionals assigned to her case seem to care at all. Consequently, Mary lives a cold and tortured life. When she discovers she is...

Wolf Hollow

Some life lessons sink deep. This is true for Annabelle who is eleven, almost twelve. Until now her life has been about chores, family, school, and animals but this year, things become more complex. Betty Glengarry moves in with her grandparents and immediately begins bullying Annabelle. Annabelle decides to handle the situation by herself. But Betty is a bigger problem than...

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

Clive was born in Jamaica where he fell in love with music. At age thirteen, Clive moved to the Bronx in New York City. There he started playing basketball at the neighborhood playground, where he was nicknamed “Hercules” for his great height. This was shortened to “Herc,” and Clive added “Kool” for the new nickname of “Kool Herc.” One day Clive’s father bought a giant sound...

What are Race and Racism?

What are Race and Racism? is a perfect introduction to historical and modern racial oppression for the young reader. This thin chapter book begins by citing a modern issue of racism, looking back on the history of racism and describing its evolution over time, and then revisiting modern problems and solutions. The sensible flow of the book provides a great overview for those who...

The Lost Art of Ladyhood

In this book, there are twelve chapters, each covering one of twelve skills: confidence, leadership, gratitude, self-defense, social and dining etiquette, service, health, motherhood, positive mental attitude, personal power, self-respect, and goal setting. Each chapter includes several “tales of adventure