Children's Book and Media Review

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List of Papers (Total 2,889)

Magellan: Over the Edge of the World

Failure after failure drives Ferdinand Magellan to forsake his native Portugal and fly under Spanish colors in the name of fame, fortune, and exploration. Political intrigue sows doubts of the feasibility of his quest, but eventually, Magellan becomes commander of an armada aiming to find a faster route to the Spice Islands. On the sea, Magellan finds no respite. Mired in the...

Love, Mama

Everyone misses their mom sometimes, even baby penguins. Love, Mama tells the story of Kipling the penguin and his beloved mother. When Kipling’s mama goes away, Kipling wishes with all his might that she could just be home with him. Just when he needs it most, he receives a package of his favorite things from his mama and learns that love can travel and transcend any distance...

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...

Letters to Leo

Letters to Leo is a collection of letters written by Annie Rossi to her dog Leo. Annie lives with her single father, so Leo helps to keep her company whenever her father isn’t around. The letters follow some Annie’s struggles, including her desire to succeed in school, her loneliness when her friend Jean Marie moves away, her entry in the school’s essay contest, and working on a...

King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige

After a year in the hospital recovering from polio, Nick returns with an injured leg back home to his cranky and brusque father in Bismark, North Dakota. His life before getting sick was full of baseball dreams, but now his father believes he will never amount to anything. Things start to look bright when "Satch" Paige comes to Bismark to play on Nick's father's team. Nick also...

In Search of Us

Angie knows that her mother would never lie to her, until her mother does. Angie knows that leaving her home will break her mother’s heart and does not think she can do it, until she does. When Angie turns sixteen, she finds out that her dad really did not die in a car accident and that she has an uncle, Justin. In a quest to find out who she is and where her roots are, she...

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say

Winter Halperin is a relatively normal girl with some eccentricities—she won the National Spelling Bee as a child, and her mother is a famous parenting expert. But one night Winter says something online that could be taken as offensive, and her words spread over the Internet rapidly. She is shamed online and in person for being a racist and a horrible person. Winter knows she's...

Icebreaker

By Melissa Heaton, Published on 12/12/18

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.

How to Make a Rainbow

How to Make a Rainbow is a beautiful book that highlights each color in the rainbow. There are two pages dedicated to each color, and bright objects fill the pages. The colorful pictures pop and are very pleasing to the eye. The science behind rainbows is also a big part of this book, and a simple yet interesting explanation of how a rainbow forms is provided. Young readers will...

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Emma Gatewood married young and bore eleven children. She eventually divorced her husband and raised the large family alone, finding respite by walking the hills and woods around her home. One day she read a story that inspired her to walk the Appalachian Trail, perhaps because the article said that no woman had ever done so. Through hardship, bad weather, minor injuries, and the...

Good Morning, Grizzle Grump!

It’s spring and all of the animals have awoken from their winter slumber, except for one. Squirrel wakes Grizzle Grump, a hibernating bear, from his sleep. Grizzle Grump is grumpy because he’s hungry and goes in search of some food. He finds berries, fish, and bugs, but just in time for squirrel’s forest friends to snatch them away. He gets pretty upset, until he comes across...

Good Morning, City

Behind the scenes, work is what makes city life roll on. Good Morning City takes a look at many of the goings on in city life that most people overlook. Long before children wake up, bakeries fire up, newspapers are delivered, garbage men collect trash, and joggers run through the parks, all while the city sleeps. Ferry boats engage their engines, waitresses make coffee, trains...

Flo

Flo is a little panda who likes to relax. She's never in a hurry, and loves to take her time adventuring along the way wherever she goes. She loves exploring, listening to music, and savoring every bite. Sometimes she's too slow though, and the other pandas grow impatient and ornery because they have to wait so long for her. However, when trouble strikes, it's Flo's laid back...

Faith and Fury: The Temple Mount and the Noble Sanctuary: The Story of Jerusalem’s Most Sacred Space

A rough stone enshrined in a golden dome connects three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Why is it so important? Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the stone and its presence in temples and mosques figure prominently in stories about Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, David, Solomon, Alexander the Great, Jesus Christ, Constantine, and Muhammad. For thousands of years...

Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Ortega lives in Mexico in a grand house on a vineyard, and she lives a life of plenty. But when her father is killed and her house burns down, life as Esperanza knows it is forever changed. Her uncle suddenly controls all the land that they live on, and he promises to take care of Esperanza and her mother if her mother agrees to marry him. Penniless but determined to...

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...

Eleven and Holding

Macy’s life is far from simple. She is starting middle school and changing friend groups, and her father is on a special military assignment and has been absent from her life during the recent years. Macy clings to her father’s promise that he will return to her on her twelfth birthday, so she determines to “stay” eleven until his return. One day, Macy and her best friend Twee...

Eddie Red Undercover: Doom at Grant's Tomb

Eddie is a kid with a photographic memory who’s worked with the NYPD to spoil a famous criminal, Lars. Now, Lars is back, and he seems to have Eddie in his plans. After finding a bomb with a note to Eddie, the NYPD have initiated many protective measures to keep him safe. Doing a little detective work with his best friend Jonah, Eddie is on his way to solving the case when he...

Dreamfall #1: Dreamfall

When an experimental procedure to cure insomnia goes wrong, Cata, Fergus, and five other teenagers are trapped in a world created by their own nightmares. When they wake up in this world they call Dreamfall, none of them remember how they got there. Nightmare after nightmare, the group must fight for survival and discover exactly what’s going on—because if they die in Dreamfall...

Dragonfly Song

A young girl named Aissa races against all odds in order to win her freedom. Unliked by many, and considered "bad luck" by all, this "No Name" girl is determined to offer herself as tribute and win the bull dances at the Bull King's ruthless games.

Disappeared

Siblings Emiliano and Sara are relatively content with their simple lives in Mexico until Sara's best friend disappears one day after work. She is one of many young girls who have gone missing in the city recently, but thanks to the corrupt state police, nothing is happening. Sara, a reporter, attempts to put together clues and hints in order to find her friend and the other...

Daughter of Deep Silence

When Frances Mace was fourteen, she survived the mass slaughter on and subsequent sinking of the luxury yacht Persephone. Her parents were killed, and her best friend Libby died minutes before she and Frances were rescued at sea by Libby's father. Frances wants to find to find out why the murders and carnage aboard the ship were covered up by the only two other survivors: Senator...

Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird

Crows are usually thought of as dark, creepy animals, but the findings of Gavin Hunt, a scientist who studies New Caledonian crows, give a different picture. Crows are actually the world’s brightest birds. They use tools, like humans, and creatively capture their prey. The author and photographer make readers feel like they’re in New Caledonia studying crows. Next time readers...

Chocolate: Sweet Science & Dark Secrets of the World’s Favorite Treat

The world’s fascination with chocolate is not something new. It started a long time before the New World was discovered. Taking cacao from the Americas, Spaniards spread a chocolate obsession throughout Europe. Although chocolate was originally a beverage, over time it has turned into a confectionery treat. Currently, the world of chocolate is concerned with whether the cocoa...