Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore


Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore. 40 p. Lee & Low Books, May, 2016. 9781620142455. (Review from finished copy borrowed from public library.)

Are you a fan of Parrots over Puerto Rico? Do you need an irresistible addition to your collection of books on biodiversity or conservation? Do you like to sing your read alouds? Well then, this is the book for you!

Full review over at Proseandkahn.

The Great Leopard Rescue by Sandra Markle


The Great Leopard Rescue: saving the Amur Leopards by Sandra Markle. 48 p. Millbrook Press/ Lerner Publishing Group, August 1, 2016. 9781467792479.

Who can resist a face that that? I couldn’t when I was speedwalking past the Lerner Booth at ALAAC16! It stopped me dead in my tracks and I’m so glad it’s mine. Stop over to my blog, Proseandkahn for the full review.



Everything Robotics by Jennifer Swanson


National Geographic Kids Everything Robotics: all the robotic photos, facts and fun! by Jennifer Swanson. National Geographic Kids Everything series. 64 p. National Geographic, March, 2016. 9781426323324. (Review from purchased copy.)

Do you have a STEM/ STEAM program or robotics club in your school or public library? This book should be front and center. Buy it even if you don’t. How can you resist that cover? If you find that you can, find the book and flip to the back cover!  Full review over at Proseandkahn.

Ada’s Violin: the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood


Ada’s Violin:  the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood. Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport. Unpgd. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, May, 2016. 9781481430951. (Review from finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

Ada’s Violin is a 2016 favorite of mine and hopefully of yours. I reviewed it over at Proseandkahn. You need this story in your life and on your shelf.

Bird & Diz by Gary Golio


Bird & Diz by Gary Golio. Illustrated by Ed Young. unpgd. Candlewick Press, February, 2015. 9780763666606. (Review from purchased copy)

I haven’t had this much fun with a read aloud since I “read” aloud, Chris Raschka’s Charlie Parker Played Be Bop lo, ten or so years ago. I found an audio book produced by Live Oak Media, which told the story so much better than I, leaving me free to observe the magic a great book weaves on an audience. Perhaps it’s bad form to open the review of one book with a reference to another. It is probably no coincidence that the subject matter lent itself so nicely to spectacular picture book more than two decades apart. Such was the magic of Birdman and Dizzy.

Be bop on over to Proseandkahn for the full review.


Way to Glow by Lisa Regan


Way to Glow: amazing creatures that light up in the dark by Lisa Regan. 48 p. Scholastic Inc., December, 2015. 978054506616.

Do I really need two books on bioluminescence in my library? Yes! I recently reviewed Glow by W.H. Beck here. It is quietly stunning, classy and literary. Way to Glow is its exuberant little sister – loud and in your face and crammed with facts.

Here’s the link to the full at Proseandkahn.

Two New Books for Young Baseball Fans

Pop on over to ProseandKahn to read reviews of two new Sports Illustrated Kids books. One for the newest fans to the game and one for more seasoned trivia hounds or fans interested in dipping into the history.


Sports Illustrated Kids: My First Book of Baseball: mostly everything explained about the game by the Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids. A Rookie Book. 48 p. Time Inc. Books/ Liberty Street, April 5, 2016. 9781618931672.


Baseball Then to WOW! by the Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids. 80 p. Time Inc. Books/ Liberty Street, April 5, 2016. 9781618931429. 

Reproductive Rights: Who Decides? by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein


Reproductive Rights: Who Decides? by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein. 160 p. Twenty-First Century Books/ Lerner Publishing, January, 2016. 9781467741873. (Finished copy courtesy of publicist for review.)

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing all three of Vicki Oransky Wittenstein’s books as well as kicking off the blog tours of the last two! Do not miss this fine addition to upper middle, high school, public libraries. It would also make for a worthy addition to the syllabus of a women’s studies class. See proseandkahn for a full review.