Each month we post an annotated bibliography of books that were rated ‘Outstanding’ and nominated for our Distinguished List at our previous month’s meeting. Members can see full reviews of these books and many more in the January edition of BayViews. Not a member? Join, come to our monthly meetings, and hear about these Outstanding books in person!
How Mamas Love Their Babies written by Fitzgerald, Juniper and illustrated by Peterson, Elise; Feminist Press at CUNY, 2018.
How Mamas Love Their Babies is an engaging picture book celebrating the myriad ways an array of mothers love their babies. Well-suited to storytime or lap reading, this timely book would be welcome addition to library and classroom picture book collections. (Grades PreK-3.)
3×4 written and illustrated by Brunetti, Ivan; TOON Books, 2018.
“For your homework, you’ll draw 12 things, but in sets.” The diverse group of students draw several examples of four groups of three, while a few choose two groups of six. Text is in dialogue balloons, and pages are composed of one illustration, two panels, or four panels. (K-3.)
The Bookshop Girl written by Bishop, Sylvia and illustrated by Bernatene, Poly; Peachtree, 2018.
Property Jones, abandoned in the White Hart book shop and found in the lost property cupboard, now lives with Netty Jones and her son Michael. But Property has a secret – she can’t read. Winning a London bookshop in a contest puts them in the middle of a dangerous situation. (1-3.)
Swallow’s Dance written by Orr, Wendy; Pajama Press, 2018.
An unusual historical novel set in Minoan Greece, Swallow’s Dance used descriptive language and sections of blank verse to create the voice of its young heroine, Leira, as a series of volcanic eruptions interrupt her religious education and then completely disrupts her ordered and comfortable life. (4-7.)
Tiger vs. Nightmare written and illustrated by Tetri, Emily; First Second/Roaring Brook, 2018.
A small tiger tackles her nightmares with the help of her friend, the monster under her bed. Tetri’s delightful watercolors illustrate this enthralling story of discovering courage and how conquering fear can take more than one try. (1-3.)