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Word Up! Three Picture Books and a Graphic Novel Celebrate the Power and Joy of Language

THAOWritten and illustrated by Thao LamOTTOA PalindramaWritten and illustrated by Jon AgeeMY MONSTER MOOFYWritten by Annie WatsonIllustrated by Eric ZelzTHE WORDY BOOKWritten and illustrated by Julie PaschkisWords have rescued us. During these strange seasons, amid the silences of public spaces, they’ve provided consolation, helped us stay tuned. We’ve broken quietude in new ways, re-examined what we thought we knew, carried phrases as mottoes, or leverage. Four new books (three picture
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The Children of 9/11 Come of Age

Huq creates a powerful visual language through color and scale. Sudden lush views of gardens hint at the beauty of Bangladesh, green moments echoed throughout the novel to signal comfort. The palette changes as abruptly as Nisrin’s moods; scorched reds giving way to blue sorrow, the candy-pink of an unexpected gift, the warm creams of a new friend. Nisrin’s grandfather, a pompous armchair pundit, shrinks to a tiny figure adrift
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Finding Your Own Way With Words, and Images

A KID IS A KID IS A KIDWritten by Sara O’LearyIllustrated by Qin LengInstead of a teacher in a classroom posing the discussion-sparking question to children, as in “A Family Is a Family Is a Family,” here children outside in the schoolyard question the questions other children ask them. “I can think of better things to ask than if I’m a boy or a girl,” a poignantly rendered “new kid”
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A Doubleheader of Baseball Novels for Fans and Non-Fans Alike

“Much Ado About Baseball,” by Rajani LaRocca, opens with the line, “Baseball is magic,” and is narrated in alternating chapters by frenemies Trish, who pitches, and Ben, who used to pitch but now plays first base. In addition to the wonders of the game, readers will encounter magical delights like fairy dust, a Fountain of Youth, Books of Power and mildly poisonous snacks. In other words, it’s a story with
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The 12 best new children’s books for summer 2021

Picture Books Be it the taste of sand in sandwiches or a blown-away beach ball, our most evocative childhood memories are likely to be of holidays spent by the sea – and it is the picture books that capture both the child’s enchantment and the adult’s nostalgia that are among our most treasured. The Wide, Wide Sea by Anna Wilson (out now, Nosy Crow, £6.99) is the lyrical story of
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Babar at 90: can this elephant in the room survive our sensitive times?

With his iconic emerald suit, yellow crown, and spats, Babar is one of the most recognisable picture book characters in the world. At 90, he is two years younger than Mickey Mouse, and a decade older than Dumbo, but the French elephant cuts a notably different figure in the canon of children’s literature.  While the mouse is a forever child, Babar has accepted the trappings of adulthood. Dumbo is an outcast; Babar,
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School Newspaper Editor Bears Witness

TELL IT TRUEBy Tim LocketteGeographically, Lisa Rives lives on a lake in a small Alabama town. Emotionally, she lives in that unsettling landscape of teenagers who have realized the world is a messed-up place. Lisa’s parents fight a lot and she suspects her dad is having an affair with a co-worker. Her former-beauty-queen mom spouts harmful stereotypes, for example suggesting that Lisa and her father have autism since they clearly
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John Lewis’s Sequel to His Award-Winning Graphic Memoir, ‘March’

RUNBook OneBy John Lewis and Andrew AydinIllustrated by L. Fury with Nate PowellIf this were a graphic book review it would start out with a drawing of me on a lounge chair holding Congressman John Lewis’s latest graphic memoir, “Run: Book One.” There would be a skeptical look on my face. “Voter suppression in comics?” I would ask while mulling how sketches and snippets of dialogue and made-up words like
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The Lifesaving Power of Storytelling

THE LAST CUENTISTABy Donna Barba HigueraThe world is ending. It’s 2061 and a solar flare has pushed Halley’s comet onto a collision course with Earth. Only a handpicked group of scientists, builders and politicians can escape the ticking time bomb of a planet, on luxury spacecrafts. Much to her relief — and deep survivor’s guilt — Petra Peña; her brother, Javier; and their two supersmart scientist parents are selected. They