Young Reader

In late-Renaissance Italy, while restoring musical instruments for Prince Ferdinando de Medici, Cristofori dreams of and invents an instrument that can play as quietly as a clavichord and as loudly as a harpsichord. Priceman’s gouache and ink illustrations create a whimsical, musical energy. Grades K–3. - Ga

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The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481444842
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 18th, 2017

Long before dawn, a boy and his father wake and quietly, companionably, drive to a pond at the city limit to fish for supper. In melting blues, deep red, occasional gold, and crisp inked outlines, we see the small fire the boy starts with a single match, the shared sandwiches, and the father’s face as he speaks to his son of a different pond in Vietnam where he and his brother fished together. Returning home, the boy helps his mother clean the fish, and both parents leave for work. In the evening, with his older siblings laughing and delicious food on the table, the kitchen bulb tenderly illuminates our narrator and his family. Grades K–3. - Ga

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A Different Pond Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781623708030
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

A child, coming home from school in her red-hooded parka, leans into a white prairie blizzard. On her way, she finds a wolf pup lost and frightened and carries it over hills and streams, through fields and woods, delivering it to its family. Exhausted, she starts home but loses her way. The wolves return, surrounding her, and howl and howl until her parents arrive. A last scene is a firelit interior, the child and her family, steaming mugs in hand, sitting by the hearth. Hearty heartfelt applause from me. Grades K–2. - Ga

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Wolf in the Snow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250076366
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 3rd, 2017

A father and daughter break down their creekside campsite, stow gear, and climb out of the Inner Gorge and up through layer after layer of ancient rock formations and ecosystems to the top of the Grand Canyon. Jason Chin’s clear, scenic watercolors and detailed text give us a sense of geological time, which (though illustrated with scientific specificity) seems in fact magical. Grades 1–4. - Ga

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Grand Canyon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596439504
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 21st, 2017

“From my house, I can see the sea. It goes like this—house, road, grassy cliff, sea.” In a 1950s coastal mining town, a boy will follow his father’s footsteps. His ambivalence is mirrored in the stunning illustrations of the dark coal mine, which supports his family, and the light, shining sea. Text and pictures (watercolors, a bit of gouache, and delicate, strokey bold ink) harmonize in a rare and lovely way. Grades 1–4. - Ga

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Town Is by the Sea Cover Image
By Joanne Schwartz, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781554988716
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Published: Groundwood Books - April 11th, 2017

Two extraordinary picture book biographies about artists who view the world as outsiders—the musician Muddy Waters initially, and the visual artist James Castle perennially. Through the stories of their art, they reveal the wider, richer world outside the bounds. Grades 2–5. - Ga

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Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters Cover Image
By Michael Mahin, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481443494
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

Two extraordinary picture book biographies about artists who view the world as outsiders—the musician Muddy Waters initially, and the visual artist James Castle perennially. Through the stories of their art, they reveal the wider, richer world outside the bounds. Grades 2–5. - Ga

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Silent Days, Silent Dreams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545927611
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 31st, 2017

Those droll, amusing, Caldecott-winning Steads have gone off the deep end again in the loveliest of ways. What happens in this contemporary fairy tale—morphing from fragments of a fairy tale Mark Twain told his daughters—I’m not absolutely certain. But it happens so delightfully, so beguilingly, you will be dazzled. (It’s particularly nice when the author Stead argues with the author Twain about the text.) And dazzling too are Erin Stead’s illustrations (woodblock, ink, and pencil). She has a light, whimsical touch, oddly solid, that you can utterly count on. Grades 2 and up. - Ga

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The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553523225
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

Three of the world’s great religions—Islam, Christianity, and Judaism—are motivated by the same single tenet: treat others as you wish to be treated. When I’m asked for a book on manners, an anti-bullying book, or for that first discussion for a child inquiring about different religions, this book caps the stack. Ages 7 & up. - Ga

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The Golden Rule Cover Image
By Ilene Cooper, Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780810909601
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2007

Deserving of its durability through the decades, this slim picture book lays out ten rules for choosing your rock, and with that, for finding your way. With evocative pen-and-ink illustrations, these words read differently depending on what you bring to the table. Ages 6–100. - Michelle

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Everybody Needs a Rock Cover Image
By Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780689710513
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - September 1st, 1985

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