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Delphine and her sisters head south to give their pregnant step mother some peace and quiet. Life in Alabama with their grand-mother, great grandmother and other relatives is anything but quiet. There is lots of drama between the grandmother and grand-aunt, fueled by Violetta who carries tales back and forth between them. The dynamics of the family are very real. One of the most touching moments is when Delphine sees her parents being tolerant of each other (she only remembers the fights). A family story that rings true. Edie Ching, 10-14.
Black and white pen and ink drawings exquisitely executed by Myers pay homage to the simple creativity a pen affords, in the hands of an accomplished artist. The drawing of his father, Walter, on the third page is a nice tribute to a man that inspired him. Ages 7-10 Maria E. Gentle
Can we face thinking about winter? In this grand superhero spoof a lowly garbage truck saves the day when snow falls deeply and he acquires a powerful plow. The humor for the adult reader is delightful, as Supertruck sneaks into a garage, removes his glasses and dons his plow. The world Savage creates is all boxes, lines, and occasional circles. He uses light, color, and perspective to add interest. This is both simple and effective in that it lets preschool listeners in on the truck's secret. Up to seven. K. Isaacs
Told that only boys play drums in Cuba, the protagonist has rhythm in her heart (and the chops). Mostly told with a syncopated pulse (the “Drum Dream” spondee can stop the bouncy cadence in its tracks), the repetitions of the verse and the insistent beat communicate the power—and triumph—of perseverance. Up to Seven. Tony Carmack
Very young readers will be delighted by the variety of boats in this elongated shaped board book. Each boat, painted in watercolor with bright primary colors, goes across a sea of blue with the sound that it makes. All Aboard! Up to seven. -Ruth Anne Champion
Stella by Starlight is an intriguing book based in the South in the 1930’s. The book tells Stella’s family and community story struggle with the KKK. Stella struggles with writing throughout the book, and eventually learns to write about real life events that she sees happening throughout Bumblebee, especially that pertaining to the KKK and her father’s journey to vote in the presidential election. The book is well written and keeps the audience interested in what is happening next. Ages 10-14. Nominated by Stephanie Jarvais
Ten-year-old Melody lives with her widowed father in small-town Royal, Indiana. Though they have a happy life together, Melody is thrilled that her father has finally found love again when she hears him call someone on the phone “honey.” Meanwhile, French Bulldog Mo dreams of a girl who hugs him and says, “you’re mine.” As Melody and her best friend, Nick, search for “Honey,” they discover secrets that connect Melody and Mo to their pasts. This story is filled with juicy vocabulary words, delightful characters, and relatable portrayals of school, family, and change. Seven to Ten. Rachel Peffer