A Heart So Fierce and Broken [Brigid Kemmerer]

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigit Kemmerer was much better than A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but I still didn't love it. In every way, this is not a book or a series I would ever bother to reread and as it stands I'm not even sure if I care to read the third novel that will…

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A Story About Cancer (with a Happy Ending) [India Desjardins]

I'm not sure whether this is my mistaken preconceived notions regarding how the story would go, but A Story About Cancer (with a Happy Ending) by India Desjardins and illustrated by Marianne Ferrer was a lot darker than I thought it would be. I guess the inclusion of a happy ending didn't mean that the story would…

Ahmed’s Journey [Jill Apperson Manly]

Ahmed's Journey by Jill Apperson Manly is a fairly quick children's book with engaging illustrations detailing the experience of a young boy who deals with the anxiety of participating in the traditional camel races of his country and family. A wonderful way of introducing more diversity into the available children's books, Ahmed's Journey portrays emotions and feelings…

STEAM Stories: The Picnic Problem [Jonathan Litton]

I picked up The Picnic Problem by Jonathan Litton largely due to the fact that it was labeled as a STEAM book, one meant to promote the learning and understanding of a subject within that particular set of fields. While I'd love to see one that focused on technology, it was still wonderful to see a…

My Island [Stephanie Demasse-Pottier & Seng Soun Ratanavanh]

My Island by Stephanie Demasse-Pottier and Seng Soun Ratanavanh is the sort of book that will really capture a kid's attention if they're into pictures and images. Since, typically, that's most children I can definitely see this book being a success to an extent. It's very pretty and colorful, filled with a multitude of exciting…