Author Archives: Gary Anderson

Review: HOW TO GET YOUR SCREEN-LOVING KIDS TO READ BOOKS FOR PLEASURE by Kaye Newton

Kaye Newton’s How to Get Your Screen-Loving Kids to Read Books for Pleasure is geared toward parents frustrated with how the reading lives of their children are hijacked by the allure of cell phones, iPads, and other screen-based devices. Although … Continue reading

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Review: WHERE MY BODY ENDS AND THE WORLD BEGINS by Tony Romano

In Tony Romano’s Where My Body Ends and the World Begins, readers are immediately immersed in a Chicago neighborhood of the late 1950s and 1960s. The community is still devastated by the fire at Our Lady of the Angels School … Continue reading

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Asher, Alexie, and Dashner: Believe the Women and Ban the Books?

I’ll start by saying as clearly as possible, I believe the women (and others) who have accused young adult literature authors Jay Asher, Sherman Alexie, and James Dashner of sexual harassment and other bad behavior. These popular writers have each … Continue reading

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Review: ANYBODY’S GAME: KATHRYN JOHNSTON, THE FIRST GIRL TO PLAY LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL by Heather Lang

Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball by Heather Lang is a terrific new nonfiction baseball picture book and a great way to celebrate the upcoming baseball season. “Girls don’t play baseball” is the book’s … Continue reading

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Review: SPEAK: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll

When I learned a few months ago that Laurie Halse Anderson’s 1999 YA classic Speak was being adapted as a graphic novel, I assumed it would be just that, an adaptation. The new version of Speak is more than that … Continue reading

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Review: CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT by Nancy Churnin

Most Americans know the story of Jackie Robinson, the black baseball player who broke his sport’s color barrier in 1947. Charlie Sifford, the first black PGA golfer, could be called the Jackie Robinson of golf, but Charlie’s situation was different. … Continue reading

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Meet Julia Reyes and Vivian Carter: 2 YA Books for Right Now!

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez and Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu are two of the most powerful YA books of the past year. Every high school classroom has readers looking for books like these and … Continue reading

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One More 2017 Round-Up of Nonfiction Picture Books

For my final set of nonfiction picture books of 2017, here are eighteen recent titles that feature history, biographies, animals, math, and natural science. I’m constantly amazed at the inventive ways picture book authors and illustrators approach and shape their … Continue reading

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14 More New Nonfiction Picture Books for Home or School

This batch of nonfiction picture books has a little bit of almost everything–biographies, animals, dazzling illustrations, fascinating photos, laughs, drama, and insights into our amazing world. I hope these reviews are helpful to parents and educators searching for the best … Continue reading

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Review: TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green

John Green’s new novel Turtles All the Way Down: I don’t even know where to start. Maybe just start with what I want to say about this book. It is important. Aza, the narrator and main character, has anxiety. Even … Continue reading

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