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The Children’s Book Review Turns One

Have you ever heard the expression: time flies when you are having fun? Sure you have. It’s an expression that certainly rings true for the Children’s Book Review. March 18 marked our first anniversary, and so I thought I would share with you some of our highlights.

  • In fall 2008, The Children’s Book Review was selected for inclusion in the American Library Association’s Great Web Sites for Kids. Thank you to the ALSC’s GWS Committee members who voted for us.
  • All of the author interviews were so much fun, but making my first podcast from my interview with Emily Gravett was a gratifying moment — click here to check it out. Click here to read the interviews from the following fabulous authors: Graeme Base, Bonny Becker, Tomie dePaolo, Deborah Diesen, Bobbie Hinman, Ingrid Law, Jon Scieszka, David Shannon, and Eric Wight.
  • Growing my team from me to three, with two enthusiastic book lovers. The first addition was Luisa LaFleur. Her specialty is reviewing bilingual books for “budding linguists”. Our latest induction is Amanda Lynch — an English major, book selling (and lover) extraordinaire — stay tuned for an official introduction.

Our favorite wordless picture books that scored a review:

Wave Wave

by Suzy Lee

Reading level:
Ages 2-6

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 16, 2008)

Review: Click here.

Wonder Bear Wonder Bear

by Tao Nyeu

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Dial Books (September 18, 2008)

Review: Click here.

SouthSouth

by Patrick McDonnell

Reading level:
Ages 3-6

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (September 1, 2008)

Review: Click here.


Our favorite picture books that scored a review:

I Lost My KissesI Lost My Kisses

by Trudie Trewin

Reading level: Ages 2-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Orchard Books;
1 edition (January 1, 2008)

Review: Click here.

 

Chimpanzees Of HappytownChimpanzees of Happy Town

by Giles Andreae(Author), Guy Parker-Rees(Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 2-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Orchard Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2006)

Review: Click here.

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked The Apple Pie That Papa Baked

by Lauren Thompson (author) and Jonathan Bean (illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 2-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Children’s Publishing (July 24, 2007)

Review: Click here.

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

Reading level: Ages 2-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Rising Moon (February
25, 2003)

Review: Click here.

Monkey and MeMonkey And Me

by Emily Gravett (I really enjoyed her playful website)

Reading level: Ages 2-6

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (March 4, 2008)

Review: Click here.

SomedaySomeday

by Alison McGhee (Author), Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 2 – 6

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Atheneum (February 27, 2007)

Review: Click here.

Hello, Day! Hello Day

by Anita Lobel

Reading level: Ages 0 – 5

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Greenwillow (March 25, 2008)

Review: Click here.

The Little Yellow Leaf The Little Yellow Leaf

by Carin Berger

Reading level: Ages 3-6

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Greenwillow (August 26, 2008)

Review: Click here.


Our favorite multi-concept, or interactive books that scored a review:

AlphabetAlphabet

by Matthew Van Fleet

Reading level: Baby-Preschool

Hardcover: 20 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 8, 2008)

Review: Click here.

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?

by Karen Beaumont

Reading level:
Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (May 27, 2008)

Review: Click here.


Our favorite novels, graphic novels, and chapter books that scored a review:

Clementine's Letter (Clementine)Clementine’s Letter

Sara Pennypacker (Author), Marla Frazee (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Hardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Hyperion (April 1, 2008)

Review: Click here.

Kenny & the Dragon Kenny & the Dragon

by Tony DiTerlizzi

Reading level:
Ages 8-12

Hardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (August 5, 2008)

Review: Click here.

Nicholas in Trouble Nicholas in Trouble

by Rene Goscinny (Author) Jean-Jacques Sempe (Illustrator), Anthea Bell (Translator)

Reading Level:
Ages 7 – 10

Hardcover: 132 pages

Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd (October 31, 2008)

Review: Click here.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

by Jeff Kinney

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Amulet (February 1, 2008)

Review: Click here.

The WilloughbysThe Willoughbys

by Lois Lowry

Reading level:
Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 176 pages

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books; 1 edition (March 31, 2008)

Review:
Click here.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret

by Brian Selznick

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 544 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 30, 2007)

Review: Click here.

Savvy Savvy

by Ingrid Law

Reading level:
Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Dial (May 1, 2008)

Review: Click here.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (rpkg) The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

By Avi

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (August 10, 2004)

Review: Click here.



Our favorite videos:


BOOK BY BOOK: the making of a monkey man from Jarrett Krosoczka on Vimeo.


The five most popular pages visited:

  1. 2009 Caldecott and Newbery Winners
  2. Ages 4 – 8: Books for preschoolers to second grade
  3. Books for Boys
  4. Link and a Quote: Drummer Boy by Loren Long
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw: Book 3

Thank you to everyone who has made our first year so great. And most importantly, thanks for reading!

The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Great Web Sites for Kids, is a resource devoted to children’s literacy. We publish reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. We also produce author and illustrator interviews and share literacy based articles that help parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians to grow readers. This article was written and provided by one of TCBR's regular contributors.

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