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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 31, 2011

Enter to win one of two signed copies of Alex and Tony Learn to be Gentlemen by Antonee Boykin.

What does it means to be a gentleman? Author Antonee Boykin kicks off her new picture book series with a lesson on manners.

Giveaway begins December 31, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends January 28, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 8 and under

Paperback: 32 pages

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 27, 2011

Jane Yolen. Photo credit: ©2011 Jason Stemple

Known as the “Hans Christian Andersen of America,” Jane Yolen has written over 300 books including Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal. She has also been awarded the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children’s Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society’s Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy’s Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children’s Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents’ Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. A devoted mother and grandmother, she lives four months of the year in St. Andrews, Scotland and the rest at her home in Massachusetts.

Author Showcase

By Dave Marchetti, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 25, 2011

Steve the Stickleback is a cute story aimed at young children and beginner readers. It tells the story of Steve a young male Stickleback fish on his adventure to build a nest, find a mate and care for his babies. The males of this amazing little fish start out a plain silver/ grey color but in a short time during breeding season undergo an amazing color transformation becoming a beautiful red color with traces of green and bluish eyes.  Many of these fish don’t survive their journey due to predators they may encounter along the way. Their journey takes them from deeper water into small brackish water streams filled with branches and grasses. This adventure takes place early each spring in many parts of the world including Rhode Island in a stream less than half a mile from the author’s house. In Rhode Island the fish typically begin their journey in late March and are watching over their babies within a few weeks. Unlike many native fish they readily breed in an aquarium often within days of catching them.

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 23, 2011

I would like my daughter to read about young girls as instructive role models who will inspire bravery and determination in her. I’ve spent a bit of time searching for books with bold heroines and these are the ones I’ve found most entertaining and even a little humorous. Enjoy and please let me know which books you’ve found for the girls in your life.

The Maggie B. was my absolute favorite book as a child. Irene Haas painted an enchanting water-colored world with her sweet verse I wanted to escape to. Margaret Barnstable was everything I wanted to be: bold, resourceful, a sailor and a violinist. When a storm strikes her ship, she single-handedly battens down the hatches and cares for her brother. All this while, fishing for “beautiful blue green lobsters” she prepared in a scrumptious stew as supper for two. After all these years, I would still like to sail on the Maggie B. (Ages 4 and up)

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 22, 2011

Interview with the author and photographer behind Kiki & Coco in Paris—a child’s exciting adventures in the City of Light

Nina Gruener is the author of three children’s books Above San Francisco and Above New York and most recently Kiki & Coco in Paris. Stephanie Rausser is a lifestyle photographer who has had her work featured all over the world. Together, they created Kiki & Coco in Paris, the tender story of a young girl visiting Paris for the first time with her doll.

Nicki Richesin: Congratulations on your beautiful new book Kiki & Coco in Paris. I’m sure it will make a delightful gift for little girls this holiday season. Could you tell us about how you began the project and a bit about your collaboration?