Natsumi’s Song of Summer by Robert Paul Weston, Illus. by Misa Saburi

Review by Logaine Navascués

Friends share a common language. Sometimes it’s in the words they speak or in the games they play. Others, in the small details of daily life, those instants when magic reveals itself, such as when cicada bugs leave the underground world and emerge into the sunlight. … More Natsumi’s Song of Summer by Robert Paul Weston, Illus. by Misa Saburi

Ocean Speaks: Marie Tharp and the Map that Moved the Earth by Jess Keating, Illus. by Katie Hickey

Review by Logaine Navascués

The ocean is a big blue mystery and Marie wants to unravel it. She is used to investigating the countryside with her father, but the sea is different: she can hear it calling, although she still cannot understand what it says. … More Ocean Speaks: Marie Tharp and the Map that Moved the Earth by Jess Keating, Illus. by Katie Hickey

The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers with Devin Fan

Review by Elizabeth Leung

In the world of Perfect Pets, Barnabus is a failed project. Half-elephant and half-mouse, he isn’t fluffy enough and his eyes are kind of beady, so he is hidden away with the other failed projects in a secret lab deep underground and guarded by the Green Rubber Suits. … More The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers with Devin Fan

Maud and Grand-Maud by Sara O’Leary, Illustrated by Kenard Pak

Review by Lauren Hathaway

Picture books that feature intergenerational relationships can be surprisingly hard to come by. Maud and Grand-Maud not only helps fill this gap in the market, but it also honors the special bonds that some children share with their grandparents. … More Maud and Grand-Maud by Sara O’Leary, Illustrated by Kenard Pak

It Happened on Sweet Street by Caroline Adderson, Illus. by Stéphane Jorisch

Review by Jocelyne Gregory

When bakers fight, it’s the public that wins… at least that is what happens on Sweet Street. Caroline Adderson’s It Happened on Sweet Street takes place on a quiet cul-de-sac where Monsieur “creator of cakes” Oliphant, Mademoiselle “cookie concocter” Fée, and Madame “ baker of pies” Clotilde compete against each other in baking contests. … More It Happened on Sweet Street by Caroline Adderson, Illus. by Stéphane Jorisch