Alphamaniacs: Builders of 26 Wonders of the Word by Paul Fleischman, Illus. by Melissa Sweet

Review by Logaine Navascués

magine a circus where words are the most exotic animal. A space where writers play with language to perform bizarre tricks and tame it into unusual yet sophisticated forms. Welcome to Alphamaniacs, a collection of mini biographies of 26 outstanding storytellers who found their own, unique ways of writing with wit and creativity.   … More Alphamaniacs: Builders of 26 Wonders of the Word by Paul Fleischman, Illus. by Melissa Sweet

The Disability Experience: Working Toward Belonging by Hannalora Leavitt, Illus. by Belle Wuthrich

Review by Elizabeth Leung

As resources that explain disabilities to youth are hard to come by, The Disability Experience is a true gem of non-fiction. Author Hannalora Leavitt, who herself is legally blind, provides a succinct overview of the culture and history of disability for young readers. … More The Disability Experience: Working Toward Belonging by Hannalora Leavitt, Illus. by Belle Wuthrich

How to Promenade with a Python (and Not Get Eaten) by Rachel Poliquin, illus. by Kathryn Durst

ow to Promenade with a Python (And Not Get Eaten), written by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Kathryn Durst, is an instructional guide to prepare the reader for an exciting evening walk with a 300-pound python named Frank. Thankfully, the reader has help from Celeste, a Madagascar hissing cockroach to prepare for this excursion. … More How to Promenade with a Python (and Not Get Eaten) by Rachel Poliquin, illus. by Kathryn Durst

Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound by James Rhodes, Illus. by Martin O’Neill

Review by Louise Brecht

James Rhodes’ Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound is a spellbinding introduction to the rock star composers of the classical music era(s). Cleverly crafted to resonate with teen readers unfamiliar with this genre, its message that our current tunesmiths are born from classical roots is potent for lapsed fans or music aficionados, regardless of age. … More Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound by James Rhodes, Illus. by Martin O’Neill