This month, we find out how much we learn in the first years of life, conquer our fear of diving, worry about whether our first crush will be reciprocated or not, defend our right to love our own hair, attend a global and diverse magical boarding school and fight alongside two foster kids for a place in a loving home on Cape Cod Island.
This month, we spend a hot summer's day transforming into animals, go for a long, steamy soak at a Japanese bath house, travel through time in a remarkable way, see how internalized racism can turn people into their own worst enemies at exactly the time they need to be their own best friends, and take to the Maine woods to search for a lost boy who can't speak.
This month, we get a cautionary lesson on efficiency and quiet quit, go jigging for halibut, try - and fail - to outrun ourselves, create a cardboard kingdom and freeze time in order to get one more day of summer, which turns into a nightmare. We've also got a couple of terrific YA recommendations for those of you who are into superhero re-tellings or dystopic horror.
Children's book reviews by a children's writer. This month, we roll our eyes at clueless Dads, stand up to a bullying troll, face down racist microagressions, learn to listen to the horses, and travel back in time through a forbidden apartment.
A yearly round up of recommended children's picture books and middle grade fiction for 2022.