Bookends

Going Over, by Beth Kephart: The Berlin Wall for YA

Going Over, by Beth Kephart: The Berlin Wall for YA

Lynn: Recently, my fifth-grade grandsons and I visited the Grand Rapids Public Museum, where a section of the Berlin Wall is on exhibit. After listening to me try to explain how it came to be, one of them asked, “Didn’t people try to get across it?” “Yes,”  I said, “That is exactly what people tried to […]

Posted in: Bookends, Kidlit

The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House, by Eric Litwin

Cindy: And you think bedtime at your house is nuts??? Check out The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House (Little, Brown 2014) for a reality check! Before you do anything else, though, watch the Bedtime at the Nuthouse video above. Now, imagine a room full of librarians singing this song and pointing their fingers like Mama […]

Posted in: Bookends, Kidlit
Coming Soon! The Booklist Reader

Coming Soon! The Booklist Reader

Cindy and Lynn: Changes are afoot at Bookends. Booklistonline is redesigning its bevy of blogs into a new one new blog presence called The Booklist Reader. Bookends will still exist but we will function as a department within the larger blog alongside your other favorite Booklist blogs. Keir Graff explains the change in more detail […]

Posted in: Bookends, Kidlit, News
The Right Word by Jen Bryant

The Right Word by Jen Bryant

Lynn:  When I first heard about The Right Word:  Roget and His Thesaurus (Eerdmans 2014) I KNEW I would love it.  The winning team of Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet AND the story of Peter Roget – a shy boy who loved words and made lists!  I’ve now read the book in falling- apart galley […]

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Cindy: Last week we linked to Edith Pattou’s fairy tale East in our blog post about Margi Preus’ new book West of the Moon and now this week we have a new book, hot off the press, by Pattou. In Ghosting (Skyscape 2014) she has left the frightening world of fairy tales and set this […]

Stone Giant by Jane Sutcliffe

Stone Giant by Jane Sutcliffe

Lynn:  The giant lay in the courtyard of the Cathedral for 40 years.  It had been hammered on, had a large hole chiseled in it and the weather had scoured it.  And then Michelangelo’s friends wrote him a letter begging him to come home and take on the giant.  This is the wonderful true story […]

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Cindy: I have a faithful following of middle schools girls who love folktale retellings. Most of them are more familiar with the Grimm stories (or stories that Disney films have undertaken–commentary on that topic is available elsewhere online) than with traditional Scandinavian tales. When I introduce them to Edith Pattou’s East or Jessica Day George’s […]

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Lynn:  Picture books featuring adorable animals are commonplace.  Picture books about a real-life elephant seal who won the hearts of an entire town?  Rare!  In the author’s note, Cox,  a famous long-distance swimmer, tells of first hearing the story of Elizabeth during a trip to New Zealand.  She says she knew she would someday have […]

Leaving China by James McMullan

Leaving China by James McMullan

Lynn:  We reviewers are supposed to be analytical about our reading and writing, assessing the elements of what we read and conveying those to you making decisions about what to read and purchase.  I try, really I do.  But sometimes a book comes along that I just love.  Period.  Leaving China:  An Artist Paints His […]

Nesting books are hatching…

Nesting books are hatching…

While the birds were building spring nests in Michigan, our mailboxes were nesting new books about birds and nests. We’ve read them and are ready to push a few out of the nest and into the blog. If we missed some other worthy new fledgling nest title, please leave a comment so we can train […]