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Book Review

Bear’s Bicycle

by Danielle Ballantyne

Bear is training hard for the woodland’s community bike ride, Summer Scoot. But he can’t seem to find his bicycle legs, even though he is using the same instructional book as everyone else. After running—and crashing—into some... Read More

Book Review

RuPaul

by Danielle Ballantyne

The renowned children’s biography series Little People, Big Dreams is back, and its latest installment showcases the indomitable, illustrious RuPaul. With bright colors reflective of RuPaul’s signature style, the book follows as... Read More

Book Review

R is for Rainbow

by Danielle Ballantyne

A troupe of animals guide children through the alphabet, showcasing valuable lessons and unlikely partnerships. Here, N is for “never giving up,” while C–“cupcakes and carefully planned getaways”—is paired with a whimsical... Read More

Book Review

The Pocket Chaotic

by Danielle Ballantyne

Alexander is a joey who loves his mother and the familiar comfort of her pouch, but who finds that it is getting rather crowded as of late. Handfuls of sweets, a toy car, and a recorder are just some of the things Alexander finds... Read More

Book Review

Kuan Yin

by Danielle Ballantyne

With intricate illustrations reminiscent of Chinese paper cuts, the origin story of a beloved Buddhist saint is reimagined for a new audience. Princess Ling’s beloved sister, Princess Miao Shan, does not want to marry and rule her... Read More

Book Review

Family Reunion

by Danielle Ballantyne

With an emphasis on the sanctity of family reunions in Black American families, "Family Reunion" is a sweet story about opening yourself up to new experiences—and finding unexpected delights. A young boy would rather stay home and play... Read More

Book Review

Pablo

by Danielle Ballantyne

Utilizing black-and-white illustrations with bold shapes and sharp contrasts, "Pablo" is a sparse story about breaking out of your shell—literally. Pablo’s big day has arrived: he has grown too big for his shell, and he is now ready... Read More

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