News & Reviews (Week of December 2 & 9)
Publishers Weekly releases A Different Kind of Publishing Experience: New England Children's Publishers featuring Charlesbridge!
The Great Nijinsky is a 2020 Finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction!
The CBC and NSTA have picked Mario and the Hole in the Sky (English and Spanish Editions) and Not a Butterfly Alphabet Book for their 2019's Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students List!
Mario and the Hole in the Sky (Spanish Edition) and Snowman-Cold=Puddle were both selected as NYPL 2019 Best Books for Kids!
Betsy Bird's '31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019' has thus far included six Charlesbridge titles in just the first 13 days -- Baby Loves the Five Senses: Hearing! and Sight! for Great Board Books; A Trapezoid is Not a Dinosaur! and Which One Doesn't Belong? for Math Books for Kids; and the Bilingual/Spanish Editions of Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering and Mario and the Hole in the Sky for Bilingual & Spanish Books for Kids. And there's still many more days to get through in December!
School Library Journal's article Building a STEM Foundation: New Books for Preschool Through Grade Two features three Charlesbridge titles -- Butterflies in Room 6, Whose Footprint is That?, and Seashells: More Than a Home!
Purdue University's Engineering Gift Guide includes Daring Dozen, Baby Loves Structural Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Coding!
Alfred's Book of Monsters was selected as Bookstagram's Best Halloween/Scary Picture Book for 2019!
The Superlative A. Lincoln and Beware! have been selected to the 2020 Illinois Reads lists!
The Boo-Boos That Changed the World is a 2020-21 Louisiana Readers’ Choice nominee!
The Voice reports that Girls with Guts! makes Michigan's Indie Nonfiction Bestsellers List for November!
Not a Bean
The Horn Book
Starred Review (Not Final)
“Jumping beans” are not in fact beans but moth larvae that have burrowed into the seedpods of the yerba de la flecha shrubs found alongside arroyos in the northern desert mountains of Mexico. In this accessible life-cycle/counting book that organically interweaves Spanish and English, Martínez traces the metamorphosis of “una oruga—a wiggly caterpillar” as it embarks on a pupation journey, that, with the aid of many desert helpers, ends with transformation and a spreading of wings as “a majestic polilla…soars into the sky.” Martínez takes readers inside the seedpod, spotlighting its daily interactions—from the sun that warms it; to cacti (“dos saguaros”) that provide shade; to the predators (“cuatro coyotes,” “cinco cuervos”) its clicking and clacking scares away; to children (“siete amigos”) who come upon it while exploring the desert and use it to play a game. González’s digital illustrations harmonize subdued desert hues, mixing greens, russets, and blues. Capacious double-page spreads capture intricate goings-on inside the seedpod while simultaneously conveying wide-open desert expanses. Martínez (from El Paso) attends to the complexity of this desert landscape—a region politically and environmentally fraught—by tenderly centering its beautifully complex life in an engagingly child-friendly way. An appended author’s note provides additional information about jumping bean moths; a glossary and bilingual “Count to Ten” list are also included.
February 1, 2020