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Solita and the Purple Moon (Solita y la Luna Morada)

Miriam Isabel Elliott

AuthorHouse, 24 pages, (paperback) $11.49, 9781434349323
(Reviewed: March, 2022)

The moon comforts a little girl who is scared and alone in the bilingual children’s book Solita and the Purple Moon (Solita y la Luna Morada).

A lonely girl named Solita is greeted by a moon that’s purple, her favorite color, outside her bedroom window. The moon tells her it will come at bedtime each […]

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I Celebrate My Voice: It is Limitless!

Nonku Kunene Adumetey, illustrated by Mary K. Biswas

Nonku Kunene Adumetey, 52 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781735738284
(Reviewed: February, 2022)

A colorful and optimistic picture book, I Celebrate My Voice presents the concept of a person’s voice as much more than what they say, instead framing it as an expression of what they love and who they are.

“What is my voice?” asks the narrator of the book. To answer the question, the book offers […]

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Ellen Dee Davidson

Luminare Press, 171 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9781643887180
(Reviewed: February, 2022)

Reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz but with a modern-day component, Ellen Dee Davidson’s Wind involves a natural disaster that sets a young girl on an imaginative course of discovery. Along the way she also learns the importance of family, friendships, and overcoming fears.

Offering an enticing blend of fantasy, mythology, and earth mysticism, this […]

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The Dark Beast: Raven, Romda and Ravai, Vol. 1

Dave Maruszewski

BookBaby, 118 pages, (paperback) $8.99, 9781098394776
(Reviewed: February, 2022)

In the first volume of Dave Maruszewski’s middle-grade book, three young squires pursue a half man/half beast who threatens to destroy a town—and then some.

Learning that a priest in another town is worried about “odd happenings,” a king assigns his charges Raven, Ravai, and Romda, to investigate. When the trio arrive, the priest is […]

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Brian Kindall

Diving Boy Books, 228 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781736106846
(Reviewed: February, 2022)

In this middle-grade novel, a lonely boy makes a wish that endangers his town.

Timothy Sperling misses his mother and father terribly. They have gone on a voyage to save a species of bird from extinction and haven’t been heard from in seven years. Tim has been left in the care of his gloomy, reclusive […]

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The Big Pop

Jane M. Miller

Archway Publishing, 30 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781665700313
(Reviewed: January, 2022)

A lonely red balloon finds colorful balloon companions in Jane M. Miller’s children’s picture book The Big Pop.

Living at the circus without other balloons to play with, Red Balloon decides to float away. He meets Yellow Balloon, and when they pass each other, Orange Balloon appears. Red and Yellow find two Blue Balloons, and […]

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Izza’s Tea Party: A Family Guide to Fire Safety and Burn Prevention

Hashmat Effendi

AuthorHouse, 32 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781665519786
(Reviewed: January, 2022)

A young girl learns about hot liquids and appropriate safety measures in the educational picture book Izza’s Tea Party.

The book introduces Izza, who has been invited to a tea party at Grandma’s house. With her mother, her puppy Ella, and her bird Sonu, Izza walks to Grandma’s; once there, she’s eager to help, but […]

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The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince: Everybody’s Good at Something

Prince A. Sanders

Dorrance Publishing, 58 pages, (hardcover) $25.00, 9781636614281
(Reviewed: January, 2022)

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince: Everybody’s Good at Something is a heartwarming story about a boy who finds his passion—and acceptance from others—in ballet.

Prince—not the famed musical artist, despite the amount of purple and glam on the cover—loves adventure stories and exploring outside. He also enjoys sports, but finds that he’s not very […]

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The Children’s Rebellion and Climate Change

Carol Sutters, illustrated by William Fong

AuthorHouse, 42 pages, (paperback) $12.90, 9781665588034
(Reviewed: December, 2021)

In this illustrated story, two children and their mother discuss the impacts of climate change, concluding that young people must create new technologies to stop exploitation of the natural world.

The mother and her children, Tom and Kate, are watching television when a press conference with Greta Thunberg comes over the air. The reporter and […]

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Rae’s First Day: The First Story in The Capables Series

Danny Jordan, illustrated by Agustina Perciante

Capables, LLC, 40 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781736458013
(Reviewed: December, 2021)

In this children’s book told in graphic-novel/comic-book style, Rae has a disability that all can see, but she also has a secret superpower she has yet to share.

Rae is heading off for her first day of school. Born with a short right arm and two fingers on one hand, Rae has learned from her […]

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