Oh, my! One of my favorite adult books is Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter and here is a fabulous, fascinating nonfiction book for children on all things beaver! Gorgeous full page color illustrations enhance the lively narrative of the life and journey of a young beaver, expertly told by Massachusetts author, Becky Cushing Gop, regional Director of Mass Audubon.
This comprehensive biography explores the enigmas of Sargent’s sexuality and ambiguities of bohemian identity during his lifetime, adding a new layer of interpretation which grants the man and his paintings a new and intense life. Fisher’s narrative provides sumptuous details of his creative process, social milieus, and, for his time, unconventional relationships with men and women. The writing is evocative, almost cinematic. Fisher is a Professor at Wellesley College.
I first fell in love with Tim O’Brien with The Things They Carried. Here he re-emerges with a picaresque adventure full of acerbic wit and commentary on a world of liars and mythmakers. “Fantastica” writing draws fully formed characters as they play out Love, Loss, Cars, Guns, Vengeance, Reunion. Enjoy the ride! He’s still got it!
A persnickety panda has everything "black and white," just as he likes it...until he receives the gift of a red flower. Where can it fit in? Strong graphic art and lift-the-flaps that introduce color and "flexible thinking" concepts make this a book with a happy ending. Ages 2 to 5.
The tale of a boy (Clay) and his dog (Elphinore) is turned on its head because...Elphinore, newly escaped from the Kingdom Under the Mountain, takes Clay on excursions to a forest world full of fantasy and folklore. In contrast, Clay's family life during the long days of summer vacation will be familiar to readers. Pitch-perfect illustrations enhance this lively story of an unbreakable bond of friendship between a boy and his dog.
An elegant, fresh take on ABCs. Awesome alliteration and ‘search and find’ elements (fun for ALL ages) will make you want to linger on each letter.
Provincetown, Wellfleet, Truro...when they were affordable, they were Bohemia! This fifty-year review of the explosive change amidst political and social unrest contains a dizzying array of interplay among a Who's Who of American culture, replete with peccadillos and heartbreak. Perfect for the libraries of Cape Cod residents!
One of my many pleasures reading to young children is asking them questions, or answering their questions, whether it be in relation to text and/or the illustrations. Twenty Questions fits this bill perfectly, as each spread invites observation, imagination, and storytelling. From the whacky (how did that cow end up on top of a wind turbine) to the sensitive (why is the elephant upset) to counting (how many animals can you see), each of twenty questions paired with their bright and bold illustrations actively engages readers and listeners, with the fun option of creating new stories and conversations the next time you pick up the book.
A wonderful tale of adventure, imagination and intergenerational friendship. The joyful story (almost wordless) behind a found flamingo father is sure to enchant any creative child (and their grandparent who may live at a distance). Absolutely glorious art.
Set in a seaside town north of Boston, the life of sailing and yacht club parties brims with tension--from rising sea levels and ecoterrorism to the dissolution of marriages and children struggling to "find their place." Then two strangers arrive in town to further disrupt matters. Glass expertly weaves a tale of unfolding secrets through spot-on narrative voices.
Can life be what you want it to be, how you create it in your art? How do you hold love and anger with empathy? This striking debut novel depicts the coming-of-age of a writer against the backdrop of a love story and family ties. Cole writes with such immediacy, you are perched right on his shoulder! A real-deal debut, and an author to watch!
A totally absorbing story from one born and raised (mostly) in Appalachian coal country where tragedies come out of nowhere and generations love their mothers and fight with their fathers. This magnetic memoir of finding identity, power, and freedom is filled with sentences that shimmer. I didn't want it to end!
Fantastic nature writing about...the fascinating beaver. They are architects, engineers and family-oriented, They also represent a profound part of our natural history and ecology--both our history and our present.
A beautiful historical novel in which a young woman coming of age in San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s does not follow the model life of marriage and family, as expected from her community. Lily's journey to self-confidence and finding unexpected love with her classmate Kathleen is layered and thoughtful. Winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Young People's Literature!