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April 2016
Problems You Can Solve and Problems You Can't
A Dutch teen smuggles goods under the Nazis' noses, then gets a new job: find a missing Jewish girl.
Buy the books:   [ Girl in the Blue Coat ]   [ The Wild Robot ]   [ Horrible Bear! ]   [ Twenty Yawns ]



March 2016
Old Friends & New
Two young friends bond while probing the mysterious death of a legendary actress.
Buy the books:   [ Summerlost ]   [ Can I Eat That? ]   [ Make Way for Ducklings ]   [ The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story ]



March 2016
Play Ball!
Exceptional denizens of the diamond.
Buy the books:   [ You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! ]   [ The Kid From Diamond Street ]



March 2016
Earthly Powers and Unearthly Malevolence
Is that noise in the night a ghost or a Nazi spy? And where are all the children disappearing to?
Buy the books:  [ The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle ]   [ Hannah & Sugar ]   [ Parachute ]   [ Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker ]



March 2016
Mystical Realms
Watchful spirit animals, attacking demons, talismanic rituals and miraculous bees.
Buy the books:   [ Hour of the Bees ]   [ Maybe a Fox ]   [ Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls ]



February 2016
Tooth Fairies and Toad Detectives
When the diabolical dentist gets Alfie alone and manacled, he is horrified when she deploys implements 'like things you would find in a museum of medieval torture.'
Buy the books:   [ Demon Dentist ]   [ A Complicated Case ]   [ The Dead Bird ]   [ Little One ]   [ Spot, the Cat ]



February 2016
Sweet Misery
Two brothers toiling on the cacao plantations of the Ivory Coast must fight together to survive.
Buy the books:   [ The Smell of Other People's Houses ]   [ The Bitter Side of Sweet ]



February 2016
Random Beauty
By night, someone is sculpting trees into marvelous creatures.
Buy the books:   [ The Night Gardener ]   [ Echo Echo ]



February 2016
Children of Strife and Comfort
A boy's idyll in a dozy Mexican town abruptly ends when violence erupts and his parents disappear.
Buy the books:   [ Playing for the Devil's Fire ]   [ Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig ]  
[ When Spring Comes ]   [ Swap! ]



January 2016
In Peril on the Sea
An eye-opening tale about the sinking of a German ship carrying civilians fleeing the Red Army.
Buy the books:   [ Salt to the Sea ]   [ Anna and the Swallow Man ]   [ Pax ]



January 2016
Peril, Ponies and Pistols
Buy the books:   [ Some Kind of Courage ]   [ The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof ]   [ The Movie Theater Mystery ]  



January 2016
Unlikely Allies
A tale of a son's coming of age amid BMWs, Lamborghinis, Porsches -- and Nazi tanks.
Buy the books:   [ The Tin Snail ]   [ Lizzie and the Lost Baby ]   [ Mother Bruce ]



January 2016
Crayons Down, Kids. It's Hillary Story Time
Two new picture books depict Mrs. Clinton with a hagiographic glow that even kindergartners might find hard to swallow.
Buy the books:   [ Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead ]   [ Hillary ]



December 2014
Lives of Art and Inspiration   [ WSJ ]
Illustrated biographies about Henri Matisse, a Victorian portrait photographer and the inventor of the Ferris wheel.
Buy the books:   [ The Iridescence of Birds ]   [ Stand There! She Shouted ]   [ Mr. Ferris and His Wheel ]



December 2014
This Year's Best Illustrated Nonfiction for Children   [ WSJ ]
In a vivid book about how animals see, we learn that the sea slug doesn't even have eyeballs: He perceives light (but not color) through primitive eyespots.
Buy the books:   [ Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes ]   [ Neighborhood Sharks ]   [ Eye to Eye ]   [ Born in the Wild ]  
[ Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath Your Feet ]



December 2014
Children's 2014   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon picks the year's top 10 books for young readers.




November 2014
Olden Days, Happy Golden Days   [ WSJ ]
Wintry tableaux, Radio City Music Hall and newly illustrated versions of 'The Night Before Christmas.'
Buy the books:   [ Simon and the Bear ]   [ Beautiful Yetta's Hanukkah Kitten ]  
[ The Night Before Christmas ]   [ The Night Before Christmas ]



November 2014
When Life Becomes an Inferno   [ WSJ ]
In a hot, dry summer, three Australian boys are careful about fire--until they are not.
Buy the books:   [ Ash Road ]



November 2014
Gift Books: Children   [ WSJ ]



November 2014
The Comforts of Home   [ WSJ ]
The descent of the polar vortex across great swaths of the U.S. makes it an excellent time to cozy up with a stack of picture books. Here are four.
Buy the books:   [ The Mouse Mansion ]   [ Tiptop Cat ]   [ A Possum's Tail ]   [ Blizzard ]



November 2014
Out of Harm's Way   [ WSJ ]
An American girl must share her room with a 14-year-old German refugee whom everyone else seems to adore.
Buy the books:   [ Isabel's War ]   [ Strongheart: The World's First Movie Dog ]



October 2014
To Feast the Eyes   [ WSJ ]
Two adventures in the forest, one grim and one cheerful.
Buy the books:   [ Hansel & Gretel ]   [ Hunters of the Great Forest ]



October 2014
Heroes New and Old   [ WSJ ]
The Toad Boys are terrorizing Drywater Gulch, until a 7-year-old cowboy rides into town.
Buy the books:   [ Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight ]   [ Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads ]



October 2014
Waiting on the Tarmac for a Soldier   [ WSJ ]
Two children's books that are so simple and honest that adults had better be prepared to weep.
Buy the books:   [ The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie ]   [ Coming Home ]   [ Beautiful Moon ]   [ Full Speed Ahead! ]



October 2014
Where All the Wonderful Things Come From   [ WSJ ]
Encounters with bandits, lions, hippos, antelopes--and charmingly nutty squirrels.
Buy the books:   [ Night Sky Dragons ]   [ The Mystery of the Missing Lion ]   [ The Secret Life of Squirrels ]   [ Nuts to You! ]   [ The Farmer and the Clown ]   [ Before After ]



October 2014
'Once Upon an Alphabet'; 'Sam & Dave Dig a Hole'; 'Wall'   [ WSJ ]
Young boys take up shovels in 'Sam & Dave Dig a Hole' and in 'Wall,' where a boy stuck in East Berlin is desperate to reunite with his father in the West.
Buy the books:   [ Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters ]   [ Sam & Dave Dig a Hole ]   [ Wall ]



September 2014
Kids' Books by B.J. Novak and Meg Wolitzer   [ WSJ ]
In Meg Wolitzer's 'Belzhar' five intelligent, traumatized teenagers find themselves in an English class reading only works by Sylvia Plath.
Buy the books:   [ Belzhar ]   [ Mix It Up! ]   [ The Book With No Pictures ]   [ Me & Dog ]   [ The Storm Whale ]



September 2014
Now Playing Author, Derek Jeter   [ WSJ ]
Young Derek signs his first contract not with the Yankees but his parents, promising good behavior.
Buy the books:   [ The Contract ]   [ The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place ]   [ The Glass Mountain ]  
[ The Mouse Who Ate the Moon ]



September 2014
Alphabetical Derring-Do   [ WSJ ]
A shy doctor named Roget corralled the wildly luxuriant English language so that anyone could find the right word.
Buy the books:   [ Take Away the A ]   [ The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus ]



September 2014
Fantastic Realms   [ WSJ ]
'Egg & Spoon' is like a manic whoosh of current anxieties--income inequality and climate change, among others--rushing through a landscape of Russian bric-a-brac.
Buy the books:   [ Egg & Spoon ]   [ Animalium ]   [ The Memory of an Elephant ]



August 2014
Seasonal Swoon   [ WSJ ]
A picture book that makes the arrival of autumn positively refreshing.
Buy the books:   [ Fall Leaves ]   [ The Brilliant World of Tom Gates ]



August 2014
Of Dogs and Men   [ WSJ ]
On farm after farm, a predator is slaughtering sheep by night, a killer so wily and swift that it can only be a sheepdog gone bad.
Buy the books:   [ Bob, Son of Battle ]   [ Edward Hopper Paints His World ]   [ You Are (Not) Small ]



August 2014
'Fleabrain Loves Franny' by Joanne Rocklin & 'Edge of Nowhere' by John Smelcer   [ WSJ ]
A ten-year-old polio victim finds comfort in a dashing, erudite, multilingual flea.
Buy the books:   [ Fleabrain Loves Franny ]   [ Edge of Nowhere ]



August 2014
Dancing Lessons   [ WSJ ]
"Rupert Can Dance," by Jules Feiffer; "Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance," by Birgitta Sif; "What If . . . ?" by Anthony Browne.
Buy the books:   [ Rupert Can Dance ]   [ Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance ]   [ What If . . . ? ]



July 2014
Literate Beasts   [ WSJ ]
"The Best Book in the World!" by Rilla Alexander; "My Pet Book," by Bob Staake; and "A Library Book for Bear," by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton.
Buy the books:   [ The Best Book in the World! ]   [ My Pet Book ]   [ A Library Book for Bear ]  



July 2014
Adventures Through the Looking Glass   [ WSJ ]
Young readers often delight in the complicated cosmologies of authors' invented worlds.
Buy the books:   [ The Fog of Forgetting ]   [ Loretta Mason Potts ]   [ My Teacher Is a Monster! (No I Am Not) ]



July 2014
'The Family Romanov' by Candace Fleming   [ WSJ ]
A long line of missteps brought an end to 300 years of autocratic rule and opened the way to communist tyranny.
Buy the books:   [ The Family Romanov ]



July 2014
Canines for K Through 12   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews "Sniffer Dogs: "How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World," by Nancy F. Castaldo; and "Julia, Child," by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad.
Buy the books:   [ Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World ]   [ Julia, Child ]



June 2014
Animal Planet   [ WSJ ]
'I Wish I Had a Pet,' by Maggie Rudy and 'What's New? The Zoo!' by Katherine Krull.
Buy the books:   [ I Wish I Had a Pet ]   [ What's New? The Zoo! ]



June 2014
Meghan Cox Gurdon on Five New Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
Even in a children's book about parrots and frogs, the unthinkable can now be played for laughs.
Buy the books:   [ Pardon Me! ]   [ A Perfect Place for Ted ]   [ Edda: A Little Valkyrie's First Day of School ]



June 2014
'The Glass Sentence' by S.E. Grove   [ WSJ ]
A novel for young readers imagines a tectonic shifting not of the world's physical plates but of its historical periods.
Buy the books:   [ The Glass Sentence ]



December 2013
'Tis the Season, Again   [ WSJ ]
New and classic books for Christmas.
Buy the books:   [ The Night Before Christmas ]   [ The Gift of the Magi ]   [ The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit ]  
[ The Christmas Wish ]   [ The Family Christmas Treasury with CD and downloadable audio ]



November 2013
Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
Christmas calls for color and fun and for books that may draw the interest of older members of the family even as they engross, one hopes, their grateful young recipients.



November 2013
A Young Person's Guide to the Human Heart   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews "Friends" by Eric Carle, "Fraidyzoo" by Thyra Heder, "The Nowhere Box" by Sam Zuppardi, and "Little Boy Brown" by Isobel Harris.
Buy the books:   [ Friends ]   [ Fraidyzoo ]   [ The Nowhere Box ]   [ Little Boy Brown ]



November 2013
Something Completely Different   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews three new children's books: "Extreme Opposites" by Max Dalton; "Pomelo's Opposites" by Ramona Badescu, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud; and "Opposites" by Xavier Deneux.
Buy the books:   [ Extreme Opposites ]   [ Pomelo's Opposites ]   [ Opposites ]



November 2013
Another Chance to Take a Magic Carpet Ride   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews "The Carpet People," by Terry Pratchett; "Whale Shines: An Artistic Tale," by Fiona Robinson; "Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella," by Jan Brett; and "Aesop's Fables," retold by Martin West and illustrated by Ayano Imai.
Buy the books:   [ The Carpet People ]   [ Whale Shines: An Artistic Tale ]   [ Cinders ]   [ Aesop's Fables ]



October 2013
This Just Might Fly   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews "The Mad Potter" by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan; "Architecture According to Pigeons" by Stella Gurney, illustrated by Natsko Seki; and "Up with Birds!" by John Yeoman, illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Buy the books:   [ The Mad Potter ]   [ Architecture According to Pigeons ]   [ Up With Birds! ]



October 2013
Alone in the Dark   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Josh Schneider's "Bedtime Monsters" and C. Roger Mader's "Lost Cat."
Buy the books:   [ Bedtime Monsters ]   [ Lost Cat ]



October 2013
The Road to Samarkand   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews three new picture books for young children: "A Single Pebble" by Bonnie Christensen; "Princess Tales" by Grace Maccarone; and "I Wish I Were a . . . " by Werner Holzwarth.
Buy the books:   [ A Single Pebble: A Story of the Silk Road ]   [ Princess Tales ]   [ I Wish I Were a . . . ]



October 2013
A Great Big World   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews "Maps," by Daniel and Aleksandra Mizielinska; "The Silver Button," by Bob Graham; "Mr. Wuffles!," by David Wiesner; "Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses," by Kimberly and James Dean; "The Snatchabook," by Helen and Thomas Docherty; and "How to Hide a Lion," by Helen Stephens; and "Big Snow," by Jonathan Bean.
Buy the books:   [ Maps ]   [ The Silver Button ]   [ Mr. Wuffles! ]   [ Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses ]  
[ The Snatchabook ]   [ How to Hide a Lion ]   [ Big Snow ]



September 2013
'Picture Me Gone' by Meg Rosoff | 'Wild Boy' by Rob Lloyd Jones   [ WSJ ]
At some sad point all young people learn that their elders are not always right and can be very wrong.
Buy the books:   [ Picture Me Gone ]   [ Wild Boy ]



September 2013
'Flora & Ulysses' by Kate DiCamillo | 'From Norvelt to Nowhere' by Jack Gantos | 'Romeo & Juliet' by Gareth Hinds | 'Boxers & Saints' by Gene Luen Yang   [ WSJ ]
The only thing better than an old favorite is a new discovery.
Buy the books:   [ Flora and Ulysses ]   [ From Norvelt to Nowhere ]   [ Romeo and Juliet ]   [ Boxers & Saints ]



September 2013
'The Year of Billy Miller' by Henkes | 'Olive and the Bad Mood' by Tor Freeman | 'The First Drawing' by Mordicai Gerstein   [ WSJ ]
For young children, everyday life is eventful in itself.
Buy the books:   [ The Year of Billy Miller ]   [ Olive and the Bad Mood ]   [ The First Drawing ]



September 2013
'Locomotive' by Brian Floca   [ WSJ ]
An author-illustrator sets out to recapture the thrill of travel at the birth of the train age.
Buy the books:   [ Locomotive ]



September 2013
'Fallout' by Todd Strasser | 'Year of the Jungle' by Suzanne Collins | 'The King of Little Things' by Bil Lepp | 'The Hole' by Oyvind Torseter | 'Rooftoppers' by Katherine Rundell   [ WSJ ]
Children's books about the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam.
Buy the books:   [ Fallout ]   [ Year of the Jungle ]   [ The King of Little Things ]   [ The Hole ]   [ Rooftoppers ]



August 2013
'With a Mighty Hand' by Amy Ehrlich | 'The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales' by Shoshana Boyd Gelfand | 'The Blessing Cup' by Patricia Polacco   [ WSJ ]
Three books for young readers on Jewish themes.
Buy the books:   [ With a Mighty Hand ]   [ The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales ]   [ The Blessing Cup ]



August 2013
Unboxing Wonder   [ WSJ ]
A whimsical classic by the author of "Pat the Bunny."
Buy the books:   [ Now Open the Box ]



August 2013
Behind Closed Doors   [ WSJ ]
Books about childhood secrets kept too faithfully and about a child's secret escape from the everyday.
Buy the books:   [ The Golden Day ]   [ Journey ]   [ Eight Dolphins of Katrina: A True Tale of Survival ]



July 2013
Adventurous Beasts   [ WSJ ]
Rediscovering lesser known works by the authors of "The Wind in the Willows" and "Watership Down."
Buy the books:   [ The Reluctant Dragon ]   [ The Tyger Voyage ]   [ This Is Our House ]



July 2013
Scarry Stories for Small Children   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon celebrates Richard Scarry's books for busy children.
Buy the books:   [ Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever ]



July 2013
What It Was Like   [ WSJ ]
Some books for young readers perfectly capture childhood in a particular time and place.
Buy the books:   [ The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp ]   [ Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton ]  
[ Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War ]   [ Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Tales: Classic Stories ]



July 2013
Mouse of Windsor   [ WSJ ]
The adventures of mysterious young rodent open the hidden world of Victorian England to young readers. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Richard Peck's "The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail" and two other books for young readers.
Buy the books:   [ The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail ]   [ After Iris ]   [ Bedtime Math ]



June 2013
Beyond Here and Now   [ WSJ ]
Real-life events provide the harrowing backdrops for two moving novels written for teens. Megan Cox Gurdon reviews Tara Sullivan's "Golden Boy" and Jennifer Bradbury's "A Moment Comes."
Buy the books:   [ Golden Boy ]   [ A Moment Comes ]



June 2013
Outside The Lines   [ WSJ ]
A boy's crayons come to life and scrawl letters complaining about the way they're used. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Drew Daywalt's "The Day the Crayons Quit," plus Lenore Look and Meilo So's "Brush of the Gods" and Jennifer Larue Huget and Chris Sickels's "The Beginner's Guide to Running Away From Home."
Buy the books:   [ The Day the Crayons Quit ]   [ Brush of the Gods ]   [ The Beginner's Guide to Running Away from Home ]



June 2013
Bubbling Over   [ WSJ ]
A colorful guide to the science of volcanoes and an elegiac story of a zoo elephant. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Elizabeth Rusch's "Eruption!" and Corinne Fenton's "Queenie."
Buy the books:   [ Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives ]   [ Queenie: One Elephant's Story ]



June 2013
Against the Tide   [ WSJ ]
Facing challenges with pluck and resourcefulness--in the ocean, the city and even the backyard. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews children's books old and new.
Buy the books:   [ Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street ]   [ Swimmy ]   [ Squirrel's Fun Day ]   [ Ruff! ]



May 2013
Droughts And Squalls   [ WSJ ]
Three tales for young readers of scarcity and endurance. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Melanie Crowder's "Parched," Jennifer E. Smith and Brett Helquist's "The Storm Makers" and Gaetan Doremus's "Empty Fridge."
Buy the books:   [ Parched ]   [ The Storm Makers ]   [ Empty Fridge ]



May 2013
Tales of Mystery and Adventure   [ WSJ ]
Three young-adult books centered on the idea of secrets and discoveries. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Phoebe Stone's "Romeo Blue," Meg McKinley's "Below" and Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus's "House of Secrets," plus a reissue of Palmer Brown's "Hickory."
Buy the books:   [ Romeo Blue ]   [ Below ]   [ House of Secrets ]   [ Hickory ]



May 2013
Pipsqueak on Wheels   [ WSJ ]
A classic tale of boy meets bike, boy loses bike. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Matt Davies's "Ben Rides On," Gita Wolf's "The Enduring Ark" and Arthur Geisert's "Thunderstorm."
Buy the books:   [ Ben Rides On ]   [ The Enduring Ark ]   [ Thunderstorm ]



May 2013
Small Packages   [ WSJ ]
The ideal picture-book hero is small and irresistible. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Matthew Olshan and Sophie Blackall's "The Mighty Lalouche" and Mini Grey's "Toys in Space."
Buy the books:   [ The Mighty Lalouche ]   [ Toys in Space ]



May 2013
Odd Transformations   [ WSJ ]
In two children's books, a too-large coat and a sinister porcelain doll take on uncanny dimensions. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews "The Coat," "Doll Bones" and two other new titles for young readers.
Buy the books:   [ Doll Bones ]   [ The Coat ]   [ Orpheus and Eurydice ]   [ If You Want to See a Whale ]



April 2013
We All Come From the Past   [ WSJ ]
Two books filled with intergenerational tenderness, plus a witty phonetic picture book. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews "Better to Wish," by Ann M. Martin; "The Deer Watch," by Pat Lowery Collins and David Slonim; and "I Scream Ice Cream!," by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Serge Bloch.
Buy the books:   [ Better to Wish ]   [ The Deer Watch ]   [ I Scream! Ice Cream! ]



April 2013
Fresh Pages From a Trio of Admirable Authors   [ WSJ ]
New books from a trio of admirable illustrators. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews "Hero on a Bicycle," by Shirley Hughes, "That Is Not a Good Idea," by Mo Willems, and "Claude in the City," by Alex T. Smith.
Buy the books:   [ Hero on a Bicycle ]   [ Claude in the City ]   [ That Is Not a Good Idea! ]



April 2013
Charting Journeys to Anywhere a Child Can Imagine   [ WSJ ]
Even in the age of Wii and iPads, an old-fashioned toy train--like a beloved book--still has the power to stir a child's imagination.
Buy the books:   [ Steam Train, Dream Train ]   [ Barbed Wire Baseball ]   [ Dodsworth in Tokyo ]  
[ Mary Wrightly, So Politely ]   [ Advice to Little Girls ]



April 2013
What Is It Like to Be A Cat?   [ WSJ ]
A rediscovered classic and a new picture book for anyone who adores felines. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Paul Gallico's 1950 novel "The Abandoned" and Joyce Dunbar's "Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde."
Buy the books:   [ The Abandoned ]   [ Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde ]



March 2013
A Childhood Untamed   [ WSJ ]
An evocative story of a real-life feral child who lived in the forest of 18th-century France. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Mary Losure and Timothy Basil Ering's "Wild Boy" and other children's books.
Buy the books:   [ Wild Boy ]   [ Jemmy Button ]   [ In the Tree House ]   [ I Wish I Had. . . ]   [ Nasreddine ]



March 2013
It's All In How You Put It   [ WSJ ]
A common delicacy of line lends a sense of whimsy to the illustrations in three picture books for young children.
Buy the books:   [ Nelly May Has Her Say ]   [ Inside Outside ]   [ Look Up! ]



March 2013
Perfect Picture Memories   [ WSJ ]
The 20th-century immigrant experience rendered in tones of beautiful sepia.
Buy the books:   [ The Matchbox Diary ]   [ Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? ]   [ Ghoulish Song ]   [ Timmy Failure ]



March 2013
Ancient Tales and Eccentric New Inventions   [ WSJ ]
A richly illustrated story that evokes Cinderella and the Brothers Grimm. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Rita Jahanforuz's "The Girl With a Brave Heart" and five other new titles.
Buy the books:   [ The Girl with a Brave Heart ]   [ The Longest Night ]   [ Rosie's Magic Horse ]  
[ Stardines Swim High Across the Sky ]   [ Puffin Peter ]   [ Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? ]



February 2013
Kids Chronicle   [ WSJ ]
A little girl who enjoys playing nurse comes to her brother's aid. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Simon James's "Nurse Clementine" and You Byun's "Dream Friends."
Buy the books:   [ Nurse Clementine ]   [ Dream Friends ]



February 2013
Meaning In Dark Places   [ WSJ ]
Three novels for young adults explore realms of menace, danger and intricate uncertainty. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews.
Buy the books:   [ Maggot Moon ]   [ Out of The Easy ]   [ A Tangle of Knots ]



February 2013
Pushing the Limits of the Picture Book   [ WSJ ]
Sketchbooks, poetry collections and other variations on the kids' book norm. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Maurice Sendak's "My Brother's Book" and new children's books.
Buy the books:   [ My Brother's Book ]   [ The Bird King ]   [ Frog Song ]   [ My Father's Arms Are A Boat ]  
[ Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems ]



January 2013
Too Cute for Words   [ WSJ ]
The endless appeal of picture books about adorable animals in danger.
Buy the books:   [ Lucky Ducklings ]   [ The Black Rabbit ]   [ Amelia Bedelia ]   [ Flood ]



January 2013
Magical Realism for the Lunchbox Set   [ WSJ ]
A boy who floats in the air becomes a heavy-handed lesson in diversity. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews John Boyne's "The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket," Clare Vanderpool's "Navigating Early" and Megan Frazer Blakemore's "The Water Castle."
Buy the books:   [ The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket ]   [ Navigating Early ]   [ The Water Castle ]



January 2013
Hokey Pokey   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews "Hokey Pokey," a children's novel by Jerry Spinelli.
Buy the books:   [ Hokey Pokey ]



January 2013
Going Back To Nature   [ WSJ ]
New picture books for children, including Neil Gaiman's take on the problems of an amusingly sneeze-inclined panda. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews.
Buy the books:   [ Building Our House ]   [ Chu's Day ]   [ Kangaroo and Crocodile ]   [ E Is for Echidna ]



December 2012
Remarkable Lives   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Temple Grandin ]   [ The Secret of the Village Fool ]   [ Annie and Helen ]




December 2012
Learning About the Most Difficult Subjects of All   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Beyond Courage ]   [ Bomb ]   [ The Book of Blood ]   [ Island: A Story of the Galapagos ]




December 2012
Picture Books & Chapter Books of 2012   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon picks her favorite picture books and chapter books from the past year.




December 2012
A Gorgeous Garland of Season's Readings   [ WSJ ]
Meghan Cox Gurdon on a slate of Christmas books that capture the spirit of the season, in both secular and sacred form.
Buy the books:   [ The Christmas Quiet Book ]   [ Just Right for Christmas ]  
[ The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse ]   [ Christmas Wombat ]   [ The Christmas Tugboat ]  
[ Christmas at the Toy Museum ]   [ The Birds of Bethlehem ]   [ Twas The Night Before Christmas: Edited by Santa Claus ]



November 2012
When Wind, Snow and Ice Are Oh So Nice   [ WSJ ]
Wintery, blustery weather plays a key role in three new books, providing unexpected pleasures and adventures. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Gary Ross's "Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind," Ellen Ryan Obed's "Twelve Kinds of Ice" and Carin Berger's "A Perfect Day."
Buy the books:   [ Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind ]   [ Twelve Kinds of Ice ]   [ A Perfect Day ]



November 2012
A Temporary Pet   [ WSJ ]
A boy befriends a moose who only imperfectly follows his many rules.
Buy the books:   [ This Moose Belongs to Me ]   [ Nighttime Ninja ]   [ Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad ]



November 2012
When the Classics of the Past Are Prologue   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit ]   [ Return to the Willows ]   [ Silver: Return to Treasure Island ]  
[ The Boxcar Children Beginning ]




October 2012
A Dream of Winter   [ WSJ ]
A mother reads her son to sleep with a cozy, clever book-within-a-book. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews George Hallensleben and Kate Banks's "The Bear in the Book," Domenica More Gordon's "Archie" and Steve Light's "Zephyr Takes Flight."
Buy the books:   [ The Bear in the Book ]   [ Archie ]   [ Zephyr Takes Flight ]



October 2012
Snicket's Return   [ WSJ ]
The arch narrator of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is back in a pre-teen noir. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Daniel Handler's "Who Could That Be at This Hour?," Stephanie Spinner's "Alex the Parrot," Ramona Badescu's "Pomelo Explores Color," "Pantone Box of Color" and Pamela Zagarenski's "Sleep Like a Tiger."
Buy the books:   [ Who Could That Be at This Hour? ]   [ Alex the Parrot ]   [ Pomelo Explores Color ]  
[ Pantone: Box of Color ]   [ Sleep Like a Tiger ]



October 2012
Pity the Noble Dragon   [ WSJ ]
Four new books tap the inexhaustible appeal of myth's favorite creatures. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Jasper Fforde's "The Last Dragonslayer," Jane Yolen's "Waking Dragons," Barbara Joosse's "Lovabye Dragon" and Robert Burleigh's "Flight of the Last Dragon."
Buy the books:   [ The Last Dragonslayer ]   [ Waking Dragons ]   [ Lovabye Dragon ]   [ Flight of the Last Dragon ]



October 2012
A Dramatic Duo in Purple and Pink   [ WSJ ]
The children's classic "Harold and the Purple Crayon" had an anti-authoritarian tint.
Buy the books:   [ Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss ]   [ Jepp, Who Defied the Stars ]   [ This Is Not My Hat ]



September 2012
Pirates On the Wing   [ WSJ ]
A pirate ship crewed by birds soars above Finchland and the Thrushian Colonies in a beautifully illustrated tale.
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September 2012
An Indoor Cat With Barnyard Manners   [ WSJ ]
Teaching children self-control has never been cuter.
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September 2012
A Round-the-Globe Chain of Good Cheer   [ WSJ ]
A young girl's smile travels the world and returns to her, imparting the value of pay-it-forward kindness.
Buy the books:   [ Because Amelia Smiled ]   [ Nora the Mind Reader ]   [ The Owl & the Pussycat ]   [ Cecil the Pet Glacier ]



August 2012
Dim Shadows, And Dazzling Starlight   [ WSJ ]
In occupied Norway during World War II, even children had to decide whether to be collaborators or resist the Nazi regime. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews Margi Preus's "Shadow on the Mountain" and two other children's books.
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August 2012
Ma Goose Flies Again   [ WSJ ]
A new edition of Mother Goose rhymes includes "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" and other favorites but also grimmer, sadder poems rare in modern collections. Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews.
Buy the books:   [ McElderry Book of Mother Goose ]   [ A Strange Place to Call Home ]   [ Liar & Spy ]



August 2012
The Thrill Of Life At Night   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Insomniacs ]   [ The Beasties ]   [ The Templeton Twins Have an Idea ]




August 2012
Isn't Life Grand?   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Frank Show ]   [ Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake ]   [ Roller Coaster Kid ]




July 2012
Back-to-Basics Lessons in Primary Colors   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Now I Am Big! ]   [ I Can Do It Myself! ]   [ Montessori: Letter Work ]   [ Montessori: Number Work ]  
[ Basher: 123 ]   [ Trucks ]   [ The Happy Little Yellow Box ]



July 2012
Ready For a Story?   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Fo'c'sle: Henry Beston's "Outermost House" ]   [ It's a Tiger! ]   [ King Arthur's Very Great Grandson ]



June 2012
The Surprising Fun of Visual Puns   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Wumbers ]   [ Andrew Henry's Meadow ]




June 2012
In Brief: Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ A Gold Star for Zog ]



June 2012
Bound for Heaven   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert ]   [ My Snake Blake ]  
[ The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore ]



June 2012
Surviving the Ordeals of Middle School   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Wonder ]   [ George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! ]   [ Machines Go to Work in the City ]   [ Bink & Gollie ]




June 2012
Adventures Of a World Wanderer   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor ]   [ Look! A Book! ]   [ Three Times Lucky ]




May 2012
The Mermaid Resurfaces   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Wrecked ]   [ The Vicious Deep ]   [ Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath ]   [ Of Poseidon ]
[ Wake ]   [ Monstrous Beauty ]   [ Mermaid Tales ]   [ The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids ]



May 2012
When Opposites Attract   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Hippopposites ]   [ How Do You Feel? ]   [ Beach Feet ]   [ Zorro Gets an Outfit ]




May 2012
The Wild World of Imagination   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Show Me a Story!: Why Picture Books Matter ]




May 2012
In Brief: Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Never Fall Down ]



April 2012
The Four Imperfect Princes   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom ]   [ The False Prince ]   [ A World of Food ]




April 2012
Happily Home Alone   [ WSJ ]
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April 2012
Sojourn Into Surrealism   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Magritte's Marvelous Hat ]   [ The Wind ]   [ The Obstinate Pen ]  
[ The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World ]



April 2012
A Young Detective Learns Her Trade   [ WSJ ]
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March 2012
In Brief: Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes ]




March 2012
When the Great Ship Went Down   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Titanic: Voices From the Disaster ]   [ The Watch That Ends the Night ]   [ Titanic Sinks! ]  
[ Kaspar the Titanic Cat ]   [ Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on Titanic ]




March 2012
Endless Journey To the Land of Nod   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Sweet Dreams ]   [ Seriously, Just Go to Sleep ]   [ I'm Not Tired Yet! ]   [ No Go Sleep! ]




February 2012
The Future Imagined, A Classic Retold   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Partials ]   [ The Humming Room ]   [ Duck for a Day ]   [ Zero the Hero ]




February 2012
Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
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February 2012
When the World Outdoors Springs to Life   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature ]   [ And Then It's Spring ]   [ Utterly Lovely One ]  
[ Henri's Walk to Paris ]   [ Demolition ]




February 2012
Homage to a Visionary Matriarch   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ First Girl Scout ]   [ Here Come the Girl Scouts! ]   [ Fish On A Walk ]




January 2012
A Prize Winner With a Poignant Sense of Loss   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ A Ball for Daisy ]   [ Dead End in Norvelt ]   [ Earwig and the Witch ]   [ The Fault in Our Stars ]




January 2012
In Brief: Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Moonlight ]




January 2012
Get Yourself Ready To Be Blown Away   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind ]   [ A Boy Called Dickens ]   [ Extra Yarn ]




January 2012
The Book That Broke the Color Line   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Snowy Day ]   [ The Mighty Miss Malone ]   [ In Darkness ]




January 2012
Prince Charming Among the Cyborgs   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Cinder ]   [ Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter ]   [ Solomon Crocodile ]




December 2011
Indomitable Survivors   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ A New Year's Reunion ]   [ Born and Bred in the Great Depression ]   [ Sarah and Simon and No Red Paint ]




December 2011
The Best Children's Books of 2011: Setting an Imagination Alight   [ WSJ ]





December 2011
The Pains and Boons Of Teenagehood   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Apothecary ]   [ Breadcrumbs ]   [ Okay for Now ]




November 2011
Pipers Piping, Drummers Drumming   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Story of Christmas ]   [ The Twelve Days of Christmas ]   [ The Twelve Days of Christmas ]  
[ The Money We'll Save ]   [ A Christmas Tree for Pyn ]   [ Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World ]




November 2011
In Brief: Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles ]



November 2011
Pied Piper Occupies Hamelin   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Chronicles of Harris Burdick ]   [ The Pied Piper of Hamelin ]




October 2011
Tales of Snow and Blue Horses   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Over and Under the Snow ]   [ The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece ]   [ Paul Thurlby's Alphabet ]  
[ The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse ]




October 2011
Turn, Turn, Turn   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature ]   [ I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II ]  
[ What Animals Really Like ]   [ I Want My Hat Back ]




October 2011
In Brief: Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Breaking Stalin's Nose ]



October 2011
In Brief: Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True ]




September 2011
Imaginative Twists On Forgotten Tales   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Flint Heart ]   [ A Monster Calls ]   [ Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans ]




September 2011
When Life Depends On Scrabble   [ WSJ ]
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September 2011
Struck By Myriad Delights   [ WSJ ]
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September 2011
Sendak's Party Animals   [ WSJ ]
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August 2011
In Brief: Children's Literature   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ The Ogre of Oglefort ]



August 2011
A Tiny Ambassador to Entrancing Worlds   [ WSJ ]
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August 2011
Mankind's Variety In Candy Colors   [ WSJ ]
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August 2011
Hail the New Kid   [ WSJ ]
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July 2011
A Kingdom of Wonder, For Those With Eyes to See   [ WSJ ]
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July 2011
King Hugo Meets His Match   [ WSJ ]
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July 2011
A Strong Woman Who Saved Lives   [ WSJ ]
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July 2011
Rescuing a Classic   [ WSJ ]
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June 2011
Misty Moors and Gothic Seances   [ WSJ ]
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June 2011
When Learning Is A Dangerous Thing   [ WSJ ]
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June 2011
In Scary Darkness, Seeing the Light   [ WSJ ]
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May 2011
Enchanted Gardens, Wherever You Look   [ WSJ ]
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May 2011
The Scary Future, the Embarrassing Past   [ WSJ ]
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April 2011
Dig These Ancient Wonders   [ WSJ ]
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April 2011
Critters That Crawl, Fly And Count   [ WSJ ]
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April 2011
A Cloying Hymn Of Praise   [ WSJ ]
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April 2011
'The Emerald Atlas'   [ WSJ ]
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March 2011
A Vintage Look for Picture Books   [ WSJ ]
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March 2011
A Tale for Children of Braving Soviet Tyranny   [ WSJ ]
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March 2011
Desperate Kids On the Run   [ WSJ ]
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March 2011
A Royal Romp For the Little People   [ WSJ ]
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February 2011
Strings Attached   [ WSJ ]
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February 2011
Danger And Daring   [ WSJ ]
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February 2011
When Imagination Blasts Into Orbit   [ WSJ ]
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February 2011
The Case of Young Sherlock   [ WSJ ]
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January 2011
A Walrus, a Bear, A Cat, Oh My!   [ WSJ ]
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January 2011
Madeline Goes To Washington   [ WSJ ]
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January 2011
Children's Books   [ WSJ ]
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January 2011
Discovering the Past's Perils and Pleasures   [ WSJ ]
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December 2010
A Good Time To Get Real   [ WSJ ]
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December 2010
'Out of Sight'   [ WSJ ]
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December 2010
Fresh Christmas Stories   [ WSJ ]
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November 2010
In a Dystopian Romance, a Rebel Heart Stirs   [ WSJ ]
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November 2010
Into the Land of Grimm   [ WSJ ]
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November 2010
After Uplift, Ka-Chow!   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Of Thee I Sing ]   [ The Day the Cow Sneezed ]   [ The Hidden Alphabet ]   [ The ABCs of Rock ]



October 2010
Tales for Teens (and Others)   [ WSJ ]
On the planet New World, a Spackle army prepares to march on the uneasy alliance of rebel troops and President Prentiss's forces.
Buy the books:   [ Revolution ]   [ Monsters of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three ]   [ Trash ]



September 2010
'Bink & Gollie'   [ WSJ ]
Buy the books:   [ Bink and Gollie ]



September 2010
A Pirate's Guide to First Grade   [ WSJ ]
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August 2010
Heart of a Samurai   [ WSJ ]
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July 2010
The Shadow   [ WSJ ]
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June 2010
Growing Up in the Future   [ WSJ ]
Undercover space aliens, Twitter-savvy animals and dystopian societies populate new kids' books
Buy the books:   [ Mockingjay ]   [ Monsters of Men ]   [ I Am Number Four ]   [ Spaceheadz ]  
[ The Adventures of Ook and Gluk ]   [ It's a Book ]