A Book of Sleep

21 Jul

“When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep… except for the watchful owl.”

A Book of Sleep

A Book of Sleep (©2007) is the debut picture book by Korean-born author/illustrator Il Sung Na. In this lyrical bedtime book, an owl watches from afar as all of the other animals go to sleep. He quietly observes an array of creatures, from the fish who sleep with their eyes open, to the horses who sleep standing up, to the penguins who sleep all huddled together. Then when nighttime gives way to bright sunshine, it’s finally time for our nocturnal friend the owl to get some shut-eye!

A Book of Sleep Owl

This book is truly a work of art. The richly detailed illustrations utilize hand-painted textures blended with digital collage to achieve a look that is not only beautiful, but incredibly unique. The combination of opulent colors and unexpected patterns is a visual delight.

A Book of Sleep Elephant

Young children will love learning about all the different ways animals go to sleep. This book is perfect for children ages 5 and under, but anyone can appreciate the distinctive artwork. This is definitely a book that kids will ask for again and again. A Book of Sleep is available in hardcover and as a board book!

Modern Classic: Olivia by Ian Falconer

7 Jul

OliviaOlivia (©2000) written and illustrated by Ian Falconer is a slice-of-life story about a spirited young pig. Olivia loves to play dress up, build sandcastles at the beach, and visit the art museum with her mother. When Olivia sees her favorite painting of ballet dancers, she imagines herself as a ballerina dancing on a grand stage. The illustrations – sparse black-and-white drawings with pops of red – earned the book a Caldecott honor.

Olivia Goes to VeniceIn Olivia Goes to Venice (©2010) readers follow the precocious pig on a whirlwind adventure to Italy! Olivia and her family take a vacation to Venice, full of sightseeing, gondola rides through the Grand Canal, and lots and lots of gelato. The story is cute, of course, but the illustrations are absolutely inspired. Falconer uses photographs of Venice as the backdrop for his hand-drawn characters.

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Excerpt from “Olivia Goes to Venice” (©2010). Click to view larger.

Olivia and the Fairy PrincessesMy personal favorite of the series is the recent installment, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses (©2012). Olivia is having an identity crisis. All the other little girls want to be pink-clad princesses, but Olivia wants to stand out from the crowd. Olivia asks some important questions, and wonders why princesses are always associated with glitter and pink (“There are alternatives,” she says). Her quest for individuality will make readers smile – and think.

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Excerpt from “Olivia and the Fairy Princesses” (©2012). Click to view larger.

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Excerpt from “Olivia and the Fairy Princesses” (©2012). Click to view larger.

Fans of classics like Eloise and Madeline will love Olivia. I recommend this series for ages 3-7.

Other Books in the Olivia Series:

Olivia Saves the Circus (©2001)
Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy (©2003)
Olivia Forms a Band (©2006)
Olivia Helps with Christmas (©2007)

Can’t get enough Olivia? In 2009, Nickelodeon created an animated series based on the character. Amazon Prime members can stream the first season for free!

Kid Lit Blog Hop #41

18 Jun

Welcome to the 41st Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

We’d like to welcome our co-hosts for this week: a daughter and Mom team, Julie and Elizabeth, who are behind the blog, Emma’s Owl as well as The Owl Books. Welcome Julie and Elizabeth!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks Twitter * Facebook

Destiny @ Reading and Sharing Twitter * Facebook

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom Twitter * Facebook

Lina @ Best 4 Future: Bringing Up Baby Bilingual Twitter * Facebook

Co-Host:

Julie & Elizabeth @ Emma’s Owl Pinterest * Facebook

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Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you’ve joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

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We’re Still Here.

16 Jun

Hello readers! Katie here.

It’s been a while since my last review. A long while, actually. I’ve been spending some quality time with my daughter, and I’ve put writing on the back burner for the past couple of months. But rest assured, Youth Literature Reviews is not dead. Not by a long shot. I’m still reading every day, and I can’t wait to share more wonderful books with all of you. I will be back later this summer with plenty of book reviews and book lists for youths of all ages.

In the meantime, you can still connect with Youth Literature Reviews on social media:

See you soon!

2014 Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop

11 May

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Children’s Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop, hosted by Youth Literature Reviews and Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

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Renee and I created the first Kid Lit Giveaway Hop one year ago in honor of Children’s Book Week, the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

To learn more about Children’s Book Week, check out bookweekonline.com.

Now, on to the giveaway!

I am thrilled to share one of my FAVORITE new books, the 2014 Newbery Medal winner Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G. Campbell.

Flora and Ulysses

The book’s heroine is ten-year-old Flora Belle Buckman, a self-proclaimed cynic, whose chance encounter with a very special squirrel sends her on an unlikely adventure. This charming and poignant book is perfect for ages 9-13, but it makes an excellent read-aloud for younger kids as well.

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Kid Lit Blog Hop #38

6 May

Welcome to the 38th Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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REMINDER: Children’s Book Week ~ Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014

CBW Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014 - Banner - FINALWe also want to invite you to participate in the Children’s Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014 (May 12 to 18). Are you a children’s book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book? Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in a Blog Hop featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes. What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week?

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* Don’t link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*

* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *

* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*

* Feel free to link more than one post.*

3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you! 4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links! 5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you’ve joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

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The All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League

1 May

During the Second World War, many of America’s Major League baseball players served in the military. The All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League was formed in 1943 to entertain the people still at home. The league, which lasted until 1954, was also a source of income for families, as many women needed to find jobs while their husbands were away.

Many people know that the AAGPBL was featured in the 1992 movie A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis, but did you know that it has also inspired several picture books? With baseball season (my favorite time of year) in full swing, I knew it was time to share these great books about The All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League.

Mama Played BaseballMama Played Baseball (©2003) by David A. Adler

The story centers on a young girl named Amy whose father is away serving in World War II. Amy’s mother needs a job while her husband is away, so she practices day in and day out to prepare for baseball tryouts. When Amy’s mother makes the team, Amy and her grandparents sit in the stands and cheer her on. With rich illustrations that evoke the feeling of the era and a heartwarming surprise ending, this book is a winner for ages 5-9.

Players in PigtailsPlayers In Pigtails (©2003) by Shana Corey

This book is the fictional story of Katie Casey, the girl featured in the popular song, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Katie struggles with knitting, baking, and other typical “girl” activities of the era, but she lives and breathes all things baseball. Katie represents many real girls in the 1940s who shared of love of America’s pastime. With colorful, kid-friendly illustrations – and plenty of girl power to boot – kids ages 4-8 will love this energetic tale.

Dirt on Their SkirtsDirt on Their Skirts (©2000) by Doreen Rappaport and Lyndall Callan

This story chronicles the 1946 championship game between the Racine Belles and the Rockford Peaches. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the watercolor illustrations, the fact-based story is both educational and entertaining for ages 6-9.

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