From Emily Dickinson to William Carlos Williams, Paul B. Janeczko has gathered work by some of the finest poets to mark the changing of the seasons in this collection of “very short poems,” Firefly July (Candlewick, $16.99). Melissa Sweet’s evocative and whimsical illustrations match the poems beautifully, capturing the famous fog that “comes on little cat feet” and the glowing fireflies of the collection’s title poem. This is a book to be savored in little bits, or swallowed whole. However you approach it, it makes a wonderful and accessible exploration of the breadth of poetry’s capabilities for the earliest readers, and a reminder of the power of word and image for us all.  Ages 6-10. Eowyn Randall

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By Paul B. Janeczko, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763648428
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Published: Candlewick - March 11th, 2014

If the first athlete you think of when you hear the name “Babe” is Babe Ruth, no one could really blame you, but after reading Babe Conquers the World (Calkins Creek, $16.95) you might have some misgivings about who is the most important Babe in sports. This biography of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace is fast-paced and entertaining, just like Babe herself. Babe was a complicated figure: she won many Olympic gold medals, set many world records, and tore down many barriers against women in sports, but she was also brash and egotistical. The Wallaces don’t just chronicle Babe’s deeds, they depict her in all her complexity, and include important moments from history as well, bringing Babe’s era to life and contextualizing how impressive her achievements were.  Ages 9-12.  Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9781590789810
Availability: Backordered
Published: Calkins Creek - March 1st, 2014

Electrical Wizard (Candlewick, $16.99) gives an often overlooked giant of science, Nikola Tesla, his due. This biography traces Tesla’s life, from his early curiosity about the world to the eventual realization of his childhood ideas. Elizabeth Rusch’s text is accessible and informative, vividly capturing the fascinating story of Tesla’s life. Oliver Dominguez does the fanciful title justice, portraying Tesla and his electricity as almost mythological figures in the vivid illustrations. Charting Tesla’s challenges and successes, the book is an inspiring look at the great things that can come from perseverance and an open mind.  Ages 7 to 10.  ENR
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By Elizabeth Rusch, Oliver Dominguez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763658557
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick - September 10th, 2013