MADreads for Kids

A review of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Earning multiple awards including a Newbery Honor, a Caldecott Honor (for illustration), and Coretta Scott King Honors for writing and for illustration, Crown celebrates one black boy’s experience in the barber’s chair, and how that fresh cut can elevate both self-esteem and self-confidence. James’ realistic illustrations are dazzling, with bold painterly strokes of color, that capture subtle nuances of feeling, character and setting. And Barnes’ words resonate with references to barbers as ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 15, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Denver today. A list of 2018 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Hello Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly Randolph ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 12, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned his ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

Grab your running shoes - we are off!  A little red cat sees an open front door, runs out, and the adventure begins.  He is chased by an alligator, then a bear and a chicken - in that order.  This nearly wordless book it so much fun on a couple of different levels.  Each page has a letter, both the upper and lower case, and a delightful picture the relates to the letter.  The reader has to figure out what word is being illustrated.  But your job is not done there, ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
February 9, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Not-So-Secret Society: Tale of the Gummy by Matthew Daley

Books that involve gangs of problem solving kids, hijinks and hilarity are perennially popular at my house. I checked this new book out because it looked like it fit that bill, and boy did it ever. Wherever this series goes I will follow. Madison, Dylan, Emma, Aidan and Ava are twelve years old, classmates, and members of the Not-So-Secret Society.   The Not-So-Secret Society is first seen ready to explore a hidden world under the subway when they are interrupted by an alarm telling them ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 6, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Where will I live? by Rosemary A. McCarney

People all over the world are often forced to leave their homes. Sometimes they leave because of war, hunger, or disaster. Sometimes they leave to find better opportunities. But the question that comes next is always “Where Will I Live?” In this photo-story children from all over the world are depicted as they leave their old homes and journey to find new ones. No matter where someone comes from we all need the same things: a place to sleep, food to eat, and someone to love us. With simple text ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
January 26, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Brave Chef Brianna by Jillian Crab

A famous chef and restaurateur in failing health decides to pit his children against one another in order for one of them to achieve the rights to his successful empire.  All of the children (12 boys!) and one daughter, Brianna Jakobsson, must start a new restaurant.  The child with the most successful restaurant wins the inheritance.  Each restaurant must be in a different town and all of the children must open their restaurant without any assistance from their father.  ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 12, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Old Tracks, New Tricks by Jessica Peterson

Wooden train tracks are good for more than just trains, and this story proves it. It's told in rhyme, with a combination of text boxes and word balloons, and illustrated with colorful photos. The train tracks and toy trains themselves can speak, and the tracks prove to the trains that they have lots of different uses. There's a bonus section at the end showing how you, too, can recreate the fun experiences shown in the book. This is a great STEM read that should inspire lots of play and ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
January 5, 2018 | 0 comments
New dog photography It's a superb time for books that fall under the subject heading "photography of dogs." There are three excellent choices published in 2017 that provide the perfect distraction to any stress or strain you may be experiencing. They also make wonderful gifts for dog lovers, photography fans and for anyone who needs a bit of a lift. Peanut Butter Dogs by Greg Murray. Pet photographer Murray collects portraits of dogs  ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 28, 2017 | 0 comments
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2017 Holiday Picks These are the top picks from the librarians at Madison Public Library responsible for selecting the new materials for children and teens. There's still time to pick them up for a holiday gift or for something to read with the kids over the winter break. From Youth Services Librarian Karen: Harry Potter: A Journey through a History of Magic A treat for Harry Potter fans young and old, this book is based on the ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 19, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees

Have you ever wondered why there are plenty of chickens and no Tyrannosaurus Rexes in the world today? The answer is Edna, the very first chicken. She is small and brave and won’t let the big and fierce T. Rex bully her or the other dinosaurs. In Douglas Rees’ fun and colorful book Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken readers find that it doesn’t take powerful jaws and a roar to be brave. Filled with dinosaur antics, cluck-worthy excitement, and feathery heroics, this is read is ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
December 15, 2017 | 0 comments