Maybe He Just Likes You - by Barbara Dee
For seventh grader Mila, it starts with some boys giving her an unwanted hug on the school blacktop during a surprise birthday celebration.
The next day, it’s another hug. A smirk. Comments. It all feels…weird. According to her friend Zara, Mila is being immature and overreacting. Doesn’t she know what flirting looks like?
But it keeps happening, despite Mila’s protests. On the bus, in the halls. Even during band practice–the one time Mila can always escape to her happy “blue-sky” feeling. It seems like the boys are EVERYWHERE. And their behavior doesn’t feel like flirting–so what is it?
Mila starts to gain confidence when she enrolls in karate class. But her friends still don’t understand why Mila is making such a big deal about the boys’ attention. When Mila is finally pushed too far, she realizes she can’t battle this on her own, and she finds help in some unexpected places.
Here's a review:
Fry Bread - A Native American Family Story
November is Native American Heritage Month, and so one of my featured books is the new picture book, Fry Bread - A Native American Family Story. I'm always excited to get new and interesting books with a positive portrayal of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner Juana Martinez-Neal.
Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.
Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.
Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.
Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.
Here's a link to an article about the book. I was surprised to see that one of my tweets was quoted!
A Stone Sat Still - written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
This is my favorite so far for the 2020 Caldecott Medal. This latest from Caldecott Honor winning illustrator, Brendan Wenzel, is a stunning and thought-provoking book.
A Stone Sat Still tells the story of a seemingly ordinary rock—but to the animals that use it, it is a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven...even an entire world. This is a gorgeous exploration of perspective, perception, and the passage of time, with an underlying environmental message that is timely and poignant. With a rhythmic, calming narrative about the stone and its place in the world—and the changing environment—A Stone Sat Still proves Brendan Wenzel's mastery of the picture book form.
This modern children's classic will enchant readers in preschool and kindergarten, as well as the adults that read with them.
Here's a review from BookPage: