2017 Nonfiction Picture Books Reviewed

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Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness (Lee & Low Books Inc., October 15, 2016) debut title by Donna Janell Bowman with illustrations by Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner Daniel Minter presents the unique story of a man's kindness and the remarkable acts it inspired.  This is a rare book unlike any you may have encountered before or are likely to encounter in the future.

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness (Lee & Low Books Inc., October 15, 2016) debut title by Donna Janell Bowman with illustrations by Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner Daniel Minter presents the unique story of a man's kindness and the remarkable acts it inspired. This is a rare book unlike any you may have encountered before or are likely to encounter in the future.

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Watching it move up the trunk, it did not go to one of the many leafy apartments but to a hole in one of the trees.  Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep (Henry Holt and Company, November 1, 2016) written by April Pulley Sayre with illustrations by Steve Jenkins is the fourth collaboration by this team combining poetry and art to deliver facts to readers.

Watching it move up the trunk, it did not go to one of the many leafy apartments but to a hole in one of the trees. Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep (Henry Holt and Company, November 1, 2016) written by April Pulley Sayre with illustrations by Steve Jenkins is the fourth collaboration by this team combining poetry and art to deliver facts to readers.

Let's step back in time to the early nineteen hundreds.  Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service (Charlesbridge, August 2, 2016) written by Annette Bay Pimentel with illustrations by Rich Lo is a tribute to the skill and determination of one man who triumphs no matter what happens.  He was an American who loved his country and wanted to do what he could to protect it.

Let's step back in time to the early nineteen hundreds. Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service (Charlesbridge, August 2, 2016) written by Annette Bay Pimentel with illustrations by Rich Lo is a tribute to the skill and determination of one man who triumphs no matter what happens. He was an American who loved his country and wanted to do what he could to protect it.

More than ever I wish I could talk to him, asking him if he knew as much about her life as I now do after reading this most recent picture book biography about her life.                        The Legendary Miss Lena Horne (Atheneum Books For Young Readers, January 24, 2017) written by Carole Boston Weatherford with art by Elizabeth Zunon is stunning.  Readers will be captivated as soon as they read her introductory quotation before the narrative begins.

More than ever I wish I could talk to him, asking him if he knew as much about her life as I now do after reading this most recent picture book biography about her life. The Legendary Miss Lena Horne (Atheneum Books For Young Readers, January 24, 2017) written by Carole Boston Weatherford with art by Elizabeth Zunon is stunning. Readers will be captivated as soon as they read her introductory quotation before the narrative begins.

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist (Atheneum Books For Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, January 17, 2017) written by Cynthia Levinson with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley Newton tells a remarkable true story.  No one will leave reading this book without being inspired.

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist (Atheneum Books For Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, January 17, 2017) written by Cynthia Levinson with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley Newton tells a remarkable true story. No one will leave reading this book without being inspired.

If this shift in the norm is any kind of trauma or disaster, natural or man-made, the fate of these animal family members rests squarely on their humans.  Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey (Crown Books for Young Readers, January 31, 2017) written by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes with illustrations by Sue Cornelison is about a family fleeing a dangerous life.  They refuse to leave their cat.

If this shift in the norm is any kind of trauma or disaster, natural or man-made, the fate of these animal family members rests squarely on their humans. Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey (Crown Books for Young Readers, January 31, 2017) written by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes with illustrations by Sue Cornelison is about a family fleeing a dangerous life. They refuse to leave their cat.

During the American Civil War a fierce battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia was fought during the month of December 1862.  Soldier Song: A True Story Of The Civil War (Disney Hyperion, February 7, 2017) written by Debbie Levy with illustrations by Gilbert Ford focuses on happenings after the battle.  This story reveals the greatest truth held in the hearts gathered at Fredericksburg.

During the American Civil War a fierce battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia was fought during the month of December 1862. Soldier Song: A True Story Of The Civil War (Disney Hyperion, February 7, 2017) written by Debbie Levy with illustrations by Gilbert Ford focuses on happenings after the battle. This story reveals the greatest truth held in the hearts gathered at Fredericksburg.

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