The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano

In The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano,  award-winning biographer Elizabeth Rusch and two-time Caldecott Honor–recipient Marjorie Priceman team up to tell the inspiring story of the invention of the world’s most popular instrument. Bartolomeo Cristofori coaxes just the right sounds from the musical instruments he makes. Some of his keyboards…

Mary Englebreit’s Nutcracker is a Sweet Delight to Read

 The Nutcracker is one of the world’s favorite holiday stories, and Mary Engelbreit offers her vision of that joyful night, creating a picture book filled with movement and vibrant detail that even the youngest child will enjoy.–From the Back Cover *** In Mary Engelbreit’s Nutcracker, Marie, the Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy will…

Make a Date to Read: When Otis Courted Mama

“This excellent take on modern, blended families melds a believable, resonant story arc and winsome, child-appealing illustrations.”—Kirkus, starred review     In When Otis Courted Mama, apart from sticker burrs and sand fleas, Cardell’s life is mostly wonderful. He knows he’s loved through and through by his perfectly good mama and his perfectly good daddy. They…

A Pinata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas

CROSSPOSTED ON YOUNGPEOPLESPAVILION.COM Un Pinata en un árbol de pino: un latino Doce Días de Navidad “Beginning with “a piñata in a pine tree” and culminating in “doce angelitos celebrando” (twelve angels rejoicing), the double-page spreads each contain a pronunciation guide for both gifts and numbers.” –Horn Book An award-winning author and a rising star…