Book Reviews

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

First graders huddled in a closet listening to the pop, pop,…

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

I don't usually read true-crime books. The genre has never really…

The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

Recently, the Joplin Public Library Board allowed me to attend…

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, Illustrated by Steven Salerno

Although I don't read a lot of children's storybooks, one occasionally…

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

This is the story of Virgil, Valencia, Kaori, and Chet, and…

It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree by A. J. Jacobs

A. J. Jacobs has amused and informed us by living for a year…

New titles for Spring 2018 by various authors

Maybe it's the boost of energy that comes along with Spring,…

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Writing about social justice issues can be difficult when the…

Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them by David MacNeal

The First Day of Spring is but two days away: Easter Lilies,…

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson

Before Betty Shabazz became an activist, educator, mother and…

Picture Books to Introduce Black History Month to Children

Reviewed by Tammie Benham February is Black History Month. …

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan began the research for her latest book years ago.…

March: Books 1-3 by John Lewis with Andrew Aydin, art by Nate Powell

Of all the treasures in the Smithsonian, the exhibit that…

Star Wars : From a Certain Point of View by various authors

If you're a nerd, there are pretty much two factions: Star Trek…