June 2020 Prime Picks
Christine D. Beaule and John G. Douglass
University of Arizona Press
The Global Spanish Empire: Five Hundred Years of
Place Making and
Pluralism is recommended reading for college-level readers of
global history. It holds eleven case studies documenting the Spanish
reach around the world.
have studied this influence in other areas, The
Global Spanish Empire focuses on regions often neglected in
Spanish colonialism, offering a wide-ranging timeline as it considers
traditions, cultures, indigenous responses, and the persistence of
students of Spanish colonialism will find these essays, which include
Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific regions, fills many gaps in the
They provide a scholarly and well-documented study that discusses
practices in a changing world. The inclusion of black and white
extensive biographical references, and archaeological findings adds
visual embellishment to an engrossing study.
The World of
John Morrow & Jon B. Cooke, Editors
The World of Twomorrows: Celebrating 25 Years of
the Future of Fandom
is a top recommendation for any collection or reader who enjoys comic
history and development. It traces
history of TwoMorrows Publishing and its many, many comic book history
in this 25th Anniversary celebratory volume are behind-the-scenes
of story development and issues; back issue samplers; contributions and
interviews by those who have been part of TwoMorrows' productions over
years; and extensive interviews with comic artists who produced iconic
over the decades.
artists, covers, and art enhance interviews with such notable industry
as Jim Amash, associate editor of Alter
Ego, and Jon B. Cooke, editor of Comic
interviews are not available, extensive historical reviews of
artists round out the collection, creating a history that is thoroughly
presentations are outstanding surveys highly recommended for
in lasting tales for young readers that excel in both visual and
Murray's Beneath the Waves
$22.00) receives lovely drawings by Helen Ahpornsiri and will appeal to
elementary readers in grades 3-5, who will enjoy the artwork and lively
nonfiction exploration of underwater life.
cities created by coral reefs to the allure of real deep-sea monsters, Beneath the Waves introduces different
environments and strange habitats and creatures to draw young readers
natural history of underwater worlds.
Wildsmith's Animal Gallery
comes from an artist who creates a lively collection of animals that
an ambush of tigers, a prickle of hedgehogs, and more. It uses
of each animal grouping to introduce lovely, creative animal drawings
and adults will relish.
find it easy to absorb the one-sentence phrases as they enjoy the vivid
Sandcastle by Einat Tsarfati
(9781536211436, $17.99) explores a
young girl's day at the beach building a grand, impressive sandcastle
impresses people around the world.
Many come to join in an event that centers around it, until the realities of a beach celebration creates trouble. The result is an engrossing story that is whimsical, fun, and thought-provoking as it covers the possibilities and detriments of sand.
K. Mann's The Camping Trip
follows young Ernestine's first time camping as she makes a packing
learns new skills, and confronts some adventures that feel less than
quite what she'd envisioned, and so Ernestine is challenged by her
the reality of her first camping experience. Can she adjust to the
environment and its demands?
a first outdoors encounter will especially delight young urban readers
to the actual outdoor experience.
Simon & Schuster
A Field Guide to Getting Lost tells of a
girl who loves science and
a boy who likes fantasy novels. Ordinarily, they would have little in
but when their parents begin dating, they must learn not only how to
but how to handle problems their parents can't help with.
been innovative, science-oriented, and in control. Luis writes stories
courage, but lacks the same quality in himself.
with new life challenges, perhaps their biggest problem lies in
accept one another, acting like siblings instead of competitors. This
engrossing story of growth will delight ages 8-12.
Letters from Bear is illustrated by Marie
Caudry, who provides
gorgeous, colorful drawings to enhance the story of Bear, who can't
spending winter in hibernation without her friend Bird, who is intent
migrate, too, even though she's never left her forest home, and she
communicates her new discoveries about life to Bird via letters that
to receive a reply.
share these new experiences in person with her absent friend...but she
actually doing so, albeit in an unusual way.
adventure, long-distance friendship, and world encounters will delight
who have good reading skills.
from Peachtree provide young readers with excellent leisure choices
recommended picks for read-aloud parents and library holdings alike.
Cave's You've Got Dragons
$8.99) receives fun drawings by Nick Maland as it explores the dilemma
young boy who has too many dragons as pets. Other children's stories
on the problems of having one dragon, but this tale of too much of a
will delight young readers and parents by going beyond the obvious
entertainment value of dragons to probe some conundrums often faced in
A Friend for Mole (9781682631539,
tells of a reclusive mole that is fond of his cozy burrow, content with
investigating the world above his home until shouts and laughter prompt
this new world changes his perspective on life. His discoveries will
young readers and parents with their joyful consideration of attitude,
Lisa Papp's Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
(9781682630594, $8.99) tells of Bonnie, a dog who helps
Madeline Finn to engage in the one activity she truly hates.
a girl who resists reading and the library dog who helps change her
delight parents who want to encourage literacy and positive attitudes
pleasures and purposes of reading.
Colombet's The Society of Distinguished
(9781682631560, $17.99) tells of a group of lemmings who enjoy music,
dining, and games. They aspire to be superior in everything they
this requires a lot of rules which limit opportunities and fun alike.
sick of it
all, but when he befriends a big bear who lacks some of these abilities
pretense, problems arise. Can his simpler bear friend ever be accepted
Society of Distinguished Lemmings?
lovely drawings produce a zany, fun experience that stands out from the
Wollvin's Bo the Brave
(9781682631829, $17.99) gives
kids a fun fairy tale about a girl named Bo who wants to be a hero like
Bo is female, small, and likely couldn't confront a monster and win.
female strength and ability will resonate with parents who wish to
sense of accomplishment, strength, and ability in girls and small
reads, highly recommended for their original themes and colorful
picture book offerings are standouts for their exceptional drawings,
stories, and overall attractive presentations.
Ercolini's It's a Moose!
(9780399166648, $17.99) tells of a new baby who turns out to be a moose
of the usual human child everyone was expecting.
As much as
family tries to dress him up, accept him, and raise him, problems arise
as the little
moose grows up and outgrows everything around him.
How can his
family help him fit in? This zany story of a child who doesn't quite
norm will have all ages engaged and laughing.
Karim Shamsi-Basha's The Cat Man of
Aleppo (9781984813787, $17.99) receives fun cat drawings by
but tackles a serious theme: animal survival in the face of war.
Syria, people flee Aleppo and became refugees. Ambulance driver
Aljaleel stays behind to help his human neighbors, but discovers that
cats need his help, as well.
worldwide as the Cat Man of Aleppo. This is his story, brought to life
Syrian immigrant Karim Shamsi-Basha in a moving tale that will educate
appeal to readers with good reading skills, who receive a political
a true cat rescue tale.
Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Colter
(9781984912476, $17.99) tells
of Cow, whose bad mood infects the entire barnyard around her.
turn to their neighbors to pass along her anger, readers receive a fine
of how to change hurt feelings, misunderstandings, and anger into
avenues for discussion and resolution.
whimsical book as a teaching tool for handling emotions and negativity,
kids will find the animal barnyard antics engaging and the underlying
picture books are especially recommended for adult/child read-aloud for
combination of beautiful images and gentle stories that lend to sharing
presents Daddy Loves You!
(9781534110595, $15.99) in a keepsake edition that includes a special
room for writing a letter and adding a photo. Petra Brown's beautiful
accompany rhyming text for new readers and read-aloud parents as the
explores a Daddy bunny who loves his new addition to their rabbit
rhymes, large print words, and message of love are just the ticket for
and kids to enjoy together.
Esbaum's Where'd My Jo Go?
$16.99) features good-sized, colorful pictures by Scott Brundage as it
Trucker Jo, who brings her dog Big Al along on her road trips.
outings, but when Big Al is accidentally left behind, he is determined
Jo's return, even though he's constantly distracted from his mission by
new life experiences.
Both books are perfect choices for parents seeking engaging read-alouds for the young.