V.I.B. Picks for Kids (very impressive book)
Every now and then we encounter a new children's book or series that we’re so excited about we want to broadcast it from the rooftop. We've created the Tattered Cover Kids' V.I.B. (Very Impressive Book) to highlight real stand-outs among the many delightful and meaningful new editions for young readers.
Our latest selection is:
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
by Kwame Alexander
Rarely does a book of poetry come along that makes me stop people I barely know and demand they listen as I read aloud. Out of Wonder is such a book. To quote a snippet of the preface, "The title of this book comes from...Lucille Clifton. She wrote, 'Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing.'" Alexander is so talented that he can echo other poets styles in original verse, creating mind-filling images that are flat-out irresistible. Now add Holmes' glorious mixed-media art that accompanies each poem - and all I can say is WOW. I read this book to our Storytime audiences, I read it to coworkers, I read it to myself - and I'll read it to you if we cross paths. Just in case I don't see you, pick it up and discover this treasure for yourself! - Jocelyn, Bookseller
Purchase this book and previous Kids' V.I.B. selections below:
Everyone seems to have heard of the boy in the bubble -- the boy who was allergic to everything. Well, meet Madeline Whittier -- a 17 year old who is confined to her hermetically sealed house, tended to by her physician mother and companion nurse Carla. Maddie takes online classes and reads brand new, sanitized books (second-hand books are full of other people's germs). She and her mother are best friends, playing phonetic Scrabble and honor Pictionary, watching movies and telling each other everything.
That is how life has been for as long as she remembers, and Maddie figures that's how it will be for the foreseeable future. Enter the family who moves in next door: a father who seems to be 'way too fond of the bottle', a meek mother, a young girl and a -- whoa!, absolutely gorgeous guy who looks about Maddie's age. Hmmmm!
This fabulous book catches you from the very beginning, and you'll be sorry when it ends. Just when you think all the books about sick teens have been written, you get surprised -- over and over again. Really surprised! What a treat! I LOVED this one!!! -- Jocelyn, Children's bookselling specialist