Wake Up! by Helen Frost

Wake Up by Helen Frost

Wake Up! by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder (9780763681494, Amazon)

This is the fourth collaboration of poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder. Once again, there is a focus on nature and its wonder. In this book, spring is the subject with new eggs, newly hatched animals, and babies galore. Frost’s poetry is simple and skillful, filled with rhymes and rhythm that carry the book forward inviting investigation. Lieder’s photography is wonderful, capturing that same love of the wild.

Frost’s poetry is particularly deft. She invites readers to explore the outside world, look up into the sky and the trees. She looks below the water and at seeds on the breeze. The photography follows these invitations, capturing eggs, tadpoles and baby deer in their natural habitat. The book ends with more in-depth information on the animals featured in the images.

Another delightful success by this pair, this picture book deserves a place in every library to help celebrate spring. Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from library copy.

YALSA’s Teen Top Ten Nominees for 2017

The nominees for the Teen Top Ten have been announced by YALSA. Nominations are made by teen book groups in schools and libraries across the country. Teen are then invited to vote for their favorites each year. Voting for teens opens on August 15th and runs through Teen Read Week in October. Here are the nominated titles followed by the video from YALSA:

All We Have Left The Art of Being Normal

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Burning Midnight The Diabolic

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

Don't Get Caught Genius: The Game

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

Girl in Pieces The Great American Whatever

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

Heartless If I Was Your Girl

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

The Killing Jar Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Love & Gelato Nightstruck (Nightstruck #1)

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Nightstruck by Jenna Black

Once Upon a Dream (A Twisted Tale, #2) P.S. I Like You

Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Passenger (Passenger, #1) Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Starflight (Starflight, #1) Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

Starflight by Melissa Landers

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Sun Is Also a Star Tell Me Three Things

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

This Is Where It Ends Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

25897678 The Year We Fell Apart

We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin