Watership Down Trailer

BBC has released the first trailer for their new animated version of Watership Down. It’s a book that my family read aloud again and again during my childhood. This new version is lush and gorgeous with an all-star cast of voice actors. The four-episode series premieres on December 22nd on BBC One.

 

Kirkus Best Young Adult Books of 2018

Kirkus has released another of their best of the year lists. Here are the books selected as their best YA with plenty of great surprises included:

After the Fire After The Shot Drops

After the Fire by Will Hill

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

And the Ocean Was Our Sky Anger Is a Gift

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City

An Assassin’s Guide to Love & Treason by Virginia Boecker

Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City by Phillip Hoose

The Belles (The Belles #1) The Bird and the Blade

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen

Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1) Blacklisted!: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment

Black Wings Beating by Alex London

Blacklisted!: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment by Larry Dane Brimner

Blanca & Roja The Book of Pearl

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Book of Pearl by Timothee de Fombelle

Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu

The Brilliant Death Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1

Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr’s Assassin by James L. Swanson

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Dream Country Driving by Starlight

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney

Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine

The Fall of Innocence Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico

The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico by David Bowles

Final Draft Fire Song

Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones

For Every One The Good Demon

For Everyone by Jason Reynolds

The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas

The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)

The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century by Neal Bascomb

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Hey, Kiddo Home and Away

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Home and Away by Candice Montgomery

The House of One Thousand Eyes I Am Still Alive

The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

I, Claudia If Only

I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

If Only by Jennifer Gilmore

I'm Afraid of Men Iron River

I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya

Iron River by Daniel Acosta

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)

Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes Last Pick

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

Last Pick by Jason Walz

Latchkey (Archivist Wasp Saga, #2) Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

My Brother's Husband, Volume 2 (My Brother's Husband Omnibus, #2) My Name Is Victoria

My Brother’s Husband by Gengorah Tagame

My Name Is Victoria by Lucy Worsley

Notes from My Captivity Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Out of the Blue Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement

Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron

Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement by Nadya Okamoto

Picture Us in the Light The Place Between Breaths

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The Place Between Breaths by An Na

The Poet X Sadie

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Secrets of the Casa Rosada Skyward

Secrets of the Casa Rosada by Alex Temblador

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Starry Eyes The Storyteller (Sea of Ink and Gold, #3)

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

The Storyteller by Traci Chee

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful Summer Bird Blue

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) Tales from the Inner City

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan

Tess of the Road (Tess of the Road, #1) This Book Betrays My Brother

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

This Book Betrays My Brother by Kasigo Lesego Molope

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story Troublemakers

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

Troublemakers by Catherine Barter

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens edited by Marieke Nijkamp

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye

Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide What the Night Sings

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden

What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper

When My Heart Joins the Thousand Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger

Wildcard by Marie Lu

Your One & Only

Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay

 

Review: Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller

Don't Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller

Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller (9780316562584)

Aria lovers her fluffy, touchable hair but others love it a bit too much for her comfort. It seems like every time she leaves the house, someone is reaching out to feel her hair. She tries going to the ocean to get away from everyone, but even the mermaids want a touch. The same thing happens when she heads to the jungle or the castle. The only place she can find peace is on a deserted island, but she gets too lonely there. When she returns home, Aria figures out the power of setting boundaries and not allowing others to touch her without her permission.

Written in a wonderfully accessible way, this picture book will speak to children who are always having their hair touched, particularly African-American girls who wear their natural hair. The incorporation of whimsical settings makes the entire book feel lighter and a bit playful. The seriousness of being able to say no to others, even adults, is the final part of the book and is handled perfectly with just the right tone. The art in this picture book is bright and friendly. Aria’s hair is depicted in a most touchable way adding to the appeal of the book.

Humor adds a nice touch to this book about the importance of being able to demand respect for your body and hair. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from library copy.