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Book-Kiyoshi's Walk
Kiyoshi’s Walk

(2021 Lee & Low)
Illustrated by Nicole Wong

Where do poems come from? A young aspiring poet and his grandfather show that the answer lies all around us—if we take the time to look.

“A beautiful book on making art out of observations. Whether employed to invite children and adults into writing or as a nurturing read-aloud, this is recommended for all collections.”
—School Library Journal, starred review.

“. . . .unleashes the power of poetry. Kiyoshi discovers how to use his senses, his power of observation, and his imagination. Sensory language models the vitality and precision of creative writing. The artwork is soft, warm and captivating. See, hear, touch, taste, smell. . . and imagine poetry all around you.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review.

“By writing to all the senses, Karlins places readers right alongside Kiyoshi on his walk.Wong’s illustrations bring us in even deeper, progressing from simple portraits of the home to streets of city neighborhoods to stunning nighttime scenes by an illuminated river. The caring relationship between grandfather and grandson is the glue that holds the story together.”
—Booklist

“Like Karlins’s text, Wong’s digital illustrations are delicate and precise. This warm, loving picture book might just inspire a poetry walk.”
—The Horn Book

Kiyoshi’s Walk is an excellent book for exploring poetry in the classroom and at home. An author’s note and a Reader’s Guide describe haiku and other forms of poetry as both individual and group activities, and offer enjoyable suggestions.

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Book-Starring Lorenzo and Einstein too
Starring Lorenzo — And Einstein Too

(Dial)

Lorenzo’s family are star performers, but he can’t juggle. He can’t walk a tightrope. He can’t even sing. So what can this dreamer do? Follow Lorenzo in this zany and endearing adventure as he meets Albert Einstein, blasts off into space, and discovers the power of big imagination — both in the galaxy and on the stage.

“With lyrical text, light humor, and compassion, Karlins fancifully celebrates imagination, individuality, and finding a place within one’s family. . . . a celebration of science, learning, and family connections.” (Booklist)

Book-Music Over Manhattan
Music Over Manhattan

(Doubleday)

What do you get when you cross a famous musician named Uncle Louie with an underappreciated boy named Bernie, mix in a trumpet and a sparkling rendition of the most beautiful song in the world, and plop it all down in the middle of a dance-crazed wedding party? If you’re really lucky, as Bernie was, you get magic and an entire wedding party flying through the air.

On NPR’s Weekend Edition, Daniel Pinkwater called it “A beauty of a book! This is as good as it gets. An instant classic!” And the New York Post has written “A timeless story of finding the magic inside your soul, playing it for all it’s worth, and soaring high.” A best selling book that reached #2 on Amazon.com.

Book-Mendel's Ladder
Mendel’s Ladder

(Simon & Schuster)

It hasn’t rained in who knows how long, and somebody wants to do something about it. Seven-year old Mendel Moscowitz starts building a ladder to the sky, using odds and ends from his neighborhood. With his parents chasing behind him, Mendel climbs to a cloud where he meets the Rainmaker, one Maxwell Butterbarrel, and tries to convince him to bring the rain.

Named a Smithsonian Best Book of the Year: “Magic straight out of Flatbush. . . . Sprint to your bookstore for this one.”

Book-Salmon Moon
Salmon Moon

(Simon & Schuster)

Sarah and her grandmother have rescued a salmon from the fish market and are on a daring mission to return it to the ocean. They race through the streets of Coney Island, pursued by their neighbors, calling, “Thief! Thief! Salmon Thief!” Will their rescue be successful?

Selected by American Bookseller as a “Pick of the Lists”: “I loved this book. . . . A marvelous story with a magical ending.” Described by Booklist as “filled with a splendidly contagious joy.”

Book- A Christmas Fable
A Christmas Fable

(Atheneum)

One Christmas Eve in the southern mountains, when the whole family has gathered together, an old man appears in the doorway. He carries in his arms a wounded deer and delivers a prophecy to the startled family: There will be no Christmas. And sure enough, Christmas does not arrive. For hasn’t it been said that on Christmas Eve the animals are blessed? If one is injured how can there be Christmas. The answer lies in this lyrical tale.

Poetry Books for Adults

Book-Narrative Winter
Narrative of the Broken Winter

“Karlins dares to open a door in music and risk what comes up the dark stairs. What is strong here is innocent soft heroic willingness to let myth be born anew in him as image, the myth of love to which all others yield. Karlins strongly, cleanly gives us a book with a self that can find itself only in the things around us.” — Robert Kelly

Book-Couryard of continuous returning
The Courtyard of Continuous Returning

“Subtly voiced meditations. . . poems that enter the world with sympathy and care.” — Bruce McClelland