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November 27, 2021

Long Road to the Circus, by Betsy Bird, illustrated by David Small, is a wonderful yarn about a twelve-year-old girl in 1920 Michigan who decides to learn to ride an ostrich as her path to see the world.

I'm in the process of making my website mobile-friendly, and today the Children's Fiction page got an upgrade. Recent reviews are featured at the top, and you can find all Children's Fiction reviews listed if you scroll down. You can go back and forth by clicking on the category.

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Too Small Tola
by Atinuke
illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

A Long Road on a Short Day
by Gary D. Schmidt & Elizabeth Stickney
with illustrations by Eugene Yelchin


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by Atinuke
illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

by Gary D. Schmidt & Elizabeth Stickney
with illustrations by Eugene Yelchin

by David Almond
illustrated by Polly Dunbar

by Hannah Barnaby
illustrated by Anoosha Syed

by Peter Brown
read by Kate Atwater


by Doreen Cronin
illustrated by Kevin Cornell

by Alice Dalgleish
illustrated by Helen Sewell

by Cathleen Daly
illustrations by Lisa Brown

by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
illustrated by Tony Fucile

by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
illustrated by Tony Fucile

by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
illustrated by Tony Fucile

by Tim Egan

by Tim Egan

by Polly Faber
illustrated by Clara Vulliamy

by Sid Fleischman
pictures by Peter Sis

by Neil Gaiman
illustrated by Skottie Young

story by Julian Gough
illustrations by Jim Field

story by Julian Gough
illustrations by Jim Field

by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
illustrated by LeUyen Pham

by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
illustrated by LeUyen Pham

by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
illustrated by LeUyen Pham

by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
illustrated by LeUyen Pham

by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
illustrated by LeUyen Pham

by R. P. Harris
illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

by Kevin Henkes

by John Himmelman

by John Himmelmanc

by John Himmelman

by John Himmelman

by Megumi Iwasa
illustrated by Jun Takabatake

by Victoria Jamieson

by Andrew Joyner

by Jacqueline Jules
art by Miguel Benitez

by Jacqueline Jules
art by Miguel Benitez

by Jacqueline Jules
art by Miguel Benitez

by Jacqueline Jules
illustrated by Kim Smith

by Judith Kerr

by Torben Kuhlmann

by Grace Lin

by Lois Lowry
illustrations by Jules Feiffer

by Patricia MacLachlan

by Hilary McKay
illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

by Hilary McKay
illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

by Hilary McKay
illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

by Hilary McKay
illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

by Ulf Nilsson
illustrated by Gitte Spee

by Lucy Nolan
illustrated by Mike Reed

by Lucy Nolan
illustrated by Mike Reed

by Ellen Bryan Obed
illustrated by Barbara McClintock

by Catherine O'Neill

by Susan Patron

by Sara Pennypacker
pictures by Marla Frazee

by Sara Pennypacker
pictures by Marla Frazee

by Sara Pennypacker
pictures by Marla Frazee

by Sara Pennypacker
pictures by Marla Frazee

by Sara Pennypacker
illustrated by Marla Frazee

by Sara Pennypacker
illustrated by Marla Frazee

by Sara Pennypacker
pictures by Marla Frazee

by Laura Amy Schlitz
illustrated by Brian Floca

by Josh Schneider

by Yasmine Surovec

by Yasmine Surovec

by Rachel Vail
illustrated by Paige Keiser

by Judith Viorst
illustrated by Lane Smith

by Judith Viorst
illustrated by Lane Smith

by Mo Willems
illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi


by L. M. Montgomery

by L. M. Montgomery
by Margery Clark
with illustrations by Maud and Miska Petersham

by L. M. Montgomery


by Sara Pennypacker

by Ann Braden

by Paul Acampora

by Kwame Alexander

by Kwame Alexander

by John David Anderson

by Tom Angleberger

by Tom Angleberger

by Tom Angleberger

by Tom Angleberger

by Tom Angleberger

by Katherine Applegate

by Katherine Applegate

by Katherine Applegate
read by Danny DeVito

by Katherine Applegate

by Rebecca Balcárcel

by Juliet Bell

by Holly Black

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault

by Caela Carter

by Ernesto Cisneros
read by Anthony Rey Perez

by Leslie Connor

by Leslie Connor

by Leslie Connor

by Jerry Craft

by Sharon Creech

by Sharon Creech

by Sharon M. Draper

by Emily Ecton

by Deborah Ellis

by Tim Federle

by Tim Federle
read by the author

by Lisa Fipps

by Dan Gemeinhart

by Donna Gephart

by Alex Gino

by Nikki Grimes

by Rob Harrell

by Carl Hiaasen
read by James Van Der Beek

by Alyssa Hollingsworth

by Eva Ibbotson

by Victoria Jamieson

by Victoria Jamieson

by Jessie Janowitz

by Varian Johnson

by Varian Johnson

by Varian Johnson

by Varian Johnson
illustrated by Shannon Wright

by Mike Jung

by Cynthia Kadohata

by Erin Entrada Kelly
performed by Ramon de Ocampo and Amielynn Abellera

by Hena Khan

by Amy Sarig King

by Lucy Knisley

by Gordon Korman

by Gordon Korman

by Uma Krishnaswami

by Remy Lai

by Remy Lai

by Christina Li

by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter

by Lenore Look
illustrated by Leuyen Pham

by Katherine Marsh

by Hilary McKay

by Hilary McKay

by Hilary McKay

by Meg Medina

by Meg Medina

by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

by Barbara O'Connor

by Barbara O'Connor

by R. J. Palacio

by Susan Patron

by Susan Patron
read by Cassandra Campbell

by Sara Pennypacker

Pax
by Sara Pennypacker

by Sara Pennypacker

by Sara Pennypacker

by Greg Pincus

by Jason Reynolds

by Jason Reynolds

by Jason Reynolds

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

by Rick Riordan

by Gary D. Schmidt

edited by Jon Scieszka

by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

by Holly Goldberg Sloan

by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

by Jane Smiley

by Laurel Snyder

by Nadja Spiegelman & Sergio Garcia Sanchez

by Rebecca Stead

by Rebecca Stead

by Rebecca Stead
read by Rachel L. Jacobs

by Jennifer Swender
illustrations by Jennifer Naalchigar

by Raina Telgemeier

by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo

by Sheila Turnage

by Jen Wang

by Jasmine Warga

by Alicia D. Williams

by Jacqueline Woodson

by Jacqueline Woodson read by Guy Lockard


by Sarah Prineas

by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
decorated by Paul O. Zelinsky

by William Alexander

by M. T. Anderson
illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

by Kathi Appelt

by Kathi Appelt

by Jonathan Auxier

by Jonathan Auxier

by Kelly Barnhill

by Hilari Bell

by Hilari Bell

by Sage Blackwood

by Sage Blackwood

by Sage Blackwood

by Erin Bow

by Stephanie Burgis

by Stephanie Burgis

by Stephanie Burgis

by Stephanie Burgis

by Stephanie Burgis

by Susan Cooper

by Susan Cooper

by Susan Cooper

by Susan Cooper
performance by Richard Mitchley

by Susan Cooper
read by Alex Jennings

by Charis Cotter

by Barry Deutsch

by Barry Deutsch

by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by K. G. Campbell

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

by Roddy Doyle

by Paul Durham

by Sarah Beth Durst

by Sarah Beth Durst

by Jason Carter Eaton

by Lissa Evans

by Lissa Evans

by John Flanagan
performed by John Keating

by John Flanagan
performed by John Keating

by John Flanagan

by Karen Foxlee

by Heather Vogel Frederick

by Cornelia Funke
read by Elliot Hill

written and performed by Neil Gaiman

written and performed by Neil Gaiman

by Neil Gaiman

by Neil Gaiman
illustrated by Chris Riddell

by Jessica Day George

by Jessica Day George

by Adam Gidwitz

by Shannon Hale

by Frances Hardinge
performed by Jill Turner

by Merrie Haskell

by Christopher Healy

by Christopher Healy

by Christian McKay Heidicker

by Alice Hoffman

by Sarah Jean Horwitz

by Gareth P. Jones

by Kelly Jones
illustrations by Katie Kath

a musical fable by Samuel Jones

by Ingrid Law

by Madeleine L'Engle
performance by the Author

by Gail Carson Levine

by Gail Carson Levine

by Gail Carson Levine
read and sung by Sarah Naughton and the Full Cast Family
music by Todd Hobin

by C. S. Lewis
performed by Patrick Stewart

by Grace Lin

by Grace Lin

by Grace Lin
read by Kim Mai Guest

by Natalie Lloyd

by David Lubar

by David Lubar

by David Lubar

by Gregory Maguire

by Katherine Marsh

by Kwame Mbalia

by Page McBrier

by Marika McCoola
illustrated by Emily Carroll

by Sarah McGuire

by Anna Meriano

by Anna Meriano

by Kate Messner

by A. A. Milne
performed by Peter Dennis

by Tony Mitton

by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner

by Anne Nesbet

by Jennifer L. Nielsen

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

by Kristin Wolden Nitz

by Garth Nix

by Tom O'Donnell

by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

by Nnedi Okorafor

by Lynne Rae Perkins

by Matt Phelan

by Matt Phelan

by Adam Rex

by Michael Rex

edited by Susan Rich

by Rick Riordan

by Geoff Rodkey

by J. K. Rowling

based on an original new story by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
A new play by Jack Thorne

by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

by Laura Amy Schlitz

by Dana Simpson

by Dana Simpson

by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith

by Laurel Snyder

by Laurel Snyder

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

by Rebecca Solnit

by Jerry Spinelli

by R. A. Spratt

by Diane Stanley

by Diane Stanley

by John Stephens

by Jonathan Stroud

by Jonathan Stroud
read by Miranda Raison

by Jonathan Stroud

by Jonathan Stroud
read by Katie Lyons

by Jonathan Stroud

by Jonathan Stroud
read by Emily Bevan

by Jonathan Stroud

by Jonathan Stroud
read by Emily Bevan

by Jonathan Stroud

by Jonathan Stroud
read by Emily Bevan

by Kate Thompson
Performed by Marcella Riordan

by Jessica Townsend
read by Gemma Whelan

by Mark Twain
and Philip Stead
with illustrations by Erin Stead

by Anne Ursu

by Anne Ursu

by Anne Ursu

by Catherynne M. Valente

by Catherynne M. Valente

illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

by Vivian Vande Velde

by Vivian Vande Velde

by Holly Webb

by E. B. White
read by the Author

by Melissa Wiley

by N. D. Wilson

by Diane Zahler


by Joan Aiken
read by Lizza Aiken

by Laurie Halse Anderson

by Laurie Halse Anderson

by Josie Angelini

by Julia Billet and Claire Fauvel
translation by Ivanka Hahnenberger

by Betsy Bird
illustrations by David Small

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
read by Jayne Entwistle

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

by Angela Cerrito

by Gennifer Choldenko

by Christopher Paul Curtis

written by Loïc Dauvillier
illustrated by Marc Lizano

by Kate DiCamillo

by Kate DiCamillo
read by Jenna Lamia

by Kate DiCamillo

by Monica Edinger
illustrated by Robert Byrd

by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

by Paul Fleischman

by Jack Gantos

by Jack Gantos

by Adam Gidwitz
illuminated by Hatem Aly

by Nathan Hale

by Sonya Hartnett

by Michael Hemphill and Sam Riddleburger

by Kevin Henkes

by Veera Hiranandani

by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

by Deborah Hopkinson

by Philip Kerr

by Ellen Klages

by Rajani LaRocca

by Kirby Larson

by Kristin Levine

by Patricia MacLachlan

by Diane Magras

by Diane Magras

by Katherine Marsh

by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

by Anne Nesbet

by Anne Nesbet

by Sheila O'Connor

by R. J. Palacio

by Linda Sue Park

by Matt Phelan

by Matt Phelan

by Matt Phelan

by Katherine Rundell

by Pam Munoz Ryan
drawings by Peter Sis

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

by Kate Saunders

by Laura Amy Schlitz

by Gary D. Schmidt

by Gary D. Schmidt

by Gary D. Schmidt
read by Lincoln Hoppe

by Gary D. Schmidt

by Brian Selznick

by Brian Selznick

by Mildred D. Taylor

by Bianca Turetsky

by Clare Vanderpool

by Rita Williams-Garcia

by Rita Williams-Garcia

by Rita Williams-Garcia

by Budge Wilson

by Lauren Wolk

by Lauren Wolk
read by Jorjeana Marie

by Lauren Wolk

by Maryrose Wood

by Maryrose Wood
read by Katherine Kellgren

by Maryrose Wood
read by Katherine Kellgren

by Maryrose Wood
read by Katherine Kellgren

by Maryrose Wood

by Gene Luen Yang
art by Gurihiru

by Kelly Yang

by Kelly Yang
read by Sunny Lu


by Lemony Snicket
with various readers

by Julie Berry
read by Jayne Entwistle

by Robert Arthur

by Robert Arthur

by Robert Arthur

by Robert Arthur

by Robert Arthur

by Robert Arthur

by Robert Arthur

by Robert Arthur

by Alexander McCall Smith

by Alexander McCall Smith
illustrated by Iain McIntosh

by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Adjoa Andoh

by Kate Milford

by Lemony Snicket
read by Liam Aiken

by Lemony Snicket
read by Liam Aiken

by Lemony Snicket

by Nancy Springer


by Carlos Hernandez

Cog
by Greg van Eekhout

by John David Anderson

by M. T. Anderson

by Jeffrey Brown

by Jeffrey Brown

by Tim Byrd

by Zizou Corder
read by Simon Jones

by Zizou Corder
read by Simon Jones

by Zizou Corder
read by Simon Jones

by Tony DiTerlizzi

by Tony DiTerlizzi

by Kevin Emerson

by Mark Fearing

by Jason Fry

by Stuart Gibbs


by Margaret Peterson Haddix

by Ben Hatke

by Jennifer L. Holm

by Mike Jung

by Philip Reeve
performed by Greg Steinbruner

by Philip Reeve
performed by Greg Steinbruner

by Philip Reeve
performed by Greg Steinbruner

by Geoff Rodkey

by Laura Ruby

by Gary D. Schmidt

edited by Jon Scieszka

by Rebecca Stead

by Trenton Lee Stewart
read by Del Roy

by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes

by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes