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February 27, 2021 | Vol. 36, No. 4

Back of the line

Demand for COVID-19 vaccines in the West tests the rest

Rare gems among trendy titles 2020 made it even harder to find good reads for young minds. Here are our recommendations, along with resources for the adults helping them
Canceling the classics A new movement aims to marginalize books showcasing the "white lens"
Seeing past and present Good books for kids on race and history
Notable nonfiction Five books showcasing real-life drama
Beatrix and her books Picture Book of the Year: An engaging and whimsical picture book illuminates the life of a beloved children’s author
Culture clash Children’s Book of the Year: A fantastical memoir sheds spiritual light with literary might
Critical theory … for kids? New title releases show the spreading influence of a controversial academic framework
Uncivil unrest Law enforcement and former extremists wonder if recent violence means the United States will see a repeat of the domestic terrorism of the 1990s
Unbottling the pill Abortion pill groups await Biden administration action to scrap FDA restrictions


American thinker

A new documentary takes a deep look at Thomas Sowell

A modern gentleman burglar

New mystery thriller Lupin features a thief set on avenging his father

When art and artifacts turn to sand

The Dig verges on ancient wisdom but crumbles under modern relativism

Family drama

Let Him Go shows the good and bad

Child-centered superheroism

It’s not just the kids who are juvenile in We Can Be Heroes

Playful projects

Noteworthy new or recent releases

Heavenly harping

Last year offered memorable collections of an underappreciated instrument
A story to tell

A story to tell

Jeri Chase Ferris aims to inspire a younger generation of readers through biographies of people who made a difference

Racial crossroads

More Black History Month reads

Lives and memories

Four autobiographies of black Americans

Serving those who served
One Vietnam War veteran found healing by honoring other vets
Friends for life
Greg and Jackie Samuels fell in love at Bible school before making the surprising discovery that one of them was not a true Christian
A congregation of avatars
Pioneering pastors are using virtual reality to reach an unconventional group of people