Welcome to the August 2020 issue of Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews. I have put together a wonderful collection of reviews for you for this issue, and I hope you enjoy reading the reviews as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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Editor's Choice

The Plastic Magician

The Plastic Magician

by Charlie N. Holmberg

For two long years Alvie has been attending the Jefferson School of Material Mechanics. She has been working hard, hoping all the while that she will be do well enough to get a diploma, and thus win an apprenticeship to study with a magician who ... 
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Special Feature

Food and Cooking: Many children love to spend time in the kitchen helping their grownups to cook, and when they successfully make their first cake or loaf of bread, they are enormously proud of their achievement. In this feature you will find works of fiction, cookbooks, and other titles that are about cooking and food.

Seasonal Feature

Summer is a time for vacations, long sunny days spent outdoors, and, for many of us, days spent at the beach. There really is nothing quite like eating an ice cream cone on a warm day, playing in the waves with friends, and building sandcastles that have tall towers and sea shell windows.  Summer is also a time when many children have the time to read. The two features here are full of books of all kinds for readers of all ages.

Series Spotlight

Every month TTLG chooses a series to spotlight. The series can be from any genre, and it may be complete, or a project that is ongoing. This month: The Predator Cities Books. These stories are set in a most extraordinary world.

Author/Illustrator Spotlight

Every month TTLG highlights the work and life of an author or illustrator. This month's spotlight features

Philip Reeve

Organization Spotlight

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. After launching in 1995, ... 
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TTLG Book Giveaway!

Every so often TTLG gives books away to our readers.  Check back regularly to see what is available.

This month Through The Looking Glass Children’s Book Review has one copy of each of these books to give away.

Bookish Calendar

Every month TTLG creates a calendar of birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Many calendar items are linked to reviews of books we think you will enjoy reading.  Through the linked books you can find out about people who have influenced history, events that have shaken the world, and celebrate holidays you enjoy. Check back here every issue to find interesting titles.

For Readers, Authors, Illustrators, Publishers

For Authors and Illustrators: This page is for children's book authors and illustrators. Here they find how to submit books for review, and lists of resources to help in their work.

For Publishers: This page is for children's book publishers. Here they find how to submit books for review, how TTLG can help publicize their books, and how to sign up for TTLG's monthly editorial calendar.