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Like a Cover Reveal But Wordier: An Excerpt from Susan Cooper’s The Boggart Fights Back

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Looking back at the recent slate of award winners, I view them through the lens of someone that has lived in Trump’s America for a little more than a year. As a result, I see things a bit differently. Taken a certain way, every book becomes a kind of protest. Consider the Caldecott. I’ve mentioned […]

Guest Post: A New Consideration of Elena Ferrante’s The Beach at Night by Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz

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You guys know my penchant for children’s books that fall outside the usual norms. And nothing strikes fear in the good American heart faster than picture books from other countries. I’ve seen even the most sophisticated of readers wrinkle their noses at translations they deemed “weird”. And nothing caused such wrinkling better than the 2016 […]

In Memoriam: Dr. William H. Teale

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In August of 2015 I took two small children and got on a plane leaving LaGuardia Airport in NYC, now headed for the Midwest. After dropping my kids off with my parents, I took my mom and dad’s car and drove to Evanston, IL for my first day of work. My husband was following with […]

Not In Any History Books: Digging Deep Into the Past of the New York Times Best Illustrated List

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Leave it to the experts, that’s what I always say. Some time ago I was contacted by librarian Cecilia Horn, currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library in Northern Kentucky. Cecilia was researching the New York Times Best Illustrated List, which is presented yearly to ten different picture books. It’s […]

Weeding the Formerly Famous

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Is it wrong to wait patiently, patiently, patiently, for a popular series you loathe to die? I’ve always been very interested in the longevity of children’s books. The other day I had a conversation with someone who told me that word on the street has it that many of the committee members on the Newbery […]

Everything Old Is New Again: Fantastic Picture Book Bios You May Have Forgotten

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Folks, I’ve been in this game a long time. Not as long as some, but if you take into account my blogging years I’m a verifiable crone. I started back in 2003 and it’s been nothing but typing ever since. Now this year, in 2018, I’ve been very encouraged. A lot of the picture book […]

The Inexpensive Way to Keep Up With the Oscar Contenders

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Yesterday, on Tuesday, January 23rd, the Oscar nominations were officially released. There was good news (yay, Get Out!), bad (boo, Three Billboards!), and everything in-between, but all in all it was a lot of the films folks had already been discussing as award contenders. If you’re anything like me, it can be hard to keep […]

Merry Christmas! Celebrating Emmet Otter’s Jug-band Christmas With Editor Frances Gilbert

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Ran into these two the other day at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta : If this duo means anything to you then it could be that you too were raised on one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, Emmet Otter’s Jug-band Christmas. Produced by Jim Henson it was a sweet Gift […]

A Gantos In My Lap: Getting Kids Excited About Writing

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If, best beloved, you are invited to see Jack Gantos speak, you do it. You do it even if you have to pay money. Even if you are a cheapskate who spends most of her days finding ways to avoid shelling out cold hard cash for authors, you do it. You do it because you […]

Wonder No More: A Look at a Book to Screen Adaptation

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And I wonder. I wah wah wah wah wonder! Why. Why why why why why . . . Just me? Alrighty then. Yep, so though I live far far away from my beloved New York City, this Chicagoland I’ve landed in is pretty darn hopping. They have jazz. They have some kind of ungodly pizza […]

Historical Nonfiction Children’s Books I’d Like to See (Based Entirely on Stuff You Missed in History Class Episodes)

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Two’s a coincidence. Three’s a pattern. So far I’ve found a couple different unexpected places concerning cool history that’s just pitch perfect for children’s books. First I did a post called Picture Books Bios I’d Like to See (Based Entirely on Hark, A Vagrant Comics), (and I’m still waiting for those Katherine Sui Fun Cheung […]

In Memorium: Lockwood & Company

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There is a game that literature lovers play amongst themselves at parties, at ice-breakers, at speed dating events, etc. The question is this: If you could live in any book’s world, what would it be? Now children’s literature fans, of the adult variety in particular, are fairly predictable. Harry Potter’s world probably remains the top […]

Blog Tour: Sticks ‘n’ Stones ‘n’ Dinosaur Bones

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All right, folks. I don’t usually do straight up blog tours and the reasoning for this is simple. There are a fair number of them out there and how do you choose which ones to feature? But today’s book is kind of special. As you may know, I’ve a soft spot in my heart for […]

Radiant with Color & Art: Upcoming Holiday Exhibition at the Grolier Club

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They say the holiday season creeps closer and closer every year. Well, Halloween is over so I feel entirely justified in letting you know about this upcoming exhibit from the Grolier Club. This may fall into the category of “Only Children’s Literature Nerds Need Apply”. FYI.   Radiant with Color & Art The Holiday Exhibition […]

Halloween Costumes with First Book: Go Big or Go Home

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The idea for today’s post completely annihilated my original plan. In an early draft I was just going to gather together a variety of Halloween-appropriate links from over the past few years.  For example, there’s this kooky post from a blog called The Haunted Closet (which is still running and fantastic) back in 2010 that […]