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Prescient: Why the Netflix Version of A Series of Unfortunate Events is a Trump-Era Time Capsule

My family is currently watching the Netflix adaptation of the famous series. But does it have more to say to kids who lived under Trump than we suspect?

The Scourge of Skyward Knitting Needles: Pandemic Edition!

Time for every knitter’s favorite fact finding post in which we closely examine the knitting needles in a slew of 2020 picture book titles. Who got it right and and who got it wrong this year?

The Only Thing I Could Think To Do On Election Day

Safe in the knowledge that with the Election today no one is going to want to look at much of anything else, I’m putting together a post of cute Halloween costumes and pictures with kidlit connections. Enjoy.

Are You There, God? It’s Me, a Historical Novel. Margaret Turns 50

Judy Blume’s third book turns 50 this year so I propose something a little crazy. How about we release an edition of I propose an edition of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret set . . . in 1970?

The Zhou Brothers: When You Have the Chance to Paint Your Own Story

“People think that collaboration is about harmony, but that’s wrong.” A book release party like none other, I attend the celebration for Flying Paintings by Amy Alznauer and The Zhou Brothers.

The Lost Paintings Found: What Eloise and Stuart Little Have in Common

Today I’d like to highlight two art mysteries that have direct ties to children’s books. One concerns a painting that vanished. The other, a painting that appeared in the oddest of places.

But If I Can’t Harangue in Person, How Will They Know I’m Right?: Book Committees in a Pandemic Age

How are book committees coping in the face of entirely virtual book discussions? I speculate and speculate and speculate some more.

Celebrities Don’t Draw: Kvetching About Credit

Why do some celebrity picture books fail to credit their illustrators? Heck, even Madonna made room for her artists. I consider a trend that makes some celebrity picture books even more despicable than usual.

Surprise! It’s Activist!: Children’s Entertainment Increasingly Takes a Stand

Today we offer the antithesis to that old “Surprise! It’s Racist!” post I created in 2014. What are the forms of children’s entertainment that surprise you with their activism? I consider some old standbys and new concepts.

Excellent Black Lives Matter Picture Book Bios (Some Pre-BLM)

There have been Black picture book biographies coming out for years and years and years. Often their publishers either wouldn’t or couldn’t put the marketing dollars behind them that they so clearly deserved, and so these books would sink from view and be forgotten. Today, I want to revisit some of these books, just in case someone had a hankering to rediscover them.

Meet the Newest Niblings!

Today we are pleased as punch to announce that we are adding two additional women to our Niblings group. Meet them for yourselves!

Chance: Escape From the Holocaust – An Excerpt of the Latest Book by Uri Shulevitz

Today I offer a brief glimpse of the latest book by 1969 Caldecott Award winner Uri Shulevitz.

It’s the Final Countdown (of Picture Books 2010-19)

What if he asked people to rank not their top ten picture books of all time, but their ten favorite picture books of the last decade? That’s right. Just the books published between the years of 2010-19. The results have been tabulated and now they are in.

Social Distancing in the Studio: The Eric Carle Museum Presents Its First Virtual Exhibit

As of yesterday, The Eric Carle Museum is presenting its first virtual exhibit. Called ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio, the show consists of 21 picture-book artists, isolating in their studios, working in the midst of a pandemic. Or, as Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy puts it, “We may all be in isolation—but these artists are helping to make sure we don’t feel isolated.”

Could COVID-19 Mark the End of the Physical Galley?

From an economic standpoint, it would make a lot of sense for publishers to look at the current shift from physical to electronic galleys and say, “Okay. This is how we’re doing it from now on.” But is that for the best?