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Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll #10: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

#10 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977) 128 points I had read many other books where characters died, but it was always for a “good” or “glorious” reason. This was the first time I read a book that reflected real life, where death is sudden, pointless, and gut-wrenching. I was so upset that I […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #43: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

#43 Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (1980) 47 points I adored this one as a teenager; it spoke profoundly to me. I read it as an adult, and it still spoke profoundly to me. I’ve found that’s rare, since my adult self has different sensibilities than my teenage self, and because it’s rare, […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #63: The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

#63 The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson (1978) 32 points The first book that I ever bought for myself. It blew my mind. – Stacy Dillon Many people count Bridge to Terabithia as their favorite Paterson novel; while it’s definitely a book that I admire, The Great Gilly Hopkins is one that I’ve returned […]

Fifty Years is Just a Wrinkle in Time: A Panel to Beat All Panels

Fifty years ago Madeline L’Engle published her best known creation A Wrinkle in Time.  Since its release the book has gone on to be one of those rare titles that can get away with being part fantasy, part science fiction, and part religious allegory.  All that and it’s interesting to boot.  Not surprisingly Macmillan (the […]

Video Sunday: More Glitter

Somewhere along the way I completely missed this Percy Jackson video in which everyone from Brian Selznick to a moustachioed Eoin Colfer (when did that happen?) chat it up.  Video #2 contains a bit of advice  that John Rocco actually had to contend with when he made the jacket for The Lightening Thief: “Green covers […]

SLJ’s 2011 Day of Dialog: “The best thing about being a writer is that you have readers” – Katherine Paterson

So let’s get a grasp on what exactly it is I’m talking about here.  Day of Dialog.  A day when School Library Journal and roughly 1.5 billion children’s book publishers (read: 16, give or take) get together and attendees (who are mostly children’s librarians and children’s booksellers) get to witness a variety of interesting panels […]