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September 19, 2014

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Unreviewed but not Forgotten

Unreviewed but not Forgotten

“Hey Mark” (a hypothetical reader asks) “how do you choose what you review around here?” Unfortunately, chance and timing play a big role. There are of course hundreds of books every year that could be reviewed on this blog that we simply never hear about or never get a copy of. But what about books [...]

This Week’s Comics: Moose and Carrot

This Week’s Comics: Moose and Carrot

Catch up on some cartoon craziness in comic form in this week’s new releases. IDW Publishing releases its second Powerpuff Girls trade, “Monster Mash,” while BOOM! Studios doubles the trade paperback fun with the fifth volume of Adventure Time and the first collection of Regular Show, “Hydration.” The List:  ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS Archie Giant Comics [...]

Everything Leads to You

Everything Leads to You

Everything Leads to You, Nina LaCour Dutton Books, May 2014 Reviewed from Final Copy Everything Leads to You has all the elements you would want in a YA summer book: love, glamour, and mystery all in the warm, sunny climate of Southern California. And that’s just the trailer. Nina LaCour’s latest novel is also a [...]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2014

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2014

Every four months I like to take a look at the books to be released in the upcoming season. Some make me say “I gotta see that”. Here are the ten books arriving in September, October, and November that perked my ears up. Maybe you’ll agree? Nonfiction: Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of [...]

Review: The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet

Review: The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet

The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet By Kevin Sherry Scholastic Press; $8.99 Not quite comics, but close enough that an argument could be put forth that this admixture of illustrations and prose by Kevin Sherry, in which the art far outweighs the verbiage (much of which appears in labels of the illustrations and dialogue placed [...]

A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic

I haven’t read this one yet, so I’m going to quote its three starred reviews below and let you weigh in on the strengths and weaknesses in the comments below.  Maybe you’ll convince me to read it sooner rather than later. KIRKUS: The protagonist of this debut joins a growing list of endearing young girls from [...]

The Hachette/Amazon War: One Writer’s Perspective

Not too long ago I linked to a letter Amazon had released regarding their spot o’ trouble (to put it mildly) with the publisher Hachette.  In my post I encouraged authors to tell me what they thought about it and they did, but not on my blog itself.  And why should they?  With all the [...]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Skunk by Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Skunk by Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell

Trying something new around here – revealing a book cover. Patrick McDonnell won a Caldecott Honor for Me…Jane, Mac Barnett is the author of Caldecott Honor Extra Yarn. You know these guys. Talented guys. Now they’re teaming up for The Skunk, which arrives on May 5, 2015. Here’s a first look at the cover… (click [...]

The Babyfication of Our Youth

The Babyfication of Our Youth

Just a little rant here–Martha Parravano and I are preparing a talk for next week’s Fostering Lifelong Learners conference in Ohio, and the other day we visited the Children’s Book Shop for some titles we wanted to share but couldn’t find in the office.  I was struck by the number of picture book titles for […]

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Children’s Books Boston reminder

Children’s Books Boston reminder

Don’t forget the Children’s Books Boston get-together tomorrow, 5:30 to 8, at the Simmons College Paresky Center, 300 The Fenway. We request a five-dollar donation to cover refreshments, and attendees are invited to bring a children’s book to swap. RSVP here.

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Court Intrigue

Court Intrigue

Whence our fascination with royalty? Back in my high school American History classes, I used to joke that ever since winning the Revolution, Americans have been trying their hardest to make the President into a king–a joke I find less and less funny as we are treated to ever-expanding executive power and a seemingly inevitable [...]

We Were Liars

We were liars

We Were Liars, E. Lockhart Delacorte, May 2014 Reviewed from ARC For the first formal writeup of the season, I thought I’d tackle the first likely contender I read (I read this one in late 2013, so I was early). Also, I know lots of people are itching to talk about it. First, pedigree: this [...]

New Series: Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey Whaley

New Series: Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey Whaley

Introducing the all new “Walking and Talking” series by Steve Sheinkin! I’m always on the lookout for folks I consider double threats.  In the children’s and YA book biz that translates to mean people who can both write and draw.  Take someone like Kadir Nelson, for example.  One day he’s doing his spectacular art, merry [...]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2)

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2)

Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All credit for this post idea goes to Laura Given (@LibLaura5) – she gave it to me (thanks, Laura!). Scoring If you can name the author or illustrator after reading the bio only – [...]

Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Graphic Novels in the Classroom

In this month’s issue of School Library Journal, I talked to teachers, librarians, and Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund about the increasing prominence of graphic novels in schools, both in the classroom and in school libraries. Check out the article, which deals with the power of graphic novels as educational materials [...]

No sports at Newsela, but . . .

No sports at Newsela, but . . .

I first wrote about Newsela nearly a year ago (Newsela: Making News Accessible for Learners).  Across the curriculum, my teachers and students loved it. This morning, founder and CEO Matthew Gross, shared the announcement of the expansion of the news platform that engages readers in news at their own level, with launch of the Newsela Sports [...]

HBAS shout-out

HBAS shout-out

Another reminder (before the price goes up): register now for the 2014 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, October 10-11 here in Boston. Come and hear our speakers Mind the Gaps as we bang on about what’s happening–and what’s missing– in children’s and YA books and reading today. (I just saw the aggregative term “CYA literature” […]

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Press Release Fun: The Second Annual Columbus Children’s Book Festival

Press Release Fun: The Second Annual Columbus Children’s Book Festival

COLUMBUS CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS SEPTEMBER 20 Authors, Illustrators and More to be Featured at Free Outdoor Event at the Columbus Public Library (Columbus, GA) – The long-awaited Second Annual Columbus Children’s Book Festival returns to the grounds of the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road on Saturday, September 20th. The event is free and open [...]

Exotic Global Settings

Exotic Global Settings

The Caribbean, Tasmania, Afghanistan… Sense of place and culture dominate today’s books, two novels and one collection of poetry. Tiphanie Yanique is a native of St. Thomas who now divides her time between the Virgin Islands and Brooklyn. I enjoyed learning (from the author’s website) that both her mother and grandmother were librarians in the Virgin [...]

Revolution

revolution

This seems the spring book to talk about, based on comments from our first post, with raves from many, and a few of us voicing qualms. Rachel Stein offers a nice synopsis of the book at For Those About to Mock, though she mentions she hesitates to comment on its Newbery chances because she listened [...]