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April 16, 2014

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‘Twelve Kinds of Ice’ | An Ode to Childhood and Winter

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Ellen Bryan Obed’s ‘Twelve Kinds of Ice’ is an ideal mentor text on many levels.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Books for a Winter’s Night

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As winter approaches, students will enjoy fun wintry tales that include historical fiction, nonfiction, and picture books.

Pick of the Day: Twelve Kinds of Ice

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OBED, Ellen Bryan. Twelve Kinds of Ice. illus. by Barbara McClintock. 64p. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-618-89129-0.
Gr 3-6
–The coming of winter in the rural north brings ice. The first ice “came on the sheep pails…a skim of ice so thin that it broke when we touched it.” Gradually as the weather grows colder, the ice becomes field ice, “short-lived but glorious…,” stream ice, black ice from “water shocked still by the cold before the snow.” The ice and [...]

SLJ Talks to Legendary Book Editor Frances Foster

Frances Foster accepting her Carle Honor. Photo by Johnny Wolf.

School Library Journal sat down with renowned children’s book editor Frances Foster to discuss her long, illustrious career working with children’s book stars like Roald Dahl and Peter Sís, her experiences coming across the manuscripts of a fourteen-year-old Polly Horvath, and how it felt editing the Newbery-award winner Holes.