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July 21, 2014

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Review of the Day: Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Review of the Day: Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Absolutely Almost By Lisa Graff Philomel (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-16405-7 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. In the stage musical of Matilda, lyricist Tim Minchin begins the show with the following lines about the state of children today: “Specialness is de rigueur. / Above average is average. Go fig-ueur! / Is it some [...]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014

You never know how these preview things are going to turn out. Sometimes there’s a bunch of lesser-known books that jump out, other times it’s stuff that’s already been building some buzz. Today is more latter than former. What follows are 10 books for the summer season that look promising. Picture Books Peanut Butter and [...]

Read for the Record with Loren Long and ‘Otis’

Otis read for the record

Read for the Record Day is October 3, and children all over the country will be celebrating by reading Loren Long’s Otis, including the students at teacher librarian Shannon McClintock Miller’s school. Five lucky classrooms that pledge by September 25 will also get the opportunity to chat with the author in a Google+ Hangout.

Review of the Day: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The Day the Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers Philomel (an imprint of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25537-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. It is possible to read too much into a picture book. A funny statement since what were talking about is literature for people who haven’t even seen a decade of [...]

Pick of the Day: Henry’s Map

Pig clutching map

A perky, organized piglet maps out the farm.

Editor Patti Lee Gauch Talks About the State of the Picture Book

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What’s the secret behind a successful picture book? Although the best ones are often informational, they’re also mischievous, subversive, and exhilarating, says Patti Lee Gauch, a former editorial director at Philomel Books who has edited three Caldecott-winning books.