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October 22, 2014

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Fall Fun: Great Books About Autumn

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Revel in crisp, cool days while sharing these lyrical and information-packed picture books about the shift in seasons.

Late Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month’s reviews include a vibrant assortment of cleverly engaging stories with gorgeous artwork. Look for books by award-winning illustrators Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers, Marie-Louise Gay, and Jim LaMarche, as well as some relative newcomers on the scene, such as Tom Clohosy Cole, Chris Haughton, August Hall, Steve Pilcher, and Ayano Imai.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Early Learning recap

Early Learning recap

SLJ has posted a report of Martha and my presentation in Ohio last week of what makes  for a good preschool book. Look for Kevin Henkes’ excellent speech from that event on our site on Monday.

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Review of the Day: Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam

Review of the Day: Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam

Fox’s Garden By Princesse Camcam Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 978-1-59270-167-4 $14.95 Ages 3-6 On shelves now. Have you ever read a picture book multiple times, enjoying it with each and every read, and then find later that it was wordless . . . and you didn’t even notice? Now THAT is the mark of an [...]

Does one size fit all?

Does one size fit all?

Leonard Marcus gave a swell talk about Robert McCloskey last night, but what’s really sticking with me is a response he gave to a question at the end about ebooks. Size matters, he essentially said, when it comes to picture books and other books for young children. Of course, we all know this, but I […]

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Calling Caldecott is open for business

Calling Caldecott is open for business

Lolly, Martha, and Robin are back (and for the friend to whom I defended the Oxford comma this weekend, THERE’S WHY) with this year’s edition of Calling Caldecott, in which we look without fear or favor at contenders for this picture book prize. They are looking for likely suspects–go help them out.

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Fall Announcement Issue Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This issue is chock-full of new selections from classic picture-book artists, such as John Burningham, Anthony Browne, Denise Fleming, Bob Graham, and Chris Van Allsburg, as well as selections from some newcomers to the burgeoning field.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A New Approach to Sharks: Author Katherine Roy’s Work in the Field

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Doing intensive research in preparation for a work of nonfiction is par for the course these days for children’s book authors, but for Katherine Roy, it’s entailed getting to know animals in intimate details, from dissecting sharks to getting up close with a tranquilized elephant in Kenya.

Late Summer and Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This issue features a cornucopia of titles loaded with child appeal and just right for year-round sharing. Highlights include some runaway cookies, a princess in black, imaginative play, and an exploration of things that make us happy.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Keep Manhattan

Keep Manhattan

When I was invited to visit with the 2014 Sendak Fellows at Maurice’s farm, I thought it would be, you know, a “farm,” AKA a rurally situated but otherwise urbane getaway retreat. But it was an actual farming farm with rows of vegetables and corn and a tractor and silo and chickens.  Sendak’s longtime assistant […]

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Seasonal Tricks and Treats | Halloween Roundup

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A roundup of spirited and spooky titles just right for autumn and Halloween sharing.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Review of the Day: Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider

Review of the Day: Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider

Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover By Josh Schneider Clarion (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-544-14228-2 Ages 3-7 On shelves now Sometimes I’ll just sit back and think about how the advent of the internet has affected literary culture. I don’t mean book promotion or reviews or any of that. I’m talking about [...]

Scenes from the ‘Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off’ | ALA 2014

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“The rules are: I get to make up the rules for this thing.” And with that, Master of Ceremonies Jon Scieszka opened the first “Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off,” held June 29 at ALA Annual and featuring ‘contestants’ Anna Dewdney, Judy Schachner, Loren Long, and Oliver Jeffers.

Summer and Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction

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This month, SLJ looks at Aaron Becker’s wordless triumph, Hervé Tullet’s latest interactive picture book, Mo Willems’s gentle yet hilarious take on friendship, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Review of the Day: Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Review of the Day: Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Hug Machine By Scott Campbell Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-593509 Ages 3-7 On shelves August 26th Do you remember that old Shel Silverstein poem “Hug O’ War”? This may be considered sacrilege but did you ever notice how the guy could do something brilliant one moment, like “Sister For Sale” [...]

Review of the Day: The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff

Review of the Day: The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff

The Grudge Keeper By Mara Rockliff Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Peachtree Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-56145-729-8 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that the phrase, “There’s no use crying over spilled milk” was invented with the intention of comforting a two or three-year-old. Small children, one learns, [...]

How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance

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A study by author Krista Maywalt Aronson revealed that children who looked at picture books portraying children from different races together reported more interest in playing across difference.

Review of the Day: The Simples Love a Picnic by J.C. Phillipps

Review of the Day: The Simples Love a Picnic by J.C. Phillipps

The Simples Love a Picnic By J.C. Phillipps Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-544-16667-7 Ages 3-7 On shelves now I am on a mission. A quest. A journey to find the funniest picture books published for children in a given year. It isn’t an easy thing to do. First, you have to deal with the [...]

Review of the Day: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Review of the Day: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

The Most Magnificent Thing By Ashley Spires Kids Can Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-55453-704-4 Ages 3-7 On shelves now I was at a conference of math enthusiasts the other day to discuss kids and the state of math related children’s books. Not my usual scene but I was open to it. Despite what some might fear, [...]

Review of the Day: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer By Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-63912-5 Ages 4 and up On shelves April 29th When I was a young teen my favorite book was Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. Steeped in Bradbury’s nostalgia for his youth, I was in the throes of adolescence, probably on [...]