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Holiday House Celebrates 75 Years Making Books for Kids

Gail Gibbons, Russell Freedman, Melanie Hope Greenberg, and other noted children’s authors and illustrators recently joined more than 200 librarians to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Holiday House, the first American company to solely publish children’s books.

From left: VP for Sales Barbara Walsh, John Briggs, Russell Freedman, Kate Briggs.

Helen Gentry, the company’s founder, told Horn Book in 1935 that she and her staff expected to “have fun making books”-and that still holds true more than seven decades later, […]

Seeing Stars: How I ignored my inner librarian and got kids excited about books again!

The Last Word: Dictionary evangelist Erin McKean taps the best word resources online

Illustration by Phil Wrigglesworth

Go look it up. That’s what students who have questions about words are often told. But where should they go? Depending on the question, some resources are better than others, and some aren’t very good at all, no matter what the question. Finding the most helpful word resource for students can be a challenge, especially now that search engines often return millions of results for almost every English word. Here are my picks for the […]

Fear Factor: Kids’ Lit Style | Editorial

Common Sense Media is a powerful nonprofit that’s dedicated to “improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.” Among parents and educators, the group is best known for its work in Internet safety and digital citizenship and its reviews of movies, TV shows, music, and games.

It’s easy to be seduced by Common […]

The Amazing Brain: Babies start learning to read the day they’re born | First Steps

How exactly does early brain development relate to reading? That’s what our clients want to know. Many of them aren’t interested in hearing about neurons and synapses, but they find the basic concepts of brain development fascinating. Here’s what we’ve come up with for our elevator speech.

Children start learning to read the day they’re born. That’s because reading is part of language development, and children begin learning language when they’re infants. Decades ago, when we started […]

Born to Be Wild: Meet Libba Bray. Rocker. Rebel. Printz Award winner. Our July cover.

Photograph by Matt Carr.

One cold day last January Libba Bray decided to check out “Who Shot Rock & Roll,” a photographic exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. No surprise there. This is a woman who spent a good amount of her teenage years dancing and singing into her hairbrush, hoping to become the next Jimmy Page or Robert Plant. So it was fitting that as Joey Ramone stared down from a poster, Bray’s phone rang and she […]