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2015 Zena Sutherland Lecture by Jack Gantos

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Please join us for the 2015 Zena Sutherland Lecture, “A Pair of Jacks to Open,” with Jack Gantos. Friday May 1, Harold Washington Library in Chicago, 7:30PM. The lecture is free but tickets are required.

ImPress

All the Light We Cannot See

Introducing a new Horn Book partner:   For every kids’ or YA book sticking out of a briefcase, there’s someone insisting that adults should only read adult books. But how can the grownups of the world access the often innovative stories aimed at the younger set without lowering themselves? Enter ImPress, a new small publisher […]

Gender by the numbers

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A poster in our office lobby for the upcoming Simmons International Women’s Film Forum alerted me to the interestingly low–29%–number of female protagonists in films for children.* I guess it ain’t all Disney Princesses after all. How does this compare with the numbers in books for children? I asked myself. The gender disparity had been on my […]

Home movie review

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The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex is a novel about a girl, Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, who befriends hapless alien J.Lo after J.Lo’s alien race, the Boov, take over Earth and kidnap Tip’s mother. Its target audience is at least upper elementary school; The Horn Book put it at grades 4-6. In the 3D […]

Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet

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[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet; written by Tom Neely; illustrated by Sharad Kumar. Tom Neely, 2014. 36pp. ISBN 978-1502-44425-7. Paper ed. $9.97. Mary-Ellen has always been a […]

Join some mock award discussions

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Hello, Calling Caldecott readers. I want to alert you to a post that just went up in Lolly’s Classroom. My students will be holding mock award sessions during our last class on April 9. Come help them discuss these books here. Since there are nearly 30 students, we have four groups: two Caldecott committees, one […]

Mock book awards | Class #5, 2015

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This year, most of our last class meeting in Children’s Lit will be devoted to mock book awards. Each student selected a committee to join (Caldecott for picture books, Geisel for easy readers, or Sibert for information books) and chose one or two eligible books published in 2014 to nominate and present to his or […]

Folklore and poetry | Class #5, 2015

Folklore and poetry

For our class on April 2, we are reading four books and one article. I like combining these two genres because both need to be read aloud in order to really appreciate them. Folklore has to have a strong voice, as it comes from an oral tradition where storytellers have individual styles, just as today’s […]

Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile | Class #5, 2015

Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile

There are so many stand-alone folktale picture books that it’s hard to choose just one for us to read together. But I’ve used this one for several years because of its humor, voice, and authenticity. Interestingly, it also represents two story types: noodleheads (heroes or heroins who are a bit scatterbrained) and tricksters (a small […]

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal | Class #5, 2015

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal

One of the fascinating and mysterious things about folklore is that the same story types appear all over the world. Here’s a single picture book that tells a Cinderella-type story as found in several different cultures. I think children would need to first be familiar with a single, cohesive version of this story in order […]