The Carrot Patch comes to us

box of carrots

Today’s mail brought a box of (foam) carrots*, buttons, stickers, bookmarks, and a very nice note from Wolfie the Bunny author Ame Dyckman. Thanks, Ame! In our March/April Magazine, Wolfie receives a starred review and Ame tells us a bit about Wolfie’s eating habits; look for the issue in your mailbox very soon.   *I […]

Diverted: A Bostonian dystopia

Diverted cover

It was dawn. It was time for the Waiting. Three hundred thousand were Waiting. Some waited for Buses, some waited for Trains that would become Buses. Some tried different routes, and some gave up hope and called Ubers. But many remained. Most remembered the days before The Big One. The days when roads had lanes […]

Metamorphabet app review

metamorphabet daydream

In Metamorphabet (Vectorpark, 2015), each (uppercase) letter of the alphabet appears on a brightly colored background. Tap the featured letter to initiate its animated transformation into a short series of visual representations of words beginning with that letter: J to jiggle to juggle to jelly fish. A somewhat monotone female narrator speaks the letter’s name, […]

My brother’s got a secret

Child-Superhero

Now, this is just cute.

Happy Year of the Sheep!

yim_goldy luck and the three pandas2

The celebration of Lunar New Year begins today! Eat some dumplings and share a book from this updated list of titles featuring the holiday, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. Picture books Set in long-ago China, Ying Chang Compestine’s The Runaway Wok tells of Ming Zhang and his poor […]

Recommended reading on “the circuit”

adler_picture book of cesar chavez

In his 1998 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award acceptance speech for The Circuit, Dr. Francisco Jiménez said, “The blowing of the horn for The Circuit will draw attention to and compassion for the thousands of migrant families and their children of yesterday and today. This sound is truly music to my ears.” These books, all recommended […]

“These children need a champion”: an interview with Gretchen Bircher

jimenez_the circuit

Gretchen Bircher is an instructional aide at Adam Elementary School in Santa Maria, California. (She’s also my amazing mom!) Today she is submitting a proposal to the Santa Maria–Bonita School District, advocating that a new elementary school be named in honor of Dr. Francisco Jiménez — author, recipient of a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and […]

Reading rainbow? Not quite

purple books

Yo, Marsala, I’m happy for you, I’ma let you finish — but Eggplant is the real Color of the Year. At least according to this entire shelf of purple-jacketed books.

All a-Twitter 2015

love tweet

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @RealLiveGirl: @SomebodysFriend You’re all I could ever imagine! @ThereTheir: @PoorPour I/eye love […]

New swag!

ballet cat tote

“Katie! There’s a pretty package for you!” Martha said this morning when the mail arrived. For me? Sure enough, the holographic, hot pink package was addressed to me, and inside was… a galley of Bob Shea’s early reader Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret (Disney-Hyperion, May 2015), a super-cute tote bag, and a letter addressed […]