We need (more) diverse authors

#WNMDB

In the Age of Testing, it seems creativity is often left by the wayside. Professional development for teachers these days focuses on practices that supposedly raise test scores. Practice questions. Test-prep software. Data analysis. Incentives. To make room for these practices, it seems that many high schools no longer teach creative writing. We teach reading […]

Crêpes by Suzette app review

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Oh là là! App Crêpes by Suzette (May 2015), based on the picture book of the same name by Monica Wellington, features a crêpe maker — aptly named Suzette! — peddling her wares across Paris. After first stopping at an outdoor market for the day’s ingredients, she pushes her crêpe cart through town; a map […]

Save the date! June kidlit events

Jack Gantos

June is a busy, busy, busy month for children’s book aficionados in and around Boston (pretty close to an event a day — whew!) Here are some events you definitely won’t want to miss: NE-SCBWI hosts author Nancy Werlin for a revision workshop entitled “Less is More: Artful Cutting and Shaping” on Sunday, June 7th, […]

Book & Me, Week 5

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

Today we posted the final entry (*sniff!*) in Charise Harper Mericle’s original comics “Book & Me.” We’re sad to bid farewell to irrepressible Book and his erstwhile creator, but I imagine them walking hand-in-hand into the sunset, ready for their next bookish adventure. If you’re not ready to say goodbye, why not start over from […]

Book & Me | Comic #20

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

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Ilyasah Shabazz on X

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In our May/June 2015 issue, reviewer Martha V. Parravano talks to author Ilyasah Shabazz about her approach to writing a novel about her father, Malcolm X. Read the starred review of X here. Martha V. Parravano: Why did you choose to present the story of Malcolm X’s formative years as fiction, rather than nonfiction — and […]

Learning from mistakes

everyone ride bicycle

My second graders, like most kids, hate making mistakes. Often, when students begin the year with me, they see mistakes as something bad and rarely seem more embarrassed than when they make mistakes in class. Throughout the course of the year, I ask my students to work on honing a growth mindset and try to […]

Book & Me | Comic #19

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

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Book & Me, Week 4

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

In case you missed them, here is the fourth batch of entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: #15: Greatness can be overwhelming. (Especially other people’s.) #16: Some (possibly questionable) advice on maximizing productivity #17: The care and feeding of new book ideas #18: Breakfast and book inspiration Stay tuned for […]

#winning!

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I hope I can say how much I love the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book winners without anyone inferring my opinions about previous years. While under my strict don’t-ask-don’t-tell relationship with the judges I have no idea why they chose what they did, their choices for the top prizes illustrate three great things about this particular […]