Moving moments No. 1

Magid

As we (WE?, the staff snarks) pack up the offices for our move at the end of this month, it’s just one madeleine after another as old toys and treasure unveil themselves from the shadowed recesses, bringing with them the little joies and horreurs of années passées. Martha uncovered this copy of Magid Fasts for Ramadan, […]

Art and artists

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Our special issue about illustration is out (and handsome and helpful, we hope). That’s Grace Lin’s desk on the cover; inside, a baker’s dozen of illustrators write about their favorite mediums, from pencil to pixels to paint to thread (Salley Mavor). We have also gone into the wayback machine to bring you in digital form […]

My sister AND my daughter

Sixth Sense

Over on child_lit, Cheryl Klein has been asking for titles of books with big reveals, the ones with a surprise that make you rethink the whole thing. Like Gone Girl, The Thief, and most of Robert Cormier. I contributed Gene Kemp’s The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, the 1977 Carnegie-winning title about an obstreperous but […]

“Why did THAT book win?”

MVPandME

While it was more often a question of “why did that book LOSE?” (Martha, above, is expressing her incredulity at the ALA shutout of The Thing About Luck) the discussion at last night’s Children’s Books Boston panel about awards was lively. Cindy Ritter has a full recap over at Out of the Box. And: I […]

Two reminders

Make sure you’re in attendance at Lolly’s Classroom, which today takes on the topic of book reports that are a) fun for kids and b) not too much work for Teacher. Also, I hope you can come to our Children’s Books Boston event tomorrow night (rescheduled from last week), where I’m joined by Martha Parravano, […]

Children’s Books Boston event tonight postponed

Our event “Why Did THAT Book Win?” a panel discussion scheduled for tonight at Simmons College at 6 is being postponed due to the weather. Stay home and read a good book.  The event will take place NEXT Thursday, February 20th, same time, same place. We will send out a new invitation tomorrow, and I […]

Lolly’s new blog

MissFrances

The bell has rung at Lolly’s Classroom, so go on over for some talk about real books in real classrooms with real kids. In addition to her work here as our designer and production manager, Lolly Robinson teaches teachers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This year she has enrolled her students and former […]

Priests in Space

Sparrow

For my reviewing class at Simmons, I’m having the students read and review an adult book chosen by their classmates after each made a dark confession: Student: I hate chicklit! Class: you’re reading Sophie Kinsella! A bit sadistic, I guess, but the idea was to get us all out of our comfort zones and also […]

Horn Book Magazine March/April starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine (and don’t forget it’s a special one): My Bus; written and illustrated by Byron Barton (Greenwillow) Caminar; by Skila Brown (Candlewick) The Children of the King; by Sonya Hartnett (Candlewick) The Cracks in the Kingdom [Colors of Madeleine]; by Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine/Scholastic) Firefly July: A Year of Very […]

Don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!

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Last night I dreamed that Arthur A. Levine Books (of Harry Potter fame) was publishing a young readers’ edition of The Sensuous Woman, a sex manual published in ’69 (heh) by a “liberated woman” known only as “J” who taught women how to please their man and–and this was revolutionary–themselves. My dream makes sense in […]