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Hbook Podcast 1.10 – Violence in Kid Lit

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Podcast the tenth in which Roger and Siân discuss violence in children’s literature, Roger shares a (disgusting) story from his bachelor life, and the two can’t figure out how anniversaries work. Books we talk about Kass Morgan, The 100 Betsy Byars, Summer of the Swans Cynthia Voigt, Homecoming Stephen King, The Dark Tower series Heinrich Hoffmann, […]

East Side, West Side

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Thank you, Allie Jane Bruce, for inviting me to come tell a story last week at the Bank Street College library. It was great to TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP over that bridge one more time. And I loved spending time with my longtime friend Richard Peck, whose new book THE BEST MAN comes out in the […]

Last children’s lit class in 2016

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It’s hard to believe that this half-semester module is finishing up in one week. Tonight the students are handing in their annotated bibliographies — the big written assignment in this course. Next, we head into the last class for a little fun. We are reading Charlotte’s Web for dessert but most of our last meeting […]

Five questions for Joyce Sidman

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Today’s foremost nature poet for children, Joyce Sidman published her first lyrical, observant, and scrupulously annotated nature study in 2005, with Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, illustrated by Beckie Prange. But Joyce is at home with all manner of subjects, with Before Morning, out this fall, about the intersection of hope, […]

Teamwork: Pictures in My Head

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In the deep woolen dark, as we slumber unknowing, let the sky fill with flurry and flight. Let the air turn to feathers, the earth turn to sugar, and all that is heavy turn light… As an editor, when authors give me such powerful, precise words, I almost immediately begin to imagine them with pictures. […]

An open letter for National Poetry Month

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Dear Mr. Silverstein, dear Ms. Goose, dear Mr. Prelutsky, dear Dr. Seuss, dear Mr. Hughes, and dear Ms. Frost, I’m writing to confess that I’ve sometimes lost whatever connects me to a chapbook or a slam though a big fan of poetry I am. Iamb! It’s just that the volume of volumes of plot can […]

Hbook Podcast 1.9 – North Carolina

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Podcast the ninth in which Siân and Roger talk about Jane Eyre, music and making out, and North Carolina (Siân also says Amazon fought with Macmillan but really it was Hachette). Books we talk about Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (audio by Juliet Stevenson) Richard Peck, The Best Man People we talk […]

Purple

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called Life… We were saddened to hear of Prince’s death yesterday. In honor of the Purple One, here’s a small collection of purple-centric books for young readers — many of them also celebrating the Princely values of individuality, creativity, and imagination. All are […]

Folklore and poetry | Class #5, 2016

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 […]

Nerdy for Life

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The Nerdy Book Club existed as a concept long before there was a hashtag or a blog. People who consider themselves devoted, passionate readers have been card-carrying members, albeit metaphorically, for their whole, book-loving lives. As Donalyn wrote in her first Nerdy blog post, titled “Lifelong Member of the Nerdy Book Club”: “Welcome to the […]