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What I read on my summer vacation

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I’m back from a blessed week away in Palm Springs where we saw lots of sun, tennis, and friends and family. The Men’s Final was especially nice for me, as to hear a crowd of thousands shouting “Go, Roger!” is indeed a tonic. My reading shuttled between two books. I’m almost done with and completely […]

All a-Twitter 2017

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Happy 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. @ALAYMA17: Who needs February? @March is where it’s at. @Icky: @Ooky iz unk […]

What will YOU be reading?

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Following  Shoshana’s lead, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. My plan is to spend the long weekend reading as much as possible–under the direction of Richard (for whom I am very thankful), we have just finished a home renovation project that has added several new reading locations to our house, an array […]

On Ron Koertge’s “Lunacy” (from November 2011)

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Here’s a truth that I believe is universally acknowledged (apologies to Jane Austen): at bedtime, parents want their kids to go the eff to sleep. Remember that parent-trap by Adam Mansbach from 2011? Inspired by that publishing phenomenon, Ron Koertge’s “Lunacy” was published in the November/December 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. We offer […]

“They’re here.”

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So that TV show whose name I could not remember on today’s podcast is Stranger Things, which Richard and I Netflixed assiduously in a handful of evenings. People are loving the throwback allusions, but my experience of 80s adolescence is entirely secondhand and spotty: I was a youth services librarian for most of the decade but […]

Candygram

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On the bus this morning, I sat next to a mom and her strollered two-and-a-half-year-old son. He was being freaking adorable, his big Margaret Keane eyes peering wisely into my own. We’re chatting and the mom asks the boy if he wants to sing “Wheels on the Bus.” That was a challenge I could not […]

Potter’s Field Redux

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Thanks to Siân (recently) and Martha (several years ago), I am compulsively reading Harry Potter. Sian brought the guy up in a Horn Book podcast and awakened my curiosity; Martha had told me back in the day that Jim Dale’s audio edition is the perfect entrée to the books for those who are not among the […]

CBB Trivia Night — or — You should always listen to Elissa

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We needed a lighthearted evening this Monday. A distraction. Some silliness. A challenge. We needed to meet our match in a trivia team called Frog and Toad Are Friends with Benefits. Lucky for us, Children’s Books Boston’s Wicked Boston Trivia Challenge at M. J. O’Connor’s Back Bay, hosted by the one and only Jack Gantos, […]

Bricksy: Unauthorized Underground Brick Street Art

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Looking at the cover of Bricksy: Unauthorized Underground Brick Street Art (Skyhorse, August 2015), I wondered: why would anyone do this? Who would even think of doing this? What is the point of making a book dedicated to LEGO replicas of Banksy art, and why am I so glad that someone did? It’s such a […]

14 lies and 9 truths

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I’m glad that the powers that be have cleared up the lies they were spewing about me last Friday. But three further corrections–I did recite poetry on the steps of Honnold Library–Gertrude Stein, for my sins–and I did not sing in bars until alcoholism had a firmer grip on me, and I do not own a […]