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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 […]

Amber Tamblyn at Cambridge Public Library

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Amber Tamblyn will be at the Cambridge Public Library, through the Harvard Book Store, tonight (Tuesday, March 29th) to discuss her poetry collection Dark Sparkler. Which reminds me: I never did make it back to reading the last Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book (which I had checked out from the Cambridge Public Library but […]

Stephen Colbert: kidlit after dark

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The outside world doesn’t always get kidlit and YA lit. Children’s books are cute and easy and anyone with a vague sense that children are charming can write them, right? And anyone can write silly fluff for young adults. Especially anyone with a famous name. That’s a common attitude, anyway. But there are celebrities who […]

All a-Twitter 2016

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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. @CuriousCJ: @LstStopMktSt You’re first stop in my heart @LookaRainbow: @FrazzledMama I’ll wait […]

Merry Christmas darlings

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Winding things down here for the year, I’d like to wish readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, hoping there is plenty of candy in your immediate future. And if candy is not your thing, Katie also has a host of recommendations of food favorites from children’s books. And do not forget Laura’s gingerbread! […]

Munchings and crunchings: food in books

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I’ve been thinking a lot about food in books since reading Jess Zimmerman’s fabulous article “C.S. Lewis’ Greatest Fiction: Convincing American Kids That They Would Like Turkish Delight”: “It was like looking into Harry Potter’s Mirror of Erised, but for desserts: when you thought of a treat worth betraying your family for, what did you […]

We wish you a merry Bookmas!

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Last year I pulled together a few bookish gifts we were drooling over — here are some literary presents we’re giving (and maybe, hopefully getting) this holiday season. Shoshana I’m only actually giving this to one person, but I find myself recommending It’s Only Stanley to everyone who asks for a picture book recommendation. It […]