Jacqueline Woodson, why are you so poet?


When the Cambridge Public Library announced that Brown Girl Dreaming would be this year’s Cambridge Reads book I was beyond thrilled. Now Jacqueline Woodson and I would be best friends! I’d say, Jacqueline, you are my hero, thank you for your perspective, your advocacy and for creating windows and mirrors for my students! Then she […]

November Boston-area children’s lit events

Photo: Marty Umans

November is absolutely packed with children’s literature related events in and near Boston. Here are just a few highlights; see our calendar for even more events. It’s National Novel Writing Month! Check the calendar for write-in events throughout the month in various venues. Tonight, November 5th at 7:00 pm, author Mike Lupica will be signing […]

2015 Boston Book Festival highlights

roger, rebecca stead, and kristin cashore

The annual Boston Book Festival took place over the weekend, and we had a blast seeing some familiar faces (and lots of new ones!) at the Horn Book booth and attending programming. Here are some highlights from events staff attended. Elissa: My family attended several Story Time sessions in the newly renovated, amazingly beautiful, perfectly […]

An embarrassment of riches

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I adore the Boston Book Festival. It’s a place to discover new authors. It’s a place to fawn over authors you already know all about. It’s a showcase of how books can be many things to many people, set against the backdrop of Copley Square in the fall. What’s not to love? When this year’s […]

Boston Book Fest and other October Boston-area events

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Somehow it’s almost halfway through October already (how did that happen?!), but we want to make sure that you’ve got the Boston Book Fest and other upcoming book events on your calendar. Here are just a few highlights; check out our events calendar for more details and additional events. On Wednesday, October 14th, at 6:00pm, […]

This monstrous book launch

mackenzi lee signing

Having never been to any book launch parties before, I can say with 100% certainty that last week’s launch party for This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee (my friend and Simmons ChLit grad program classmate) was unquestionably the best I’ve ever experienced. There was kinderpunsch, a coloring contest, Mackenzi’s NPR-approved cookies, a steampunk photo booth, […]

Middle-Grade Greats panel recap

middle-grade greats panel

To Jeanne Birdsall, middle grade means a series that follows a large family through its ups and downs. To Bruce Coville, it means a funny fantasy series. To Alice Hoffman, it means magical realism. To R. J. Palacio, it means a novel about someone who has trouble fitting in. To Rebecca Stead, it means a […]

CBB Third Annual Fall Reception and Book Swap recap

CBB-goers: Whitney Leader-Picone, Yolanda Scott, Janice Hechter, Siân Gaetano, and Katrina Hedeen.

The room contained editors. Reviewers. Book designers. Children’s lit students. Booksellers. Writers. Professors. Librarians. And books. Children’s Books Boston’s Third Annual Fall Reception and Book Swap, held at Simmons College, on Thursday, September 3, was a simple concept. Show up. Bring a book to swap, and fill out a card explaining why you liked it. […]

2015 Simmons Summer Institute: Homecoming

Roger Sutton talks with Bryan Collier.

What an invigorating weekend here on the Simmons College campus, as current students, alums, authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, academics, booksellers, book lovers, etc., etc., etc., came together for the 2015 Summer Children’s Literature Institute: Homecoming. Some highlights are below, and in no particular order. We know. We tried to make it brief. But we just […]

Goodnight Paresky Room


With apologies to Margaret Wise Brown, a recap of Homecoming inspired by the homiest book of them all. In the Paresky room, there were tweeting phones and thought balloons with pictures of the places we’ve dwelt, and with whom. There were dogs and bears,1 and familiar chairs, and pulses2 that quicken at art, not at […]