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Jacqueline Woodson on Another Brooklyn, diversity, and more

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Jacqueline Woodson‘s new book Another Brooklyn is a novel for adults, her first in more than two decades, but fans of her children’s books found plenty to enjoy when she discussed her work at Porter Square Books on Wednesday, August 17th. Woodson talked to WGBH’s Callie Crossley, who also featured the book on her Under […]

Charlesbridge open house

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Thanks, Charlesbridge, for having us over to your house last week. It was fun to poke around your office in Watertown, MA; see original artwork (Gareth Hinds’s Samurai Rising cover art!); eat some snacks; catch up with friends and former interns; and hear from author Paul A. Reynolds (twin brother of and collaborator with Peter […]

AJL 2016

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A few days before Roger and Martha set off for ALA, I flew to Charleston for the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL). As a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee (named for the author of the All-of-a-Kind Family series; which sibling are you?), I was eager to hear from […]

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, […]

June Boston-area events

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We had a great time at the second annual Hubbub Festival this past weekend — did you? If you missed out, don’t worry! There are lots of great events coming up this month. Here’s a small sampling, see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Illustrator E. B. Lewis will visit multiple […]

#NESCBWI16 recap

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On the morning of Sunday, May 1st, the Ballroom of the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place sounded a bit like a punk rock concert. Unless you listened closely, and realized what the hundreds of writers and illustrators were yelling at author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s encouragement: “EEE-I-EEE-I-OH!” At the 2016 New England conference of the Society of […]

Boston-area events in May

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It’s a busy month for Boston bibliophiles! Here’s a small sampling of events coming up in May; check out our event calendar for all details and even more events. The 2016 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island program will feature graphic novelist Victoria Jamieson, creator of the 2016 Newbery Honor book Roller Girl. Meet Jamieson at […]

April Boston-area children’s lit events

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April (snow) showers bring… lots of April book events! Here’s a small sampling; check out our event calendar for all details and even more events in the Boston area. April is National Poetry Month! See the Academy of American Poets website for resources and local event listings. “The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek” […]

Zetta Elliott at Harvard

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Last night I had the pleasure of finally meeting Zetta Elliott (whose “Decolonizing the Imagination,” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine, is a thought-provoking Writer’s Page article and one of the pieces featured in The Horn Book’s Black History Month 2016 series). She was speaking at the Harvard College Women’s Center right in Hahvahd […]

E. B. Lewis at Lesley University

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Last night I was able to see “artistrator” E. B. Lewis deliver the Evelyn M. Finnegan Children’s Literature Lecture at Lesley University. If you have a chance to see E. B. Lewis speak, you should. Teachers should hear him speak about the broken education system and how to fix it — namely, first figure out […]