May the Force be with you (and your reading!)

Star Wars Reads Day

[cue 20th Century Fox intro] [cue Star Wars theme song] Tomorrow, Saturday October 6, 2012 is the first National Star Wars Reads Day, designed to “celebrate reading and Star Wars.” While this may be an unusual pairing, I’m all for promoting events that encourage children to read. So in honor of the inaugural event, I’ve […]

Bookish Boston: upcoming children’s author events

The Diviners by Libba Bray

September is a good month for readers in the Boston area! Last week, Moonbird author Phillip Hoose signed at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. There’s lots more to come, so get out your calendar! Tomorrow,  September 21, Printz award winner Libba Bray will be speaking and signing at the Brookline Public Library. The event begins […]

Phillip Hoose at Porter Square Books

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Tomorrow evening, September 12, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 author Phillip Hoose will be speaking and signing at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA. The event begins at 7pm; more details available at the bookstore’s website. The evening will include a performance of original song “The Delaware Bay Blues” […]

ChLA at Simmons

ChLA 2012 logo by David Macaulay

This year I attended the Children’s Literature Association‘s annual conference for the first time — an exciting rite of passage for a children’s lit graduate student! Scholars from all over the world came to Simmons College, my home university, from June 14-16, 2012, to talk about children’s literature. And Gregory Maguire serenaded everyone. It was […]

Live Five at ALA Schedule

July/August 2012 Horn Book Magazine

At ALA this weekend, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton will put the 2012 winners and honorees on the spot with a live version of our “Five Questions” feature at the Library Journals booth (#2234). The star-studded line-up: Saturday, June 23 10:00 AM Thanhha Lai, Newbery honoree for Inside Out and Back Again 11:00 […]

Picture book conference at Yale

Ludwig Bemelmens dummy in the Betsy Shirley collection, Beinecke Library

I got to take a road trip to Connecticut a week ago to attend a picture book conference at Yale. Sorry to say, I was not able to get to all of the sessions, but Roger asked me to write up what I could. The event was a fundraiser for the Edith B. Jackson Child […]

Conferences and Events

April 2012 Presented by the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, A Sense of Wonder: Stories of Nature, Science & History is a one-day conference to be held on Thursday, April 5, for teachers and school librarians. Speakers will include Sy Montgomery, Wendell Minor, Anita Silvey and Catherine Thimmesh. For more information, see the professional development […]

An exquisite event

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This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending “The Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books,” a program at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium co-sponsored by MIT, the Cambridge Public Library, and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. The panel, consisting of several of the contributors to The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (published in print by […]

“What’s New in Children’s Books” event this Saturday

Pine Manor College’s Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program has teamed up with The Foundation for Children’s Books (FCB) to present biannual children’s literature events. The first in the series, “What’s New in Children’s Books,”  will be held this Saturday, November 5th, from 8 a.m. to noon on the Pine Manor College campus. Special guests […]

Patricia Lee Gauch at the Carle Museum

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Speaking on ”The Picture Book as an Act of Mischief,” editor and writer Patricia L. Gauch will deliver the first annual Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture at the Eric Carle Museum on October 22, 2011. To whet your appetites, read Patti’s essay, “What Makes a Good Newbery Novel,” from the July/August 2011 Magazine. It’s adapted from a speech she delivered at the […]