Jack Gantos at the Simmons Summer Institute

jack gantos at simmons

To conclude the 2013 Children’s Literature Institute at Simmons, local author and Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos spoke about the first and last love letters a person writes and receives. According to Gantos, “the first love letters are the ones you write to yourself.” As a child, he was inspired by the ultimate journal keeper […]

Simmons Summer Institute: Love Letters

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From July 26th to 28th, over one hundred teachers, librarians, students, publishing professionals, academics, and children’s literature enthusiasts gathered at Simmons College for the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature’s biennial Summer Institute. This year’s theme was “Love Letters,” and each day was filled with fascinating presentations by authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals who […]

August children’s lit events

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After a few whirlwind months, August is a little quieter — but there are several children’s literature–related events coming up in the Boston area. Are you attending or hosting an August event we missed? Let us know in the comments! Author/illustrator Jim Arnosky (All About Sharks, Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators, and many more) will […]

Mo Willems at the Eric Carle Museum

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My family spent the Fourth of July weekend vacationing in scenic (?) Springfield, MA. There’s a lot of kid-friendly stuff to do in the area*, and we were especially excited for a visit to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to see the new exhibit “Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art & Whimsy […]

July children’s literature events


Here’s a selection of children’s literature–related events coming soon in the greater Boston area. Are you hosting or attending other events this month? Let us know in the comments! Tomorrow, July 2nd, at 7:00 p.m., Ammi-Joan Paquette (Nowhere Girl) will sign her new YA sci-fi thriller Paradox at Porter Square Books. Holly Thompson (Orchards, The […]

June children’s lit events


Here’s a selection of children’s literature–related events coming soon in the greater Boston area. Are you hosting or attending other events this month? Let us know in the comments! Tonight at 5:30 p.m., Sydelle Pearl (co-author of Hope Somewhere in America and Elijah’s Tears: Stories for the Jewish Holidays) will speak about Dear Mr. Longfellow: Letters to […]

Local children’s lit events for May

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Some kidlit happenings in and around Boston this month: The Edward Gorey House’s 2013 special exhibit “Edward Gorey’s Vinegar Works” opened for their 2013 season on April 18th. The exhibit covers the “three volumes of moral instruction” in Gorey’s Vinegar Works boxed set: The Insect God, The West Wing, and his best-known work, The Gashlycrumb […]

Photos from Fostering Lifelong Learners

Roger Sutton welcomes participants to the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference

Pictures from the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference. Photos by Shara Hardeson. For more on the day-long event, click here.

World Book Night kick-off event

World Book Night

Every year on April 23rd, World Book Night provides volunteers with specially-printed free books to distribute in their communities. Each volunteer selects a title from a list of thirty adult, YA, and children’s books, then picks up twenty copies from a local bookstore or library. Which book would you choose? On Monday, fellow Horn Booker […]

5Q for Fostering Lifelong Learners presenters

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Tomorrow we’re hosting the free Fostering Lifelong Learners: Prescribing Books for Early Childhood Education conference with Reach Out and Read and the Cambridge Public Library. Pediatricians, educators, critics, and librarians will speak about early learning and literacy from birth to preschool. Over the last few weeks Roger gave several of the presenters his “five questions” […]