Over and Over

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“Once there was a little girl who didn’t understand about time.” So, with deceptive simplicity — for who, of any age, does understand time? — did my mother, Charlotte Zolotow, begin her book Over and Over, first published in 1957. As I write these words today, Charlotte is ninety-seven and I am fifty-nine. I see […]

Rembering Margaret Mahy: March 21, 1936-July 23, 2012

Margaret Mahy

There was never anyone quite like her. Other amazing children’s writers have won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, but none had her extra‑ordinary range: verse; picture-book texts; books for every conceivable age group; scripts for radio, television, film; serials for newspapers and magazines. “I have been such a tradesman all my professional writing life,” she […]

Calling all wolves

illustration by Pat Marriott, from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

  Joan Aiken’s daughter Lizza is hosting an evening in New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. You should go. The anniversary has also prompted a new audio edition of the novel (Listening Library) about which Martha says: “I’ve just started listening to it, narrated by Joan Aiken’s daughter […]

Whitney and Me: Confessions of a Work-for-Hire Diva

Whitney Houston

I would call it a guilty pleasure if I felt guilty. But my subscription to People magazine actually liberates me. Instead of furtively flipping pages in the checkout line, hoping to find the photos of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s baby before it’s time to unload the hummus, I have Blue Ivy Carter (seven pounds) delivered, so […]

Lunch with Lee Kingman

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It had been nearly five years since my last lunch with Lee Kingman Natti, but it felt like just last month. Her home in Gloucester is an oasis reflecting Lee’s lifelong involvement with artists and writers, as well as her own art. We sat looking out at the granite quarry that holds their water supply […]

Ghost in the Machine

art by Diane Landry; photo by Richard Asch

  Here I am wandering amidst the wonder that is Diane Landry’s Knight of Infinite Resignation (which made me a lot happier than it did the artist if the title is anything to go by), on display at Mass MoCA as part of their “Oh, Canada” exhibition. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a […]

Sally Ride (1951-2012)

illustration by Micah Player, courtesy of Chronicle Books

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died on July 23, 2012, at the age of 61. Best known for her space missions on the shuttle Challenger in 1983 and 1984, Dr. Ride was later a professor of physics at UC San Diego and director of the University of California’s California Space Institute. As […]

Margaret Mahy (1936-2012)

Margaret Mahy

We are saddened to learn about the passing of Margaret Mahy, New Zealand’s Grande Dame of children’s literature. Ms. Mahy’s many awards and accolades include the Hans Christian Andersen Medal (2006); Carnegie Medals for The Haunting (1982) and The Changeover (1984); and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Bubble Trouble (2009), illustrated by Polly Dunbar, […]

Else Holmelund Minarik (1920-2012)

Little Bear

Else Holmelund Minarik, author of the Little Bear series of easy readers, died on July 12, 2012, at the age of 91. Little Bear, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, was one of the first I Can Read! titles published by Harper & Row, in 1957; in 1962, Sendak received a Caldecott Honor for Little Bear’s Visit […]

Melissa Sweet: Live Five Questions

Balloons Over Broadway

Roger interviewed Melissa Sweet on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at the ALA Convention in Anaheim. Melissa Sweet’s book Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade is the 2012 Sibert Award winner, and she created the cover illustration for the July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine.