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Dreaming big

As a child, I loved reading biographies of famous women. I wanted strong, nuanced, and passionate women to look up to, and I found them throughout history. They were writers, politicians, explorers, and so much more, and learning about them allowed me to imagine a broad future for myself. The Little People, Big Dreams primary […]

Border Crossing 101

  Some of you know that I am not a librarian and have never worked in publishing. And if you didn’t know before, you do now. That’s why I have to depend on others to explain the history and traditions of the ALA book awards. I simply don’t get them. There is nothing that makes […]

Ineligible Internationals

The Caldecott and Newbery awards were founded partly as a way to support the publishing of American books for children, and the rules are quite clear about who can win and who cannot. I have pasted part of the Caldecott eligibility criteria below: The award is restricted to artists who are citizens or residents of […]

Komm, süßer Tod

Picture books about death typically involve wrinkly grandmas or unfortunate pets, rehashed platitudes and sensitive toddlers smiling up to the stars. Not so in Wolf Erlbruch’s Duck, Death and the Tulip (Gecko Press, September), just published in English for the first time. Wolf Erlbruch has won many awards—including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006—for […]

Outside Over Where?: Foreign Picture Books and the Dream of Global Awareness

It’s a small world after all. Or then again, maybe not. A stroll through the exhibition halls at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the world’s largest annual international gathering of publishers of books for young people, presents a decidedly mixed picture. With English being the default business language of the fair and with much of […]