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Five questions for Joyce Sidman

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Today’s foremost nature poet for children, Joyce Sidman published her first lyrical, observant, and scrupulously annotated nature study in 2005, with Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, illustrated by Beckie Prange. But Joyce is at home with all manner of subjects, with Before Morning, out this fall, about the intersection of hope, […]

Teamwork: Pictures in My Head

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In the deep woolen dark, as we slumber unknowing, let the sky fill with flurry and flight. Let the air turn to feathers, the earth turn to sugar, and all that is heavy turn light… As an editor, when authors give me such powerful, precise words, I almost immediately begin to imagine them with pictures. […]

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Swirl by Swirl

Swirl by Swirl is one of the most beautiful books of the year. I can’t get enough of it. Krommes’ colored scratchboard illustrations invite the reader to slow down and quietly enter the world that she and poet Joyce Sidman have created, a world of spirals in nature. Each page is perfectly designed with special […]

Our busy weekend

Rick Allen and Robin Smith

Friday night we all got dressed up and went to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, then out to a posh dinner — very late — and back to work the next morning for the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. (More on both of these events soon from Roger and others. More photos, too.) Robin did […]