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Philip & Erin Stead Talk with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by An unpublished bedtime story by Mark Twain? Not exactly. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is based on some notes Twain made on a story he was telling his daughters. While […]

Ideas Are All Around

I suspect I will be in the minority when I tell you my thoughts about this book. But as I tell my students, you have to have the spine to say what you think, and the tact to do it in a way that is direct but not mean. But, wow, is that hard. Especially […]

Lenny & Lucy

It’s hard to believe that there was once a time when full-color picture books were uncommon. It was usually an indication that the artist had somehow proved himself worthy (::cough:: Maurice Sendak) and was awarded with a full palette to use on his masterpieces (::cough:: ::cough:: Where the Wild Things Are). When you look back […]

Fall 2015 Publishers’ Preview: Five questions for Erin & Philip Stead

This interview originally appeared in the September/October 2015 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Erin E. Stead and Philip C. Stead’s A […]

Why we love Amos

Sometimes a children’s book is so heart-warming it needs no greater purpose for reading than just to enjoy it. And sometimes you get lucky and a book is not only sweet, but perfect for that lesson you want to teach about characters! A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated […]

Studio Views: What a Find!

A long time ago, long before I could call myself a bookmaker, I was just a lowly college student in Ann Arbor working toward my degree in art from the University of Michigan. I like to tell people, though, that my real education came from a ramshackle bookstore a few blocks off campus called Kaleidoscope […]

Hello, My Name Is Ruby: A Conversation

Martha and I are going to try something different here on the blog today: we’re going to talk to each other about a picture book — Philip C. Stead’s Hello, My Name Is Ruby. We’ll start with the positives we each see in the book, and then move to any concerns we might have. Generally, we […]

Bear Has A Story to Tell

I so want to cheat and talk about two books at the same time, since illustrator Erin E. Stead has two books out this year, both gathering a pile of starred reviews. But I will not cheat. I will try to post two separate short discussions. But, that does beg the question. What will the […]

A Home for Bird

A Home for Bird has been on my radar for a long time. I was on a recon mission at ALA for new books and I sneaked a slow peek while the Roaring Brook folks were busy. It took me a while to read it because I kept slowing down. There is just so much […]

Review of A Home for Bird

A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead; illus. by the author Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp. 6/12    978-1-59643-711-1    $16.99    g Stead (author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, rev. 5/10) returns with another terrific tale of devoted friendship. Starting on the copyright page, we see a little bird thrown from the back of […]