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>I must say Cambridge really knows how to be nice to a person. Not only did CPL children’s coordinator Daryl Mark treat Martha and Richard and I me to a tasty Indian meal before our program, and not only was our audience (including a dearly loved friend from high school I had lost track of) welcoming, interested, and book-buying, but former mayor and current councillor Ken Reeves presented us with a proclamation:

We tried to keep up our end of the bargain, yes, shilling A Family of Readers, but also, for each of the book’s four sections, presenting some new books that would be great gift-giving choices for the upcoming holidays. And, in case you need some tips, here they are for you:

Part I: Reading to Them

Nini Lost and Found, written and illustrated by Anita Lobel
Higher! Higher! [new board book edition] written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
A Pocketful of Posies, compiled and illustrated by Salley Mavor
Me and You, written and illustrated by Anthony Browne

Part II: Reading with Them

Mirror, Mirror, written by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josée Masse
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same, written and illustrated by Grace Lin
Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley, by Stephanie Greene

Part III: Reading on Their Own

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot, written by Sy Montgomery, photos by Nic Bishop
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

Part IV: Leaving Them Alone

Annexed by Sharon Dogar
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds

Who can spot our Newbery and Caldecott hoped-fors?

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Marilyn Singer says:

    >Thanks so much for presenting my book, Roger and crew! It's much appreciated!

  2. Randy Asmo says:

    >Congratulation Roger and Martha. Very cool. I am passing the list on to my wife. It is so much easier to have someone tell you what to buy.

  3. Salley Mavor says:

    >Thank you for listing my book, Pocketful of Posies. What an honor! Did you know that the original fabric relief illustrations are currently on display at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Mass.?

  4. Roger Sutton says:

    >Randy, you told me your son liked the Wimpy Kid books–has he read Peirce's Big Nate books? I think one is an upcoming JLG selection so make sure to snag a copy.

    Here's the info re Sally's exhibition

  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >Marilyn, I talked about your book as an easy reader, which was an interesting way to look at it. The idea was that the first half of each poem taught you how to read the second, and gave kind of an extra kick to the whole business of decoding.

  6. >I will definitely be in Framingham on December 5th, with my copy of "Pocketful of Posies" in hand!
    mvp, Queen of Cambridge

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