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Archives for July 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (spoilers ahead!)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Warner Bros., July 2011; PG-13) opened in theaters on Friday to the delight and trepidation of fans everywhere. Movie-goers be warned: there is no summary or introduction as in the previous films — they really did just split one long film into two — so it’s definitely […]

>With churned butter

>Am reading @HalfPintIngalls‘ (aka Wendy McClure’s) really engrossing The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, and I find myself unseasonably wishing for Laura’s gingerbread.

>Shocking? I hope so.

>The Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature is gearing up for its biannual Summer Institute, this year themed “The Body Electric” and taking place July 28-July 31st. Simmons’ favorites Jackie Woodson, Jack Gantos and M.T. Anderson will be there along with a host of others; hope to see you there.

What a long, magical trip it’s been

Last night, like fans everywhere, I got gussied up in my best Hogwarts gear and went to see the final Harry Potter movie premiere at midnight. Despite the fact that I’m running on about three hours of sleep (yawn!) and lots of caffeine today, I’m so glad I was able to be a part of […]

At home with Kids and Home

Despite its title, RedactiePartners MediaGroep’s Kids and Home app (March 2011) features no children and a wide variety of buildings, few of them actually homes. However, it serves as an adequate introduction for young children to different architecture around the world. The first part of the app resembles a nonfiction picture book; each screen introduces […]

July Notes

The July issue of Notes from the Horn Book is out, featuring “Five Questions for . . .” Sophie Blackall, a recent BGHB Honor honoree who seems to be everywhere these days and doing some great work. Also: new picture-book bios (talk about something that’s everywhere), middle-grade fiction, and a roundup of the kind of […]

Newest Notes out today

July’s Notes from the Horn Book will be hitting inboxes in about an hour. Here’s what to expect this issue: – five questions for illustrator Sophie Blackall – Sophie’s recent picture books – picture book bios – brand-new middle-grade fiction – fresh perspectives on tough topics in YA – updates on the Boston Globe–Horn Book […]

>Where Be There Dragon Ladies?

>Margaret Tice has an article in the new SLJ, querying what the de-funding of supervisory youth services positions might mean for children’s librarianship. If you missed them, take a look at Barbara Bader’s acute portraits of two of the greats from NYPL: Anne Carroll Moore and Augusta Baker. In the latter, BB also has a […]

2011 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance

I’d like to give a huge thanks to everyone who has come to take part in the Coretta Scott King Awards Breakfast, a celebration of African American stories and images created by many of today’s best authors and illustrators. I give a special thanks to my publisher Little, Brown and its amazing staff of editors, […]

Dave the Potter and Stevie the Reader

One of the things I love best about my work in children’s literature is how seamlessly it melds with my life as a mother. When I was elected to serve on the 2011 Caldecott committee, I wrote to family and friends, saying, “Thousands of picture books will come my way and I have just the […]