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Archives for May 2018

Reach Out and Read: A Life-Changing Idea

Nearly thirty years ago, an idea came to me that changed my life and my profession. I was a young pediatrician working at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center), training to be a specialist in child development. The idea was that picture books are important in the lives of children, and can be an […]

The Best Book I Ever Read

By Ann Durell This speech should probably be called the Patchwork Principle. I have been fretting about it for what seems a year, undergoing a whole range of anxiety from vaguely uneasy to acutely apprehensive, because I wasn’t assigned a topic. Without a topic, I gnaw and discard ideas, rather like my Siamese cat with […]

Ann Durell (1931-2018)

Renowned editor and publisher Ann Durell died May 6, 2018, in New York City. She was eighty-seven. She entered the children’s book field in the 1950s, first as an apprentice and secretary at Doubleday, then taking over as head of the Junior Literary Guild, then moving to Holt, Rinehart and Winston as a children’s book […]

The Writer’s Page: The Un-Hero’s Journey

My very first author presentation was in a library branch in my hometown, the Allen County Public Library’s Pontiac Branch in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My first book, The Rock and the River, had just come out and I was eager to get some experience in front of an audience. The library had a regular group […]

The Book That Changed My Life: A Lifelong Journey

When I was a sophomore in college, I read the book that changed my life. I was considering a major in religious studies, and took the required foundation course. On our syllabus were books and articles looking at many different religions from various points of view: theological, psychological, historical, sociological, anthropological. One book caught my […]

Review of Pass the Ball, Mo!

Pass the Ball, Mo! by David A. Adler; illus. by Sam Ricks Primary    Penguin    32 pp.    g 1/18    978-0-425-28978-5    $14.99 In this third Mo Jackson easy reader (Geisel Award–winner Don’t Throw It to Mo!; Get a Hit, Mo!), Mo has found a new sports obsession. The ever-enthusiastic boy has basketball on the brain both at […]

Review of Bigger! Bigger!

Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli; illus. by the author Preschool    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 5/18    978-0-7636-7930-9    $15.99 In her previous picture books (Higher! Higher!, rev. 3/09; Faster! Faster!, rev. 3/12), this pigtailed adventurer has taken readers on wild and imaginative rides — swinging high into space; moving as fast as a cheetah. Here the girl […]

Week in Review, May 21st-25th

This week on hbook.com… RIP Richard Peck (1934–2018) From the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference: The Book That Changed My Life series “Barbara’s Book” by Kevin Henkes “Advice for an Author” by Joyce Sidman “At Home in the Pages” by Naomi Shihab Nye “Why Do I Like This Story So Much?” […]

Trivia time!

Bon vivant Jack Gantos will again host Children’s Books Boston’s annual trivia night, this year on Monday, June 11, 6:00-9:00PM at the Brahmin, 33 Stanhope St (off Clarendon near Back Bay Station). Fifteen bucks cash only at the door, RSVP here by June 4th.

The Book That Changed My Life: A Galloping Good Story

Dear Mrs. Henry: You probably don’t remember me. It’s been a long time — forty-five years, can you believe it? — since I last wrote you. I was in fourth grade then, and my teacher Mrs. Rouse (I’m pretty sure I wrote you about her last time) assigned the class your book Misty of Chincoteague. […]