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Review of Keeping the City Going

Keeping the City Going by Brian Floca; illus. by the author Primary    Dlouhy/Atheneum    40 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-5344-9377-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9378-0    $10.99 Caldecott winner Floca (Locomotive, rev. 9/13) presents a love letter to New York City and its essential workers during COVID-19. “We are here at home now, watching...

National Siblings Day

April 10 is National Siblings Day (here is mine; and the picture above is Roger's brother with his bloopah). Here are some booklists and articles that highlight "siblings doing what siblings do best." Find more at Horn Book Family Reading blog; at Siblings tag; and lots and lots more at the Guide/Reviews Database...

Review of The Art of Ramona Quimby: Sixty-Five Years of Illustrations from Beverly Cleary's Beloved Books

The Art of Ramona Quimby: Sixty Five Years of Illustrations from Beverly Cleary's Beloved Books by Anna Katz Chronicle    256 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-4521-7695-6    $40.00 This homage explores Cleary's beloved character through artwork by her five primary illustrators: Louis Darling, Alan Tiegreen, Joanne Scribner, Tracy Dockray, and Jacqueline Rogers. After...

Passover 2021

Passover begins Saturday night at sundown. Last year Shoshana wrote eloquently about how "this night" was extra different for many, and this year may be similarly different or otherwise in transition. Two recent picture books, both by Friends of the Horn Book, could nicely supplement the Haggadah. The Passover Guest by Susan Kusel...

Lady Danbury reads

Last week in virtual school, Adjoa Andoh, a.k.a. Lady Danbury, read Sleep Well Siba & Saba by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdhal, a local-born author, to my second grader and me, as part of Tàta Storytime. Remote school can be fun! What are some other Family Reading/remote schooling wins? ...

Review of Outside, Inside

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham; illus. by the author Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-250-79835-0    $18.99 “Something strange happened on an unremarkable day just before the season changed. Everybody who was OUTSIDE…went INSIDE.” The “something strange” is, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic, as safety protocols were put into...

Yiddish Book Center: "Geographies of the Soul" with Marjorie Agosín and Ruth Behar

Last night the Yiddish Book Center hosted a (virtual) conversation with writers Marjorie Agosín and Ruth Behar titled "Geographies of the Soul." The talk focused on "Memory, Identity, and Storytelling" from the perspectives of these two Jewish Latina YA authors and poets.  Marjorie recalled her childhood in Chile, where "everyone...

Somewhere over the...

Last week I attended my first virtual book launch, hosted by BookHampton bookstore, for my friend Theresa Trinder's picture book There Is a Rainbow, illustrated by Grant Snider. Theresa described her inspiration for the story, written in the midst of COVID-19 lockdown but looking ahead to brighter days: "It's the idea that...

Happens to the best of us

If even Marmee can lose her cool...And what are you reading (or watching) during School Vacation Week? Read more about Little Women, including "Jo March Is Me" by Mitali Perkins, "Saving Sisters: Little Women, The Hunger Games, and Frozen" by Jeannine Atkins, "Was Jo March a Ravenclaw? Authors, Fans, and Who Makes the Rules"...

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