Patricia Lee Gauch

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The Picture Book as an Act of Mischief

Poet Theodore Roethke said that poetry was an act of mischief. I’ve always liked that. But to my mind, even more than poetry it is the picture book that is truly an act of mischief.Mischief: “Playful misbehavior or troublemaking, especially in children.” “Playfulness that is intended to tease, or mock...

What Makes a Good Newbery Novel?

My quest to track down the Newbery began a long way from this country. I had been asked to speak at the Mubarak Library in Cairo to a group of Egyptian writers on "The Heartbeat of Children's Literature." A gentleman named Yacoub el-Sharoni, one of Egypt's most famous writers of...

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