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About Ashley Waring

Ashley Waring is a children’s librarian at the Reading Public Library in Reading, Massachusetts.

Ed Young on Nighttime Ninja

From the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Ashley Waring asks Ed Young, illustrator of Nighttime Ninja, about the inspiration for his mixed-media artwork. Read the full review of Nighttime Ninja here. Ashley Waring: When preparing your collages, do you start with an idea for a scene and find the right materials […]

Review of Nighttime Ninja

Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta; 
illus. by Ed Young Preschool    Little, Brown    32 pp. 9/12    978-0-316-20384-5    $16.99 Silently, in the dark of night, a ninja creeps through a house. While the family sleeps, he stealthily embarks on his mission. “Hand over hand, the ninja climbed and clambered. Step by step, he balanced and leapt.” It’s […]

Reading on the Spectrum

Life with my two young sons is a study in contrasts. Alden (almost five) is high-strung; Griffin (my two-year-old) is mellow. Alden couldn’t care less about food; Griffin lives to eat. Alden keeps to himself; Griffin never stops talking. Alden has autism; Griffin does not. That last contrast is a biggie, and undoubtedly a contributing […]