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Happy 100th Birthday, Joe Krush

In a Venn diagram of people who have reached the notable age of one hundred, and of outstanding artists and illustrators, the intersecting circle would be quite small, and would include Joe Krush. Joe celebrates his centenary on May 18, 2018. Along with his wife Beth (1918-2009), he has left an indelible imprint on literature […]

The Book That Changed My Life series

For the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference (gorgeous cover at right by Yuyi Morales), we asked fifteen-plus children’s book creators to write about the book that changed their lives. The answers were heartfelt, touching, sometimes humorous, always thoughtful — and a welcome reminder about the enduring power of books and […]

May the 4th, 2018

For a Star Wars fan, it’s a great time to work in children’s book reviewing. Look at this recent wealth of riches in the office! Now if only Rey would send us the sacred Jedi texts… Over at the Horn Book Guide, we just finished our Spring 2018 issue (available in pdf hologram near you […]

El día de los niños / El día de los libros

Monday was El día de los niños / El día de los libros, a nationwide celebration that “emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.” This year we were so proud and happy when we heard that Sujei Lugo Vázquez, children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public […]

#NESCBWI18 recap

The 2018 New England SCBWI annual conference — with the theme “Dream. Explore. Create.” — was held in Springfield, MA, April 20th–22nd.  I’ve attended this conference most years since 2008, and was aware of some welcome new measures: attendees are now required to read the SCBWI anti-harassment policy before registering, and the (always large and […]

Week in Review, April 23rd-27th

This week on… From the March/April 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “An Easy Reader Renaissance” and “From The Guide: New for New Readers” Spring 2018 Publishers’ Previews: Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead, Brian Lies, J. S. Puller, Sara Saedi, and Randy Ribay Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: People Don’t Bite People […]

Earth Day 2018

This year’s observation of the annual Earth Day takes place on April 22. The campaign focus for Earth Day 2018 is “End Plastic Pollution.” The books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces (including plastic pollution), and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles […]

Looking Inward and Out: Michelle Obama at the Simmons Leadership Conference

On April 5, Simmons College hosted its 39th annual Simmons Leadership Conference on the theme “Disrupt the Ordinary.” The culmination of a very impressive lineup of speakers was a concluding discussion between Simmons College President Helen G. Drinan and former First Lady Michelle Obama. The event took place at the Boston Seaport Hotel & World […]

Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month (also known as Autism Awareness Month). Below, we’ve compiled some resources for education and advocacy. Resources from The Horn Book “Reading on the Spectrum” by Ashley Waring (September/October 2010 Horn Book Magazine) and On Ashley Waring’s ‘Reading on the Spectrum’” by Kitty Flynn at Family Reading (September 21st, 2016) “Beyond […]

Yes, they also sent fruit

…and also all this! Thanks for the surprise Tuesday afternoon pick-me-up, Media Source! Roger, we’ll (try to) save some for you.