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Undercover Reading

My daughter and her husband caught their six-year-old reading in bed after lights out and celebrated. Quietly, of course. They didn’t want her to know they’d seen her taking advantage of the fading daylight coming through her bedside window. Still, they managed to take a picture of her, surrounded by stuffed animals, holding George & […]

Happy Father’s Day 2019 from Family Reading

Happy Father’s Day (on Sunday) to those who celebrate! Here are some articles, books, and links to make Dad (and Pop and Papi and Granddad and all others of any gender who hold that place in a child’s life) feel loved and appreciated. “Picture Books for Father’s Day.” From our brand-new-and-improved Horn Book Guide Online. […]

Good enough to eat, a.k.a. thank an art teacher

Today is National Doughnut Day. Moving beyond the editorial debate (donut v. doughnut) and the regional debate (Dunks v. Krispy Kreme v. Starbucks), I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage people to thank an art teacher. Ours is Mr. Wynn, and this hugely child-friendly project pictured above consisted of making enormous papier-mâché doughnuts. The […]

Happy Anniversary: Stevie

Stevie by John Steptoe (1950–1989) was published by Life magazine and then by Harper & Row in 1969. It celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2019. I locate the beginning of what I’ve come to call #blackboylit — literature for children and young adults that centers the experiences of boys of African descent, written and illustrated […]

The 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners…for families!

Yesterday Roger announced the 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners, and they are GREAT! My youngest, age six, will be most drawn to the picture books, some of which he’s already seen, some he hasn’t. Picture Book Award winner The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd, with its spirited (and […]

One of the choices

A couple of years ago, I had an idea for a blog post: a collection pictures I’d taken of my kids over time, having fallen asleep on books or with books next to them, asleep, in their beds. Gripping, right? Well, that post hasn’t come to pass…you’re welcome. Elissa’s post about her kids reading rather […]

2019 Summer Reading Recommendations

What could be better than icy-cold raspados on a hot summer day? Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña’s new picture book My Papi Has a Motorcycle has had us dreaming of shave ice since our Five Questions Summer Reading interview revealed their favorite flavors (limon for Zeke; for Isabel: “Strawberry and maybe pineapple. The fresh fruit […]

Summer Reading 2019: Five Questions for Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

Author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña previously collaborated on 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning graphic novel Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 years and up). Now, in the summer-perfect picture book My Papi Has a Motorcycle (Kokila/Penguin, 5–8 years; concurrently published in Spanish as Mi papi tiene una moto), they go […]

Thank a teacher 2019

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5–11), and we know we speak for most parents when we say how grateful we are for these vital members of our village. Teachers’ work on the front lines has a profound impact on our children — in small and big ways. Kitty’s fourth grader has a gift-of-a-teacher who […]

Two picture-book, read-alike suggestions for the new royal parents (it’s a boy!)

His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones; illus. by David Roberts Primary    Candlewick    48 pp. 9/17    978-0-7636-9793-8    $16.99 “Once upon a time, there was a Happy Family” consisting of a mother, father, daughter (shown with tights on her head simulating long, blonde, princess-y hair), and pet gerbil. Life was grand […]