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Imprinted: Illustrating Race Exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum

"Tanglewood is back! This summer, for the first time since 2019, Tanglewood will offer a full season of concerts and events." My husband sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and this year's Beethoven's Ninth performance, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, was an especially memorable and moving one.  But enough about music! While...

Gaga for Grandmas

Sarah's daughter with her mom, Grandma Bernie. Photo: Sarah Threlkeld. Because of divorces and remarriages in both my husband’s and my family, our daughter is fortunate enough to be doted on by four grandmothers. These wise, caring, and funny women shower my six-year-old with love and attention, making her feel...

The Wisdom of Grandpas

Sarah's one-week-old daughter with her dad, Papa Dick. Photo: Sarah Threlkeld. Neither of my grandfathers were present in my life, so it has been an absolute joy to watch my daughter interact with her Papa Dick and Grandpa Scott and to witness the pure love and joy that is at...

Sick-day reading, Newbery Special Issue-style

A sick-day photo, only slightly staged. Kid was already reading Newbery honoree Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and I couldn't resist dropping in the May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial, with cover art by WTMMTM author/illustrator Grace Lin.   Single copies of this special issue are available for...

Marching for their lives

Art by Friend of The Horn Book Innosanto Nagara. With the horror of having to update this booklist yet again: The topics of guns, gun safety, and especially school shootings can be difficult to broach. Here are a selection of books that could help get these vital conversations going. Reviews...

Everywhere Babies 2022

I was surprised and also not surprised to learn the book Everywhere Babies has been the focus of conservative outrage in Walton County, Florida.  I was surprised because I hadn’t realized this book, written by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Marla Frazee, was well known. I have an embarrassing tendency...

Outgrowing shared reading someday

I fully expected my older grandchildren to start pulling away from reading together by now.  They’d be nice about it. They’d gently explain — and by gently, I mean raucously, interrupting and overlapping each other, but still gently, in the sense that they’d sincerely not want to hurt my feelings...

Mother's Day 2022

Not breaking news, but motherhood is hard (fatherhood, too; check back next month). Of course it's also all the good stuff — rewarding, gratifying, exhilarating, heartwarming — but easy it is not; and, to borrow from The Princess Bride, "anyone* who says differently is selling something." Mother's Day is this Sunday, May...

Teacher Appreciation 2022

The late, beloved Robin Smith's rocking chair. This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, with today, Tuesday, May 3, being National Teacher Day. Please #ThankaTeacher — including teacher librarians, if your district is lucky enough to have them — and remember the extreme difficulties, unique challenges, and seeming near-impossibilities that our educators have been facing throughout...
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