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CBB Trivia Night 2018—or—Lyle, Lyle Bibliophile: We Never Wabered

The venue for the fifth annual Children’s Books Boston Trivia Night, the Brahmin, was new this year. But much was the same: host Jack Gantos and his Gantosian commentary. Silly team names: “TK,” “Where’s Papa Going with That Axe?” And of course, lots of children’s literature professionals muttering, “I should know this!” Elissa and I, […]

Western stars light up the sky

Later this week Richard and I are going west to Abilene to see the exhibition of Coretta Scott King Award winners at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (also known as NCCIL, thank heavens). There will be a bash to which we are grateful to be invited, and the exhibit of some one hundred original […]

All a-Twitter 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @Wolf: @GirlinRed Ain’t no mountain high enough / ain’t no forest wide enough […]

CBB Trivia Night 2017—or—The answer is always “Ashley Bryan”

Okay, maybe the answer isn’t always “Ashley Bryan.” “Ashley Bryan” isn’t Bod’s last name in The Graveyard Book, or Ramona Quimby’s middle name. But just because the accomplished Mr. Bryan was an answer last year doesn’t mean he can’t be one — or two — this year. After all, there’s plenty to know about him. […]

New York Time…

… which happens to be the title of Richard Peck’s 1981 novel for adults, providing me a great opportunity to bridge two worlds when that Richard and my Richard and I were having dinner before seeing A Doll’s House, Part Two last Saturday night. We could all talk about real estate, which we did, as well […]

What I read on my summer vacation

I’m back from a blessed week away in Palm Springs where we saw lots of sun, tennis, and friends and family. The Men’s Final was especially nice for me, as to hear a crowd of thousands shouting “Go, Roger!” is indeed a tonic. My reading shuttled between two books. I’m almost done with and completely […]

All a-Twitter 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @ALAYMA17: Who needs February? @March is where it’s at. @Icky: @Ooky iz unk […]

What will YOU be reading?

Following  Shoshana’s lead, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. My plan is to spend the long weekend reading as much as possible–under the direction of Richard (for whom I am very thankful), we have just finished a home renovation project that has added several new reading locations to our house, an array […]

On Ron Koertge’s “Lunacy” (from November 2011)

Here’s a truth that I believe is universally acknowledged (apologies to Jane Austen): at bedtime, parents want their kids to go the eff to sleep. Remember that parent-trap by Adam Mansbach from 2011? Inspired by that publishing phenomenon, Ron Koertge’s “Lunacy” was published in the November/December 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. We offer […]

“They’re here.”

So that TV show whose name I could not remember on today’s podcast is Stranger Things, which Richard and I Netflixed assiduously in a handful of evenings. People are loving the throwback allusions, but my experience of 80s adolescence is entirely secondhand and spotty: I was a youth services librarian for most of the decade but […]