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In Defense of Fanfiction

I am not an internet phenomenon. I don’t have a fan base. When people list fanfiction writers they love, I don’t show up on anyone’s list. I do have an account on (an infamous behemoth of a fanfiction archive, and a common entry point for young fanfic readers and writers), which I registered in […]

What Makes a Good Pop-Up Book?

Those of us who work with kids, be it with reading, swimming, or Wii-ing, know one important rule of thumb: first we have to get their attention. In the book world, in addition to the word underwear or the newest installment in a hot new series, movable books — with tabs to pull, wheels to […]

An Interview with Margaret Mahy

Acclaimed author Margaret Mahy has won accolades for her novels, including Carnegie Medals for both The Haunting and The Changeover. Her picture books The Great White Man-Eating Shark and The Three- Legged Cat have become classics, and Bubble Trouble, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, was recently named the winner of a 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. […]