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Tell Laura I love her

I first heard about ALSC’s big news on Saturday, when I was swanning about the exhibit halls with Al, and Rita Auerbach called me over to tell me that Jacqueline Woodson was the first recipient of the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. My first thought was, “well, she’s won pretty much every other damn thing so why […]

What’s in a name.

The proposal to rename the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal presents some interesting questions (and congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson on winning it this year and tying with Maurice Sendak as the youngest recipients!). I don’t have a firm opinion as to whether renaming the award is a good idea, although I wish the ALSC board had at […]

Little House in the Big ‘Burbs

Little House fans, get your mortgage pre-approvals ready. The home of Rose Wilder Lane (Laura’s daughter, as if I had to tell you!), in my hometown of Danbury, CT, is on the market. Four BR, 3.5 bath, 3505 sq. ft, 2.03 acres: asking a very reasonable $439K. Charles Ives lived in Danbury. And Marian Anderson. […]

Behind the Scenes of the Little House books

How much time do you devote to researching the books you give your students to read? If you have the time or are really interested in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pioneer Girl may be for you. This scholarly book with notes and appendices, edited by Pamela Smith Hill, is for true fans of […]

I’ll show you WINTER.

Seasonally enough, last night I attended Blizzard of Voices, an oratorio by Paul Moravec (husband to your friend and mine Wendy Lamb). While you might have thought the warm and woody Jordan Hall would have been an oasis in Boston’s horrible weather, Moravec’s commemoration of the 1888 Schoolhouse Blizzard was terrible–in the exactest sense–in its evocation of […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Letter to Jennie D. Lindquist (October 19, 1953)

Mansfield Mo. October 19th 1953 Dear Miss Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom has told me of your plan for the Christmas Horn Book. I am thrilled and in a hurry for Christmas time to come that I may see it. You may use my letter to Clarence E. Kilburn, copy of which you enclosed, if you wish. […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Letter to Jennie D. Lindquist (October 19, 1953)

Mansfield Mo. October 19th 1953 Dear Miss Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom has told me of your plan for the Christmas Horn Book. I am thrilled and in a hurry for Christmas time to come that I may see it. You may use my letter to Clarence E. Kilburn, copy of which you enclosed, if you wish. […]