The Coretta Scott King Awards Ceremony is a literary celebration.
August 14, 2015
Kekla Magoon accepts an award at the Coretta Scott King Awards Ceremony. Photo courtesy American Library Assocation.
"Lift every voice and sing / Till earth and heaven ring, / Ring with the harmonies of Liberty...."
So begins James Weldon Johnson’s “black national anthem,” and so begins the Coretta Scott King Awards Ceremony, an annual event that is as much ecumenical church service as it is literary celebration—appropriate for an award named for the widow of a minister. It is always a moving ceremony, but this year's, held on June 28 during the annual conference of the American ...
Ariana Grande’s doughnut licking would probably be just another poor choice of young adulthood, if not caught on video. It’s easy to judge, but few of us escaped youth without a few bad decisions—present company excluded, of course. Rebecca Stead’s new novel, Goodbye Stranger delves into the complicated issues of tech’s risks and rewards for today’s teens, as experienced by three seventh-grade best friends: Emily, Tabitha, and a cat-ear wearing Bridge, the book’s protagonist.
The story behind the discovery of WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?
July 28, 2015
Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Photo courtesy Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
Cathy Goldsmith first saw the manuscript that became What Pet Should I Get? in October 2013. Goldsmith is the vice president and associate publishing director of the Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group, so from that date until the book’s release several days ago, she had plenty of other projects to work on besides What Pet Should I Get? Nonetheless, the discovery of a new Dr. Seuss book occupied her thoughts and time from its discovery to its release ...
During Mordicai Gerstein’s fifth year of life, he started kindergarten, his little brother was born and he faced a whole range of other experiences and changes for the first time. Now, over 70 years later, he still remembers the events of that year almost exactly.
Strange as it sounds, this ability has come in handy during his decadeslong career as a writer and illustrator. In fact, Gerstein’s newest book, The Night World, is based on a specific incident from that ...
Bethany Barton photographed by D'Avello Photography.
If Bethany Barton were a spider, she knows exactly which species she’d be.
“Definitely the peacock spider: he’s colorful, he’s fuzzy, he does a little dance,” Barton says by phone from L.A. “Have you ever seen a peacock spider dance?! You have to go to YouTube right now. It’s cool—I’ll hold.”
The bees are buzzing, the summer winds are soughing: It’s Canada Day
July 1, 2015
The bees are buzzing, the summer winds are soughing, so it must be time for that annual celebration of national identity: Canada Day. Although Canadians typically don’t make as much noise as we Americans do, I have found that they make excellent books, and this year is no exception. Join me for a quick tour.
Montreal author/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay has kicked off a new early-reader/chapter-book series about the indomitable Princess Pistachio, convinced she’s a member of the Papuan ...
The new video by Tad Hills, author of R IS For ROCKET
June 30, 2015
Tad Hills and Rocket
Adorable Rocket the dog and his many pals (including a moonlighting Goose) are returning in R Is for Rocket: An ABC Book, out on July 7. Author Tad Hills explains a bit about Rocket and his friends in this irresistible new video. We feel so sorry for Goose, who finds walking a little difficult. Check out Tad Hills’ new video!
In this era of #weneeddiversebooks, I have spent considerable time of late on a related deficiency: #weneeddiversereviewers. I'm not the only one. Partly because we are all conscious of the fact that America's public schools are now majority-brown, partly because we wonder whether having greater diversity in the workplace will help us find, create, and publicize those necessary diverse books, and partly because it's just the right thing to do, many in the children's-book industry have ...
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