It’s not often you see picture books for young children which address depression. Sure, there are probably many informative nonfiction titles on the subject, but I specifically mean fictional titles that approach the subject in a metaphorical way.
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I hesitate to use the word “depression,” in fact, given that it implies a clinical diagnosis of a chemically imbalanced despair done by a professional in the medical field. Lots of children experience ...
In The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr., aka Houdini, when the protagonist decides to write a book, it's not to gain insight on his character or bring a sense of logic to his life. It's to make money.
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After all, his parents are both exhausted from working too hard, and his older brother is fighting in Iraq—his family could use some extra income. But Houdini discovers more than a get-rich-quick ...
The Theater at the Dallas Convention Center was packed on Monday morning, filled with librarians and children's literature enthusiasts waiting to see what books, authors and illustrators would be recognized among the 2012 American Library Association awards.
Find more lists of the ALA winners and nominees: Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, Coretta Scott King and Pura Belpre.
We went in happy, and, for the most part, we left happy. The various ALA division presidents named the awards and honors they ...
Know how one of the best things about a really good picture book is the kind of good, crunchy, thought-provoking conversation it can generate with a child? I like those books.
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Such stories aren’t always clothed in earnest, weighty titles or subject matter. We can always leave it to most celebrity authors anyway to take care of that for us. (Trust me, in no time we’ll have something ...
Preschool children all over the world are familiar with the cautionary tale of Little Bunny Foo Foo. But what grudge did that rabbit harbor against the field mice?
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Perhaps they weren't as innocent as we've all been led to assume. Cori Doerrfeld examines the other side of the story in her new picture book, Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story—see who you're cheering for at the end ...
King Edward the Fourth was gay
King Edward the Fourth was charming,
He'd a voice like silk,
And manners like milk,
And a smile that was most disarming.
As parlor tricks go, this was a pretty dumb one. I could recite the character flaws of Edward IV of England and how he manifested them: "he / Upsided-downed / His brother and drowned / Him dead in a butt of malmsey."
No matter that I didn't know what malmsey was, much less ...
In 2011, Shane W. Evans wrote Underground, a book with minimal text and powerful images about the Underground Railroad, focusing in large part on one family’s journey. January 2012 marked the release of his book We March, which traces one family’s preparations and path on the March for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.
When we caught up with Evans, he was in Uganda, teaching art classes to orphans.
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As mentioned last week, I’m excited to see 2012 picture books, even as we get closer (just a little over a week now!) to the announcement of the 2012 Caldecott winner.
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Actually, given my enthusiasm to hear the Caldecott committee’s announcement on Jan. 23, it would be altogether more accurate to type it this way: JUST A LITTLE OVER A WEEK NOW! (I’ll spare you a larger font and the ...