With Step Gently Out, the stunning first-time collaboration between poet Helen Frost and nature photographer Rick Lieder, proponents of the odd separation of author from illustrator in children’s publishing are hereby put on notice.
The marriage between word and image in this gorgeous picture book melds one poem encouraging young readers to explore insect wonders of the natural world with breathtakingly intimate photographs captured only with the aid of natural light. Its success is both organic and the result of ...
As I once wrote at my site, I’m sorry for the field of economics but happy for children’s literature that once upon a time J. Patrick Lewis jumped careers.
That’s right. Lewis was an economics professor for 30 years before devoting himself to full-time writing.
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And that’s lucky for us. Lewis has earned wide acclaim for the vivid language and lyrical writing of his poetry, written in a wide-range of styles; his clever wordplay ...
Earlier this year the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Ragazzi Awards honored Claire A. Nivola’s Orani: My Father’s Village in the category of nonfiction. Nivola’s newest book is a biography, and it’s just as good, if not better, than its award-winning predecessor.
Read the last Seven Impossible Things on the delightful 'Mr. and Mrs. Bunny.'
I think that, with confidence, I could hand Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle to aspiring picture-book authors and say, this is ...
When Claudia Rueda began her version of the story about a trio of pigs that build their houses of straw, wood and brick, and guard against a wolf, she wanted youngest readers to participate.
In her book, she invites readers to Huff & Puff, and the pigs surprise the wolf with their courage and hospitality. Here Rueda speaks of her inspiration.
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One of my favorite things about this life—right up there with the printing press, putting on clothes straight from the dryer, a good scone and the 16-minute closing medley of Abbey Road—is reading aloud with my two young daughters.
Our most recent read-aloud? National Book Award winner Polly Horvath’s Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire! (Schwartz & Wade), illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
And I am here to say that we laughed our fool heads off.
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Prize-winning author and illustrator Audrey Wood has created many children’s books, including beloved favorites such as The Napping House (illustrated by her husband Don Wood) and Silly Sally (self-illustrated).
Here she talks about how observing the skies above her Hawaiian home inspired her new picture book Blue Sky, which we said captures the “stratosphere in its ever-shifting splendor.”
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I really love the way Sonya Hartnett writes. Every now and then, when I want to see a master storyteller at work, I find my copy of Thursday’s Child, printed in the United States in 2002, and reread it. I do the same with What the Birds See (2003).
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To be sure, these are far from pick-me-up tales, but I’m not looking for that when I turn to Hartnett’s novels ...
Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld was a children’s book editor for over 10 years before deciding to write her own books presenting “science for kids in creative ways that captivate and challenge them.” Her latest, Secrets of the Garden, features an inquisitive young character, Alice, who invites young children to look closely along with her at the complex web of nature.
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