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.
Find more picture books that celebrate friends and family among ...
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.
Read more new and notable books for kids this January.
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 ...
Whew, 2012 has arrived. I toasted it on midnight with my champagne flute and sparkling grape juice. (What? I like a good champagne, but that stuff is tasty.)
Not ready to dive into 2012 yet? Check out Seven Impossible Things' favorite picture books of 2011.
As I look ahead to what the year will bring in terms of picture books and anxiously await the Caldecott award announcements on Jan. 23, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time perusing the ...
The Library of Congress has just named Walter Dean Myers the third National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and I couldn't be happier. The author of picture books, novels, nonfiction and poetry, his writing career spans almost 50 years. He has touched and changed countless lives, including mine.
Read more books by Walter Dean Myers at Kirkus.
The position was created, according to the Library of Congress website, "to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s ...
At Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast—my blog where I write about illustration and contemporary picture books—I certainly can’t cover every picture book of interest to me in a given year. But I do what I can.
Read Seven Impossible Things on looking ahead to 2012.
This week, the last one of 2011, I take the opportunity at Kirkus to mention the one title I regret not covering at my own site this year. (To my credit, I tried to ...
This is the time of year when just about everyone weighs in with their “best of” lists. Whether it’s books, music, politics or even the top stories of the-year-that-wasn’t, you bet there’s a list for it. (There’s even a list for the year-end-list-readers.)
Read more of the best picture books of 2011 before we ring in the new year.
We’re creeping up on 2012, and there are many 2011 best-of children’s book lists already published. I wonder about next year ...
Laurence Anholt has been making traditional books for years, both by himself and in collaboration with his wife, Catherine. Recently, he has dipped his toes in digital waters, working with developers Auryn, Inc., on an app version of the first book in his Artists series, Camille and the Sunflowers.
Find more great apps developed from printed books among our Best Book Apps of 2011.
This app, Van Gogh and the Sunflowers, received a starred review from Kirkus and was named ...