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2015 Thurber Prize Finalists

2015 Thurber Prize Finalists

Funny thing about book awards—they rarely honor books that make you laugh. For some reason, too many people believe humorous writing is incompatible with serious literary merit. In this man’s opinion, long-form humor is just about the hardest kind of writing to do well. (Right up there with picture books, but that’s another story.) Fortunately, the Thurber Prize for […]

By August 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The 2015 Hugo Awards (and No-Awards)

The 2015 Hugo Awards (and No-Awards)

As has been well documented in the media, it’s been a turbulent and controversial year for the Hugo Awards. And when the winners were announced in Spokane, WA, this past Saturday, well—some of the awards had no winners. Why? Widespread unhappiness with the way the finalists had been selected triggered a surge in voting membership, with many […]

By August 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Teens STILL Love Print Books! (Especially When Rick Riordan Is Writing Them)

Teens STILL Love Print Books! (Especially When Rick Riordan Is Writing Them)

Lynn: Oh, how I wish all those people who loudly proclaim the death of print books could have been at our book-club meeting this past week! Let me set the stage. Teens are buzzing in, depositing stacks and stacks of books in the return bin and beelining straight to the shelves to resupply. After all, […]

Figs and Pigs: Two Picture Books about the Tasty Things That Grow on Trees

Figs and Pigs: Two Picture Books about the Tasty Things That Grow on Trees

Cindy: Our summer fun blog series is wrapping up even though we are not ready, but harvest season is right around the corner along with the start of school. (Some of you started a week or more ago . . . ACK!) I have read Rosario’s Fig Tree (2015) a number of times since receiving […]

Even More Back-to-School Picture Books to Help Kids Feel Ready

Even More Back-to-School Picture Books to Help Kids Feel Ready

For the August issue of Booklist, I pulled together a list of (mostly) recent back-to-school picture books in “That Back-to-School Feeling,” but it barely scraped the surface of what’s out there. So, guess what? I’ve got even more for you! Get out your #2 pencils—it’s time to take some notes! ABC School’s for Me!, by […]

By August 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Webcomics Wednesday: Chloe C.’s Headless Bliss

Webcomics Wednesday: Chloe C.’s Headless Bliss

This week’s featured webcomic is gory, grim, and . . . cute? It’s a weird combination, I know, but bear with me. Chloé C.’s Headless Bliss follows Annùn, a little kid demon, whose mother is the scariest demon in the land, and therefore queen. Precocious, good-natured Annùn isn’t terribly interested in school, dreams a lot at night (which seems […]