Archive for April, 2009

Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winners Announced

Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winners Announced

A favored award among the books for youth editors was announced today by the Jane Addams Peace Association. Later this week Gillian will devote a post to one of the winners. I’ll keep the subject a surprise for now. In the  meantime, the winners are: Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai, written […]

LA Times Book Prize Winners Announced

LA Times Book Prize Winners Announced

The LA Times finally announced the book prize winners: Biography Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, by Paula J. Giddings Current Interest Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, by Barton Gellman Fiction Home, by Marilynne Robinson Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Finding Nouf, by Zoe Ferraris History Hitler’s […]

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Henry's Night by D. B. Johnson and Linda Michelin

Henry's Night by D. B. Johnson and Linda Michelin

Cindy: Earlier this spring in a blog post about Charles Darwin I said I was leery of some biographies being unsuccessfully presented in picture books and used Henry David Thoreau as an example. Wouldn’t you know I would soon read a starred review about D. B. Johnson’s latest Henry book, Henry’s Night (Houghton, 2009) featuring […]

REGIONALISM BUILDS CHARACTER

REGIONALISM BUILDS CHARACTER

  While I believe that most crime and mystery fiction readers are attracted to a book because of the character, it is also true that the setting of the book can be a strong draw as well.        I remember well the first time I encountered Napoleon Bonaparte doing a walkabout crime in […]

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“Try to Find the Thrill in Sound Judgment!”

“Try to Find the Thrill in Sound Judgment!”

  Some months the stress is worse than others. Some months are easy. I know exactly what book will be ideal for the University Book Store’s book club. Other months aren’t so easy. Like this month. For a while I thought I had it made – Andrea Askowitz’s My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy seemed like […]

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Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

Cindy: What child doesn’t plead, “higher, higher” when they are being pushed on a swing? Higher! Higher! (Candlewick, 2009) is a perfect blend of art, clever-but-simple story, and dead-on child psychology. Full disclosure: I am a swing addict going way back and this book is a tribute to those who love to soar. When a […]

Judith Krug: Readers' Champion

Judith Krug: Readers' Champion

When Judith Krug died on April 11, the children’s and young adult literature communities lost both a tireless supporter and a defender. As the director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom and the founder of Banned Books Week, Judith was on the front lines helping libraries keep books in their collections, everything from Harry Potter to […]

Cooking the Books
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Cooking the Books

If you have a few minutes this Friday afternoon, and you like looking at books, you could do a lot worse than browsing the Book Cover Archive: Or if that’s not postmodern enough for you, you could visit kottke.org, where Jason Kottke takes a look at Media Packaging Mashups: This stuff only gets more esoteric. […]

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Updike, Gravely
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Updike, Gravely

Is it still National Poetry Month? It is? Good. In a suitably cruel vein, Endpoint, John Updike’s last book of poems (until someone pulls another out of a drawer) talks seriously about the business of dying (“Does Updike’s Last Verse Hit Its Mortal Mark? Plainly.” by Michael Dirda, Washington Post). In “Flying to Florida” Updike reflects […]

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How Do You Say "Avi"?

How Do You Say "Avi"?

This spring the Booklist youth staff has been busy making videos for Booklist Online, and you can see Ann Brashares, Kate DiCamillo, and Ingrid Law anytime you like on Likely Stories. Now check out Booklist reviewer Kay Weisman’s conversation with the amazingly versatile Avi, whose books range from the best-selling Poppy series to the Newbery Medal winner Crispin to classics […]

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