Children’s Literature

Publishing U: I’ve Got a Polished Manuscript, I’ve Got a Query, I’ve Got an Agent, Now What?

Publishing U: I’ve Got a Polished Manuscript, I’ve Got a Query, I’ve Got an Agent, Now What?

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the seventh post of our Publishing U series agent Suzie Townsend and author Nikki Loftin talk about how an author can stay on track even when she hits an unforeseen roadblock on the winding path to publication.  Suzie Townsend: Signing with […]

The Real Meaning of “Books for Youth”

The Real Meaning of “Books for Youth”

At Booklist we use the phrases “Adult Books” and “Books for Youth” to sort titles for old people from those for young ones. (That’s a tad over-simplified, but you get the idea.) It’s also how we define editors. (Kind of like the Sharks v. Jets but with less snapping.) When I first started at Booklist those terms […]

Let It Snow! The Wonderful White Stuff in Picture Books

Let It Snow! The Wonderful White Stuff in Picture Books

Lynn: We live in lake-effect snow country so we’re used to large amounts of the white stuff. This winter has brought these same amounts of snow to places that don’t usually measure it in feet and they are not enjoying it. I will admit to liking snow if I don’t have to drive very far in it, […]

Digital Age Tea Parties

Digital Age Tea Parties

Lynn: Even in this digital age some things remain constant, like the fun of having a tea party and the warm comforting love between a grandparent and a young child. Some things, however, are different! Barney Saltzberg captures both elements in his charming picture book, Tea with Grandpa (2014). A little girl narrates the sweet story of a […]

Learning about Love from Little Golden Books

Learning about Love from Little Golden Books

Cindy: Who doesn’t love Little Golden Books? We remember them being read to us and we remember reading them to little ones ourselves. Just seeing an early Eloise Wilkin or Richard Scarry illustration can wake up the Pokey Little Puppy in all of us. Diane Muldrow revisits those classics and curates them for nostalgic gift […]

Graphic Novels That Make Black History Month Come Alive
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Graphic Novels That Make Black History Month Come Alive

This post first appeared Thursday, February 5, on American Libraries’ The Scoop. Black History Illustrated Need to refresh your Black History Month offerings? Here are some graphic novels, both fiction and nonfiction, that address black history in dynamic, engaging ways. Follow the links to read full reviews on Booklist Online. Adult Books Darkroom: A Memoir in Black […]

Try Saying These Terribly Tricky Tongue Twisters Three Times Fast!

Try Saying These Terribly Tricky Tongue Twisters Three Times Fast!

Lynn: What is your family’s favorite tongue twister? “She sells seashells by the seashore,” or “Red baby buggy bumpers are better,” or that old standby, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”? My favorite has always been “Big black bugs shed blue blood.” Try saying that three times really fast! But now, Robert Pizzo […]

Publishing U: How Old Is My Reader?
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Publishing U: How Old Is My Reader?

When a Young-Adult Novel Is Actually Middle-Grade Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the fourth post of our Publishing U series, agent Suzie Townsend dishes on the perils of mis-targeting your audience, and her client, MarcyKate Connolly, recalls the key insight that made […]

Winnie-the-Pooh and a Soldier, Too!

Winnie-the-Pooh and a Soldier, Too!

Cindy: After a year on the Sibert Award I said I was taking a break from nonfiction, but when I saw the cover art, the title, and the name Sally Walker on Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh (2015), I just couldn’t resist. Last year saw the publication of many soldier-and-dog […]

Great Picture Books for 2014—Focus Group Favorites

Great Picture Books for 2014—Focus Group Favorites

Lynn:  We are just back from ALA Midwinter and the exciting Youth Media Awards presentation. Congratulations to all the winners of these prestigious and important awards! We can’t compare to the Caldecott, but I do want to offer one more “Best” list. This one is generated by Henry, the 4-year-old member of our focus group who […]