Children’s Literature

A Sweet History Lesson for Struggling Readers

A Sweet History Lesson for Struggling Readers

Cindy: Do your children and teens know what molasses is? Recently one of our middle-school reading intervention teachers was sharing I Survived: True Stories, a nonfiction collection of five “epic disasters” with her students. One of the disasters is the 1919 Great Molasses Flood in Boston. Lynn and I wrote a blog post about Deborah […]

Great Books for Children and Young Adults: Our Favorites from 2014

Great Books for Children and Young Adults: Our Favorites from 2014

It’s So Hard to Choose . . .  Cindy and Lynn: It’s that time again! We have to join the fray and list our favorite books of 2014. Some of these are surely award contenders, others are just personal favorites that we think are worthy of highlighting at year’s end. Some we blogged and some […]

2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced
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2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced

The 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards were announced yesterday. The award “honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.” Sydney Taylor, whom the award memorializes, was the author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winning titles, linked to Booklist reviews when available, are below. […]

Publishing U: Is It Too Late to Write That Book?
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Publishing U: Is It Too Late to Write That Book?

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts! In the first post of our Publishing U series, agent Joanna Volpe explores an important question with two of her clients: author-illustrators Lori Nichols and Elizabeth Rose Stanton. As you’ll see, there are many paths […]

Two Kid-Friendly Cat Books That Will Fly Off the Shelves

Two Kid-Friendly Cat Books That Will Fly Off the Shelves

Cindy: If your library is still organized by the Dewey Decimal System like my middle-school libraries, your 636 section is one of the most rifled sections of the nonfiction. I am always looking for attractive, informative, kid-friendly pet books for all species to supplement the breed guidebooks and training manuals. We have a few on […]

Egg and Spoon, by Gregory Maguire: Consummate Storytelling Makes This Big Book Well Worth Cracking

Egg and Spoon, by Gregory Maguire: Consummate Storytelling Makes This Big Book Well Worth Cracking

Lynn: I’ve struggled a bit with reviewer block this fall, a result of looming deadlines, towering to-read stacks, and just too many books I HAVE to read. I’ll be honest and say that sometimes I let the number of pages affect my decisions about what to tackle next. I’ll be even more honest and say that, […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Please, Mr. Panda

Why isn’t Mr. Panda giving out his doughnuts? Were he to refuse my own request for one, I’d wonder, Is this because he found out how many holiday cookies I ate? As it turns out, Steve Antony’s Please, Mr. Panda (Scholastic), is a “droll book about manners,” and Mr. Panda is simply trying to prove the […]

Stroll through Paris with These Picture Books

Stroll through Paris with These Picture Books

Lynn: Indulge me, please. My husband and I lived in France for a short time and I have been smitten with all things French ever since—picture books set in France are always favorites for me. Here are two sweet ones from 2014 that I would have liked anyway but of course they have that je ne sais quoi that makes […]

Motivating Teens to Think for Themselves about the Environment — and Act Accordingly

Motivating Teens to Think for Themselves about the Environment — and Act Accordingly

Lynn: Renowned author Paul Fleischman is a man on a mission. He wants teens to look beyond their own “internal movie,” beyond the dazzling technological changes in our world to the side effects and huge environmental problems we face. Using in-your-face, blunt language in Eyes Wide Open: Going Beyond the Environmental Headlines (2014), Fleischman sets about […]

An Advent Calendar in Haiku!

An Advent Calendar in Haiku!

Cindy: Waiting for Christmas has never been so delightful! Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole (2014), by Bob Raczka, has a haiku for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. Santa wears many hats, and one of them is that of a poet. On the first day a blizzard of letters to Santa […]