Children’s Literature

Appreciating Wildlife with Ted and Betsy Lewin

Appreciating Wildlife with Ted and Betsy Lewin

Lynn: For many of us, summer is a chance to travel. I love to travel, but if I can’t, I will happily read about someone else’s adventures. Here’s a fabulous new book that will scratch that travel itch just by reading it: How to Babysit a Leopard: And other True Stories from Our Travels across […]

Summer Fun with a Side of Serious

Summer Fun with a Side of Serious

Cindy: Earlier this summer, on the plane ride home from ALA Annual Conference, I read the graphic novel Sunny Side Up (August 2015) by siblings Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. I hinted at this in a previous post about our exhibit haul. The book’s front cover blurb from Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile (2010), […]

Four Picture Books That Celebrate Summer Fun at the Beach

Four Picture Books That Celebrate Summer Fun at the Beach

Lynn: There’s no better summer fun than a day at the beach! Cindy and I are so lucky to live in Michigan beach towns. Our gorgeous, sandy beaches more than make up for the mountains of snow we get in the winter. Today, we’re looking at four picture books that celebrate this most iconic symbol of summer […]

Going Postal: Judy Blume, Cindy Pon, Suzanne Young, and Tim Wynne-Jones

Going Postal: Judy Blume, Cindy Pon, Suzanne Young, and Tim Wynne-Jones

Little-known fact: we get so many books at Booklist that a bulldozer simply comes by every afternoon to dump them through a retractable football-stadium skylight into our mail room, which roughly resembles Thunderdome. Thankfully, we employ dozens of oompa loompas (with library degrees) to toss the chaff into the fire and bring us only the best. Going Postal is […]

Focus-Group Member Turns Five, Celebrates with Two Picture Books

Focus-Group Member Turns Five, Celebrates with Two Picture Books

Lynn: Henry turns five this week. To mark the big day, we’re sharing two picture books that are his recent favorites—we’re sure you’ll see why these received two thumbs up from the birthday boy. First, is Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise (2015), by Sean Taylor. It begins with Hoot Owl reassuring us he is no […]

Blast from the Past: Middle-Grade Webinars You May Have Missed

Blast from the Past: Middle-Grade Webinars You May Have Missed

Is Jon J. Muth’s dapper panda, Stillwater (Zen Socks), holding your July Booklist reading hostage, preventing you from cracking the cover because you can’t flip past the panda-parasol-cat-cycling cuteness? Allow us to help. Inside, you’ll find that one of July’s two spotlights is middle-grade fiction. Associate editor Julia Smith offers a list of essential middle-grade fiction titles in “Core […]

Sleepless Knight: A Graphic Novel That’s Summer Fun for Younger Readers

Sleepless Knight: A Graphic Novel That’s Summer Fun for Younger Readers

Lynn and Cindy: We’ve been working too hard and are ready for a few weeks of summer fun! Today we launch what we are calling a Summer Fun Bookends Blog Series. We’ll be headed to the beach, the pool, on camping trips, and even to the movies. Are you ready for some summer fun? Lynn […]

Croatia Is the Perfect Place for a Vacation (Even if You’re Not in a Traveling Circus)

Croatia Is the Perfect Place for a Vacation (Even if You’re Not in a Traveling Circus)

Cindy: My husband’s family is from Croatia so when I received The Traveling Circus (2015) by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel, which is about a Canadian family’s trip to Croatia, I was really excited. It arrived early last spring while my husband and I were planning a summer trip to Italy and Croatia so I […]

What We Brought Back – and Tried to Bring Back – from ALA

What We Brought Back – and Tried to Bring Back – from ALA

Cindy: ALA in San Francisco (#alaac15) on the weekend of the Pride Parade and the SCOTUS ruling supporting marriage equality made for a special trip. The mood was giddy, the faces were smiling, and the costumes were fabulous. Now let’s work for equality in everything. Seeing a photo of Boy Scouts marching in the parade […]

Interested in Raising Chickens? This Picture Book Has Answers for Your Curious Little Peeps

Interested in Raising Chickens? This Picture Book Has Answers for Your Curious Little Peeps

Lynn: I love it when real-life incidents coincide with new book discoveries. I seem to be encountering chickens everywhere these days—live ones, not on my dinner plate. My son and daughter-in-law brought six chickens home to roost at their house in the country, and my grandsons have been full of stories about the birds’ progress. […]