Tag: Bookends

Farewell Sir Terry Pratchett

Farewell Sir Terry Pratchett

Cindy and Lynn: We are verklempt. Sir Terry Pratchett is no longer with us and we don’t want to let go. Terry once said, “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go.” Some people are taking him at his word and there is a petition circulating that asks Death […]

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Sidewalk Flowers Is a Wordless Picture Book Worth Picking

Sidewalk Flowers Is a Wordless Picture Book Worth Picking

Cindy: While much of the country waits for huge piles of snow to melt—let alone spring flowers to bloom—readers can brighten their winter world with Sidewalk Flowers, by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith (2015). Let’s start with the fact that this wordless book is “written” by Canadian poet Lawson. Yeah, I know, right? We’ll come […]

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

Cindy: Please wash your hands before you read this post! Measles, whooping cough, and now an outbreak of typhus … in youth literature, that is! A few years ago, Lynn and I posted about a fictional Typhoid Mary story, Deadly (2011) by Julie Chibbaro, and I was intrigued about Mary Mallon and her real story. This year […]

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Shortlists Announced!

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Shortlists Announced!

Lynn: It has been my great pleasure to serve again this year on the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Youth Jury. This year the jury was made up of Jonathan Hunt, Walter Mayes, and myself. It was so much fun to argue books with these two astute readers again. We all served together on the Michael […]

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 […]

Fiery Reads! Reigniting Teens’ Love of Paranormal

Fiery Reads! Reigniting Teens’ Love of Paranormal

Lynn: I’ve always liked stories about paranormal powers but lately I’ve read a LOT of them that haven’t worked very well. Still, I keep searching, and fortunately good ones can be found among the trendy throngs. Here are two really fun ones that will reignite your love of stories about characters with that little something extra. The […]

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The Glorious Power of Reading Aloud — and the Contagious Nature of Giggles

The Glorious Power of Reading Aloud — and the Contagious Nature of Giggles

Lynn: The oldest members of the Focus Group are growing up too fast! The twins started sixth grade this fall and now have Cindy as their librarian. Fortunately, the two youngest Focus Group members (Henry, 4, and Oscar, 14 months), are major book lovers and I treasure my time reading with them on our visits. As […]

Educational Reform is Easy! Just Use Picture Books

Educational Reform is Easy! Just Use Picture Books

Lynn and Cindy: While shapes are a common subject for picture books, it is still a pleasure to find new ones that are both fun and instructive for young readers. If it were left to us, we’d throw out all the boring textbooks for the primary grades and stock them with fabulous picture books. See—educational reform […]

These Offbeat Picture Books Will Give Young Readers the Giggles

These Offbeat Picture Books Will Give Young Readers the Giggles

Lynn: My sons are better parents than I was, there is no doubt. When I wanted my four-year-old to stop doing something, I often resorted to shrieking. When my little grandson is up to something, my son and daughter-in-law calmly, say, “No thank you, Henry.” Masterful! So there is small wonder that both Henry and I […]

Yippee-i-ee! Sparkle Slam! Two Surefire Early Readers

Yippee-i-ee! Sparkle Slam! Two Surefire Early Readers

Lynn and Cindy: One of the great delights in publishing the last few years has been the attention to early readers and the quality books being provided for them. Here are two about young dreamers that we think would make awesome holiday gifts. It’s never too early to think about the gift of books! Lynn: Fans of Kate DiCamillo’s […]