Tag: history

Against Royalty: Books for Royal Wedding Buzzkills

Against Royalty: Books for Royal Wedding Buzzkills

You may not have heard, but the Royal Wedding is tomorrow. Of course, there are those among us who would rather spend the day starching underwear than pay it any mind. Whether your objection to these nuptials derives from an opposition to the concept of monarchy, a disdain for finding entertainment in an aristocratic ritual […]

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Caldecott Medalist Lights Up New Picture Book

Caldecott Medalist Lights Up New Picture Book

Lynn: “Like all sensible people, I have always loved lighthouses,” Sophie Blackall explains in the author’s note of Hello Lighthouse (2018). I agree completely! Whose imagination isn’t captured by the sight of the lighthouses that stand tall along the coasts of our oceans and Great Lakes? Blackall relates her discovery at a flea market of an old […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: HER RIGHT FOOT

Shawn Harris’ beautiful cut paper and ink illustrations accompany an informal and good-humored profile on Lady Liberty in the trailer for Dave Eggers’ Her Right Foot (Chronicle Books). Eggers provides all the usual facts about the giant lady—­her height, her weight, how she was a gift from the French—with a unique focus on her lower […]

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Inspiring WWII Stories for Fans of DUNKIRK

Inspiring WWII Stories for Fans of DUNKIRK

Moviegoers who want to stay steeped in the deliciously overwhelming feelings they had watching Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk will find plenty of tales of grit, despair, inspiration, and insurmountable odds while browsing the 940.53s. Librarians can save them a little time and look like heroes themselves by handselling these other retellings of epic events. (And, don’t forget […]

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A Palestine Reader, Part II: Adult Books

A Palestine Reader, Part II: Adult Books

The unrelenting conflict between Palestine and Israel keeps the Middle East in the news. But for a fuller picture of the Palestinian and Palestinian-American experience than what the media can provide, here’s a starter reading list, with links to Booklist reviews when available. For a list of recommended titles about Palestine for young, middle-grade, and young […]

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Essential Reading: Eleanor Roosevelt

Essential Reading: Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s not often that I finish writing a nonfiction book and want to read more about the subject. But I’ve just sent off the completed manuscript of my book about Eleanor Roosevelt to my editor at Abrams Books for Young Readers, and I’m not ready to say goodbye to the former First Lady quite yet. […]

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Ladies Who Worked the Crown and Owned the Throne

Ladies Who Worked the Crown and Owned the Throne

The popularity of The Crown and Victoria has revived interest in some of the women who shaped our modern world while managing their own personal dramas behind palace doors. What better time than Women’s History Month to celebrate the lives of some of history’s most compelling leaders with these recommended books?    Catherine the Great, by […]

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Publishing U: How to Give the Truth Its Due

Publishing U: How to Give the Truth Its Due

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. Today’s expert, award-winning writer Ann Bausum, writes history books for elementary, middle school, and high school students (and one for adults). Her most recent, The March against Fear, is a primer on Civil Rights […]

Sydney Taylor and National Jewish Book Awards Announced

Sydney Taylor and National Jewish Book Awards Announced

It was a big day for Jewish book awards yesterday. The Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of the annual Sydney Taylor Book Award, intended to honor “books for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.” Meanwhile, the Jewish Book Council announced the winners of the 2016 National […]

Further Reading: Congressional Power

Further Reading: Congressional Power

Further Reading is a new feature on The Booklist Reader, designed to provide readers’ advisory for today’s headlines.   Congressional ethics and power are all over the news today. Those who read The New York Times woke up to this alarming announcement: “House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an […]

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