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Archive for the 'Children’s Books' Category

Tue, July 8th, 2014
Revisiting Wainscott: Twenty-One Years of Tor Seidler’s The Wainscott Weasel
Posted by: Maggie Reagan

The Wainscott Weasel, by Tor Seidler, originally published in 1993 and newly reissued by Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum imprint, is one of those rare stories that remains as unequivocally magical now as it felt when I first heard it at the ripe old age of four. Stuffed full of whimsy, attitude, and sparkling inventiveness, this fairy tale about […]


Thu, June 26th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Journey
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Heading to ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Let this trailer for Aaron Becker’s Journey (Candlewick Press), a 2014 Caldecott Honor title, see you on your way! (And, look for a Booklist review of Journey‘s sequel, Quest, next week–in the July issue and on Booklist Online.)


Tue, April 22nd, 2014
2014 Ezra Jack Keats Award Ceremony
Posted by: Biz Hyzy

Earlier this year, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation announced the New Writer and New Illustrator Award Winners for books published in 2013. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation partnered with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection to recognize new voices and artists in children’s literature. On April 10, they celebrated the winners and honorees during the Fay […]


Thu, February 20th, 2014
2013 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners Announced
Posted by: Tim McLaughlin

Once again the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners have been announced for 2013. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is dedicated to the memory and works of the great children’s book author and illustrator, and also continues to promote children’s books that “portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the […]


Wed, January 29th, 2014
2014 ALA Youth Media Awards
Posted by: Keir Graff

Eight a.m., Monday morning and ALA’s 2014 Youth Media Awards were being announced to an overflow crowd of enthralled librarians and book lovers in Philadelphia. And where was I? I was in Philadelphia, too—in my hotel room, watching the proceedings on a frequently failing feed, tweeting my fingers off, trying to keep @Booklist_Keir separate from […]


Thu, January 23rd, 2014
The 90-Second Newbery — NOT the 92nd Newbery
Posted by: Keir Graff

At 3 p.m. on February 1, at the Vittum Theater in Chicago, while the world continues to bask in the glow of ALA’s Youth Media Award announcements—including, of course, the ninety-second annual Newbery medal and honor books—I will be co-hosting the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Yes, I misheard that the first time as well, and, […]


Thu, January 9th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Henny
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Henny ain’t no ordinary chick. Unlike the wings all the other chicks have, Henny has human-like arms that drag behind her, but also allow her to ballet dance, fly a plane and–I’m just guessing here–maybe even do the hokey pokey. In her starred review, Ilene Cooper calls Henny “hysterical,” with “a good message about making […]


Wed, November 20th, 2013
Remembering Charlotte Zolotow
Posted by: Michael Cart

I first met the legendary editor/publisher/author Charlotte Zolotow, who has died at the age of 98, sometime in the late 1980s, when she was a guest on the cable television author interview program “In Print,” which I was hosting and co-producing at the time. I was all-a-tremble at the prospect, since I held her in […]


Thu, September 12th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Year of the Jungle
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In the reading world, we’re no strangers to the heart-racing, fictional fear and danger in Suzanne Collins’ dystopic Hunger Games series. But Collins explores fear of a different sort in her autobiographical picture book Year of the Jungle, out just this week. Collins presents her memories of the year her father was deployed to Vietnam, […]


Thu, September 5th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Fortunately, the Milk
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

He’s. Back. Neil Gaiman has a new picture book that answers hard-hitting questions, like: Will evil aliens redecorate by replacing all Earth’s mountains with throw cushions? And, if so, what will happen to Australier? Fortunately, the Milk tackles all this and more, with a “go-for-broke dairy deus ex machina” to boot. “Children will devour this […]





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