NBA Countdown: Another Brooklyn

This blog discusses Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn, a stunning entry in the National Book Awards shortlist, whose winner will be announced in a ceremony Nov. 16.  To bone up for the great literary event, or to compare notes if you've already read the shortlist, see my reviews of The Throwback Special, News of the World, and The … Continue reading NBA Countdown: Another Brooklyn

Kids Poetry Month: Novels & Nonfiction in Verse!

When most people think of poetry for kids, Shel Silverstein often comes to mind, and rightly so since his poems are a silly and delightful right-of-passage for any child. April, being National Poetry Month, offers the perfect time to take a look at the variety and scope of poetry for children beyond the Silverstein collections. … Continue reading Kids Poetry Month: Novels & Nonfiction in Verse!

The Super Bowl of Children’s Literature, 2/2/14

In case you haven't heard, tomorrow is a big day for football. But there is another really big day early in the morning on Monday, February 2. No one will be spiking the ball, evaluating multi-million dollar commercials, or lip syncing at halftime. Nope, the question Monday morning will be "what will win?" as children's … Continue reading The Super Bowl of Children’s Literature, 2/2/14

2014 National Book Award Winners

(image via Spoiler alert: Ursula K. Le Guin won the National Book Awards last night. All of them. Okay, perhaps that's misleading. Le Guin took home the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In the process, she stole the show (and our book loving hearts) with her acceptance speech, in which she warned against confusing … Continue reading 2014 National Book Award Winners