November 17, 2016

Natalie Babbitt, 1932-2016, and The Search for Delicious

Somewhere amid the news of the last two weeks (pretty intense news cycle, I understand) came word that Natalie Babbitt had died of lung cancer at […]
September 23, 2016

Getting to Know Shirley Hughes (1927 —)

Quintessentially English, Shirley Hughes has delighted generations with her charming stories and beautiful illustrations. Growing up near Liverpool, England in the 1930s -40s, Hughes enjoyed such […]
September 16, 2016

The Virtual Nightstand

In lieu of our former “Book Bits” and “Web Newbery” posts, we’re going to share a bit more of our personal reading lives with you, dear […]
July 23, 2016
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Talking about Books That Talk about Race

Not a “Newbery Buzz” post because these titles were published before 2016 and are already award winners! But, for similar posts in which Janie and Betsy discuss […]
July 5, 2016
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Reading Roald Dahl Redemptively: Two Thoughts

First posted in 2013. Summer is a great time for relaxing and reading of all kinds of fun books not usually assigned in literature class, like those […]
June 27, 2016
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Ask a Librarian: Peter Pan

We love hearing from our readers! Ask-a-Librarian is an occasional feature in which we answer a reader’s email query. There are plenty of books we have […]
March 16, 2016

Who’s Your Daddy?

Of all the charges hurled against Christianity in the modern age, one of the most potent is “paternalistic.”  Christianity, it’s said, has kept women in the […]
February 29, 2016

The 6 Risks of Reading Old Books

I am a booklist professional. I read, save, research, create, and share booklists. I own books of booklists. And I’m concerned with what I’m seeing amongst […]