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Lincoln: A Photobiography

by Russell Freedman

February 21st, 2011 | ,

Today I feel sorry for George Washington. He is, after all, the father of the country, yet he has to share a birthday celebration with Abraham Lincoln on President’s Day. Of the two, Lincoln has received the best treatment in children’s books, so today we’ll celebrate his accomplishments. Of all the hundreds and thousands of […]

Award Winning, Civil War, History, Holidays, Newbery, President's Day

What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms and Blessings

by Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

April 28th, 2014 | ,

All month we have been celebrating National Poetry Month. As I mentioned in the essay on Firefly July, a large number of quality poetry picture books have started to appear over the last year or so. My mentor once told me that publishing trends are like sunspots—things come and go for no earthly reason. Well, […]

Feelings, Poetry

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?

by Tanya Stone
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

March 10th, 2014 | , ,

Since 1987, Women’s History Month has been celebrated in March—a time to look at all the unsung heroines and their contributions over the years. In 2013 the talented duo of Tanya Lee Stone and Marjorie Priceman teamed up to create a picture book perfect for Women’s History Month, Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The […]

History, Science, Social Conscience, Women

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös

by Deborah Heiligman
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

September 9th, 2013 | , ,

Today we can celebrate Wonderful Weirdos Day, created by the citizens of Austin, Texas. The organizers suggest that we all need to recognize those individuals in our lives who are not normal or average. Our book of the day does just that; even its subtitle suggests that it celebrates a wonderful weirdo as it chronicles […]

History, Science, Technology

Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People

by Susan Goldman Rubin

May 1st, 2013 | , ,

May 1, International Workers Day, is celebrated in more than eighty countries around the world The observance originated in the United States in the 1880s as workers mobilized to secure an eight-hour workday. The Association of American Publishers has designated May as Latino Book Month. So today seems like a perfect time to look at […]

History, Latino, Multicultural, Politics

Little White Duck

by Na Liu
Illustrated by Andrés Vera Martínez

December 27th, 2012 | , , ,

For our last selection for Read a New Book Month, I’d like to look at one of the most original graphic novels to appear in the last couple of years, Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez’s Little White Duck. When books for American children focus on other parts of the world, they tend to be […]

20th Century, History, Women, World History

Monsieur Marceau

by Leda Schubert
Illustrated by Gerard Dubois

December 10th, 2012 | , ,

December has been designated Read a New Book Month. During this month many hunt for new books to give as gifts. If you are one of those people, take a look at the picture book biography, Monsieur Marceau, written by Leda Schubert and illustrated by Gerard Dubois, winner this year of NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Award. […]

History, Theater, World War II

The Lincolns

by Candace Fleming

October 15th, 2012 | , ,

On October 15, 1860, eleven-year-old Grace Bedell wrote to a candidate running for the presidency, Abraham Lincoln. She stated that her brothers would vote for him if he grew a beard. “You would look a good deal better for your face is so thin,” she advised. Lincoln wrote back, and then, as a reporter announced, […]

Civil War, History

Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss

by Philip Nel

September 25th, 2012 | ,

Today is National Comic Book Day. Certainly comic books and graphic novels have become the hottest commodity in children’s publishing in the last few years. Last year I looked at one of the towering historical figures in that world: Crockett Johnson and The Carrot Seed. If you are a fan of Crockett Johnson, then Philip […]

History, Politics

Extra Yarn

by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen

August 13th, 2012 | ,

During August many individuals visit one of the hundreds of arts and crafts fairs held around the country. Whether you are going to the Festival of the Hills in St. Louis or looking forward to the Minnesota State Fair for its crafts exhibits, you should pick up one of the best celebrations of the art […]

Art, Clothing, Imagination

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