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Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Accuracy in Illustration on March 7, 2015

Authors Mara Rockliff, Brian Floca, Sophie Blackall and editor Nicole Raymond sat down with Youth Materials Specialist Betsy Bird to discuss the idiosyncrasies of kid lit pictures. But first, they each gave a presentation about illustration and their books.Read More ›

Fairy Tales With a Twist

These titles give the back story of our favorite fairy tale characters, tell what happens after "happily ever after," or when people from our world are tossed into the fairy tale world. Read More ›

Booktalking "Buddy" by M. H. Herlong

Twelve-year-old Lil'T, aka Tyrone, meets his best friend, a dog whom he christens Buddy, on his way home from church one day. Read More ›

Black Life Matters Feature of the Week: Telling the Stories of the Black Experience to Children

In our final exhibition feature, Maira Liriano, Curator of our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, discusses the importance of diverse literature, especially for young readers of color.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Break With Charity" by Ann Rinaldi

The witch trials are a circus. The afflicted girls, as well as many local residents, attend the trials. The accused witches are not appointed counsel, and their words of defense fall on impatient ears.Read More ›

Booktalking "Finishing Becca" by Ann Rinaldi

The Declaration of Independence was penned in 1776. This is Philadelphia in 1778, in the midst of the Rebels and the Loyalists. 14-year-old Becca Syng is sent to work and live as a maid with the spoiled Peggy Shippen, future wife of Benedict Arnold.Read More ›

Booktalking "Mable Riley" by Marthe Jocelyn

It is 1901 in America, and 14-year-old Mable has different ideas than her more conservative schoolteacher sister Viola.Read More ›

Booktalking "Girl in Blue" by Ann Rinaldi

Sarah Wheelock, a.k.a. soldier Neddy Compton in the Civil War, is a 16-year-old runaway who also becomes a spy for the Union.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage" by Selina Alko

Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter were living a fulfilled and happy life in Virginia. They wanted to turn their relationship into the committed partnership of marriage, but in 1958 in Virginia, interracial marriage was illegal.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Collaborating Couples on February 7, 2015

Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, and Betsy and Ted Lewin spoke about living and working on books together.Read More ›

Kwame Alexander Visits the Hamilton Grange Library

Kwame Alexander's visit came less than a week after his most recent novel, The Crossover, became the recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal, the American Library Association’s the top award given to "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."Read More ›

Valentine's Day Books For Children

Valentine's Day is a day when love and friendship are celebrated. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Letter Writer" by Ann Rinaldi

Eleven-year-old Harriet Whitehead is hired to write letters for a blind woman on a Virginia cotton plantation in 1830. There, she meets 14-year-old Violet, a half-black and half-white girl who becomes her soul sister. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Lions of Little Rock" by Kristin Levine

It is 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the debate about racial integration in schools is raging. Read More ›

好看的新年故事 New Year's Stories for Children

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Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Science Fiction on January 3, 2015

Authors and librarians weighed in on the subject of sci-fi in children's books at the event earlier this month.Read More ›

Glimpses of Alice

To celebrate Lewis Carroll’s upcoming birthday—and my un-birthday!—let’s venture down the rabbit hole to explore depictions of Alice, his most famous creation, here at the library.Read More ›

Martin Luther King Jr. Books and DVDs For Children

On Monday, January 19, 2015 we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are some book and DVD recomendations about Martin Luther King Jr. for children.Read More ›

Selma Reading List

A reading list for all ages to accompany the movie Selma.Read More ›

Meet the Artist: Hsaio-Chi Chang

On view at the Mulberry Street Library on the Children's Floor are the whimsical illustrations of artist Hsaio-Chi Chang. Her work references known classics such as The Little Prince, as well as her own vivid imaginarium of characters inspired by animals and dreams. I spoke with the artist recently about her work. Read More ›
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