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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Booktalking "The Ever-After Bird" by Ann Rinaldi

The scarlet ibis is known to the slaves as the Ever-After bird. Legend has it that once a slave sights this bird, he or she will be free. 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 ›

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 ›

They Put THAT Into a Book for Kids?! Unexpected Elements in Our 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

We are in a veritable golden age of great books for kids right now. So good, in fact, that little elements you might never expect can be found on some of the pages of the most seemingly innocuous books. Don't believe me? Here's a little something surprising from each of the categories we explored on our list.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sugar White Snow and Evergreens" by Felicia Chernesky

The illustrations in this book are exquisite, and I love how Swan emphasizes single colors in the double-page spreads.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Publishing in the 21st Century on December 6

Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist at NYPL, introduced the program. Jane Breskin Zalben moderated the panel, which consisted of Laurent Linn, Leonard Marcus, Neal Porter, Caroline Ward, Susan Roth, and Elizabeth Harding. Read More ›

Booktalking "Code Talker" by Joseph Bruchac

Sixteen-year-old Ned Begay is used to being called stupid and other names by adults. So joining the Marines and going through boot camp is not especially challenging for him. Read More ›

Booktalking "Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing" by April Jones Prince

The Brooklyn Bridge took fourteen years to build, and the people in Manhattan and Brooklyn all eagerly awaited its completion. Read More ›

Booktalking "I Have Two Homes" by Marian De Smet

Sometimes she lives with Mom, sometimes with Dad... in two different houses.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Brooklyn Nine" by Alan Gratz

A novel told in nine stories, spanning the years from 1845 to 2002.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Other Side" by Jacqueline Woodson

Clover notices a little girl on the other side of the fence. She wants to play with her and her friends, but everyone's mothers told them not to go over the fence. Read More ›

Booktalking "Eagle Song" by Joseph Bruchac

Danny does not fit in New York City with his long hair and Mohawk ways.Read More ›
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