Tomie dePaola Dead at 85

Sad news out of New Hampshire: on Monday, beloved children’s book author and illustrator Tomie dePaola died at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center due to complications following surgery for head injuries sustained from a fall in his barn last week. Born in Meriden, Connecticut, dePaola delighted generations of children with his tales of kindly and cheerfulContinue reading “Tomie dePaola Dead at 85”

Thank You for Being a Friend: Abby Reviews Two Picture Books for Kids and Adults

Abby looks at two titles today: a new picture book for grown-ups set to the lyrics of Andrew Gold’s theme song for The Golden Girls, and Castle of Books, Alessandro Sanna’s  joyous introduction to the worlds waiting to be unlocked by the gift of reading. Both are uplifting celebrations of friendships and a reminder thatContinue reading “Thank You for Being a Friend: Abby Reviews Two Picture Books for Kids and Adults”

Abby Reviews Just Bunny

Good Monday to everyone out there. Here’s Abby’s latest review of Just Bunny and the Great Fire Rescue, by Jean LaSala Taylor and illustrated by Ana Sebastian (Mascott Books, $15.95). It’s a sweet reminder that we owe a hearty thank you to all the first responders out there, especially at this moment.

Abby reviews “Skycircus”

Today, Abby absconds to the circus with her review of British children’s book author Peter Bunzl’s Skycircus ($12.99, Jolly Fish Press). Bonus: Bunzl posted free resources  for teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers to use with his books.

Abby Launches Video Book Reviews for Kids

Ok, we’re all home, but we can keep boredom at bay with great books. Abby, our roving 5th grade reporter, has stepped up with video book reviews for kids of all ages. Accompanying each review will be pertinent data (publisher, price, etc.) and links to where books are available in both digital and print format.Continue reading “Abby Launches Video Book Reviews for Kids”

Green Day

Mother Earth needs our help. Easier said than done, right? The challenges are enormous and it’s tempting to simply buy a reusable grocery bag and call it a day. But every little bit–including that reusable grocery bag–helps, and plenty of options exist to make the world a cleaner place. But where to start? According toContinue reading “Green Day”

Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos Debut TV Series on PBS That’s Anything But “Ordinary”

Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos talk to Abby about their new television series on PBS and their goal of making history exciting.

Tourists Overwhelm Beatrix Potter’s Beloved Lake District

Beatrix Potter’s beloved Lake District is also beloved by tourists–perhaps a little too much. How to preserve this delicate countryside is pitting the District’s Park Authority against locals.