Winnie-the-Pooh Wanders into the MFA Boston

A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh has never suffered for lack of exposure–far from it. Since the publication of Milne’s first children’s book starring a loveable, honey-hungry bear in 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh has been translated into fifty languages and been the subject of numerous films and exhibitions. Here’s one more to add to the list: on September 22nd, the Museum ofContinue reading “Winnie-the-Pooh Wanders into the MFA Boston”

(Children’s) BookNotes, Wednesday, June 8, 2016

What do Beatrix Potter, Helen Mirren, QE2, Eric Carle, and Winnie-the-Pooh have in common? They all made news this week in the world of children’s books. Read on!   @ericcarle @GuardianBooks  @GalleyCat  @penguinkids  @finebooks From The Guardian: Eric Carle talks about how children identify with the helpless, small, insignificant caterpillar From Galley Cat: Disney celebrates QueenContinue reading “(Children’s) BookNotes, Wednesday, June 8, 2016”

@thebrucemuseum Wild Reading: Animals in Children’s Book Art From the Big Bad Wolf to the Frog Prince and Peter Rabbit, animals have long played central roles in children’s literature. Now the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut is exploring how and why artists highlight certain animal characteristics. Wild Reading: Animals in Children’s Book Art, which openedContinue reading

The Witch’s Boy

Kelly Barnhill spoke with me on a chilly, snow-covered day in November about her  latest book, The Witch’s Boy. She talked about magic and danger in middle-grade literature, how children tackle parental substance abuse, and how those kids can beat the odds. Even though Barnhill was battling a fearsome cough during our conversation, her spiritContinue reading “The Witch’s Boy”

Interview with “Migrant” author José Mateo

literarykids: Migrant, by José Mateo, illustrated by Javier Martínez Pedro. illustrations © Javier Martínez Pedro. I spoke with author José Mateo about his inspiration for Migrant, the significance of the codex format, and what he hopes to achieve with this book’s publication. In the spirit… Interview with “Migrant” author José Mateo