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Imagining the ABCs

@Candlewick An Artist’s Alphabet, by Norman Messenger; Candlewick Press, $17.99, 48 pages, all ages.  Alphabet books are especially popular this time of year, and one particular standout is Norman Messenger’s latest offering, An Artist’s Alphabet. Each letter is illustrated by an irreverent illustration. At first glance, the artwork may be confusing–why are cats standing in

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Remembering 9/11

 @911day @peachtreepublishers @peachtreepub Seven and a Half Tons of Steel, by Janet Nolan, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez; Peachtree Publishers, $17.95, 36 pages, ages 6-10. There’s been plenty of debate on the best way to discuss 9/11 with youngsters, and even after fifteen years it’s still difficult for many adults to process it, let alone talk

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Bird Brains

@HMHCo  Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird, by Pamela S. Turner, photographs by Andy Comins, illustrations by Guido de Filippo; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99, 80 pages, ages 8-12. It’s back-to-school time, and what better way to celebrate the return to class than with a book highlighting the intelligence of an oft-maligned

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(via Collectival: Writing Code That Sings to Antiquarians – The Fine Books Blog) During the depths of winter six months ago, Schubertiade Music & Arts co-founders Gabe Boyers and Drew Massey debuted a preview version of their web-based cataloging software at the California Antiquarian Book Fair. On August 15 the software, dubbedCollectival, became available to

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(via Eat Your Vegetables, Antiquarian-Style – The Fine Books Blog) In more civilized times, proponents of a meatless regime adhered to the “Pythagorean diet” championed by that Greek sixth century B.C. philosopher, who, in addition to figuring out the square of the hypotenuse, believed that all living beings had souls, and it was wrong to

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Master bookbinder Tim Ely’s elaborate art books are a sophisticated otherworldly mash-up of landscapes, diagrams, and architecture meant to inspire and provoke. The Snohomish, Washington, native has been making books for almost his entire life, finding inspiration on heaven and in earth, fusing science and art with paper and ink. Now, contemporary art bookbinding specialist

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