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Shining Apollo Apollo: The Brilliant One (Olympians Book), by George O’Connor; FirstSecond Books, $17.99, 80 pages, ages 9-14. Though beautiful, intelligent, and immortal, the gods of Ancient Greece were imperfect beings–Zeus had a thing for mortal women, Ares was a brutal bully, and Poseidon was wrathful and moody. Perhaps none embodied the spectrum of human

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From the State House and the Public Garden to Fenway Park, fourteen of Boston’s iconic sites are represented in the latest edition to Candlewick’s Panorama Pops collection. British illustrator Charlotte Trounce captures the city’s famous sites with charm and grace. A clever, pocket-size memento of the Hub that’s portable and affordable.  BOSTON: Panorama Pops, illustrated

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Q&A with Jim Arnosky Though prolific and beloved by educators and children, children’s book author and illustrator Jim Arnosky has rarely consented to interviews, preferring a walk in the woods over publicity tours. Yet I had the great pleasure of speaking with him for over an hour this fall about his life away from the

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literarykids: THE RACE FOR THE CHINESE ZODIAC. Text copyright © 2010 by Gabrielle Wang. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Sally Rippin. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books Australia and Black Dog Books. “The Race for the Chinese Zodiac,” by Gabrielle Wang, illustrated by Sally Rippin; Candlewick

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Literary Features Syndicate: The Short Story Nicholas Andrew Basbanes (born May 25, 1943, in Lowell, Massachusetts) is an American author who writes and lectures widely about books and book culture. In 1978, he was appointed books editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram, a full-time position that included writing a weekly column for which he would interview

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Follow the Sun How the Sun Got to Coco’s House, by Bob Graham; Candlewick Press, $17.99, 40 pages, ages 3-6. Every day the sun rises across the globe, and in his latest picture book, Bob Graham tracks it across frozen forests, vast desserts, remote mountainside villages and bustling city streets until it bursts through little

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Creature Feature What child hasn’t tried to emulate their favorite artists’ creations? Now they have the opportunity to color alongside some of today’s most beloved picture-book illustrators. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s American edition of Draw Me! Color Me! Creatures, ($11.99, 120 pages, ages 4-8) includes work by 43 illustrators, from Emily Gravett (The Odd Egg; Little

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Ghostlight, by Sonia Gensler; Alfred A. Knopf, $16.99, 256 pages, ages 11 and up. Every summer, twelve-year-old Avery May Hilliard laments, in pitch-perfect tween style, that nothing exciting happens at her grandmother’s quiet farm. Well, that all changes when Julian comes to town. He wants to shoot a haunted-house movie at an abandoned mansion called

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