Litstack Rec: Earn It! and Viva Frida

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Earn It! by Cinders McLeod This is the perfect gift for young readers on your list, because it’s never too soon to learn financial literacy. Knowing how money works, and having the skills to make informed decisions about personal money matters, is said to be a concept best started early. The financial wisdom runs that [….]

LitStack Review: Earn It! by Cinders McLeod

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Earn It! by Cinders McLeod (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2017) Teaching children financial literacy—knowing how money works and having the skills to make informed decisions about personal money matters—is said to be a concept best started early. The financial wisdom runs that parents should introduce the subject when children are young, and talk often, keeping an [….]

LitStack Recs: Life Drawing & Viva Frida

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Life Drawing, by Robin Black “Nobody outside a marriage can understand it,” the narrator of Life Drawing tells us. Augusta Edelman is a painter, married to Owen, a writer, and they have moved to the Pennsylvania countryside to live in the quiet and pursue their work. The Edelmans have been together for over two decades, [….]

LitStack Review: Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Blackbird Fly Erin Entrada Kelly Greenwillow Books ISBN 978-0-06-223861-0   In Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Apple Yengko is a typical American adolescent. Except that she is Filipino. And she is ranked number three on the mean boys’ Dog Log, a hypothetical list of the ten ugliest girls at Chapel Spring Middle School. Apple and [….]

Interview/Giveaway With Jaleigh Johnson

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Jaleigh Johnson’s first book for middle-grade readers is the story of a mysterious girl, a magical world, a dangerous journey, and the true meaning of friendship and family. Fantasy continues to reign supreme in the children’s literary world, and debut author Jaleigh Johnson brings the genre to life for tween readers with THE MARK OF [….]

LitStack Review: Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi

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Prisoner 88 Leah Pileggi Charlesbridge Publishing ISBN: 978-1-58089-560-6 In 1885, a ten-year-old boy named James Oscar Baker was convicted of manslaughter and placed in the Idaho Penitentiary. Author Leah Pileggi wondered what it must have been like for James, a mere child, surrounded by convicts in the difficult world of prison life. She based her [….]

Rowland Emett’s Backward-looking Vision

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May 13-19 is Children’s Book Week, when children’s literature, reading, and literacy is celebrated in schools, libraries, and bookstores. The week brings appreciations too, of the writers and illustrators who keep children and books connected. Here, contributor Lauren Alwan looks at the work of  English author and illustrator Rowland Emett (1906-1990). In 1954, when Rowland [….]

Five Films Based on Children’s Novels That Didn’t Suck

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While it’s true that any book nerd worth her salt will tell you that the book is always better than the film, there are a few adaptations of some great children’s novels that we actually enjoyed. (Still, we’re inclined to say we loved the books more). From the thrilling depiction of Harry flying around the [….]

LitChat Interview: Susan Katz, HarperCollins Publishers

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This week we’re talking to someone on the other side of the publishing curtain, President of Children’s Publishing at HarperCollins Publishers, Susan Katz. In her 24 years with HarperCollins, Katz has seen many changes in children’s publishing as well as the ever-increasing growth of the genre. We sat down with Katz to discuss her career, [….]