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Best Picture Books of 2015

Minh Le | Posted 12.09.2015 | Books
Minh Le

One of the reasons I'm drawn to children's literature is that the right book really is a gift that can last a lifetime. For me, one of those books is ...

When it Rains, it Pours: 50 More Picture Books From a Stellar 2015

Minh Le | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Minh Le

Back in February, I said that this year may well prove to be a high water mark for picture books. However, there was no guarantee that the year would continue its torrid pace. Apparently, when it rains, it pours because much to my delight, the wave of great books has continued to roll in.

20 Brilliant Picture Books Coming Out In 2015

Minh Le | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Minh Le

I've said before that we are in the midst of a golden age for children's literature. Well, if the early returns are any indication, 2015 might very well be a new high water mark in the modern era of picture books.

10 (or so) Great 2014 Kid Books for Gift-Giving

Monica Edinger | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
Monica Edinger

I have read and loved a ton of books this year; among my many favorites are the following suggestions for great gifts this holiday season.

The Most Stunning Picture Books Of 2014

Minh Le | Posted 02.01.2015 | Books
Minh Le

Many of the wonderful titles below could stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of any year, and leading the charge is a marshmallowy fellow with a scotch-taped crown determined to do the unimaginable.

10 Coming-Of-Age Novels Every Adult Needs To Read

Anne Valente | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Anne Valente

Because nearly half of the stories in my debut collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, $14.95), are told from the perspective of adolesce...

A 75th Anniversary This Month: The Wizard of Oz!

Jay Scarfone | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

In honor of its 75th anniversary, my co-author, William Stillman, of the new compendium The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, and I look back at some of the origins of what is arguably the best-loved motion picture of all time.

Why We Need Libraries More Than Ever

Gina Sheridan | Posted 10.11.2014 | Books
Gina Sheridan

Close your eyes and imagine your public library. Who do you see inside? Yourself? Quiet readers? Students? A hip librarian behind a large wooden desk? A cat named Dewey wending its way through the stacks? This doesn't begin to scratch the surface!

Maddie Crum

Famous Authors Share The First Books They Ever Loved | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books

What does it mean to love a book? Should it be relatable? Beautiful? Must you share common interests? Is it not just as exciting to curl up with one y...

5 True Literary One-Hit Wonders

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books

Last month, a memoir chronicling Marja Mills’s friendship with Harper Lee, The Mockingbird Next Door, hit the bookshelves to immediate controversy. ...

The Very Best Books For Children, According To Amazon

Posted 08.01.2014 | Books

Originally published on Amazon So many children's books remain close to our hearts long after we first read them. But which ones are the can't-miss...

How To Fail At Having A Book Club In 29 Easy Steps

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 05.20.2014 | Books

Everyone loves the idea of a book club, but actually having one can be kind of a drag. Here are 29 totally foolproof steps to ensure that your book cl...

17 Quirky, Cool Bookends To Organize Your Shelves In Style

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.28.2014 | Books

For those of us with bookcases jammed with hefty tomes, the idea of a bookend may sound quaint. Why not just buy more books to fill the extra shelf sp...

The New 'Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants' Movie Stands To Defy YA Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment

Alloy Entertainment announced that "Sisterhood Everlasting," the fifth and final book in Ann Brashares' "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" book serie...

Reading To Kill a Mockingbird With My Daughter

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

Her voice carried the panic of a swimmer recognizing the undertow too late. She thrashed against the words, terrified of drowning in them.

Paying Homage To Little Golden Books

Posted 04.28.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt from The Art of Disney's Golden Books [Disney Editions, $35.00], in which a number of art directors behind contemporary an...

17 Children's Books We Still Adore As Grownups

Posted 04.28.2014 | Fifty

Whether it was your beloved bedtime storybook your parents read to you as a child or the inspiring novel you read in your high school literature class...

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly: This week, evil teenagers, bad teeth, and a girl born with wings. Copyright (c) 2014 PWxyz, LLC, Publi...

20 Terrific Books To Read With Your Kids This Spring

Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents

Is it spring yet? Please say it's spring! Promise, no more snow? HuffPost blogger Devon Corneal can't tell you that we've said goodbye to winter chill...

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly: This week, "Dr. Jekyll" from Hyde's perspective, wrestling wildlife in the jungle, and Michael Rockefeller's ...

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly: This week, Philip Marlowe returns, how Paris became Paris, and the book that powerful people don't want you t...

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 03.03.2014 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly This week, a dangerous game in small-town America, a book that will get you obsessed with dinosaurs, and an ex...

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 02.24.2014 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly This week, Lorrie Moore's first collection in 15 years, the award-winning novel that was rejected by over 60 p...

The Truth About Shirley Temple's "Wizard of Oz" Connection

Jay Scarfone | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

Shirley Temple did in fact have an Oz connection, but one that requires clarification in lieu of urban mythology.

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly This week: cows and UFOs in Mexico, "Robinson Crusoe" in space, and the best movies you'll never see. C...