Q&A: Kate Beaton


This month, Beaton celebrates a second collection of her educationally flavored humor with Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection

Books & Not Books | What We’re Reading


I asked my colleagues at LJ/School Library Journal and Junior Library Guild about their favorite animal books last week, having discovered a reprint of British illustrator Lucy Dawson’s delightful 1936 title Dogs As I See Them (HarperDesign). The response on the pets front was, shall we say, muzzled (except for Henrietta Verma—thank you!), but as […]

Benjamin Johncock | Debut Spotlight, September 15, 2015


LJ talks to British author Benjamin Johncock, whose debut novel, The Last Pilot, is a fascinating look at the American space race, beginning in the late 1940s and covering up to the lunar orbit of ­Apollo 8 in 1968.

The 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards


On September 10, 2015, before an audience close to 900 strong at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theater in Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation presented the 80th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which honor literature that challenges racism and celebrates diversity. The awards were founded by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf, who, said Cleveland Foundation President Ronald […]

Sit. Stay. Read. | French on Fridays


Going to the dogs once again with a 70-year-old celebration of the canine.

Bound Up in Books | What We’re Reading


The LJ/SLJ WWR gang joins book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith in contemplating books and their covers.

Click, Clack, Books


Doreen Cronin (text) and Betsy Lewin’s (illustrations) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is one of my favorite picture books. In it, cows get hold of an old typewriter in the barn and start negotiations with the farmer, via typed notes, for better conditions: If they don’t get electric blankets, they say, forget about getting […]

Miss Silver, Ms. Bolton, Ms. Adichie, & Shaun the Sheep | What We’re Reading


Three books and one nearly wordless movie in this week’s “What We’re Reading (Watching)” column!

2015 Hugo Awards: Diversity Wins, Sad Puppies Lose


In an interesting twist to this year’s Hugo Awards controversy, a best-selling Chinese work of hard sf that was added to the final ballot after another nominee withdrew his book from consideration took the top prize at the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, held in Spokane, WA.Translated for the first time into English by Hugo […]

Rescued by Dogs | French on Fridays


Dog books are helping me get through the dog days of summer.