- 2014 Feb 20
Are You Reading Too Much YA?
Signs you are reading too many YA books.
Remembering Favorite Books
A writer reflects on her favorite childhood books.
YA Books That Should Be Movies
Fifteen YA books that ought to be adapted to film.
Twelve Fantasy Finales
A list of 12 YA fantasy finales.
Picture Books as Color Wheels
Classic picture books imagined as color wheels.
One Hat Two Hat Red Hat Blue Hat
Dr. Seuss's hat collection is on tour.
Revealing Carroll Letter to be Auctioned
A letter written by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), reveals how much he hated fame.
'The Borribles' Are Back
Michael de Larrabeiti's The Borribles series to be reissued through Tor.
George Clooney Loved Being Mr. Fox
A clip of George Clooney providing the voice for Mr. Fox in 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.'
Self publisher Lulu expands Lulu Jr. with a program for kids to write and illustrate their own books.
R-Rated Films as Picture Books
A Pixar artist recreates classic R-rated movie scenes in a children's book.
Nine-Year-Old Reader Wows
A nine-year-old girl reads 364 books in seven months.
Pullman's Tweets 'Fly'
Philip Pullman is telling a story through Twitter about a fly named Jeffrey.
L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists
Rainbow Rowell, Jonathan Stroud, and Joyce Sidman are among the L.A. Times Book Prize finalists.
Luminous Times for Candlewick Press
Candlewick Press is enjoying steady success with a Newbery win for 'Flora & Ulysses' plus ALA wins for seven other titles.
French Picture Book Causes Stir
Jean-François Copé objects to nudity in the French children's book, 'Tous à poil.'
Checking In on Toy Fair 2014
Toy trends on display at Toy Fair 2014.
Common Core Draws Critics from Left
Liberal critics are voicing concerns over the Common Core.
- 2014 Feb 11
Rowling Backtracks on Potter Heresy
Traumatized Harry Potter fans distraught at the aspersions J.K. Rowling cast on the viability of Ron and Hermione's marriage can relax: the novelist actually believes the pair "will be alright with a bit of counseling".
- 2014 Feb 04
Children's Book Life Lessons
Nine lessons that can be learned from classic children's books.
Mafi Concludes 'Shatter Me' Series
Tahereh Mafi discusses 'Ignite Me', the last in the Shatter Me series.
'Octopus's Garden' Book
Ringo Starr adapts 'Octopus's Garden' into a picture book, illustrated by Ben Cort.
Big Deal For Young Author
Thirteen-year-old Jake Marcionette's 'Just Jake' hit shelves this week.
Adult Books for YA Fans
Thirteen works of literary fiction for YA readers.
On YA Dystopia
An article that critiques the YA fascination with dystopia.
Seven-year-old Calls Out Lego
A seven-year-old girl is upset with Lego for promoting gender stereotypes.
Carnegie and Greenaway Longlists
The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal longlists are announced.
Harry Potter Foibles, Cont.?
An article points out a few imperfections in the Harry Potter series.
Hermione and Harry?
Internet kerfuffle following J.K. Rowling's admission that Hermione should have ended up with Harry.
- 2014 Jan 28
Scott's 'True Love' Heads to Screen
Gary A. Randall and Madison Randall acquire screen rights to Kieran Scott's True Love series.
'Belle Epoque' Optioned for Screen
Elizabeth Ross's 'Belle Epoque' optioned for film.
'Little Prince' Exhibit Opens
The Morgan Library is housing an exhibit about 'The Little Prince' and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's time in New York.
First Look at 'The Giver'
A look at 'The Giver' film.
How Will 'Divergent' Film Measure Up?
Speculation on how 'Divergent' box office numbers will compare to recent YA film adaptations.
'Between Shades' Optioned for Film
Ruta Sepety's 'Between Shades of Gray' is headed to big screen, with a title change.
Esther Earl's Book is Out
'This Star Won't Go Out' by Esther Earl ( who inspired John Green) is now available.
Common Complaints Over Common Core
Concerns over Common Core shared by the political left and right.
- 2014 Jan 16
Art and R.L. Stine
Artwork inspired by the works of R.L. Stine.
YA Books and Sex
An article on what YA books have taught us about sex.
Diagnosing 'Winnie the Pooh' characters with mental health disorders.
A look back at Ralph Steadman's illustrations for 'Alice in Wonderland.'
'Better Nate' Author Heads Home
Tim Federle heads to Pittsburgh home town while touring for 'Five, Six, Seven. Nate.'
A look back at Ladybird Books.
YA Books That Tackle Tough Topics
Laurie Halse Anderson presents 13 YA books that address tricky subject matters.
Welcome, Mr. Mopps!
Mr. Mopps' Children's Bookstore opens in Berkeley.
Sweet Valley High and Twins
An article about Sweet Valley High and the enigma of twins.
The Future Is Mobile
Children's publishers focusing on mobile apps, devices.
'If I Stay' Release Date Announced
The film adaptation of Gayle Foreman's 'If I Stay' will release on August 22.
No Place For Novels in the Classroom?
An opinion piece about why novels are not useful in the classroom.
- 2014 Jan 14
'Girls' Meets "American Girl'
American Girl dolls dressed like characters from 'Girls.'
Dunham and Blume, Cont.
More from Judy Blume and Lena Dunham.
Kids' Lit. Biographies
Biographies of historical figures for kids.
Historical Series Launch for Kids
Brad Meltzer's new series for kids centers on historical figures.
Best of the Bookstores
Best children's bookstores from around the nation.
Children's authors reflect on their worst reviews.
Redemption for Middle School Rep?
An article suggests that, despite its reputation, middle school is not that bad.
Licensed Brands Reign in App World
Licensed brands driving steady traffic for children's apps.
Digital is Critical
Digital engagement is taking center stage for YA publishers.
Halse Anderson on 'Wounds'
Laurie Halse Anderson speaks about 'The Impossible Knife of Memory.'
New Venture for Frey
James Frey sells 'Endgame' to HarperCollins and film rights to 20th Century Fox.
- 2014 Jan 09
Book-Inspired Baby Names
Baby names inspired by children's books.
Baby-Sitter's Club Outfits
A ranking of the best Baby-Sitter's Club cover outfits.
Children's Book Manicures
A display of manicures based on children's books.
An Ex Mean Girl on 'Pretty Little Liars'
A piece on the redemptive qualities of 'Pretty Little Liars.'
Original American Girl Dolls Worth $
Turns out that an original American Girl doll is worth some money.
Photographs Recall Brothers Grimm Tales
Photographer Kilian Schönberger's photography project, Brothers Grimm's Homeland.
In Memory of Betty Ren Wright
An obituary for Betty Ren Wright.
Broadband Speeds Slow Schools
Nationwide schools are expressing frustration over slow broadband speeds.
- 2014 Jan 03
The Art of Children's Literature
What makes a picture book a classic?
Miss Peregrine's Pictures
Ransom Riggs is inspired by vintage snapshots.
An Ode to Loafing
As winter rolls in, one critic recalls The Wind in the Willows.
Reading the Future
YA science fiction that will get teens psyched about science.
A Spoonful of Sugar
Saving Mr. Banks left out an awful lot about P.L. Travers.
- 2013 Dec 19
Politically Incorrect Vintage Books
What to do when a vintage children's book contains outdated and politically incorrect material?
Christmas Stories With a Twist
Children's Christmas classics updated for adults.
The Accidental Sci-Fi Writer
Beth Revis writes about her pathway into writing science fiction for young adults.
YA and Race
A feature about YA books that address race.
Children's Books Make Music
A look at how music history plays out in many children's books.
Best YA Books of 2013
A selection of 11 favorite YA books of the year.
A Few Minor Adjustments
A columnist discusses how she changes certain features of children's books when reading to her daughter--for example, Bilbo Baggins is a girl.
The Genre Divide
A columnist takes issue with Barnes & Noble's organization of YA by genre.
Polish Classics Give Rise to Sales Boom
In Poland, the reintroduction of classic children's literature results in growing sales.
The Elf On the Shelf is a tradition that some would like to squelch.
The Fault In Our Stars Poster
A first look at The Fault In Our Stars movie poster.
An article takes issue with the tagline for The Fault In Our Stars movie poster.
- 2013 Dec 12
The Best YA Novel of All Time
Two surveys ask YA readers about their favorite books and preferences for print or digital.
Are You Living in a YA Novel?
A tongue-in-cheek list of signs that you might be living in a YA novel.
Pretty Little Clothing Line
The costume designer for ''Pretty Little Liars' to launch a clothing line for Aéropostale inspired by the series.
Pooh Competition Reaches Out To Writers
Disney UK is launching a storytelling competition that asks writers to create new Winnie-the-Pooh stories and characters.
Ludwig, 'Madeline', and Money
An article on Ludwig Bemelman and his money management woes.
A Look at the 'Symbolism Survey'
In 1963, an ambitious 16-year-old surveyed prominent authors.
Bloom and Durham Interview
Excerpts from interviews between Judy Bloom and Lena Dunham.
A Chat With Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola is still writing and illustrating books after all these years.
Bank Street to Relocate
Bank Street Bookstore will leave its current location.
Animated Anne Frank Film in Works
Ali Forman will write and direct an animated adaptation of Anne Frank's diary and life.
Catching Up With Ann M. Martin
An interview with Ann M. Martin.
Kinney On Books, Kids, and Greg Heffley
Jeff Kinney reflects on the Wimpy Kid Books.
'Banks' Director Talks About Film
An interview with Saving Mr. Banks director, John Lee Hancock.
Will Saving Mr. Banks Fly?
A big fan of Disney's Mary Poppins reflects on reading the book and anticipates the release of Saving Mr. Banks.
YA New Home For Political Novels?
An opinion piece about how YA might be a source for the new political novel.