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R.I.P. John Glenn

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New Trailer of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Netflix Style

So excited! Cannot WAIT for January 13th.  For those who know the books, there is a lot here. (And, for one person who complained to me that Violet lacked ribbons in one of the teaser trailers — they are clearly here, just as I figured they’d be.)

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Maurice Sendak’s Prescient Opinion on our President-Elect


From We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy (1993). Many thanks to Michael Patrick Hearn for bringing it to my attention.


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New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2016

Congratulations to NYTBR children’s book editor, Maria Russo, and all the creators of these fabulous books. Go here for the complete list with annotations.


Picture Books

DU IZ TAK? Written and illustrated by Carson Ellis. (Candlewick, $16.99.)

FREEDOM OVER ME. Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life. Written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan. (Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, $17.99.)

I AM PAN! Written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein. (Roaring Brook, $18.99.) .

THE JOURNEY. Written and illustrated by Francesca Sanna. (Flying Eye, $17.95.)

LEAVE ME ALONE! Written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol. (Roaring Brook, $17.99.)

MY NAME IS JAMES MADISON HEMINGS. By Jonah Winter. Illustrated by Terry Widener. (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99.)

WE FOUND A HAT. Written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. (Candlewick, $17.99.)

SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. By Adam Rex. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, $17.99.)

THE THANK YOU BOOK. Written and illustrated by Mo Willems. (Hyperion, $9.99.)

THEY ALL SAW A CAT. Written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. (Chronicle, $16.99.)

THIS IS NOT A PICTURE BOOK! Written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. (Chronicle, $16.99.)

THUNDER BOY JR. By Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. (Little, Brown, $17.99.)

Middle Grade

THE BEST MAN. By Richard Peck. (Dial, $16.99.)

GHOST. By Jason Reynolds. (Atheneum, $16.99.)

THE INQUISITOR’S TALE; Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. By Adam Gidwitz. Illustrated by Hatem Aly. (Dutton, $17.99.)

MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY. By John David Anderson. (Walden Pond, $16.99.)

PAX. By Sara Pennypacker. Illustrated by JonKlassen. (Balzer&Bray/HarperCollins, $16.99.)

RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE. By Kate DiCamillo. (Candlewick, $16.99.)

WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER. By Grace Lin. (Little, Brown, $18.99.)

Young Adult

THE GREAT AMERICAN WHATEVER. By Tim Federle. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99.)

THE PASSION OF DOLSSA. By Julie Berry. (Viking, $18.99.)

SALT TO THE SEA. By Ruta Sepetys. (Philomel, $18.99.)

THE SERPENT KING. By Jeff Zentner. (Crown, $17.99.)

STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO. By A. S. King. (Dutton, $17.99.)

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR. By Nicola Yoon. (Delacorte, $18.99.)

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Rep. John Lewis on Receiving the National Book Award for March Book Three

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Congratulations to National Book Award Winners

Congratulations to all the National Book Award winners, especially the two I have read: Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad  and Representative John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell’s March: Book Three. I read the latter during the final week of the election campaign and the parallels are eerie. The former is remarkable for its topic, its ambition, its imaginative, its magical realism,….just everything. Both are amazing, amazing works (as are the first two books in the March series.)

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The Day After

Today is my sister’s birthday. Until now one of the worst historical events that occurred on it was Kristallnacht in 1938 Nazi Germany. Now it is also the day Trump won the US Presidency. My poor sister. Poor us.

Here are a few random thoughts I just posted on Facebook:

1. My wise and liberal political scientist father. Lewis J. Edinger, died in May 2008 thinking it wasn’t possible for a country so full of racists, to elect an black man. When it did I kept thinking, how happy he would have been to be proven wrong. And then again in 2012 — it would have pleased him enormously. A Holocaust survivor and specialist in German politics, who regularly answered my questions as to how Hitler and the Holocaust happened, I wish he was here now to help explain what has just happened and what might happen next.

2. Having been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone taught me that you can think it won’t happen “here” and then it does. I knew Sierra Leone as a relatively stable country in the mid-1970s. A couple decades later it was a country awash in brutality and horror. Things can change on a dime. Even in America.

3. I teach children. I have a life-threatening illness. Yet I’m an optimist. I’ll try to continue to be one and assume things aren’t going to go downhill from here. I will look for what is beautiful and do what I can to help in this dark time.




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