• Return To Sender: The Problematic Back and Forth of XO, OX

    Return To Sender: The Problematic Back and Forth of XO, OX2

    When I saw that Adam Rex had written a new picture book and Scott Campbell had illustrated it, I nearly jumped for joy. XO, OX: A Love Story is about a hapless Ox who exchanges confused letters with a diva Gazelle. Early reviews were positive, describing the book as a rib-tickling tale of opposites attracting, tender enough

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  • Dogears: The Power of Symbolism and Storytelling

    Dogears: The Power of Symbolism and Storytelling0

    Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation Edwidge Danticat & Leslie Staub Dial Books September 1, 2015 The complexity of immigration policy may be difficult to explain to a child, but many are affected by it. Saya’s mother is an undocumented Haitian immigrant who has been detained by ICE. To ease Saya’s suffering, her

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  • Picture This: Raggedy and the Cloud

    Picture This: Raggedy and the Cloud0

    This write-up is more personal than the other ones I’ve done so far, and I hope you will excuse me gushing for several minutes about some artists I love and admire. Sofia Prokofievna (b. 1928) is a Russian illustrator, poet, playwright, and, most importantly to me, the author of many original “fairy tales” for children.

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  • Picture This: The Tree House by Marije and Robert Tolman

    Picture This: The Tree House by Marije and Robert Tolman0

    The Tree House (first published by Lemniscaat, Belgium, in 2009) is a wordless picture book created by the father-daughter team of Marije and Ronald Tolman. It depicts a couple of bears (and many other animals) hanging out in a treehouse that starts out in the ocean and ends up on dry land. The blurb on the

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  • Kickstarter of the Week: Adult Coloring Books

    Kickstarter of the Week: Adult Coloring Books0

    • September 4, 2015

    Were you that kid, too—did your parent know exactly how to get you out of their hair, and all it involved were colored pencils and a book full of empty line drawings? Were you that kid who disdained tables to lie flat on the floor, feet in the air, nose to crayon to coloring book for

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  • Picture This: Kazuno Kohara

    Picture This: Kazuno Kohara0

    • February 24, 2015

    Kazuno Kohara’s work spikes daily life with a shot of magic. The stories are firmly rooted in common situations (moving into a new house, playing during winter, visiting the library, and making friends), but with a supernatural aspect (ghosts, dragons, an elemental force, a witch, and talking animals). The narrative never points out these presences

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