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Mrs. Farquharson’s musings about books for children and young adults

Archive for October, 2013



In April of 1939, Detective Comics #27 was sent to newsstands across the country. Little did the purchasers of this comic book know that this issue would later be worth thousands of dollars. This was the issue that introduced Bat-Man (later changed to one word, Batman), “…a hero who looked like a villain, a vigilante […]

The Boston Globe – Horn Book Awards


There are specific awards for children’s literature that are important to watch. The obvious two are the Caldecott Award and the Newbery Award, which are announced in January. Another important award announcement is made in the fall, and that is the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award list. These awards have been given annually since 1967, and […]

Silent Star


Silent Star As many baseball fans enjoy post-season play, it’s a perfect time to introduce children and adults to William Ellsworth Hoy (1862-1961), one of the few deaf players ever to succeed in the major league. His amazing story of talent, persistence, and courage is chronicled in the picture book biography, Silent Star: The Story […]

MA Children’s Book Awards


Our fourth and fifth graders are avidly reading various books that have been nominated for this year’s Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (MACBA). This voluntary reading program was started by Dr. Helen Constant in 1975, and it is administered through Salem State University. Twenty-five books are nominated for the award, and our voting for the DCD […]



“If they want to give me a medal for being me, I’ll take it.” (Quote from Auggie in Wonder) When I was in elementary school, I read a book called Karen by Marie Killilea (Buccaneer Books, 1952). I can still remember the effect that this book had on me as a child. I felt such […]

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