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

Archive for January, 2014

Awards Season


On a Monday morning in late January, fans of children’s books wait expectantly to learn about the winners of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. This past Monday, the American Library Association announced the 2014 winners. The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by […]

Lessons Learned


There is a very thin line that authors try not to cross when they write a picture book that has a moral to the story. The lesson needs to be obvious enough to their intended audience without being didactic and figuratively hitting the readers over the head to make their point. Pat Zietlow Miller and […]

Parrots Over Puerto Rico


One of the most captivating and beautiful books that we have purchased for the library this year is Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore (Lee & Low, 2013). This non-fiction title can be enjoyed by all ages. Adults and middle school readers will enjoy reading about the history of and […]

Kate DiCamillo


Kate DiCamillo is a favorite author among many of our children and adults who enjoy children’s literature. More adults should read children’s books, but that’s a topic for another time. Kate takes her readers along on adventures with improbable characters and situations, and we totally believe in the worlds that she creates. Her stories aren’t […]

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