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

Archive for February, 2014

Truly an Original


George E. Ohr (1857-1918) called himself the “Mad Potter of Biloxi”, and he was unequaled in self-promotion. However, his bombastic proclamations and confidence didn’t necessarily pay off economically during his lifetime. Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan look at the life and work of this artistic genius in The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius […]

An Unacknowledged Winner


An Unacknowledged Winner While I recognize that every book can’t get, or doesn’t deserve, a special award, there are some books that need to get some recognition so that readers will find them. Those of us who are in the children’s book field need to heavily promote these books to parents and young adults. When […]

Great Non-Fiction


While children, parents, and teachers are often familiar with the Newbery and Caldecott children’s book awards, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is also announced at the American Library Association winter meeting. The 2014 winner and honor books represent a wide range of topics, but their common denominator is their excellence. Parrots Over Puerto […]

Beatlemania Anniversary


A plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. (When) asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off, I reply, “The Beatles did.” –    writer Kurt Vonnegut Quote from The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) For those of us who were around […]

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