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

Archive for April, 2015

Pedro Martínez


Ramón is the biggest reason I have gotten where I am. He is the great one in this family. I am still Ramón’s little brother. -Pedro Martínez, 1998 Matt Tavares shares an inspirational story in Growing Up Pedro (Candlewick Press, 2015). Pedro Martínez got his first real baseball glove when his older brother, Ramón, signed […]

Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt played a fascinating role in world history. As a child, her mother sometimes called her Granny because of her quiet and studious nature. While she spent a great deal of time alone because she was shy with other children, the adults in her life did expose her to conditions of those less fortunate […]

Books for “Foodies”


There are some people who quietly, or with great acclaim, have made a difference in the areas of food and history. Two newly published picture book biographies celebrate a man and a woman who have influenced changes in society through their cooking. Mara Rockliff’s spare text is complemented by Vincent X. Kirsch’s cut-paper illustrations in […]

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2015 Winner


Salem State University announced the winners for the 2015 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award this week. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (Putnam, 2012) was chosen as the winner. This work of historical fiction chronicles the racism and discrimination that existed in our society, especially in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1958. Marlee, an extremely […]

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