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

Archive for September, 2016

Mary Garber


It has become commonplace to see women as sports reporters on television or covering sports on the Internet in 2016. This is a fairly recent occurrence though. Contemporary female professional sports writers and commentators owe a debt of gratitude to Mary Garber (1916-2008), a pioneer in that field. Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy, illustrated […]

2017 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (MCBA)


Once again, we will be promoting the nominees for the Massachusetts Children’s Book Awards (MCBA) during the 2015-2016 school year at DCD. Even though I’ve written about this program before, I would like to explain it to parents who have never had a fourth, fifth, or sixth grader before now. This voluntary reading incentive program has become […]

Great White Sharks


The estimated number of sharks (about 500 species) worldwide is 7 billion. The estimated number of humans (just one species) worldwide is 7 billion. The average number of people killed by sharks of all species yearly, worldwide is about 11. The number of sharks of all species killed by people yearly, worldwide is 100 million. […]

Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl, author and storyteller extraordinaire, was born on September 13, 1916. There have been many activities (especially in England) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his life. His books continue to entertain children and adults alike. When young readers discover Roald Dahl’s books, they are captivated by his irreverence and imaginative prose. Many of […]

Beatrix Potter


One of the world’s most beloved author/illustrators, Beatrix Potter, was born on July 28, 1866. There have been numerous events this year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth. (Photo of Miss Potter taken from The National Trust & Frederick Warne Ltd.) Beatrix and her brother, Bertram, were born to privilege, as their parents […]

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