The ABZ Book made it clear that Silverstein hated the condescending brand of writing often used in children’s literature—and what better way to change the state of affairs than to write them better yourself? Convincing Silverstein of that took a fair amount of wheedling and cajoling, but his friend (and children’s author/illustrator) Tomi Ungerer, along with famed Harper & Row children’s editor Ursula Nordstrom, was up to the task. Eventually, they persuaded Uncle Shelby to take a crack at the real thing.
Mark Peters, “Shel Silverstein’s Unlikely Rise to Kid Lit Superstardom”
We love, love, love our December cover by illustrator Melissa Sweet, who has three books in our Best Books of 2013 lists.
In case you missed our Best Books Twitter party on November 21, the lists are below.
'Parents have a tremendous amount of choice,' says [Jessica] Swencki. 'But at the same time, if this is the book most widely recognized for the AP exam that specifically addresses certain literary themes, parents need to understand that if they’re opting out, [their child] may be missing out on an opportunity. These books were chosen for a specific reason.'Parents, School Districts Push Back On Book Challenges”
"I’m proud to be a nerdfighter in part because I wish so much that I could have been one in seventh grade."
John Green has created a moving and honest account of being bullied in middle school.