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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Literary Madeleines

Boys and Girls of Bookland

Boys and Girls of Bookland

This is how book collecting goes. You see something that piques your curiosity. You wonder: “Why did this book get published?” “Who would have bought this book?” “On whose shelves did this book rest and why did they let it go?” “Was it a gift, never opened, or was it cherished and read over and […]

John Burningham

John Burningham

You probably know John Burningham best for Mr. Gumpy’s Outing but illustrators, book creators, are so much more than what we see between the covers of their books. Their lives are often illustrated. They record things on paper visually. They put what they’ve observed into drawers and portfolios and notebooks so they have that once-seen […]

Quentin Blake: Beyond the Page

Beyond the Page

  by Vicki Palmquist I’ve been savoring Quentin Blake: Beyond the Page (Tate Publishing, 2012), a book that is replete with photos, illustrative art, and all the many ways Mr. Blake’s art has adorned many aspects of life “beyond the page.” In his own voice, we hear of the places illustration has taken him. With […]

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My Seneca Village

by Marsha Qualey My Seneca Village by Marilyn Nelson Namelos, 2015 I’m going to begin with a disclaimer that is also a bit o’ bragging. I’ve had the good fortune to meet and work with Marilyn Nelson (A Wreath for Emmett Till, Snook Alone, How I Discovered Poetry). I’ve stayed up late and sipped wine […]

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Classic Children’s Comics

by Vicki Palmquist “No one I knew ever picked up Archie or Lulu or Dennis the Menace because it was Required Reading. We read comics because we wanted to see what was going to happen. We wanted to take that unexpected turn.” — Jon Scieszka When I was in high school, I went on a […]

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Literary Madeleine: Grasping at Stars

by Vicki Palmquist How many children, over how many years, have learned from their parents to identify the stars that make up the Big Dipper? Can you see them standing outside, pointing to the stars in the dark sky, tracing the make-believe line that draws a saucepan in the heavens? My mother told me some […]

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Literary Madeleine: A History of Reading

by Marsha Qualey One of the great good fortunes of my life is that I’ve managed to create a professional life that requires I read a lot. Reading is a passion; the old bumper sticker says it all: I’d rather be reading. But I also think reading is an interesting topic. How and why do […]

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Literary Madeleine: The Horse

I am not a horse person. Oh, I survived a week at Girl Scout riding camp and years later when I was on the staff at a Y camp I enjoyed helping bridle and saddle horses for the early morning trail riders. But I’ve never been truly comfortable riding or, maybe especially…