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All Capone Does My Shirts Gennifer Choldenko
It Takes Place on Alcatraz
Books about a spe­cif­ic locale are mag­nets for read­ers. One of the places that has mytho­log­i­cal sta­tus in Amer­i­can cul­ture is Alca­traz Island. Here are some of the books about this island that cap­ti­vates our imaginations.
Chickens on the Loose
Sto­ries to Cluck About
Why do we love chick­en sto­ries so much? Per­haps it’s because chick­ens are approach­able heroes in sto­ries that we can learn from or laugh with. It is our feel­ing that we can nev­er have enough chick­en sto­ries. Chick­ens can also be where we find whim­sy or bet­ter ver­sions of ourselves.
King Hugo's Huge Ego
King Hugo’s Huge Ego
Now that it’s sum­mer, we have some school age kids com­ing, and I find that I need to select some pic­ture books with more words, more humor, gor­geous art, etc. They’ll sit polite­ly for a cou­ple of lift-the-flap books and one-word-per-page books, but then they need some­thing for them. When the babies start wig­gling and run­ning and shar­ing snacks, I pull out the big-kid books.
The Teenie Weenies
Green Tiger Press, Part Two
A fas­ci­nat­ing look at Green Tiger Press, chil­dren’s book illus­tra­tion, unique books. Co-own­er Harold Dar­ling said, “[Like ped­dlers] we sell baubles, mem­o­ries and fab­ric for dreams. Our pref­er­ence for both sto­ry and image is for the roman­tic, the dream­like, or the vision­ary. We strive for per­fec­tion.” Enjoy Can­dice Ran­som’s essay, remem­ber­ing that perfection.
Tumble
Tum­ble
Adela does­n’t know who her father is. Now her step­fa­ther would like to adopt her but state law requires the birth father to give up parental rights. With some research, Adela finds her father and a fam­i­ly she knew noth­ing about.
Jessie Wilcox Smith Girl eating porridge
Green Tiger Press, Part One
In the ear­ly 1980s, there was a resur­gence of illus­trat­ed folk and fairy tales fea­tur­ing such Gold­en Age illus­tra­tors as Arthur Rack­ham, W. Heath Robin­son, Kay Nielsen, and Jessie Will­cox Smith. 
In the Small, Small Pond
Fresh­wa­ter Pearls
This col­umn dives into four Calde­cott pic­ture books that fea­ture fresh­wa­ter resources, pre­cious and lim­it­ed assets that sus­tain ter­res­tri­al life.
100 Mighty Dragons All Named Broccoli
Math for the Young Set
There are all kinds of ways to bring math into a young child’s life. Count birds out­side the win­dow. Talk about shapes and give them names. Dis­cuss mea­sure­ments while cook­ing. Our favorite way is to read sto­ries and look at pic­ture books, absorb­ing math con­cepts easily.
Berry Song
Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence: Food for Thought
Fol­low­ing up on Gail Nord­strom and Hei­di Hammond’s Calde­cott Lines of Con­nec­tion arti­cle, “Food for Thought,” Gail decid­ed to give arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence a chal­lenge to write an arti­cle on the same top­ic. Here’s how it went down.
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“Could You Just Add These Words?”
Reflect­ing on a request from the edi­tor after blurb­ing a book
Dogtown
Kather­ine Apple­gate and Gen­nifer Choldenko
Dog­town is a fun­ny, heart-warm­ing sto­ry about an ani­mal shel­ter from a dog’s point of view, writ­ten by col­lab­o­rat­ing authors Kather­ine Apple­gate and Gen­nifer Choldenko.
Three Lines in a Circle
Life­long Learn­ers: Adults on the Rug
After four years of columns on pic­ture books as tools to build peace, we are bring­ing this chap­ter of the sto­ry to a close. We have enjoyed our time reflect­ing in com­mu­ni­ty, and we are deeply grate­ful for your read­er­ship and engagement.

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