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In the studio with Michael Hall

In It’s an Orange Aardvark!, a carpenter ant drills a series of holes through a wall in his stump in order to see what’s outside. With each hole, a different color of light enters the dark stump; and with each new color, another ant—who’s convinced himself that a hungry aardvark lurks outside—makes more and more [...]

A Library Talk, with Turtles

Naomi Shihab Nye’s newest novel, The Turtle of Oman, was just published, and Naomi is on the road talking about it. And writing poems about the experience.   Library Audience   There’s a gentle young man in a black shirt who didn’t listen very well when he was in middle school but wants to listen [...]

Moose have feelings, too

You guys, a very patient and thoughtful Moose would like everyone to know that September 23 is not only Jason Alexander’s fifty-fifth birthday, it is also the day that Moose–and Zebra’s (and Kelly Bingham’s and Paul O. Zelinsky’s)–fabulous follow-up to Z Is for Moose is available in stores everywhere. It’s called Circle, Square, Moose, and [...]

Summertime and the Living is Super Difficult

By Tu Ahn Dinh Boston, Massachusetts, has a school holiday called “Evacuation Day” (http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/03/17/evacuation-day-what-that/l2CpHeGoU7Jf4ePCJ1mWjK/story.html). I learned about it because (ironically) I left New York for the city that celebrates expelling foreigners from its territory! So, surprise! I left Greenwillow Books after three wonderful, hilarious, enriching years with an imprint I continue to consider as family. [...]

A Curious Contest for Curious Readers . . . Part Four

The Cabinet of Curiosities, a collection of 36 sinister tales by Stefan Bachmann, Claire Legrand, Katherine Catmull, and Emma Trevayne–aka the Curators–is available now! Publishers Weekly said in their fabulous starred review, “This collection of 36 short dark fantasies from Bachmann, Catmull, Legrand, and Trevayne aspires to sit on the same shelf as Alvin Schwartz’s [...]