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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 20, 2012

Kathy L. Hans

With a degree in English and a fascination to animals, Kathy L. Hans is the brainchild of LittleELL.com—a company that has created a series of “Read and Listen Animal Tales.” She talked to TCBR about the inspiration and creation of her interactive iBook series, in particular The King Penguin.

Librarian Spotlight #4

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 17, 2012

Patty Saidenberg is the hardworking librarian of George Jackson Academy in New York city. “George Jackson Academy is the only school of its kind in New York City: an independent, nonsectarian upper elementary and middle school for academically capable boys from lower-income and underserved families.” With a deep fascination for why people are motivated to stay literate, Patty Saidenberg is a great new edition to our On the Shelf column.

Top Picks from YA Bloggers in the Know, #8

By Nicki RichesinThe Children’s Book Review
Published: November 16, 2012

Self-proclaimed bibliophile Vera of Luxury Reading has stopped in at The Children’s Book Review with her marvelous list of hotly anticipated reads this winter by some of our favorite authors (Lauren Oliver! Laurie Faria Stolarz!). So build a fire and snuggle under a blanket with a cup of cocoa and one of these exciting new novels. Thanks to Vera for ensuring a warm holiday season to us all!

By Nicki RichesinThe Children’s Book Review
Published: November 13, 2012

Oliver JeffersPhoto credit: Erika Hokanson

Oliver Jeffers describes himself as “a maker of art,” but he’s really much more than this. He’s kind of a genius Jack of all trades. He’s an extraordinary painter, designer, and author of many award-winning picture books including most recently The New Sweater and Stuck. His latest picture book This Moose Belongs to Me concerns the trials and tribulations with ownership, antlers, and the rules of being a good pet. Oliver has also just released a monograph of his paintings cheekily entitled Neither Here Nor There. We’re honored to feature his thoughts on writing, illustrating, and bookmaking in The Children’s Book Review.