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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 19, 2009

Congratulations to Phillip Hoose, the winner of the 2009 National Book Award, in the Young People’s Literature category. I haven’t had the opportunity to read this book, however, I thought I’d share the link to the Nataional Book Foundation’s inspiring interview with Phillip Hoose. As well as the publisher’s synopsis …

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 1, 2009

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A freelance blogger who pursues celebrities who read books, to create posts that promote children’s literature.

Tony Award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker has made her pledge to read in the world’s largest annual reading event, National Read for the Record Day on October 8, 2009. Each year the Jumpstart organization hosts Read for the Record, an international campaign which brings children and grownups together to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world. Reading aloud to young children is not only fun, but provides the extra nourishment needed for literacy development: the fundamental skill that leads to overall success in school.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 24, 2009

In anticipation of the release of Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus, which goes on sale October 5th, I want to share this video of Jim Dale reading the exposition from Return to the Hundred Acre Wood during the recording of the audio book. Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is the first authorized sequel to A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard’s classic books, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner to be written in over eighty years!


By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 19, 2009

Summer is approaching fast, which means school will be out very soon. It also means it’s baseball season. What better way to entice our kids to read over the summer than by giving them a series of books that is based on a sport that they love — topic can be everything! SLUGGERS, a series about three kids who travel the country playing baseball, is sure to captivate its audience with mystery, fantasy, and even some historical fiction. Loren Long, one of my all-time favorite illustrators and the guy who thought up the series, has ever so kindly answered some questions that shed some light on his career and SLUGGERS.

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Bianca: Can you tell us about your journey to becoming an illustrator?

Loren: My journey as an illustrator started with a confused college education from the University of Kentucky majoring in a number of different areas from Business to Communications to Architecture and finally to art in my senior year. Next came one year of art school at The American Academy of Art in Chicago which led to my first professional job as an illustrator at Gibson Greeting Cards in Cincinnati, Ohio. I worked at Gibson illustrating greeting cards by day and trying to forge a freelance illustration career by night. Left Greeting card land after almost 4 years to freelance full-time mostly working for magazines. I had become a student of the American Regionalist painters from the early 20th century such as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. This began to show up in my illustration samples and seemed to give me an identity of style on the national illustration scene.  I began to get jobs from magazines like Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Atlantic  Monthly and Reader’s Digest.