By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 26, 2009

Gary Paulsen never ceases to amaze.  He’s done it all—from when he ran away at age 14 to join a carnival to competing in the Iditarod to winning awards for his writing.  The author of over 200 books has two more coming out this year—and has another on the way! He took time out of his very busy schedule to answer some questions about his new historical fiction novel, Woods Runner.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 19, 2010

Valentine’s Day gives me another great excuse to promote kids books—not that I need one; I’ll jump at any opportunity to encourage reading—especially the reading of books that teach self-value or simply display ‘love’ to children. So, without further ado, here are some truly adorable and enjoyable books that offer up “that loving feeling,” and should get you some of that all important snuggle and bonding time with your kids.

The list progresses from board books to picture books to chapter books …

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 18, 2010

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) awards the authors and illustrators who have delivered the most outstanding work. The two most prestigious and well known awards are the John Newbery Medal and the Randolph Caldecott Medal. However, there are also many other awards that offer recognition to the deserving and applaud excellence. Each award is carefully judged by a committee of librarians and children’s experts, whom never fail to provide us with a distinguished list of books that are sure to make an impact on our children.

“Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth.  Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s experts, the awards encourage original and creative work.  For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit the ALA Web site at www.ala.org.” ~ ALA Press Release

By Lauren Kate, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 15, 2010

Why angels? More than any other question I’ve been asked since I started writing Fallen, this is what people want to know. In an age where we’ve actually colloquialized the phrase “vampire-saturation,” where even Anne Rice is crossing over to the light side, and where—yes, I know—there’s no shortage of other angel books being published, it does feel important to trace back to the exact moment that I chose to plunge myself into the Miltonic fray.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 13, 2010

Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You Special EditionWinnie the Pooh: A Valentine For You: Special Edition

Ages: 4-8

DVD: Animated

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

What to expect: Friendship, Adventure

This is a review for all of you “Pooh” fans. In the event you and your sidekick can’t get enough of this lovable bear in the books that you read—or perhaps you’re looking for a way to connect your child with a book character, to encourage reading—Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine For You makes a fine choice for the holiday of love, Valentine’s Day.

Press release provided to the The Children’s Book Review by Scholastic
Published: January 12, 2009

BabysittersclubImage courtesy of Scholastic (circa 1986)

“The Summer Before,”
a prequel to the phenomenally successful Scholastic series,
to be published in April 2010

New York, NY (December 31, 2009) ­­— Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announced today that it will publish an original new novel in the beloved bestselling series The Baby-sitters Club® by acclaimed author Ann M. Martin. “The Summer Before” (ISBN: 978-0-545-16093-3; $16.99), a prequel to the first book in the series, will be released in hardcover in April 2010.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 8, 2010

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—observed the third Monday of each year, around the time of his January 15 birthday—here is a list of outstanding books that represent nonviolent activism and the civil rights movement: