August 21, 2016
Most people tend to go through art exhibitions at a hit-and-run pace, stopping at a work long enough to "get" it, or not, then moving quickly on to the next. The work on display at the Brandywine Museum of Art's current exhibition is intended for a different set of viewers. They scrutinize it and return to look again. They talk about it. They ask questions and laugh and lose interest. Then they come back and look again. Theirs may not be the most educated eyes. Indeed, they may not yet have finished kindergarten.
July 10, 2016
Name: KidsTravel Books.com. What it does: You can browse children's books from all over the world to learn about other cultures, prepare for a trip, read book reviews and author interviews, get family travel tips, and more. What's hot : The depth of global coverage on Kids TravelBooks is unexpected and comprehensive, with books arranged by continent and country. I want to go to the Dominican Republic, but I'm not quite ready to book a flight. I wondered if it had any kids' books on it, clicked the link, and found four books that I could buy that might help me make a decision.
April 30, 2015 |
David Wiesner is beloved for his picture books, lavishly illustrated Caldecott Medal-winners that invite children to tumble, like Alice down the rabbit hole, into strange, sideways universes. But, a few years ago, he got a taste of the forbidden fruit, by way of an Apple store. He wandered in and was mesmerized by the iPad, with all its pinching, zooming, and swiping capabilities. And so, at age 59, the Chestnut Hill resident has ventured from the cozy confines of the children's book section to the infinite expanse of the App Store.
September 17, 2014 |
For a rare-book aficionado interested in seeing the tiny handmade dummy books Maurice Sendak fashioned to try out ideas, or for a casual fan curious about the Sendak inside jokes that appeared in early versions of well-known books before disappearing on the way to the publisher, the best place to go for decades has been 2008 Delancey Place in Philadelphia. It has been, in fact, the only place to see a great many specific items that Sendak began placing at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, a treasure house of literary rarities, in 1968.
November 23, 2013 |
The picture book Tea for Ruby is transformed into a stage production by the Metropolitan Ballet Company on Saturday and Sunday at Abington Friends School's Josephine Muller Auditorium. Children can also have a queen's tea with the book's New York Times best-selling illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser. Ruby is having trouble learning good manners, but she is determined to succeed. She receives a surprise invitation to have tea with the queen at the palace and works hard to learn etiquette befitting a princess.
September 19, 2013 |
Rachel Simpson loves to read to her two children - 5-year-old Rebecca and 5-month-old Benjamin - but she steers clear of nursery rhymes. "They are scary," said the Cherry Hill mom. Hansel and Gretel get pushed into the oven; the three little pigs are hunted by the big, bad wolf. "I prefer stories that teach a lesson but aren't scary or violent while they're doing it. " Jessie Menken, owner of children's store Ali's Wagon in Fairmount, doesn't read nursery rhymes to her kids, either.
February 22, 2013 |
When she was 8 or 9, in the 1960s, Jen Bryant learned to type by copying obituary material on the desk of her father, a Flemington, N.J., undertaker. In 2004, having already published more than a dozen books, she happened on a painting at the Brandywine River Museum by Horace Pippin, the late African American artist from West Chester. Bookend events. From her first childhood taste of writing to her latest children's book, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, published by Alfred A. Knopf in January.
January 20, 2013 |
For authors these days, socializing is a sales tool - though on a Friday night, most of us are more likely to be at home mingling on social media than out at an actual party. But here we are in Haverford, at Children's Book World's 21st annual Celebration of Local Authors and Illustrators - dressed up, sipping wine, and shopping for each other's books before the beloved store's loyal customers arrive. I'm balancing Beth Kephart's Small Damages and David Wiesner's The Three Pigs , favorite books by writers whose work I admired before we met here and became friends.
November 2, 2011 |
Jen Saemann's first customer Monday night was an alligator. Swaddled in toothy, green plush, 21-month-old Joseph Rayner grabbed a book titled Pooh's Summer Song from the card table Saemann had set up along East Gordon Street in Kensington, where a novel Halloween tradition unfolds. Miguel Santiago, 8, in camouflage face paint, dropped his weapon and picked up a volume of Captain Underpants . "This is a good idea," pronounced Bunnie Harris, who was chaperoning the early trick-or-treaters.
November 1, 2011 |
Jen Saemann's first customer Monday night was an alligator. Swaddled in toothy green plush, 21-month-old Joseph Rayner grabbed a book titled Pooh's Summer Song from the card table Saemann had set up along East Gordon Street in Kensington, where a novel Halloween tradition is taking root. Miquel Santiago, an 8-year-old in camouflage face paint, dropped his weapon and picked up a volume of Captain Underpants. "This is a good idea," pronounced Bunnie Harris, who was chaperoning the early trick-or-treaters.