Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Taylor, Media Discussions

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, 1884. Source: Flavorwire.

Media Discussions




"Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down."

                                                                           ~ E.B. White


Recent media and social media stories that caught my attention.

"Flying Through the Night to Defeat the Nazis," by Keith O'Brien, New York Times, Jan. 11, 2019.

"Lauren Child: Why you should let your children stare into space," by Sara Keating, The Irish Times, Oct. 24, 2018.

"The Huge Surprise in His Own Family Genealogy? It's Playing out in His Novels," (Regarding Alan Gratz), by Tina Jordan, New York Times, August 3, 2018.

"Dr. Sally Ride," Spaceflight News, June 18, 2018.

"A Straw That Obtains Water from Soil and a Thermal Energy-Generating Water Purifier Are Among the Winning Entries in Smithsonian-Cricket Media's 7th Annual Spark!Lab Dr. InBae Yoon Invent It Challenge," Cricket Media news release, May 22, 2018.

Deferred gratification is dead? Tell that to fans of serialized novels,” by Stephanie Merritt, The Guardian, March 13, 2018.

"Private joke becomes a critically acclaimed children's book for local authors Selznick, Serlin," by John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 25, 2018.

Turkish sanitation workers create library with trashed books,” by Wade Sheridan, UPI, Jan. 17, 2018.

“‘Real-life figures are more fascinating than things people conjure up,’” by Dipanita Nath, The Indian Express, Dec. 8, 2017.

“'Living Legend' Katherine Paterson comes out of retirement to write new book,” by Anya Sostek, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 29, 2017.

"The Secret History of Cricket Magazine, the 'New Yorker for Children,'" by A.J. O'Connell, Electric Lit, Nov. 6, 2017.

How a better library can change a child's life,” by Allie Torgan, CNN, Oct. 19, 2017.

"Moths, Alive and in Color, in All Their Diversity," by Joanna Klein, New York Times, Sept. 25, 2017.

"Janet Lunn: Author wove rich tales for children," by Ron Csillage, The Globe and Mail, August 1, 2017.

"12 Nonfiction Books Kids Will Actually Read," by Kari Ness Riedel, Brightly.

"'From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler' Fifty Years Later," by Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, July 17, 2017.

"A Moving Holocaust Memoir for Younger Readers, and Older Ones Too," by Ruta, Sepetys, New York Times, May 12, 2017.

"OMG: A Middle Grade Book Festival," by Claire Kirch, Publisher's Weekly, May 4, 2017.

"A step toward greater diversity in children's books: Hena Khan's 'Amina's Voice,'" by Mary Quattlebaum, Washington Post, March 20, 2017.

"Seven 'Earths' Found Orbiting Nearby Star," by Nadia Drake, National Geographic, Feb. 22, 2017. 

"American Library Assn.'s 2017 award winners include 'March: Book 3' by Rep. John Lewis," by Agatha French, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 23, 2017.

"Give Reading to Underprivileged Communities This Holiday Season," by Lee Littlewood, Noozhawk, Dec. 10, 2016.

"The Best Children's Books of 2016," by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, December 2016.

"Rediscovering Alvin Tresselt," by Fred Guida, School Library Journal blog, Nov. 29, 2016.

"'Dumbledore,' 'Hippogriff,' and 11 More Real Words from Harry Potter," Merriam-Webster blog, November 2016.

"New Biography Celebrates E. B. White, Who Was Really 'Some Writer!'" NPR, Oct. 5, 2016. 

"Nine life lessons Roald Dahl taught us," by Alex Nelson, WOW24/7, Sept. 13, 2016.

"Five Award-winning Illustrators First Seen in Cricket Magazine," by Andra Abramson, Cricket Media Blog, July 25, 2016.

"James Cross Giblin, 82, Wide-ranging Author of Books for Children, Dies," by Margalit Fox, The New York Times, April 14, 2016.


"'The Wild Robot' by Peter Bown," a book review by Adam Rubin, New York Times, April 8, 2016.


"A Great Teacher, Illustrated," by L.A. Johnson, NPR, March 9, 2016.

"'Last Stop On Market Street,' 'Finding Winnie,' Win U.S. Children's Book Prizes," by Lynn Neary, All Things Considered, NPR, Jan. 12, 2016.


"Picture books grow up for an older audience," Children and teenagers book blog, The Guardian, Dec. 29, 2015. 


"Children's Authors Share Their Favorite Children's Books," compiled by Diane Roback, Publishers Weekly, Dec. 1, 2015. 


"The Gift of Reading," by Frank Bruni, The New York Times, Nov. 25, 2015.


"The best space facts ever—in pictures," by Dr. Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman, The Guardian, Nov. 13, 2015.


"Reinventing the Library," by Alberto Manguel, The New York Times, Oct. 23, 2015.


"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Illustrated Edition: In Pictures," by Emily Drabble, The Guardian, Oct. 6, 2015.


"Exhilarating Photos Capture the Pleasures of Classic Children's Books," by Judy Berman, Flavorwire, Sept. 8, 2015.


"Bedtime Stories for Young Brains," by Perri Klass, M.D., New York Times Well, Aug. 17, 2015.


"The Quintessential Edition: If You Could Choose Only One Version of Your Favorite Classic Books," by Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal, Aug. 10, 2015.


"Seven libraries that are quietly bringing children back to reading," by Sayoni Basu,, Aug. 8, 2015.


"Thirteen Facts About L. Frank Baum's 'Wonderful Wizard of Oz,'" by Joy Lanzendorfer, Mental Floss, July 28, 2015.


"Children's books set in Afghanistan, Iraq challenged in Florida schools," by Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2015. 


"Painting pictures in the mind's eye: books for blind and partially sighted children," by Nina Hathway, Day Nurseries, July 7, 2015. 


"How Ernest Shackleton inspired me to create a prizewinning picture book," by William Grill, The Guardian, June 27, 2015.


"Barbershops Get Stocked with Books for Boys, Thanks to Alabama Attorney," by Nigel Roberts, The Root, June 7, 2015.


"Children's Books: Tales to Tame Your Wild Beasts," by Meghan Cox Ghurdon, The Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2015.


"Quentin Blake's Great Ormond Street 'end of life' gift for families of dying children," by Dalya Alberge, The Guardian, May 2, 2015.


"Eight Iconic Children's Book Authors Reveal Their Favorite Picture Books," by Andra Chantim, Real Simple, undated.


"Albert Einstein on the Secret to Learning," by Shane Parrish, TIME magazine, April 6, 2015.


"100 Great Children's Picture Books: Highlights from 1922 - 2011" by Kate Kellaway, The Guardian, April 6, 2015.


"Review: 'Improbable Libraries' a fascinating trek among the stacks," by J.C. Gabel, Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2015.


"Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode," by Travis Jonker, School Library Journal, March 18, 2015.


Guys, Why Do You Support Girls’ Education?” by the Malala Fund Blog, March 4, 2015.


E.B. White on How to Write for Children and the Writer’s Responsibility to All Readers” by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, Feb. 26, 2015.  


Children’s Books Are Never Just for Children,” by S.F. Said, The Guardian, Feb. 16, 2015.


"20 Quotes from Children's Books Every Adult Should Know," Encurious, July 7, 2014. 


Gorgeous Vintage Children’s Book Covers from All Over the World,” by Emily Temple, Flavorwire, April 25, 2014.