Stories in rhyme
Jan 26, 2013 — Written and Illustrated by Jon Klassen, This Is Not My Hat tells the story of a little fish on the run after stealing a small, blue hat from a slumbering big fish. Runners-up for the medal included a tribute to the color green and a tale of colorful yarn in a black-and-white world.
Jan 24, 2012 — Theodor Geisel's first book for kids was rejected 27 times before it was finally published in 1937. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was inspired by a very ordinary street in Geisel's Massachusetts hometown.
Dec 29, 2011 — His latest book Bumble-ardy is a deeply imaginative tale about an orphaned pig who longs for a birthday party. Sendak, who is 83, wrote and illustrated the book while caring for his longtime partner, who died of cancer in 2007. "I did Bumble-ardy to save myself," Sendak says. "I did not want to die with him."
Oct 5, 2011 — The creative vision of author and illustrator Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, introduced fantastic characters into the imaginations of generations of kids. Now, two decades after his death, a new book, The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, reintroduces a collection of Geisel's more obscure tales.
Sep 20, 2011 — Bumble-ardy is a deeply imaginative tale about an orphaned pig who longs for a birthday party. Sendak, who is 83, wrote and illustrated the book while caring for his longtime partner, who died of cancer in 2007. "I did Bumble-ardy to save myself," Sendak says. "I did not want to die with him."
Apr 13, 2011 — This fall, Random House will publish a collection of Dr. Seuss stories that were previously known only to Seuss scholars and collectors. Lynn Neary reports on the origins of The Bippolo Seed.
Feb 26, 2011 — In Grammy-award winning parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic's new children's book, When I Grow Up, Billy tells his teacher he wants to be a gorilla masseuse. When Yankovic himself was growing up, he wanted to be a writer for Mad magazine, he tells Liane Hansen on Weekend Edition Sunday.
Aug 24, 2010 — Playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes has gone back to the basics — the very basics of the ABCs. Her latest project — a children's book called Welcome To My Neighborhood! A Barrio ABC — follows a young girl who takes her best friend on an alphabetical tour through her North Philadelphia neighborhood.
Dec 10, 2009 — The end of another year means another giant stack of books you missed during the past 12 months. Nancy Pearl, our favorite librarian, stops by to share recommendations that should keep old, young and 'tween readers content.
Dec 10, 2009 — The trouble begins when young Mabel blows a bubble that ensnares her baby brother, wafts out the house and begins floating around town. This children's book by Margaret Mahy is beautifully illustrated with the watercolor and cut paper pictures of illustrator Polly Dunbar.