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.
Oct 7, 2012 — Colin Meloy, best known as the Decemberists' front man, is also a novelist. His newest book is the second in a series for young readers, called Wildwood Chronicles. The book catches up with its precocious protagonist, Prue, who leaves the seventh grade to return to the magical world of Wildwood.
Aug 1, 2012 — Moths and butterflies radically change shape as they grow, from little wormy caterpillar critters to airborne beauties. Why are they born this way? Could they actually be separate organisms?
Jul 12, 2012 — When a school teacher writes her name on a blackboard on the first day of class, what she's really doing is crushing the skeletons of terribly ancient earthlings into a form that spells out the name "Mrs. Guttenheimer."
Jul 3, 2012 — Vultures are generally not admired, but maybe they should be: All over the world, these birds do the hard work of gobbling up dead animals and recycling that flesh into the Earth. And nowadays, nature's prize janitors are seriously down on their luck.
Dec 13, 2011 — NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
Oct 21, 2011 — David Sedaris tells dark and funny fables in Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. It debuts at No. 7.
Oct 6, 2011 — Philip Roth explores a fictional New Jersey polio epidemic in 1944, while humorist David Sedaris offers animal fables, Isabel Wilkerson looks at black America's Great Migration, Bill Bryson examines the history of private life and Adriana Trigiani channels her grandmothers' wisdom.
Aug 17, 2011 — Fiction ranges from Mona Simpson's look at mommies and nannies in Hollywood to Julia Stuart's tale of an English menagerie to Barry Eisler's newest Ben Treven thriller. In nonfiction, there's Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "biography of cancer" and a memoir by Bill Clegg.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.