Category Archives for People

Hans Christian Andersen (& Sex)

“The Original Ugly Duckling” (from the Los Angeles Times Book Review)

02. April 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Sid Fleischman: A Remembrance

“He felt his success was due to the fact that he still sometimes thought like a kid” (from Parents’ Choice)

20. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Remembering a Day with Bruno Bettelheim

Bettelheim took his own life on March 13, 1990. Some found that strange. I have my own ideas.

13. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Berta & Elmer Hader: Bohemian Couple, Picture Book Artists

From a home called The Little Stone House alongside the Hudson River, these artists made weekly trips to New York City to pick up assignments and drop off work; they did close to fifty children’s books. Here’s their story (from The Lion … Continue reading

05. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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The Picture Books of David Weisner

More interesting than a marriage between Norman Rockwell and René Magritte   When my friend Matt Harris asked me what I thought about David Weisner’s books, my ignorance was unaccountable. I would later learn that Wiesner was a celebrated a

25. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Discovering Michael Sowa

Children’s books with the surrealism of Magritte’s paintings, only funnier (from Parents’ Choice)

17. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Barack Obama’s Children’s Book

Poor grammar and an unsightly illustration made me embrace the Politics of Hope: I hoped for better (from Parents’ Choice)

13. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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George Washington & the Cherry Tree

The legend meant to encourage truth-telling was itself a fabrication (from the Los Angeles Times)

12. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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“Saving Mr. Banks” But Throwing P.L. Travers Under the Bus

When I asked P.L. Travers what she thought of the movie Disney made out of her book Mary Poppins, she replied, “As I walked out of the theater, I was crying.” While she felt Julie Andrews could have made a … Continue reading

13. November 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Origami with Kids: A Day with Robert J. Lang

” Youngsters interested in bugs, computers, math and Rubik’s cubes should be introduced to origami.”  (from Parents’ Choice)

11. November 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Natalie Merchant on Childhood: Poems & CD

A fascinating anthology of children’s poetry set to music, “Leave Your Sleep” epitomizes a certain contemporary sensibility and style of parenting (from The Horn Book)

06. November 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The New Gothic: Childhood’s Beautiful Nightmares, Nicoletta Ceccoli

Pictures by Nicoletta Ceccoli The New Gothic? The leading figure in European children’s books, Nicoletta Ceccoli creates dark and eerie children’s books. But are they really for kids? Or has she created a new thing: picture books for adolescents and … Continue reading

28. October 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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William Steig: Shrek & Co.

He was a kid all his life. As Steig himself insisted: “For some reason, I’ve never felt grown up.” (from Parents’ Choice)

06. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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James Marshall, We Love You

Jim Marshall, and who he was.

31. August 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

A hard-drinking sportswoman and friends with Ernest Hemingway Continue reading

08. August 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Children’s Authors: Biography & Literary Critics

Two recent books suggest the perils and pleasures of biographies penned by critics. [From the journal Children’s Literature] 

27. July 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Francelia Butler: Two Remembrances

  Francelia Butler: A Dauntless, Remarkable Teacher (from the Hartford Courant & 2013 ChLA Memorial Lecture)

13. July 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is a well known Latino poet and the author of several dozen books. A number of these (listed below) are bilingual picture books and three are adolescent novels written in verse. In March of 2007,   I met … Continue reading

10. June 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Ronald Reagan’s Childhood Reading

”I’m a sucker for hero worship” (from the New York Times Book Review)

21. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Oz & California: L. Frank Baum

 How the Author of the Oz Books Came to Live in California (from the Los Angeles Times Magazine)

14. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Year of Mark Twain

“Learning by impersonation”

07. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Marcia Brown: Tokyo Interview

“We need the stranger to understand ourselves”

06. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Leo Politi

While you would expect the publishing wing of the Getty Museum to offer volumes about classical antiquities as well as studies of European paintings, you might be surprised to learn they also publish children’s books. Their recent catalog lists some … Continue reading

06. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Graphic Biographies

The authors of “The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived” make the case that imaginary characters (King Arthur, Cinderella, Nancy Drew, and others) are more likely to shape our lives than real life folks. I don’t need to be … Continue reading

17. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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P.L. Travers: A Remembrance

P. L. Travers died recently, at the age of 90. Perhaps it was wrong for me to think that she would always be here for us, for me. She was the wisest woman I ever met. Travers wrote the “Mary … Continue reading

09. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Andrew Carnegie’s Own Story for Boys & Girls

Fairy tales [have] been used by psychological historians and biographers . . . to understand the “life-story” or “life-plot’ someone has chosen for himself. Perhaps no work lends itself so well to this technique as Andrew Carnegie’s “Own Story for … Continue reading

03. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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