Category Archives: Children’s Books

More of My Top Un-Christmassy Christmas Songs. #7 is…

  Aaaand we’re back! The good news is, we have gotten all the songs involving alcohol out of the way. (I mean, getting drunk is such an easy “out” if you are struggling to make it through the holidays.) Snow is on the ground. Temps are waaay below freezing. Sure “feels” like Christmas, at least …

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Picking the Perfect Name

Naming characters can be one of the trickiest parts of creative fiction writing. You can picture them in your head… but the perfect name eludes you. It’s kinda like when you meet someone familiar at a cocktail party, and their name is right on the tip of your brain. But… is it Jack? James? Joseph? …

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today, March 2, marks the birthday of one of the best-loved children’s authors (and illustrators) of all time– Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He and his siblings were raised speaking both English and German. Perhaps little Ted’s first influence was his mother, who would recite poetry …

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Children’s Author Joseph W. Orobona

Author Joseph Orobona, a resident of Clayton, NY, recently visited us at The Reading Room bookstore. Joe is a former school superintendent from Long Island. He waited until retirement to begin publishing children’s books. So far, he has five titles in print: Bear in the Basket and Bear in the Bathtub, both charmingly illustrated by …

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Little House Lies… Albert WHO?!?

Yesterday, my Author Spotlight blog acknowledged the birthday of the great American author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Specifically, I talked about Pamela Smith Hill’s Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Biography, and some of the dark details of Laura’s life that were omitted from her children’s books. Today, I want to talk about the TV series. Oh, you …

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Laura Ingalls Wilder: Happy Birthday, Half-Pint!

    Today marks the birthday of one of America’s most beloved children’s book authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder, who was born on this day, February 7, 1867. Laura was in her sixties when she decided to write her memoirs. She already had many years’ experience writing farm-related articles for the Missouri Journalist newspaper. (These are …

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