BUSHNELL ON BOOKS: Three Books for Children

Lucy’s Around: A Novel from Maine David M. Carew; Maine Writers Press, 2022; 169 pp., $16.95; ISBN 978-1-63381-313-7. Lucy’s Around: A Novel from Maine It’s 2020, and 64-year-old unmarried Lucy Bouchier owns and operates a Waterville pizza and sandwich shop called “Lucy’s in the Neighborhood.” She is a well-loved figure in the neighborhood. Then one … Read more

Two educators create children’s book | Sioux Center News

SIOUX CENTER—Two staff members at Sioux Center Christian School turned notes from the bus ride home into an adventurous children’s picture book, released in October. With “Beloved,” written by Jill Van Soelen and Lori DeJong and illustrated by Lori DeJong, readers are invited to discover with grade-school-age Maggie what it means to be invited into … Read more

‘The Overstory’ on Scrolls, a new series from Yale University Press, and a celebration of children’s books

Richard Powers’ ‘Cover’ in new exhibition at Arnold Arboretum In his 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Overstory, Richard Powers writes: “What you make from a tree should at least be as good as you cut it down.” It’s just as magical.” Artist Diane Samuels has created something that’s at least as magical. Samuels produced a … Read more

Book wars: Petitioners push to remove LGBTQ books from Homer library children’s section

The Homer Library Advisory Committee heard testimony on more than 50 controversial children’s books on November 15, 2022. (Desiree Hagen/KBBI) Last week, Homer City Hall was packed with a standing room of more than 100 people for a marathon meeting of the Library Advisory Council. About half a dozen people testified publicly during the more … Read more

Ten Arlington pastors tell mayor council LGBTQ books ‘influencing children’ into ‘way of life’

The email, sent to city council members on Aug. 24, asks for a “dialogue” among religious leaders over concerns that a June 2021 June Pride exhibit at the library branch doesn’t align with “family values.” “We are asking our city library not to allow these displays. They do not align with the family and faith … Read more

Market share of children’s authors of color published in UK rises to 11.7% in 2021 | Books

New research has found that 11.7% of creators of children’s books published in the UK in 2021 are people of colour, up from 5.6% in 2017. Diana Gerald, chief executive of BookTrust, said in a foreword to the report that despite much progress, “Children’s literature in the UK as a whole remains far from being … Read more

BUSHNELL ON BOOKS: Three Books for Children

Lucy’s Around: A Novel from Maine David M. Carew; Maine Writers Press, 2022; 169 pp., $16.95; ISBN 978-1-63381-313-7. Lucy’s Around: A Novel from Maine It’s 2020, and 64-year-old unmarried Lucy Bouchier owns and operates a Waterville pizza and sandwich shop called “Lucy’s in the Neighborhood.” She is a well-loved figure in the neighborhood. Then one … Read more

2022 County Data Book from Kids Count Measures Kentucky Children’s Well-being by County; Smoking Reduction in Pregnancy | News

This year’s 2022 Kentucky Child Count County Data Book looks at the well-being of children in each county, highlighting the importance of developing meaningful policies to support Kentucky youth, with a focus on listening to what young people have to say and taking action on them Very important. “We want to challenge our lawmakers to … Read more

More and more books are the target of culture wars in US schools

The United States looks set to withdraw a record number of books from the country’s schools and libraries this year as the country’s culture wars put increasing pressure on children, educators and publishers. New estimates from the American Library Association and PEN America, which advocate for literary freedom, show that parents, advocacy groups and politicians … Read more