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Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Katherine Milhous

Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Katherine Milhous

For American illustrators, one of the highest honors is The Caldecott Medal. The medal is awarded yearly to a book that exemplifies the very best in children’s book illustrations. To even be named a Caldecott Honor book is to be deemed one of the best artists in the business. Children’s books are one of the rare types of literature that appeal to everyone at one point in their life or another (and, in many cases, for one’s entire life!). Whether a person comes to a children’s book as a child or as an adult reading to a child, the stories and illustrations touch the hearts of many. Often, Caldecott-winning illustrators and books go on to be remembered far longer than an unhonored book might. We continue our Caldecott Winning Illustrators series by examining one such illustrator—Katherine Milhous—who earned the award for her illustrations in the 1951 Caldecott winner, The Egg Tree.

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Why Pierce Brosnan Would be Borges’ Favorite Bond

Why Pierce Brosnan Would be Borges’ Favorite Bond

Argentine literary giant Jorge Luis Borges died in 1986 at the age of 86 having left a behind a legacy that any writer would envy. His being snubbed for the Nobel Prize in Literature is, in its way, more memorable than the victories of other writers (how many of us remember Jaroslav Seifert’s 1984 win?), and even at the time of his death, it was pretty clear that his short stories had a much better shot at literary immortality than most of his contemporaries’ work. Still, his death came several years before the release of 1995’s Goldeneye, which means that for all of his tremendous importance to 20th century culture, he was denied the chance to see Pierce Brosnan’s portrayal of the iconic superspy, James Bond. This is a shame, because Borges would have loved him. 

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The Wonderful Adaptations of Oz

The Wonderful Adaptations of Oz

With advancing technology, it is becoming less and less rare for an adaptation to be better known than an original work, especially if the original work is a book. First published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and its 13 sequels, has long been a favorite of readers. The world of Oz Baum created grabs hold of the imagination. As a result, it has led many writers to add their own interpretation and work to the magical land of Oz. In addition to the written works, Baum’s world has become a cultural icon due, in part, to the many film, television, and stage productions adapted from the original story.

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Top Books By State: Arkansas

Top Books By State: Arkansas

Today, we are continuing our bookish road trip through the United States by taking a look at Arkansas. The books we’ve chosen to highlight for our examination of this southern state were picked either for the author’s Arkansas connection or because they’re set in Arkansas. Arkansas is split between the Ozarks and the Gulf Coastal plain and is known for it’s unique and varied landscapes as well as being home to some notable political leaders. Let’s take a look at four books that make up some of the literature of Arkansas.

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Charles van Sandwyk: Captivating Books of Exceptional Artistry

Charles van Sandwyk: Captivating Books of Exceptional Artistry

The work of Charles van Sandwyk is a delight for all book lovers, but especially enthusiasts of fine press, children’s literature, and exceptional illustrations. Recalling an earlier age, his artwork portrays whimsical animals, fairies, and elves in unique, and sometimes magical settings. As a child, van Sandwyk immersed himself in the works of J. M. Barrie, Beatrix Potter, and J. R. R. Tolkien. These influences are evident in his own creations, as is his admiration for classic illustrator Arthur Rackham. Take a moment to delve into the world of Charles van Sandwyk. Be enchanted.

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Harry S. Truman: 33rd President of the United States

Harry S. Truman: 33rd President of the United States

President Harry S. Truman was not always a popular president. Rather like Donald Trump in the Trump/Clinton Election of 2016, when Truman ran for reelection, most predicted a loss for him. The mainstream media had written him off, and polls inaccurately portrayed his chances. He shocked the country when he managed to pull off the victory on election day. His work as both a war time and peace time president sets him apart from many leaders who can only accomplish one leadership style. 

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Four Writers To Explore on Cinco de Mayo

Four Writers To Explore on Cinco de Mayo

While often confused in America for Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is actually the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla and Mexico’s victory against the French. As the name implies, it is celebrated annually on May 5th. In Mexico, it is not observed as a national holiday, though schools are closed on that day and it’s often celebrated with parades and historical enactments. The holiday is actually celebrated more outside of Mexico than it is in the country itself. In the United States in particular, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a life of its own and has become more of an annual celebration of Mexican American culture. Take a look at these Mexican writers this Cinco de Mayo and get in on the cultural celebration.

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Truman Capote is a legendary American author who penned such classics as
In Cold Blood and
Other Voices, Other Rooms. But
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is undoubtedly Capote’s most beloved work. Adapted into both a movie and a musical, the story has enraptured generation after generation. The novella remains a favorite among rare book collectors. Here are a few tidbits you probably didn’t know about this iconic story.

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A History of the Bastard Title

A History of the Bastard Title

At last, it is time to read your new book. It is a crisp evening and you have made a cup of your favorite tea. You splurged and even made a fire. You sink into your chair and look at the book’s cover, tracing the title with your fingertip. You sip your tea and open to the first page. Blank. You turn the page. Nearly blank, except for the title—again. With some impatience, you turn to the next page.  Here the title is presented a third time but with the welcome addition of the author and publisher. Your tea nearly finished, you quickly flip past the table of contents, list of illustrations, author’s note, preface, introduction, and dedication. As your fire burns out, you reach page one. 

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The History of May Day and May Day in Literature

The History of May Day and May Day in Literature

For many bibliophiles, the month of May means the beginning of summerlonger days, warmer weather, and the unofficial start of “beach read” season. But May 1 packs a much more significant historical and cultural punch, the essence of which many authors have tried to capture in their stories and novels during the last 100 years.

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