Posts by Chris B. (19)

Author  Erin Entrada Kelly recently sat down with us in the  Children's Literature Research Collection  and spoke about illustration, cultural struggles, and how her childhood… continue reading

By Chris B.   December 7, 2017    1

A frequent visitor to the Free Library of Philadelphia is Geisel-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli . Greg recently sat down with us in the Children's Literature Research Collection to discuss… continue reading

By Chris B.   December 1, 2017   

When we hear the words "Picture book," we often think of young children, storytimes, and simple stories. This isn't the case, however. Even though children may be off to school,… continue reading

By Chris B.   November 28, 2017   

Picture books are fun reads, but they're also fantastic tools that support emergent literacy skills. We have to keep in mind though that simply having books in the home is not enough. To… continue reading

By Chris B.   November 21, 2017   

Amy Ignatow , author of The Popularity Papers and The Mighty Odds series recently spoke to 400 students at the Free Library of Philadelphia about her career as an author/illustrator. While… continue reading

By Chris B.   November 17, 2017   

Author  Jen Bryant recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia and spoke to nearly 400 students about her career as an author and the nuances of her writing process. While visiting the… continue reading

By Chris B.   October 26, 2017   

Author Martha Freeman recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia and entertained nearly 400 students with stories about her career and her writing process. While visiting the library,… continue reading

By Chris B.   October 11, 2017   

Children will be returning to school in a few weeks. For middle schoolers, this means new teachers (and possibly new schools), new backpacks, and new school supplies. It also opens up the… continue reading

By Chris B.   August 18, 2017   

“My child loves mysteries and solving riddles. What’s a good series?” Oh how I love this question. Mystery readers can be a difficult group to please. The books recommended have… continue reading

By Chris B.   May 1, 2017   

Katherine Milhous (1894-1977) wore many hats in her time: a supervisor for the Federal Art Project ; an artist for the Pennsylvania Art Project (a subsidiary of the Federal Art Project, which… continue reading

By Chris B.   April 7, 2017   

"I don’t read books written for readers above fourteen," is a constant phrase I use in conversations when discussing books. It’s a truthful statement; as the curator for the… continue reading

By Chris B.   November 17, 2016    2

The anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks is a time for reflection, but it’s also a time for conversation. The generation of children that can remember the attack is now… continue reading

By Chris B.   September 9, 2016   

Jerry Pinkney is a rock star. His fans tend to be of the toddler-variety, but he has legions of older die-hard devotees of his work as well—mostly parents, nannies, and a lot of… continue reading

By Chris B.   July 19, 2016   

This summer, the Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to celebrate The Summer of Lauren Castillo! Okay, technically, it’s The Summer of Wonder—our annual Summer Reading program for… continue reading

By Chris B.   June 8, 2016    3

Ms. Sarah is on a well-earned vacation, so I'll be posting this week's book reviews.  Today, we're looking at the Free Library's graphic novel section:   The gods are… continue reading

By Chris B.   August 20, 2014   

As you may know from the buzz around the libraries, this April marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. And while Will may be celebrated for his comedies, tragedies,… continue reading

By Chris B.   April 9, 2014   

To celebrate Women's History Month, Wadsworth Library's Children's area is focusing on one very popular woman: Cinderella. Cinderella is more than a quick bedtime story or Disney… continue reading

By Chris B.   March 25, 2014    1

At Wadsworth Library , we’re always trying to find a new way to engage our patrons. Sometimes the best programs are passive programs; that means that we plan a bulletin board or display that… continue reading

By Chris B.   February 11, 2014   

The International Day of Peace is just around the corner!  The holiday was first celebrated in 1982 and is currently observed by all Member States of the United Nations on September 21. … continue reading

By Chris B.   September 16, 2013