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At the beginning of this month Laini Taylor came to town and we got together to talk about Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the final book in her trilogy. I first met Taylor in 2011 when I interviewed her here... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Omnivoracious
Usually it's May that has a ton of amazing books, but this year April is tearing it up with goodness. So much so, that when it came time to whittle them down to a list of four books for Best... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Omnivoracious
Voting has opened up for the 2014 Teen Choice Award and the finalists are a handful of the best books from last year. You have until May 12th to vote, but why wait? The winner will be announced on May... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Omnivoracious
There are some children's books that fly a little under the radar but are parent favorites year after year. These are not books by the "S's" (Seuss, Sendak or Silverstein) or books with characters that show up as a PBS... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Omnivoracious
This Friday, the film adaptation of Divergent will finally (finally!) open in theaters across the country. There've been teasers along the way in the form of trailers and photos from the set, but now we will get to see it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Omnivoracious
Lauren Oliver's new book, Panic, is her first return to realism since her best-selling debut, Before I Fall, and our spotlight pick for the Best Young Adult Book of March. Panic tells the story of Dodge and Heather, two teenagers,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Omnivoracious
March is National Reading Month and today is World Read Aloud Day, so we are kicking it off with a guest post from children's book author Kate DiCamillo that brought a lump to my throat (yes, I'm a total sap... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Omnivoracious
In the last couple of years we've seen some of our favorite children's books--Where the Wild Things Are, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Giving Tree, Amelia Bedelia--celebrate their 50th anniversaries. Now it's Louise Fitzhugh's beloved story of the intensely curious aspiring... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Omnivoracious
I'm fascinated by watching illustrators draw, and award-winning author/illustrator Kevin Henkes graciously agreed to have a chat about The Year of Billy Miller (one of our Best Children's Books of 2013) AND draw one his most beloved characters, Lilly (Lilly's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Omnivoracious
I loved Andrew Smith's 2013 book, Winger, and the same goes for his latest, Grasshopper Jungle, our Teen & Young Adult spotlight pick for February. This is not the sort of book you meander through--it is 432 pages of one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Omnivoracious
If you haven't already been drawn into her dark and addictive dystopian series, Ann Aguirre is the author of the best-selling Enclave trilogy. Bonus---book three, Horde, came out late last year, so you can read them without the interminable wait... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Omnivoracious
When we think of February, love frequently comes to mind--and let's face it, for better or worse this four letter word is probably one of the most enchanting, infuriating, and exciting subjects to read about. From stories of an idyllic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Omnivoracious
The Printz award is always exciting because there are no lists of nominated titles or finalists--it's anyone's guess and sometimes the outcome is not what I expected (I'm thinking of last year's omission of The Fault in Our Stars). For... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Omnivoracious
This morning I jumped out of bed at the crack of five a.m. to watch a webcast of the American Library Association awards ceremony taking place in Philadelphia. Think of this as the Academy Awards of children's books, only early... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Omnivoracious
Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak has become rite of passage reading for young women and I think her newest book, The Impossible Knife of Memory, is destined for the same. This time Anderson tackles the difficult subject of mental illness--in this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Omnivoracious
Here are a few things I know about Ransom Riggs: he's tall (it's one of the first things you notice). He's very polite. He intended to have a career as a filmmaker. He became a bestselling author. I met Riggs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Omnivoracious
Ah, a fresh new year and a Best of the Month shelf clear of books. Certainly the only shelf clear of books in my life, but let's not go there. What are the first books that will begin to clutter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Omnivoracious
I knew Jerry Bruckheimer was a huge name in the film industry, but I didn't realize just how big until I started looking into the new book about his career, Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes - Four Decades of Filmmaking.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Omnivoracious
This year we looked at even more children's books because, let's face it, there are some really special books for kids of all ages--Sense and Sensibility: Opposites Primer, anyone? Ab-so-lutely. Here are the Best Books of the Year lists by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Omnivoracious
2014 is shaping up to be a year of big YA books and I'm getting excited about some of the reading ahead. A new book from one of my favorite authors, the second book in a hot series, and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Omnivoracious
Earlier this month we announced our picks for the best books of the year, but we also wanted to know what books (not all published this year) a few of our favorite YA authors read and loved in 2013. Below... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Omnivoracious
The Book Thief is still one of my favorite books even though it's been years since I read it (and frankly, it's time for a re-read). Last week the movie adaptation opened in a limited release and starting today it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Omnivoracious
How did it get to be almost Thanksgiving already? Seems like just weeks ago I was writing the Best Books of the Year So Far post and talking about curbing the Halloween candy this year. Yeah, that happened... Time has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Omnivoracious
Best-selling author Terry Pratchett wrote The Carpet People at the tender age of 17. Now, many years later, Pratchett has re-written the story and it's being published in its new version on November 5th. In the author's note for The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Omnivoracious
Of the 10 nominees for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature (now there's a mouthful...) the five finalists were announced this morning. The shortlist includes a great mix of titles, including a couple of our recent YA favorites,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at Omnivoracious