Banned Books Week 2015

Unlike Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian which is often banned due to its content (indeed, it was the most banned book in 2014), Alexie’s Ten Little Indians and Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven were pulled from classrooms in Tucson, Arizona under “H.B. 2281.”  The Tucson law states: THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DECLARES…

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My Wife Becky and “My Friend Rabbit”

Becky’s gotten a few illustrators with honorable mentions but it took years for a Caldecott Winner to grace her arm.  So when it finally happened, it naturally happened back-to-back: first Kevin Henkes, then Eric Rohmann.  Rohmann was touring for Oh, No! a book he’d illustrated for his wife, author Candace Fleming.  Since Becky prefers that the…

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Becky’s Arm Gets a Caldecott Medalist

With Books & Books’ attracting the best and the brightest of the book world, and Becky capturing their visits with personalized tattoos, it was only a matter of time before a Caldecott medalist graced The Arm.  The Caldecott Medal honors the “most distinguished American picture book for children” each year.  Like an actor who is…

Recommended Reading: David Mitchell

“Love’s pure free joy when it works, but when it goes bad you pay for the good hours at loan-shark prices.” – Holly Sykes in David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks Although he’s one of my favorite writers, I’ve never written about any of David Mitchell’s books (although I have hand-sold them to customers a time or…

Becky’s Arm Part 6: Cloudette

You know that feeling you get when something you see is so cute, you want to eat it up?  For some it’s a baby’s fat juicy foot.  For others it’s a kitten’s fuzzy little face.  For me it’s Tom Lichtenheld’s too-cute-for-life Cloudette.  To hear him tell it, cuteness involves two things: a large forehead and keeping…

Becky’s Arm Part 5: Llama Llama

When it comes to Anna Dewdney, folks are all about Llama Llama.  With good reason; apart from Mo Willems’ pigeon, Llama Llama is the most instantly recognizable figure on Becky’s arm.  We’ll be a the grocery store, or Disney World, or picking Dylan up from after-school care, and we’ll hear a small voice call out,…