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Quentin Blake

In 2001, Quentin Blake - the first Children's Laureate - chose twenty-six of his favorite paintings for an exhibition at the National Gallery. Very different artworks were chosen, some by fine artists and some by children's illustrators, but they all had one thing in common: a story to tell. The accompanying book urges children to use their imaginations and look for the stories in the pictures. Reissued with a new introduction from the author, Tell Me A Picture will show a new generation the adventures that await in looking at art.

Item No. 9781847806420
$18.99
The Annotated Brothers Grimm
Grimm, Wilhelm

Of all of the rich fairy-tale collections that exist in countries throughout the world, few are better known than those gathered almost two centuries ago by a pair of German brothers--Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm--in their Children's Stories and Household Tales, first published in 1812. Endlessly recast and reimagined in poetry and prose, on the screen and onstage, these stories are forever etched in our imagination. Here, in this bicentennial edition of The Annotated Brothers Grimm, Maria Tatar presents these timeless stories in a sumptuous and visually powerful format that helps reshape our understanding of the Brothers Grimm.

Drawing from the final authoritative version in the mid-nineteenth century, Tatar, an internationally recognized scholar in the field of folklore and children's literature, has translated and provided commentary for more than fifty Grimm stories, judiciously selecting tales that resonate with modern audiences and reveal the broad thematic range of the Grimm canon. Readers young and old will encounter popular classics, including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "Rapunzel," while discovering some of the lesser known yet equally captivating stories such as "Four Artful Brothers," "The Water of Life," and "The White Snake," all new to this edition. Perhaps most noteworthy is Tatar's decision to include tales excised from later editions, including a number of "adult" stories that were removed once the Grimms realized that parents were reading the stories to children.

Tatar's own translations are accompanied by insightful annotations that search for origins, uncover cultural complexities, and explore psychological effects. Nearly two hundred images of exquisite beauty, many of them new to this edition--by artists such as George Cruikshank, Gustave Doré, Kay Nielsen, and Arthur Rackham--are reproduced alongside the stories. With a brilliant introductory essay by A. S. Byatt, along with the Grimms' original prefaces to their editions, a collection of reminiscences about "The Magic of Fairy Tales," and essays on the lives of the Brothers Grimm and the cultural impact of their tales, The Annotated Brothers Grimm captures the magical appeal of the tales while also unlocking their potent mysteries.

In the tradition of Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment, this volume shows how the Grimms' fairy tales animate our imaginations and remain with us long after we have put them aside. The Bicentennial Edition of The Annotated Brothers Grimm offers a treasury of cultural lore and wisdom that has been passed on from one generation to the next.

Item No. 9780393088861
$39.95
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales is a remarkable treasure trove, a work that celebrates the best-loved tales of childhood and presents them through the vision of Maria Tatar, a leading authority in the field of folklore and children's literature. Into the woods with Little Red Riding Hood, up the beanstalk with Jack, and down through the depths of the ocean with the Little Mermaid, this volume takes us through many of the familiar paths of our folkloric heritage. Gathering together twenty-five of our most cherished fairy tales, including enduring classics like "Beauty and the Beast," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "," and "Bluebead," Tatar expertly guides readers through the stories, exploring their historical origins, their cultural complexities, and their psychological effects. Offering new translations of the non-English stories by the likes of Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, or Charles Perrault, Tatar captures the rhythms of oral storytelling and, with an extraordinary collection of over 300 often rare, mostly four-color paintings and drawings by celebrated illustrators such as Gustave Doré, George Cruikshank, and Maxfield Parrish, she expands our literary and visual sensibilities. As Tatar shows, few of us are aware of how profoundly fairy tales have influenced our culture. Disseminated across a wide variety of historical and contemporary media ranging from opera and drama to cinema and advertising, they constitute a vital part of our storytelling capital. What has kept them alive over the centuries is exactly what keeps life pulsing with vitality and variety: anxieties, fears, desires, romance, passion, and love. Up close and personal, fairy tales tell us about the quest for romance and riches, for power and privilege, and, most importantly, they show us a way out of the woods back to the safety and security of home. Challenging the notion that fairy tales should be read for their moral values and used to make good citizens of little children, Tatar demonstrates throughout how fairy tales can be seen as models for navigating reality, helping children to develop the wit and courage needed to survive in a world ruled by adults. This volume seeks to reclaim this powerful cultural legacy, presenting the stories that we all think we know while at the same time providing the historical contexts that unlock the mysteries of the tales. The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales is a volume that will rank as one of the finest fairy tale collections in many decades, a provocative and original work to be treasured by students, parents, and children.
Item No. 9780393051636
$35.00
The Annotated Hans Christian Anderson
Andersen, Hans Christian
In her most ambitious annotated work to date, Maria Tatar celebrates the stories told by Denmark's "perfect wizard" and re-envisions Hans Christian Andersen as a writer who casts his spell on both children and adults. Andersen's most beloved tales, such as "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Little Mermaid," are now joined by "The Shadow" and "Story of a Mother," mature stories that reveal his literary range and depth. Tatar captures the tales' unrivaled dramatic and visual power, showing exactly how Andersen became one of the world's ten most translated authors, along with Shakespeare, Dickens, and Marx. Lushly illustrated with more than one hundred fifty rare images, many in full color, by artists such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen will captivate readers with annotations that explore the rich social and cultural dimensions of the nineteenth century and construct a compelling portrait of a writer whose stories still fascinate us today.
Item No. 9780393060812
$35.00
The Annotated Hobbit
Tolkien, J R R
As a reader's introduction to Tolkien's Middle-earth, this guide contains references to the ancient history of this imaginary world which, though rarely explained, contribute greatly to the effect of Tolkien's art. This edition authoritatively illuminates the novel's antecedents and curiosities. Illustrations.
Item No. 9780618134700
$30.00
The Annotated Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn," Ernest Hemingway once declared. First published in 1885, the book has delighted millions of readers, while simultaneously riling contemporary sensibilities, and is still banned in many schools and libraries. Now, Michael Patrick Hearn, author of the best-selling The Annotated Wizard of Oz, thoroughly reexamines the 116-year heritage of that archetypal American boy, Huck Finn, and follows his adventures along every bend of the mighty Mississippi River. Hearn's copious annotations draw on primary sources including the original manuscript, Twain's revisions and letters, and period accounts. Reproducing the original E. W. Kemble illustrations from the first edition, as well as countless archival photographs and drawings, some of them previously unpublished, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn is a book no family's library can do without; it may well prove to be the classic edition of the great American novel.
Item No. 9780393020397
$39.95
The Annotated Peter Pan
Barrie, James Matthew
One hundred years after J. M. Barrie published the novel Peter and Wendy, Maria Tatar revisits a story that, like Alice in Wonderland, bridges the generations, animating both adults and children with its kinetic energy. The adventures of the Darling children with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Neverland are the seminal tale of escape and fantasy. Inspired by Barrie's real-life adventures with the five Llewelyn Davies boys he adopted, the story of Peter Pan has a deep and controversial history of its own that comes alive in Tatar's new edition. This brilliantly designed volume with period photographs, full-color images by iconic illustrators, commentary on stage and screen versions, and an array of supplementary material, including Barrie's screenplay for a silent film will draw readers into worlds of incandescent beauty, flooding them with the radiance of childhood wonder and the poignancy of what we lose when we grow up."
Item No. 9780393066005
$39.95
The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth
Juster, Norton
The Phantom Tollbooth is a universally beloved childhood classic. In the 50 years since its original publication, millions of children have breathlessly followed Milo's adventures in the Lands Beyond.

Now Leonard Marcus, a nationally acclaimed writer on children's literature, has created a richly annotated edition of this perennial favorite. Marcus's expansive annotations include interviews with the author and illustrator, illuminating excerpts from Juster's notes and drafts, cultural and literary commentary, and Marcus's own insights on the book. The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth also includes an introduction that shares the fascinating background on the book's publication--Juster and Feiffer met as young neighbors in Brooklyn, New York, and thus began a fortuitious collaboration on a project that would become an instant classic--as well as its enduring place in the world of children's literature.

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth is the perfect way to honor a classic and will be welcomed by young readers and fans of all ages.

Item No. 9780375857157
$29.99
The Art and Flair of Mary Blair
Canemaker, John
For more than a dozen years, a soft spoken, unassuming woman dominated design at The Walt Disney Studios with a joyful creativity and exuberant color palette that stamped the look of many classic Disney animated features, including Cinderella and Peter Pan. Favorite theme park attractions, most notably the "It's A Small World" boat ride, originally created for the 1964 New York World's Fair, were also among her designs. Now the story behind one of Walt's favorite artists is celebrated in this delightful volume of whimsical art and insightful commentary. In her prime, Mary Blair was an amazingly prolific American artist who enlivened and influenced the not-so-small worlds of film, print, theme parks, architectural decor, and advertising. Her art represented and communicated pure pleasure to the viewer. Mary Blair's personal flair was at one with the imagery that flowed effortlessly and continually from her brush for more than half a century. Walt Disney loved her art and championed it at the Studio. The two shared many sensibilities, including a childlike fondness for playfulness in imagery.
Item No. 9781423127444
$45.00
The Art of Beatrix Potter
Zach, Emily
Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth, this magnificent collection celebrates the artist behind The Tale of Peter Rabbit and numerous other beloved children's books. Brimming with famous images and rarely seen gems--ranging from character sketches and notebook pages to watercolor landscapes and natural history illustrations--this monograph explores Potter's artistic process and reveals the places that inspired her timeless work. Organized geographically and featuring more than 200 images from the artist's oeuvre, The Art of Beatrix Potter includes illuminating essays by Potter scholar Linda Lear, illustration historian Steven Heller, and children's book illustrator Eleanor Taylor. It is the definitive volume on one of the world's most influential authors, a woman whose artistry, until now, has not been fully celebrated.
Item No. 9781452151274
$40.00
The Art of Eric Carle - Softcover
Eric Carle

Carle is one of the most beloved illustrators of children's books. This retrospective is more than just an appreciation of his art, however. The book also contains an insightful autobiography illustrated with personal photographs, an anecdotal essay by his longtime editor, a photographic essay on how Carle creates his collages, and writings by Carle and his colleagues. Still, it is the artwork in the oversize volume that seizes the imagination. More than 60 of his full-color collage pictures are handsomely reproduced and serve as a statement of Carle's impressive talent.
- Booklist

Item No. 9780399240027
$19.99
The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present
Kushner, Tony
Maurice Sendak ranks as one of the best known and loved children's book artists in the USA, and has been awarded both the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and the Caldecott Medal. This volume picks up where Selma Lanes' monograph of his work The Art of Maurice Sendak, published in 1980, leaves off, tracing Sendak's life and work from 1980 to 2003. provides an intimate view of the artist. Kushner not only gives a chronological overview of Sendak's work, but also allows us to see him as an accomplished author and artist redefining his legacy, and as a man coming to terms with himself.
Item No. 9780810944480
$45.00
The Art Of William Steig - Hardcover
Nahson, Claudia J

The definitive work on the career of the beloved New Yorker cartoonist and children's book illustrator

Known for his brilliant cartoons and award-winning children's books, William Steig (1907-2003) leaves a legacy that spans much of the twentieth century. This lavishly illustrated book features over 280 of Steig's drawings, many of them previously unpublished, and examines every aspect of his work, from the "Small Fry" cartoons--his earliest submissions to the New Yorker-- and haunting symbolic drawings of the late 1930s and 1940s, to his later, bitingly funny cartoons and celebrated books for children. In the seventy-three years that Steig worked for the New Yorker, the magazine published over 120 of his covers and more than 1,600 of his drawings in a wide range of styles, including classic cartoons, psychologically fraught pen-and-ink renderings, and Picasso-esque representations. He brought a new voice to the magazine by creating cartoons that drew on his experience as a son of immigrant Eastern European Jews. In his sixties, Steig embarked on a second career as a writer and illustrator of children's books, including Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Shrek! These remarkable projects bring together numerous key elements of Steig's work: his evocative use of reverie, his interest in cranks and complainers, and his belief in the redeeming power of love, nature, and art. The story of Steig's work is told by Claudia J. Nahson and the cartoonist's fellow artists and writers, and his family members. Together they create a portrait of a penetrating social observer with a restless imagination and a love for his craft.

Item No. 9780300124781
$40.00
The Artful Parent
Van't Hul, Jean

Bring out your children's creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com.

Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children's creativity through art. You'll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids' art activities to soften everyday transitions.

The more than sixty engaging kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they're a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.

Item No. 9781590309643
$21.95
The Artful Year
Van't Hul, Jean
Winner of the 2015 Parent's Choice Award

From the author of The Artful Parent--a year's worth of art projects, seasonal activities, and recipes for simple, family-friendly crafting through the seasons and holidays.

Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a wonderful opportunity to embrace creativity together as a family. It's also a fun way to decorate, prepare for, and learn about the holidays we celebrate. In The Artful Year, you'll find art activites, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. By doing so, your family will create memories and mementos, you'll develop creative growth in your children and yourself, and you'll have lots of fun! The book includes:

- Arts and crafts, using the materials, colors, and themes of the season
- Decorations to make as a family
- Favorite seasonal recipes that are fun for children to help make (and eat)
- Ideas for celebrating the holidays together
- Suggested reading lists of children's picture books about the seasons and holidays

The Artful Year is a fun and active resource for crafting and celebrating around the year!

Item No. 9781611801491
$24.95
The Essential Guide to Children's Books (Softcover)
Silvey, Anita
From alphabet books to young adult novels, every parent and teacher's indispensable guide to the best books for children is now available in paperback. 30 illustrations.
Item No. 9780618190829
$17.95
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2013

This issue includes:

  • Horn Book Fanfare - Our choices for the best books of 2012
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Gallery 2012 - Celebrating the year's winners and honor books
  • Editorial by Martha V. Parravano "Over and Above" - Looking back at the year past and forward to the next.
  • Caldecott at 75 by Kathleen T. Horning - First in a series on the Caldecott Medal at 75 - one winner per decade, here in the 1930s
  • Borderland: Beyond the Friends by Yolanda Hare - Where are all the YA books about African American middle-class geeks?
  • What Makes a Good...? by Jill Homan Randall - What makes a good book about dance?
  • Books in the Home by Megan Lambert - 2012 BGHB Books in My Home. Parent and judge Lambert reads with her kids.
Item No. 16363
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2014

In this Issue:

  • Horn Book Fanfare: our choices for the best books of 2013.
  • Coverage of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos.
  • Borderlands: Sophie Brookover, Elizabeth Burns, and Kelly Jensen discuss the emergence of New Adult books.
  • The Writer’s Page: Jane Yolen revisits Owl Moon.
  • Monica Edinger calls for a more nuanced depiction of Africa in books for children.
  • Horn Book reviewer Anita L. Burkam asks, “What Makes a Good Horse Book?”
  • From The Guide: Picture Book Builders.
  • Cadenza: “Saxon Burial Mounds Reveal Earliest Fairy Tale,” a poem by Ron Koertge.
Item No. HBJANFEB13
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2015

This issue includes:

Horn Book Fanfare: The Horn Book Magazine's choices for the best books of 2014.

Coverage of the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos.

A Second Look: Barbara Bader examines The Planet of Junior Brown.

Elissa Gershowitz on “What Makes a Good Award Acceptance Speech?” The Horn Book‘s (unsolicited) advice.

Audrey M. Quinlan asks, “What Makes a Good Math Storybook?”

From The Guide: Math Picture Books.

Item No. HBJANFEB15
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2018

Cover art by Ashley Bryan

In this issue:

  • Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2017.
  • Coverage of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos — in our 50th anniversary year!
  • BGHB at 50: 2017 committee chair Julie Roach shares her first BGHB experience — and a keepsake of Vera B. Williams’s 2002 Honor Book for Fiction and Poetry, Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart.
  • A remembrance of Iona Opie by her collaborator on two iconic Mother Goose collections, Rosemary Wells.
  • Cadenza: “Antiques Roadshow Visits Storyland” by Ron Koertge.
  • From The Guide: Picture books that demonstrate how Family Matters.
Item No. HBJANFEB18
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine July/August 2018

Special Issue: ALA Awards.

Original cover art by 2018 Caldecott Medal winner Matthew Cordell.

Critics Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman (“The Year in Words”) and Julie Danielson and Travis Jonker (“The Year in Pictures”) discuss the books of 2017.

Eloise Greenfield’s Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance speech.

Erin Entrada Kelly’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech.

Publisher Virginia Duncan’s profile of Erin Entrada Kelly.

Renée Watson’s Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech.

Author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich’s profile of Renée Watson.

Matthew Cordell’s Caldecott Medal acceptance speech.

Author Julie Halpern’s profile of Matthew Cordell.

Ekua Holmes’s Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award acceptance speech.

Editorial director Liz Bicknell’s profile of Ekua Holmes.

An interview with Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut publisher Denene Millner by Dr. Kim Parker and Elissa Gershowitz.

2018 Mind the Gap Awards.

Item No. HBJULAUG18
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine March/April 2017

This issue includes:

  • "Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang" by Roger Sutton The 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on how books and readers can transcend boundaries.
  • "A Tiger Unmasked: One Book, Four Versions, Five Decades" by Crescent Dragonwagon Charlotte Zolotow's daughter (and literary executor) reflects on the challenges and joys of "collaborating" with her mother.
  • "When Google Translate Gives you Arroz con Mango" by Celia C. Perez Errors in Spanish in children's books and the need for #ownvoices in publishing.
  • "Picture This" by Rita Auerbach An extended review of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Molly Bang's essential guide to picture book illustration.
Item No. HBMARAPR17
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine November/December 2017
This issues features:
  • "An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray" by Elissa Gershowitz  An expert in game studies and comparative media studies discusses the need for diverse games, diverse books, diverse everything
  • "No Ordinary Gift" by Roger Sutton We need to support libraries responsibly, equitably, and enthusiastically
  • "Beyond the 'Four Fs': Caribbean Own Voices" by Summer Edward The impact of publishing's global economic inequalities and "voluntourism"
  • "Fighting the Lost Cause" by Ann Bausum A Southern-born nonfiction writer rejects the education propaganda of her youth and advocates for historical honesty
  • "Revisiting Anthony Burns" by Rudine Sims Bishop Virginia Hamilton's 1988 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner for Nonfiction exemplifies what the author called "liberation literature." The fifth column in an ongoing series.
  • "Lucha Libros" by AnnMarie Hurtado Bilingual Battle of the Books
  • "Chapter Book Mirrors" A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide
Item No. HBNOVDEC17
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2015

Features:

  • "(Very Eventually) The Zena Sutherland Lecture" by Jack Gantos: The stories behind the stories, and characteristically, some other stories.
  • "A Thousand Winters" by Kwame Alexander: Working to make order out of chaos.
  • "The Woman Who Drew Narnia" by Vicki Smith: Through the wardrobe with Pauline Baynes.
Item No. HBSEPTOCT15
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2016

This issue features:

  • "Orland" by Christopher Myers "In the aftermath...there is a need for stories to contain, to comfort, to process, to prevent."
  • "Machetes" by Jason Reynolds From the author's 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor Award acceptance sppech for All American Boys.
  • "How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry" by Marilyn Nelson The 2016 Zena Sutherland Lecture
  • "Interview with Self" by Richard Jackson Legendary editor interviews new picture book writer - and they're both Richard Jackson
Item No. HBSEPTOCT16
$12.00