Sep 01

Read Anything Tasty Lately?

by Hannah Holt »


We have. Mmmm. Board books.

Aug 29

Hip Hip Horray!

by Hannah Holt »


Today I learned I made the finals for the Barbara Karlin grant. It’s the picture book WIP grant awarded annually by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Hip hip hooray! I made the top 14 and earned a letter of merit for my rhyming picture book text, Moon Cake.

Here are the other winners. Congratulations everyone!

Dec 20

The Future of Printed Books

by Hannah Holt »

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Last week for my birthday, I received a secondhand cookbook. Inside this cookbook, I discovered handwritten notes from my late grandmother.

Now I love cooking, and I loved my grandmother. So this gift was double bonus.

This exchange reminded me of why printed books will never completely go the way of the eight-track.

Now I am sure the market for digital books will continue to grow, and younger and younger children will become comfortable with computers and e-readers. However, there is something irreplaceable about tangible books. The smell. The feel. The marginalia.

Also, as long as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting screen time for children, some parents will continue to prefer books to computers, games, TV shows, and movies.

Of course, the most influential reason printed books will or will not continue to sell depends on the behavior of parents. As long as children see their parents curling up with printed books, I have no doubt the following will continue to be seen in houses across America:

Nov 18

Bending the Genre Stereotype

by Hannah Holt »

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Here are a couple of books I’ve read recently that delighted me in unexpected ways.

1) Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

While I read a lot of fiction, I don’t read science fiction very often. Aliens, space ships, and DNA tend to turn me off. However, Mr. Card developed his characters and story so beautifully that the location (space) didn’t matter. I give it four stars. Or maybe a galaxy.

2) Smiling Bears by Else Poulsen

I checked out this book from the library because I wanted to look up a few facts on bears. However, I started reading and couldn’t put it down. Ms. Poulsen’s experiences with bears in captivity are fascinating. I read several books about wild animals this week. While the other books were informative, this book captivated me. I’d recommend it to any animal lover.

Have you read anything lately that surprised you?