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Lisa Von Drasek is the children's Librarian at the Bank Street College of Education. Her reviews and commentary have appeared in School Library Journal, The New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, The Bark, Knowledge Quest, Teaching K-8, Nick Jr., and more.

Secrets of Second Grade

In the Margin

Secrets of Second Grade

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Seven-year-old Bean(she only hears her full name Bernice Blue when getting into trouble) liveswith her bossy eleven-year-old sister, Nancy, and her mom and dad in a house onPancake Court.She's...

Toy Stories

Five Books

Toy Stories

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The plaything's the thing.

The Best Picture Books of 2009

Reviews & Essays

The Best Picture Books of 2009

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Five books for children, worth at least a thousand words each, selected by Lisa Von Drasek

Gifts for Young Readers

Reviews & Essays

Gifts for Young Readers

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Lisa Von Drasek's third annual "scouting report" provides assistance for the uncertain, the busy, the overwhelmed, with literary gift ideas to please kids of all ages.

Wishing for Yesterday

Reviews & Essays

Wishing for Yesterday

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Our resident children's librarian looks at young readers' classics, redux.
The Magician’s Elephant

Reviews & Essays

The Magician’s Elephant

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From the award-winning author, a tale in the tradition of Hans Christian Andersen.
The Lion and the Mouse

Reviews & Essays

The Lion and the Mouse

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The award-winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney exceeds all expectations with this almost wordless retelling of Aesop?s fable about a mouse who repays a lion's mercy by gnawing the fibers of a snare...
Free-Range Knitter

Reviews & Essays

Free-Range Knitter

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The readers of Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee’s blog, The Yarn Harlot, know that she’s not just writing about fiber; she is speaking universal truth. Regular readers appreciate McPhee’s...
It Itches

Reviews & Essays

It Itches

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Franklin Habit is a photographer, knitter, blogger, and — not least — humorist. Would anyone who is not a knitter get the jokes in It Itches? Probably not, but who cares? (It’s...
Picturing Langston Hughes

Reviews & Essays

Picturing Langston Hughes

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Three new illustrated volumes for children bring an exuberant visuality to the verse of an American master.
Penguin Story

Reviews & Essays

Penguin Story

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Antoinette Portis’s first picture book, Not a Box, was a stunning exploration of the imaginative world of early childhood. With a deft hand for sophisticated simplicity, Portis does it...
Lincoln Shot: A President?s Life Remembered

Reviews & Essays

Lincoln Shot: A President?s Life Remembered

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Lincoln Shot: A President?s Life Remembered is the one title that stands out from the score of Lincoln children?s book biographies published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the 16th...