Six years ago today, I wrote about Deborah Wiles’ The Aurora County All-Stars. Just looking at the cover art makes me want to dig out her books and re-read them all.

They’re funny, smart, sad, warm, and every good thing:

THE DARK TRUTH ABOUT SOME CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING VETERANS

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I WANT NAMES, DAMMIT.

"“Outside Over There” was and is my particular favorite because it had so much to do with my sister and the awfulness of her having to take care of me. She pushed me and pulled me. I loved her and I hated her. There was nothing in her that made me think girls weren’t as capable of anger the way boys were."

— Maurice Sendak

(Source: The New York Times)

The Transformation of the Tin Woodman, by Robert Ingpen.

The Transformation of the Tin Woodman, by Robert Ingpen.

"If one is to believe in peaceful coexistence, the first messengers of that peace will be children’s books."

— Jella Lepman