Entries by Emily

Noah Webster: Man of Many Words

by Catherine Reef

As a child, Noah Webster was bored in school, yet he had a love of reading and a curiosity about words that would eventually lead to the creation of the first American dictionary…

Viva Frida

by Yuyi Morales

With just a few words of English and Spanish on each double-page spread, Morales manages to speak on behalf of Frida Kahlo and summarize the artist’s life…

This One Summer

by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki


There have been many coming-of-age tales about friends growing together and apart, but few have been written and illustrated as gracefully as this one…

Nuts to You

by Lynn Rae Perkins


Adventure and humor abound in this cautionary tale populated by squirrels and narrated by the author, as told to her by the elderly squirrel Jed…

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen never thought that she would grow up to become a writer. As a child she had any number of professions that bounced around in her head–model, president of the United States, carpenter, lawyer, and doctor. As a graduate of the California Institute of Technology with a degree in biology and having returned to […]

Anjali Banerjee

Anjali Banerjee began writing at an early age, having been read to by her parents she had a strong love of words and story. Her first book, stapled together with her own hands, was about a lost puppy on a beach in Bengal. Anjali’s fascination with animals and nature was already a strong part of […]

Rona Arato

Rona Arato was born in New York and lived on a busy street in Brooklyn. One of her first memories was going downstairs to buy an ice cream cone at the candy store–maybe this is why her first picture book was called Ice Cream Town! When she was six years old her family moved to […]

Karen Leggett Abouraya

Karen Leggett Abouraya is a veteran print and broadcast journalist (WMAL Radio in Washington, D.C.) who has reviewed children’s books for The New York Times, Children’s Literature, Washington Parent, and more. She is a past president and active member of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C. Karen, her Egyptian husband and their two children […]