Harper Lee, The New Yorker, and Ladybug Girl

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This morning’s New York Times includes the newspaper’s 1960 review of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s interesting to read about the novel from the perspective of someone who could not possibly have imagined the hold this book would exert on readers for generations. Here’s the link:


And here’s a link to NPR’s report from Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama:



I received this week’s issue of The New Yorker a few days ago, but can’t stop looking at the spectacular cover by Kadir Nelson, illustrator of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, among other beautiful books for young readers.


Nelson’s celebration of the the Schomberg Research Center in New York pays tribute to, among others, Aaron Douglas, Billie Holiday, William Johnson, Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston. I’m especially drawn to the work of William Johnson, an artist from South Carolina, who portrayed the lives of African Americans in a brightly colored, folk art style.

We have a poster of his painting, Children Playing London Bridge – I love the interweaving of their arms:


If you know a young fan of the Ladybug Girl books by David Soman in your house, check out this new line of clothing at Target.  The perfect gear for your young superheroine!





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