Local artist and author Loren Long recently released Otis and the Puppy, the latest in his Otis the Tractor series of children’s books. He stops by to talk with our Barbara Gray about this new book and what new Otis books are in the works.
Robyn Carey-Allgeyer welcomes to the studio Jennifer Jensen, director of The Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College; and children’s author Linda Leopold Strauss, whose book about Passover, The Elijah Door, will be the focus of a six-week exhibition of the book’s illustrations at The Skirball. The exhibit runs through March 31, and that day will feature a family-friendly talk by the author at the museum.
Local pediatrician and owner of the Blue Manatee Bookstore, John Hutton, has published and authored a book called Cincinnati: Our City, Our Story as a fundraiser for the Every Child Succeeds program. The book features photos of Cincinnati taken by children, a history of the city from Louise Borden, and additional artwork from C.F. Payne, Loren Long and Will Hillenbrand. As Dr. Hutton tells Barbara Gray, all the contributors donated their talents to this one-of-a-kind book.
Our Mark Heyne, an avowed baseball (and Reds) fan, reviews the new Sports Illustrated Kids Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball, which provides the youngest fan with lots of fun information about America’s Pastime. For Reds fans, the book lists Aroldis Chapman as one of baseball’s top 3 hardest throwers and Pete Rose in two of its lists: top leadoff hitters and top unbreakable records for his 4,256 hits.
If you have a child on your gift list who is a sports fan, or who just wants to know the “why” of everything, we may just have the book for you! Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Why Sports Edition answers questions like why three goals in hockey is called a hat trick; why don’t the Cleveland Browns have a logo on their helmet; and why do golf balls have dimples. One of the book’s editors, Bob Der, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about how all these questions are answered, not just in words, but in photos, illustrations, graphs and more to keep the young ready engaged and entertained.