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Match Book: This Boy’s Life, Reflected in Picture Books

“I’m looking for books in which the main character is a young boy of color. I want him to be doing the normal, funny things that kids do.”

Books of The Times: Digging to the Roots of Maurice Sendak’s Vision

In “There’s a Mystery There,” Jonathan Cott — with help from the playwright Tony Kushner, psychoanalysts and art historians — examines the influences and ideas in Sendak’s children’s books.

Audiobooks: The Story of Thor, in the Voice of Neil Gaiman

In “Norse Mythology,” Neil Gaiman brings visceral voice to the ancient and weird tales that have so deeply informed the otherworlds of his fiction.

Judith Stein, Author on Liberalism and Economics, Dies at 77

Professor Stein, who taught history at City College for 50 years, was known for her analysis of the black nationalist Marcus Garvey.

Inside the List: A Different Kind of Sports Novel

Hockey, long frozen out of the fiction best-seller list, gets its due in Fredrik Backman’s “Beartown.”

Children’s Books: Bookshelf: Friendships and Fables Soar in New Children’s Books

New picture books about birds include the tale of a pigeon in the subway, a history of falconry and the hopeful story of a bird-loving Syrian refugee boy.

Children’s Books: Bookshelf: Clothes Get Kids Acting Out

Kids act up in new picture books about wearing a gorilla suit, refusing to change your pants, and the joy of not wearing clothes at all.

Children’s Books: Kids Face Down a Panoply of Threats

In three new graphic fantasy novels for young readers, kids face down threats including an overheating planet, a toxic spill and anthropod aliens.

Children’s Books: An Aspiring Bluesman Faces the Loss of his Grandfather

The young hero of Rita Williams-Garcia’s “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground,” an aspiring bluesman, faces the loss of his larger-than-life grandfather.

The Book Review Podcast: Elizabeth Warren on Fighting for the Middle Class

Elizabeth Warren talks about “This Fight Is Our Fight,” and Doree Shafrir discusses her debut novel, “Startup.”

Children’s Books: New Children’s Books Explore the World in the Woods

Four new picture books take young readers on adventures in gorgeously illustrated forests.

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to the idea that writers’ workshops can be isolating environments and more.

A ‘Harry Potter’ Prequel Is Stolen

The 800-word manuscript, handwritten on a card, was auctioned in 2008 to benefit a literacy program.

Children’s Books: The Perils of Social Life Begin in Kindergarten

The popular girls and mean girls of “Real Friends” distress the author of this middle-grade graphic memoir from Shannon Hale.

Children’s Books: A Moving Holocaust Memoir for Younger Readers, and Older Ones Too

“Survivors Club,” by Michael Bornstein and his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, tells a harrowing and moving Holocaust story for young readers

Applied Reading: New Apps Provide a World of Literature, One Chapter at a Time

Ten years into the Age of the Smartphone, “mobile fiction” offers a new way of reading based on an old way of writing.

Children’s Books: The First Book in English from China’s Most Popular Author for Children

In “Bronze and Sunflower,” two lonely kids form a lifesaving friendship in a tale from one of China’s most popular authors, Cao Wenxuan.

Children’s Books: Fracking Threatens a Beloved Forest in This Middle-Grade Novel

As a new industry arrives to lift a struggling town, in “The End of the Wild” by Nicole Helget, a young forager weighs its heavy costs.

Fiction: Elizabeth Strout’s Follow-Up to ‘Lucy Barton’ Is a Master Class on Class

Strout’s new novel, “Anything Is Possible,” is profound in its rendering of the stories we hide, and the ways we save, or fail to save, one another.

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